Cinco de Mayo

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    You Don't Need Limes to Make Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo or Any Other Day

    It's Cinco de Mayo and the price of limes has risen significantly. Perfect timing, right? You could go buy limes from the grocery store for nearly a dollar each so you can make your guacamole and margaritas, but who wants to spend that much money when you don't have to? It's easy to make guacamole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    As Lime Prices Skyrocket, Bars and Restaurants Feel the Squeeze

    When you start to Google the word "lime" these days, the first thing that pops up is "lime prices," followed by "lime prices going up," "lime prices increase," and "lime prices rise." If you're looking for recipes with lime, you're going to have to dig a little deeper, because right now, all the new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Upcoming: Borgore, Crosby Stills & Nash, Failure, Iration, Lacuna Coil, Slim Thug, etc.

    12 Stones: Sun., May 25, 8 p.m., $12. 18th Street Pier, Bar & Grill, 101 18th St., San Leon, 281-339-2600. Arnej Presents Musical Evolution: Sat., May 10, 9 p.m., $5. Stereo Live, 6400 Richmond, Houston, 832-251-9600. The A.R.T. Show: A Musical Experience: Fri., June 6, 9:30 p.m., $20. Warehouse L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

    This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Late Norma Zenteno "There In Spirit" at Second East End Street Fest

    What a difference a year makes. In May 2012, the first annual East End Street Fest was held on Cinco de Mayo along Harrisburg Boulevard, with the lovely and talented Norma Zenteno serving as the headlining musical act. For the second annual entry, the venue has shifted to the brand-new esplanade tha ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2013

    A Redcoat in Patriotland: A Brit Visits the 2013 NRA Convention

    A gun-dumb Brit's journey into the heart of American gun culture.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Last Night: Suicidal Tendencies and Sick of it All at House of Blues

    Suicidal Tendencies, Sick of it All House of Blues May 6, 2013 How will I laugh tomorrow when I can't even smile today? That question served as the title to Suicidal Tendencies' third album, released 25 years ago. But for a while there at their gig at House of Blues on Monday night, the question o ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2013

    Hot to Trot

    Houston's 10 best spots for a first date.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    Diana Quinn: You're Once, Twice, Three Times Convicted (of DWI)

    This past weekend was St. Patrick's Day, one of the drink-iest "holidays" of the year. And while we did not drink green beer, we did celebrate with green-ish margaritas because there is no better place to be on St. Patrick's Day than a Tex-Mex joint, just as there is no better place to be on Cinco d ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012
  • News

    September 27, 2012

    RIP, Larry Joe Miggins

    Houston's fabled Irishman dies.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    RIP Larry Joe Miggins, Grand Irish Texan and Vintage Baseball Player

    "It's for the love of the game that we all play," Larry Joe Miggins told me this past Cinco de Mayo. We were at a Pony League field out in Katy, where Miggins had just spent four or five hours under a sweltering sun playing first base for the Houston Babies, the Bayou City's 1860s-style baseball t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Houston Bartenders Shine on a National Level

    A few years ago, a bar in Houston was just a place to get a drink and the people who worked there were just part of the service industry. Chefs were rock stars and everyone else was fairly invisible. In the last few months, there have been multiple bartenders who have become worthy of notice in the ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2012

    Houston's Babies Play Vintage Baseball

    There's no gloves or batting helmets when Larry Joe Miggins and the rest of the Houston Babies regularly travel back in time to play the game by its 1860 rules.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    What Is the Springboard South Music Festival Anyway?

    The 2012 Springboard South Music Festival makes its debut this weekend, starting today and running through Sunday at CityCentre Houston. The event, boasting three days of music from 45 bands on two stages, is being touted by organizers as an opportunity for independent artists and musicians and educ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    How to Make the Perfect Margarita for Cinco de Mayo, Diagram-Style

    Illustration credit: You don't need Triple Sec or fancy ingredients to make a good, basic margarita. That's exactly what a good margarita is, after all: basic. If you decided not to brave the Cinco de Mayo crowds this year, just follow the simple diagram above to make the per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Upcoming: Kelly Clarkson, Incubus, Jonathan Richman, Unknown Hinson, Etc.

    B L A C K I E: Tue., May 1. Walter's, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. Beat Connection, White Arrows: Fri., June 22. Fitzgerald's, 2706 White Oak, Houston. Eric Benét, Ledisi: Thu., July 5. Arena Theatre, 7326 SW Freeway, Houston. Guitar Shorty: Sat., June 2. The Big Easy Social & Pleasure Club, 5731 K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Is This the Ugliest Food Truck In Town?

