Upcoming Events: The All-Texas Edition
The pork taquitos from Molina's that we enjoyed so much at the Rodeo's Best Bites event in late February were a refreshing change from some of the heavier entries: just tender, shredded pork wrapped in a soft corn tortilla and topped with a tangy salsa verde. They were a hit all around and ended up taking the second-place prize for the evening, but I just wanted to know one thing: Would the taquitos be making an appearance on the menu at Molina's? The answer is yes -- but for a limited time. You can try the tasty taquitos for yourself for $8.95 at Houston's oldest Tex-Mex restaurant. The deal includes three of the taquitos with that kicky tomatillo sauce, along with rice and beans and, of course, chips and salsa.
Photo courtesy of Molina's Those luscious pork taquitos are now available.
Speaking of Tex-Mex, H-E-B is celebrating Texas's independence from Mexico with a two-week-long Tex-Fest through March 15. The "festival" highlights the best of Texas products -- of which San Antonio-based H-E-B is one itself -- by offering specials on Texas produce, ice creams, baked goods, beer, flowers, wine, beef and more. Messina Hof will be doing in-store tastings, and all of H-E-B's cooking demonstrations through March 15 will feature recipes using Texas products.
H-E-B isn't the only one spotlighting Texas products this month, however.
The man behind Houston food blog Bite Me Houston, Mike Cortez, is hosting a Tequila Throwdown next Saturday, March 12. A dozen Texas-produced tequilas will be competing against one another, and only one will be crowned El Rey. The throwdown starts at 8 p.m. at Momentum BMW Southwest (10002 Southwest Freeway) and is free to the public, with two concessions: You must be older than 21, and you're strongly encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the Houston Food Bank.
And for dessert? Check out Chik-fil-A. The famously closed-on-Sundays fast food joint is offering that Texas dessert classic -- banana pudding -- in milkshake form for a limited time. Through June 4, you can attempt to suck up banana pudding through a straw: The milkshake is made with real bananas, real Nilla wafers, vanilla and Chik-fil-A's soft-serve style ice cream.
EOW reader Eric Sandler kindly acted as a guinea pig on Monday and tried it himself. The result? "Chik-Fil-A Banana Pudding milkshake was bananalicious, but pieces of nilla wafer occasionally too big for straw." That's a problem we can definitely deal with.