Let me introduce you to a place that will bring joy to your taste buds:  Ragu & Pesto. In a city so large like Houston, you would expect us to have a fair amount of amazing Italian restaurants. Sadly, this isn’t this case. Majority of the so called Italian restaurants just feature a few dishes of over cooked pasta and some incredibly greasy pizzas. Well your search ends now, for Ragu & Pesto is truly the best place in Houston for your Italian cuisine needs.

To start off, the restaurant itself looks marvelous. It also may contain musical guests that will add an extra pizza to your dinner, which many other places couldn’t even fathom to provide.

Don’t want to go here without knowing what to order? Their website features their entire extensive menu! The extent this place goes to to make you comfortable is incredibly, because if you are far too tired and can’t make it to the beautiful restaurant, they will deliver their fine items directly to you using GrubHub!

Born in Houston, Texas in the heart of The Galleria area, “RAGU & PESTO” is the realization of our Chef and owner dream. Here, we combine the traditional RAGU Bolognese sauce with the authenticity, the elegance and the fresh aroma of PESTO. Come and enjoy a casual atmosphere in Italian Trattoria style where you will savor traditional Italian food. Looking for a place to share some quality time in the company of friends, family or that special someone? RAGU & PESTO features an elegant bar with a huge selection of wines.

At our restaurant, we strive to offer our guests real authentic Italian cuisine. We have revolutionized the Italian dining experience! RAGU & PESTO offers authentic Gourmet Pizzas in a casual and homey environment prepared by our Chef Omar Alvarado. We bring you Italian kitchen favorites, special recipes and sauces that are prepared in the moment you order with the freshest ingredients.


We invite you to try our Bucatini al Cartoccio, Pasta alla Ruota, Risotto Nero with squid ink and a wide variety of delectable and famous authentic dishes. Our guests also have the opportunity to build their own combination of pastas or sauces using our variety of more than 16 traditional Italian sauces.

Every meal we prepare is made fresh daily and cooked at the moment in order to ensure freshness and quality. Every day we only select the finest ingredients available for our restaurant.

Our traditional recipes derive from various provinces of Italy and their history. For us, the food is an experience, a passion; and RAGU & PESTO has great love for the food.

It is our commitment at RAGU & PESTO to provide excellent food and service and a pleasant experience for you and your family. We want you to enjoy what we offer for many years to come!

Come and be part of an outstanding dining experience!


SERVICES:

If you are planning a special lunch or dinner and need catering services in Houston, or if you are looking for a private room to hold your party or business meeting, then RAGU & PESTO is the place for you.

Our excellent bilingual staff will always welcome you to a friendly atmosphere and will go the extra mile to ensure that your visit is as pleasant and as pleasurable as possible. We want you and your acquaintances to be our repeat guests for many years to come.

A fabulous meal awaits you! Contact us for reservations today!


CATERING

If you are looking for Italian catering services in the Houston, Katy or Sugarland areas, look no further, we are here for you. RAGU & PESTO Italian cuisine, Bar and Grill offers an excellent catering service for special events such as weddings, business meetings, birthday parties or any type of special event, we will help you make your event as successful and as unforgettable as possible!

For a group of 20 – 24 people, you can request any of our exquisite Complete Dish Trays or, the half tray which will serve about 10-12 people. All of our trays come with a House Salad and our famous Homemade Bread. We can also provide drinks, serving utensils, sets of plates, bowls and dishes. All these details will make for an unforgettable meal, and will fascinate you and your guests. All you have to provide is the tables and the guests. Our catering menu includes our most popular dishes, although we are happy to create custom dishes for your special event.

Contact us and we will gladly assist you!

DELIVERY and TAKE OUT

For lunch, dinner or business meetings, you can order online or with a quick phone call. Let us bring our gastronomic experience to your home or office door! Our friendly drivers are also there to bring you to our restaurant when you need it. Our RAGU & PESTO delivery service will let you experience a simple and delicious moment. Let us serve and bring our dining experience to where you want it!!!

Please contact us for more information: www.ragupesto.com

6445 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX, 77057.

(713) 266-9999

Ragu & Pesto is proud member of www.tastethe.menu

@tastethe.menu

@ Daniella Garcia-Loos Almeida

 

One of the world’s leading dining clubs is finally here. Taste the Menu Card, is a groundbreaking membership card focused on making eating out more affordable for people that live alone or have little time to cook for themselves while helping local restaurants in the Greater Houston to attract new customers.

As a Taste the Menu member, you will obtain great savings at a vast variety of participating restaurants, from gourmet cuisine establishments to food chains. Just show your membership card and start enjoying the available offers. There are thousands of restaurants offering discount for you to be able to dine out seven days a week. However, some restaurants may feature individual restrictions, so you must check the details of your selected restaurant on the website prior to booking.

As a participant restaurant, Taste the Menu offers you an unparalleled marketing strategy, so that you will see an increasing number of new customers and booking. Restaurants will not have to pay a membership fee, but you are required to offer the agreed discounts to members instead. Taste the Menu will feature your restaurant on its website, mobile apps and in its full color glossy directory… all for free!

If you are interested in joining Taste the Menu a partner restaurant, send an email to marketing@tastethe.menu

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Just yesterday, a man was robbed after he responded to a simple craigslist job offer. I imagine various people became more cautious about finding work on that website.

Well, I have found a solution. ClickNBooking, I know I previously made an article about this amazing website, but I wish to highlight it for you once more. I don’t want any of my readers getting hurt while finding jobs or while trying to hire people. So I assure you, ClickNBooking is completely safe. It’s simple really. You register, get hired, then you get paid. They offer a large variety of options, so your ideal job is sure to be there, whether it’s being a DJ for a party or just painting the walls of a house. You don’t even have to work fulltime, if you are a teen and you want some extra cash, this can work for you too!

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Any doubts still? Please check out their social media for more information.

Circuit of The Americas

Who doesn’t love Taylor Swift? And who doesn’t love Formula 1? Well, why don’t we just combine them together? Oh wait, the Circuit of the Americas already did. You can experience this magic on October 22nd.

Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, United States of America. Sunday 18th November 2012. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull RB8 Renault, and Mark Webber, Red Bull RB8 Renault, lead the field away at the start. World Copyright:Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _79P7169

Come with us to Celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Circuit of the Americas! This event is guaranteed to be the biggest U.S. Grand Prix yet. I’ll assure you of that. As soon as all track activity ends, Taylor Swift will perform a full concert at the Super Stage which faces an incredible hillside that thousands, even millions of fans will use the enjoy the spectacular concert which is entirely General Admission.

taylor_swift-640x427Have you been to a Grand Prix here before, and had a bit of transportation problems? Well, I have good news for you. COTA now has 12,000 upgraded parking spots, improved shuttle wait time, and direct access to Highway 71, so that you don’t have any problems getting to and from this amazing opportunity.

 

 

I know this may be a bit early, but you will surely regret it if you don’t buy a ticket now. I urge you to come, for this could be an experience of a lifetime!

Girls atmosphere Circuit of the Americas.

http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/

Marriott Marquis Houston

Traveling should be a great experience. What better place to have it than the center of life right in Houston? Downtown is a perfect choice for a luxurious hotel, which is why Marriott has chosen to open a new one, right here, and it will be ready by November 2016!

Houston is obviously a travel destination for most business meetings, but there are also various conventions that take place in our George R. Brown Convention Center. How is that relevant? The upcoming Marriott Marquis hotel will be connected to the Convention Center with a stunning sky bridge. Not only is the location of this hotel perfect, but the amenities that will be available are breathtaking. It features a full-service spa and fitness center, sports bar, two specialty restaurants, wine bar, cafe, and pool bar, and grill. All of this within an unbelievable building with 1,000 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space, to meet all of your business or convention needs. Is this not enough for you? Might I add that this hotel is located right by the Discovery Green Park and in the Downtown area where there is plenty of entertainment and sports fun. There are also multiple restaurants and bars for you and your friends.

I hope that you look forward to the opening of the striking Marriott Marquis hotel here in Houston, because I know I will.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/houmq-marriott-marquis-houston/

(coming late 2016)

Houston

Are you considering moving to Houston? Do you live in Texas but are too afraid to move here? Everyone in Houston can agree, it is the best place to be in the US right now.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and it is still growing! It is a place for innovators, hard workers, and people with a passion. Living in Houston means affordable housing options in excellent school districts and employment opportunities in numerous industries throughout the city. If you are sick of the cold weather up north, or the steaming heat from the south, Houston even has variety in its climate, so you never know what to expect! From putting the first man on the moon to the famous Houston Ballet. Houston has a low cost of living, diverse housing, excellent weather, the best education, first class healthcare, year-round outdoor recreation, world renowned arts and culture, culinary from different cultures, and sports all year long. We have endless possibilities for anything you wish to pursue. Everyone wants to keep Houston prosperous with jobs, technology, entertainment, and we need someone.

