• Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropics Finally Heating Up as August Approaches

    The National Hurricane Center has designated and area of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic as Invest 93L. It gives these designations throughout hurricane season to make note of systems that have the potential to develop. It is currently giving 93L a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropica ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

    You know how sometimes people complain about having to leave the 610 Loop? I used to be one of them. I used to bitch and moan about leaving the comfort of Montrose or Midtown, even if it meant exploring something new and awesome, just because I hated fighting the inevitable traffic on the Southwest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    A Tropical Evening With Buena Vista Social Club

    El Social Club de Buena Vista, or the Buena Vista Social Club, is a collection of the best representatives of Cuban music ever to be exported from the island nation 90 miles south of Florida. Back in the year 2000, a documentary following guitarist Ry Cooder into Cuba won an Academy Award, exposing ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 15, 2013

    If You Plan on Eating at Caribbean Hot Pot Restaurant, You Had Better Know the Rules

    Caribbean Hot Pot Restaurant has some great food - but you'd better know the rule before you go.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Jamaican Him Crazy

    I'm pretty sure that when I first walked into Caribbean Hot Pot Restaurant at 7 p.m. on a Monday the owner thought I was a crazy person. I arrived positively giddy at the thought of eating Jamaican food at Caribbean Hot Pot, the subject of this week's cafe review. I was exceedingly hungry and excit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Big Savings on Caribbean RumFest Passes, Sparrow Bar Cookshop, Union Kitchen, and More

    How does an evening of Caribbean food, music, and cocktails sound? Today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal is good for half-off your choice of passes for the Third Annual Caribbean RumFest, August 16-17, 2013: • $30 for $60 off of general admission passes (four rum sample tickets per day, souvenir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Discount Dining Deals at La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge, Quattro, Majorca, and More

    We are kicking the week off right with delicious savings on Creole, Caribbean, and soul food at La Vie Fusion Bistro & Lounge. Grab today's Houston Press Voice Daily Deal to save 50 percent off of your choice of two deal vouchers: $10 for $20, or $20 for $40. La Vie specializes in soul, Creole/Caju ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012
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    November 8, 2011

    Noel Sosa-Ruiz: Bizarre End For Man Who Killed His Kids' Mother At Her Office

    Photo by HPDNoel Sosa-Ruiz: Tries to escape to Cuba​The death of 29-year-old Yodani Cruz-Rojas was odd enough -- the father of her children walked into the suburban dentist's office where she worked and killed her in a hail of gunfire -- but now there's an odd finale. The suspected killer, No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Anthony Davis of Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAnthony Davis, chef of Reggae Hut​Reggae Hut, the colorful joint on Almeda Road in the Third Ward, serves up delicious Caribbean fare. Customers gobble up oxtails to the sounds of Bob Marley, his lyrics painted elegantly across the walls. Anthony "Tony" Davis is the man ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 31, 2011

    Film Collage

    Johan Grimonprez's stunning work screens at the Blaffer Museum.

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Cockfighting and Endorsements

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Ask, and you shall receive. Joanna O'Leary was wondering about good places in Houston to dine solo, and reader Gilgameshstockings had a few suggestions: Rioja, Dolce Vita, Poscol, Vieng Thai, Sushi King, Kanomwan, Tan Tan, Doneraki, Jamaica House, One's a Meal, Zake, Aladdin, Niko's, Cova, ... More >>

  • Music

    December 2, 2010
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    November 25, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    First Look at J'Ouvert

    The restaurant also happens to have wicked awesome to-go containers. It's the little things...​J'Ouvert is a huge holiday in the eastern Caribbean, celebrated from Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, that precedes Carnival each year. It's also a brand-new Caribbean restaurant that just opened ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 14, 2010
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    August 10, 2010

    Chris Stewart: Klein HS Star Takes On Unique Challenge At Notre Dame

    Photo couttesy NDChris Stewart in Haiti, helping with earthquake relief​Chris Stewart was a highly recruited lineman coming out of Klein High School; he chose to go to Notre Dame.After a few bumps, he's thriving, and right now he's taking on a challenge no Irish football player has ever tried: Goi ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 22, 2010

    Tropic Thunder

    Serving up home-cooked Jamaican soul food.

