As income inequality has loomed larger in Americans' minds -- especially since the Great Recession -- CEOs and their pay has been a central example of what is wrong with our economy. But not everyone hates CEOs, some of them are quite popular . . . with their own employees. Here's a list of those wh ... More >>
It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments. For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelat ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.
My mother shops and cooks for a living. She's there at Randall's or H-E-B or Kroger every single morning -- sometimes Costco, depending on the client -- with her battery of cloth sacks and cold bags, waiting for the day's haul of fresh produce, raw meat and canned goods to rumble down the conveyor b ... More >>
The weather outside was frightful when I rolled up to the mothership Spec's on Smith Street one afternoon last week. But it wasn't half as scary as the demolition derby that was unfolding in the parking lot there, between the old school Caddys, the C-Class Benzes, and the obligatory and ubiquitous ... More >>
In the aftermath of the somewhat frivolous "pink slime" scare, the Houston Independent School District wanted to make damn sure people knew it wasn't purchasing boneless lean beef trimmings (a.k.a. lean finely textured beef) for it school lunch programs. Or, at least, HISD thought it wasn't. HISD h ... More >>
If you thought the 500th episode of The Simpsons made you feel old, consider this: The Oreo cookie has been around since before TV even existed -- and back then, it was made with lard. In the 100 years since its invention, Oreo has become the representative cookie of modern American culture. Everyo ... More >>
The Brisket House on Woodway serves up a College Station classic.
Last weekend, some friends and I embarked on a one-of-a-kind culinary journey. It was an evening of food and feasting the likes of which we'll probably never encounter again, mainly because my friends don't want to go through it ever again. That Saturday evening, we cooked recipes from S ... More >>
What about a Costco card? Is that okay?If you're a Houstonian, you have three credit cards in use, and you have a total debt of $5,328.Many Houstonians right now are going "I wish," we're sure.But the financial firm Experian insists it's so, after a study that looked at credit card use in big cit ... More >>
What are you really eating when you order fajitas in a Tex-Mex restaurant?