Yolanda Pope

Culinary Writer


Yolanda Pope is a native Houstonian, with a variety of interests. She is an artist, former ESL Teacher, Business Technology Teacher, and Second Grade Montessori Teacher. She has a BBA from the University of Houston and a Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori Institute. She also enjoys martial arts, gardening, and of course food. She has interviewed several chefs from The Food Network for Houston Style Magazine including Iron Chef Cat Cora, Chopped Grand Champions Madison Cowen and Chef Danielle Saunders, who is P.Diddy’s former personal chef. Mexican Food is at the top of her list in the category of favorite foods, especially the local Taquerias in our area.
Yolanda is a culinary writer for Houston Style Magazine.

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Smith & Wollensky Standing Tall in Highland Village

Smith & Wollensky located at 4007 Westheimer exemplifies what a writer from the New York Times wrote “The steakhouse to end all arguments.” Their service is impeccable, the restaurant is elegant, but not stuffy, the staff is friendly and attentive to the needs of all customers. Moreover, the food, especially the dry-aged steak, exceeded my expectations in every way.

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Texas City Resident Could Be The Next Food Network Star

The Season premiere of Season 13 of Next Food Network Star is set to air Sunday, June 4, 2017, and Chef Nancy Manlove has set her sights on winning the top prize. This competitive cook is not afraid to challenge herself. In fact, this dynamic personality has won several recipe competitions; she beat out several other cooks from around the country and won a trip to Italy by entering around 50 of her own creations in a contest held by Barilla Pasta.

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Houston Private Chef Delivers on Healthy & Delicious Food

When one is challenged to make healthier meal choices, but also lives in a city where comfort food is plentiful, the variety of dining venues are endless, plus you want to eat something that tastes good no matter what; how do you find the happy medium?

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Pappas Brothers Steakhouse Hosts Alto Adige Wines

Recently, we took part in a wine seminar from Italian Winemakers Alto Adige, which was hosted by Pappas Brothers Steakhouse in the Galleria area of Houston. A group of selected guests were privileged to hear the stories about the grapes, the topography, and passion that is poured into every bottle of the final product.

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The Crowds Gathered for Sugar Land Wine & Food 2017

This year marked the fourteenth year in a row that the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend County hosted the annual wine and food event that attracts crowds of foodies, media bloggers, wine aficionados, and faithful attendees flocking to the fair grounds of The Imperial Sugar Complex.

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Cocktail Plates to Share & Devour at Capital Grille

When it’s cocktail time in Houston, there are many choices to consider; we live in a city that has a plethora of dining establishments that offer everything from steak tartare to dessert and coffee. At Capital Grille, their bar menu offers a range of signature cocktails and appetizers to please the pickiest of palates.

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Explore the Southern Hemisphere of Wine and Food at Fleming’s

On March 10, 2017, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar hosted its annual Wine Harvest Dinner. In the private dining area of their luxurious, but down to earth restaurant, a small group of us gathered and indulged our taste buds into a four course meal fit for a king.

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Yard House’s Menu Keeps Customers and the Restaurant Full

City Centre located at 800 Town and Center Boulevard in West Houston has become a hot spot for shopping, movie watching, and dining. The parking is plentiful, whether it’s in an outside lot or the free parking garage, this place seems to have covered all the bases to please the multitude of visitors that arrive Monday through Sunday.

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Houstonian Ann Odogwu Could Be the Worst Cook in America

If you prepare every meal with scissors, cannot boil water, and consistently undercook pasta, because you don’t know when it’s done; in my view, you are the worst cook ever. After growing tired of the afore mentioned kitchen disasters, Ann Odogwu decided to expand her culinary skills by filling out an application for Season 10 of The Food Network’s ® Worst Cooks in America.

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Get Your Taco and Tequila Fix at El Big Bad

It’s just a hop, skip, and jump to downtown Houston and get served at what is known as the “world’s largest Infused Tequila bar with 70 plus infusions, fresh juice margaritas, cocktails and scrumptious food.” El Big Bad, located at 412 Travis Street, is open seven days a week serving lunch, brunch, and dinner to the crowds that waft in, or have made this place their regular spot.

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