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Estância Churrascaria: Because Meat is the Language of Love

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Estância Churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse with an endless salad bar, and delectable cuts of meat.

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They don’t stop at beef: there’s also pork, poultry, sausage, lamb, and an intoxicating (get it!) wine list. Do you need any more reasons to go? Well, I’ve got you covered…

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Dine in this Friday-Sunday, and get a complimentary gift card to use later! Now you have an excuse to have deliciously prepared proteins not once, but twice! Besides, I’m a huge fan of any excuse to celebrate Valentine’s Day (since, you know, it’s my birthday and all). ;)

The Fleming’s 100

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A good steak becomes great once it’s paired with the right wine, and nobody knows this better than Fleming’s. They’ve spent the past year putting together their Fleming’s 100 wine list to provide excellent wines you can enjoy in tastes, customized flights, by the glass, and bottle.

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I recently popped in to sample just about the entire list (almost! I tried!), and had a fantastic time. Don’t think that because they’re a steakhouse that you’ll only get big reds; this expertly curated list also contains crisp whites, lighter reds, and refreshing bubbles. If you’re a oenophile like me, you’re going to be delighted with their picks! Next time you’re popping in for the lobster lettuce cups on their fantastic happy hour (as I so often do), give the list a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Fleming’s Debuts New Lunch Menu

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I recently got to visit the newly remodeled Fleming’s downtown, and gorged myself on their brand-spanking-new lunch menu, as well as their fantastic and abundant selection of wines.

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I admittedly had never been to Fleming’s, and was surprised by the sleek, sexy interior filled with windows, and enormous panels of glass allowing me to peer into the kitchen.

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I ate my way through tenderloin carpaccio, an ahi tuna tower (loved it!), prime ribeye steak, lobster rolls,  and even a prime club steak salad.

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At the end I passed on the creme brûlée trio in favor of just 1 bite of the flourless chocolate cake, because hey, I’m still focusing on eating low-carb, and I felt I could treat myself after the endless options they provided me in sticking to my diet, whilst still being decadent.

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If I was businesswoman, and needed to impress a client, I think I’d choose this place. However, I am not, and I think I will take myself here more often.

Blogger Tasting at Mizu Steak & Sushi

Mizu Steak & Sushi has a beautiful view of the Texas hillcountry, but you’re going to have to drive for it. 


The happy hour runs from 5-7 and features discounted dishes, $5 wines, $4 “premium wells,” and a couple of discounted beers. The specialty cocktails are truly special, but they’re still full-price.


Some Yelp reviewers will tell you that Mizu has the best calamari in town. It’s definitely different- somehow lighter, sweeter, and less tough than any that I’ve ever tried. My photographer for this event, Matthew Blanchard, absolutely loved it.


The spicy edamame, miso sea bass, and sashimi were hands down my favorite dishes. 


Most sashimi dishes included herbs and fruit. The hamachi crudo was served with ginger pear puree, kumquat, and jalapeño, while the tuna tartar was served with watermelon and stone fruit.


The baked roll (shown above) was very rich. It contained everything from cream cheese to spicy aioli. 


By the time dessert rolled around, I was convinced that I was going to die (we were stuffed)! It was worth risking death to taste the delicious cinnamon ice cream that accompanied the warm brandied bread pudding.


Chocolate cake was a hit with the crowd, but I was more fascinated by the banana nutella cake.


As you can see, I went up a pants size on this particular night.

The takeaway: Mizu has a great happy hour, gorgeous view, and a LOT of flat screens (if sports are your thing). The calamari is a must-try, as is the edamame. The quality is better than the downtown sushi joints, so if you feel like taking a scenic drive, try them out!

Original photos by Matt Blanchard