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2001 Stories by George Alexander

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  • In Honor of the Winter Solstice

    published December 27, 2001

    I enter the lobby of the Hotel Derek (2525 West Loop South, 713-297-4383), a location that has failed for a series of owners since opening in... More >>

  • Deli-Gate

    published December 20, 2001

    "A house divided cannot stand," declared Abraham Lincoln. But despite his respectable Jewish given name, honest Abe's advice is not carrying much... More >>

  • Warm the Soul

    published December 20, 2001

    It's a gray, wintry day in old Houstontown. The problem is, the temperature is still in the 70s. How does one get into a proper holiday mood when... More >>

  • Party Like It's 1982

    published December 13, 2001

    The Gatsby (2540 University Boulevard, 713-874-1310), a disco bar advertised with billboards showing a woman in 1930s vamp drag, seems curiously... More >>

  • What Recession?

    published December 6, 2001

    The economy may be slowing, and light rail construction may be playing havoc with small businesses along its route, but new bars and restaurants... More >>

  • Cotton Money

    published December 6, 2001

    "A dime of cotton money," a Houston native told me the year I arrived in town from the enchanted island of Manhattan, "is worth a dollar of oil... More >>

  • Pig in the City

    published November 22, 2001

    The foodies, F. Scott Fitzgerald may have written, but didn't, "are different. They are not like you and me." In the American foodie universe, New... More >>

  • A Fusion Formula

    published November 22, 2001

    There is an Italian restaurant in Houston owned by a chef from Thailand who has managed to confound Kipling's dictum "East is East and West is... More >>

  • Soviet Secrets

    published November 15, 2001

    It is the 83rd anniversary of the storming of the Winter Palace in Petrograd, November 7, New Style, the day the Soviet Union was born. It seems... More >>

  • History in the Unmaking

    published November 8, 2001

    The remaining wards of Houston don't seem to be included in much publicity from the chamber of commerce or other civic organizations promoting the... More >>

  • A Tasty Top Spin Treat

    published November 8, 2001

    Mattress Mac may be able to save you money. But in saving us money, he has made quite a bit for himself, which is as it should be. It seems that... More >>

  • Cultural Imperialism

    published November 1, 2001

    In Paris, Harry's Bar has provided expatriates like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway a place to sip martinis and manhattans and sidecars... More >>

  • Good Company

    published October 25, 2001

    The humble tamale may be the most authentic Texian dish there is. Spanish explorers found the native residents of the region now known as South... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 25, 2001

    I have always wondered about the cocktail called the Cuba Libre. Which free Cuba are we talking about here? The Fidel-free Cuba of the future? The... More >>

  • Imagine All the Pitas

    published October 18, 2001

    Texas is a state that is burdened with a certain widespread reputation for recreational violence. Even the slogan of the state highway... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 18, 2001

    Maybe it's all those American flags I see around the city, but I am getting a powerful thirst for something really patriotic to drink. Driving... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 11, 2001

    Morton's is an institution. The high-end chain began in Chicago and spread across the United States and abroad, opening up steak shops as far... More >>

  • Hot Plate

    published October 4, 2001

    Auguste Escoffier, the French culinary pioneer described by Kaiser Wilhelm II as the "emperor of chefs," once created a dish dubbed... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published October 4, 2001

    In all of the restaurants I have ever worked in, the bartender was a creature apart from the kitchen staff. While both chef and barman create... More >>

  • Chain for Fools

    published September 27, 2001

    There are dog people and there are cat people. There are Bush people and there are Gore people. There are even Nader people, for that matter, but... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published September 27, 2001

    Filled with an angry despair while contemplating the howling void at the center of existence, I decide I must seek solace in the company of... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published September 20, 2001

    There I am, at the front bar of South Beach (810 Pacific Street, 713-529-7623), next to an absolutely fabulous hunk of guy-flesh, Alexandre... More >>

  • Fall For It

    published September 20, 2001

    As the calendar advances, Houstonians can at least pretend that we've changed seasons. We can bid adieu to white shoes and chilled soups, and... More >>

  • Stirred and Shaken

    published September 13, 2001

    It's a Wednesday night at The Rhythm Room (1815 Washington Avenue, 713-863-0943). A woman named Diunna Greenleaf, backed by her quartet, the Blue... More >>

  • Border Crossings

    published September 6, 2001

    U.S. businesses setting up shop in Mexico are hardly news. The current president of the country, after all, is a former executive of the Coca-Cola... More >>

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