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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Shell Shack Brings the Whole Kitchen Sink to Houston

Since July of this year, Houston's Heights has been home to a seafood place that captures all of the flavors that our hometown natives crave - spicy crabs, crawfish, shrimp, tasty fried catfish, mixed cocktails, and craft beers. Seven days a week, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. hungry patrons can indulge their taste buds with boiled infused flavors with varying degrees of heat.

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A Fistful of Bourbon Launches First in Texas

Since 2007, the month of September has been considered National Bourbon Month, and we are happy to commemorate this event with the launch of “A Fistful of Bourbon.” The Friedman Agency and Bosscat Cafe joined forces to bring together Houston's foodies with the debut of William Grant and Son's latest libation.

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The Wines of Dan Duckhorn Take Center Stage at The Capital Grille

The Generous Pour is the event of Summer 2018. This year's collection featured some of the tastiest and palate pleasing Whites, Rose's, and Reds that we've tried thus far. This eclectic collection of wines paired perfectly with the steak, clams, calamari, and desserts that we enjoyed immensely at this year's sampling.

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Kitchen DNA Brings the Flavors of NOLA to Cinco Ranch

Inside The Public House of Villagio Town Center, located at 22758 Westheimer Parkway, are former co-workers turned business partners cooking up some of the tastiest food on the west side of our Metroplex.

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The Smollett's Take their Family Table on The Road

Many of us have fond recollections of our family meals, which usually took place at the big table with our parents, grandparents, and siblings. The Smollett's: Jazz, Jurnee, Jake, and Jussie share some of their memories, moments, recipes that are compiled beautifully in a cookbook called “The Family Table”.

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Enjoy the Sparkling Sounds of Summer at Eddie V’s

Summer is officially here in Houston, and we have the best climate for fizzy drinks, sparkling cocktails, and cold brews. In our city, we have so many choices for dining that we don’t even have to leave our neighborhoods. However, if your area does not have an Eddie V’s, this writer recommends an Uber ride to City Centre or Kirby Drive to experience the classy but relaxed ambiance, the live music, and of course, the food.

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Lucy Brings the Flavors of Ethiopia to Houston

Nestled at 6800 Southwest Freeway in Houston, Texas facing the main road is a jewel straight out of Africa. The pretty red building with plentiful parking and easy access to the entrance is home to Lucy, Ethiopian Restaurant and Lounge. According to their website www.LucyHouston.com “Our restaurant and lounge celebrates the roots of humanity in Ethiopia - which you will find in our food, art-gallery, and festivities. We are family owned and operated with friendly staff, delicious food and drink, and a great atmosphere. Please stop in to eat, drink, relax, and have fun. “

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Goofy Girl Gumbo Company Brings The Flavor

We are in the last sprint of a short but colder than usual winter, an epic flu season, and all major holidays are behind us now. In order to combat the chill in the air, along with whatever may ail us many of us resort to making our favorite stews, soups, and comfort food.

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Food Network Star Hosts the Christmas Cookie Challenge

Since winning Season 11 of Food Network Star Chef Eddie Jackson has been busy with all things food. His latest endeavor comes with the premiere of Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge.

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Heights Bier Garten Hosts Hendrick’s Grand Garnisher

In celebration of World Cucumber Day Hendrick’s Gin debuted its Grand Cucumber Garnisher by launching a city-to-city tour throughout the United States. The tour began in New York City and made it to Houston before the end of the year. The motorized cucumber slicing machine is 38 feet long, has a hybrid powertrain, can travel up to 25 miles per hour, and slice up to 18 cucumbers in 60 minutes.

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