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

 

 

The Las Vegas Experience

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A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to spend three days in Las Vegas with the women from my work team. It was the trip of a lifetime to say the least. We ate some of the best food I have experienced, lounged at the pool and enjoyed the nightlife. My three favorite meals were brunch at Caesar’s Palace, Japanese at Nobu and Happy Hour at Giada De Laurentiis’ new restaurant, Giada. I will tell you a little more about it! Let me apologize first for the poor photo quality. I only had my iPhone but wanted to make sure I captured the dishes!

First up, the blueberry pancakes served with fresh berries. The fluffy, sweet pancakes were complimented by scattered blueberries, slightly warmed from the skillet. The mimosa was one of the best I have ever had. Light orange juice and amazing champagne creating the perfect bubbly refresher.

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Dinner at Nobu in Caeser’s Palace was a dream. The sushi was the most flavorful, unique and gourmet I have ever experienced. The Lychee Martini completely set the tone. It was sweet, but not too sweet, made with fresh lychee juice. Would love to recreate it at home. Next was the Tuna Tataki with ponzu (Japanese citrus sauce), scallion, miso and garlic chips. So flavorful I couldn’t get enough of it. The two pictures below the tuna show the Wagyu Beef cooked table side over stones with liquid flame. Quite the spectacle! Not pictured, but another favorite, was the Yellowtail Jalapeño with soy, cilantro and garlic. I loved the slight kick of spice with the yellowtail sashimi. If you ever have the opportunity, Nobu in any city is a must.

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Last but not least, one of my favorite experiences was going to Giada at The Cromwell. I have been following the process of establishing the restaurant via social media and was so excited when I found out it would be open on my birthday! Everything down to the little details had Giada’s classy touch. Golden “G” monograms were everywhere–on the menus, plates and even on top of the cocktails. Upon walking into the restaurant you could immediately view the line chefs creating fresh pastas and hand-made pizzas.

The environment was welcoming, sophisticated and touched with Giada’s glamour. The food was better than I could have imagined. Since we had a group dinner planned later, we got a couple appetizers. The creamy, soft Burrata cheese with incredible olive oil and balsamic salt (!!!) was a favorite, as well as the Orzo Meatballs, which were light, moist and so flavorful. I can’t wait to go back one day to experience a full meal and (fingers crossed) meet “G” herself. Thanks for making my birthday celebrations so wonderful, Giada!

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I am so lucky that I got to take this girls trip to Las Vegas and dine at some of the best restaurants thus far. Hope you are inspired to check out a couple new places next time you’re in the city, too. More travel adventures to come!

Love food. Love self. Love life.
Gabriela