British Isles

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Finding A Scotch Egg in Houston for (Almost) Every Day of the Week

    It's not the most appetizing-looking dish. The hard boiled egg in the center is usually possessed of a runny yolk that oozes a bit when you cut through the crisp brown outer layer and the crumbly pink or brown middle. Before you cut it, it looks like an oversized meatball, but it's the stuff on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Top 5 Foods to Buy at the British Isles Shop

    If you're an Anglophile, you're probably already aware of the cuteness that is the British Isles shop in Rice Village. Filled with trinkets (both high end and touristy), foodstuffs, and housewares reminiscent of Ole Britainnia, this store is a godsend for British expats and a source of fun English f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Cadbury Switcharoo: Americans Settle For Second-Best From The Same Chocolate Maker

    Why is a British Cadbury Milk different from an American one.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Franz Ferdinand, Ca$h Out, Fidlar, etc.

    Franz Ferdinand House of Blues, October 4 In the post-Britpop era, Franz Ferdinand was once neck and neck with Arctic Monkeys for the title of the British Isles' top alt-rock export. Debut single "Take Me Out" seemed to take out everything else on the airwaves upon its 2004 release, welding jangly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Houston's Best Concerts This Week: Emeli Sande, Jimbo Mathus, Fitz & the Tantrums, etc.

    Emeli Sande House of Blues, July 8 A few years ago, it was Corinne Bailey-Rae, now here comes Emeli Sande to claim the title of the the British Isles' reigning soul starlet. The piano-trained Scottish native, now 26, notched the UK's top-selling debut of last year with Our Version of Events, a nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to British Cuisine

    With acclaimed British restaurant Feast closing in August, now's the time to acquaint yourself with its excellent English menu before it's too late. Luckily, chef Richard Knight will be opening another restaurant in the Heights within a year, and there are plenty of other British restaurants in Hous ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 25, 2012

    The Humble Deli Sandwich

    Houston's top 10 versions.

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Rice Village

    We're tackling the city's neighborhoods one by one now that the Best of Houston issue is out. First was Montrose, then the Heights and now Rice Village, an area that's absolutely saturated with great restaurants. One of the best things about the saturation in Rice Village is how easy it is to park ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Arbitrary Product Review: Haggis and Black Pepper Crisps from Mackie's of Scotland

    Apparently, haggis-flavored crisps (or chips, as I'm going to call them for the remainder of this article because 'MERICA) from Mackie's of Scotland made quite the splash when they first entered the American market in December 2010. I somehow completely missed this news, despite my ongoing obsession ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2012

    The Foodie's List of 100 Things to Eat Before You Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    A Month of the Irish: 31 Ways to Get Your Paddy On

    It's the Month O' The Irish. Well, the Irish-Americans, that is. We've previously brought you A Month of Oatmeal and 29 Ways to Indulge in Chocolate, so in honor of Irish American Month, we've searched the town for its greatest Irish bevvies and the best spots to grab an after. Get bolloxed with an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    A Month of Oatmeal: 31 Ways to Enjoy

    Who knew January was National Oatmeal Month? And does anyone actually care? Normally, I just wouldn't give a damn - because really, what does National Oatmeal Month even mean? But since its a new year and one of my resolutions is to stop being a cynical bitch, I thought having some oatmeal in my lif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Hickoids Indulge Deviant UK Fetish On Twits​At least for Lonesome, Onry and Mean, a good cover is one that takes an old chestnut in a new direction. And if about halfway through the chorus a light bulb flashes on in the brain: "Eureka, Batman, I know this song." The Hickoids' new album of all British-rock covers album Kicki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Alternatives for Your Iglesia-less Britney Spears Tour

    Not opening for Britney, he doesn't.​By now you've all heard the devastating news; not about the continuing problems at Japan's Fukushima nuclear facility, though that's still pretty important...I guess -- no, I'm of course referring to Enrique Iglesias's decision to bail on the just-announced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    A Proper American-English Tea at Te House of Tea

    A pot of Newton's Surprise at Te.​I was first turned on to Branston Pickle by my lovely ex-mother-in-law, who spread the stuff on nearly everything she ate. Although they were all British, her sons didn't share her affinity for Pickle; I, on the other hand, was keen on it as soon as I tried i ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • News

    April 22, 2010

    Cry for Yelp

    The popular Web site has buckled to pressure, but it isn't enough.

