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  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Pachanga Tour w/ Los Rakas & Bomba Estereo at Warehouse Live, 9/12/2014

    Pachanga Tour Feat. Bomba Estéreo, Los Rakas, Bombón Houston Warehouse Live September 12, 2014 "Maaannn.... We've got a million stories!" proclaimed Raka Rich as we chilled in the Los Rakas green room at Warehouse Live last Friday night. Stories about meeting fellow Panameño musician El General ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Perry Sends 1,000 Troops to Border, But Not Because of Flood of Children, Apparently

    Rick Perry and many of his GOP brethren support the idea of beefed up security along the Texas-Mexico border. Because the Obama administration has failed to act, Perry says, he must do it himself. On Monday, he ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy along the border in something he is calling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Houston Places Where Rick Perry Could Send Those 1,000 Border Troops

    Today, it is expected Governor Rick Perry will announce that he is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border in an effort to assist police in handling the recent surge of immigrants into the U.S., mostly unaccompanied minors from Central America. The surge has grabbed national headlines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Surge in Undocumented Kids Linked to Cartel Activity, Says Texas Congressman

    By now you've heard about those hundreds and thousands of kids who are flowing over the border and causing what the president terms a humanitarian crisis. Some are blaming the Obama administration for leaving a loophole in its immigration policy that allows minors some time to find family and stick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Two from Houston Plead Guilty in Scam That Focused on Chinese Restaurants

    If you ever wondered how restaurants get all that cheap labor, a court case involving an employment scam might give you an idea. A Houston pair could face up to 20-years in prison after pleading guilty in Beaumont on Wednesday as part of a scam that placed illegal immigrants into jobs. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Music Is Freedom at the Wildly Eclectic Pachanga Fest

    Pachanga Fest Latino Music Festival Feat. Julieta Venegas, La Santa Cecilia, El Gran Silencio y más Fiesta Gardens, Austin May 10, 2013 "Music is our freedom" said the lead singer of Making Movies as the band opened the 2014 Pachanga Fest Latino Music Festival. That concept was felt all throughout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Michael Cordúa'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 28, 2014

    The Rocks Off 200: Robert Kuhn, the Well-Traveled Islander

    Welcome to The Rocks Off 200, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See previous entries in the Rocks Off 100 at this link. Who? They say it's difficult t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Cordúa Family's Food and History Come to Life on the Pages

    The Cordúa family recently released their first cookbook after more than 25 years in the Houston restaurant industry. It's the product of years of recipe development melding the food of Nicaragua with the melting pot of Houston cultures. The Cordúa patriarch, Michael Cordúa, is credited with bri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Good Vibes, Good Dogs and Good Coffee

    Good Vibes Party @ Liberty Station Friday, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 2101 Washington Bravado Spice is at it again with their second Good Vibes Party after the great success of their first fête in July that attracted 300 people. The parties are the brainchild of James Nelson and his partner Jeremiah Taller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    7 Quality Rums To Try For National Rum Day

    Today, August 16, is National Rum Day, and while you might be tempted to partake in a little Captain and Coke or Malibu and pineapple to celebrate, don't reach for that bottle of Bacardi so fast. Rum is actually a complex, incredibly tasty spirit with as many varieties as there are islands in the C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Dynamo Learn, 'You Can't Win Them All'

    Have you ever been traveling, and you just have this sneaky suspension that you left something in the hotel room? The lads in Orange over at BBVA Compass Stadium might be having that same feeling right about now. Just two weeks ago, they were the proud owners of a 36 home match unbeaten streak. The ... 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

    Coffee Beans Could Be Extinct In 60 Years; Then What?

    If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Last Night: OFF! & Negative Approach at Warehouse Live

    OFF!, Negative Approach, Power Trip Warehouse Live September 20, 2012 Thursday night, East Downtown was hoppin.' The streets were filled with orange-clad soccer fans ready to watch the Dynamo whip up on El Salvador's C.D. FAS, and the bars on St. Emmanuel St. were doing brisk business. Rewind: Ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Monica de Guzman: Three Kilos Of Heroin In Nine Packages Of Powdered Drink Mix

    Let's see, the three steps of Gatorade greatness in the G Series are 10 Prime, 2) Perform and 3) Recover. In the heretofore unknown H Series, the process also includes 4) Blissfully nodding out to Lou Reed. That's the takeaway we get, anyway, from the arrest and charges filed today against Guatema ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    El Salvador vs. New Zealand: BBVA's First International Match Ends In A 2-2 draw

