Baby, It's Cold Outside: Here Are Five Things Guaranteed to Warm You Up, Head to Toe
If you ventured outside yesterday, you noticed that the temperatures had fallen. In honor of the chilly weather, we present five foods you should enjoy for lunch or dinner whenever the mercury drops, and we tell you where you can find them if you don't want to cook.
Photo by Mai Pham The spicy miso ramen at Tiger Den is perfect for warming you up on a cold day.
Just sipping on the broth warms up your entire body, but all of the extra goodies in the bowl make it 100 times better. Head to Kata Robata for a bowl of spicy soy ramen with braised pork, a soft-boiled egg and soy milk, or the duck dumpling shoyu ramen with duck confit dumplings, a soft-boiled egg and ginger. Soma Sushi also serves a variety of ramen bowls perfect for warming you up, such as the classic Soma ramen with pork belly, tamago, spinach and shiitake, or the black-bean ramen bowl with bulgogi spare ribs, kimchi, negi, ginger and sweet sushi tamago. Or take the opportunity to visit the recently reopened Tiger Den in Chinatown; it opened yesterday! Mai Pham suggests ordering the spicy miso ramen bowl.
4. Macaroni and Cheese
Photo by Joanna O'Leary The lobster macaroni and cheese at Kata Robata is sinfully scrumptious.
Baked in an oven or cooked on top of the stove, macaroni and cheese is a filling meal perfect for a cold winter night. Add as many different types of cheese as you prefer, and toss in a few extra ingredients, such as sun-dried tomatoes, chicken or vegetables. Or you can head to BRC Gastropub for one of its mac and cheese menu items, such as the foie gras macaroni and cheese. Try the lobster mac and cheese at Kata Robata (we recommend sharing it with someone). Or opt for the classic mac and cheese hot spot in Houston, Jus' Mac, where you can get any version of the dish you could possibly imagine.
Photo by adinaplus Warm up with a hearty bowl of chicken and dumplings from Cracker Barrel.
3. Chicken and Dumplings
While I will always believe that my mom makes the best chicken and dumplings in the history of forever, there are (at least) several places you can find a comforting bowl of pillowy dumplings (or hearty noodles) and tender chicken in a creamy broth. Victor's Delicatessen and Restaurant on FM 1960 in Spring serves outstanding chicken and dumplings --spoonfuls of hearty, thick noodles with tender chicken, carrots, celery and onions that will make you smile with every bite. There's also nothing wrong with going to Cracker Barrel for a comforting bowl of chicken and dumplings.