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    January 16, 2014
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    November 15, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Comfort Food Cooking Class, Austrian Wine-Tasting Seminar & A Thanksgiving Leftover Throwdown

    It's getting colder outside, so now's the time to gather up some seasonal recipes perfect for a chilly night. Sur la Table in the River Oaks Shopping Center will hold its "Easy & Delicious Fall Suppers" cooking class on Tuesday, November 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For $79, you will learn how ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Sommelier Sean Beck Always Stumps Me at Backstreet Café

    "Anything but Italian!" I exclaim as I find a seat at the bar at Backstreet Café, where Sean Beck curates one of the best by-the-glass wine programs in Houston. I have nothing against Italian wines. In fact, I'm a big fan of Sean's Italian selections. But because Italian wines are my main vinous ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

    The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Johan Schuster of Charivari, On Cooking Throughout Europe, What He Would Prepare Each Season, and Who He Would Want to Prepare His Last Meal

    Johan Schuster Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby 713-521-7231 This is Part 2 in a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Parts 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: When did you start cooking? JS: I've been doing this for 34 years. We were three brothers ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2012

    Fit for a King

    A Pearland biergarten serves up tasty Austrian-German food and lots of fun.

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    July 25, 2012

    Giving Head: What Wine for Head Cheese?

    Of all the salacious nuggets that still thrill Babbo sycophants, the one that I regrettably can't erase from my memory is the tale of President Clinton and Mario Batali's testa, boiled pig's head. Evidently, in a celebration of the fratboy-sexist-misogynist mindset that drives the great brain (read ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Top 5 Foreign McDonald's Menu Items I Wish Were Available in the U.S.

    One of the things I like best about traveling abroad is the opportunity to try new foods. McDonald's isn't the first restaurant I go to after clearing border patrol, but I confess I do always at least peek at (and sometimes sample) the weird, wonderful world of foreign fast food. Here are five McDo ... More >>

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    December 23, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Hot Dogs

    Photo by Jeff VogtYou can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Odd Pair: Wine and Soup

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.​Whether we're making Tuscan ribollita, Mexican tortilla soup, or French soupe à l'oignon, wine is always a key ingredient at our house (where there's always a spare cup of wine in the kitchen). And while the sugar is the main component of the wine that adds flavor to ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Biodynamic Lees-Aged Grüner Veltliner

    Although Nicolas Joly is widely hailed as the father of biodynamic grape-growing and winemaking in Europe today; the Nikolaihof estate in the Wachau region of Austria is generally considered to be the first biodynamic winery in the world. (The pan-agricultural biodynamic movement was founded by Aust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Brew Blog: Indian Wells Lobotomy Bock

    What's in a name? That which we call a Bock / By any other name would taste as malty.​The other night, I attended a business dinner held at the downtown outpost of the House of Blues. The meal was mediocre, but that wasn't really the point. This was a meet-and-eat event designed to smooth ove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    More Local Music News Than Memorial Day Furniture Sales

    What would your Friday be without Magnolia City Mixtape? Pretty bleak, if you're trying to keep up on all the local music here in Houston. Thankfully, we're here to make that last day of the work week just a bit better. Propain launched his music video for the Departure track, "Say I Won't." Dire ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 5, 2011

    Sublime Strauss

    HGO's Ariadne, an opera about opera, is both serious and funny.

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    April 11, 2011

    The Chicago Dog at Sonic: A Passable Imitation

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​Understanding that the mere headline alone may cause cringes and howls among Chicago dog connoisseurs, I'm going to come swiftly to the point on this one: The Chicago-style hot dog that Sonic is currently serving for $1.99 is not even in the same league as a true V ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Wild Moccasins Ready For Whataburger-Free Euro Tour

    Molly Joon​Saturday night, newly minted New West signees Wild Moccasins play their last show in the States until April, as they prepare to embark on their first European tour. Sharing the Fitzgerald's bill are Young Mammals and Wicked Poseur. The Moccasins' maiden Old World trek is an extensi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Brew Blog: Victoria Beer Comes to Houston

    Shira GoldingIs the king holding an ice cream cone? ​Last week a buddy of ours who lived in Mexico for a while (and did a fair amount of drinking there) excitedly spotted a billboard for Victoria beer, which he demanded we immediately try to find.