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Haggis and Single Malt Nacht

    ​Today is Robbie Burns Day, the birthday of the Scottish poet who was born on this date in 1759. "Burns Nacht," as it's known, is celebrated with Burns Suppers, where revelers consume haggis and Scotch whisky while wearing the family plaid and listening to the dulcet tones of bagpipers. If you ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Love Me Some Dick

    ​Spotted Dick is a boiled suet pudding. It's really a lovely dessert when homemade -- less tasty out of a can. Heinz Spotted Dick is a best-selling brand in England. Dick is an English nickname for pudding -- spotted dick means a pudding with currants or raisins (the spots). You can find spott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Artisan Teas from John Harney

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Whereas English Breakfast Tea is usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon, with a little Keemun added to the more expensive versions, Harney & Sons English Breakfast is made with all Keemun tea. The flavor is clean and bright, with a fruity aroma. What a treat this is in the mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The British Isles: Texas Haggis

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In photos, canned haggis looks alarmingly like dog food. It is traditionally eaten as part of a full Scottish breakfast or as an entrée on a bed of mashed rutabagas and potatoes, which go by the cutesy names of "neeps and tatties" in Scotland. I bought a can of Caledonian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Thrift Store Cowboy: The Move

    The best thing about digging around thrift-store CD bins is discovering someone else's cast-offs. The records that people got sick of, or had absolutely no regard for how awesome it could be. Months back, a wife seemingly threw out her husband's entire punk-rock collection during routine housec ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 20, 2008
  • Culture

    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    September 20, 2007
  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Alpha Rev

    Alpha Rev perform Thursday, July 12, Rudyard's, 2010 Waugh, 713-521-0521.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2007
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    July 10, 2007

    Brit-Indi is the New Tex-Mex

    British Indian food is like Texas Mexican food -- a cuisine unto itself. British-Indian TV chef Manju Malhi coined the term “Brit-Indi” (an awkward nod to Tex-Mex) to describe this style of Indian cooking for the British kitchen. With her “10 Minute Curries” and utterly relaxed approach to I ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 11, 2007

    Blame Canada

    A new pub on Westheimer that's lots of firkin fun for the whole firkin family!

  • Music

    November 3, 2005

    Redneck Renaissance

    Gretchen Wilsons return to town makes us wonder, Whats really behind all these songs about Wal-Mart, cheap beer and NASCAR?

  • Music

    August 18, 2005



  • Music

    March 31, 2005

    Elf Rock

    The Decemberists bring their magic-realist, Picaresque new album to town

  • Dining

    February 26, 2004

    Gastropub Crawl

    The Red Lion isn't just another fake British pub -- it's an authentically fake British pub

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Notes toward new and better criticism and marketing of wine and song

  • Music

    May 29, 2003

    Caged Angels

    Chart-toppers in the UK, Ash is happy on the American club circuit. But how long will it stay there?

  • Music

    October 10, 2002

    Isn't He Lovely

    Glenn Lewis waits for the world to see him as more than just a Wonderkind

  • News

    July 18, 2002

    Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002

  • Film

    August 17, 2000

    Reefer Madness

    The dope-y Saving Grace revives the irreverence of early English comedies

  • Culture

    May 25, 2000

    Bound to Tradition

    A.D. Players adds no insightful postscripts to the book-lovers' tale 84, Charing Cross Road

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    May Day

    The pagans and the Unitarians unite to re-create Celtic tradition

  • Film

    May 11, 2000

    Rave On

    Impressive Human Traffic isn't always pretty, much like the scene it covers

  • Film

    March 16, 2000

    Return to Sender

    Horny Irish men wait for mail-order brides in The Closer You Get. And wait. And wait.

  • Film

    March 4, 1999

    Regular Joe

    Loach sheds the sentimental in a tender look at a tough hero

  • Calendar

    December 11, 1997
  • Music

    March 27, 1997
  • Music

    June 20, 1996
  • Music

    August 17, 1995

    The Celtic Connection

    After 18 years, Houston's Irish Session is as much about family as music

  • News

    June 22, 1995