January 8th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 1.8.10

The cold weather is already here in town and this weekend is set to be one of the coldest on record. In light of that, we’ve decided to use this week’s procrastinator’s plan to properly equip our fellow Houstonians to face Old Man Winter. I know we Houstonians aren’t fond of the cold weather, so if you can, stay warm, Houston.

Stay in and Cook
The best way to keep warm is to stay in. If you’re going to do this, you best do it right. Invite that special person over, pop the cork on a bottle of wine, and get ready to snuggle under a toasty blanket. In order to help with your preparation, we’re exposing our culinary prowess with a can’t miss recipe. Unless you’re on this show.

My Girlfriend’s Super Yummy Pot Roast with St. Arnold’s Amber

What You Need:
4 lbs. chuck roast (or whatever roast looks good!)
1-2 large russet potatoes cut cut into 1-2 inch cubes
3/4 lb of baby carrots
1/2 yellow onion, sliced1 packet onion soup mix
12 oz. St. Arnold’s Amber (that means you have 5 left to drink) beer
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

And Begin…:
1. Place roast in large roasting pan or deep casserole dish if you don’t have a crock pot.
2. Empty 1/2 of onion soup packet, garlic powder and black pepper over roast.
3. Pile carrots, onion and potatoes on top of roast.
4. Empty the additional 1/2 of onion soup mix on top of roast/veggies.
4. Pour beer evenly over roast and veggies.
5. Cook in crockpot for 6 hours over low heat or in a 350 degree oven for 3 hours, depending on the thickness of the roast.

Pair the the bold flavors of the roast with a Merlot or Pinot Noir. You don’t have to break the bank either, as Hogue Genesis Merlot 2004 received an impressive 89 points from Wine Spectator and is about $20 a bottle, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Want a movie to go with your dinner? Try “So I Married an Axe Murderer” or “The Toy,” with Richard Prior, which are both available to watch immediately from Netflix.com. That means you don’t even have to go out and rent the movie! I’m always looking out for you.

Order In
Can’t Cook? One of the greatest inventions ever is delivery. No city on earth has done more to push this phenomenon forward than the Big Apple. Pretty much every restaurant will deliver anything… for free. A coffee and a bagel from the deli? It’ll be right over. A Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s? Well, okay, that might be stretching it, but the point is, I miss the freedom to eat whatever I want without leaving the confines of my one room apartment or getting dressed. Why is this important? Because SeamlessWeb, the absolute, the paramount of utility in Al Gore’s internet, is here in Houston!! Unfortunately, the restaurant selection is limited, my zip code only pulls up Spaghetti Western and Hungry’s Cafe (which has an absurd minimum order) but I’m sure that once Houston catches on to the awesomeness of delivery, more places will offer it. For now, here are some of my favorite options, broken down by different neighborhoods of the city.

Midtown/ Montrose
Pink’s Pizza – pinkspizza.com – (713) 521-7465
Star Pizza – starpizza.net – (713) 523-0800
Hunan Village – houstonhunanvillage.com – (713) 528-4651

Star Pizza – starpizza.net – (713) 869-1241
Pink’s Pizza – pinkspizza.com – (713) 864-7465
Spaghetti Western – spagwesthouston.com – (713) 861-1313

Brisa Cocina Mexicana – brisamexican.com – (713) 993-9899

Toast Some Marshmallows
If you absolutely, positively must go out, head some place that’s warm and cozy so you can get the chill out of your bones. Grab a seat and warm yourself by the fire at The Doghouse Tavern. Okay, so the fireplace isn’t real, but it does add a bit of ambiance to this strip mall bar and since the alcohol always seems to flow quite freely, I can promise you that you’ll be warm enough. Make sure you bring a picture of your “best friend” and they’ll put it up on the wall for you.

On the Road Again
Fresh off of being named one of The Loop Scoop’s top Texas albums of 2009, Willie Nelson brings his timeless brand of country music to the Arena theater on Saturday, January 9th at 8PM. There are still tickets to be had, and you can lay claim to yours here. Though Willie’s voice may have lost some of it’s timbre, he’s still racking up the Grammy nominations, garnering three total for his albums: “American Classic” and “Willie and the Wheel,” which teams Willie with Texas Music Legends, Asleep at the Wheel. Look for Willie to mix in some of his classics along with these newer tunes, so if you haven’t picked them up yet, you’ll still be able to sing along. Willie always puts on a great show, so you can be assured that Willie will be lighting it up, one way or another.

Sit, Ubu, Sit
Since the sun never shines in England, they have lots of practice making warm and hearty meals. They might not season their food, but it will definitely keep you warm. For amazing English food that is both well-seasoned and satisfying, head to The Black Labrador. They offer great pub food, and if you’re making the trek you have to try their English favorites like Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips. Located at 4100 Montrose, The Black Lab is open seven days a week and serves brunch on Sundays.

— Marc


Blair Pentecost — Friday, January 8, 2010 10:12 am

Birraporetti’s delivers in Midtown as well. YUM.

caroline — Friday, January 8, 2010 7:35 pm

and now i’m craving pot roast…

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