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Brooke Viggiano

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    September 11, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Midtown

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    August 7, 2014

    We Found a True New-York-Style Pizzeria in Clear Lake's Slices and Ices

    Attention New Yorker's: Clear Lake's Slices and Ices is the real deal when it comes to Italian ices and foldable NY-style pizza by the slice. As in any good Tri-state pizzeria, you're greeted by a beautiful array of specialty pies and calzones at the counter, with piping hot and fresh pies repleni ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Burger Report: Cottonwood's Bleu Cheese Burger

    Though Cottonwood is known mostly as craft beer bar, it has some serious burger game. And while we've already waxed poetic about their poblano-and-fried-egg-laden Squirrel Master Burger -- it even made our critic's 100 Favorite Dishes of 2013 -- that doesn't mean the other burgers aren't just as goo ... More >>

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    July 2, 2014

    Date Night: Wings, Pizza, and Love at Coltivare

    When looking for a special spot for our anniversary, my man and I decided to try out Coltivare. A lot has been said about the White Oak resto's no reservations policy, but the thought of pizza, wine, and an urban garden was enough to get us there, despite the chances of a long wait. And as it turned ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in River Oaks

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Upper Kirby is Getting a Face Lift

    It's been a sad past few weeks for the Upper Kirby restaurant scene. Brio Tuscan Grille (3029 Kirby) shuttered just after Cafe Express, Roak, Hendrick's Pub and OTC Patio Bar, all in the same area, closed. Swamplot reports that a moving crew arrived on Sunday, June 1, to pack everything up. There's ... More >>

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    June 5, 2014

    First Look at Beer Market Co. Now Open on Studemont

    The first thing I noticed when walking into Beer Market Co., the new craft beer spot on Studemont from the guys that brought us Crisp, is that it looks nothing like Texadelphia, the former inhabitant of its space. This is a good thing. Gone is the sullen, dark interior, replaced instead by a dark- ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Downtown Houston

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    How to Screw Up Your Order at The Waffle Bus

    It's totally my own fault. I was so excited by my first visit to The Waffle Bus that I completely disregarded the words on the menu. I had, of course, been trying to order one of the bus's famous waffles. Instead, my fiancé and I ordered two kinds of "waffle fryders" -- the fried chicken and the ch ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Taste Testing Black Bean Brownies; Yes, We Said Black Bean

    You guys, I made flourless brownies. And you'll never guess what has replaced the flour. Okay well, it's clearly in the title so you'll probably guess, but can you believe it? BLACK BEANS! How gross, I mean good, does that sound? I'll admit, I was supremely skeptical when I first saw these recipes ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    The Rodeo Is Over, But You Can Still Get Deep-Fried Oreos

    I miss the rodeo. I miss cowboys in bolo ties, mutton bustin' and bull riding, live music and two stepping...the list goes on. But perhaps most of all, I miss the unspoken understanding that everything at the rodeo -- and I mean everything -- is to be deep-fried and or/covered in bacon. I was trave ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Mazel Tov, Potato Kugel

    Since today is the first day of Passover, this week's recipe is an Ashkenazi classic casserole, potato kugel. Kugel is a baked pudding or casserole traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath or other holidays. Originally puffed and baked in a ring shape, the name of the Yiddish dish likely referen ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Ladybird Food Truck's Globally-Inspired Fare Shines

    It took me way too long to stop by the burnt-orange school bus that is Ladybird Food Truck (they've been hitting the streets since 2011). Now that I've gotten a taste of what they have to offer, I know it won't take me so long to go back. Last Saturday, my fiancé and I were strolling around Montr ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Show Houston Off: We Share Our Favorite Places to Bring Out-of-Towners for Food & Drinks

    Early spring may just be one of the nicest times to visit our city. It's usually when the influx of family and friends trying to escape their drawn-out winters get a quick hello in before the sun scorches the Houston earth for the unforeseeable future. And for me, one of the most important things a ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    First Look at LA Crawfish's New Location, Now Open in Greenway

    Popular Vietnamese-and-crawfish spot LA Crawfish has expanded its empire inside the loop with its newest location on Richmond. Taking over the old Kobecue spot in the Greenway Shopping Center, the franchise location, which opened just last month, is serving the same bags of buttery, garlic-loaded cr ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? The Gobbler Sandwich and More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my meal ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in the Galleria

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town. So far, we've covered Montrose, River Oaks, Midtown, Upper Kirby, EaDo, Rice Village, and the East End. But we're not done yet. This week, it's the upscale Galleria neighborhood that gets a closer look. H ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Our Inspired Suggestions for the Name of the New Menil Cafe (And You Can Name It, Too)

