Archive for the ‘Food’ category

DNC Pot Luck Pictures

December 22, 2008

Thanks to everyone who came out to dinner in celebration of the holidays this past Saturday night. Who knew our friends were such good cooks?! You need to come over more often! (…with food)

Holiday Pot Luck Dinner Invitation

December 18, 2008
Houston People – We are hosting a Holiday Pot Luck Dinner this Saturday, December 20th at our Westchase location. Simply reply here if you are interested in joining us for eats before a night of eggnog (or bullblasters) to celebrate the holiday season.

Event: DNC Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner
December 20, 2008
DNC Westchase

Contribution List (updated as of Thursday Night, 12/20)

  • Kris – “Beerducken” – Whole Turkey marinated with beer and stuffing
  • Erica L. – Her Famous Loaded Potatoes
  • Mike – Fresh Ceasar Salad w/ Homemade Dressing
  • Megan – Grilled Organic Lamb Steak
  • Ashley D. – Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Shabs – Turtle Cheesecake
  • Kim – Hummingbird Cake
  • Mariam – Jolly Ranchers

Comment with what you are bringing otherwise you can always wash the dishes!

DNC Pot Luck Thanksgiving – November 26

November 11, 2008

Ninjas & Ninja Slippers: The Holiday Season is here!

Thanksgiving as a holiday is meant to show appreciation and gratitude for all the good things we have in life.  We celebrate and show gratitude for another year of good health, good friends and family, and good food…not to mention all the gratuitous displays of pilgrims, Indians, and turkeys.

So for those of you that have been with us for less than a year, you may want to be clued in on a little Turkey Day Tradition around here.

Every year on the day before Thanksgiving Dinner with our traditional family, we celebrate thanks with our DNC family.

In the past this has included dressing up in the Thanksgiving theme outfit of your choice (see pictures below) and spreading the turkey day spirit with a plethora of jaegerbombs.

This year we are ringing the gluttonous occasion with a delicious dinner & tasty grape juice. All prior to the debauchery that is sure to be a night to a night to remember. All of you DNC’ers (you know who are) are invited  so read the details below.

DNC Pot Luck Thanksgiving

  • Will be on Wednesday, November 26 at 8pm at the DNC Westchase house.
  • You must bring food, drinks, or condoms, condiments. Please leave a comment below on what you will be bringing to avoid duplicate dishes.
  • Overboard holiday-themed outfit is required. Suggestions include turkey hunting outfits, indian/pilgrim-theme dresses, or cheesy holiday sweater.
  • Post-DNC-dinner festivities at a bar TBD.

Pocket Ninja’s Birthday Pictures

November 10, 2008

Pictures from Paula’s Birthday Dinner at Carabba’s last Saturday.

Restaurant Review – The Grove at Discovery Green Park

November 9, 2008

You want the short version? This place is awesome. Go try it now.

Long version of our experience below.

I selected The Grove upon the recommendation of several colleagues. I actually took a look at their menu/website on line as well and decided to make a reservation for Saturday night at 8:30pm.

Reservations, Seating, and Parking

This was very easy. Utilizing the Open Table system on the site, I was able to schedule reservations in less than five minutes for my desired time. Had that not been available, the system gave me earlier and later times as well.

Seating was equally convenient. We let them know of our reservation upon arrival and were promptly seating within no more than a minute.

Parking beforehand was a little more of a challenge. They do have affordable valet $8 but being that we had to cash on hand, we ended up driving up and around for a few blockd before finally parking on the other end of Discovery Green Park. No big deal but I could see how this could be an issue on busy event nights downtown. Fear not though, there is paid parking in several garages in the area, including the Hilton, George R. Brown, and Toyota Center a few blocks over.

Ambiance and Location

Probably the most pronounced reason to dine at The Grove. Overlooking Discover Green Park near the George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center, this restaurant offers the most wonderful view on downtown Houston.

The downstairs dining area is spacious and well-lit. The booths are lined with pillows. And looking out on the rest the floor, it is easy to people watch without feeling crowded or crowding others.

Upstairs on the deck, The Grove offers a truly wonderful view of Houston. The noise is well disipated with music barely playing in the background so its really a nice place to enjoy a bottle of wine and talk the night away.

Food and Drink

The Grover offers a menu of gourmet dishes of American Cuisine priced at $20-$40 a plate. They also offer a decently expansive wine list that offers CA, Spanish, French, and Italian wines.

I  would the food as 7/10. Simple but not awe-inspiring. Our party ordered Gnocchi for an appetizer followed up with Braised Veal, Colorado-grilled Lamb, Sea Scallops, and Duck for dinner. We also enjoyed the butterscotch flan and Pie Duo (key lime, pecan) for dessert to complement our meal’s worth of 2 bottles of Cabernet.

Like I said, I was definitely impressed with the presentation. The taste was passable but not spectacular. For that, I would recommend Mark’s in Houston in the genre of American Cuisines.

Overall Impression

I would have to say that I recommend The Grove, especially for first time visitors to the city or Houston itself. The ambiance is the number one reason to visit so it makes for a good date place as well as a nice location for an evening business meeting with out-of-towners. Just be careful and try to spill red wine all over yourself like I did and you’ll be pleased with an enjoyable dining experience!