• Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    Neon Hitch at House of Blues, 11/10/2014

    Neon Hitch House of Blues November 10, 2014 Where to start with Neon Hitch? Let's start with her name. Neon Hitch is her government name. It's true; she showed me her passport. She is a gypsy raised on a bus after her home burned down May 25, 1986. Her dream at that young age was to have her name i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Moët & Chandon's Elise Losfelt Talks Champagne & Truffle Fries

    Winemaker Elise Losfelt of Moët & Chandon, the world's leading Champagne house since 1743, visited Houston this past week and sat down with the Houston Press to discuss their champagnes, and to introduce the Grand Vintage 2006, which is now available in the United States. She also has a few tips fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Taco Bell Hack With McDonald's Habanero Ranch Sauce

    If a Cool Ranch taco is good, then what about a Habanero Ranch taco?

  • Film

    March 27, 2014

    Rule of Law

    n Dom Hemingway, Jude Law goes for greatness

  • Film

    March 13, 2014

    These Kids Yesterday

    The engrossing Teenage shows why they are who they are.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Five American Anthems Sung In Other Languages

    This past Sunday, we witnessed what was either a charming portrayal of the broad multicultural landscape that is America, or the most shocking betrayal of American values by an American cultural icon that we've ever witnessed. Of course, I'm talking about Coca-Cola's commercial during the Super Bowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger: Does The Ginger Ale Make a Difference?

    Jack Daniel's and Ginger Ale isn't as simple as it may seem.

  • 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 >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Top 10 Ice Cream Spots

    Rest of the best 2013.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Some Thoughts About KKK Cuisine and Stereotypes

    A few months ago, photographer Anthony Karen made headlines when he published a series of photographs of Ku Klux Klan members. For nearly eight years, Karen observed and photographed 'knights' and theihr families at home, at work, at play, and, indeed, pursuing their supposedly peaceful white pride ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Amazon Grill Debuts A Fun, Family-Friendly Menu

    The chicken tinga fries came to the table on a sizzling hot plate, their appearance, on first glance, resembling a plate of sizzling chicken fajitas. On closer inspection, however, they looked more like the Canadian comfort food poutine -- french fries with gravy and cheese curds. Only this one came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Miracle Fruit and Miracle Fundraisers for People in Need

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science is hosting a class on Wednesday, August 28 to introduce intrepid diners to miracle fruit. The miracle fruit, whose scientific name is Synsepalum dulcificum is native to West Africa and has recently experienced a bit of a revival in interest due to its popularity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    BurgerFi: Saving The Environment One Bad Dish At A Time

    I love that the Market Street and Woodlands Waterway areas are growing with new shops and restaurants, so I had to check out the new burger joint next door to Hubbell & Hudson. BurgerFi is a chain burger restaurant based in Florida that just opened its first Texas location in The Woodlands. Known f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    This Steve Spurrier Picture Says "Have A Great Weekend!"

    Much like a quarterback going back and looking at game film, I like to end the week by going back and reading what I wrote, seeing what I did wrong and where I might be able to improve. It's the blogger's version of Gary Kubiak's "I gotta go back and look at the film...get that corrected...and we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Concert Pub North Gives 1960 Area All the Rock It Can Handle

    "It's an exciting time for us," says Concert Pub North (CPN) talent buyer John Escamilla. "A year ago, we were a tribute [act] and local venue. Today we are being looked at like a live-music venue for touring acts." Escamilla and I were waiting for Cinderella front man Tom Keifer to take the stage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Horrifying, Mystifying, Wonder-Filled World Of Houston T-Shirts On eBay

    There are few things more disposable these days than a t-shirt. The problem is, you just can't bring yourself to throw one out. It's still a shirt, right? Someone could fit into it somewhere, you know? So instead of getting tossed, they go to Goodwill or get used as a dustrag or to wash the car. O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    American Idol Returns, Selling More Drama Than Music

    If you can believe it, American Idol kicks off its twelfth season tonight on Fox. But not just on Fox. Here is how One India Entertainment, "India's No. 1 Language Portal," announced the news at 18:03 IST (India Standard Time) today: MUMBAI: After the successful run of The X Factor USA while cashin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Mexico Struggle (Yes, Struggle) in 5-0 Rout of Guyana

    In today's FIFA/ Coca-Cola World Rankings of soccer, Mexico is 19th in the world. Guyana, Mexico's opponent this past Friday night, was ranked 122nd. By all accounts, Mexico should have had a convincing 3-0 victory that night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Instead, El Tri struggled to win 5-0. And it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    It's National Chili Week: Top 5 Unusual Chili Ingredients

