Central America

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block

    This latest branch is as successful as the first.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Michael CordĂșa's Early Years as a Restaurateur Were Anything But Magical

    Last week's feature story takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of these fascinating f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    30 Seconds With Los Rakas

    Los Rakas are a bilingual hip-hop duo from Oakland, California. The group consists of Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun, and their music is a mix of Panamanian and Caribbean music such as salsa, reggae, dancehall, and merengue, with hip-hop, R&B, and soul sprinkled on top. We spoke briefly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    The First Asteroid of 2014 Hit Earth!

    Those who were anxiously awaiting the big arrival didn't have to wait long. Less than an hour into brand new 2014, Central Standard Time, Asteroid 2014 AA was spotted at the Catalina Sky Survey, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona streaking across the sky, according to a NASA releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    ICE Returns MS-13 Fugitive to El Salvador

    Federal immigration officials have deported an MS-13 gang member to El Salvador, where he was wanted for extortion. Jorge Alberto Dominguez, 29, had been in custody since a May arrest in Houston, but had evaded capture for almost two years, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The 2013 Gold Cup: Wait, No Mexico This Time?

    The 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup made its stop at BBVA Compass Stadium Monday night - where it was wet and very un-wild. It was a double-header that featured the final round of group matches for all four teams in Group B - El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago. We learned af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Weather Week: A Little Rain, a Lot of Sun and Plenty of Heat

    The past few nights, I've sat outside on a patio for dinner. This was not my choice, but I gladly obliged. When the breeze did blow, it wasn't bad. When it was still, I felt every sweat gland in my physical being activate. Summertime in Houston is like that, and that warm, sticky weather is with us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Second Tropical Depression of the Year Forms in the Caribbean

    It is mid-June and we already have another tropical disturbance to deal with. In this case, it is a depression that has formed near Belize in the western Caribbean Sea. It formed rather quickly and is expected to traverse portions of Central America and Mexico before emerging in the Bay of Campeche. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Bartice "Cool" King: Arrested For Running Billion-Dollar Offshore Betting Company Legendz Sports

    A Spring man was arrested yesterday for being one of the masterminds behind Legendz Sports, a billion-dollar offshore betting company. Federal agents arrested King and three others from the Houston area as part of a sweep that resulted in indictments against 34 individuals and 23 corporate entitie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    This Week In Food Blogs: Burgerland Lands in Houston

    Chili Bob's Houston Eats: If two Nicaraguan restaurants in the same location both fail, what do you do? You open a third Nicaraguan restaurant there, as Bruce found out last week when he tried Selva Negra for the first time. (Its previous incarnations were Managua and Nicaragua Restaurant.) Arbitra ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 10, 2013


    Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Finally -- an Interactive Exhibit of Third World Poverty!

    Screw Disneyworld: this year, Hair Balls is forgoing the traditional theme park experience to explore the sights and sounds of abject third world poverty at Houston Baptist University November 14-17. Yep, that's right: a traveling interactive exhibit by Compassion International, which touts itself ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 19, 2012

    East Side Vacation

    Every trip to cheerful Salvadoran spot El Petate is an adventure.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2011

    Van Halen Announces 2012 Tour On Twitter, Official Site

    Here it is folks, your first stirrings of Van Halen's 2012 tour, long rumored, but now a sweet reality. OK, we won't believe it until we have a tour tee in our hands outside Toyota Center and a sweaty, torn ticket stub in our wallet. Late Sunday night on Twitter, David Lee Roth tweeted a Vimeo and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: David Cordua of Americas, On His Role as Executive Chef and Favorite Eats Around Town

    Photo by Mai PhamExecutive Chef David Cordua, in the kitchen at Americas River Oaks​Yesterday, we talked to Executive Chef David Cordua, of The Cordua Group, about growing up in the kitchen and culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. You can read about it here. Today we'll talk to him about what he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Eat 'Em And Smile: Our Favorite Pictures Of David Lee Roth

    Lemmy, Josh Homme, Keith Richards, Marc Bolan, GG Allin, and Billy Fucking Gibbons - that's just a sampling of the rock stars that Rocks Off wishes he could be. The list goes on and on. Today though is the birthday of a one of the most special rockers to ever high-kick on this mud ball called Earth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    How to: Pick and Peel a Pineapple

    Anamaris Cousins PricePick your pineapple​Sing it: Summer, summer, summertime Time to sit back and relax I'm sorry, I caught myself summoning Will Smith there. Moving on. With the advent of summer and record high temps in the Houston area, all I can think of is fresh fruit and light cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    CONCACAF Gold Cup: Five Things We Learned At Reliant Stadium Wednesday Night

    Photos by Marco Torres​As anyone not a fan of Panama or Honduras expected, the USA and Mexico came out victorious from their CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal matches at Reliant Stadium on Wednesday night. The Stars and Stripes opened up the doubleheader with a high-scoring 1-0 victory over Panama, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Wilber Adalid Rodriguez: Homeless Man Murders Another Over National "Honor"

    Some things are better left unargued​You'd hope that San Antonio residents Wilber Adalid Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Rodriguez would find a way to get along. As the old blues song goes, they were both poor boys a long ways from home: the 24-year-old Wilber hails from El Salvador, while Jose, 28 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Mexico Military Invasion Bravely Repulsed, We Guess

