• Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    7 Seasonal Brews to Kick Off the Fall Season in Houston

    You know fall is almost here when Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Oktoberfest beers start popping up all over the place. Too bad it's still hot as ever outside. We're almost halfway through September and the grocery store beer aisles are already filled with a multitude of fall brew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christmas in July at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

    Christmas in July @ Buffalo Bayou Brewery Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 5301 Nolda Christmas is five months away, y'all. Get excited. Or just go drink some beer at Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company this evening during Christmas in July. The fun starts at 6 p.m., and for $25, each guest will receive admissio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Eight of the Most Expensive Restaurant Dishes in Houston

    Feeling flush lately? Cars, watches and fancy shoes are so passé. Flaunt that wealth on something truly, fleetingly enjoyable: Food. Houston was founded as an oil town, so we have no shortage of affluence in our city. In spite of the fact that it's less oil-centric than it used to be, Houston has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    We Know Texas Has the Best State Flag, But this List Says Otherwise

    Our state's flag is bigger and bolder than most. If you ask any Texan they'll agree the Lone Star state's colors represent thoroughly for who we are in America. There aren't many states that can claim that, and you know it doesn't even matter that some South Americans mistake our state flag for tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    How to De-Ice Your Car: Bet You Thought You'd Never Need That Skill in Houston

    As Snowpocalypse Part Two settles in, you might need to drive your car, particularly Wednesday morning as things begin to clear. But, it should be freezing throughout the day and may even snow, so you might have buildup of ice on your windshield to greet you when you this morning or even into tomorr ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Treat Yourself: Five Houston Culinary Splurges for a Decadent Holiday Feast

    It's the holiday season. A time for gift giving and celebration. A time for splurging, right? After all, you've worked hard this year. You deserve a reward. And what better way to reward yourself than with a blow-your-mind meal? Behold, our top picks for decadent foodie splurges in Houston. 5. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2013

    Top Five Acts at ACL Festival, 10/4/2013

    ARCTIC MONKEYS I spent a good part of the mid-'00s torturing every passenger in my car with the Arctic Monkeys' album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not on repeat. I still enjoy busting out that album (and my faux accent) to screech along with them. So needless to say, I was stoked to cat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 1: Alabama to Georgia

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your heads this week, just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. Alabama: Phosphorescent, "It's Hard to Be H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Portugal. The Man Talk Texas, Danger Mouse, and What Their Name Means

    Portugal. The Man are coming into town tonight, hot on the heels of their newest Danger-Mouse produced LP, Evil Friends. With positive reviews coming in from all over the interwebs, P.TM are enjoying bigger venues and larger crowds as a result. Just the other day, Rocks Off had the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Top 5 Trader Joe's Desserts

    Houston Trader Joe's may be running low on Speculoos Cookie Butter, but there are plenty of other sweet treats available in abundance. Although desserts are one category of foods that I actually enjoy making myself from scratch, there are some too tempting to pass up at TJ's. Here are my five favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Hot, Hot, Hot

    If you are planning on getting outside this weekend, be sure to take extra care because the summer heat will be beating down like crazy. Temperatures today should reach the low 90s, and tomorrow it could get as high as 93. That's hardcore summer weather, which is great if you are getting in a pool o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    PB&J Permutations: Peanut Butter and Jelly Soda

    There are certain combinations of foods that have become so iconic in the American food psyche (e.g., apple pie and vanilla ice cream, spaghetti and meatballs) that it seems wrong to have one without the other. The illustrious union of peanut and butter -- which has proved so successful in the world ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Johan Schuster of Charivari, A Mix of Classic, Nouvelle French, and European Cuisine

    Johan Schuster Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby 713-521-7231 This is Part 3 in a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Parts 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, Chef Johan Schuster sat down with us for a long chat. We learned a bit about his homeland of Transylvania, how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    The Rocks Off 100: Brandon Lemons, Keeper of the Treaty Oak Collective

