About a month ago, I happen to acquire $25 in "Zaza Bucks", the official currency of the nation of Hotel Zaza. Although Zaza Bucks were designed to encourage guests to "stay and play," that is, use said money poolside, at ZaSpa, on room service, etc., I decided to use my voucher (not redeemable fo ... More >>
Much like a quarterback going back and looking at game film, I like to end the week by going back and reading what I wrote, seeing what I did wrong and where I might be able to improve. It's the blogger's version of Gary Kubiak's "I gotta go back and look at the film...get that corrected...and we ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Korean cuisine.
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 >>
This weekend, the city once again hit the Press-organized Haute Wheels food truck festival. Like last year, the trucks that inspectors visited did pretty well. Chilantro BBQ got hit with two violations: potentially hazardous food held at improper temperature (corrected on site), and no shatter-pro ... More >>
With fish being a choice food throughout the 40 days of Lent, many fast food chain restaurants have added a fish sandwich to their menus, or at least brought them back. I decided to try five fish sandwiches and determine which ones are the best based on overall quality, taste and price. You might b ... More >>
I was driving down South Shepherd last week when a poster in the window of Arby's caught my eye, one advertising a French Dip n' Swiss sandwich. Though I rarely eat at Arby's these days (just a quick stop in Wasilla for a Beef n' Cheddar when I'm traveling in the AK) my interest was immediately piqu ... More >>
We're packing our bags and checking 'em twice (once on United, then again on Alaska Airlines) which means we aren't doing an awful lot of Christmas cooking or baking at our house. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, myself, but this time of year I really start craving desserts -- something about the ... More >>
The Health Department posted reports on only about 50 places in the past week, and not one of those places got stuck with a citation or closure. Reminds us of when Kelly Kapowski's dad got laid off from his job at a defense contractor because world peace broke out (it didn't make much sense at the t ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Self-released, 2011) CQ & t.h.e. MisFit Crazy-8 Note: Heretofore, whenever t.h.e. MisFit Cra ... More >>
Remember: BestFest is this weekend, so don't fritter it away! Get it, those are corn fritters! Shut up.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've been watching My Drunk Kitchen so much that our cooking skills have depleted drastically, while our drinking skills h ... More >>
Lately, it seems like every other commercial that comes on is an Arby's ad for its new Angus Cool Deli sandwich. They can claim that their marketing dollars got at least one customer, as I found myself at the Arby's one afternoon. Arby's is not the first place that comes to mind when I get ... More >>
Wicked Poseur has really got you by the balls. That's all there is to it. The indie-rock terrors manage to twist all sorts of distortion and confetti into a glorious bit of sounds. It's competitive, raunchy, brave music, thumping enough that you can't deny their talent, but far enough from ... More >>
Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email email@example.com. Lil Flip #KissThePinkyRang (Self-released, 2011) Lil' Flip is, by even the most ardent applica ... More >>
Subway.I love chicken salad, but it's almost always chock full of calories and fat, usually due to mayonnaise, which is about 80 percent fat on its own. Why? Why must chicken salad be so delicious but so awful for you? It's just not fair. Does a chicken salad sandwich have to be bad for yo ... More >>
Quickie-mart junk food, roast "beef" from Arby's and Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster were what we ate around the holidays when I was growing up back in Florida. Sure, Christmas Day had the usual suspects of turkey and cornbread dressing, but before Christmas and after, we bowed down to ... More >>
Jesus VDangerous: Mexican pastries.Postprandial somnolence is the scientific term for a food coma. How do I know this? Because I looked it up on my phone on Thanksgiving Day while I was slowly getting under the covers at my parents house that afternoon, swearing to myself that I was just "res ... More >>
Marco TorresRocks Off is assuming you know who this is by now; if not, see here and here. Or here, if you just like to look at pictures.When you become a pop star, you have to worry about things like keeping up with all your many different bank accounts (most of them will only let you store a ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresBrandi Garcia and TraeTrae Day Northwest Mall July 22, 2010 3:36 p.m.: Some dark, menacing clouds are off in the horizon. After everything that's happened this past year - the ban, the last-minute venue cancellation, etc - is there any way that it won't rain today? It s ... More >>
As a kid, summertime was synonymous with Arby's. For each book I read that was more than 100 pages, my parents would reward me with trips to the neon cowboy hat. So I would go to the library to find 100-pagers with the largest print possible, blaze through them, and then load up on roast beef ... More >>
We've got your back, Double Down.The poor, unfairly maligned Double Down. Yes, that's right -- we're here to take up the dubious mantle of Double Down Defenders. What did it ever do to deserve the kind of scorn that's been heaped upon it by the media? So it's a sandwich that doesn't have any ... More >>
Even if Uncle Sam took a great big bite out of your wallet this year, there are still ways to enjoy a good meal today -- several, in fact -- thanks to local restaurants taking advantage of your newfound poverty to offer free or reduced-price goodies today. It's like a crack dealer giving you ... More >>
Unraveling veteran rhymesmith K-Rino's brilliance in an über-sketchy Third Ward park.
Shundrekia Edwards desperately wants a little help to get her out of where she is now.
Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.First, a bit of housekeeping: In this space last week, we wrote about the r ... More >>
The Smoking GunNewly arrested pranksterThe Smoking Gun continues to stay on top of the effort to out and punish the juvenile a-holes (some of them sex offenders, some of them merely Mom's-basement types) who go around ruining property and people's days with "pranks."The hilarity involves calling ... More >>
Baytown police have filed charges against one of the "men" who pull idiotic phone pranks such as making people drink urine or having them break windows in hotels. They do this by convincing the listeners they are talking to officials of some sort, and some kind of emergency action must be taken.O ... More >>
The Smoking Gun website has an extensive, entertaining investigative expose on a group of webheads who pull off expensive pranks nationwide.Posing as authority figures, they have phoned hotel rooms and fast-food restaurants and talked innocent people into doing such things as breaking windows (be ... More >>
That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.
A new pub on Westheimer that's lots of firkin fun for the whole firkin family!
Beauty Bar Houston
Inmate Terry Banks broke out of jail in Missouri, prison guard Lynette Barnett by his side. They disappeared for seven weeks - until the law caught up with them in a Victoria County, Texas, trailer park.