For those who speak Spanish, the word caracol is instantly evocative of seafood. It translates to conch, or shell, and in addition to rolling off the tongue, the word has special meaning for Hugo Ortega and his wife,Tracy Vaught, of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe. "Hugo's brother used to be the chef a ... More >>
If you are looking for a certain hot sauce, iBurn probably has it.
It is mid-June and we already have another tropical disturbance to deal with. In this case, it is a depression that has formed near Belize in the western Caribbean Sea. It formed rather quickly and is expected to traverse portions of Central America and Mexico before emerging in the Bay of Campeche. ... More >>
The doomed -- and uninsured -- Ethan AllenThe Ethan Allen was a tour boat that plied the waters of Lake George in upstate New York. Six years ago this week, it sank and killed 20 of the elderly tourists on board. The owners believed they had sufficient insurance, until they tried to use it a ... More >>
In Belize, my friend Kiv taunted an Englishman for sipping a pink cocktail, in a waterside tavern. After some words ending with the trite "You and what army?" the man and his buddies - British SAS commandos on leave from jungle training -- promptly heaved Kiv over a railing, into the cholera ... More >>
We don't just hate certain American state flags here; we also hate the following ten foreign abominations of design, symmetry and good taste. It is less our opinion than it is scientific fact that these are, without a doubt, the ten worst national flags in the world. 10.St. Lucia Does this flag re ... More >>
As we are sure you are no doubt keenly aware, Flag Day is tomorrow. We could give you a list of the ten prettiest flags, but we are Hair Balls, and that's not the kind of crap we like to cough up. Here instead is a list of ten state flags to tun up the flagpoles of your worst enemies: 10. Nevada T ... More >>
Jeff Swensen/ Bob Schneider on FacebookIt's been said that if you have lived in Texas for at least a decade and you haven't at least been in the vicinity of a Bob Schneider show, you are probably lying. Our introduction to Schneider was kind of heartbreaking, but that's another story for anot ... More >>
He's treated thousands of people from all over the world, so why can't he get FDA approval?
Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that should ... More >>
Saying he deserves a bigger piece of the pie, the former city councilman serves up cherry information to his current political opponent
The last three weeks of this month promise to be hard on your wallet, eardrums and liver
The Houston International Festival, also known as iFest, has announced the lineup for its 37th annual edition, set to take place April 19-20 and 26-27 on nine stages spread across downtown. Instead of spotlighting a specific country this year, its theme “Out of Africa: The Three Journeys,” encom ... More >>
Mexican immigrant Hugo Ortega went from washing dishes to owning Houston's best Mexican restaurant — now he has a few things to say about immigration
A raid on an end-of-year teen party leads to heavy-duty punishments and angry parents
Party legend Mike Nixon is missing, but no one thinks he's dead
Getting in shape is like going to war
Long after Britney Oops her way to obscurity, these releases will continue to sing
The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.
A Bible-quoting con man finds easy pickings among those looking for a miracle or a windfall
New York Pizzeria bakes up a pie that's the stuff of dreams
In the early 1960s, Eldrewey Stearns was a powerful force for integration in a segregated society. Then he forgot his way, and history forgot him. Until, that is, he met writer Thomas R. Cole.
Gene Weaver always had a big idea. Selling snail dreams was to have been his last hurrah.
If it pulls the pieces together, The Strand Brewery could have a powerful pie
Part two of Angels may not match part one, but it's brilliant still
From Panhandle flatlands to Guatemalan mountains, Houston doctor and artist Robert Campbell searched for a life with meaning.When he died, many said that life was his.
Angels in America arrives buoyed by hype, but rises on its own power