Costa Rica

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2014

    Houston Music Invades San Fran's Hotel Utah

    My family and I recently vacationed on the West Coast. However you do your vacation, I hope you're doing it well. As for us, we got zombified for Hope For Young Adults With Cancer. We drove along the edges of a massive California forest fire and shot a music video at the Salton Sea, among other, les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Gold Cup at Catalina Coffee: Single Cup, Hand-Brewed For You

    Catalina Coffee is an excellent place to relax, sip on your choice drink and nibble on a pastry. The calming environment of hipster baristas throwing together lattes, espressos and cappuccinos like it is second nature makes your visits to Catalina on Washington worthwhile. While the folks behind the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    LSU Head Coach Les Miles' World Cup Analysis Goes Sideways At SEC Media Day (VIDEO)

    I've been working on a piece for next week's print edition of the Houston Press on the sport of soccer in the aftermath of the World Cup. In doing some of the research, I've been gathering the usual cadre of statistics, quotes, historical information, and expert speculation (thank you Glenn Davis a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Where to Eat in Honor of the Top 8 Teams in the World Cup

    Yes, yes, we're all heartbroken over the United States' heartwrenching, nail biting loss to Belgium on Tuesday. We're bitter and angry but damn proud of our team (especially Tim Howard--hey, Superman!). Just because the home team is out of the running doesn't mean we're going to stop watching game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Calle 13 at House of Blues, 5/26/2014

    "So how are these guys?" asked my security-guard friend at the House of Blues as I entered the photo pit Monday night. "I hear they are a reggaeton group, but that's all I know." "I guess that's technically true" I answered. "They are from Puerto Rico and have roots in the reggaeton movement, but t ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block

    This latest branch is as successful as the first.

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    The 2013 Gold Cup: Wait, No Mexico This Time?

    The 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup made its stop at BBVA Compass Stadium Monday night - where it was wet and very un-wild. It was a double-header that featured the final round of group matches for all four teams in Group B - El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Trinidad & Tobago. We learned af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Chicharito Impresses [Again] at Reliant: 5 Things We Learned from Friday's Friendly

    International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Found in Only Three Nations -- Rest of World Smothered in Tyranny, Apparently

    We've known for some time that the American Constitution, that yellowed document containing all our inalienable and God-given rights, was a special slip of parchment. The first of its kind, we've been told. The example. The lodestar. The exceptional. But recent research, publicized last week in Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2012

    ACL 2012: Saturday's 9 Best & Funniest Moments at Zilker

    The return of terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad rain made Saturday a muddy but fun mess. Thankfully, the downpours didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd on day two of ACL, but it did seem to thin out the herds. Aside from remembering how to walk in inches-deep goop like we did back at the Dillo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Gay Couple Sues United Airlines Over Sex Toy Allegedly Taped To Their Luggage

    Back in the day, there used to be a popular TV ad featuring an ape as an aiprot baggage-handler.... ....and things somewhat predictably did not go well. Sure, the ape was a little rough on the goods, but one thing he/she/it didn't do? He/she/it didn't tape a greasy dildo to the outside of the merch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Beaumont Diocese Sued Over Priest Who Allegedly Abused Teen in 1976

    A Dallas County man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Bishop Curtis Guillory, over sexual abuse the man allegedly suffered by a now-deceased priest in 1976-1977. Filed last week in Jefferson County District Court, the man -- identified as John Doe 104 -- claims that Father Ronald ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Hankering for an Ujukitsu Fruit: Do You Know If It's in Season?

    Don't you hate it when you go to the market and you really want an Ujukitsu, but all they have are strawberries? How do you know which fruit and vegetables are in season, and if they're local? A stroll through the markets this past weekend revealed a treasure trove of seasonal and local fruits and ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2012

    They Were Kings for a Moment

    The feds attack online poker, killing livelihoods and a $2.5 billion industry.

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Walter Wright & the Feds' Attack on Online Poker: A Tale of a $2.5 Billion Industry

    April 15, 2011 is known as Black Friday in the online-poker world, the day the feds seized the assets and shut down the three biggest companies serving the American market -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. Among the people affected: Walter Wright, a former Houstonian who was making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    German Moreno: Fugitive Child Rapist Found in Costa Rica, Can't Be Arrested

    Found but not arrested.​A man who fled Houston after being charged with sexual assault of a minor in 2005 has been found in Costa Rica, according to reporters there. German Moreno was already a fugitive from Costa Rica, where he'd been convicted of sexually assaulting minors, when he was char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Sunday: Girls Rock Camp Showcase At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Marc BrubakerAll Together Now: Girls Rock Camp Houston's 2011 alumni sing "Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird."​Girls Rock Camp Houston showcase Fitzgerald's August 7, 2011 The six bands formed at this year's Girls Rock Camp Houston filled the upstairs area at Fitz Sunday afternoon with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Anna Eastman: HISD Board May Be Losing the Public Trust