We need you.

Come to Houston today! http://www.houston.org/

 

I know that Summer has just begun, but if you don’t have any vacation plans then you dread these boring three months. Not anymore! I am here today to inform you of some amazing (and cheap) things to do this Summer!

HCC#1. Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Outdoor Theater has given Houston 80 years of free cultural entertainment including theater, dance and musical performances. With various show producers like the Society for the Preforming Arts, A.D. Players, and the Diaz Music Institute; this outdoor entertainment will be perfect for any person in this heat!

MFA_houston#2. Houston Museum District

Take advantage of free days and discounts! Museums are great for not only children and teens, but for adults too! Houston has a large variety of museums that fit various interests, even some weird ones like the Beer Can House. Don’t miss these fun learning opportunities!

moviesthisweek#3. Free/Cheap Movies

It’s another weekday and you have nothing to do, most people go and see movies on weekends. Not anymore! So many movie theaters have discounts or free movies during weekdays. Take your friends or family and have some fun!

orch#4. Houston Symphony and AFA

Are you a huge music fan? Well, you are in luck. The Houston Symphony is hosting free neighborhood concerts, and if you can’t make it to those, they also have some movie themed concerts later on. If you wish to hear young aspiring musicians perfect their art, I welcome you to Summer Concert Series with the American Festival for the Arts where AFA Conservatory students preform amazing music!

I hope this is enough to last you at least a month, but don’t worry. I’ll be back soon with more fun things to do in Houston. Send suggestions and I might write about them!

La Argentina Gelato

I imagine you are sick of seeing an abundance of ice cream and frozen yogurt shops near you. Don’t you want to try something different, something better? Well, lucky you. I just found the perfect place: La Argentina Gelato. Oh my, the things I can tell you about this store. I’ll start off with my personal experience so that you may see my thoughts.

13335744_1186846128021975_1895867993064297707_n I walk in, and it’s like love at first sight. So many different flavors and so many ways to present them. I choose two flavors, for those that want to know it was Dulce de Leche and Chocolate Bariloche, had some friendly banter with the cashier, then at last I began to eat the gelato. Let me tell you, I love ice cream and frozen yogurt, but this couldn’t compare. The texture was very creamy and the potency of the flavors were just right for my taste buds. In addition, Customer Service was superb!

 

 

 

Oh, is this not enough for you to go dashing to this place? Allow me to tell you more about this place then. This shop has a long history since 1985, but they are recently arriving in Houston and Katy. All of their flavors are made out of 100% natural ingredients, so no strange chemicals! 32 different flavors and five different ways to present them, so there is something for everyone. Not only do they offer gelato, but they also offer fresh coffee and Sandwiches de Miga (This is a traditional Argentinian meal, which I would also recommend you try out).

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This all being said, I hope you will drop by this place sometime. Especially in the Summer heat, 100% handmade gelato is perfect for this weather!

