HOUSTON: Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH
SATURDAY: You’ve got to love a cupcake concept that first opened its doors in Beverly Hills and perfected its recipes a couple other places before venturing into Highland Village in Houston. That’s what Sprinkles has done, and we sit down to a cupcake tasting with co-founder Candace Nelson to celebrate the grand opening. At any given time, the tiny but stylish retail space with the huge bakery in the back (the better to do things from scratch, my dear) might have 12-14 different flavors of cupcakes. And one or more of those might be the best versions you’ve ever tried. Also on today’s show, we submit to a different kind of tasting – sampling the wines of Bridlewood with winemaker David Hopkins, he of the long blond locks and the morning California surfing regimen. From David, we’ll learn what it means to be an “Old World winemaker working with New Worlds fruit.”
SUNDAY: The places turn up in different parts of Texas and even in other states, always notable for some reference to the Sherlock Holmes stories in the name. There’s Sherlock’s, of course. And there’s Baker Street. Plus a couple other spins on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Still, this show is all about what we eat and drink, not about what we read. We eat our way through much of the menu with the corporate chef who travels from location to location, making sure the food is both consistent and very good. And, as a home brewer himself, he explains how to pair the perfect beer with the perfect dish. In our Grape & Grain segment, we head for the South of France – to the wine region known as the Rhone. And we pick up a new/old magic word to conjure with: Gigondas.