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  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Missouri City Bank Robbery Suspect Grabs Loot, Gets Away on Kiddie Bike

    At first, cops must've thought it was some kind of prank. A guy walks into a bank on Wednesday afternoon, asks for some money and walks out. His getaway car, though? A little kiddie bike. Maybe drugs were involved, who knows. But this guy committed a federal crime in broad daylight and then pedals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Opening Match to Opening Training Camp: 5 Soccer Notes From the Weekend

    If the soccer gods could have scripted a way to start the spring break weekend in Houston, this would have been it. A 4-0 rout for the Houston Dynamo in their opening match, followed by a picturesque day for the Houston Dash to open training camp on Monday. The main event was of course the Dynamo ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Impressive Steaks and Family Heritage on the Menu at Osteria Mazzantini

    It may not be perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    CSN Houston: Are the Rockets Making Progress with AEG?

    The Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, CSN Houston, and hundreds of thousands of attorneys collecting tons in billable hours met before bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur last Tuesday. There wasn't a lot of real news made during the hearing which is why the hearing got buried in the news -- that and the wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Oysters and Tuna Tacos: First Look at Caracol

    "I could come here just for this," I thought to myself as I sampled the unbelievably tasty ostiones asados, or wood grilled oysters, topped with chipotle butter at Caracol. The first of several dishes I tried during my first visit to Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's new coastal Mexican seafood restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Bill O'Brien Not the Only New Coach in Town as Houston Dash Make First Hire

    The Houston Dash, Houston's new National Women's Soccer League team created on December 13, have only a few short months to get a team together from scratch before their inaugural game in March. The first order of business was to find a head coach. Monday morning, they officially announced Randy W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Long Awaited Fish & The Knife Might Be No More

    The year 2014 is here and we are gearing up for a multitude of restaurants to open and to bring their culinary styles to the Houston dining scene. For most, it'll be a while before they open, but two are almost ready. In Kaitlin Steinberg's post about the ten highly anticipated restaurants of 2014, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Welcome Pink's Pizza to the UH Campus & Learn How To Make Gnocchi

    Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 2603 La Branch In continuation of Food Truck Friday at the Houston Press office, Bernie's Burger Bus will park its truck in our parking lot from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to serve up its signature burgers and fries. Whether you love the intricate a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Cougars Lose Third Straight Under Awful Field Conditions

    The field conditions at BBVA Compass Stadium were atrocious on Saturday. Huge portions of the field were flooded before the game started with puddles of water evident at the start of the game. By the time Cincinnati had finished defeating UH 24-17, the middle of the field was a nothing but mud. Pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    5 Things We Learned as Dynamo Bow Out of MLS Cup Eastern Finals

    The third time was apparently the charm for Sporting Kansas City, who finally got over the Houston Dynamo in route to the franchise's second MLS Cup appearance. And all it took was inspired play from former National teamer Benny Feilhaber, and 22-degree weather to keep the Dynamo from reaching the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Dynamo Clinch Playoff Spot on Final Match Week

    When the MLS regular season began back in March, the Dynamo couldn't imagine their playoff aspirations coming down to the final match week. Yet that's where the Dynamo sat Sunday afternoon; in a win-or-go-home scenario on the road in Washington DC. And as they've done time-and-time again throughou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Saving the Astrodome: From Perfectly Fine to Nearly Demolished, the History of the Dome's Demise and the Rise of New Stadiums in Houston

    As the referendum on the Astrodome gets closer, I thought it might be worth taking a look back at the last 20 years of stadium history in Houston. Thought 20 years isn't a lot of time in the grand scheme of things, a lot has happened. Would you believe that, at one point, there was a better-than-ave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Dynamo's Home Touch Fading with Loss To Red Bulls

    The Dynamo have seen some cold spells in their time in Houston, but their current situation is ridiculous. They are 0-3-1 in their last four matches, and have been outscored 12-2. Now as bad as that last figure looks, it could be much worse. If you don't include Sunday's home loss to the New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2013

    Cover Story: The Making of the Houston Bucket List and The Final Nine

    I have a soft spot for Houston, this mutt of a city that I've called home for nearly all of my 44 years on this earth. During those four decades, it has certainly suffered its share of ups and downs. But, even during the most complicated times our city has faced, I've believed in its resilience at i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    UH Fans Need To Step Up And Start Showing Up

    Today is the official first day of the Houston Cougars as members of the American Athletic Conference. And while this isn't quite the conference upgrade the Cougars were hoping when they signed up several years ago, the former Big East is still better than Conference USA. Making the conference leap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Houston, We Have a New Ramen Restaurant

    Rumors that the Austin's Ramen Tatsu-Ya was soon coming to Houston have been spreading in the last few months. And we may be finally able to confirm that there is definitely truth to the rumors as an inside industry source states Ramen Tatsu-ya chefs/owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya "Tako" Matsumoto h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: How to Fight Early Summer Boredom Edition

