Nothing says "Houston" like a wet, sloppy morning commute, or a day maneuvering your way around street flooding, but today could have been worse. The Houston school district has cancelled all after-school activities, however. "All after-school activities, including athletic events, are canceled to ... More >>
On Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m., Flora & Muse is hosting a gastronomical tour of Spain by Chef Kelly Boyd and Sommelier Evan Turner. The dinner will include six courses paired with Spanish wines. The first course will be a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses from different regions of Spain ... More >>
Houston's 10 best classic food trucks.
Modern-day Texans may not see much German influence when they look around, but the indirect effects of decades of German settlement still linger in large pockets of the state. The first waves of German immigration began in the 1830s ahead of the European Revolutions of 1848 that sent floods of Fort ... More >>
When I first heard about the theme of the 2013 Foodways Texas symposium, I was wary: two-and-a-half days of barbecue panels, meals and talks. Two-and-a-half days? Not that there isn't fertile ground to plow for topics, but the sheer amount of time devoted to discussions of smoked meat seemed excessi ... More >>
Don't have the time or gas money to burn driving out to legendary barbecue spots like Smitty's, Kreuz, Franklin, Snow's or Louie Mueller, but have a hankering for classic Central Texas-style 'cue? You're in luck, then, because highly-regarded pitmaster John Mueller is headed to Houston for a one-day ... More >>
One of our favorite haunts in Pearland battled a fire late Tuesday night, which left Central Texas Style Bar-B-Q closed all day yesterday as the owners cleaned up the damage. No one was injured in the blaze, but patrons were quick to take to Twitter to express their love for the restaurant, which ha ... More >>
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2012 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. Just yes ... More >>
The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.
Last week U.S. District Judge Fred Biery agreed to a settlement in a long-running case involving prayer in a Central Texas school district. His ruling got some ink, but perhaps not all it deserved, for it is a concise masterpiece of sanity that comes from one of the most turbulent, extremist arenas ... More >>
There's a lot riding on the launch of the new Uchi in Houston. Tyson Cole's Austin outposts -- Uchi and Uchiko -- stand apart as "destination" restaurants in Texas, venues that have attained national recognition in part because of Cole's success as a competitive chef on television and in part becau ... More >>
Photos by Marco TorresTrain a-Comin': The Secret Sisters3:30 p.m. Still they file in. Watching the crowds trudge along Barton Springs Road, their eyes fixed on the pavement about five yards in front of them (not their phones), always reminds Rocks Off of a pilgrimage. And each festival has i ... More >>
Craig HlavatyWe're running this picture of My Morning Jacket's Jim James now because this will be the last we see of him all weekend.For weeks after we skipped last year's Austin City Limits Music Festival to man the controls in Houston, Rocks Off found ourselves thinking, "Man, I wish I woul ... More >>
LinneainTXRecently we wondered what 9/11 would have been like with today's social media. We're getting some slight taste of it with the wildfires raging through Central Texas and Magnolia. People are tweeting updates, pleas for help rescuing livestock and horses, putting up photos and setti ... More >>
Photos by Russ Harrington/Sugar Hill RecordsPeople often get a bit confrontational with Lonesome Onry and Mean about "country music," like the last time we went to the bank in our father's little ranching town in Central Texas. As soon as we were introduced as a "music writer," one fellow - t ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Sunset: Jonathan Gold, Pulitzer Prize-winner and food critic for our sister pap ... More >>
Happy San Jacinto Day, fellow Texans and people who wish they were; i.e. everyone else. If you don't know why today is special, shame on you. But since us Texans are a friendly sort, allow Rocks Off to fill you in. On April 21, 1836, Texian forces under Gen. Sam Houston (aka "Big Drunk") lau ... More >>