    The new café at the Menil Collection seems like it's been in development forever. But recently we received some promising information that leads us to believe the café is, in fact, happening -- and soon! The press office for the Menil announced that the café will be housed in one of the 20th-cen ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Light Goodness: Snap Kitchen's New Fall Menu Has Changed My Views On 'Health Food'

    I have a wedding coming up this weekend, and after what I can only describe as an all-day bad idea that ended in a late-night delivery of garlic cheesy bread this past Saturday, let's just say I could use a little nutrition in my life. So when I had the opportunity to taste the fall menu at healthy ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Something Delicious and New Has Joined My Slider Trio at Little Big's

    Last time I stopped by Little Big's, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the slider joint had a new(ish) addition to the menu: hot dog sliders. When did this happen? Apparently earlier this year. But you wouldn't know unless you stopped in, as the restaurant hasn't updated their website or Fac ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Five Houston Desserts We're Falling For

    The recent cold front is making it feel as if fall has officially hit our glorious city. Whether it stays or not is yet to be determined, but we're gonna eat like the air is crisp anyway. And what better place to start than with the sweet stuff? Here are 5 Seasonal Desserts We've Totally Fallin' Fo ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Sunday Brunching With TQLA's Insanely Decadent Mole

    On a recent Sunday "morning" I woke up with a massive craving for chicken enchiladas. Okay, so it was nearing noon and I may have had a teeny bit of a hangover, but all the better to brunch with, my dear. My fiancé and I decided to try out TQLA on Washington, since we hadn't been, and, let's face ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Ten Easy and Healthy Before-School Meals

    The first meal of the day for kids is the most important meal of the day, but it is hard to whip together a nutritious breakfast for your kids when they are running out the door to catch the bus or drive to school. So, you resort to just cereal, a granola bar, something from the drive-thru or nothin ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Wedding Talk: What Houston Foods Would You Want at Your Dream Cocktail Hour?

    I've been engaged for quite some time now...and I haven't planned a damn thing for the wedding. No date. No venue. No flowers. No dress. I'm a bad bride, I know. It just doesn't excite me all that much. Well, except for the food (err, and the man, that too); The food, I can dream about that all da ... More >>

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    June 14, 2013

    5 Foods My Dad Really Wants for Father's Day, & Your Dad Will Want Them, Too

    Father's Day is this Sunday, for those of you who may have been living underneath a rock and haven't seen all the buzz about the holiday dedicated to celebrating our dads. This week, Brooke Viggiano gave us five things to do around Houston with Dad, like taking him to lunch, then to top golf, which ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Easter Potluck Recipe: Greek Spinach & Cheese Pies

    This weekend, I'll be attending the 3rd Annual Friendster. While it may sound like the name of a defunct social network, it's actually an Easter potluck with my degenerate group of friends. Last year's bounty was quite interesting -- from my homemade spinach bread and raspberry French macarons to a ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    The Best "Hidden" Fast Food Items You're Not Ordering According to Reddit

    Secret items or off-menu dishes at restaurants are nothing new. In many cases, they're arguably more famous than the regular food, such as the "Animal Style" fries at In-N-Out Burger (a chain which has more "secret" menu items than regular ones). Our own Brooke Viggiano has been compiling lists of " ... More >>

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    January 12, 2013

    Game-Day Snacks: Buffalo Chicken Nachos

    Note: This is a re-run of a post from earlier this year, in which Eating...Our Words blogger Brooke Viggiano shares a favorite tailgating recipe in honor of game day. When it comes to game-time snacks, there's really nothing better than hot wings and nachos. ...or is there? What's the only way t ... More >>

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    January 12, 2013

    Game Day Snacks: Homemade Corn Dogs

    Note: This is a re-run of a post from earlier this year, in which Eating...Our Words blogger Brooke Viggiano shares a favorite tailgating recipe in honor of game day. A classic hot dog is good and all. But you know what's better? A Corn dog, corn dog, corn dog, corn dog, corn dog, corn dog... Luc ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    A Christmas Tradition: Mom's Best Fudge

    As our own Brooke Viggiano pointed out last Friday, often the best Christmas present you can give is something you made yourself. This is especially true with friends or family members who "have it all." My mother is known for many things, but chief among them are her Christmas baked goods, includi ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    10 Oyster Dishes To Try in Houston: No. 7, Fried Oysters & Deviled Eggs at BRC Gastropub