    Despite a last gasp of cold air last week, it's warm outside and getting hotter by the minute. For me, the best day of the year is October 1. It's the probable end to hurricane season in Texas (if not the ACTUAL end for the Atlantic), the NFL is in full swing and the NBA is about to launch training ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Brickwall Firm: Dynamo Support Group Madly Backtracks from Homophobic Twitter Remarks

    The Dyano's outreach to the GLBT community -- we assume they have one of sorts -- has hit another snag with homophobic tweets from one of the supporter groups that works closely with the team. Someone with control of the Brickwall Firm's twitter account apparently doesn't like Landon Donovan; the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: The Upper Crusty Edition

    The above image is exactly what we imagine you say when you see the weekly headline announcing the best things to do in sports this weekend. You're all, "FUCK YEAH, MOTHER EFFER! IT'S TIME FOR SPORTS! WOO!" Then you read about the things we have to offer and you're all, "YEAH...wait, what?" That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: SHO, Astros and Croquet?

    Hey, boys and girls, it's the weekend again. I bet you didn't think you'd make it here from Monday, did you? We assume the next few days are all filled up with plans for antiquing, buying groceries, working in the garden, eating sensibly and going to church for Easter. HA HA HA! We're kidding. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Top Five Things to Do in Houston Sports This Weekend: Color Runs, Roller Derby and March Madness

    It's almost the weekend and time for the inaugural edition of what to do this weekend in Houston: sports edition. Each week, we'll be giving you color commentary on events in and around the area you might want to choose for some weekend relaxation, all for sports fans. It's the first week of spring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Dynamo In Champions League: All Is Well With Tim Hanley In Charge

    If there's one thing the Houston Dynamo don't do, it's lose a match at BBVA Compass Stadium. And after last night's CONCACAF Champions League victory over Santos Laguna, they showed they'll do the same thing to Mexican opponents as they do to MLS clubs... Force them to listen to DJ Khaled's "All I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game: Your Prop Bets For This Weekend

    Michael Jordan turns 50 this weekend, I'm not sure if you've heard. In case you missed the incessant career retrospective pieces that ran on Sportscenter or the story of MJ's renting the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston for his birthday shindig this weekend, the most iconic team sport athlete o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Dynamo start training camp with lofty expectations

    Seven weeks after dropping a second MLS Cup Final to the LA Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo are back out on the pitch, gearing up for the 2013 season. The preseason will be busy for the Dynamo, but there is not a lot of turnover on this Dynamo roster, and having familiarity around the locker room will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Backstreet's Back ... All Right!

    Last week was quiet; this week has some talking to do -- starting with news that David Grossman will be closing out at Branch Water Tavern and taking the restaurant's name with him when he does. The restaurant itself will remain open under a new name and new ownership, reports Greg Morago at the Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Abby Wambach Nets a Brace as US Women Rout China

    Check out pics from the USA-China women's soccer match in our slideshow. There's something about the Houston air that brings out the best in the US Women's National Soccer Team. Wednesday night, in front of 15, 643 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium, the ladies routed China 4-0. And if there's one perso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    [PHOTOS] Light Rail Expansion Moving Faster Than You Might Think

    Since 2004, anyone living or visiting the areas near Main Street, the Medical Center, the Museum District or Reliant Park has probably gotten to experience METRO Rail, for better or worse. Some ride it daily. Some get in accidents with it. Some just gawk. But, one of the busiest stretches of commute ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Dynamo Proud of 2012 Season, Looking Ahead to 2013

    When the Houston Dynamo look back at the 2012 calendar year, they look back with their heads held high. Yes, head coach Dominic Kinnear and company are still reeling from the disappointment of falling short a second straight year at MLS Cup. But, as a franchise, they make the argument that it was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    10 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: November 30-December 2

    Old Crow Medicine Show House of Blues, November 30 The Old Crow boys seem to be the cooler Americana gateway drug of choice for younger listeners. A sort of anti-Mumfords you can rep without looking like a radio-rock tool, the pickers don't bash you over the head with dear melodies, just gritty sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Five Things Learned About Rice and UH Football This Season

    The college football season ended last week, and it's safe to say that the season didn't exactly go as Rice (6-6) and the University of Houston (5-7) wanted. For Rice, things went a bit better. For the Cougars, things went a lot worse. So here are five things we learned about the Owls and Cougars th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    MLS Cup: Five Keys to a Dynamo Victory

    On Saturday afternoon, the Houston Dynamo will attempt to join an elite group of MLS clubs - as they try to become just the third team to win three MLS Cups. One of the teams in that group is the Dynamo's adversary this weekend - the LA Galaxy. How did the Galaxy find themselves on this list? The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Dynamo lose match, advance to Eastern Conference Finals

    Do you remember those two goals the Dynamo scored on Sporting Kansas City last Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium? Even though they lost 1-0 to Sporting Wednesday night at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the 2-1 aggregate score secured the Dynamo's place in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Dynamo know on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Dynamo Deliver a Win in First Leg of Series

    Check out pics of the first playoff game to be held in BVAA Compass Stadium with a Dynamo win. Last year, Sporting Kansas City were the darlings of Major League Soccer. This group of high-flying kids played an attractive brand of soccer with their 4-3-3 formation. Their road to the MLS Cup was set: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Dynamo win in opening playoff round

