Houston, We Don’t Have a Problem

It feels so good to be back on the blog! Last time I posted, I was dreaming about Houston and all the incredible food and culture I was about to experience. Now after two months of living here, I can truly say “wow” to this incredible city.

For those of you who may have seen on social media, we successfully colonized Sigma Kappa at the University of Houston! Now that the recruitment and colonization process has ended, I am returning to a somewhat more normal work schedule and getting into my groove of everyday life working with the colony. I work daily with the new members to educate them about the organization and help them transition into running as a new chapter. Now that I have (a teeny bit) more free time, I want to resume content on the blog! I’m hoping to weave in travel and restaurant showcases, recipes I try and general food/lifestyle posts about latest inspiration.

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Meet leadership consultant Gabriela Rodiles! #GR Gabriela is a recent graduate from the Theta Omicron Chapter at Arizona State University. When she was a collegiate member she served as the vice president of membership. Gabriela writes a food blog called Gourmet Gab. @gourmet_gab When she travels, she likes to try traditional foods or favorite restaurants in the cities she is in.

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I am still debating how to even recap the amazing food I’ve experienced over the past two months. Or how to explain the incredible diversity and culture present here. I’m eating the best BBQ, Tex-Mex and pho of my life, and I don’t even have to leave a 20 mile radius to do so. I’ve had the best fried chicken and waffles (sorry, Lo-Lo’s) for breakfast one day and then Louisiana seafood for lunch the next. I’ll post recaps here and there of some amazing eats I’ve experienced so far and some fun experiences I have had.  There are restaurants, and good restaurants, on every corner. The people are friendly. They are Southern and say ya’ll, yes ma’am and yes sir. It’s has only been two months and I am feeling like I’ve found a niche. Eating lots of food, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures here is going to make this a memorable year. Houston, we certainly have no problems!

Love food. Love self. Love life.
Gabriela

Houston, Texas Here I Come!

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I could not be more thrilled to announce that I am moving to Houston, Texas for the year to start a new chapter of Sigma Kappa sorority at the University of Houston. Two other consultants, Danielle (left) and Bianca (right) will be helping me with publicizing the new sorority on campus and I am so excited to work with them!

Reading up on the city has made my excitement double every day. Business Insider ranked it the number 1 city in America. The New York Times wrote about how Houston should become a dining destination. Food and Wine condensed a list of must-visit places for every occasionThe ethnically diverse population of Houston lends itself to an amazing international dining scene. Andrew Knowlton wrote on Bon Appetite, “What’s not to love about a town where you can get a life-affirming bowl of pho in the morning, a stellar goat biryani at lunch, juicy soup dumplings as a snack, and the freshest Gulf seafood for dinner, then cap the evening with an expertly poured cocktail?” Needless to say, I cannot wait to explore. 

My dad grew up in Houston and actually even attended UH for a year, so my placement seems completely suiting. I cannot wait to visit the neighborhood he grew up in, eat Cuban food with his friends and explore the place he called home for many years. Did I mention that my favorite artist, Beyonce, also calls H-town home? Sounds like fate to me!

While the upcoming months will be packed with commitments, I will be sure to blog as often as I can to keep you in the loop of my Houston experiences. Good ole barbeque is on the top of my list, as well as fresh sea food. (Have you heard of Reef? It was named the #1 Seafood Restaurant in America by Bon Appetite!) I also am anticipating that an authentic pair of Texas cowboy boots will be necessary for this Arizona girl. Think I can pull them off?

These, among many other experiences, will make this year one to remember. I cannot wait to bring you along on the journey. You can catch quick stories and thoughts through my tweets and Instagram as well, if you don’t already. If you are familiar with the city, please send any advice or suggestions my way!

Love food. Love self. Love life.
Gabriela

Gab’s Latest Eats II

I’m back with more of the Gab’s Latest Eats series! After exploring more of the Indianapolis eats for the past 2 and a 1/2 weeks, I’ve compiled a list of some of the delicious food that were a part of my trip. I love how each of these foods brings up a memory with the women on my Leadership Consultant team. I think I will always be one of those people who associates some of my favorite moments with favorite meals.

First up, the pizza at Napolese Pizza at the Fashion Mall at Keystone was a perfect outdoor meal on a gorgeous summer evening. The combo of prosciutto, arugula and balsamic reduction drizzle will never fail me. Paired with the melon, cucumber and bacon arugula salad (bet you would’ve never guessed that combo, right?)…I was a happy woman.
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Harry and Izzy’s Steakhouse was a treat after a long day of work. Although the steaks looked amazing, I was craving the Fettuccine Alfredo a much-needed comfort food. The grilled shrimp was a nice compliment to the rich house made sauce and a glass of buttery Chardonnay was the cherry on top.

pastaandwineNow we venture to the complete opposite side of the dining spectrum…Chick Fil A breakfast. Some of the women on my team do not have a Chick Fil A near them, so trying the famous Chicken Minis (mini chicken nuggets tucked inside a fluffy bun) was a must. I have to admit they hit that spot that morning, especially when dipped in a little Chick Fil A sauce–similar to the flavor combination of mayo, honey mustard and BBQ sauce!

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An absolute must for long days of training is a fully stocked snack selection. This usually includes sweet, savory and crunchy items we can munch on all day. When we were given these adorable individual packaged popcorn bags with Cheddar and Caramel popcorn, they disappeared almost immediately. P.S. I love the entrepreneurial story of the twin sisters behind Just Pop In!

welcometoindyUntil next time, hope you enjoyed this Indianapolis edition of Gab’s Latest Eats!

Love food. Love self. Love life.
Gabriela