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  • A Series of Haikus to Muscle Milk
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    A Series of Haikus to Muscle Milk

    published Dec 09, 2011

    An ode to the case of Muscle Milk that inexplicably arrived in our offices today: Why are you so sweet? Your cloying fake chocolate Makes you tough to bear Let us not discuss The fact you contain no... More >>

  • Openings & Closings: Trouble and Tacos

    published Dec 09, 2011

    Blind Item of the Week: A Heights hotspot in a somewhat cursed location is rumored to be closing soon. Its intended replacement was said to have been a new Bruce Molzan restaurant, but the Ruggles own... More >>

  • Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries
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    Hot Cross Buns: Houston's 10 Best Bakeries

    published Dec 09, 2011

    My friend Dr. Ricky has long said that there should be a comprehensive list of all the wonderful ethnic bakeries in town. I don't disagree, and in fact that's a list for another time. Today, however,... More >>

  • Keeping It Kosher: Top 5 Hanukkah Gifts
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    Keeping It Kosher: Top 5 Hanukkah Gifts

    published Dec 08, 2011

    I am not Jewish, but I sure like the food. (Kasha varnishkas haunts my comfort food dreams alongside macaroni and cheese.) And even though I probably won't be giving or receiving any Hanukkah gifts my... More >>

  • First Look at Liberty Kitchen

    published Dec 08, 2011

    "Chef Lance is back," read the marquee outside Liberty Kitchen last Saturday afternoon, a gloomy day that was brightened only by the prospect of trying the brand-new oyster bar. We weren't the only on... More >>

  • Mediocrity Is Served at the South Fork Ranch on <i>Top Chef: Texas</i>
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    Mediocrity Is Served at the South Fork Ranch on Top Chef: Texas

    published Dec 08, 2011

    ​I have one thing to say in advance of tonight's episode: Dean Fucking Fearing. Thank God. An honest-to-Christ Texas chef as a judge on this show for a change. That out of the way, on to the Quickf... More >>

  • First Look at Local Foods

    published Dec 07, 2011

    Let's get one thing out of the way first: Stop blaming benjy's for Antone's demise. I'm the first to say that I miss the old Antone's in Rice Village like I miss Elvis. So come on now: We can all agre... More >>

  • El Gran Malo <i>es La Mas Gran y La Mejor de</i> Gastrocantinas
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    El Gran Malo es La Mas Gran y La Mejor de Gastrocantinas

    published Dec 07, 2011

    Of course, it's also the only gastrocantina in town. So there's that. But should there eventually one day be many gastrocantinas in Houston, El Gran Malo will still be the Big Bad and the granddaddy o... More >>

  • Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    published Dec 07, 2011

    The Loop Scoop: TLS has some choice words for D'Amico's, which recently invited the Chronicle's Alison Cook to eat in the restaurant with a chalkboard sign meant as a counterpoint to a sign banning th... More >>

  • The Six Creepiest Food Commercials of 2011
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    The Six Creepiest Food Commercials of 2011

    published Dec 06, 2011

    Food commercials have been unintentionally (or, in some cases, intentionally) creeping us out since the original Ronald McDonald was introduced to audiences in 1963. That's him over there to the right... More >>

  • Gran Success

    published December 8, 2011

    Check out El Gran Malo's colorful mural and tequila... More >>

  • First Look at The Capitol at St. Germain
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    First Look at The Capitol at St. Germain

    published Dec 06, 2011

    I had a date with two friends to see the Santaland Diaries at the Alley last week, and suggested checking out the new live music venue/restaurant next to the Flying Saucer -- The Capitol at St. Germai... More >>

  • Where Are We Drinking?

    published Dec 06, 2011

    Although the sign behind this beloved bar offers Guinness on draft -- and, indeed, is the drink of choice here -- it was a Full Sail IPA we were after instead on a recent, somewhat balmy night. Does t... More >>

  • Unpaid Tips and Wages in Restaurants: How Common Is It?
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    Unpaid Tips and Wages in Restaurants: How Common Is It?

    published Dec 05, 2011

    This past Saturday night, the waitstaff and general manager at Ruggles walked out and shut down the restaurant, alleging non-payment of tips over more than a year's time. That came after news that Bra... More >>

  • Ruggles Waitstaff Walks Out Over Allegedly Getting Stiffed on Tips

    published Dec 05, 2011

    Saturday night at Ruggles was busy. There were nearly 200 customers packing the restaurant at Westheimer and Montrose, with a skeleton crew of only five waiters out of a normal ten-man crew. And at 7 ... More >>

  • Ruggles Waitstaff Stages Walk-Out, Alleging Non-Payment of Tips: UPDATE
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    Ruggles Waitstaff Stages Walk-Out, Alleging Non-Payment of Tips: UPDATE

    published Dec 05, 2011

    Update: Bruce Molzan says that he has "three auditors" and a new manager going through files and payroll records as of today, admitting that Ruggles does owe the waitstaff back wages. "It's about $14,... More >>

  • Where Are We Eating?

    published Dec 05, 2011

    At this cozy burger joint, all the burgers come on Slow Dough buns and the tater tots are best dipped in the spicy jalapeño ketchup served on the side. Thirsty afterward? The owners are opening their... More >>

  • Half-Off at t'afia: Start Your Holiday Shopping Now

    published Dec 02, 2011

    Do you have friends or family who've never managed to eat at t'afia? Despite chef/owner Monica Pope's well-deserved stint on Top Chef: Masters And the fact that the restaurant helped start the local f... More >>

  • Upcoming Events: Tequila & Tamales and Green Beans & Guacamole

    published Dec 02, 2011

    At this weekend's Eastside Farmers Market, Urban Harvest will be hosting a citrus tasting in advance of its yearly fruit tree sale. More than 30 different varieties of citrus trees grow in Houston, an... More >>

  • Openings & Closings: November 2011
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    Openings & Closings: November 2011

    published Dec 02, 2011

    Remember how busy of a month October was for openings and closings? November was a little slower, but not by much. In upcoming restaurants, one of our favorite bloggers reports that Calliope's is ope... More >>

  • The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffeehouses
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    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffeehouses

    published Dec 02, 2011

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those cate... More >>

  • Messina Hof Has the Best Wine in Texas, According to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    published Dec 01, 2011

    This year, more than 2,500 wines were entered into the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's International Wine Competition. Of those entries, 736 were from Texas wineries. And of those Texas wineri... More >>

  • Why Texas Should Reopen Its Horse Slaughterhouses
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    Why Texas Should Reopen Its Horse Slaughterhouses

    published Dec 01, 2011

    It's been five years since the nation's last horse slaughterhouse was shut down. The Cavel horse slaughterhouse in DeKalb, Illinois, closed after Congress banned USDA inspections of horse meat -- effe... More >>

  • Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on <i>Top Chef: Texas</i>
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    Dallas Makes a Damn Fool of Itself on Top Chef: Texas

    published Dec 01, 2011

    ​Thoughts: Is it really a "Healthy Choice" when so many of your frozen dinners are laden with preservatives and other chemicals? With that, we're hitting the road to Dallas, better known these days... More >>

  • Taste of the South Devotes Nine-Page Spread to Houston

    published Nov 30, 2011

    "This city is a Texas-size melting pot for flavors and cuisine from around the world, all served with a side of Southern hospitality," writes Taste of the South of Houston. The bi-monthly cooking mag... More >>

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