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    April 9, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Make Czech Kolaches At Home

    Texas Monthly: Seriously, what kind of Texan doesn't love kolaches? While we have some awesome places to grab an authentic Czech kolache in Houston (think Revival Market), it's always fun to make your own. Texas Monthly shares a recipe from the Little Czech Bakery in West, Texas, complete with an ap ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

    If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    First Look At Espresso Rescue: The Coffee Truck

    With the influx of food trucks to the Houston mobile dining scene, we seem to be missing one type of truck. The city is blessed with numerous trucks that will satisfy the late-night munchies, the sugar cravings in the afternoon and everything else in between, but we don't have enough trucks to jump- ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013
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    July 16, 2013

    Top 5 Coffee Shop Etiquette Tips in the Age of Laptop Hobos

    I don't know about you, but I can easily hole up in a coffee shop, start writing (and by that I mean scouring Facebook and watching cat videos on YouTube) and not realize until three hours later that I haven't moved or refilled my cup. But coffee shop owners, it seems, are noticing. I've read a nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Five Easy Homemade Wedding Favors & Rehearsal Dinner Treats

    One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Iced Coffee Guides & Medieval Jousting Entertainment

    Blue Jean Gourmet: If you're looking for the perfect summer dessert, look no further. Blue Jean Gourmet made a peach and blackberry cobbler with freshly picked peaches and blackberries. The sweetness of soft peaches combined with the tart, yet subtly sweet, blackberries makes for the ultimate cobble ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    5 Simple Breakfast-in-Bed Meals and Morning Cocktails for Mom

    On Mother's Day, Mom deserves royal treatment. What better way to make her feel like the queen she is than to make her breakfast in bed (and serve up some morning cocktails)? While the kids make breakfast, Dad can whip up a cocktail to complement her scrumptious and relaxing meal. He can also make n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Amorfa: The Best SNL Parody Commerical In a Long Time Lampoons Starbucks

    Starbucks satire has grown increasingly stale as Americans slip into quiet acquiescence to the fact that the omnipresent Starbucks stores are now as much a part of our landscape as stop signs. Even though the coffee giant closed 600 stores in 2008 and then another 300 stores in 2009, it's roared bac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Become Healthier By Drinking Coffee? Count Us In

    That morning cup of joe doesn't just wake you from a zombie-like state and keep you from being a complete asshole to the guy in the cube next to you. In addition to making you a semi-decent human being, coffee can provide tons of health benefits. Here are five ways drinking coffee can improve your ... More >>

  • 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

    October 9, 2012

    Relax, Houston: Your Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Safe

    I know people who mark the passing of the seasons by Starbucks' seasonal lattes, and I am very much not joking about this. Fall has officially arrived when the coffee chain starts carrying Pumpkin Spice-flavored lattes. Winter is here when the Peppermint Mochas arrive. It's become a cycle as constan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Sunday Whole Foods Market?

    Normally on the weekends, you can find me, bottomless mimosa in hand, at one of the many awesome brunch spots around town. But this typically leads to a couple of buckets of beer...which lead to a few outdoor games of bags...which lead to someone losing a bet...leading to a stripped-down afternoon j ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Logan Warren: East Texas Dude Gets Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Ever

    They say everything's bigger in Tex -- NO, we cannot bring ourselves to write that. But a Nacogdoches dude went big when he got a gift card for a free Starbucks drink. Logan Warren says he spent "about a half-hour with a laughing barista" working up the recipe, and they came up with a $23.60 concoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    5 Gifts for the Coffee Snob

    Chuck Cook Photography​As a coffee snob myself, I am here to advocate for my people. Please, don't break our hearts. You know how much we love coffee, but since you're not a coffee snob yourself, you might think we'd appreciate one of those machines that make coffee by squirting hot water into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: A Reader Both Normal and Healthy

    ​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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    April 7, 2011

    Top 5 Coffee Hacks

    Photo by Josh Liba​As a kid, I could never understand the appeal of coffee. But that might have been because my grandparents were always brewing up tar-thick pots of Folgers, the plastic tub of "coffee crystals" stored in the freezer where they absorbed other scents and smells. Or because my f ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    First Look at Black Hole Cafe

    ​Does Montrose need another Inversion? The folks behind Black Hole Cafe (4504 Graustark, 713-528-0653) apparently think so. And since they're also the folks behind popular establishments Poison Girl and Antidote -- the former in Montrose, the latter in the Heights -- the new Black Hole Cafe wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    A Cajeta Latte at Antidote

