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Alba Huerta

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Taco Tuesday Special at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill

    Taco Tuesdays have arrived at Skeeter's Mesquite Grill. Each location is participating in this special where you get two tacos with chips and salsa for $7. You can pair any two tacos off the menu together, which normally cost $3.25 to $4.75 each. Make a meal with the fried avocado taco topped with g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Corn Tamales Are Now at Hugo's

    Hugo's now has corn tamales, but it's only for the month of September. Chef Hugo Ortega is using fresh corn from Mexico, where it is harvested every year, to make these traditional tamales. Each order is made with masa, rajas (sliced poblano peppers), queso fresco, crema and tomatillo salsa and cost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    Three Labor Day Cocktails from Houston Bartenders

    The Labor Day holiday is here. And it's a day for sleeping in, relaxing, swimming at the pool, cooking on the grill and most importantly, not working. When we think about the best plans for a day off from work, we think sipping on a great cocktail is on the agenda. We spoke with three local bartend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Hal Brock to Lead Boheme's Beverage Program

    Local favorite Hal Brock, whose resume includes stints at Hearsay and Anvil will join Boheme to lead its beverage program, it has just been announced. In an embargoed press release, Brock described himself as pretty happy about his new responsibilities. "Boheme is that place you go to experience ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Pit Fire Closes Hinze's Bar-B-Que in Wharton

    It was a sad day in Wharton on Monday, August 4, when 40-year-old Hinze's Bar-B-Que burned to the ground as a result of a pit fire. The Houston Chronicle reports that the fire occurred during the evening around 7 o'clock; no injuries were reported. Hinze's was a favorite of many Houstonians and thos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    First Look: Julep, An Old Fashioned Southern Cocktail Bar with Modern Sensibilities

    When you first drive up to Julep, the chic new cocktail bar from Alba Huerta of Anvil and Pastry War, all you can see through the large glass windows is white lace with whispers of people floating somewhere behind it. It's a cool, easy vibe made cooler by the mounds of ice you see sailing past on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The Ten Summer Openings We're Most Excited About

    Just as the warmer weather, longer days and lack of school bring out the blockbuster films in Hollywood-land, summer is generally a time to welcome a slew of new blockbuster restaurants in Houston. Last summer was fairly slow for restaurant openings, but this year is poised to shake up the H-town di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Read This and Drink: Imbibe!

    Usually when we write about books on the blog, they're cookbooks. This book is a little different. Part recipe book, part cocktail history and all rollicking ride through the stories that shaped the modern cocktail bar, David Wondrich's tome--whose complete title is Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    As Julep Nears Opening, Alba Huerta Talks Southern Cocktail History

    "Who knew I could exercise so much patience?" Alba Huerta laughed as she recounted the two year process of getting her new southern cocktail bar, Julep, from conception to opening. Well, almost opening. According to Huerta, we'll be sipping bourbon from beneath the shade of our wide-brimmed sun hat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Openings & Closings: April Construction Brings May Openings

    The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Dirk's Coffee Ceases to Brew After 15 Years In Business

    It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Inaugural Rice Village Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off

    If you've ever driven around Rice Village in circles looking for a parking space, you know it's home to dozens of great restaurants and bars, so it makes sense for the neighborhood to celebrate itself. This year, for the first time, the Rice Village Alliance is hosting the Village Food & Wine Festiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Kata Robata Beverage Director Steven Salazar Headed to Anvil, With Sake on His Mind

    He's not yet 30, but Steven Salazar is already very accomplished in a realm few Houstonians pay attention to: Sake. Salazar recently returned from Japan, where he took a course and earned his Advanced Sake Professional Certification, making him one of the first 140 people in the world to hold that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Cocktail Lessons and Baking With Citrus

    On January 14, Down House will host a Cocktail Foundations class that will teach you everything you need to know about making drinks. Resident head bartender Jeremy Olivier will lead the class, which runs from 6:30 until 9 p.m and costs $150. While Olivier teaches you about the basics of making cock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Chiles, Barbecue and Texas Beer 'n' Wine

    Living on Love and Leftovers: Though Central Market's Hatch chile festival ended on August 20, the chiles aren't gone just yet. The official festival in Hatch, New Mexico doesn't end until September 1, and the chiles will continue to be available in grocery stores for some time. Brooke and Greg of L ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 22, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Tequila Bar, French Food and How Many Dunkin' Donuts?