    C'mon now. Of course it's not. The H-Town StrEATs truck may not have a fancy wrap like Happy Endings or a slick paint job like the Rice Box Truck. But it's still far from "ugly." That doesn't stop some folks from thinking so, however (and -- hey -- beauty is subjective by its very nature). Owners M ... More >>

  • News

    March 22, 2012

    Lowering the Boom

    Dekaney High School's motto is "Whatever It Takes." So far, district administrators haven't figured out quite what that needs to be.

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Top 5 Old Musicians Actually Using Twitter

    Like youth itself, Twitter is wasted on the young. But not everyone over 35 has completely tuned it out -- after a recent upgrade to a smartphone, even I'm using it now after years of Twitterphobia. (Hit me up at @ThePhantomTX.) Since I've been on, I've learned that most musicians have handed off t ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Oktoberfest 2011: Where to Binge on Beer and Brats

    Insert obligatory photo of buxom woman in a dirndl consuming lager from a stein here. (And remember: Lederhosen are Austrian, not Bavarian!)​If there's one thing that we Americans enjoy doing, it's co-opting other countries' holidays and turning them into giant boozefests for no good reason ot ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2011

    Houston's Bachelors a Prize?

    Rankings tell different tales

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Chingo Bling: The Tamale King's Whirlwind L.A. Media Blitz

    Photos by Marco TorresChingo Bling outside Hollywood's Key Club​Fresh off the heels of his sold out show at Houston's House of Blues, Chingo Bling was booked to perform at Hollywood's world-famous Key Club. The Tamale Kingpin invited Rocks Off to tag along and document the concert and his sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Los Lonely Boys Mature, Get Goofy On New Rockpango

    Photos by Piper Ferguson/Shore Fire Media​Rocks Off suspects the last thing Los Lonely Boys guitarist and singer Henry Garza wanted to do on the day after arriving back in San Angelo from a European tour with Los Lobos was a phone interview. "We flew into Austin last night, then had a four-ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Last Night: Brett Dennen & Dawes At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Liana Lopez​Brett Dennen, Dawes Fitzgerald's May 5, 2011 While many celebrated Cinco de Mayo last night with margaritas and sombreros, Aftermath was at Fitzgerald's watching a folk-rock band and a pale, red-haired dude wearing a Golden State Warriors T-shirt. Nevertheless, we're use ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Tequila Talk with Stewart Skloss of Pura Vida Tequila - Part 2

    The three Pura Vida labels and the limited edition Extra Anejo​Wednesday, we spoke with Stewart Skloss of Pura Vida Tequila and learned a little about how his brand got started and what makes Pura Vida stand out from the big names in tequila. Today, we talk food and "The Gibbons."

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    What Happened: 20 Lyrical Shots Of Tequila

    "Tequila. Straight. There's a real polite drink. You keep drinking until you finally take one more and it just won't go down" - actor Lee Marvin (R.I.P.) ​How out of it is Rocks Off after Wednesday night's sublime Arcade Fire show? Even though we've known about it for weeks, it took us until ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Upcoming: 311, Britney Spears, Sade, Widespread Panic, Etc.

    UPDATE (1 p.m.): Britney Spears will be back in July at Toyota Center; the GO-Go's the month after that. ​311, Sublime With Rome: Fri., Aug. 12. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. "B L A C K I E In 3D": Thu., April 7. Warehouse Live. "The Bamboozle Roadshow" With Chiddy Bang, Dev, Ninjasonik ... More >>

  • News

    May 20, 2010

    Aggies Recruit Teh Gheys

    College Station, the San Francisco of Texas

  • Culture

    April 15, 2010
  • News

    November 5, 2009

    Getting Off

    Attorney Tyler Flood says he wins 80 percent of his clients' DWI trials, even if they were 100 percent drunk as a skunk.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    This Cinco de Mayo, Take a Break From the Margarita

    Theodore Roosevelt once remarked that the American grizzly should have been our national symbol instead of the American eagle, which he described as "just a dandified vulture." For me, the margarita is just a dandified tequila sour. My Cinco de Mayo drink of choice is rompope. During the colonial er ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009

    Vida del Baile

    Dance Houston tackles a huge Cinco de Mayo dance concert

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Return of the Gay You-Know-Whats From Outer Space

    Two years ago, in the grand tradition of Harris County officials' thoughtful e-mails, misdemeanor court Judge Larry Standley e-mailed colleagues a missive that included references to a movie called Gayniggers From Outer Space, followed by another with a really dumb joke involving wordplay on "Cinco ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 14, 2006

    Tall-Tale Tacos

    Is Doneraki famous for its authentic Mexican food or for giving away chile con queso?

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
  • News

    May 24, 2001


    Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.

  • Dining

    August 31, 1995

    Landmark Stuff

    La Tapatia offers cheap, spirited food and a nourishing sideshow