So I get this e-mail from Whole Foods Market in my inbox:
Healthy Cooking Bowl 2013
Whole Foods Market Houston and Sugar Land stores are celebrating health in 2013 with our second annual Healthy Cooking Bowl...Kickoff the new year by visiting our stores to sample some of our favorite recipes, learn tips, and receive materials that will help you on the road to becoming healthy! There has never been a better time to choose your food with wellness in mind.
I’m not against healthy eating, but come on; this weekend could be our last chance to party for the Texans. No tailgating, since it’s an away game, so just plan a little game day party — with plenty of food and drink — at home.
Now, if I were throwing said party and I wanted to shop at Whole Foods Market here’s what I would pick up:
- Fresh oysters and fixings for Oysters Rockefeller
- Lots and lots of bubbly
- Some of their delish tenderloin so I could make little beef Wellingtons
- An armload of fresh greens for creamed spinach
- An assortment of their delicious cheeses
- And maybe some of those little chocolate éclairs from the bakery
What? It’s a party, right? And I’m only throwing it in my mind. Although I did once serve the oysters and champagne at a Super Bowl party, but I digress.
No, if it’s just a few or even just you watching the playoff Sunday you might just get takeout and be done with it.
And what’s better than Tex-Mex for game day?
“Texans games are big take-out days for us,” says Gary Adair of Skeeter’s Mesquite Grills and Los Tios Mexican Restaurants. “We can put together pounds of food on pretty quick notice. You can call before game time and not miss too much of the game.”
Los Tios’ biggest seller for take-out on game days is the fairly new Hot Poncho Bar. It’s a perfect party package with nacho fixings, cocktail fajitas, chicken taquitos, cocktail tamales, taco meat, chile con queso, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, jalapeños, chips and salsa for $9.95 per person.
And there’s Molina’s Cantina with three locations. Call in your order and they’ll load you up with delicious fajitas with all the sides ($29.95 for two people), combo plates and lots of guacamole and Jose’s Dip, the original chili con queso topped with spicy taco meat. It’s way better than throwing a brick of Velveeta and a can of Ro-Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies into the microwave.
Texans shortbread cookies
Oh, you want some sweets? Ooh La La can hook you up with custom-made Texans shortbread cookies or these darling little cupcake truffles shaped like footballs. Cupcake truffles are $2.50 each or $27.95 per dozen. The Texans cookies are $4.50 each and $48.00 per dozen. Both will be available in all bakeries on Saturday and at the Town & Country location only on Sunday, on a first-come, first served basis.
So get your food in place early. Besides it might be cold and rainy come Sunday and you could wind up driving through Whataburger’s drive through for bags of burgers or calling a national pizza chain and waiting for delivery.
And then you’ll probably run out of beer.