Houston's Newest Sweet Treats for Valentine's Day
By: Gabi De la Rosa
Don’t know what to get your Valentine this year? How about some delectable desserts that are not only tasty, but definitely Instagram worthy – no filters necessary!
Made to order donuts, served warm and topped with nearly any topping your sweet tooth desires. Can this be true? Yes friends, Duck Donuts has arrived in Houston, and it will make any other donut experience pale in comparison. Duck Donuts does not make donuts until they are ordered ensuring a fresh, warm experience every time. Customers can customize their donut with coatings, toppings and drizzle or order from the Classic Menu which features 12 donuts that are always available with flavors like Strawberry Icing with Blackberry Drizzle or Maple Icing with Bacon. Duck Donuts also has a rotating seasonal menu and beginning February 9th will feature an assortment of Valentine’s Day donuts. Customers can feel good about their purchase from Duck Donuts because a percentage of sales is given to a non-profit organization through a program called Quack Gives Back – what more could your Valentine ask for? Duck Donuts – 3157 West Holcombe, 77025.
SMOOSH is a testament to the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Premium ice cream “smooshed” between two warm scratch made cookies is the ideal dessert and you don’t even need a spoon to eat it. Customers can choose between seven different cookie flavors, seven premium ice cream flavors, 15 different toppings and for those in the know, there is even a menu of “secret toppings.” Everything from M&Ms to Froot Loops is available for the ultimate customized ice cream sandwich. Things get even sweeter for Valentine’s Day when SMOOSH is offering BOGO – one for you and one for your Valentine (both people must be present). SMOOSH – Rice Village 5505 Morningside Dr., 77005.
A Hong Kong street food favorite has made its way to Clutch City and Houstonians everywhere are rejoicing. Gai Daan Zai or bubble waffles are made in a similar way to waffles where batter is poured into a press and cooked for about 5 minutes. Once the waffle is cooked it is shaped into a cone and topped with ice cream and toppings. In addition to standard ice cream flavors, enjoy one of the unusual offerings such as Red Bean, Superman, Eskimo Kiss and Banana Pudding. The bubble waffle can also be customized with regular, matcha, chocolate flavors and there is even a bacon and cheese option. This decadent dessert will make your Valentine say, YES! Bubble Egg Waffles & Drinks - 9188 Bellaire Blvd. Ste B, 77036.
Lucienne, located on the second floor of the beautiful and recently opened Hotel Alessandra, has a menu of contemporary American food with a Mediterranean influence. Executive Chef Jose Hernandez, a Mexico City native, has had a career working in notable restaurants from Mexico to New York and came to Lucienne from its sister restaurant, Radio Milano located at Hotel Sorella. Guests can enjoy the fantastic views, beautiful décor and most of all the delicious food. Chef Hernandez has created a three course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu, so make a reservation today. Also, be sure to leave room for dessert, Chef Hernandez began his career as a trained pastry chef, his desserts will be as beautiful to look at as they are to taste. Lucienne – 1070 Dallas Street, 77002.