    Every region has its own rendition of chili. New Mexico has green chili (interesting), Cincinnati has spaghetti with chili (still don't understand) and Texas puts meat in its chili (definitely the best). I always love classic chili with beef or sirloin (I'm a Texas girl, what can I say?), but somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Last Night: T.S.O.L. at Fitzgerald's

    T.S.O.L., Spastic Fit, Dead to the World, Crime Wave Fitzgerald's September 4, 2012 It seemed as though I was the only Rocks Off blogger who failed to catch a show over Labor Day weekend, so I was looking forward to Tuesday night. This summer has evolved into something of of a punk-rock history cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Man Falls To Death Off Escalator At Texans' Game (UPDATE: ID'd As Jonathan Kelly, 25)

    A man fell from one of Reliant Stadium's large escalators and died during Thursday night's Texans-Vikings exhibition game, various media outlets say. The identity of the victim has not been released, but CBS Houston says says the 45-year-old man "fell to his death while horse-playing on an escalato ... More >>

  • Music

    August 30, 2012

    Mel Tillis: Coca-Cola Cowboy

    At 80, first-time author isn't done yet.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Top 5 Sodas That Aren't Coke or Pepsi

    "No Coke...Pepsi!" Belushi's classic SNL skit is actually an homage to The Billy Goat Tavern, a dingy burger place in Chicago where you will be yelled at for your order, where they really do only serve Pepsi, and there are no fries, only chips. I've checked the place out and eaten a burger there - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Who Grills the Best Steak? Killen and Caswell Duke it Out in the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge

    What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than to participate in a pop-up celebrity chef challenge at your local Walmart parking lot, where the main ingredient is steak? Last Tuesday, shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter # 1409 (10750 Westview Drive) had a lucky surprise when they pulled in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    "Reply All" & the Five Other Dumbest/Most Annoying Things People Do with E-Mail

    Hard to believe, but the very first electronic messages were around 50 years ago. It wasn't the sophisticated, snail mail-replacing juggernaut most of us use every day, but it existed. As it has grown, communication has shifted and things none of us ever dreamed were necessary -- emoticons, for exam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Laundry for Foodies: The Dining Room Meets the Laundry Room

    Fun fact: I'm kind of a mess. I want to be one of those together people who always looks pressed and polished, but most days I'm somewhere on the spectrum between "slightly rumpled" and "totally disheveled." My unparalleled ability to get food on myself has only been increased by my food-writer habi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    When Are Food Knock-offs Distasteful?

    If your Girl Scout Cookie of choice is the Samoa, then you might be happy to know that these goodies are NOT only available through green-uniformed girl children and for $3-4 a pop. Keebler offers a nearly identical version called "Coconut Dreams," which are available year-round and often on sale ( ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Heavy Fuel: How to Drink Like a Rock Star

    If you want to be a real rock star, you can go ahead and forget about those Red Bull and vodkas you're so fond of. Legit rockers are fueled by bigger, harder and flat-out weirder doses of alcohol than the mere mortals hitting on the bartender at your local watering hole. Sure, a few of our musical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    How To: Drink Like a Rock Star

    Sure, most rock stars are probably happy with any bottle that happens to be within reach. Some rock stars, however, prefer to refine and perfect their booze intake, settling on a signature cocktail that suits their outsized personalities and consequence-free lifestyles. Rocks Off salutes these exc ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 5, 2012

    The Hits of 2011

    Our favorite new Houston restaurants.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    On the Rocks: Cocktails Named After Musicians for New Year's Eve

    Have a G.G. Allin and bring in the New Year indecently!​Everything is more exciting, sometimes even redeeming, when it has a cool name: Sexual acts, alcoholic beverages, movies, albums, etc. OK, maybe just sexual acts and drinks. Since there are thousands of sites that have the former covere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    The 10 Best New Restaurants of 2011

    The challenge in choosing 10 of the best restaurants to open in Houston each year is a daunting one: Many of the restaurants I think are "the best" have little to nothing to do with each other, making for a list that falls all over the map when it comes to price, cuisine and location. Then again, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Years Later: Food Trends That Fizzled Out

    I'm still waiting for Mupcakes to catch on.​It's that time of year again: No, not the time when society's ever-emphasized consumerism is rammed even more forcefully down our gullets, disguised in festive Christmas trimmings and manipulative Coca-Cola commercials. It's the time of year when eve ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 8, 2011

    Gran Success

    The infused tequilas and modern Tex-Mex at this neighborhood hangout are bien bueno.