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    Peanut Butter Miracles

    Amid the chaos that is Haiti, Dr. Patricia Wolff has made ending child malnutrition her life's work.

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Patricia Wolff Tries To Save Haiti With Peanut Butter

    ​Patricia Wolff is not a doctor to be messed with -- she's a black belt who carries a stun gun and pepper spray. All three can come in handy in disaster-stricken Haiti.Wolff, a St. Luois pediatrician, is on the island trying to fight starvation and disease with "medika mamba," which is peanut butt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Buena Vista Social Club Screens At Domy Tonight

    Greetings from Florida. By the time you read this, Hollywood Shuffle will be well entrenched in the Sunshine State on our annual pilgrimage to visit family, douse ourselves in cuba libres and eat our body weight in Cuban pulled-pork sandwiched and plantains. It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2010

    "East End Live Art: Un/Natural Disasters"

    Voices Breaking Boundaries uses art, music and poetry to address recent and past disasters in Pakistan, Haiti and here

  • Music

    April 15, 2010
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    April 15, 2010

    The Caribbean At iFest: Pass The Kutchie To Neutral Sister, The Mighty Diamonds And Easy Star All-Stars

    Over the next two weeks, Rocks Off will be previewing acts performing at this year's Houston International Festival Saturday and Sunday and April 24-25 broken down by genre (loosely, anyway) and with a guest pick from a true insider: iFest Director of Performing Arts Rick Mitchell. Today, the Caribb ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    Artists for Haiti Benefit

    The Houston arts community responds to the Haitian people's need for help

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Caninos: Got Guayaba?

    ​The first guavas of the season are starting to appear in the stalls behind Canino's. Guayaba is the Spanish word for guava. The fruit is native to North America, and the word derives from the Arawak tribe of the Caribbean, who called a guava tree a "guayabo." The green-skinned, white-fleshed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    $13 at Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mike GiglioWhere: Reggae Hut, 4814 Almeda Rd., 713-520-7171What $13 gets you: Any main course or seafood dish, which will be more than enough. Favorites include the jerk chicken and garlic shrimp, along with a Jamaican take on oxtail. We tried that, mainly because we weren't quite su ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009
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    November 18, 2008

    Pickled Pequins in a Pancake Syrup Dispenser

    If you don’t have a shaker bottle, try putting your “sport peppers” in a pancake syrup dispenser. I got the idea after visiting Jamaica many years ago. Every little rasta restaurant I visited had a pancake syrup dispenser full of Scotch bonnet peppers in vinegar sitting on the table with the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Hurricane Gustav -- Already A Disaster

    It's officially a disaster! The TV weathercasters always get rapped for over-hyping approaching hurricanes, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not shy about jumping the gun. From Austin, he's already declared the counties of Harris, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grime ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 31, 2008

    Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti

    Meet Maya Deren’s unusual circle of friends

  • Dining

    May 22, 2008

    Tropical Heat at Caribbean Jerk Cuisine

    Cooling off — and breaking a sweat — at this Richmond Avenue joint

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    “Lizards & Snakes: Alive!”

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science is squeamish for squamates

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
  • Dining

    September 15, 2005

    Reggae Buffet

    Neville Monteith warns local food lovers, "Look out, Houston, me cooking now!"

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    June 17, 2004
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    September 25, 2003
  • Dining

    May 30, 2002

    Okra Worship

    Pearl's serves up real food for the soul; Fusion Café brings a little soul to Rice Village

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Patty Melt

    Fusion Café

  • Dining

    October 25, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    El Tiempo's Cuba Libre

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Jamaican Restaurant

    Caribbean Cuisine

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
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    September 20, 2001

    Best Plantains

    Cafe Piquet

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Appetizer

    Nachos cubanos, El Meson Restaurant

  • Dining

    June 11, 1998
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    April 9, 1998
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    July 18, 1996

    Major Macro

    Asian Restaurant is one place that knows its vegetables

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