Lisa Gray

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  • 15 years ago

    "My mom, bless her heart, was an awful cook," drawls Larry Perdido. His parents emigrated from the Philippines to Houston in the '50s, and his mom, a nurse, soon learned to mangle American dishes as thoroughly as she wrecked those of the Southeast...

  • 15 years ago

    Every now and then, without much hope, a wine drinker drifts into Bert Wheeler's. It's a liquor store, not a wine boutique, and you expect the guy behind the counter to make change, not steer you to a great little Pouilly-Fumé. And certainl...

  • 15 years ago | Longform

    Phyllis Randolph Frye pronounces the phrase "voy dyer," just like every other trial lawyer in Texas. Voir dire means jury selection, and lawyers say it's 90 percent of winning a case. For Phyllis, it was even more important. She advertised in Hous...

  • 15 years ago

    At first, the photo looks dull. On a stage stands a gaggle of men in suits, plus somebody's wife. Big deal, you think. But the longer you look, the weirder it gets. The banner on the stage proclaims the event to be the groundbreaking for the "Worl...

  • 15 years ago

    Nobody believes Sandi Wisenberg when she says she's from Texas. She is a liberal, a writer and -- perhaps most relevant -- a Jew. New York, they guess. New York would make sense: the Promised Land of gefilte fish and kreplach, where half the popul...

  • 15 years ago

    A few years ago, in a magazine called Wilderness Way, T.R. Zimmermann gave this recipe for june bugs: Roast them in hot ash until they pop; peel off the legs, wings and wing cases; then eat the crunchy gold flesh. T.R. loves june bugs. Unlike most...

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