Houston Bites is back!!!
Driving back home with a colossal stack of white boxes, I knew that my brunch with my mom had gone successful. A planned brunch date quickly turned into stocking up a week’s supply for the family which was quite successful, although it disappeared without a trace. The effect after my first visit was similar as this is one place that is definitely hard to leave. I will have to warn you: you need to eat at least one of the mana’eesh (flatbread pies) in the store before heading home with a load, or else you may find yourself driving with one hand because your other fingers (that are now covered in olive oil and sesame) could not resist the temptations driven by the aroma of Middle Eastern herbs.
Cedar’s Bakery, a Lebanese family-owned business, may not have an extensive menu of breakfast or lunch items to order, but why have that when you have a range of quality mana’eesh, pita sandwiches, and assorted mini pastries? Watching your mana’eesh come out on long wooden paddles from the authentic twin brick ovens only adds to the experience as compared to simply picking up a pizza in a box from Domino’s. One of my favorites is sojok, a beef crumbly sausage flavored with cumin, garlic, and red pepper that is also mixed with a crumbly cheese. The sweet cheese and savory sausage complement each other on the soft, chewy pita flatbread. Other favorites of mine include the zaa’tar (a spice blend of sumac, thyme, oregano, sesame, & marjoram) and the parsley with akkawi cheese. If you are looking for a flatbread that is not so savory, I would go for the labne bread (a popular Middle Eastern cheese topped with tomatoes, olives, & a spice blend). Other than the famous mana’eesh, I have also tried their crunchy spinach and onion pies which are great to-go items for a quick snack. You can pair up some coffee or tea with your steaming baked good or you can be a bit more adventurous and go for the fragrant rose-flavored drink.
Quick “Must Order Bites” List
- Sojok Mana’eesh (my favorite although I am fan of their whole menu)
- Half Zaa’tar/ Half Cheese Mana’eesh
- Parsley & Cheese Mana’eesh
- Labne Mana’eesh
- Spinach Pies
- Rose Flavored Drink
Take a look at their menu here , complete with mouthwatering pictures to make your decision even harder on what to order haha.
Newsworthy Tidbit: Cedar’s has been rated as 42 out of the top 100 Houston restaurants for the Houston Chronicle in 2014 so come grab a quick bite here!
8619 Richmond Ave
Houston, TX 77063
HOURS OF OPERATION
MONDAY-FRIDAY: 7am – 6pm
SATURDAY: 7am – 5pm
SUNDAY: 7am – 4pm
Parsley & Cheese Mana’eesh
Rose Flavored Drink
Back to another post of Houston Bites!
Today’s special is a pizzeria that just recently opened in the Clear Lake community of Houston, Slices & Ices. Offering specialty pizza flavors by the slice is what makes this unique foodie find stand out. The “Ices” that they serve as well include an array of Italian Ice flavors such as strawberry lemonade, cappuccino, and even classics like cherry and vanilla. One of the nice features is that they also conveniently deliver throughout the League City and Clear Lake, TX areas making delivery a nice option for people who work nearby and don’t want to leave the office.
For those wondering about the atmosphere, Slices & Ices has family-friendly seating. It has a very modern and sleek design and even has the menu displayed on large flat screen TVs. There are also TVs for sports fanatics and individuals who like to keep up with the current news.
Pictured above is a normal slice of the White pizza. It is larger than your average slice from the usual pizza store, so I was really excited when I saw this. The first bite was heavenly and I quickly finished it off (secretly wanting another slice haha so I will be back). If you love alfredo pizza then this pizza is definitely for you! For a light lunch, one slice would do, otherwise I would have gotten two. Other interesting pizza flavors they offer include taco pizza, grilled chicken caesar salad pizza, and chicken marsala pizza amongst other dizzying choices.
Do not let the small size of the Italian Ice cup fool you. You will find it quite satisfying after a meal or even alone for a tasty and simple dessert. Pictured above is the Cotton Candy flavor on the left and Mint Chocolate Chip on the right. It is not dense, but rather light and fluffy making for a dessert that you won’t forget. They were very patient with me as I sampled multiple flavors until I found the perfect one for me, so no worries if it takes you three or more samples to find your favorite!
Slices & Ices
300 w. Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598
Nothing better than this Mile High Meatloaf to start off the special series of Houston Bites! Exploring the distinct and peculiar restaurants that Houston has to offer is a favorite hobby of mine and I would love to share my finds with everyone else. Me and my friends are usually indecisive when it comes to picking restaurants. After one look though at the Yelp user pictures for this place, we had all already decided this was the location we wanted to try. Main St. Bistro, a local restaurant, tucked away in the local district of League City, was just the place we were looking for. All of the sandwiches and burgers for lunch looked so good! From the Monterrey Chicken Sandwich with Lacey Swiss Cheese and Sautèed Corn to the Bob Marley with Habanero Jamaican Jerk Remoulade Slaw and Battered Fish, the menu certainly had our attention. Regardless of the small size of the lunch menu, it was still tough deciding between all the delicious sounding dishes.
The Mile High Meatloaf for me was an obvious choice after seeing how heavenly it looked! Honestly, the best part about it was the mashed potatoes with the bbq sauce. The onion rings were great, but the large size caused them to fall apart when eating. The meatloaf was alright; it was a pretty large size for one meal and I ended up taking more than half of it home.
Would I come here again? Sure. Definitely want to try their sandwiches. Overall, this place was a nice hole in the wall type of restaurant. A little small inside, but the friendly waiters and funky atmosphere gave us a great experience overall!
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Book Review “Mindlessly Eating” by Brian Wansink, PH.D.
If you love food then you probably love reading about it too. Though I’d have to agree, eating it is the funner of the two. I find psychology really interesting so when I saw this book about food psychology I just had to get it.
Some things you probably didn’t know:
- People eat more when you give them a bigger container. We look for cues around us to tell us when we are full, such as when there is nothing left in a popcorn container. Brian Wansink did a study and found that those people who were given big buckets of popcorn ate 53 % more than those given medium buckets.
- Just thinking that a meal will taste good before you eat it will lead you to eat more. At a restaurant lab The Spice Box, they tested this idea by serving the same exact wine but with different labels. One side of the restaurant was given wine with a label “New from California” while the other side was given “New from North Dakota”. The ones drinking the North Dakota wine had bad reviews to give about it, because they had set themselves up for disappointment. Before even eating anything, their mind had already decided for them that the meal would taste horrible so they ‘mindlessly ate’.
- Most diets are deprivation diets where we deprive ourselves of something whether it be meat, icecream, candy, etc.
These diets don’t work for 3 reasons
-our body fights against them
-our brain fights against them
-our day to day environment fights against them
This is where the mindless margin comes in. A margin basically where you can either overeat or undereat within a margin of 100 calories and not be aware of it. So instead of depriving yourself of your favorite foods, try eating smaller portions of them and it will add up over time.
An easy way to estimate the number of pounds you will lose in a year is just divide the calories by ten. The book gives some examples like- one less 140 calorie soft drink a day = 14 fewer pounds a year