• Film

    July 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    This Week's Cafe Review: A Step Back in Time to French Indochina At Ba Mien Bistro

    When I think Vietnamese food in Houston, I think Midtown. I think Little Saigon, and hole-in-the-wall bánh mì shops and wonderful pho with very little charm. Ba Mien Bistro, the subject of this week's cafe review, might just change that notion. When you step inside, you're immediately greeted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Eat The Grasshoppers at Hugo's: Soft Chapulines Tacos

    I believe the last time I willingly ate bugs was when I was five and didn't know any better. So, how did I find myself in my twenties ordering grasshoppers to share as an appetizer with my fiancé while dining at Hugo's? In certain countries, bugs and insects are delicacies, such as fried centipede ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Locavores, Meet Invasivores: Cooking and Eating Invasive Lionfish at Haven

    Invasive species are nothing new. Neither is eating them, as anyone who's eaten Cambodian water spinach -- much of it grown here in Houston -- will tell you. But bringing in water spinach from Cambodia and growing it for profit (despite its status over here as a noxious weed) is entirely different ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    HPD's New Uniforms: We Help Them With Some Ideas (You're Welcome)

    The seasons change, we spirit away our summer digs for some fall threads, and the Houston police are also mulling a change of dress. It's time for a uniform change. But they're as tight-lipped on the matter as Gucci planning its spring wear. This reticence may be related to the fact that Sergeant St ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    Cambodian Weed

    The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    South Of Houston, A Cambodian Village And A People Who Have Rejected Modernity

    On March 13, 2011, I took out my journal and wrote an entry that I still sometimes go back and read when life in the United States -- the buzzing of social media, the vitriol of partisanship -- becomes too much and I need to remember the life I once lived as a Peace Corps volunteer in provincial Cam ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2012

    Your Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Sweet and Simple: How to Make Baked Doughnuts

    Although I haven't lived abroad in a very long time, I still enjoy reading about improvising American foods in foreign countries where certain Western supplies are limited. One of my favorite sources of recipes is The Home Away, a fantastic blog for folks living overseas "at home but away from home. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Bahram Arabpour: Austin-area Realtor Busted Here With Almost Two Pounds of Opium.

    More evidence that Houston has arrived as a world-class city: it is now apparently the kind of town where you can get your hands on large quantities of opium. Yes, if Harris County Court records are to believed, Houston is now a market for the same "celestial drug" that in 1822 Thomas De Quincey rh ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Y'all, We Have All Been Doing "Punk" Wrong

    When you think of punk rock, images of a bloodied Sid Vicious in a leather jacket may come to mind. Skinheads flipping off a camera. Henry Rollins and Black Flag destroying a crowd in a basement. Jello Biafra jumping into a surging pit of people after screaming about holidays in Cambodia. The Clash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Idiot Fish: The Night I Ate an Endangered Species

    The idiot fish is endangered for a reason: It's delicious.​A couple of weeks back, I enjoyed a beautiful dinner at Kubo's next to a table of hilariously drunk Japanese people boisterously eating sashimi off a giant wooden boat that acted as a centerpiece/serving tray, while my dining companion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Thai Basil

    Photo by John SuhThai basil in our garden​A few weeks ago, we featured Genovese basil, a staple of Italian cuisine, as the Ingredient of the Week. This week, we're highlighting Thai basil, a key ingredient in not just Thai food but many other southeast Asian dishes. What is it? Native to so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Saturday Night: Dengue Fever At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Jim Bricker​Dengue Fever Fitzgerald's May 7, 2011 Someone asked Aftermath Saturday afternoon to describe what kind of music Dengue Fever plays. "Well, it's like '60 psychedelic pop with Cambodian lyrics, and also some California surf guitar and Ethiopian jazz and and girl-group thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Dengue Fever: Nothing Lost In Translation

    Lauren Dukoff​Cambodian pop-rock seems like an odd choice musical genre to try to earn a living, but Los Angeles-area sextet Dengue Fever is closing in on ten years. All signs are that the band is set for a much longer run: They've just released Cannibal Courtship, their fourth album and succ ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 31, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Ten Songs Worse Than A TSA Pat-Down

    ​Today is the biggest travel day in the United States, according to the airlines. That means many of you will be experiencing for the first time the intrusive X-rays or demeaning pat-downs handed out by TSA as part of their new "You Assholes Don't Have to Fly, You Know" business strategy. Kee ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine

    The tragic story of Cambodian genocide becomes a cautionary tale

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Chevron Protests Result In Arrests Downtown

    Photo by Liana Lopez Carted away in comfort​ At least four protesters were arrested this morning at a demonstration outside a Chevron shareholders' meeting downtown. The protesters moved past temporary police barricades and sat on the ground after they were refused entrance into the buildin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Helen Garcia, Mom Of The Year: Sets Up Sham Marriage For Daughter, Feds Say