    So what do you get when you cross FIFA's 49th-ranked team against its 130th? You get BBVA Compass Stadium's first international soccer match featuring El Salvador and New Zealand. And it didn't disappoint. The 2-2 draw had more goals than either of the Dynamo's first two games at BBVA. A relativel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup, where yours truly is currently racing against an incoming hellstorm-raingasm, and hoping to get this thing completed before the bottom falls out. Will I succeed? The only way to know is to read on. We started the week off right with sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi. Do ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 19, 2012

    East Side Vacation

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

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Cowboy Diaries: Clint Cannon -- Surfer Dude

    True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>

  • 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

    August 11, 2011

    Seven MS-13 Gang Members Indicted Here

    Three murders, the feds say.​The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of indictments for racketeering and murder against seven members of the notorious MS-13 gang, who have been arrested. The USAO says MS-13 is: a criminal organization in Houston that functioned as a unit engaged i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Soccer Notes: Dynamo Look for Intensity; Mexico's Stars Get Ready for Reliant

    ​ The Houston Dynamo locker was quiet following their 2-0 loss Saturday night to the Columbus Crew. Whether it was the loss or the fact that there was no air conditioning in the home locker room, players were quick to leave after the match. Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear went through his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Houston's Best Patios: The 10 Best to Pretend You're On Vacation

    Photo by Taylor LaShaeEl Pueblito, home of Houston's best cabanas.​With patio weather season in full swing, Houstonians are absolutely spoiled for places to enjoy the day outside. And sometimes all you know is that you're in the mood for a patio, but can't figure out where to go. So how do you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Health Dept. Roundup

    ​City health inspectors appeared to focus mainly on taco trucks last week. Here's the lowdown: Antojitos Las Catrachas (6026 Dashwood) was closed temporarily after an October 15 visit found six violations, including some paperwork troubles and potentially hazardous foods being stored at an un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Summer AND Hurricane Season Over For Houston (Unofficially, But We're Going With It)

    We are NOT jinxing anything​Not to jinx anything, but it looks very much like Houston has avoided any real tropical storm experience in what was/is supposed to be the hyperactive hurricane season of 2010.When Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle says so, that's good enough for us. And if we're ove ... 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 29, 2010

    TRUly Good Booze

    ​Although I have been eating organic for many years, the idea of drinking organic had not really permeated my brain until maybe a year ago. Even then, finding organic spirits was somewhat of a hassle, especially if I wanted something that was actually drinkable and affordable. After visiting w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Carlos Lee Goes AWOL: At Least Someone Noticed

    Carlos Lee: Bats right, throws right, jogs all the time​So the Astros were upset that Carlos Lee missed a voluntary workout in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and as a result, he was benched on Friday night.The puzzling thing is trying to figure out just why it is the Astros were upset. The workout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    BBQ pit rustlin', eh? Here in Texas, that there's a hangin' offense.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're currently trying to engineer a type of sausage that looks like, tastes like, and has the consistency of soy. Ha ha, wouldn't that be crazy? Nobody says ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • 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 >>

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    David Corbett: Do They Know I'm Running?

    His new novel has been called a "rich, hard-hitting epic"

  • Culture

    October 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    Talking Skirt Steak with Mark Mavrantonis

    Mark Mavrantonis, Director of Culinary Development for Legacy Restaurants, which owns the Original Ninfa's, buys Certified Hereford outside skirt steak for the famous fajitas there. He doesn't hold back in his opinions about fajita meat. "Using inner skirt steak for fajitas is probably okay," he wr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009

    "North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection"

    Get a glimpse into the' growing cache of work from south of the border

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America: The Maid

    Filmmakers south of the border enjoy another golden age

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    Oscar Romero’s Legacy

    Sister Dianna Ortiz and Bishop Medardo E. Gomez Soto discuss the effect winning the Rothko Chapel’s human rights award had on their lives

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008
  • Calendar

    November 8, 2007

    The Refuge

    Houston’s immigrant community is given a voice in the world premiere of a groundbreaking opera

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2007

    Edgar Bustillos

    Painter draws on past experiences from travel, sports and politics

  • Culture

    April 27, 2006

    Capsule Reviews

    A picture of our opinions on local exhibitions

  • Culture

    February 23, 2006
  • Culture

    February 16, 2006

    Go Ahead, Ask Him

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

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004


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

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Loco for Loroco

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

  • News

    June 10, 1999

    Child Trek

    The devastation of Hurricane Mitch propelled thousands across our southern border in search of new lives in America. And those were just the kids.

  • News

    June 6, 1996
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