Check their website out here: http://argentinagelato.com/en/

Gelato Flavors

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  • Fior di latte (American vanilla) – Classic gelato that gives proper justice to fresh whole milk, cream & sugar.   
  • French Vanilla – Involves blending egg yokes into the gelato vanilla base for an extra rich flavor.
  • Vanilla Bourbon – Creamy vanilla Bean.
  • Vanilla Fudge – Fior di latte with chocolate fudge.
  • Stracciatella – Fior di latte with swirls of chocolate.
  • Chantilly di fragola – Creamy American vanilla, whipped cream & strawberry syrup.
  • Dulce de leche Argentina – Milk caramel gelato flavor. The most popular flavor in Argentina. Made from scratch.
  • Salt Caramel – Salt Caramel gelato with marble chocolate callets
  • Dulce de Leche Choco chips  – Creamy Dulce de Leche and shaved chocolate
  • Super Dulce de leche – Creamy Dulce de leche flavor with dulce de leche sauce and merengue.
  • Belgium Chocolate – Chocolate gelato made with Belgium Chocolate (Callebaut)
  • White Chocolate
  • White chocolate with forest fruits jam
  • Chocolate Mousse
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  • Gianduia – Creamy hazelnut & Chocolate Gelato flavor. When you eat it,  you can feel how a Ferrero Chocolate melts in your mouth.
  • Lemon Tart – Creamy Lemon gelato with sweet vanilla cake
  • Chocolate Bariloche – Creamy chocolate with almond, nuts and peanuts
  • Swiss chocolate – Creamy chocolate with caramel sauce and shaved chocolate
  • Danish Chocolate – Our chocolate gelato flavor with (Chocolate blanco en ramas)
  • Daniel’s Chocolate– Creamy chocolate with dulce de leche sauce, chocolate sauce and brownies
  • Brandy Chocolate Truffles – Brandy Truffles, Chocolate gelato and natural peanuts.
  • American Chocolate – Creamy chocolate gelato, nuts and mashmellow
  • White chocolate with toasted almonds
  • Valrhona Dark chocolate – creamy dark chocolate gelato made it with Valrhona Chocolate
  • Dark chocolate with forest fruit sauce
  • Ginger, dark chocolate & orange
  • Mango, coconut & dark chocolate
  • Chocomint – Mint & shaved Chocolate
  • Nocciola – Creamy hazelnut gelato
  • Praline Pecan
  • Butter Pecan
  • Amarena – Fior di latte flavor with a delicate taste amarena cherries syrup
  • Maraschino Cherry cream – A creamy gelato with fresh and liquor cherries.
  • Pumpkim cinnamon
  • Imperial Cream – creamy vanilla, dulce de leche sauce, merengue and vanilla cake with apricot pieces
  • Caffe Bianco & Shaved Chocolate – Infusion of coffee beans with shaved chocolate
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  • Coconut & Caramel
  • Tramontana Valrhona Chocolate chips – Fior di latte, caramel sauce & Valrhona Chocolate Chips.
  • Blueberry yogurt – Sweet yogurt cream with blueberries
  • Irish coffee – With its bold coffee taste and hint of Bailey’s liquor, Irish Coffee ice cream is a favorite of coffee lovers everywhere.
  • Rum Raisin – French vanilla flavor with rum and raisins.
  • Vanilla Caramel Flan – creamy flan with caramel sauce
  • Super Flan – Creamy flan with Dulce de Leche and caramel sauce
  • Tiramisu – American Vanilla gelato, mascarpone, cocoa powder, espresso coffee, Marsala Wine.
  • Strawberry cheesecake – With real cream cheese
  • Strawberry with shaved chocolate
  • Oreo cheesecake
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Gelato al Limoncello – Limoncello liquor, egg yolks, whipped cream.
  • Mate del Gaucho – milk creamy gelato with yerba mate infusion (Argentinean green tea).
  • Forest fruits – American vanilla with berries fruits.
  • Blackberry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon ricotta cardamom
  • Mascarpone and berries – Mascarpone cheese & Berries Jam
  • Banana split – creamy banana gelato with chocolate fudge and Dulce de Leche sauce
  • Italian Zabaione – Zabaione gelato flavor with nuts and raisin
  • Coconut Cream
  • Pistachio al naturale
  • Cinnamon spicy biscuit – Creamy cinnamon with spicy biscuit and a hint of nutmeg.
  • Coffee
  • Mango Avocado

 

Light & gluten free

  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Strawberry

Sorbet

  • Cardamom Orange Stracciatella- Orange sorbet stracciatella flavored with one of the most wonderful species: Cardamom.

Sorbet and Gluten Free

  • Strawberry
  • Lemon
  • Mango & Apricot
  • Pineapple
  • Orange
  • Lemon & Basil – lemon sorbet with a delicate flavor of basil
  • Strawberry and Basil
  • Citrus – combination citrus fruits (Bergamot lemon, Mandarin, tangerine, grapefruit)
  • Passion fruit
  • Mango
  • Orange & champagne
  • Blueberry lemon and thyme

Check their website out here: http://argentinagelato.com/en/

 

 

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Trabajos de limpieza en su área. Elige cuándo y dónde trabajar, así como cuanto quieres ganar. Sólo tienes que registrarse para ser un Tasker en Clicknbooking.com.

Cleaning work in your area. Choose when you work, where you work, and what you earn.Just sign up to be a tasker at Clicknbooking.com.
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While River Oaks District, the new $550 million mixed-use center on Westheimer, is already well known for housing dozens of shops featuring luxe brands like Hermès,Tom Ford, Dior and Cartier — as well as a the hip Equinox fitness center and the luxury iPic movie theater — it now has even more to offer with six new dining options debuting over the next few months in addition to two currently open.

