Sunday, December 18, 2016

Presentation is Gorgeous! - BRC

And the taste buds say....

Not too shabby.  Nothing great, but worth eating!  Honestly, it's been several months since I've eaten this brownie, and I didn't take notes, so don't take this one too seriously (because I know you take the other ones oh so seriously.... :) ).  But the fact that it has been several months and I don't remember it, also says a lot compared to the other ones, where I can still taste them and love them!  This is what I DO remember.  I remember I ate it for an appetizer because I wanted to have room for it.  I remember eating it all... so it was good.  I remember that the ice cream was really really good.  I remember thinking, yeah, this is really a happy hour place and I"m sure they are not known for their brownie a la mode.  I also remember how great our server was... really nice guy.  I also remember that it ate some of Justin's as well... so yeah, it was good... just not great.  The atmosphere was really cool though!  Fun place!

Rating: 2.5 Scoops

The story behind the Brownie - a - la - mode...

Houston does a really cool thing in August called Houston Restaurant Weeks.  For the month of August certain restaurants around town develop a set menu and if you order off that menu a certain amount of your meal goes to the Houston Food Bank.  My friend Justin and I went to a movie one afternoon and we decided to go eat at one of these restaurants and the way we decided on BRC is because they had this brownie a la mode on their menu.  So off we went.  This is the time that Justin is learning lots of weird things I do... like 1. have a blog on brownie a la modes.  2. order my dessert before my meal  and eat it as an appetizer 3. because of #2, I get to also enjoy some of his dessert at the end of meal... 

It was the beginning of a lovely friendship!

No Time to Wait for this Yumminess! - Sunflower Bakery & Cafe Galveston

And the Taste Buds say....

"OH.MY.GOODNESS!!!"  Not even's so good you have to say the words  Seriously, this brownie (I know, it's not an a-la-mode) was so yummy.  It's called the nut cheesecake brownie.  Our server...really nice guy... said that it's good if you let it thaw out, but seriously, who can wait that long?  I couldn't wait for it to thaw out.  It was very yummy with a chocolatey and surgery crunch.  Even right now writing this almost 6 months later, I'm craving one right now.  If you're ever in Galveston, stop at the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe for yummy regular food, but mainly for this brownie!

The story behind the brownie (not a-la-mode)

So, obviously, I'm playing catch up with my brownies over the past year.... This is one from this summer.  My friend Justin and I love to go and try new things in Houston and one day he called me up and asked if I wanted to go to the Sand Castle competition with him in Galveston... heck yes, that sounds like fun!  So we went... Neither of us were prepared for this event.  Some how in my mind I was thinking of a sand castle competition in California with a board walk and shops and places to eat, some shade... somewhere, some show on TV or movie or something gave me this idea of what it is like.... I was WAY off and so was Justin.  It was literally just right on the beach, duh, I know, but no stores, no boardwalk, no food, no water, no shade... just there on the beach.  We were both fully dressed, no sunscreen, so swimsuits, no water, no snacks, no chairs to sit in and wait ALL day for them to finish their sculptures... We got out of the car and both just laughed and said, "Duh!  why did we not wear our swimsuits to the beach!"  LOL! I was wearing shite shorts, so couldn't even just sit in the sand to rest...It was a HOT Texas summer day and we were dying!  BUT... it was still amazing!  I was amazed at what these people were able to do with sand and how much effort they put into their work.  It was a pretty cool site.  

This is my sandcastle... the octopus shown on one of the steps.... see how I'm fully dressed?

AND... I had the kindest thing happen.  We had been there for quite some time and were getting burned, getting thirty, and hot... and I saw this girl drinking a bottle water and I asked her, "Where did you get that water from?  Did you buy it somewhere?"  "No, we brought it with us." as she points to a cooler.  I simply said, "Oh, that is brilliant!  K, thank you!"  and started to walk away.  Then she said, "Here.  You have this.  I have more.  Girl, you have to stay hydrated.  And here, give one to him as well."  I was too thirty to refuse.  I took the drink and told her, "Thank you for your kindness.  You made my day."  I offered to pay for the drink, but she refused.  I love kind people.  

We had two more hours to go before they started judging the art.  We couldn't wait.  We left and headed to Sunflower Bakery & Cafe.  It was soon good! Perfect way to end a fun day.  Thanks Justin for suggesting we go experience the competition.  2017 we will be prepared and make a day of it and maybe be able to stick around to hear the winner!

I'd come just for the Brownie if the Fajitas weren't so good! - Lupe's Tortillas

And the taste buds say....

"I will make room for this yumminess even though I am stuffed with fajitas!"  One wouldn't think that a Mexican restaurant would 1. have a brownie a la mode and 2. have such a delicious brownie a la mode.  Seriously.... this was Ah.mazing!  It was chewy on the inside (which all you followers... all 3 of you... know how much I love chewy brownies compared to the cake-like brownies) with a nice crunchy cover to it!  The walnuts were a perfect touch... I loved the caramel touch as well.  It was nice and warm, which made the ice cream start to melt making the ice cream nice and soft.  The portion was a good size after the meal, but if I came for just the brownie (which, who does that when you have Lupe's fajitas to eat...) I'd want a bigger piece.  Seriously though, it was ah.mazing.  I'm putting it up there with Papa's Seafood....making it my second favorite brownie a la mode in the city of Houston right now!  So Houston... who can beat this brownie a la mode?  

Rating:  4.5 scoops of ice cream!

The Story Behind the Brownie a la mode....

It has been awhile since I have updated my blog and yet, I have eaten many...many... brownie a la modes in the name of the blog and haven't posted them.... but because of the person that exposed me to this ah.mazing brownie, I feel I owe it to the world (all three of you that are following this....) to keep going... or at least post because I keep telling people I have this blog! So you all have Adam to thank for this and my future post.

Quick update since my last post... I have been in Houston now for over 14 months... and LOVE it.  I bought a house inside the loop...official an "inner Looper" here... and am loving the Urban living downtown Houston.  

When I first started looking in this area I was introduced to Adam by a mutual friend saying that he, Adam, would be a great help to me about learning about the area.  So Adam and I exchanged numbers...talked for a bit... and come to find out, I knew more about the area then he did!  LOL!  BUT... because of Adam my life has changed!  I now know about Jenni's Noodles, which I am addicted to, The popsicle place, AND.... Lupe's Tortillas.  and I'm pretty sure there will be more to add to this list.

This night we went to Lupe's... 'Try the beef fajitas,' he said.  "You won't be disappoint," he said.  "There's really no other reason to come to Lupe's." he said.  "in my opinion, the chicken fajita meet just sits there next to the beef meat and is a disappointment," he said.  So I tried the beef fajitas... He was right.  YUMMINESS!  So good!  Thank you Adam for introducing Lupe's fajitas to me.  You changed my life!  ...AND... And... I got to eat this yumminess of a brownie a la mode!  so to that... thank you as well!  AND....And... I was motivated to start up my blog again.... so thank you as well!

Here's to many more Lupe's visits... and discovering other cool Houston places!