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  • Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Tastes from Around the Globe

    Happy Hour @ Underbelly Starting Thursday, 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close 1100 Westheimer Beginning today, Chef Chris Shepherd will pay tribute to his fellow chefs and friends around the country by "covering" some of their most influential dishes. "I've learned so much from other chefs," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off Was Really Great

    Creativity was on display in abundance Wednesday night at The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off competition organized by non-profit Vietnamese organization, Boat People SOS (BPSOS), as a fundraiser for their domestic violence programs. It started with the organizers, who successfully pulled off a change of v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    I-Fest Barbecue: a Shared Texan and Australian Pastime

    Ask any relatively intelligent American to throw out an Australian phrase, and he'll probably say either "G'day, mate," or "throw another shrimp on the barbie." This limited knowledge of Australian slang might lead one to think that Australians don't barbecue much other than shrimp, but this is, of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
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    March 24, 2014

    Put Your Bib On for the Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival

    In 2013, 1,300 people came out in the chilly windy weather to stuff themselves silly with brisket, sausage, turkey and more at the inaugural Houston Barbecue Festival. And this year, we're doing it all over again. The Second Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is back at Reliant Center on Sunday, Apr ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 13, 2014

    The 2014 Houston St. Patrick's Day Guide

    Where to get your green beers and more this year.

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Craic Is Back: Saluting Rory Miggins With Irish Stew & Celtic Rock

    Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, which is fine by Seamuis Strain. The more, the merrier, he says. But, he reasons, the annual Miggins Memorial Irish Music Festival & Stew Cook-Off -- which returns for its seventh installment Saturday at Lucky's Pub, from noon to 6 p.m. -- is Houston's event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Rum, Beer, Wine...and Vegetables

    3rd Annual Caribbean Rum Fest @ House of Deréon Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to Sunday 2 a.m. 2204 Crawford Street The two-day rum-stravaganza is back with more cocktails, history, tastings and Caribbean music! There will be live performances by more than two dozen artists, a bartend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Gumbo, White Linen and...Ice Luges?

    Grand Opening & Half Way to Mardi Gras Party @ Mojeauxs Louisiana Drinkery Saturday, 11 a.m. to Sunday, 2 a.m. 2024 Rusk St. Get ready to stuff your face with gumbo and dance to some Zydeco at Mojeauxs Louisiana Drinkery's grand opening on Saturday. The party begins at 11 a.m. with live music and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    Top 5 Food Documentaries Streaming On Netflix

    I can't adequately express how much Netflix instant streaming has impressed my quality of life. I used to have to do something like read or go for a walk when I was between movie rentals; now, I can just watch television continuously. If I'm not bingeing on House of Cards and Breaking Bad, I'm watc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Wild Game Cook-off, Art Cars & Food Trucks, a Craw-wish Boil and a Mother's Day Reminder

    Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off Saturday, 8 a.m. Pier 21, Galveston Island Yaga's has been one of the most consistent fixtures on downtown Galveston's Strand for decades, and this year the restaurant is celebrating its 17th annual Yaga's Wild Game BBQ Cook-off by raising its millionth dollar for Galv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Tommy Forgue: Deputy Constable Fondled Woman's Breasts While She Dialed for Help, Cops Say

    Remember how your mom always told you that if you ever got lost in a crowd, one of those guys in uniform would be happy to help? That turned out to allegedly be a little too true at the Houston Rodeo Cook-off. Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Tommy Forgue was arrested on Monday and charged with official ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Yet Another Cooking Show: The American Baking Competition Heads to CBS This Summer

    Over the last several years, cooking shows have popped up on a variety of networks, rather than the mother ship of all food and cooking shows, the Food Network. If Cupcake Wars and re-runs of Top Chef Just Desserts doesn't do it for you, this summer CBS will air a summer baking competition on May 29 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Top 5 Nearby Fall Festivals & County Fairs

    As the recent weather has proved, there's no better time to be outdoors in Texas than fall. In springtime, there's always that lingering knowledge that summer is right around the corner, so this time of year there's nothing else to look forward to but Santa Claus. It's also harvest time, and the tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Help Us Find the Worst Barbecue in Houston

    It's generally agreed upon that unless you have a fancy-pants tent ticket for the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (a.k.a. The Cookoff), the three-day-long 'cue contest isn't worth the price of admission. A poor, benighted visitor to Houston may think that The Cookoff -- and official kick-off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Foraging Food and Cooking Game

