Saturday, November 24, 2012

Restaurant review: Z' tejas

This restaurant has a cool vibe, good music and a fun atmosphere.  We were greeted by friendly, professionally dressed staff and sat in the bar while we waited for a table. 

I asked the bartender to suggest a cocktail.  He suggested an award-winning frozen margarita swirled with raspberry liquor ("Chambord Margarita").  Lime and raspberry are two of my favorite flavors, and I wasn't disappointed. The drink was very pretty, full of tartness and refreshing.

While waiting for our dinner, we were surprised by a hot loaf of skillet corn bread.  I am a lover of corn bread but most of it ends up being dry.  This was perfect.  Tender, not greasy, just the right balance of sweetness.  I took the leftovers home and ate it for breakfast.

I had the Wild Mushroom Enchiladas.  Delicious!

We liked it so much, we went back the next night.

Verdict: A great place to blow off some steam and have a tasty dinner.

Product Review: Silk Nog

Last year, I tried So Delicious coconut nog, and I really enjoyed it.  This year I decided to try Silk seasonal nog, soymilk's tribute to egg nog.

Perhaps still prejudiced by the 1970s hysteria about soy being a virtual communist plot, I was hesitant.  I do drink soymilk every morning in my smoothies, I eat veggie burgers and veggie sausage with soy, Cool Whip and it's not as though I'm soy phobic.

Yet every time I try a new soy product, I experience an irrational..."Ewww, this is unnatural!"  (Really?  Drinking eggs and cream is not more natural than a liquid made from plants, right?)  Knowing that's irrational, I proceed.

As I mentioned, I tried the flavor known as seasonal nog.  Another flavor, chocolate mint, is also available.

Once again, I'm really happy I did.  It does not taste like soymilk.  It tastes exactly like "regular" egg nog and has a texture most similar to Byrne Dairy's light egg nog.

Had I realized Silk nog offered a money back guarantee if I didn't like it, I would have been enjoying it for years. 

Verdict:   mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!