Ash Wednesday

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Why I Liked Being Jewish At an All-Boys Catholic School

    The locker my freshman year at St. Thomas High School was on the second floor of the main building, 50 feet from a chapel where Mass was celebrated before every school day. The walls along the hallways were filled, floor-to-ceiling with lockers. Freshmen got the lower ones. I had to get on my knees ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Lorde at Bayou Music Center, 3/5/2014

    Lorde, Lo-Fang Bayou Music Center March 5, 2014 The crowd screams for Lorde like she's a pop star. They roar at the start of every song, from her big singles to her album cuts to her Replacements cover. They cheer when she moves to their side of the stage or when she points out someone in the crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Celebrate Mardi Gras: Five Alternatives to the Classic King Cake

    This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 4. Also known as "Fat Tuesday," it's the last night to indulge in rich, fatty foods before Ash Wednesday, when the ritual fasting of the Lent begins. But for us, it's really just an excuse to party and eat King Cake. The most popular Mardi Gras treat, K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2013

    UPDATED: RIP Scott Daniels: Horseshoe, Carolyn Wonderland Guitarist Dies Suddenly

    UPDATED (Monday, 10 a.m.): Corrects Daniels' moving to Austin, and adds information on the burial service and memorial. UPDATE 2: Comments from Daniels' girlfriend, Candyce Prince have been added. Scott Daniels, longtime Houstonian and guitarist for Carolyn Wonderland and Horseshoe, has passed. Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Fetch Me a Shrubbery: Build-A-Bar Goes N/A

    I'm a terrible Catholic. Every year, I try to make up for that fact during Lent, vowing to give up television or meat or stringent usury. Depriving myself of creature comforts for 11 percent of my life seems like a fair trade-off for sleeping in on Sundays, and I never take the easy way out, giving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Recipe: Flourless Cloud Bread

    I gave up bread for Lent, which has been a huge pain in the ass because bread is a major component of pretty much everything I think is delicious. I'm the girl who snags a loaf of warm, fresh-baked french bread from the bakery at the beginning of a shopping trip and ends up throwing a practically em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    There are no inspection reports available from February 23 to 29, but there are dozens of reports from February 22, Ash Wednesday. We're not sure about the significance of that. But it is important for restaurants to remember that they art dust, and to dust they shalt return, just keep that shit off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    The Venetian Origins of Mardi Gras

    Few will surprised by the pagan origins of Mardi Gras. The indulgence in food and wine and the relaxed sexual mores that accompany the festival are akin to the bacchanalia of the pre-Christian era, when the Romans would celebrate the spring equinox with gusto and abandon. And it makes perfect sense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Tops Drop: A Larger-Than-Life Fat Tuesday Playlist

    ​Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Rocks Off mentioned in a previous post, about rappers and Houston restaurants, that some of the best artists are "Big" and "Fat": Big Pokey, Fat Pat, Big Moe, etc. Every day is Fat Tuesday for these rappers. They're all about overindulgence and that's why we love th ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 24, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Happy Hour Hurricanes and Crawfish Bites at Ragin Cajun

    ​Going to Ragin Cajun on Ash Wednesday was simultaneously the best and worst decision I made this week. Although I expected the restaurant to be busy, I didn't anticipate standing in line for almost 35 minutes to get a tasty but overpriced plate of fried seafood. But I also didn't expect th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    W.B. Yeats perusing the city's health inspection records​We're starting this week real classy-like with an appropriately apocalyptic Yeats poem, because we're excellent at copying and pasting stuff that makes us look smart. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Five Things Charlie Sheen Should Give Up for Lent

    ​Charlie Sheen was brought up in a very Catholic family -- his Dad's about as Catholic as you can get -- so it's safe to assume he's familiar with the idea of giving things up for Lent. What should he give up this year? Some suggestions, a few of which he's already agreed to: 5. Washing his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Tonight: Carnaval Houston at Planeta Bar-Rio

    Carnaval, the four-day festival that precedes the beginning of Lent for Catholics, is probably Brazil's biggest Holiday. During this period (which officially ends at noon Ash Wednesday - people need their sleep), revelers take the streets and dance to the beat of the Afro-inspired drums of samba, Ax ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2008

    What’s That Dirt on Your Head? Oh Yeah, It’s Ash Wednesday

    “Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return.” Can I get a hellz yeah? Can I get a what what? Seriously, all the Catholics in the house, just wave your hands in the air, and wave `em like you recognize the Lord Jesus Christ has died for you sins and you are marking the beginning of ... More >>