Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall is a husband and father who earns his keep playing a video game that controls the U.S. power grid. He also writes for the Houston Press about food, booze and music, in an attempt to keep the demons at bay. When he's not busy keeping your lights on, he can usually be found making various messes in the kitchen, with apologies to his wife.
1 month ago | Desserts
As we sampled flavors at Dolce Neve Gelato one recent evening, the man behind the counter did a little sampling of his own, taking an impromptu survey of ice cream practices and preferences. As we rattled off a list of wildly disparate frozen trea...
2 months ago | Caffeine
My wife bought me a phin for Christmas a few years back. Two of them, actually. For a while, I kept one at home and one at work, the better to send my body and mind rocketing to a world of jittery euphoria anytime the mood struck. A phin is t...
5 months ago | Creative Cooking
Summer is potluck season. If you're like me, potlucks are stressful. "What should I bring? Will they like it? What if someone else brings it? What should I bring?" The questions ping around like ten-year-olds playing Marco Polo, and there is no ho...
5 months ago | Vegetarian
5 months ago | Lists
Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning and pri...
9 months ago | Restaurant Reviews
It’s noisy in Arthur Ave — TV-Trope-Italian-American-Family loud. It’s a pleasant din, though. Convivial. Voices echoing off brick walls, the clatter of silverware, the occasional dropped dish or glass. Friendly arguments. Laughter. It’s a fun pla...