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Thai Feast No. 1: The Land (Paper Co. + Ngam NYC)

A Thai Feast - "The Land". On Sunday the 8th of March, a pop-up dinner by Chef Hong Thaimee of Ngam, NYC was hosted by Paper Co. Houston. The funds raised from the dinner went towards the Paper Co. mission of being "A Cafe for All" and what was initially planned to be a single dinner ended up becoming two (well, kinda three actually). The first one (this one) with a land theme, and the second (post coming soon) with a seafood theme. (Update: "Thai Feast No. 2: The Sea" is now online - 3/26/15)



  • Hand Washing Ceremony
  • Happy Tiger (Coffee Crusted Steak with Spicy Jiaw Dipping Sauce)
  • Hunglay (Braised Pork Belly and Pork Neck - as seen on Iron Chef America)
  • Baby Ribs (Thai Style BBQ)
  • Thai Burger (Ngam's Famous Burger)
  • Brother Chai's Chicken Wings


  • Papaya Salad
  • Watermelon Slaw
  • Chiang Mai Fries
  • Sticky Rice


  • Thai Iced Tea Semifreddo

It was a pleasure meeting Chef Hong and to photograph and see her work along side the awesome Paper Co. crew, and her sous-chef par excellence - Gang ,who came down from NY to help make this happen. Stay tuned for Feast No. 2 - "The Sea"!

P.S.: Paper Co. is open for dinner Thursday - Sunday evenings. On Instagram you can find Paper Co., Hong Thaimee and Ngam NYC at @papercohouston, @hongthaimee and @ngamnyc respectively.

Mueva Coffee

I had the pleasure of photographing Josely Yuko of Mueva Coffee several weeks ago at their new location right beside Paper Co. in the Ecclesia building at 1100 Elder Street. It has been a busy couple of weeks and I am now just getting to share these photographs about one of my favorite things with you. It was a beautiful Tuesday afternoon and a good day to learn a bit more about what goes into creating this awesome thing we call coffee!

Mueva curates and roasts coffee sourced directly from the farmers in Nicaragua and around the world. Their specialty house brand is Café Diego from Nicaragua, specifically from the rainforest of the Matagalpa Highlands and is grown by Josely's family.

Thanks for the coffee roasting lesson Josely and for the Café Diego roast sampler! Now go order some coffee from them right away … it'll help with the cold weather outside! :-)