Online readers comment on "Noise Complaint Muffles Mango's July 4 Blast," Rocks Off blog, by Allison Wagoner, July 5:
Stay away: Why, oh why, do people move into Montrose and become nuisances to the neighborhood? If you want peace and quiet all year long, Sugar Land is about half an hour southwest. You'll be bored and happy, and we'll get to keep Montrose as it is.
Like Austin: The area is known for its clubs and bars and live music scene. It's not as if the high-rise and condo residents were there before and the bars and clubs moved in later. They moved into the area knowing what it was like. It's just like the situation in Austin. People move in and decide that just because they live there now, the clubs and bars should not be allowed to operate as they have before. If you want to live there, fine; just don't bitch about the loud music and patrons of those businesses.
Get a permit: There has always been residential property behind that bar (and other bars), and the tenants have never enjoyed the bars allowing bands to play in the parking lot. Mango's should have had a permit. If Nickelback wanted to set up shop right outside of your window, you'd want to do something about it, too. And as far as yuppiedom is concerned, most hipsters at those shows are yuppies in disguise. Stop pretending to be nobly poor. It's insulting to real poor people. Mango's charges $7 for a shot of Jameson.
Speak for yourself: I live on that block of Lovett. That side of the street. I don't care about bands playing outside during the day. Please don't speak for me.
Don't move there: The police didn't ruin everything. They just did their job when they were called. This brings me to the people who did ruin everything: those who called the police about the noise. On July 4. Listen, folks: If you don't like loud music and bars, don't move behind a freakin' bar that's been there for years, and then act all surprised when you hear loud music. See also: If you don't like train horns, don't buy an overpriced townhouse near train tracks.
Online readers comment on "Willie Nelson Not off the Hook for 2010 Pot Bust After All," Rocks Off blog, by Chris Gray Tuesday, July 5:
Morally bankrupt: If this case goes to court, it may get nullified by the jury. The people believe in self-government and self-medication.
Preventive medicine is the key to ending drug abuse and most health issues. Incarceration costs seven times treatment.
It is morally bankrupt to punish nonviolent adults for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other legal medicinal/social drugs. Drug warriors have harassed the sick and dying, shamed and destroyed families, locked up and killed many (including enforcement) over one of the safest, therapeutically active plants known to man.
Restore public and law enforcement safety around the globe! Use resources to catch more violent and sexual predators or incarcerate more of those morally bankrupt selling drugs to children or driving intoxicated. Save lives instead of ruining them. Restore justice, the guardian of liberty.
They're a Pepper
Online readers comment on "Dr Pepper Sues Itself, Sort Of," Eating Our Words blog, by Katharine Shilcutt Wednesday, June 29:
Dublin for the win: I'd be pissed too if an employee offered a superior product out from under my nose — and used my brand, even though I myself have prostituted and demeaned my own product. That said, go Dublin!
An original: While superior, they are only offering what was the original product. Not their fault that Dr Pepper corporate changed their practices...
Sugar for all: You can't blame the Dublin folks if customers love the product so much that they drive for hours to Dublin to pick up the superior product. Here's an idea: Dr Pepper corporate, why not offer the Imperial Sugar version from all your bottling plants? Charge a premium — folks will pay it. I will.
Reviewing Greatfull Tacos
Online readers comment on "Greatfully Delicious," by Katharine Shilcutt, June 30:
Not so great: First of all, the tacos that I had were not "fucking awesome" as the reviewer's friend exclaimed. Not bad, but pretty much middle-of-the-road at best. I had the chicken with mole and the fried chicken tacos. The fried chicken tacos were benign, unfortunately wrapped in an unheated, store-bought corn tortilla (two, actually, but both were soggy). I've had mole in Oaxaca, Mexico (and made it from scratch), and although I was not expecting an authentic Mexican version, it was hard not to notice the lack of depth.
That the owner described his place as a "taqueria for non-Latins" speaks volumes as far as the less than inspired taste of the mole and salsa that I had. Maybe he should take some of the more traditional items one would expect in a taqueria off the menu to further expand on his culinary view.