    It seems the Dynamo were tailor-made for the playoffs. Playing their usual brand of post-season soccer, the Dynamo had a professional 2-1 victory on the road over the Chicago Fire. Led by a slew of veterans, the Dynamo seemed to put their regular season mistakes behind them. Instead of falling be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Mexico Struggle (Yes, Struggle) in 5-0 Rout of Guyana

    In today's FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Rankings of soccer, Mexico is 19th in the world. Guyana, Mexico's opponent this past Friday night, was ranked 122nd. By all accounts, Mexico should have had a convincing 3-0 victory that night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Instead, El Tri struggled to win 5-0. And it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Openings & Closings: September 2012, Plus Picking a New Name for Calliope's Po-Boy

    After a supremely busy seven days for restaurant news last week, this week let up a little bit -- but not by much. Starting off the week was news that chef Erin Smith is leaving Plonk. Her last day will be October 13 and after a brief trip to visit family, Smith will be back in Houston looking for h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Lackluster Outing In Philly Puts Dynamo Playoff Hopes In Jeopardy

    Throughout the course of the long MLS regular season, you can't always expect the Houston Dynamo to bring their "A" game to the park. But c'mon, they were playing the Philadelphia Union, who've only been able to put together four goals in the past eight games. The game plan seemed simple: go to Ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Flu-bitten Dynamo Get Last-Minute Win Over Real Salt Lake

    The Houston Dynamo seemed a bit unconditioned to the heat at Thursday's match against Real Salt Lake at BBVA Compass Stadium. Perhaps it was fatigue, as the Dynamo were playing their sixth match in 20 days. Another dynamic could have been the flu that was going around the Dynamo locker room this w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Dynamo Earn 1-1 Tie In Honduras To Keep Pace In CONCACAF

    Down a man for almost the entire second half, the Houston Dynamo held on to an important 1-1 road draw against Honduran side Deportivo Olimpia. The Dynamo and Olimpia remain tied atop of the CONCACAF Champions League Group 3 standings with 4 points apiece. It didn't take long for the home team to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Dynamo Top Red Bulls, Take First Place In East

    Check out our slideshow of the Dynamo vs Red Bulls. The Houston Dynamo are a lot of things these days. They're winners of their last five league matches. They are unbeaten in their last 18 home games, dating back to last season. And thanks to their 2-0 beating of the New York Red Bulls on Friday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    UH Hires Developers for New $105 Million Football Stadium

    Look at the University of Houston, acting all grown up and everything. They are so cute at that age. UH, long suffering in grand old Robertson Stadium, particularly in recent years when the football team has been, you know, actually good, finally is moving forward on a much ballyhooed stadium plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Second Straight Draw For Dynamo Has Silver Lining

    For the second straight match, the Dynamo defense held their opponent scoreless, earning their sixth shutout of the season. For the second straight match, the Dynamo offense was held scoreless, only their fifth time during this 2012 MLS campaign. Not all was bad for the Dynamo on Saturday, who d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Video: Dynamo Tailgaters Warm Up for Armed Forces Day Game

    Tailgating isn't just for football anymore. It's also for fĂștbol. Since the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium (and even when they were still playing at Robertson), fans have swarmed the parking lot before games to eat, drink and generally stir up a ruckus. Taking a cue from the massive tailgate event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Dynamo Shutout Chicago, Themselves

    The only action at BBVA Compass Stadium last night was the pre-Fourth of July firework show following the supposed match between the Dynamo and the Chicago Fire. A sellout crowd turned out to witness a 0-0 snooze fest between the two MLS clubs. The Dynamo looked like they lost a little pep in their ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2012

    The 2012 Houston Web Awards

    The Houston Press rides the wave to the next group of winners.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Connor Barwin Goes To His First Rugby Match

    Further proof that Connor Barwin is the coolest Texan when it comes to living the Houston life: He headed to BBVA Compass Stadium from his downtown apartment to catch the USA Rugby team against Italy. Despite his cheering them on, the USA lost, although the large crowd was raucous in their support. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Dynamo Win: At Least One Houston Team Is Defending Our Honor Against Dallas

    Check out our photos of the Texas match-up between the Dynamo and FC Dallas. As it has been well documented on this blog, this site, and the history books, Houston and Dallas have an absolute hatred for each other. It's an animosity that goes from the people to sports teams. The Astros played and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Dynamo Draw with Portland Timbers

    The Houston Dynamo kept their undefeated record at BBVA Compass Stadium alive on Tuesday night, by virtue of a 0-0 draw against the Portland Timbers. The streak also has the Dynamo earning their second consecutive shutout, a feat they haven't done since opening the season with a pair of shutout wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    5 Things We Learned from Dynamo's Opening Day Win

    Six years. That's how long it's been since the Houston Dynamo last won an Opening Day game, a 5-2 victory in their inaugural game against the Colorado Rapids. The hero then was Brian Ching, who put in a memorable four-goal performance. Sunday night, the Orange revisited the Home Depot Center -- th ... More >>

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