It is tough to complain about the cost of living in Houston. Housing is fairly affordable and there is usually a food truck around the corner willing to sell you a filling taco dinner for $5 or less. That being said, there are always those days when a meal out -- any meal out anywhere -- is out of ... More >>
We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>
My sister and I stumbled upon a life lesson unicorn at ACL yesterday. Being the classy broads we are, we decided that the tiny cans of beer weren't working their alcohol-fueled magic quickly enough, and we were sick of having to walk back and forth during a really good Arctic Monkeys set to get more ... More >>
When I'm not eating out on official paper business, I'm on a budget just like most people my age who are still paying student loans on top of car notes, mortgages, ridiculous cell phone bills and more (how do I use so much cell data just browsing Reddit?). For occasions in which the manfriend and I ... More >>
Last week, we began wrapping up the year in review. We looked at the most notable restaurant closings of 2012, the restaurants we're most excited about for 2013 and our most popular Top 10 lists of the year. This week, we're looking at the best new restaurants of 2012 and -- today -- the 10 most po ... More >>
Owning a food truck/mobile cart is hard work, but at the end of the day, you still gotta eat. For this week's Where the Chefs Eat series, we're checking in to see where some of Houston's on-the-go chef-proprietors get their grub on. Let's see where Amelia Pferd of Good Dog Hot Dogs, Sean Carroll o ... More >>
Despite rowdy crowds and inconsistent cooking, Cajun joint shows real promise.
Today is National Fortune Cookie Day! Since that is ridiculous in and of itself, we've compiled a list of ridiculous fortune cookie sayings. We like to call them Misfortune Cookies... "Yes, that is his new girlfriend in his profile picture. And yes, she's hotter than you." "We're sure you'll get ... More >>
Whether it's a coupon-clipping, back-to-nature guy escaping the rat race, or someone certain we're on the brink of war or a future in which Barack Obama has taken away our guns, preppers are ready. The rest of us, maybe not so much.
Montrose gem offers exquisite food, a generous BYOB policy and a gorgeous patio.
Photo by Jeff VogtYou can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the w ... More >>
Ads like this are the only reason to visit AmericanApparel.com...if you like that sort of thingIt's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by John SuhBetter tasting than Shari Lewis' Lamb ChopHave you ever noticed how so many of the dinner plates in cartoons look the same? The family sits down to supper, and each place setting has a round, white plate containing a cut of meat and two sides. The sides are usually white or ... More >>
Photo by John SuhA good cheap wine from CostcoWhat is it? Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry red wine discovered during the 17th century by crossing the Cabernet Franc and the Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. Its origins are in the Bordeaux region of France, but it has since spread all over the wo ... More >>
Kimchi cheese fries: I am become fusion, destroyer of cuisines. (No complaints here, though.)Kobecue opened quietly four months ago, tucked between Skewers and Aroma Classique in the flagstone-fronted strip center at Richmond and Weslayan. "Most of our customers come over after seeing us fro ... More >>
Photo by John SuhLife is just a bowl of cherries.I popped my cherry with Rainier cherries when I visited Seattle for the first time several years ago. Walking through Pike Place Market, I came across a fruit stand that sold mounds of these cherries that were, to me at the time, strangely col ... More >>
smiling_da_vinci I recently started drinking whiskey for the same reason most other people do -- because someone they knew was drinking whiskey. For the past decade, I'd stayed away from the brown stuff, because all the Crown shots from college had left a mental (not to mention liver) scar. ... More >>
Hey, Hurricane Ike Bear; quit dicking around and go buy some bottled water.Weather agencies across the nation are predicting a much busier hurricane season this year than usual. NOAA predicts up to 10 hurricanes between now and November, with three to six of those being major hurricanes. Rem ... More >>
Photo by John SuhThe faux aged tofuWhat is it? The word "tofu" is derived from the Japanese word, which itself is derived from the Chinese word that means "curdled" or "fermented beans." Also called bean curd, tofu is made by cooking and mashing mature soybeans, and then processing them in ... More >>
There isn't much to salivate over at the Men's Club.