    Anna Eastman calls for an audit.​Acknowledging that "the public trust that we've had is really waning" and that "there's an appearance of impropriety," Houston ISD board trustee Anna Eastman said today she believes the district should have "a third party to audit our bidding and procurement pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    HISD Trustees Pass Budget, Listen as Larry Says He's Not a Mooch, Anna Says She's Not a Basher and Paula Says I'm No Judas

    Truth or Dare at HISD.​Trustee Larry Marshall denied any conflicts of interest in his trip to Costa Rica no matter what the Houston Chronicle says. Anna Eastman said she isn't a "teacher basher" even though she knows some people think she is. And Board President Paula Harris saluted her friend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    CONCACAF Gold Cup: Five Things We Learned At Reliant Stadium Wednesday Night

    Photos by Marco Torres​As anyone not a fan of Panama or Honduras expected, the USA and Mexico came out victorious from their CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal matches at Reliant Stadium on Wednesday night. The Stars and Stripes opened up the doubleheader with a high-scoring 1-0 victory over Panama, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Kareem Jackson -- First Cockfighting and Now....

    Kareem Jackson: Filling the empty hours.​While the NFL's work stoppage has fans (and several players needing a cash influx) a little bit nervous that we may not see football start on time this fall, there has been a silver lining in players' being banned from the teams' facilities. The work s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Comment Of The Day: DynCorp Edition

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • News

    July 1, 2010

    An Immigrant's Heart

    To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert Top Lilith Houston Lineup

    ​ If you missed Norah Jones Wednesday or Miranda Lambert a couple weeks back, don't worry - they'll both be back when the revived Lilith Fair hits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 16. Also scheduled for Houston are Dixie Chicks Emily Robison and Martie Maguire's new band, Court Yard Houn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Random Ingredient of the Week: Panela

    ​What is it? A solid mass of evaporated cane juice. Completely unrefined, its richer flavor is developed from a natural process that consists of boiling cane juice until all the liquid has evaporated, leaving behind a mass of brown fructose and sucrose. Panela is the name used for the Colombia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    It's The Middle of The Month -- And The Beginning Of Hispanic Heritage Month

    ​Hispanic Heritage Month started yesterday and if you didn't notice, we're betting you do today since the majority of Latinos in U.S. will be celebrating 16 de Septiembre -- Mexican Independence Day.Maybe you missed it because no other month-long celebration begins in the middle of the month. Yes ... More >>

  • Culture

    September 10, 2009
  • Music

    April 30, 2009

    Touring with Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

    Get on the bus, it's a family affair.

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Houston Exports Its Airport Know-How, God Help Us All

    Believe it or not, the Juan Santamaria airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, might actually get finished.Stunning, right?You may not have known that there have been ongoing delay problems with the airport. Even more likely, you may be wondering why you should care.But it was the opening of this story tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2008

    Parish Predators: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Agrees to Settlement in Abuse Case

    The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has settled with four men who accused the archdiocese of negligently handling a seminarian who abused the men, when they were boys, in 1995. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. A trial had been scheduled in Houston for February 25. In a press release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    Parish Predators: Are Daniel DiNardo and Juan Carlos Patino-Arango Cut from the Same Cloth?

    The wet blankets over at the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests have issued a statement about Texas’s first cardinal. Seems that every time the Catholics want to have fun and build multi-million dollar cathedrals while at the same time paying Vinson & Elkins to drag victims’ names thro ... More >>

  • News

    June 28, 2007
  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Oh, Brother

    Here's a photo of German Moreno. His brother doesn't care about our families. Not one bit. Not one fucking bit. One of the many rewards of being a reporter, and of especially working for the Houston Press, is that, every once in a while, you'll get to have international phone conversations with th ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Parish Predators

    Despite the bishops remarks to the contrary, the Galveston-Houston Roman Catholic Archdiocese had child molesters and let them go. But dont blame just the Church.

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Feel My Pain

    A reporter goes after the online drug business and gets wasted

  • News

    December 22, 2005

    Cyber Sunday

    It's not just for geeks anymore. Fantasy football's gone mainstream.

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Fool's Gold

    Desperate clients hand over thousands of dollars for a chance at a job

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    The Youngest Ballerette

    Ten-year-old Sucka Free signee Kayla talks about what it means to be young, gifted and brown

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    June 17, 2004
  • Calendar

    January 15, 2004

    Sure Shot

    Texas author explores the people who made pool cool

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    Wake-Up Call

    The TAKS field test results were so gawd-awful they may become a catalyst for good

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Conspiracy Theory

    Arms dealer-turned-gadfly Al Johnson thinks everyone's out to get him. He's right

  • Dining

    May 13, 1999

    Beating the Rep

    Forget everything you thought you knew about Jalapenos

  • Music

    April 30, 1998
  • Calendar

    March 19, 1998

    Night & Day

    March 19-25, 1998

  • News

    March 28, 1996

    The Brothers Graham (Part I)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true,

  • Music

    January 25, 1996
  • Film

    June 16, 1994

    Surfing Safari

    Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again

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