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2003 Stories by Marene Gustin

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  • Wine Flight for Carnivores

    published December 25, 2003

    Chef g's Seafood and Steakhouse (1915 Westheimer, 713-522-5551) is marking its first year with a little menu tweaking. The popular... More >>

  • Shrimp and Sunset

    published December 18, 2003

    Most Houstonians looking for a little scenery and some fresh seafood make a run for Galveston or Kemah. For a change of pace, head... More >>

  • Kiss this

    published December 11, 2003

    It looks like new restaurant Beso (2300 Westheimer, 713-523-2376) may be more permanent than a kiss in the dark. Chef Arturo Boada and... More >>

  • Deadly Passions

    published October 30, 2003

    It's long, it's violent, there aren't a lot of likable characters in it, and it is, in a word, brilliant. In Giacomo Puccini's psychological drama... More >>

  • Make Mine Moo

    published October 23, 2003

    If you went to Houston's and asked for a black-and-blue steak, you'd surely be met with a blank stare. But Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine... More >>

  • Chock-full of Chocolate

    published October 16, 2003

    Getting breakfast is about to get easier. Twenty-nine new IHOP restaurants will soon open in Houston, Austin and Dallas. The chain (ten... More >>

  • Cheese, Please

    published October 2, 2003

    The best queso, like the best margarita, is in the taste bud of the beholder. But it's hard to beat the Mexican cheese dip at Noche Cocina y... More >>

  • A Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose

    published September 25, 2003

    Wortham Theater Center's Brown Theater, 501 Texas Avenue, 713-227-2787, www.houstonball More >>

  • Raw Deal

    published September 18, 2003

    Long before recall elections, eating raw was all the rage in La-La Land. But it's actually got nothing on the Japanese, who were serving up... More >>

  • Bun Fun

    published September 11, 2003

    That trendy spot upstairs in the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is Artista (800 Bagby, 713-278-4782), best known for its airy novelle... More >>

  • A Rippin' Rep

    published September 11, 2003

    In the beginning Stanton Welch created a dance program and saw that it was good. Houston Ballet's young new artistic director pulls... More >>

  • Afternoon Delight

    published August 28, 2003

    Was it owner Bob Cobb or his chef at the Brown Derby who peered into the icebox late one night in 1926 and put together that now-famous American... More >>

  • Sheely Splits

    published July 24, 2003

    The receptionist at the Sam Houston Hotel listens to the question about who's in charge of its Riviera Grill these days. "I'm not sure,"... More >>

  • Havana Banana

    published July 17, 2003

    Hungry for a little Latina bite? Look no further than the tiny Latina Cafe (1972 Fairview, 713-521-2611). The few tables inside practically... More >>

  • Being Trisha Brown

    published July 17, 2003

    In the middle of the Contemporary Arts Museum lies a chest-high, 12- by 14-foot grid of metal pipe, latticed with garments hung on ropes. This is... More >>

  • By the Numbers

    published June 12, 2003

    While there is no truth to the critic's rumor that excessive viewings of The Nutcracker cause brain damage, it's worth saying that a much... More >>

  • High Flier

    published June 5, 2003

    Through June 22 at the Wortham Theater Center's Cullen Theater, 713-228-OPERA or 1-800-62-OPERA. $30-$85. More >>

  • Full-Fledged Frolics

    published May 29, 2003

    It's unusual for a Houston Ballet opening night, one with a local Paul Taylor premiere, to have so many empty seats. But it's also unusual for a... More >>

  • Watching the Market

    published May 8, 2003

    Just outside the Loop off West Bellfort, in a neighborhood of trees and brick homes and Home Depots, lies a big asphalt parking lot bordered on... More >>

  • Opera's Bad Girl

    published May 1, 2003

    When is an opera not just an opera? When, through staging and direction, it becomes a vehicle for social commentary on women. Houston Grand... More >>

  • True Love Too Late

    published April 24, 2003

    If you're one of those darkly romantic types who believes that even if God himself came down and brought you true love you'd just get hit by a... More >>

  • Pass the Salad

    published April 17, 2003

    4-17 If you toss it, they will they come -- at least in the case of Dance Salad, one of the best-kept secrets in international dance.... More >>

  • Adiós, Los Tonyos

    published April 3, 2003

    Finally, one of the worst-kept secrets in the local restaurant world is official: Tony Vallone has sold Los Tonyos Cantina. The new... More >>

  • In the Garden

    published March 27, 2003

    Camille Waters is the premier urban gardener of Houston, an earth mother who makes enough money from the lettuce she grows to vacation in Mexico... More >>

  • Slipper Magic

    published March 20, 2003

    Behold the demi-caractère. It is technically a character role using classical steps but is recognizable as the guys who aren't the... More >>

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