  • Music

    December 2, 2010

    German Shepherd

    Johnny Falstaff is a honky-tonk translator.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Last Night: The Black Angels And Black Mountain At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc BrubakerSee more photos from Wednesday's fever dream in our slideshow.​The Black Angels, Black Mountain Warehouse Live November 17, 2010 Some music is so evocative and overwhelming it can cause you to flash back to before you were even born. Not all of it - when a Mozart sympho ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    September 9, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Austrian Pepper Grüner Veltliner

    Sébastien Barillot ​Austria is known for imports. Take, for example, ex-bodybuilder-now-governor-of-California Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now, trendy-up-and-comer (or perhaps used-to-be-trendy-but-now-standard) Grüner Veltliner. This white wine is Austria's much tastier answer to the Pinot G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    A Cooler Coke: Almdudler

    ​Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead. Through the course of drinking various soft drinks and reporting back to you on them, I'll occasionally discover beverages like Vimto: something I ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 13, 2010

    Houston Symphony: Forces of Nature

    Listen to Mozart's and Beethoven's versions of the natural world

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    April 21, 2010

    For San Jacinto Day: Five Victories More Lopsided Than The Texas Army's

    ​I probably didn't need to remind you that today is the 174th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, where Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory over the forces of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The battle brought an end to the bloody Texas Revolution, and made siestas unfashiona ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2010

    Block Party

    Block 7 Wine Company serves simple food with fresh, local ingredients.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    70 Years After A Nazi Invasion, Poland Gets Respect: The Five Best Movie Poles

    On September 1, 1939, German forces invaded Poland. Soviet troops joined the attack (in adherence to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact) on September 16, and by the first of October, the country was entirely in enemy hands, and World War II was well underway.Poland and its people have had enough problems, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Piculit Neri

    Photo by Robb WalshPiculit Neri is an ancient grape varietal from Italy that was popular in Roman times but went out of favor. Progressive winemakers have recently revived the almost-forgotten grape, along with several others that were once popular in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, an area in the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2008

    Mozart in Vienna

    Da Camera trots out the Mr. M masters for their opening night concert

  • Film

    August 28, 2008

    The Edge of Heaven Can Wait

    Storylines and cultures crash in this German/Turkish import — and isn't it arty?

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2008

    The Hot Dog Holiday

    Russell Baker has observed that eating hot dogs seems like the patriotic thing to do on the 4th of July, despite the fact that hot dogs aren’t any good--and probably never were. I feel his pain. I have eaten a lot of bad hot dogs on this holiday. And it’s true that the vast majority of hot dog ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival

    Sufi rocker Junoon brings his Santana-meets-Led Zeppelin sound to Miller Outdoor Theatre

  • Dining

    October 4, 2007

    Antica Osteria

    Rice Spaghetti

  • Music

    June 28, 2007

    The Police

    The Police perform Friday, June 29, at the Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St., 713-627-9622. Fiction Plane also performs.

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    May 1, 2007
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    May 1, 2007
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    June 22, 2006
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    March 9, 2006
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    January 26, 2006
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    July 22, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pastry Shop

    Epicure Cafe

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    December 12, 2002

    The Most Extreme Sport of All

    Bike messengers converge in Houston for some extreme competition

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    For the Love of Sauerkraut

    Somehow a restaurant from the Black Forest finds its way to Midtown

  • Dining

    January 25, 2001

    Take a Number

    Does the health department's grading system ensure safe restaurants? Or is it just fuzzy math?

  • Calendar

    December 16, 1999
  • Dining

    August 26, 1999

    Everything Old Is New Again

    Darby's flashes back to a gentler time

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    November 26, 1998
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    November 5, 1998
  • Dining

    December 25, 1997

    Roll Out the Barrel

    Hackemack's is a barrel of fun

  • Music

    March 28, 1996
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