    You know what I love about SeptembeR, OctobeR, NovembeR and DecembeR? It's oyster season! During these months, oysters are at their peak. For the next few weeks, I'll be sampling the most memorable and tasty oyster dishes in Houston. No. 8, Fried Oysters & Deviled Eggs at BRC Gastropub BRC calls ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    How To: Simple, Versatile Focaccia Bread

    Bread is definitely my favorite thing to make. I love everything about it, from proofing the yeast, to kneading the dough into submission, to the smell of baking bread wafting through the house. And, of course, I love to eat bread. I come from a long line of "dunkers" -- soup, sauce, even salad dres ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Occam's Razor: A Drinking Game

    Spare me your opinion on the accuracy of the attribution, or the exact translation of "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity," and indulge me in my slightly unwarranted perversion of the spirit of the statement, but, when you get right down to it, Occam's Razor is essentially the Reinheit ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating... Our Words, where we're currently writing page 355 of a lengthy treatise on the many misapplications of the word "zesty" throughout history. We started the week off right with a look at dining outside the loop, and we'd say not to let one isolated ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Patio Dining: Date Night at Grappino di Nino

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I like my Friday nights to come with two things; a bit of romance and a whole lotta cocktail. With an open-air patio and fully stocked bar, Grappino di' Nino's makes a very suitable date night spot. Tack on live music (Tues-Sat), a menu of small plates for ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Friday Night Downtown at Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar

    I'm all for a sushi and sake night, so when a few of my friends invited my man and I out to Azuma's downtown location last Friday, we didn't even blink an eye before jumping in a cab and heading to meet them. It was a gorgeous night and our friends were already sitting at a large table outside on th ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by Brooke Viggiano​Great news! The Eat This, Not That! guys over at Men's Health have made my dreams come true by confirming that pizza made right is a well-balanced, healthy meal. Good thing, because last week, I made delicious whole-wheat pita pizzas topped with veggies and some Medite ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Riverwalk Eats: A Day in Downtown San Antonio

    My fiance Dave and I took our first trip to San Antonio over the weekend to celebrate our birthdays (we're a day and a year apart -- luckily, I can take solace in the fact that the old man will always be one year older than me). We left Houston on a rainy Saturday morning for some clear skies in San ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoTry not to eat the whole plate - I dare you.​Happy Hanukkah (tomorrow)! This week, I'm going to impress my Jewish fiancé with a week-long (don't judge me for not going the full eight days) Hanukkah feast like he's never had before. Since he's been in grad school living ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Give Us the Izzy

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Top 5 Restaurant Freebies

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoCheesy shortbready cracker things, come to mama!​Sometimes, I find myself drawn to a restaurant not for what's on the menu, but for what is placed on the table in front of me before I even open the menu. You know what I'm talking about. It's sometimes even the best part ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Top 5 Twists on Tailgate Classics

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoWINGING!!!​Rutgers homecoming was last weekend. A lot has changed in the 5 years (gasp) since I've been at my alma mater's campus, mainly a lot more neon and house music. One thing though, has stayed the same: The Almighty Tailgate. It's not a secret that Rutgers stud ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Tailgating 101

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    How To: Cut a Whole Chicken into Pieces

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoIt' as easy as 1,2...5.​Sometimes you feel like breasts, sometimes thighs, sometimes just the tip...the wing tip! Get your minds out of the gutter, people - I'm talking about chicken here. When I'm grocery shopping, I'm always on the hunt for the best quality food wit ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Best Thing I Ever Ate: Sandwiches

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoKenny & Ziggy's One In A Minyon - come to mama!​I've been looking into the best things I ever ate around town, kicking the list off lightly with Houston's best vegetables before diving head first into a vat full of grease with the best fried bites. Now I'll move on to a ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Top 5 Food Inspired Moments in Television

    Food and television. My two favorite things in life. I mean, besides family and friends, of course. Anyway, some of the greatest scenes in television are based around food, as evidenced by this season's rum-ham filled It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode. Feeling inspired myself, I made a list ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Brooke ViggianoAu jus for two​Despite the beautiful weather, last week I made a dinner menu gearing me up for fall (not my fault - I'm from Jersey and I miss my pumpkin spice lattes). I'll keep the autumn feeling going with a couple of next week's meals. Here's the plan. On the menu: Spinach ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Loooong Ride Home

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    What's Cooking Next Week?

    Brooke ViggianoOn the menu for this week: Homemade turkey meatballs and tomato sauce​I don't know about you, but when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is brainstorm a meal for the night. And unfortunately, I'm just not one of those people that will be happy with a lean pocket ... More >>

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