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La Gloria and Java Pura on Houston DM

HOUSTON Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH

A Presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods 

SATURDAY: Whatever your feelings about pleasure vs. food safety, it’s impossible to ignore the richness of regional dishes served all over Mexico – by vendors right on the streets. What better Texas city could there be than San Antonio to give the world La Gloria, a restaurant devoted to the wonderful street foods chef-owner Johnny Rodriguez found traveling Mexico’s highways and byways. We taste and chat with Chef Johnny about La Gloria. We also sit down with wine buyer extraordinaire Bear Dalton of Spec’s for a tasting of champagnes plus a couple of other sparkling wines that should add bubbles to our holidays. 

SUNDAY: There’s nothing quite like a good cup of coffee, something Ken Palmer has learned as a master roaster from Hawaii to Ethiopia, from Oregon to Texas. Ken takes us through the custom roasting process – with time out for an official (and noisy) “cupping – at a coffee housed called Java Pura. In our Grape & Grain segment, we do something we’ve been wanting to do a very long time – sit down with beer buyer Justin Cody of Spec’s for a festive tasting of brews for the holidays.  If the best you’ve done so far as beer with the word “Lite” in its name, you’ll be amazing at how different from each other beers can actually be.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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