    It was a real-life Green Card, except instead of Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell finding sweet, sweet love we got a mother hiring out her kid for a fake marriage to a Cambodian immigrant.The U.S. Attorney's office in Houston announced this morning the indictments of six people for trying to co ... More >>

  • Music

    March 25, 2010

    Brazil, Unplugged

    Gilberto Gil trims down his sound for an all-acoustic show.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Spermy Night In Georgia: Sexed-Up Songs To Set The Mood For Blowfly

    Let's get one thing perfectly clear: Blowfly is the original dirty rapper. Before anyone in 2 Live Crew was old enough to set foot into a peepshow stall or buy a pack of cigarettes, Clarence "Blowfly" Reid was spewing forth raucous raps like "Spermy Night In Georgia" and "What a Difference a Lay Mak ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010

    Chatter: Say Hey

    Spearhead leader Michael Franti's Middle Eastern trip inspires an unlikely Top 40 hit.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    New Thai Joint Opens on Bangkokheimer

    ​Thai Bistro, the popular Houston Thai restaurant located at 3241 Southwest Freeway, recently opened a new location at 11660 Westheimer, the former location of Thyme Table Café. The Houston Chronicle's Alison Cook loved Thyme Table for reasons I never understood. I tried it and found it too b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    He Said She Said: Songs from the Year We Were Born That We Still Listen To

    Yes, we are older than MTV. Shut up.​The thing that struck She Said most when researching this list of songs that came out the year we were born (May 1980) was just how much of this music we regularly listen to now. 1980 marked the end of disco, the middle of New Wave and punk, and a damn good tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    For Teddy: Our Favorite Dead Kennedys Songs

    ​That's right, we went there. Longtime Massachussetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, better known as Teddy, passed away late Tuesday night at age 77. News media sites have already gone to Defcon 2 - "A Famous Person Not Named Michael Jackson Has Died" - so Rocks Off thought we'd take a different appro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    The Whole Wide World: Dengue Fever's Sleepwalking Through The Mekong

    Dengue Fever is the name of a potentially deadly tropical disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. There have been several epidemics around the world, specially in third-world countries where sanitary conditions are less than desirable. It is also the name of a Los Angeles-based indie rock b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    WTF Island: Jackson Five, Kid Rock, Glenn Danzig, Rock Camp and Assteroids

    Even as our economy continued to go up in flames like the Toyota Center, the carnival of WTF kept trolling along this week. It seemed that every day we saw something so asinine and foolish that we couldn't keep up. Jackson Family slavery museums, rock and roll fantasy camps, Kid Rock's new beer, "As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Santa Round-Up Part Five: The Crying Game

    This and every Christmas season the most important person is the baby Jesus, with a bearded, white-haired toy factory owner coming in a close second. Every year we flock to the malls to sit in our kids down on Santa's lap. Sometimes they run off screaming, while others take to the old guy just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2008
  • Calendar

    June 26, 2008

    Mediterranean Tour with Chef Emily Swantner

    Try the chef’s “tweaked” recipes

  • Film

    June 19, 2008

    Get Smart Redux is a Rare Device

    A TV remake for the big screen that works on its own terms

  • Music

    March 27, 2008
  • Calendar

    January 24, 2008

    My Village at Sunset

    Rice professors and a former U.S. ambassador try to explain why the king of Cambodia directed a B movie

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2007

    To Do: Watch Ron Livingston and Thuy Nguyen in Holly

    There are some movies that are almost too hard to watch. Holly is one of those movies. It’s not what happens that makes Holly so difficult for viewers (well, at least this viewer), it’s what’s always just about to happen. The story of a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, Holly (Thuy Nguyen), and a 4 ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 13, 2007

    Art Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    September 6, 2007

    Art Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Film

    January 6, 2005

    Blade Runners

    Hotel Rwanda finds hope amid the horrors of tribal genocide

  • Culture

    April 29, 2004

    Digital Manual

    The MFAH puts on a watershed exhibition of works by Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom

  • Dining

    May 1, 2003

    Bigger and Battered

    Where does Baytown Seafood get those enormous shrimp?

  • News

    June 28, 2001


    Green Diet, School Shame, Capital Con

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Tackling the Taboo

    Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy

  • News

    April 27, 2000
  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Cambodian Queen

    Yani Keo flies under the radar of most Houstonians. But if you're a refugee or an Asian-American leader, you know how important she is.

  • News

    January 20, 2000
  • Articles

    September 24, 1998
  • News

    July 14, 1994

    The Gangs Among Us

    Asian crime is growing. Asian immigrants are its main target. And the HPD hasn't a clue what to do.

  • Film

    June 16, 1994

    A Shudder of the Soul

    Cronos makes something new from old-fashioned horror

  • Culture

    April 7, 1994

    It's Not Easy Being Gray

    Spalding Gray brings his Anatomy and memories back to Houston

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