• Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Where's The Beef? California Company Recalls Nearly 9 Million Pounds of Meat

    Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, California, was forced to recall 8.7 million pounds of beef this past weekend due to improper inspection. And of course, some of the meat in the recall made its way to Texas, because it's not like we have a gazillion of our own cows here or anything. The Unit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    California Law Allows Transgender Students to Select Male or Female Bathrooms

    Life can be damn confusing. And before you get all up in arms about how tough it is these days to figure things out, imagine if you spent your entire life feeling like the wrong gender. Unfortunately, that is the case for many transgender individuals. If you thought high school was difficult because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Jordan, a California Chardonnay with Restraint

    A few years ago, a holiday weekend drive to Palm Springs from my native San Diego delivered me at the doorstep of Chardonnay Hills, an upscale homeowners association in Temecula. In this day and age, it's not surprising that a community would name itself after a grape. After all, ampelonyms (that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    A Crunchy, Low-Alcohol Wine for Thanksgiving from California Naturally

    Of the California winemakers who thrill me the most, three of them are bottling fruit grown in California's El Dorado AVA in the Sierra Foothills -- the heart of historic Gold Rush country. They've been attracted to the area, they tell me, in part because they've found older vines (some in vineyard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    What Wine for a [California] Veggie Sandwich?

    The first time I had a [California] veggie sandwich (in California, they just call it a "veggie sandwich"), it was at the legendary Source on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. By the time I got there (an undergrad at UCLA in the late '80s), founder Father Yod and the Source family were long gone (as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Gothic Council: Was Christian Death's Rozz Williams an Overhyped Douchenozzle?

    One of the functions of the Gothic Council is to rule on matters of Goth-point attribution. Think of us as professor McGonagall awarding or deducting points at Hogwarts... with that act mattering exactly as much to the real world as it did in the Harry Potter books. Recently, our own Batty posted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2012

    Cowboy Broc Cresta RIP, Competed in Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    Sad news today that professional team roper Broc Cresta was found dead in his living quarters Saturday while in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to compete in the annual Frontier Days rodeo there. The news was confirmed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association on its Web site. Cresta was only 25 years old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Fast Times: Pinewood Café at Hermann Park

    When I grabbed a book and headed out to Hermann Park last week, I had no intention of eating, much less of writing a Fast Times review of the new Pinewood Café. My favorite reading spot is near the paddleboat rental, which is right next door to the café and its lovely, dog-friendly patio. The pat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Fast Times: Burger King California WHOPPER®

    Christina UticoneFlame broiled burgers? Now that's a whopper.​When I saw the commercial for the new Burger King California WHOPPER I thought: "Hey, I like guacamole! And hey, I think I used to like WHOPPERS, too!" And since my last experience at Burger King had been so surprisingly positive, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Houstonian Says His Gay Marriage Should Prevent Deportation

    A marriage is a marriage, right?​KHOU has an interesting story about a gay Houstonian who is arguing that his marriage to a U.S. citizen should prevent his deportation. Normally a no-brainer, but in this case the marriage is between two guys who tied the knot in California. The man's name wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Bodard Bistro's Special Recipe Spring Rolls

    Nem Nuong Cuon (Grilled pork meatball sausage spring rolls) with special recipe sauce​If you ask me where to go for Vietnamese food, my response will usually be: "What are you in the mood for?" Depending on whether you want rice, vermicelli, pho, banh mi, family style meals, etc., my answer wo ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 16, 2011

    Counter Culture

    Belly up to the bar for a build-your-own-burger and a milkshake at this California import.

  • Culture

    May 26, 2011

    Why Shouldn't Mexicans Speak Proper Spanish?

    And is Spanglish something to Celebrate?

  • Music

    May 5, 2011
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    March 30, 2011

    Wine of the Week: 2008 Sawbuck Malbec

    ​Oh, sweet nectar of the gods: Malbec. That once-forgotten varietal, making a comeback as a cheap red wine, with plenty of depth, that happens to be a pretty good deal in most cases, is the total package - the Angelina Jolie of the wine world, perhaps - minus all those adopted kids and the wei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Lauren Marmaduke reported this morning on the eastward move of California's famous In-N-Out Burger chain, where it's expected to open at least half a dozen of its burgers stands in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Houstonians weren't bothered by this "snub," to say the least. Take commenter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    SXSW: The Most Bitchingest Metal License Plate You Will Ever See (This Week)

    ​But why is it the most metal license plate ever?