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Get Lit: Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery

    Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson by Kevin Avery 584 pp., $29.99, Fantagraphics Books ​It was a scene like out of the hardboiled detective novels that Paul Nelson loved so much when police broke into his New York apartment in 2006. What they found was a dark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    George Strait's Top 20 Songs Of All Time: Nos. 5-1

    ​As Rocks Off dives into the top slots of our favorite George Strait songs from his 30-year career - see Nos. 20-16, 15-11 and 10-6 - we are waiting anxiously to see if King George was able to knock Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter IV from atop the Billboard 200. A top seat for the brand-new Here For a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing: 5 Songs About Coca-Cola

    ​It's hot outside, folks. We're starting to think the Aztecs were onto something, and if we could find a virgin and a sharp knife we might see if a little human sacrifice would appease the hateful sun god. Until then, we'll have to settle for staying indoors and drinking many tall glasses of f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Coke: United States vs. Mexico

    ​Cane sugar has been gaining on HFCS lately. Dr Pepper admitted that high-fructose corn syrup is a shoddy sweetener when it turned Lawyer Pepper on its Dublin, Texas bottler. And tonic makers have created a new market from the knowledge that gin mixes with corn syrup like gin goes with police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    The Slurpees Are Back in Town

    It's just an ICEE with a silly (okay, sillier) name!​Guess who just got back today? (I love Thin Lizzy; sue me.) Slurpees, that's who. While there hasn't been a 7-Eleven in the Houston city limits since the late '80s, fans of its famous Slurpee still exist. Although it's just a cleverly mar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Top 5 Musician Novelists

    Ted Barron/New West RecordsSteve Earle: What's up, Doc?​Despite what our paychecks and sometimes even our diplomas say, the perception persists that music journalists are not "real" journalists. Similarly, no matter how literate their lyrics, some folks think musicians could not possibly put p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Dr Pepper Sues Itself, Sort Of

    Photo by Amit GuptaDublin Dr Pepper: the highly-coveted Dr Pepper version of Mexican Coca-Cola.​In the long history of entities suing themselves -- Wells Fargo in 2009, the government of Thailand in 2006 -- none have been as disheartening to Texans as the latest news that Dr Pepper Snapple (DP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    My Five Favorite Virgin Cocktails

    mhaithacaShirley Temple. ​For the record, I am not pregnant. But a startling proportion of my friends are heading into their second and third trimesters this summer and therefore are unable to join me in multiple rounds of margaritas. Rather than drink alone, I have decided to explore the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Top Five Clint Eastwood Soundtracks

    pasoroblesfilmfestival.comDr. John, Clint Eastwood and producer/director Bruce Ricker in a publicity photo for "Piano Blues," Eastwood's installment of PBS' 2003 series The Blues.​Today the one and only Clint Eastwood turns 81 years old, and he can still kick your ass. According to the Interne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Wanda Jackson Loves Jesus, Jack White & Adele

    ​Rocks Off conducted an unusual interview this week. We say "interview," when perhaps a better word is "exchange." Recently we have been tinkering with the composition of our interviews, in the hopes of avoiding boilerplate questions like "Who are your influences?" in favor of something, we h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Idol Beat: I Do Not Like That

    ​Only nine hopefuls remain in this, the 10th season of American Idol (AKA the Greatest Talent Competition Since the Battle of the Bands at San Dimas High School). It's time to separare the wheat from the chaff, the post-adolescents from the mere adolescents, those who are "in it to win it" fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    30 Seconds With Ryan Key of Yellowcard

    Photo by Adam Elmakias​Rocks Off sat down with guitarist and vocalist for alternative punk rock sensation Yellowcard, whose new video "Hang You Up" is the only reason we can think of to brave MTV these days, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Kosher Coke: The Real Real Thing

    ​Often I pop into Belden's in Meyerland because it's a throwback supermarket with unique food items, and right now it has "Houston's Largest Selection Kosher for Passover." That matters because it's the short season for Kosher Coca-Cola. I'm not from Sugar Land, but I love sugar in my Coke. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    To Do: Southern Fried French Food at Central Market

    Hungry? Literate? Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appétit, Y'all, has - you guessed it - an interest in both French and Southern cooking, having grown up on Southern food and been trained as a French chef. Her new book combines both types of recipes with photos, stories and cooking tips. The rec ... More >>

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