Photographer Daniel Kramer returns to the scene of Houston's most recent tropical nightmare.
On my first day of high school, my parents drove me from my aunt's house. We were all living there because our house on the north side of town still had no power thanks to Hurricane Alicia, a storm that hit Houston 30 years ago this past weekend. And while Alicia may not have been a monster storm -- ... More >>
Notwithstanding the recent Galveston-based Carnival cruise liner whose faulty engines landed its passengers in a world of hurt (and national headlines), the island is again throwing its arms open for the upcoming summer season. Last week the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau announced th ... More >>
Wondering where all the Gulf appellation oysters are this year, after the big to-do over Pepper Grove and Ladies' Pass oysters in 2011? Not to worry, says Jim Gossen of Louisiana Seafood, one of the area's largest oyster suppliers. They're right around the corner. Gossen -- along with noted oyster ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Along wi ... More >>
The hurricane that hit Galveston in 1915 didn't have a name, but it left a mark.Houston and Galveston, like any cities along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the U.S., are always vulnerable to tropical weather. The scariest of these events is most definitely the hurricane, with its fierce wind ... More >>
Photo by Tony ChenYou must make the crawfish do a puppet dance for your amusement before eating it. Fact.Yesterday, we showed you the proper way to eat crawfish. Today, armed with that knowledge, we're going to show you the best places to eat them in Houston. It may not officially be crawfis ... More >>
Pepper Grove oyster on the half shell at Branch Water Tavern.At this past weekend's inaugural Foodways Texas symposium, one of the most eagerly anticipated seminars wasn't held in a conference room, and it didn't come with a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees instead slurped down all manner o ... More >>
Do it for the crabs.Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of Texans across the 367 miles of state coastline will take to the sand, gloves on and plastic bags in hand. Call it a goodbye and thank you to summer, and hello fall.Groups will be gathering at 28 sites at 9 a.m. for the annual Adopt ... More >>
How far did cardinal go in tearing down Ike-ravaged church?
Civil War over a Bolivar churchOrdinarily, the dedication of a new church building is cause for unbridled, unqualified celebration. Such is not the case in Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, where the circumstances surrounding the dedication of the new Our Lady By The Sea Chapel and Catholic ... More >>
Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyWhen Texas Traveler last went to the Bolivar Peninsula, she got a flat tire in the sand, and the small towns of High Island and Crystal Beach were still struggling to rebuild a year after Ike. The flat tire incident was scary -- a nail no doubt from one of the many des ... More >>
The list of Galveston Catholic churches that the Archdiocese wants to tear down is out, and it's somewhat grim reading.The Galveston County Daily News reports that Archbishop Daniel DiNardo wrote island parishioners of the plans, not making everyone all that happy in the process.Among those that ... More >>
Without as much to lose as Galveston, Bolivar surges ahead in its recovery.
Photo by J.C. ReidOn a recent trip to the Bolivar Peninsula with a carload of friends, I stopped in the small town of Winnie, Texas for a quick pit stop at the local Texaco gas station that had a hot food counter serving mostly pizzas and fried foods. These counters, combined with a few picnic tabl ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyCrystal Beach, TexasSometimes vacations don't always go as planned. Texas Traveler hadn't been to the Texas Coast since last summer, a month or two before Ike hit. We'd seen the footage and heard the stories -- it was just too depressing to imagine our favorite beaches cover ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidReason to celebrateTwo of the biggest annual events at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula east of Galveston are the Texas Crab Festival and the Stingaree Music Festival. In its 24th year, the Crab Festival traditionally has occurred on Mother's Day weekend and celebrates every ... More >>
Photo courtesy www.themessengerthemovie.comThe man who directed the new documentary The Messenger, Shawn Sterling Welling, is a self-described "self-absorbed, amateur film director" who happened to have a friend with movie-making equipment laying around. He literally stumbled upon The Messenge ... More >>
We've already noted that some Galveston residents are hoping that legalized gambling is the island's ticket for a post-Ike comeback; now it's Bolivar Peninsula getting in on the action.Galveston County Commissioner Patrick Doyle who represents the devastated area, tells KHOU the devastation is a big ... More >>
Some may never be found.
The job of looking for Ike victims in the debris piles and swamps of Galveston County -- a nasty, brutal job that drained the searchers both physically and emotionally -- is over.The county's second and final search for missing Ike victims ended recently with eight people from the Bolivar area still ... More >>
Good news has been in short supply on the Bolivar Peninsula since Ike hit, but something that could pass -- these days, anyway -- as good news was announced this week.Crenshaw, a pre-K-8 elementary and middle school on the peninsula, will reopen February 4, GISD announced to the applause of resident ... More >>
This week's feature story by John Nova Lomax looks at the struggles on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula in the wake of Ike. Photographer Dan Kramer filmed a video to accompany it, and art director Monica Fuentes edited it. We were going to hire Varnaline to write a new song to go with it, bu ... More >>
Helping Hand Spurned
The last three weeks of this month promise to be hard on your wallet, eardrums and liver
Galveston escapes with a close call
Hayes Carll hosts a sandy shindig in a reverse hurricane
Despite natural disasters and failed marriages, this seafood joint lives on
Meet Doug Sartin, onetime heir apparent to a Texas barbecued crab dynasty
Hands off the Bolivar ferry, Al Qaeda!
The Audubon Society wants some killer birds to stay off its land
Get a perfect tan at McFaddin Beach
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
Take your time when eating Gulf blue crabs
At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.
The oil is gone from High Island, but the birds still come. So do the bird watchers.