Don't believe what the writer said about the place looking like "Playa del Carmen decorated by a pricey interior decorator." It looks like the typical American nondescript place, except that someone made a trip to Best Buy and bought some flat-screen televisions. The beer and wine selections are the only thing that might set it apart.
If, in fact, the owner made the shitty remark on Twitter, I guess it would demonstrate the same level of imagination that gave rise to the cutesy (trying hard to be Austin-funky) menu and food. There are lots of really good places to eat in Houston, folks. I think Shilcutt was wrong in her opinion of this one.
These are amazing tacos: They are really outdoing themselves at Greatfull Taco. I've tried nearly half the items on the menu, and all but the chicken strip tacos have been exceptional. The egg white breakfast taco and flying fish taco really stand out.
As far as the owner's idiosyncrasies go, I can't say they really take away from the restaurant. After all, it's the owner's madness that puts Coke and Pepsi next to each other at GT's soda fountain, plasters gorgeous plasma TVs all over the wall of an otherwise rustic interior and hires a gourmet chef to cook up tacos. Brilliant!
Houston Press staffers win, place and show in a number of journalism contests
Journalism contests exist for a number of reasons — to give hardworking journalists a boost, to recognize and encourage excel-
lence and to give the public some idea of the merits of the publication they are reading.
If you ever wonder about the independent opinion (of judges from faraway lands) that says yes, the Houston Press is worth reading, here are our latest contest results:
• Houston Press food critic Katharine Shilcutt has been named a finalist in the national Association of Food Journalists competition in the multimedia category for "Designer Meats." The placement of finalists will be announced in early October.
• Former staffer Chasen Marshall is a finalist in the National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence Awards in the Sports category for "Fifth Ward Saints." Winners and runners-up will be announced in early August.
• In the national AltWeekly Awards sponsored by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Houston Press has four finalist positions.
Press staffer Craig Malisow is a finalist in the Public Service category for "Prison Pays." Former Press staffer Chris Vogel is a finalist in the Long News Story category for "Victims' Wrongs."
Vogel is also a finalist with co-writer Patrick Michels (of the Dallas Observer) in the Feature Story category for "Asylum Denied." Illustrator Jesse Lenz is a finalist in Illustration for "Turkeys of the Year."
• Houston Press staffer Craig Malisow won first place for Best Feature in the regional Best of the West journalism contest for "The Littlest People," while former staffer Chris Vogel won first place in the Growth and Environmental Reporting category for "Steamrolled" in the contest, which takes in 13 states west of the Rockies.
• Malisow was selected Print Journalist of the Year in the statewide Lone Star of Texas awards sponsored by the Press Club of Houston. The package of his stories included "The Littlest People," "Prison Pays" and "Net Gains and Losses." Malisow also received second place in the Politics/Government category for "Prison Pays" and second in the Business Story category for "Net Gains and Losses."
Other first-place Houston Press winners in the Lone Star contest were: Katharine Shilcutt for "Chef Tats" in Photo Package, Chasen Marshall for "Fifth Ward Saints" in Sports Story, Chris Vogel and Patrick Michels for "Asylum Denied" in Investigative, and Margaret Downing for "Children of God" in Commentary/Criticism.
Vogel also placed second in Print Journalist of the Year for "Steamrolled," "Asylum Denied" and "Victims' Wrongs," and second in Public Service for "Steamrolled." Marshall also placed second in Photojournalist of the Year and in Photo Package for "Fifth Ward Saints." Downing placed second in Commentary/Criticism for "The Whipping Boy" and third in the same category for "Homeless High." Downing also placed second in Online Opinion for "Lamar Library."
Former staffer Paul Knight placed third in the Sports Story category for "Third Ward High."
• Knight also received an Award of Excellence for "Mental Cases" in the Medical Economics category of the Frances Moore Journalism Award sponsored by the Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine.
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