    Who? Brandon Lemons is the man behind The Treaty Oak Collective, "a small record label/booking/promotion group here in Houston." He is also a member of Houston/Austin post-rock band Co-Pilot. Home Base: Lemons lives in La Porte but works in Houston. "The Steamboat Ampworks shop is my home away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Ted Cruz: First Intellectual Tea-Partier Ever

    Last night, as we watched Sarah Palin bloviate on Fox News -- yes, doubtful reader, we do under highly unusual circumstances tune in to Fox News -- we were struck by something. Ted Cruz, compared to virtually every single Tea Party member on this green earth like Palin, is really damn articulate. Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Last Night: Mayhem Fest Jagermeister Stage at The Woodlands

    Mayhem Festival Side Stage Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 11, 2012 Holding the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at a suburban amphitheater on a weeknight posed a few serious logistical problems, for the touring company and concertgoers alike. In order to meet the venue's curfew, several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    How To: Simple, Versatile Focaccia Bread

    Bread is definitely my favorite thing to make. I love everything about it, from proofing the yeast, to kneading the dough into submission, to the smell of baking bread wafting through the house. And, of course, I love to eat bread. I come from a long line of "dunkers" -- soup, sauce, even salad dres ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 14, 2012
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    May 28, 2012

    5 Ridiculous/Offensive Memorial Day Commercials

    Some businesses are jerks for pimping a junk heap on wheels on Memorial Day. Others are silly for trying to sell sexual innuendo-heavy mattresses ("firm," "spread out," "not squishy") on a day that's supposed to be all about giving it up to American servicemen and women. Then there are these super- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Friday Night Downtown at Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar

    I'm all for a sushi and sake night, so when a few of my friends invited my man and I out to Azuma's downtown location last Friday, we didn't even blink an eye before jumping in a cab and heading to meet them. It was a gorgeous night and our friends were already sitting at a large table outside on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Dallas Roberts Talks About The Grey

    The Grey stars Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts and Dermot Mulroney; Joe Carnahan directs. It's a long way from Houston to the Alaskan wilderness, especially when you have to go by way of Florida and New York. Actor Dallas Roberts, who called Houston home until he was 16, found his way there as a cast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    A Whole New Vibe: Vibe Lounge Houston

    Fresh Oysters on the Half-Shell with Three Caviars​Karaoke and sports bars are not uncommon down the long stretch of Bellaire in Chinatown. What is uncommon is one that serves delicious, well-presented, high-quality dishes in an ambiance you wouldn't expect from the area. After a rather disapp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Game On! Go Wild at Rainbow Lodge

    Photo by Christina UticoneGrilled North American Elk Chop, Sweet Potato Mash, Wilted Spinach, Berry Sauce ($45)​Our trip to Rainbow Lodge began with a gift certificate we received as a wedding gift ... in 2009. A thoughtful friend from New York did her research and said this seemed like the pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Whatever Happened to Baked Alaska? Five Out-of-Style Dishes

    The meringue makes it extra fancy.​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 to the fascinating depths of the Food Timeline and its entri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Tuesday November 1, 2011 Deals of the Day

    ​Today's VOICE Daily Deal from the Houston Press is good for 50 percent off ($25 for $50) gourmet steaks and more at Prime Time Steakhouse. The menu features aged prime beef that you can pair with a variety of succulent sides; order up a flaming dessert and impress your date. With their select ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    For Flag Day: The 10 Worst U.S. State Flags

    As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: The Usual

    The younger Livet: Future lawyer, current "casual" dresser​The Place: The Usual 5519 Allen @ T.C. Jester 281-501-1478 The Deals: Discounted wells and domestics from at least 4 to 10 p.m. during the week - check website for details. The Scene: The last time I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011
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    April 19, 2011

    Eating Out on Easter Sunday

    ​Ahhh Easter, a pastel-colored day filled with stale marshmallow candy, uncomfortable clothing, hard-boiled eggs and magical hares. And when the Easter Bunny comes to town, many of us go out to eat. So many, in fact, that Easter Sunday is currently the second most popular day for dining out (M ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 14, 2011
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    October 14, 2010

    Brilliant Traces

    There's love in the Alaskan snow

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill: Too Early To Be Optimistic?