What the hell happened to Leslie Visser?It's generally accepted that the first two full days of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provide the greatest two-day watching/gambling/drinking/eating experience annually, for obvious reasons: 1. Whether by illness, approved vacation, or planned s ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttAmong the other wondrous things you can find at Costco these days is this half-gallon container of ghee, or clarified butter. The gigantic jar you see above cost just a hair under $10. Considering the price of butter at the grocery store -- four sticks of Land o' L ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatyA Sunday morning on the firing line"Don't point your gun at anything you are not willing to destroy or kill," reads the sign in the middle of the room. It's 8 a.m on Sunday morning and I am reading this, while drinking a cup of coffee, still bleary from being dragged ou ... More >>
When it comes to the all-American pairing of football and snack food, New Year's Day doesn't have the same cachet as Super Sunday ®, especially now that the bowl season extends until January 10 and most of the big-time bowls that used to be New Year's Day fixtures are scattered throughout th ... More >>
I rank the invention of the Keurig somewhere between electricity and the Internet. Don't agree? With coffee being the second largest traded commodity on the planet, I can certainly justify why Keurig will one day rule the world. For those of you in the dark, the Keurig is a single-cup coffee ... More >>
Feeling a little cramped these days? Sure you are, what with all the stocking up whenever Costco has a sale on baked beans and rice.Well, an economic downturn is the perfect time to move on up in the real estate world. People who have overextended themselves -- or maybe have become empty-nesters in ... More >>
Photo by Reggie BibbsThis winsome wench and many more are waiting to pour you a flagon of mead at Ren Fest.As mentioned earlier this week, food festival season is upon us in Houston, with some of our favorite festivals kicking off this weekend. The 44th annual Greek Festival started yesterday ... More >>
The patron saint of food nerds come to Houston.Do you have your tickets ready to see Anthony Bourdain this Monday night at Jones Hall? I certainly hope so, because the event is sold out. But don't fret; more celebrity chefs are on their way to Houston in coming months. Alton Brown, the origi ... More >>
A friend called about a week ago. She excitedly relayed the details of a Cameron Hughes Wine presentation she had seen at Costco that afternoon. My reply: "That sounds great, but I think you're leaving something out. There is just no way this guy is buying up someone else's high-priced fin ... More >>
Troy Fields"I'll be with you guys shortly," the bartender at the Cozy Corner (11530 Burdine St., 713-723-4048) said for the fourth time in two minutes. The air conditioning was set on "meat locker," and some sadist had put "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" on the jukebox. The bar was done up with Fourth o ... More >>
Read a penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Greene Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone.
Hey punk, Father's Day is in two days! You don't have a present yet, do you? Well, fear not because Eating Our Words is here to keep you from looking like an ungrateful slacker child. Here are a few ideas for the foodie father: "Half Full" Glasses from Sur la Table (1996 West Gray) These c ... More >>
Sweet little baby octopus...a summer treat.Ever since KoMart -- the long-standing Korean grocery store on Gessner -- closed earlier this year, the Asian grocery scene in Spring Branch has been dominated by Super H Mart and the newer 99 Ranch Market. They're both large national chains, and th ... More >>
Time, like money, does not grow on trees, which is why an egg sandwich for dinner is totally acceptable some days. When you pop open a bottle of Costco-bought Prosecco to accompany it, well, it's still an egg sandwich for dinner, but it feels a little fancier. I was hoping to bring a scrambl ... More >>
The winning hummus. But where did it come from?No, this isn't your average Food Fight. Plenty of great restaurants in town have excellent hummus. This is grocery store Food Fight, if you will. This is a pressed-for-time, oh-my-word-people-are-coming-over-in-half-an-hour, what-the-hell-am-I-go ... More >>
How was your Cinco de Mayo? Ours was great! Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still looking for a bakery that can fit "Sorry I Never Finished College and Quit Going to Church and Swear Too Much In My Articles and Am Generally a Huge Disappointment to You ... More >>
It's like a not-so-secret, secret society. The devotion it inspires may even be cult-like at times. Folks who shop at Costco love shopping at Costco. And they love talking about how wonderful shopping at Costco is. The selection! The samples! The sizes!
Four score and many years ago, Valentine's was born, Leaving gals aflutter and hearts aglow, yet many men forlorn. These days it's hefty and overwrought, yet forgetting it's a sin, Why do we go through all the angst, when Hallmark gets the win? Reservations are tough, expectations too hi ... More >>
Have we convinced you to fly under the radar for New Year's yet? Now that you have a handle on some delicious drinks and enchanting eats to serve at your low-key, low-expectations New Year's bash, it's time to discuss dessert. The easiest thing to do is to pick it up at Costco, which offers a ... More >>
Photo by athomsonThe hot dog section at an H-E-BYesterday, we recounted the top five grocery store closings that had a significant impact on the Houston supermarket scene during the past 10 years. But for as much as we may (or may not) miss AppleTree or Albertson's, we've had some much better grocer ... More >>
Photo courtesy of SwamplotThe HISD Central Services building, a.k.a. the Taj MahalThe old HISD Central Services building on Richmond -- called the Taj Mahal by HISD employees, both for its massive size and the massive budget that went into building it -- was torn down in 2007. One of the few ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Dude, You Going To Eat That: What begins as a simple question on Filipino cuisin ... More >>
Photo by J.C. ReidNutella, for those who've never tasted it, is the "original creamy, chocolaty hazelnut spread." Popular in Europe (it's made in Italy), Nutella is mainly eaten at breakfast or for dessert by smearing it on bread or a croissant, or folding into a crepe. "Nutella" is a brand n ... More >>
Photo by Bukowsky18ESPN has put together another one of its Best Fan Experience lists, where they rank ballparks, arenas and stadiums for atmosphere, convenience, team success, and other highly arbitrary and pseudo-scientific categories.Houston doesn't come out too well.The top three are the L ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshWhile I was working on this week's feature story, "Not So Clear Cut," I grilled a lot of different beef cuts fajita-style and asked my friends and family what they thought. The hands-down favorite at every taste test was the short rib meat. It was also the cheapest. I bought a big ... More >>
If you put stock in any of the numerous lists of food trends for 2009 that place "at-home cooking" as the most important trend of the new year, you'll be happy to know that Houston is continually offering plenty of places for you to do your shopping. Grocery stores, like oil, are still big bus ... More >>