Rocks Off won't speak for everyone, but if we ever found ourselves a platinum-selling artist, we kinda doubt we'd press our luck by veering off into the world of acting. We mean, it hardly ever works from the opposite direction (right, Don Johnson?), so what good can possibly come from assumi ... More >>
Another Houston radio station has changed formats, or "flipped," although early reaction from some listeners is that the change is so slight it's hardly a change at all. Cox Communications has rechristened its property at 106.9 FM from "The Point" to "The Zone." It's not a sports station, al ... More >>
Don't worry, Bat Out Of Hell will be released soon.Last Sunday wasn't just an unpleasant day for Houston Texans fans, it also marked a largely unheralded anniversary. Fans of The Rocky Horror Picture Show mark a big milestone today - they've been doing the "Time Warp" for 35 years. The cult ... More >>
George GutierrezFormer Mavericks lead singer Raul Malo brings a new band and a new album, Saints & Sinners, to House of Blues' Bronze Peacock Room next Saturday, Oct. 2. Self-produced in Malo's home studio, Sinners features guest appearances by Augie Meyers and Shawn Sahm of the Texas Tornado ... More >>
Brittanie SheyThere's competitive eating, and then there's competitive eating, or in the case of the Beer Mile, competitive drinking. The concept is simple: chug a beer as fast as you can, then run a ¼ mile. Do that four times, and you've completed the beer mile. First person to cross the fi ... More >>
At least put a one-holer out thereOn March 9, the Texas Council of Environmental Quality received a complaint about David Cousins, a resident of Limestone County in rural Central Texas.Cousins, it was alleged, did not provide restroom facilities in the cabin on his wooded deer lease. Instead, he ... More >>
BLT with avocado from Must Be Heaven.This week and weekend is the annual Round Top Antiques Fair, a gigantormous event that draws tens of thousands of people from all over the country, all looking to score the very coolest in antique furniture, knick-knacks and jewelry. Thinking about head ... More >>
When we think of the rodeo, we think of barbecue. So in honor of the rodeo, we wanted to bring you our top five cities for barbecue in Texas. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. Sure, we have our personal favorites like Taylor and Lockhart. But, what we soon realized is that barbecue is very personal. ... More >>
It's easier than ever to take pictures at concerts. Unless that's your job.
Madness has come to Fort Hood in Central Texas.Various media outlets are reporting that gunmen have killed seven people and wounded up to 20 others, and the situation is still fluid.Schools are on lockdown.CNN and others are following events; head there for more info."At least one person is 'neutral ... More >>
The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival became a quagmire everywhere but onstage.
We took note this summer when the Waco Tribune was sold to someone with no journalistic experience, whose first move was to add "In God We Trust" to the front page.Now Clifton Robinson is taking Central Texas journalism to a whole other level. His publisher's column was written this week by his d ... More >>
Charlie Robison has been around. He was born right here in Houston, but grew up alongside equally (if much differently) gifted songwriting brother Bruce in the South Central Texas ranching town of Bandera. In the '80s and '90s, he spent time in two of Austin's best-known and longest-running cou ... More >>
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is a new band. Sort of. The Austin prog-punks apprenticed on legendarily freaky Central Texas label Trance Syndicate (Pain Teens, Ed Hall, Crust) after founders Conrad Keely and Jason Reece to the Texas capital from Olympia, Wash., in 1994, ... More >>
Overcoming chronic Radiohead fatigue
Try the hearty soups and stews at this fancy new Bosnian restaurant, or just hang out and drink Turkish-style coffee
If it aint from Luling, why do they call it Luling City Market?
A gourmet environmentalist shares his favorite venison recipes
Some early leaders in the ongoing Sweeps Games
A Vogue foodie takes on an East Texas mess o' meat
Thursday, December 27
All he wants for Christmas is to pump iron
(Houston Sculpture 2000)
Reid Ryan embarked on a new career as a team owner facing one big obstacle: voter approval of a new stadium. Then he called in a campaigner with the perfect pitch: a father named Nolan.
Hackemack's is a barrel of fun