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  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Idol Beat: If You're Going To San Francisco, Try Not To Be A Beardo In A Sports Coat

    ​The surest way to piss off Steven Tyler - apart from being Joe Perry - is to butcher a Beatles song, which is the sin Dave Combs committed last night. But let's be honest, he didn't do *that* horrible a job. The former(?) Aerosmith front man is just a lot more forgiving if you profess your l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Note: Beef jerky is best enjoyed in a t-top Firebird with .38 Special blasting from your stereo and your majestic mullet trailing behind you in the breeze.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've never yet pegged a rude waiter with a saltshaker from across the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Breakfast at Brasil: Eggs El Salvador

    ​I know that this will not sit well with many Montrose-dwelling diners, but I don't really like Brasil, at least not for the food. Sure, it's a great place to go hang out over a cup of coffee or a beer, relaxing on the patio and watching the Montrosian wildlife walk by, caught in their timele ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 14, 2010

    Salvadoran American Cultural Day

    We think the festival's title lost something in translation - like an extra day

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Some restaurants helpfully split up their menus into Good and Evil dishes.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've almost finished constructing our 1700-layer cake in MineCraft. We started this week off right with some fried chicken coated in a buttery Cap'N Cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    All-You-Can-Eat Pupusas in Bellaire

    ​Sweet fancy Jesus. That was the first thing that ran through my mind as I was driving down Bellaire -- on my way to a different restaurant entirely -- and saw Pupusa Buffet instead. A whole buffet? Of pupusas? I had to stop. Pupusa Buffet (5920 Bellaire) is a no-frills pupuseria in a part o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Managua: Making Friends with Nicaraguan Food

    ​I'll admit to having absolutely no familiarity with Nicaraguan food whatsoever prior to my meal at Managua on Sunday afternoon. But after passing Managua an untold number of times on my way down Bellaire Boulevard towards the culinary paradise that is Chinatown, I finally decided to make a de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Southwest's Newest Destination: The Gulf Oil Spill

    Photos by John Nova LomaxAre we having wacky fun yet?​Since the late '70s, even without having an airport worth mentioning, the Florida Panhandle has managed to boom to the point of unrecognizability. The blinding white sand of the beaches and the heartbreakingly clear deep blue seawater were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Raul Dominguez's Playitas

    ​Raul Dominguez is a good bartender. Not only did he incite fervency in the crowd at the Iron Bartender competition recently, he also knows how to charm the bar patrons at Yelapa Playa Mexicana (2303 Richmond). We can't get enough of his sweet and spicy creations, such as the oft-yearned-for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Biscuits and gravy make the color beige look so damn INVITING.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've already got our watermelons, blunderbusses, speedboat with depth finder, and free-range chickens for our upcoming Mother's Day celebration. Hey. You keep Mot ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Cheese Contaminated With Staph Hits Houston Shelves

    Actual cheese not pictured. In fact, that gorgonzola looks pretty tasty.​There might be a reason Nicaragua and Honduras aren't known for their fine cheeses. And no one seems more determined to make sure the Central American nations continue to hold the dubious title of "Countries I Probably Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Cheese Contaminated With Staph Hits Houston Shelves

    Actual cheese not pictured. In fact, that gorgonzola looks pretty tasty.​There might be a reason Nicaragua and Honduras aren't known for their fine cheeses. And no one seems more determined to make sure the Central American nations continue to hold the dubious title of "Countries I Probably Wo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 8, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Taking Tibet By Motor Home: Two Houstonians RV On The Roof Of The World

    Photo courtesy John & Harriet Halkyard​Houstonians Harriet and Dr. John Halkyard love to travel in motor homes. They are also good at it. In 2005, the couple recounted their adventures in Mexico and Central America in the book 99 Days to Panama, but a more recent trip was much more exotic.Two ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 23, 2009

    Charlie Ferguson: "Street Impressions"

    This world traveler/photographer finds beauty in urban decay

  • Music

    July 16, 2009

    Listen Like Thieves

    Southern California prog-rockers Rx Bandits regroup on new album Mandala.

  • Culture

    February 12, 2009
  • Calendar

    August 14, 2008

    “In the Soil: Nicaragua”

    Photographer Ryan Booth documents a trip to the coffee fields of Central America

  • Calendar

    February 7, 2008

    “Icons and Hieroglyphs”

    Dune-Micheli Patten sees Houston through caveman eyes

  • Culture

    February 16, 2006

    Go Ahead, Ask Him

    Mel Chin brings his art -- and his convictions -- to The Station

  • Dining

    June 17, 2004
  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004


    The Houston Museum of Natural Science delves into the candy of love on Valentine's Day

  • Dining

    May 22, 2003

    Food Art

    Get sauced at the Hobby Center's Artista. It's divine.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Latin Restaurant

    Café Red Onion

  • Dining

    February 8, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Américas' Caipirinha

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Citizens

    Mark and Louise Zwick

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Loco for Loroco

    The secret herb at Houston's pupuserias can drive you out of your mind

  • Dining

    February 10, 2000

    Crema de la Crema

    Los Ranchitos' mellow, cream-heavy cuisine belies its strife-ridden origins in El Salvador

  • Dining

    October 29, 1998
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