    So many awesome openings, so little time to try all the new places! Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta of Anvil opened a new bar, The Pastry War, downtown on August 13 to major crowds interested to see what the Anvil boys had up their sleeves. The Pastry War is a tequila bar or "mezcaleria" with an empha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    For All Its Naivete, "Hey Bartender" Sure is Pretty

    I'm going to buy "Hey Bartender" on Bluray when it comes out. The movie is a beautiful celebration of the service industry at its peak, with shots capturing some of America's best bars crafting their art. To watch the world's very best bartenders push a drink across the bar is nothing short of mesme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Derby Day at Anvil, BBQ at D&T, El Gran Cinco, Party at Paulie's and Blake's BBQ on Burgerland

    Derby Day at Anvil Bar & Refuge Saturday, noon 1424 Westheimer Anvil will open its doors a few hours early tomorrow to host a Kentucky Derby viewing party complete with the classic cocktails of "the greatest two minutes in sports." The menu for the Derby day will be overseen by Alba Huerta -- owner ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 4, 2013

    Here, Eat This

    A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Pico's Mex-Mex and More Are Movin' On Up

    If this week's roundup of openings and closings had a theme song, it would be "Movin' On Up" from The Jeffersons. Pico's Mex-Mex is doing just that, by vacating its old Bellaire location to move into the recently closed Maggie Rita's at Richmond and Kirby. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook broke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Clumsy Butcher: Bobby Heugel and Company Announce New Restaurant Group and New Downtown Tequila Bar

    It was bound to happen. After opening so many concepts in only four years -- and taking over operations of two other longtime Houston institutions -- Bobby Heugel, Kevin Floyd and Michael Burnett have announced the creation of restaurant group Clumsy Butcher to hem everything into one tidy package. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Bitches Love Food

    A familiar face is back in town: L.J. Wiley, the prodigal chef behind Yelapa Playa Mexicana, has returned to Houston. Although Yelapa has been closed since October 2011 and its various staff have moved on, the modern Mexican restaurant dazzled during its brief run -- the Houston Press gave it a Best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Houston Turns In Lackluster Performance For Speed Rack 2013

    Speed Rack is a series of cocktail competitions that raise funds for cancer research. This year, proceeds are going to SHARE Cancer Support, a support organization for women with breast or ovarian cancer. Last year, Houston's lady bartenders really shined in the competition. The high-speed cocktai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Houston Lady Bartenders Prep and Party For Speed Rack 2012

    This Sunday, January 13th, the Original OKRA Charity Saloon will host the Speed Rack Send Off Party for five Houston competitors from 6 to 10 p.m. (and possibly later). The party serves multiple purposes: All donations, proceeds and tips from drink sales will go to breast cancer research (because ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    More Than Just Nolan Ryan

    5 food-related reasons to drive to Alvin.

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Second and Third Locations Edition, Including The Burger Guys' New Downtown Spot

    The big news this week for burger fans: The Burger Guys announced plans a second location of the popular west-side restaurant downtown. Instead of a pop-up run this time, the Guys will have a full-time restaurant in the city's central business district in the old Korma Sutra location at 706 Main. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Head to NOLA for Tales of the Cocktail

    Houston bartenders including Lainey Collum, Ornella Ashcroft, Alba Huerta and Sheridan Fay showed up to represent Houston at Tales of the Cocktail. Photos by Alex Gregg Now in its 10th year, Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans has become a sort of South by Southwest for serious spirits aficionados ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Shine on a National Level

    A few years ago, a bar in Houston was just a place to get a drink and the people who worked there were just part of the service industry. Chefs were rock stars and everyone else was fairly invisible. In the last few months, there have been multiple bartenders who have become worthy of notice in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Anvil's Matt Tanner Wins the 2012 On the Rocks Bartending Contest

    I love judging bartending contests. I love watching bartending contests. The showmanship and passion that is on display at these events -- Miss Speed Rack Houston, for example, or the recent Don Q Rum competition (both of which are sending female Houston bartenders to national championships in New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Rum Competition Sends Another Houston Bartender to National Finals

    On Monday night at Grand Prize Bar, seven Houston bartenders competed in a throw-down sponsored by Don Q Rum and the Houston chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild. The three men and four women came from a mix of Houston restaurants, clubs and bars. The competitors were: Kehlen Selph--Cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Lady Bartenders Kick Cocktail Ass at Speed Rack Houston

    Photos by GroovehouseLindsay Heffron moved like a blur during the knockout rounds of competition, eventually securing herself second place in the Speed Rack challenge.​An arc of Plymouth gin shot briefly through the air at Gallery M Squared on Sunday night, leaping out of the bottle like liqui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speed Bartending and Valentine-Making

    Pondicheri's second monthly charity breakfast is planned for tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, so dig in. The following Monday, January 16, Valentines for Soldiers will take over the Saint Arnold brewery from 6 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Grand Prize Takes the Grand Prize (and Second Place, Too) at On The Rocks Cocktail Competition

    Justin Burrow's tequila tiki cocktail, the Santa Maria Swizzle. See more photos in our slideshow.​Alba Huerta and Cedomil Slokar took home first and second place at last night's On The Rocks cocktail competition, scoring at $1,000 check for Huerta and a double victory for Grand Prize Bar. Both ... More >>

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