    Next weekend: Prepare for all the chicken soup you can nosh.​Attention, DIY-ers and wild food fans: Two upcoming events are right up your paths. Follow chef Randy Rucker down one path for a Tapas on the Trails evening Saturday, February 11, at the Houston Arboretum. The food-filled evening wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Beer Fundraisers, Wine Dinners and Resolutions

    Beer lovers, pay attention: February is your month! Up first is the next Open The Taps fundraiser, held on Sunday, February 12, at the Southern Star Brewery in Conroe from 2 to 5 p.m. (Trust us, February is one of the best months for hanging out in the charmingly un-air-conditioned, corrugated-meta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Cumin Take It: The 5th Annual No Holds Barred Chili Cook-off at Shady Tavern

    Photos by Groovehouse​Now in its fifth year, the annual No Holds Barred Chili Cook-off at Shady Tavern has become a neighborhood institution in the Heights. This year -- appropriately enough -- the competition benefited the Houston Heights Association. The HHA itself also won Fan Favorite, whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by rdpeytonThis gumbo is from Emeril's in New Orleans; the gumbo at Under the Volcano will likely be just as good.​If you've been missing Robb Walsh, here's your chance to catch up with our former food critic outside the busy environs of his new restaurant. On June 7 and again on July 12 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttYou can even pose outside a mockup of Air Force One with a Secret Service dummy at the TAFR cookoff.​Last year, the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Wild Game Cookoff at Sam Houston Race Park was by far the best barbecue cookoff I attended all year. With ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​As you may have read and seen around the Internet, this Sunday is Linda's Block Party at 1834 Westheimer, a fundraising event to help defray medical costs for Linda Salinas. Salinas, a local bartender and sommelier, was injured in a scooter accident on Sunday night, and the Houston restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Michael Hamby: HPD Cop Accused of Throwing Tear Gas at BBQ Cook-Off Competitor

    Just be glad no Tasers were involved​People take the barbecue seriously in Texas. But even some competitors would draw the line at throwing tear gas. Not Houston police officer Michael Hamby, if reported allegations are true. Media outlets are saying he's been relieved of duty after allegedly ... More >>

  • Music

    February 3, 2011
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    January 14, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Paula MurphyCome prepared to the fruit tree sale and don't say you weren't warned.​Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The Shady Tavern Ice House's Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off Competition

    Photos by Matthew DresdenServing up the winning recipe. ​What is the best way to prepare for an all-you-can-eat meal? There are two main schools of thought: eat as much as possible in the days before, to maximize the capacity of your stomach; or, eat as little as possible in the days before, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    The rodeo got off to a bucking great start, and we had photogs snapping away on both Friday and Saturday. Click the images below for more action. Carnival, BBQ Cookoff and Loverboy Downtown Parade

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off

    January in Houston is when Rodeo season really starts to kick in. One of the most popular events is the "Chili When It's Chilly" Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Baytown/Highlands Subcommittee of the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee. This year's event took place January 9 and 10 at San Jacinto Mall i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The Best Barbecue Sandwich in Texas

    I'm saying the Bohemian Special at Mustang Creek B-B-Q on Highway 59 in Louise is the best barbecue sandwich in Texas. It excels by virtue of architecture alone--a mound of sliced brisket is topped with lengthwise slices of smoked Prasek's sausage and topped with thick raw onion slices and dill pick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Texas Chili: A Frozen Bowl of Red without Beans

    Whole Foods is selling plastic tubs of frozen chili concocted by Frank X. Tolbert, Jr. who also goes by the name, X squared. It's made out of ground beef instead of beef chunks and it's a little short on salt for my tastes, but otherwise it's a decent bowl of red. There are no beans in it, of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2008

    What They're Saying About Texas Q in Chicago

    Today's Chicago Sun-Times includes an article about the Houston Rodeo Barbecue Cook-Off with a sidebar on Houston barbecue joints--it mentions Pizzatola's, Thelma's, Goode Company and Gerardo's. I was happy to help out reporter Lori Rackl with a few tips about where to find different styles of Texas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Big State, Big Ideas

    Just when those blisters from the Austin City Limits festival have finally gone away, here’s another nearby multi-day, multi-stage musical happening. Saturday and Sunday’s Big State Festival at College Station’s Texas World Speedway (plenty of tickets available) is aimed squarely at the big-ha ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 4, 2004

    Prize-Winning Paella

    Rioja Spanish Tapas Restaurant

  • Dining

    March 25, 2004

    Sunnyside Sup

    Reid's is an awesome barbecue time capsule

  • Dining

    May 14, 1998