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    November 18, 2014

    10 Things Your Mother Didn't Teach You About Thanksgiving Wines

    10. Don't believe the "perfect pairing" hype. The Thanksgiving feast is one of the most challenging culinary events of the year when it comes to wine pairing. Between cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie, and the roast turkey, you have intensely tart, radically sweet, and richly savory flavors on the ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014
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    October 23, 2014
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    October 9, 2014
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    September 24, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's

    One of the joys of interviewing chefs is finding that very few are boring. They are often dynamic, adventurous people with amazing stories. Chef Jason Gould of Cyclone Anaya's is no exception. This native Australian worked early in his career for one of the original "celebrity chefs" at a restaura ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Ten Best Hot Dogs

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Film

    February 6, 2014

    It's Not Monumental, But the Monuments Men Satisfies in Bits and Pieces

    Clooney's actors shine, and that's almost enough.

  • Culture

    January 23, 2014

    The Passenger Sends Off Sparks With a Story You'll Never Forget

    Houston Grand Opera takes us on an amazing trip in presenting this opera left forgotten in Soviet archives.

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    January 17, 2014

    Houston's Worst Places to Get Put On Hold

    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 >>

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    January 8, 2014

    This Week's Cafe Review: Bring Me Beer at Café Brussels

    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 >>

  • Culture

    October 31, 2013
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    September 19, 2013

    The Salzburg Festival Gets a Touch of Houston

    The Bayou City should be proud of our former maestros performing in Europe.

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    June 27, 2013

    Best Poolside Wine? German Riesling, Baby!

    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 >>

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    February 19, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tapas Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Camaraderie Pairs Well with Muscadet at Philippe on Post Oak

    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 >>

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    December 31, 2012

    5 Essential Foods for a Lucky, Healthy, Prosperous New Year, with Recipes

    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 >>

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    October 10, 2012

    A Ransom Note To All Major Fast Food Chains

    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 >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    April 18, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jose Hernandez of Triniti on Learning to Cook Viennese Pastries in Mexico City

    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 >>

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    February 1, 2012

    100 Creatives 2012: Viswa Subbaraman

    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 >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Piran Esfahani of Zimm's Martini & Wine Bar

    ​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 >>

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    August 10, 2011

    4 Great Character Themes from Classical Music (And What They Really Mean)

    Pedro Sanchez​Entrance 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 >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Houston's Top 10 Wine Bars

    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 >>

  • Dining

    November 25, 2010

    Pegging Plonk

    A neighborhood wine bar that's hard to categorize

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    November 11, 2010
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    August 10, 2010

    International Food Diplomacy: How Not to Get Into a Fight at an Austrian McDonald's

    ​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 >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Five French Foods That Aren't French

    "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 >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jalal Esmailkhanloo of Epicure Café

    ​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 >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Jause, the Second Breakfast

    ​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 >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Diane Stanley

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    December 23, 2008

    Christmas Eve Dining, Without the Duck Heads

    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 pl ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

    Photo by Robb Walsh / Click here for a slideshow... There were a lot of Texans trying to look German in lederhosen and peasant outfits at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. So when I saw two young women walk in the front gate in touristy cowboy hats, I did a double take. They were trying a little too h ... More >>

  • Film

    March 6, 2008

    Blood Money: The Counterfeiters

    A morally ambiguous Holocaust tale of survival and collusion

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    September 11, 2007

    Joseph Zawinful, R.I.P.

    There have long been a handful of songs I assumed could have only been written by angels, not men. “Amazing Grace” tops that list, even though I know it was written by a self-loathing slave-trader. One of the others is “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” a standard first recorded by Cannonball Adderley ... More >>

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    July 5, 2007

    Get Lit: The Secret Servant, by Daniel Silva

    With the terrorism plot in London just upon us in real life, it seems that bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva could not have picked a better time for the release of his latest book, The Secret Servant. Because it is in London that this story reaches its high point, in an England that as the ma ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007

    Five Wines That'll Blow Your Mind

    The Vintage Mirrors the Year

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    March 6, 2007

    Yours, Mine and Ours

    Courtesy of Baehman A Social Event contributor shows how they raised the roof back in '23. Paul Druecke comes to the Aurora Picture Show this Saturday to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his "collaborative art project" A Social Event -- and put an end to it. "It's a little bittersweet," says th ... More >>

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    May 18, 2006
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    November 17, 2005
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    November 3, 2005

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    May 26, 2005

    Booking It

    These travel narratives are as much about the teller as the terrain

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    July 29, 2004

    Capsule Reviews

    Our critics weigh in on local theater

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    October 30, 2003

    Deadly Passions

    Russian soprano Maria Guleghina soars in HGO's Tosca

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    July 3, 2003

    Scar Wars

    Austin's Vallejo performs at Whiskey Blues

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    April 24, 2003
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    October 10, 2002

    Tipsy Gypsies

    Gogol Bordello combines Balkan folk traditions with a theater of anarchy

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    February 21, 2002

    Of Nuns and Nazis

    A few Sound of Music cast members join the audience for a sing-a-long

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    February 1, 2001

    Songs in the Key of Life

    Stages' latest production cuts to the essence of music, art and human nature

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999

    Stoli Moments

    For Russians, eating out means more than just food

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    March 27, 1997
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