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Houston family to compete on Netflix cooking competition Nailed It!
A mother-son duo will represent Houston on the upcoming fifth season of Nailed It!, the Netflix cooking competition in which amateur bakers attempt to recreate edible masterpieces for a $10,000 prize.
This season, Nailed It! Double Trouble will feature pairs of contestants, including siblings, best friends, and teams like Laura and Jones Levenson, a mother-son from Houston duo who’ve been baking together for decades. The pair specialize in Southern baking, including dishes like tea cakes, as well as creative birthday cakes for their entire family.
The new season of Nailed It! will premiere March 26 on Netflix. Scope out the trailer here.
British-inspired coffee shop debuts in Spring Branch
A new coffee shop serving up British-inspired baked goods and craft coffee will host its grand opening this weekend in Spring Branch.
Cambrian Coffee, at 9461 Hammerly Boulevard, will celebrate its opening on March 13. The cafe, founded by married couple Gemma Hildred and Brian Hinkle, serves up British-inspired pastries and savory dishes baked in house, including scones and a signature sausage roll. The cafe partners with local roasters like Geva Premium Coffee, and serves both espresso drinks as well as a “slow bar” menu, with single-origin cold brews and coffees made with a Seraphim Slow Pour system. There is also tea, naturally, and lemonades made with flavored syrups, like lavender. The event begins at 7 a.m. Saturday.
Blue Sushi Sake Grill will open a Houston outpost at new M-K-T development
Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a sushi chain that bills itself as ultra Earth-conscious, will open a location at the burgeoning Heights development M-K-T later this year. According to a press release, Blue Sushi’s parent company, Flagship Restaurant Group, is one of the largest sushi groups to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, which helps restaurants and chefs make sustainable choices when it comes to sourcing seafood. At Blue Sushi, that menu includes maki, sashimi, and nigiri, as well as a large sake list.
Nick Hogan, CEO of Flagship Restaurant Group, said in a statement that Houston has been on the company’s radar for about a decade. The M-K-T location will be the first in the Bayou City, joining three spots in the Dallas area and another location soon to open in Austin. No word yet on an opening date for Houston.