    ​As I'm sure is the case with most of this city's caffeine-addled coffee addicts, I am a creature of habit. I frequent the same coffee shop, and I order the same thing. It's not without cause, as I've found what I believe to be the perfect coffee creation in the Cortado served at Catalina Coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Java Pura: Insanely Good Coffee

    ​ Ken Palmer, Master Roaster, probably knows more about coffee than almost anyone else in this city. He stumbled into the industry several decades ago while out in Hawaii. Palmer had a natural intuition about coffee and was educated by Alfred Peet, who had taught his style of roasting beans ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010
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    June 25, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Katz Coffee

    ​WHAT: Coffee with a conscience, roasted right here in Houston. When Avi Katz graduated from the University of Houston's well regarded Hotel and Restaurant Management program, he had no idea what he wanted to do -- but he did know that he didn't want to move back to New York. So he took a job ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Coffee Review: Intelligentsia's El Salvador, Finca Matalapa Peaberry

    ​We recently had the opportunity to try Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea's farm fresh Salvadoran coffee, Finca Matalapa Peaberry. This coffee is made up of only the upper coffee berries of a single farm -- Finca Matalapa -- which are different from the rest of the plant because they have only one ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    Houston Coffee Scene: Grizzaffi Coffee

    ​Nick Grizzaffi, owner and operator Grizzaffi Coffee at Discovery Green Park downtown, has a work ethic unmatched in the city. Starting out with a catering-size espresso machine, he's proven to be an asset of reliability for the park, garnering the attention of city planning officials and Disc ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Houston Coffee Scene: Fontana Coffee Roasters

    ​Nestled away on Taft St. between Fairview and Gray lies a neat little white warehouse that holds Fontana Coffee Roasters and Alltex Refrigeration. Head roaster Keith Adkins services many a restaurant in and around the area, and even delivers to the closer locations on his bicycle. In this p ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Donut Patrol: Cake Balls

    ​"I'll have a macchiato and one of those doughnut holes," I told the guy behind the counter at Coffee Groundz at 2503 Bagby. I didn't really want a doughnut hole -- what I really wanted was a large bowl of the fabulous Trentino dulce de leche gelato with chocolate that I saw in the ice cream c ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    City of Coffee: Green Beans

    ​As noted in our recent City of Coffee feature, coffee tastes best when it's made from fresh-roasted beans. Some coffee fanatics take that concept to the extreme and roast their own coffee beans at home. (Hot air popcorn machines are very popular for this purpose.) Several of these home roaste ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Coffee Practices: Transparency

    ​One of the most important aspects of the movement for quality coffee is transparency. This doesn't mean your cup of joe should be clear, but that the consumer should understand as much about the product as possible. In the '90s, coffee blends hit the market with a bang. Since then, they ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    Know Your Roast

    ​A very common question asked in cafes around Houston is, "What is your dark roast?" We think people are trying to ask, "What coffee has the biggest, most pronounced flavor today?" But there's some confusion here. One aspect of coffee is often overlooked but very important. There are, in ess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Iced Coffee at Home

    ​Iced coffee goes by quite a few names. Whether you call it Black Gold or Texas Tea, cold coffee helps us beat the heat around these parts. And it keeps us sane during our mild winters too. Here's how to make it at home:

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    August 25, 2009

    36th Anniversary: House of Coffee Beans

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Peru Chanchamayo is a rare limited-production coffee that's on special this month during the 36th Anniversary of House of Coffee Beans, 2348 Bissonnet. The coffee comes from the sparsely populated Central Jungle of Peru and is certified organic, Fair Trade, and migratory b ... More >>

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    June 19, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    October 5, 2006
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    September 23, 2004
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    September 25, 2003

    Best Coffee Beans

    House of Coffee Beans

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    September 25, 2003
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    August 29, 2002

    Bean Town

    Will Houston ever reach a caffeine overdose?

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    August 8, 2002

    How Do You Take It?

    Our intrepid driving diner discovers the Bright & Early Coffee stand and why Houstonians like their brew weak

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    April 18, 2002

    Short Courtship

    A whirlwind romance with The Little Havana

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    September 21, 2000
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    November 25, 1999
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    July 15, 1999

    Hot Plate

    Schlotzky's Marketplace

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    May 6, 1999

    La Dolce Vita

    I was young, espresso was exotic, and Dolce and Freddo was the only game in town

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    October 30, 1997
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    February 8, 1996
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    June 8, 1995

    Unlikely Lunches

    Il Posto and Don Bosco yield different brands of surprise

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    December 29, 1994
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    December 9, 1993
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