November 24, 1933, was a really good day. After 13 years of being unable to sell, produce, import or transport alcohol, thanks to the Anti-Saloon League and the passage of the 18th Amendment, Texas approved ratification of the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition. Even though few drinkers had ceased ... More >>
El Social Club de Buena Vista, or the Buena Vista Social Club, is a collection of the best representatives of Cuban music ever to be exported from the island nation 90 miles south of Florida. Back in the year 2000, a documentary following guitarist Ry Cooder into Cuba won an Academy Award, exposing ... More >>
A Few Good Men at the Alley delivers strong performances while showing the perils of unsupervised power.
Photo by HPDNoel Sosa-Ruiz: Tries to escape to CubaThe death of 29-year-old Yodani Cruz-Rojas was odd enough -- the father of her children walked into the suburban dentist's office where she worked and killed her in a hail of gunfire -- but now there's an odd finale. The suspected killer, No ... More >>
Inspired by the Food Network, I'm looking into the "best things I ever ate" around the grand city of Houston. Recently, I shared the best vegetables I ever ate. Now it's time to move on to the big guns - fried foods. In Texas, there is definitely no shortage of deep-fried delights to choose from. Th ... More >>
Cane sugar has been gaining on HFCS lately. Dr Pepper admitted that high-fructose corn syrup is a shoddy sweetener when it turned Lawyer Pepper on its Dublin, Texas bottler. And tonic makers have created a new market from the knowledge that gin mixes with corn syrup like gin goes with police ... More >>
Johan Grimonprez's stunning work screens at the Blaffer Museum.
Photos by Troy Fields...well, you know the rest. At Macondo Latin Bistro -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- I was just as charmed by the fine little dining room as I was the food. I found myself lingering there far longer than was necessary and eagerly planning return visits for br ... More >>
If you've had a cocktail with rum, sugar, lime, soda and spearmint, it was probably called a mojito. That's fine with me -- I'm no cocktail cop -- but that's not what they're drinking in Havana. A Cubano would no more make a spearmint mojito than a Kentuckian would serve up a peppermint jul ... More >>
A30_TsitikaEat grapes for smooth sailing in 2011. Not like you need any excuse to stuff yourself during the holidays, but take heed of what you eat around December 31st if you're interested in a little extra good fortune. Depending on who you ask, certain foods -- if consumed on New Year's -- ... More >>
1937 copy of La Florida recipe bookLast week I told you about the La Florida Bar in Havana, Cuba, "la catedral del Daiquiri." This week's drink comes from a brittle 1937 copy of that bar's recipe book, which was found at a flea market. The book is old enough that each recipe is in both Spani ... More >>
Whenever summer hits, I find myself changing up the kind of drinks I'm imbibing. In the winter, I can tolerate heavier drinks like whiskey cokes and Cuba Libres, but in the summer, I enjoy things a little lighter and sweeter. I explained all of this to expert drink maker Brant Miller and as ... More >>
Greetings from Florida. By the time you read this, Hollywood Shuffle will be well entrenched in the Sunshine State on our annual pilgrimage to visit family, douse ourselves in cuba libres and eat our body weight in Cuban pulled-pork sandwiched and plantains. It's long been a dream of HWS's to visit ... More >>
After Guevara destroyed his family and his fortune, Gustavo Villoldo hunted the revolutionary leader to his grave.
Curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado pairs two agit-prop classics
Novalima Coba Coba (Cumbancha) www.novalima.net If you hear similarities between Novalima's modern Afro-Peruvian music and the rhythms brought from Cuba by Celia Cruz and Tito Puente in the '50s, you're on the right track: Peruvians have borrowed a lot from the Africans taken to South America as ... More >>
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is squeamish for squamates
Reissues of six classic Cuban CDs
he Silos perform Saturday, March 10, at the Continental Club, 3700 Main, 713-529-9899.
Edward P. Jones reveals another World
Houston's Donald Trump can't be bothered with paperwork
A caravan to Cuba isn't hassled. Yet.
A one-night film fest at the Shrine bookstore
There's more than just the Gulf of Mexico between musicians in Cuba and those from Cuba
El Tiempo's Cuba Libre
Baila Mi Son: The Afro-Cuban All Stars Present Felix Baloy (Tumi)
Before Night Falls recounts an imprisoned Cuban writer's struggle to keep his voice alive
Overpowering the piano
Los Van Van
FotoFest curates the work of a brave new generation of Cuban photographers