Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.
Houston Grand Opera takes us on an amazing trip in presenting this opera left forgotten in Soviet archives.
Joe V's Smart Shop is a Houston-based offshoot of one of the state's most successful brands, H.E.B., aka the H.E. Butt Grocery Company. Or, as it's known in my home, The Butt. If you're a fan of The Butt -- and really, who isn't? -- you know why it's an awesome place to shop. I don't know about you, ... More >>
I didn't plan on writing about the beer. I planned on writing about the food, but when the food isn't quite as good as the beer, well... That's what I discovered at Café Brussels, the subject of this week's cafe review. The place has a lot going for it. It's in a cute building, the décor is lovel ... More >>
As I have done every year since I moved to Texas five holiday seasons ago, I'll be spending Christmas eve on Cow Bayou in Bridge City, East Texas (about 20 minutes up the road from Orange, where my wife was born). Uncle Tim will make his famous gumbo, spiked with his hard-boiled-egg-laced potato s ... More >>
The Bayou City should be proud of our former maestros performing in Europe.
As Americans' perceptions of and relationship with fine wine continue to evolve, wine lovers in this country continue to expand the realm of fine wine and how they "apply" the increasing number of great labels that make it to their markets. Poolside, where "white Zin" and wine coolers once dominate ... More >>
Although etymologists agree that the word "tapas" comes from the Spanish word tapar, which means "to cover," that's where agreement on the origin of the Spanish snack-stravaganza ends. Seminal cookbook The Joy of Cooking claims that "tapas" originally referred to slices of bread or meat used to cov ... More >>
As vibrant as its food scene may be, Houston isn't exactly known for a shared camaraderie or general collegiality among restaurant professionals. Of all the major U.S. cities where I've lived and worked (including New York and Los Angeles), Houston has always struck this adoptive Texan as falling s ... More >>
All throughout the world, different cultures have their own way of celebrating and ushering in the New Year. (And, of course, not everyone celebrates the New Year on January 1.) And while most Texans are familiar with the idea of having a pot of black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, the ... More >>
Scene: KFC International Food Testing HQ "So what you're telling me, Colonel, is that I can only get these creamy, delicious, bacon and herb stuffed taters...when I go to Japan? Japan!! Is that what you're telling me!??! Cue sound effects: multiple explosions followed by a quick sword fight and t ... More >>
I fell in love with Chef Jose Hernandez's pastries from the very first moment I tasted this oh-so-delicate, and perfectly constructed off-menu dessert special -- a peanut, caramel, chocolate and banana work of art -- during his brief stint at Philippe Restaurant Lounge early last year. Thinking ... More >>
When Viswa Subbaraman was an undergraduate at Duke University, he had no idea where he would end up. He had played trombone and violin, but music as a career to him did not seem like an option. He had come from a family of doctors and was planning on becoming one himself -- that was, until his sopho ... More >>
Piran Esfahani came to Houston from Vienna, Austria to study business and graduated from St. Thomas University. Shortly thereafter, he left Houston for Roatan, Honduras (it's not ugly...) to sell beachfront real estate. Now he's back masterfully crafting martinis at Zimm's Martini & Wine Bar ... More >>
Pedro SanchezEntrance music is important. Get the right tune and people will forever have a dual-sensory impression of your character. Most people like to craft original music to help fully embody the characters they create, but some people just lift classical themes to get the job done witho ... More >>
1888 was a momentous year in the history of Western Civilization. It was the year that Nietzsche went mad and the year he scribed his last cogent and coherent works (I, for one, am a huge fan of Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer). And it's also the year that marked ... More >>
Ludwig GuttenbrunnThe old joke goes something like this: "Why couldn't they find Beethoven's teacher?" "Because he was Haydn?" "No, because they stole his freakin' skull and passed it around for phrenologist to fondle!" Ok, the old joke stops before the decapitation of one of the greates ... More >>
Photo by Troy FieldsYou can even get a helluva guanciale cheeseburger at Plonk.Today's Houston Press Deal of the Day (oh, you don't know what those are? sign up; they're seriously fantastic) is for 50 percent off at Boheme, a little wine bar in Montrose that also serves up cappuccinos and bee ... More >>
A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize
I received a lovely email this morning from an intern at My Table Magazine, requesting my "favorite food memory while traveling" for an upcoming issue. Because I realize that My Table is soliciting these food memories from numerous people and probably doesn't need my rambling recollection, an ... More >>
"We are not French! Don't you see the glass of Stella Artois in the background?"In honor of Bastille Day, many an American will be chowing down on greasy French fries tonight, using the excuse of "Hey, it's French independence day" as an excuse to gorge on the tasty fried potatoes. But, damn ... More >>
Tom Cruise, please stop talking.
Epicure Café has been in the same quaint spot on West Gray for 21 years. It's a little piece of Europe nestled between stylish boutiques and the River Oaks Theater, with a decadent pastry case and a unique wine list. You'll want to slow down and hang out here for awhile. That's exactly what ... More >>
There's certainty at the end of The White Ribbon's unsolved mystery — and a sure hand behind it.
I had some cracklins from Don's Meat Market in Scott, Louisiana and a glass of Independence Pale Ale for jause this morning. The second breakfast, known as "jause" in Austria or zweites frühstück in Germany, is a fine old tradition that I have adopted at my house. Sausage or cold cuts, serv ... More >>
Want to take the family out for a nice meal tomorrow night so someone else can wash the dishes for a change? Worn out from holiday shopping and don't want to cook dinner? Or have the Bumpus hounds destroyed your turkey and you're looking for an alternative? Never fear! There are p ... More >>
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