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A Singapore Street Food Celebration @ Paper Co. Houston

It hasn't rained today (at least I don't think it has ... I should probably step outside for a bit) but I've been here at the computer getting the next installment of scrumptious photos out of the Paper Co. kitchen ready for you all. This one I think felt a bit more personal. This was Paper Co.'s own popup dinner which gave it that feel for me, and I think it was personal for Dave as well. Dave Foong who is the Head Chef and Manager of Paper Co., and a native Singaporean put this feast on as an homage to his home and a celebration of 50 years of Singapore's national independence. Enjoy & make sure you get tickets to whatever the next popup will be! :-)


  • Kueh Pie Tee
  • Laksa
  • Coconut Seafood Stew
  • Rendang
  • Roti Prata
  • Satay Chicken
  • Sambal Fish
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice
  • Chili Crab Toast
  • Sago Pudding + Gula Malacca

Until the next time ...

More to come!

- Deji.

A Night in Sonoma County (Paper Co. + Catelli's)

It's been a rainy Saturday here in Houston. A chance for some quiet, a few cups of tea, and to finally catch up on the edit of this wonderful popup dinner by Chef Domenica Catelli hosted here in Houston by Paper Co. several months ago. I had forgotten how hungry editing these dinners makes me :-). Enjoy!


  • Seeded Loaf Crostini
    with Spring Pea, Asparagus, Texas Ricotta and Basil
  • Organic Kale Salad
    with Crushed Nuts, Parmesan, Citrus and California EVOO
  • Houston Farmers Market Beets
    with Pistachio, Mint, Arugula and Goat Cheese
  • Smokey Creamy Polenta
  • Catelli's Famous Meatballs
  • Lemon & Herb Chicken
  • Braised Texas Pork
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Dinner was amazing and the amount of work that goes into these popups still boggles my mind! Huge thanks to Chef Catelli & the Paper Co. crew for once more having me along to document this.

Quick update - Paper Co. is now open for brunch on Monday through Saturday morning/early afternoon, and for dinner on Saturday & Sunday evenings!

More to come ...



Thai Feast No. 2: The Sea (Paper Co. + Ngam NYC)

A Thai Feast - "The Sea". Just finished the edit of this second part of the photo essay & I am so hungry after sifting through these photos for the past few days! This was the 2nd of the Thai Feast pop-up dinners by Chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam NYC and hosted by Paper Co. Houston (kudos to Dave Foong & Liz Kilgore of Paper Co.). I posted the first dinner (The Land) last week and this one was held the day after that one, on Monday the 9th of March.



Hand Washing Ceremony

  • Fresh Oysters with Thai Mignonette
  • Thai Ceviche
  • Pad Thai Grilled Gulf Shrimp (as seen on Iron Chef America)
  • Fried Whole Fish + Laab Dressing
  • Grilled Seafood Platter
  • Dancing Calamari
  • TomYum Seafood with Thai Chili Jam
  • Pineapple and Crab Salad
  • Pomelo Salad
  • Jasmine Coconut Jelly

These people ... I can't even begin to explain how hard they worked and how awesome they are! I don't have everyone's names handy but will try to get them and update the list here [Updated - 4/20/15]:

  • Hong Thaimee (Ngam NYC)
  • Gang Insuwan (Ngam NYC)
  • Dave Foong (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Liz Kilgore (Paper Co. Houston)
  • David Miranda (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Amie Krebbs (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Donald Collins (Paper Co. Houston)
  • Asher Castillo
  • Lauren Fuller
  • Steven Hicks
  • Ellie Allen
  • Randy Hill
  • Robert Young
  • Francisco Rivera
  • Malachi Miranda
  • Judy Holzman
  • Julie Edwards
  • Andrea Bridgeman
  • Jason Jones
  • Ruth Kwak
  • Matt Farris
  • Sean Warrick
  • David Paredes
  • ... I think I now have everyone listed ... if I left you out, please definitely let me know :-).

Until the next time ...



P.S.: Paper Co. is open for coffee everyday, and for dinner on Thursday - Sunday evenings. You can also find & follow them on Instagram and Facebook. If you find yourself in New York, Ngam NYC is open for dinner every night and you can find them on Instagram and Facebook as well.