When I hear "mead," I think of the Renaissance Festival. So I was surprised earlier this week to be contacted by Kevin Strickland, the owner of a newly revamped Gratifi, saying he had just gotten in some mead, which is essentially honey wine. "Do people actually drink that?" I wondered. I mean, ... More >>
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
People unfamiliar with African cuisines often tend to lump them all in together: East African, West African, North African...what's the difference? We don't lump French and Spanish food together simply because they share a border, however, nor do we regard Indian and Chinese as the same because they ... More >>
This is the second part of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza about his role as a chef in a big hotel restaurant. Today we talk about some of his personal influenc ... More >>
More surprises from Ethiopia - restaurant with generous portions, good food and a place to dance away the calories after dinner.
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
After being thoroughly disappointed with the one Ethiopian meal I had in Washington D.C., I began pining for a good meal at Blue Nile -- my favorite Ethiopian restaurant here in Houston as well as the place where I'd first tried the cuisine many years ago. And then I remembered: Lucy Ethiopian Resta ... More >>
As of this writing, I am still comfortably ensconced in the Hotel Palomar in our nation's capital. There is a Negroni at my side, compliments of the hotel, which was waiting for me in the room after I returned from walking off a Shake Shack burger at lunch. That's service. Both the Shake Shack and ... More >>
When we published our "Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Die," the suggestion was made by several people that we re-print the list again -- this time with instructions on where to find these various delicacies in Houston. I'll tell you that not all of the dishes or drinks on the list ar ... More >>
So you've decided to buck the traditions this year and take your sweetheart somewhere for dinner that won't be an overpriced, overcrowded mess of boring pasta dishes and flourless chocolate cakes. Good on you! Valentine's Day -- or any good date night -- can be much more romantic when you mix it up ... More >>
Wipe that look off your face, sissy, this week wasn't anything to grimace about.The only place to earn a Health Department citation this week was the CVS on 7950 S. Gessner, which got written up for one violation - no Food Dealer's Permit on hand. And this was a repeat. We had no idea that pr ... More >>
Houston marathon runners, you've trained long and hard (I hope) in preparation for running 26.2 miles this coming Sunday. Now, it's time to eat. A lot. Although carbo-loading has its critics, many aspiring endurance athletes still swear by the practice. Sure, you can eat your weight in bagels and w ... More >>
You eat it with your fingers, yes. But the vibrant cuisine at Sheba Cafe isn't so unfamiliar.
Photos by Troy FieldsWhether you've grown tired of typical breakfast and brunch places, whether you're on the hunt for something exotic and new or whether you are simply interested in seeing traditional breakfast foods in a far different setting, breakfast at Sheba Cafe will suit you to a T. ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston
In the midst of all the hubbub about the long-awaited Best of Houston® awards, we decided to spotlight a few places that might not necessarily make it onto any mainstream Best Of lists. Planet Houston, this week's cover story, focuses on immigrant food. After all, we're a nation -- and a ci ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: There's a new Ethiopian restaurant in town...finally. ... More >>
Courtesy of Toothpaste For DinnerLate last year, all of the sister papers in the Village Voice Media chain were informed that we were no longer to use the word "foodie" in blogs or in print. The reason? "Foodie" has not only become overused but has developed a strongly negative connotation: A ... More >>
Many people say that going to New Orleans feels like being in another time. In fact, the city's current slogan for its tourism TV spots, which Rocks Off caught just this morning, is "you're different here." Listening to Kermit Ruffins, who plays House of Blues Friday night, has that effect t ... More >>
When you hear the words "golden delicious," think mead (not apples!), the drink of choice for various peoples throughout the ages, including ancient Greeks, twelfth-century Slavs, and modern-day Ethiopians. Loosely defined as any beverage made from honey, water and fermented yeast, mead is ce ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresGuests snacking on an assortment of foods from Ra Sushi.There's something discomfortingly meta about gnawing the spicy flesh off a piece of jerk chicken as you stand, staring idly, next to an exhibit filled with stuffed fowl: Atwater's prairie chickens, ducks, cranes, al ... More >>
Develop your palate at HMNS
Photo by avlxyzWe're here to help support those daily pad thai cravings.That's right; it's gluten-free time again here at Eating Our Words. But unlike our previous few posts which have been GF product assessments, we're instead going to spotlight some of our favorite (and occasionally overloo ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshWhen I heard that Tuscany Coffee barista David Buehrer had never attended an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, I invited him to meet me at Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant on Richmond. We were seated in backless stools at a traditional low, round table in the back of the restauran ... More >>
Those who know me know I hate high fructose syrup sweeteners and avoid products that contain them whenever possible. Lately I've been having a lot of fun trying different honeys from around the world. There was the delicious Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) that I enjoyed at the Blue Nile, for example. ... More >>
Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot
Coffee and conversation at Blue Nile
Blue Nile Ethiopian Cuisine