    Maybe some good news percolating?​It is too early to be overly optimistic, to answer the headline's question, but reports are starting to bubble up that the Gulf and its wetlands might just have gotten lucky with the BP spill.Lucky in that the results don't seem to be coming close to the worst-cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Vic & Anthony's: An Exercise In Overindulgence

    Crab and meat...and crab and meat and crab and meat.​Once upon a time, when I worked in a job that required the daily donning of pantyhose and a suit, I ate at places like Vic & Anthony's on a fairly routine basis, despite never having the stamina to make it through a full meal at these types ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Waiting Room: The Brand-New Health-Care Package Needs Its Own Soundtrack

    ​This past week, the health-care reform debate reached an end, as the bill was passed by Congress Sunday night and signed into law by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. At stake was the health and well-being of millions of uninsured Americans who now stand to be covered by socialized governmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Recipe: Crab and Veggie Boil

    ​We are huge fans of good old fashioned crab boils. Screw the temperature - they make us feel like we're at an ocean-side resort, steps from warm, white sand and gently lapping waves. A recent trip to one of our favorite purveyors of specialty foods, Phoenicia, revealed a magnificent find: two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Coogs Basketball's Three-Headed Monster, And How They Had To Go To Alaska To Play Oklahoma

    Photo courtesy UH​Lost amidst the anxiety over the Houston Cougar football team and possible bowl game scenarios, the men's basketball team took to the court at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and engaged the Texas A&M-Corpus Christ Islanders in a fast-paced game that saw the Cougars eme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    In Honor Of Today's Weather: Five Best Snow Movies

    Hair Balls was so excited for today's predicted snowfall that we could barely sleep last night. Fortunately, a half-bottle of cheap gas-station gin and a bunch of Benadryl cured that little problem.The cozy concoction gave us a dream populated with characters and scenes from movies where snow played ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Sarah Palin Takes On The Crackhos of Houston

    Photo by sskennelYou better darn-tootin' not hijack an official Web site from Sarah Palin's State of Alaska. Houston DJ and nightlife ne'er-do-well Shoe Latif recently found that out the hard way when she got a cease-and-desist letter from the flinty-eyed legal eagles in Palin's Attorney General's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    The Search For A Lonely Houston Web Phenom

    This is the story of an overweight, lonely, possibly lesbian, cheating, married, Christian and, at the moment, anonymous Houston woman. She was one of 650,000 AOL users whose Internet queries were publicly posted by the company for three days in 2006. By the time AOL removed the data, it was too lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Candidate Cocktails on Election Day 2008

    When it's time to break up the fistfights and inject a little levity into your election-watching party, try handing out stiff cocktails and finger foods. (It's hard to fight with both hands full.) Be sure to give the food items and drinks disarmingly silly names. Right wings, hero sandwiches, and b ... More >>

  • Music

    October 23, 2008
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    July 23, 2008

    Artist of the Week: Permanent Daylight

    Starting today, each Wednesday Rocks Off will arbitrarily appoint one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. We wanted to give them a winner’s cane too, but all we could find was some Gold Medal flour. Think yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Oh, Yeah? Well, If We’re So Slow, Why Didn’t You Tell Us Via Telegram?

    Man, we sure love rankings. Fat. Sweat. Carbon emissions. High schools. Colleges. Parties. And, of course, download speeds. From the Communications Workers of America comes the revelation that Texas ranks 37 in terms of megabits per second. The first-ever state-by-state report on Internet co ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 15, 2007

    Sage 400 Japanese Cuisine

    Hey, you at the sushi bar, lighten up — it's not like some religious ceremony or anything

  • Music

    March 8, 2007

    The Silos

    he Silos perform Saturday, March 10, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.

  • Film

    September 30, 1999

    Luck of the Puck

    Sweet irreverence works in Mystery, Alaska

  • Dining

    January 25, 1996

    Family Affairs

    Mai's and Van Loc revel in large similarities - and small differences

  • Culture

    January 26, 1995

    Chilly Scenes of Pinter

    Stages shines in three playlets by Britain's master of the enigmatic

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