THIS MONTH, WE ARE EXCITED TO INTRODUCE HFBC NEWCOMER, DAIZSA PRESTON OF @GEMSBYDAI! HER BUDDING BLOG TOTES GORGEOUS SHOTS OF HER IMPECCABLE FASHION SENSE, TRAVEL TIPS, AND HER PASSION FOR UNCOVERING HOMETOWN HIDDEN GEMS.

The stunning Daizsa Preston, the fashionista foodie behind @gemsbydai.

The stunning Daizsa Preston, the fashionista foodie behind @gemsbydai.

 
 

 

What inspired you to start your blogging journey?

I've always wanted to start a blog in college, but couldn't find the time. I've always had people ask me for restaurant recommendations. Once I was done with school, I noticed people started asking me more often for places. So I figured I would put all of my favorite places into one. That's how Gems by Dai started. I also wanted to add personal touches so I included style and travel, and a music portion is coming soon.

 

We're obsessed with the chronicles of your life, style, and especially food on your blog! What has been your favorite thing to share with your readers about Houston?

I like to share the truly hidden gems. There's so many good places that most people know about, which is cool to show. But I like sharing places that not that many people know about and bring attention to it. It's always cool when people thank me for recommending a place that they wouldn't have heard about otherwise.

 

Aside from Houston, what is your favorite foodie destination?

NYC! New York has all the good eats. The possibilities are endless. I think the vast majority of my bookmarked places to eat at on Yelp are in New York. So I always have it handy whenever I'm in town. 

 

What is your ultimate comfort food and why?

Fried Chicken & Waffles. It's the best. I was born & raised in the South, so I love anything fried. You can't go wrong with chicken & waffles, it's the perfect combo.

 

Because you're so in the know, what are the top five Houston restaurants on your radar at the moment?

There's a lot of places I have on my radar. It seems there's been a lot of new businesses popping up. But here are my top 5!

1. Amorino

2. Snooze Eatery

3. Steak 48

4. Pi Pizza

5. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts