Christine Ha

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    April 17, 2014

    Recap: The 2nd Annual Big Taste of Houston

    "This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Adam Goldberg Returns as Judge for Big Taste of Houston

    On April 13, the second annual Big Taste of Houston benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Houston will take place at The Corinthian downtown. The annual food extravaganza will feature live music, dancing, free-flowing alcohol, and tasting samples from more than 20 of Houston's best restaurants ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Will You Be My Valentine, Houston? 10 Reasons to Fall in Love With the City's Food Scene

    Yes, yes, we've all bitched at some time in our lives that Valentine's Day is an arbitrary holiday created by greeting card companies to make money while simultaneously forcing single people to re-examine their sorry existences, and because of this, we've all become huge grouches. Until, that is, we ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Food and Drink at These Houston Events

    The Chinese year 4712 begins on January 31, 2014, and Houston is ringing it in with style. There's a huge Chinese population here, and we love a good party, so all over town in late January and early February people will be celebrating the new lunar year, which lasts until the moon is full, around F ... More >>

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    January 9, 2014
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    December 31, 2013

    Ten Most Anticipated Restaurants (We Hope) Coming to Houston in 2014

    Many have said that 2013 was a disappointing year for restaurant openings in Houston. Writers and eaters alike lamented the fact that there was no Uchi this year, no Underbelly, no Oxheart. Plenty of great restaurants opened to be sure, but nothing with the immediate star power of some of 2012's bes ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Want To Compete on MasterChef? Read This, Houston

    After the MasterChef success of Houstonians Christine Ha (Season 3 winner), James Nelson (fifth place on Season 4) and Alvin Schultz (Season 2), people are starting to notice the prowess of Houston amateur chefs. Of course, Houston is already getting notice for our burgeoning restaurant scene (thoug ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 26, 2013

    Go to Moon Tower Inn

    Here are 10 reasons why.

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    September 16, 2013

    Christine Ha Takes Over MKT Bar For Her First Pop-Up Dinner

    Neither rain nor the Texas A&M versus Alabama football game could stop them from coming to Christine Ha's first pop-up dinner, Episode One: A Farewell to Summer. The season 3 MasterChef winner took over the kitchen at MKT Bar inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods on Saturday, September 14. Word traveled ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Christine Ha's Pop-Up Dinner, Family Fun Day & More

    Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival @ Kemah Bridge Friday-Sunday 604 Bradford Ave., Kemah Feast on gyros, souvlaki, tyropita and falafal all weekend long at the Kemah Greek Food and Wine Festival. Each day is filled with a variety of activities and attractions, including the Toga Fun Run 5K Saturday ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Best Bites at Buc-ee's

    Five more awesome things to try.

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    September 4, 2013

    James Nelson Talks MasterChef and Future of Bravado Spice Co.

    James Nelson's run on FOX's MasterChef is over, but this top 5 finalist's cooking career isn't. The chef and co-owner of Bravado Spice Co. in Houston spoke with Eating Our Words to talk about his experience on the show and his future culinary endeavors. In the final episode of the show Nelson compe ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Cooking "With" Christine Ha: A Look Inside Recipes from My Home Kitchen

    As Christine Ha's official stalker biggest fan, I was naturally excited to get her cookbook home and start testing out her Recipes from My Home Kitchen--especially after I attended Ha's recent book signing without making a complete idiot out of myself (I hope), or getting arrested for Aggravated Fan ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 20, 2013

    MasterChef Season 3 Winner Christine Ha

    Wows crowd at Brazos Bookstore.

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    June 17, 2013

    Calling All Houstonians to Root for James Nelson on MasterChef Season 4

    Here's another reason why you should love Houston so much. Another Houstonian has made it onto the fourth season of MasterChef and it looks as if he could go all the way. James Nelson, from Victoria, has advanced to the top 15 after wowing the judges with his audition recipe of pork belly with a len ... More >>

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    June 12, 2013

    MasterChef 3 Winner Christine Ha Wows Crowd at Brazos Bookstore

    Well, it appears I'm not Christine Ha's only stalker huge fan here in Houston. Last night, the MasterChef Season 3 winner spoke to a full house at Brazos Bookstore, promoting and signing copies of her cookbook, Recipes from my Home Kitchen. By 6:30 p.m., most seats were full, and by the time Ha too ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2013

    A Slice for a Tat

    Pi Pizza truck reflects on its unique promotion.

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    May 31, 2013

    Openings & Closings: An Earlier Goodbye from Feast, But a Happy Welcoming of Christine Ha

    The month of May has seen many restaurants and bars come and go, including a few surprises and an earlier good-bye from a well-loved restaurant, but this week fortunately brought more openings than closings. As Mai Pham reported, Seasons 52 opened last week on Thursday offering a menu filled with i ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Cheap, Local Pastries and a New Favorite Burger

    Examiner: Looking for a dessert just for yourself? No, it's not a cupcake. The Examiner serves up a recipe for a single-serving cake on the go. If it comes out anything like what's in the picture, you're in for a sinful yet delicious treat. Gastronaut: Tucked inside a neighborhood grocery store, Fo ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Where the Chefs Eat: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz

    This week, our Where The Chefs Eat series turns to two amateur chefs turned television reality stars: Christine Ha and Alvin Schultz. Both living in Houston and Vietnamese by descent, they each snagged a spot on the TV reality show, MasterChef. Schultz, who was featured on Season 2, is known for ... More >>

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    January 1, 2013

    Top 5 Cooking Shows to Watch in 2013

    The New Year brings new series and the return of some of the best cooking shows on television. With today being the first day of 2013, we ranked our top five cooking shows for this year. Some are new and some are veterans, but all of them are enjoyable (or at least predicted to be) to watch. Here a ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Nom Nom Friends: Support a Local Business, a Worldwide Charity and Bring Home the Bacon This Christmas

    Space Montrose -- the little store behind Brasil and cattycorner from Domy -- has been my go-to shopping spot since it opened two years ago, since it specializes in products from Texas-based artists, craftsmen and other artisans. Nearly every birthday, Christmas or anniversary present I've bought in ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Christine Ha Talks MasterChef, Masochism, and Multi-tasking with Eating Our Words

    If you are like us, you are in a serious post-MasterChef funk of depression right now. Aside from the fact that it's a bummer anytime a great show ends its season run, we had extra incentive to tune in -- and celebrate -- as we watched Houstonian (and former EOW contributor) Christine Ha knock out t ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Chardonnay

    Photo by Tracie P.Although Chardonnay has become synonymous with "white wine" in North America, its true homeland is the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, France, where it is grown and raised in some of its most celebrated expressions.​Chardonnay has been on our minds. Last week, our colleague Chr ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Getting Serious about Tortillas

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In re ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Delicious Oven-Cooked Barbecue Brisket... Seriously

    The un-holy alliance of brisket burger and Four Loko.​Okay, before you go on and on about how "real brisket is smoked by manly men with manly intentions" and all that, let me just preface this by saying my father did the majority of the cooking in our house and made one of the most incredible ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Christine Ha blogged about what she learned from her first foray into making her own beer. Of course, we heard from all the home-brewers out there, including commenter Jeff, who wrote: The guys at DeFalco's are great.  They really know their stuff.  Definitely agree that that's the p ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Christine Ha took one for the team, eating some donuts and kolaches at the venerable Christie's, and commenter Eberhard took issue with one of her observations: They almost always throw in a few donut holes. They are not "trying to get rid of old food" it's called lagniappe and it means, a ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Christine Ha recounted her visit to the new Hubcap Grill in the Heights. Commenter Jay Francis clearly loves the place, but he did have a piece of advice: Hubcap is the only place I will have a burger in town. Ricky's hamburger bun recipe is the best. One thing I hope that he does. Ri ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Asparagus was a food we really didn't care for as children. It tasted bitter and made our pee smell funny. But, as we got older, it grew on us and the urine smell was just another of life's little bumps in the road. So, when Christine Ha made asparagus the ingredient of the week, we were happ ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Off the Wall: Brennan's Creole Bread Pudding Using Hot Dog Buns

    Brennan's Creole Bread Pudding​Last week, Christine Ha gave us some tips on what to do with all those leftover hotdog buns from the 4th. That's when EOW reader CameronByars chimed in with her two cents - "Hot dog buns are also great for making bread pudding, as they are sweeter than other br ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    The Kobe Beef Dog with Sabra Ranch Chili at Canopy

    Kobe Beef Dog with Sabra Ranch Chili at Canopy​Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks. New York is known for its pizza. And Chicago is known for its hot dogs. In Houston, there's an ongoing debate about the foods that Houston should be known for. Christine Ha's recent blog about the Top 5 ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Today Christine Ha wrote about her "Top 5 Foods Best Found in Houston," and a ruckus ensued. Some commenters didn't like the list, like SirRon, who said: Almost every single item on this list can be better found in a city not named Houston. We can enjoy the great Houston food options without ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Comments of the Day: Bloggers Edition

    ​Today's most interesting comments were actually by Eating Our Words bloggers, and they were on a Where Are We Eating? post. I know. Weird. Anyway, Christine Ha's comment concerned the frustrating service she received at Catalina Coffee, while Nick Hall wrote in with a heartwarming tale about ... More >>