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  • Where Are We Eating?

    published Nov 21, 2011

    I scream, you scream, even the owner of this mobile eatery screams for its signature product. Just call it one of the few positive side-effects of La Niña: it's ice cream weather all year long. Thin... More >>

  • Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving
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    Upcoming Events: Lend a Helping Hand on Thanksgiving

    published Nov 18, 2011

    Thanksgiving is what? It's next week? Wait, are you serious? If you, like me, are terrible at planning (or knowing what week of the month it currently is), turn to Lauren Marmaduke's excellent guide ... More >>

  • Two Houston Chefs Honored by James Beard House

    published Nov 18, 2011

    Being asked to serve as guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City is as high an honor as they come for a professional chef. And now two Houston chefs -- each completely different from the o... More >>

  • Openings & Closings: Every Day We're Shuffling
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    Openings & Closings: Every Day We're Shuffling

    published Nov 18, 2011

    It's been a busy week to be in the restaurant business, especially if you're in Montrose. When Latina Cafe closed a few months ago, not many tears were shed over the loss of the little Cuban restaura... More >>

  • The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Bar Food
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    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Bar Food

    published Nov 18, 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 >>

  • Pierson & Company Bar-B-Que <strike>Likely</strike> Not Closed For Good

    Pierson & Company Bar-B-Que Likely Not Closed For Good

    published Nov 17, 2011

    UPDATE: J.C. Reid reports from Twitter: "Talked to Clarence Pierson. Still recuperating from 2x knee replacements. He vows to be back! Hopefully after holidays." Our phone breath must smell bad, but w... More >>

  • Lebanese Queso and More at the Fabulous New Phoenicia Downtown
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    Lebanese Queso and More at the Fabulous New Phoenicia Downtown

    published Nov 17, 2011

    I feel almost obligated to turn in my Texan card for saying this, but the "queso" I enjoyed at the MKT Bar (1001 Austin) inside the new downtown Phoenicia grocery store earlier this week was better th... More >>

  • Of Rattlesnakes and Quinceañeras: <I>Top Chef: Texas</I>

    Of Rattlesnakes and Quinceañeras: Top Chef: Texas

    published Nov 17, 2011

    This is the time at which I should point out that I don't have a DVR and in fact only recently got cable (which is awesome and, whoa, so many episodes of House Hunters!). That means that each week at ... More >>

  • What Did benjy's Ever Do To You?

    published Nov 16, 2011

    I hear benjy's gets a lot of flack. You've seen it too. It crops up here in the comments sections, on Twitter, in everyday conversations. I've honestly never understood it. And after reviewing benjy's... More >>

  • H-E-B's New Montrose Market Opens Today; Take a Sneak Peek and Avoid the Crowds

    H-E-B's New Montrose Market Opens Today; Take a Sneak Peek and Avoid the Crowds

    published Nov 16, 2011

    I stood inside the vestibule to the new H-E-B Montrose Market (1701 W. Alabama) yesterday afternoon, awaiting the beginning of a media tour through the San Antonio grocer's latest Houston store -- all... More >>

  • Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    published Nov 16, 2011

    Robb Walsh: When we make references to Houston being a "new Creole" city, it's for reasons like the ones Robb discusses in this post: Long Point Creole. Read and learn (and try not to get your feather... More >>

  • Whatever Happened to Baked Alaska? The Fates of Five Once-Faddish Dishes
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    Whatever Happened to Baked Alaska? The Fates of Five Once-Faddish Dishes

    published Nov 15, 2011

    In the course of researching Turkducken's real age last week, I turned to one of my favorite food resources on the Internet: the Food Timeline. If you're a food nerd, prepare to lose dozens of hours t... More >>

  • Did <i>The Simpsons</i> Force Food Blogging to Jump the Shark?
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    Did The Simpsons Force Food Blogging to Jump the Shark?

    published Nov 15, 2011

    Despite blogging about food for a living, the latest episode of The Simpsons did not appeal to me in the slightest. I simply didn't want to watch it, although I finally forced myself to last night. I... More >>

  • Texas on Washington

    published November 17, 2011

    The night before Halloween was fairly quiet at benjy's, despite More >>

  • How <i>The Simpsons</i> Makes Foodies Look Like Smug, Elitist Schmucks
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    How The Simpsons Makes Foodies Look Like Smug, Elitist Schmucks

    published Nov 15, 2011

    I didn't want to watch the latest episode of The Simpsons, the one in which Marge inexplicably becomes a food blogger. Yes, the foodie backlash has officially begun. I haven't wanted to watch an epis... More >>

  • Where Are We Drinking?

    published Nov 15, 2011

    This half-bottle of Bonny Doon was just one of the many delicacies we enjoyed at this upscale favorite recently. Does the setting look familiar? Maybe you've celebrated a special occasion of your own ... More >>

  • What Do Wine and Saddles Have In Common? The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    published Nov 14, 2011

    Over the course of a weekend, volunteers with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo wash 20,000 wine glasses in two days. It's just one of the staggering statistics behind the annual International Wine C... More >>

  • Mikkeller Beer Comes to Houston: Night After Monsters

    published Nov 14, 2011

    Mikkel Borg Bjergsø moved around the crowd last night at the Night After Monsters beer tasting like a virtual unknown. Clad in a red plaid shirt and a scruffy beard, Mikkel looked more like any other... More >>

  • Where Are We Eating?

    published Nov 14, 2011

    Today, it's a mobile edition of Where Are We Eating? We're not on the move, though; the food above is. Can you guess which food truck made this gorgeous grilled cheese sandwich with tomato and avocado... More >>

  • Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer
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    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    published Nov 11, 2011

    In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m.... More >>

  • Openings & Closings: Flying Saucers and Farmers Markets
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    Openings & Closings: Flying Saucers and Farmers Markets

    published Nov 11, 2011

    In big grocery news this week, Trader Joe's has set its sights on The Woodlands as its first Houston-area store, Phoenicia has finally opened downtown and H-E-B's Montrose Market is close to opening a... More >>

  • Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance
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    Restaurant and Bar Owners Crowd City Council Chambers In Advance of Proposed Parking Ordinance

    published Nov 11, 2011

    "I don't see anyone riding the bus to El Real," remarked James Jard, one of the 26 members of the City of Houston's Planning Commission that was gathered in City Council chambers yesterday afternoon f... More >>

  • The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Wings

    published Nov 11, 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 >>

  • The 5 Best Local Beers to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner
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    The 5 Best Local Beers to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

    published Nov 10, 2011

    Just in time for Christmas, Buffalo Bayou Brewing hopes to release its first beer to the public: an 11 percent gingerbread Imperial stout that would be the toast of any Christmas dinner. For Thanksgi... More >>

  • Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980
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    Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980

    published Nov 10, 2011

    Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the e... More >>

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