So whether it’s coffee, a light lunch or a lavish 5-course meal, River Oaks District promises an enticing array of culinary options to please all appetites.

Toulouse Café and Bar

The second location of the Dallas-based café and bar brings delectable Parisian-style bistro fare to River Oaks District on March 23. An imaginative, seasonally-focused menu features a wide variety of quintessential French dishes, including a quiche du jour, three preparations of mussels, crispy duck confit, filet au poive and poached foie gras.

Toulouse also offers brunch from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, where the menu will offer more traditional breakfast options like steak and eggs, beef hash and custom omelettes, as well as specialties like eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles.

The bar features a classic cocktail menu with options such as the Negroni, Pimm’s Cup and a New Orleans Sazerac in addition to featuring a large selection of wines, many of which are offered by the glass.

The Tuck Room

Located within the iPic Theater, The Tuck Room offers patrons delicious dining options, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite before or after a movie.

Created by James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard, the menu offers a variety of delectable sandwiches, small plates and entrees, ranging from lobster rolls and buttermilk fried chicken to kale salad and oysters with apple mignonette.

The Tuck Room also features a variety of signature cocktails, including the Afternoon Delight (made with vodka, berries, lemon and sweet tea) and white sangria (made with mango, passion fruit, ginger, chardonnay and St. Germain), as well as hand-tailored cocktail options like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan that comes with a number of alcohol, garnish and preparation options.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Opening in late spring is Austin-based burger favorite Hopdoddy, which is know for its all-natural beef patties, craft beer selection and boozy milkshakes. As one of the more casual restaurant additions to River Oaks District, the burger hotspot will set itself apart with a variety of patties — beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, tuna and black bean — as well as great toppings, from Texas goat cheese and fried farm eggs to sliced avocado and apple-smoked bacon.

Hopdoddy also features a variety of signature burgers, including the Primetime, which comes with brie, caramelized onions, steak sauce and truffle aioli, and the Continental Club, complete with turkey, provolone, bacon, arugula and pesto.

Steak 48

Steak-48-44_153904As the latest restaurant concept from Jeffrey, Michael and Dennis Mastro, Steak 48 will be one of the most upscale restaurant offerings at River Oaks District.

Opening in late spring, Steak 48 will occupy a massive, 13,700-square foot, two-story space on the corner of Westheimer and Westcreek Lane. While prime beef and a raw bar are part of the steakhouse’s plan, dishes like ahi poke and burrata with stone fruit set it apart from competitors.

The Porch

Originating in Dallas, the second location of the New American restaurant featuring down home food and uptown cocktails will open in River Oaks District in late spring. The Porch is known for comfort culinary delights, including pimento cheese dip, house smoked brisket sliders, beer-battered onion rings with parmesan, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, and specialty entrées.

Brunch service and a large craft cocktail selection will also be offered at the Porch.

Le Colonial

A New York City favorite, Le Colonial will arrive at River Oaks District in late spring. The restaurant is known for upscale French-Vietnamese cuisine, including dishes like banana leaf steamed Chilean seabass, classic pho with oxtail broth and beef tenderloin, and caramelized chicken with lemongrass and chiles.

The restaurant offers a variety of desserts, including passion fruit crème brûlée and profiteroles with coffee ice cream, as well as a comprehensive wine selection.

Taverna

A mid-April date is set for the opening of Taverna, an Italian restaurant that combines hospitality and farm-to-table cooking in rustic and welcoming surroundings.  The River Oaks District restaurant will emulate an Italian taverna, offering a special place where customers become friends and family without leaving Houston.

The menu will feature seasonal ingredients and surprising entrees, from pan seared sea bass to delicate pasta and fabulous risotto.

Flow Juice Bar

Located inside of the chic fitness center Equinox, which opened in December, the second Houston location of Flow Juice Bar offers everything you need to feel great after a workout or whenever you want to sip on something healthy.

The juice bar offers nearly a dozen varieties of organic cold-pressed juices such as Detox, made with parsley, beet, cucumber, celery, ginger and lemon, as well as smoothies like The Nox, made with almond butter, banana, almond milk, kale, protein powder, avocado, blueberries.

Patrons also have the option to add supplements like açai, B-12 and spirulina to each beverage or can opt to imbibe their vitamins with a healthy shot of wheatgrass, aloe vera or flax seed.

In addition to juices and smoothies, Flow also features espresso, coffee and even nutritious prepared food options like quinoa salad and grilled chicken and hummus wraps.

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