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Xochi: blooming beautifully in Downtown Houston

I got really excited when I found out that I would get to meet Chef Hugo Ortega. Not only is he a James Beard Award-winning chef, but he’s a Houston legend with a group of highly frequented restaurants in our fair city. His food is unforgettable and authentic and I was thrilled to get to try his newest eatery, Xochi one of Allison Cook’s Top 100 Houston Restaurants.

Xochi, meaning to bloom, or catch fire opened right as Houston became a destination for The Big Game in February. With its focus on Oaxacan cuisine, the dining experience there is truly one-of-a-kind, and I got an inside the kitchen look at the magic that happens.

Chef did two demos for us. One was a great overview of how to he makes Tamales. They make them nice and sharable at Xochi, and they also make them from scratch. They ground the corn in-house for the masa (and their excellent blue corn tortillas).

Chef shared the process for the dish he’ll share at the Houston Chronicle’s Culinary Stars Event on October 26th

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I  got a chance to nosh on some of Xochi’s delicious food. It made me wish I took a trip to Downtown Houston much more often.


Roasted Cauliflower

Molotes de Xoxocotlan

Molotes de Xoxocotlan

Tamal De Mole Negro

Tamal De Mole Negro

I’ll be back at Xochi, but in the meantime, I’ll be sampling Chef Hugo’s creations at the Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars event.

The highly anticipated 4th Annual Culinary Stars event on October 26 presents delicious small plates from more than 30 of Houston’s top restaurants, this event is a salute to culinary mastery. Culinary Stars will also feature several of Alison Cooks’ Top 100 restaurants (including Xochi) from her 2017 list which was included in the September edition of Luxe Life magazine. The event benefits nonprofits that are helping Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Tickets are still on sale for the event, and you don’t want to miss your chance to try great food from Houston’s Top Restaurants. We are a culinary destination, after all. Who doesn’t want to be in a room with 30 of Houston’s best food spots?



  1. October 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    The demo is absolutely delightful, and the food looks so fresh and flavorful. Thank you for bringing us into the kitchen in this awesome video!

  2. October 10, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Omg does this look good, and I have to say I’m a little jealous.

  3. October 9, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    This restaurant looks great! I used to live in Houston 15 years ago, and one of its best qualities was its food!

  4. October 9, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    What an amazing experience! How blessed you are.

  5. October 9, 2017 / 11:43 am

    Gorgeous and delicious looking. Have fun at the event! I am sure it will be so yummy.

  6. October 9, 2017 / 9:02 am

    This is so interesting . While i’m glad I know of a good restaurant in Houstan, I’m amazed that your blog revolves around your condition and celebrating it in the sense of finding better ways to eat. I would love to connect. I do interviews of inspriring women, and various cultural challenges. You can find me at Raising World Children. No, you don’t need to be a mom to be interviewed 🙂

  7. October 9, 2017 / 7:43 am

    Now that looks like an awesome place to visit! Those photos are making me hungry.

  8. October 9, 2017 / 7:36 am

    This food looks amazing! So pretty! Almost too pretty to eat! You took some great pics of it, too!

  9. October 8, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    That food looks amazing! How cool that you got to see the chef at work.

  10. October 7, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    What an exciting opportunity for you! Everything looks so delicious, my mouth is watering…

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