Food & Drink

Design Curiosities: Alter for Colonial Brewery Co.

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I like a well designed beer can as much as the next guy/designer, but at some point they all start to look the same. Melbourne based design studio, Alter really killed it with this can though. Colonial Draught is a Kölsch ale from Margaret River, Western Australia’s Colonial Brewery Co. Having not tried the beer myself, I can only comment on the clean, fresh, and refreshingly drinkable nature of the design. Cheers!

Good Goods: Sugar and Rice





We first saw Sugar and Rice at the MFAH bookstore, and we purchased it on design alone. It wasn’t until later that we realized what a great read it was. It’s an independent magazine devoted to the food and culture that can be found on the Gulf Coast. Great content and beautiful design. You can find retailers/purchase this issue on Sugar and Rice. The design team behind the publication is an office located in Houston called Always Creative. They do great work.

Try This: Mochi


One of our favorite treats from Trader Joe’s. Mochi is ice cream encased in dough and dusted with rice flour (so they won’t stick to everything). We are partial to the strawberry and chocolate varieties, but they also come in mango and green tea. The texture is great, and the single serving is nice. We can usually resist the urge to gorge ourselves, unlike when we just get a pint. ※ photograph by dc

Try This: Turkey Chili

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We are expecting a mini heat wave here in Boston over the next few days (think typical May in Houston), but today is gray and rainy. It makes for some good chili weather. This recipe is a little spicy, and a definite comfort food. I mix in sour cream at the end to tone down the spiciness, add less if you like a kick. Top with cheese, and enjoy with crackers.


1 lb. ground turkey
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 serrano chile, seeded and minced
1 large jalapeño, seeded and sliced
2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
2 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
2 cans (15 ounces) black beans, half drained
1 tbsp. white vinegar
sea salt

sour cream
shredded cheese


1. Brown the turkey on the stove top, adding 1 1/2 tbsp. of the chili powder to the meat
2. Saute onions on stove until they are translucent
3. Add tomatoes, turkey, onions, garlic, chiles, and the jalapeño to the slow cooker
4. Let the mixture warm for an hour (or longer)
5. Add the black beans, white vinegar and remaining chili powered
6. Salt to taste
7. Let the chili sit for an additional 30 minutes
8. Dish out chili, and mix in a tbsp of sour cream (to tone down spiciness)
9. Top with cheese
Adapted from Everyday Food, March 2013

Try This: French Martini

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We don’t have drinks often around here, but when we do my go to is a French Martini (which is also my favorite shade of lipstick). This isn’t a gin and vermouth drink, instead its made with vodka and a black raspberry liqueur. I’ve included the amount of lime juice noted in the recipe, but we generally add about half. Just do a taste test to decide what you like.


2/3 oz. (4 tsp.) Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
2 oz. Vodka, Chilled
2 oz Pineapple Juice
Juice of a Lime

Add ingredients and a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the drink becomes frothy. Pour into a chilled martini glass and serve. Fills one glass.

This recipe can be found in Peace Meals, a book written by the Junior League of Houston