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    The United States of Murder: A Map

    Illustration by Monica FuentesClick here for larger version and more info​Serial killers and famous murderers have existed almost as long as mankind, we're sure. But as in so many things, the United States may just have perfected the thing. Each state has its own infamous episode, some very w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Jeff Skilling's Son Found Dead

    J.T. Skilling: No "obvious reason" for his death​KUHF is reporting that the 20-year-old son of Enron's Jeff Skilling was found dead in his California apartment. J.T. Skilling, a 2009 Episcopal graduate, was attending Chapman University in Orange, California. His body was discovered by friend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Choking Game Claims Another Victim; Our Report On The Scary Phenomenon

    Some kids put themselves on YouTube​Media outlets are reporting that a California teen who died entangled in a Bowfflex exercise machine had been playing "the choking game."In the two years since we reported in-depth on the crazy, dangerous, potentially heartbreaking phenomenon the is the choking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Drive-By Shootings: Texas Is Second Only To California

    Better than New York, for sure​For those of you who always get bummed when Texas gets the lowest spots on national rankings for mental health care, children's insurance, and other benchmarks of civilized society, here's a study that puts us at an impressive Number Two: Drive-by shootings.The gun-c ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Spotlight On: Z Pizza

    ​On my way home from work I stopped into Z Pizza (4010 Bissonnet, 713-432-7219) to pick up a pie. Z's takes a healthy approach to pizzas by making them with organic, healthy ingredients. Obviously, these hippie pies started in California.

  • Culture

    May 13, 2010
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    April 1, 2010

    Man Vies to Be Sickest Child Molester of All

    Also wanted to direct Pampers ads.

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2010

    Houston Company Hit With Claim Its Fish Contain PCBs

    ​A Houston-based fish-oil manufacturer might be exposing consumers to a harmful carcinogen, according to a lawsuit filed by environmental activists earlier this month.Filed in a California Superior Court, the suit accuses Omega Protein and seven other fish-oil manufacturers of failing to warn cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    It's Already Broughten -- California Trash Talk Over That Loose Bull At The Rodeo

    ​Earlier this week the big news out of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was a bull who got loose.One of the cowboys competing in the rodeo roped him; unfortunately he headed home to California before the local media could talk to him (The cowboy, not the bull, that is.)But a Sacamento televi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010

    "Absolution: Photographs from Eastern Europe"

    Roman Loran gives audiences a visual sanctuary

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Lagunitas Brewing Co.'s Cappuccino Stout

    ​This week's historical justification for sampling a random beer is also a cheesy metaphor. One-hundred-sixty-two years ago this month, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill near Coloma, California, kicking off a greedy rush West. Today, if you drive two-and-a-half hours toward the Pacific fr ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 24, 2009
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    October 15, 2009
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    October 3, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day Two: Braving the Rain to See !!!

    Photos by Groovehouse​California dance band !!! must have found conditions at Emo's last night slightly more favorable than today's rainy conditions, but neither the rain nor the lack of climbable surfaces stopped them or the fans from enjoying the day.​More photos of the fun are below the cut.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    The Worst Brisket I Ever Ate

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Sampling the goods at shade-tree barbecue stands is one of my favorite pursuits. So when I saw a smoking barbecue trailer with a crowd around it in a parking lot on Fry Road just north of the Katy Freeway last Saturday, I pulled over and checked it out. The sign advertised ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 9, 2009
  • Culture

    April 16, 2009

    Wet Backs

    Can water shortages be blamed on Mexicans?

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    MySpaced Out: Gram Rabbit Stirs in the High Desert

    Gram Rabbit, "California Christmas" In case you're still in your holiday hangover mode like I am, here's one wonderful holiday YouTube video that our gallant Mr. Rocks Off left out of his holiday onslaught. Cute doesn't begin to describe this one. While we are on the subject, high desert California ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2008

    The Rally at City Hall to Protest Proposition 8

    Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of Houston City Hall this afternoon to protest the passing of Proposition 8, California's constitutional amendment taking away the right to marry for same-sex couples. Along with the passing of other anti-gay measures across the nation, Prop. 8 made Novembe ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Mail Call

    Lights Out

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    August 1, 2007
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    July 26, 2007
  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best (Big) Menu

    The Cheesecake Factory

  • Dining

    December 27, 2001

    Resolution Relief

    California Pizza Kitchen

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001

    Science Made Easy

    How to avoid bacteria this summer? Don't eat shit.

  • Dining

    January 25, 2001

    Pure Gold


  • Dining

    October 26, 2000

    Price Paradox

    Speaking off the toque: Ronnie Berman

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    April 15, 1999
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    May 22, 1997
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