Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Cupcake Campaign: California's Sweet Arleen's Takes Aim At Houston

    Fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars have probably heard the name Arleen Scavone or been told about her namesake bakery, Sweet Arleen's, a few times. This three-peat Cupcake Wars winner (she won twice and her baking assistant won once) began her baking business in the sunny state of California ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Rankings Are Out: How Texas's Members of Congress Fared

    The National Journal's newest rankings are out. What the NJ does is determine who the most conservative/liberal/moderate senators and representatives are (it's a non-partisan D.C. magazine). Let's see where Texas's elected officials rank. We'll start with the two esteemed senators: Cruz and Cornyn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    More Places Say Houston is Awesome, But We Knew That Already

    Another week, another couple of lists that say Houston is amazing, happy, funny, perfect, genius...I don't know. Harris Interactive did a poll to find the happiest cities among America's top 10 markets and Houston came in second behind Dallas/Ft. Worth. You'd be happy too if the boobs you just bough ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Houston Food Trucks Now Have Very Own Cookbook in National Series

    I just got my hands on a copy of the Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Houston Edition, Volume 1 here in the office, and good luck getting anything useful out of me the rest of the day. Now I can't wait for 6 p.m. when I can go home and try some of the recipes! Austin-based author and food truck-lover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Win Tickets to Scoremore's Jambalaya Festival Right Now

    Normally Rocks Off's first post of every week is our selections for the best shows happening in Houston for that given Monday through Thursday. This week we'd like to try something a little different. Houston being what it is (a city we love, of course), the weekday live-music options can be somewh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    5 Houston-Area Barbecue Joints Top Texas Monthly List of 50 Best BBQ Spots

    The last time Texas Monthly released its list of the 50 best barbecue joints in Texas was 2008. During that five-year interim, a lot has changed. Namely, the Austin-based magazine now boasts its very own barbecue editor -- the only publication anywhere to have a single person devoted to the cuisine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Dallas Baseball Fans Suck, Former Ranger Star Josh Hamilton Says

    Josh Hamilton is no longer a Texas Ranger, meaning the Dallas-Fort Worth area is deprived of its chance to spot the recovering alcoholic in bars and be subjected yet again to his Jesus-centric quotes. Maybe he should stick to proselytizing, because all he's doing now is pissing off Dallas fans. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013 Launching Home Delivery Service of Local, Organic Foods Today

    You've probably heard of community-supported agriculture programs that allow you to pick up boxes of farm-fresh produce each week, like Utility Research Garden. And you may have heard about companies such as Austin-based Farmhouse Delivery, which delivers CSA boxes straight to your door. Now another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: Revolver Brewing Gets Serious in Granbury

    It's been a big year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: Lakewood Brewing Brings Its A Game

    It's been a big year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries as big as, if not bigger than, the expansion Houston and Austin have seen in past years. Dallas/Fort Worth a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Dallas Beer Scene: The Common Table Owner Corey Pond Gives Us an Insider's Look at What's Brewing in DFW

    It's been quite the year for craft beer in Texas. One of the biggest stories, however, is news that hasn't quite made its way down to Houston. Dallas is currently experiencing a boom in breweries that's as big as, if not bigger than, the expansions Houston and Austin have seen in past years. (See "T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: Saying Hola to hOla

    Dallas Observer: Last week's cover story at our sister paper in Dallas chronicled the resurgence of craft breweries in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. "Free from the hangover of the '90s craft beer bust," writes Lauren Drewes Daniels, "Dallas' small brewers cheer another round of growth." Anyone wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    According to This, San Antonio Has a Better Music Scene Than Houston

    Like any and all lists, the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI)'s list regarding the best music scenes in the country will leave most of you passing out side-eyes and stares. Easy to spot and digest, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles ranked 1-3, but after that it's a complete flaming crapshoot. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Dallas NAACP Wants to Shut Down the Lottery; Odds Measured at 329 Trillion to One

    We were kind of amazed to read that the NAACP's Dallas chapter wants to shut down the Texas lottery, mostly because we didn't realize all the other racial injustices on the To Do list had already been checked off. "People oftentimes make decisions not in their best interests," Chapter President Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Brant Miller of Royal Oak

    This week, I stopped into Royal Oak to chat with Brant, a.k.a. "The Marshall." Inspired by some Civil War documentaries he had been watching a few weeks ago, Brant cultivated a mustache and chops, adorned his vest with a badge, and got behind the bar. He said that as the night wore on, folks started ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    For Cold and Flu Season: Which Cough Syrup Tastes Best?

    Nature Fusion had points docked for being ridiculously, outlandishly difficult to open.​General holiday stress, wildly schizophrenic weather and two weekends in a row of driving to Dallas-Fort Worth has taken its toll on me: I have a cold. It happens once a year, despite my best efforts. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    I Finally Ate an In-N-Out Burger

    When the first locations of California-based burger chain In-N-Out Burger opened in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, emotions ran high. Perhaps too high. One notable woman wept loudly into her fries as she exclaimed, "Pinch me, it doesn't feel real!" It felt very real to me as I waited in a line ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Five Ways to Accommodate Houston's Population Growth

    Spacious, fixer upper available for immediate rental.​A recent Rice University study found that Houston is getting bigger and not just around the waistline. According to the study, H-Town was the fastest growing city in America over the last decade. Apparently, everything truly is bigger in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Houston Led Nation in Population Growth in Last Decade, Rice Finds

    Rice U video No city in America grew more in population in the last decade than Houston, a Rice study said today. And if you don't believe it, they put out the slick video above to erase any doubt. Houston added 1,231,393 residents between 2000 and 2012, the study of census figures said; the next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Spec's to Expand Statewide by the End of 2011

    Starting soon, Spec's really will cover the entire state of Texas.​A source at Spec's corporate offices confirmed today that the Houston-based chain of stores will be expanding to the rest of the state by the end of this year. Family-owned and -operated since 1962, Specs has been a longtime pr ... More >>

  • News

    May 5, 2011

    Sex Dolls & Texans

    The men who love pseudo-women

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Sex Dolls And The Texans Who Love Them

    Get yourself a fixer-upper​While intending to Google "existentialism and Sartre" Tuesday, Hair Balls accidentally typed "sex dolls Texas," and wound up at The Doll Forum: A Meeting Place for Love Doll Owners & Admirers. Just as we were about to hit the back arrow, we were lured in by the site' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    First Texas In-N-Out Location to Open in May

    Photo courtesy of​The OC Register described In-N-Out Burger's latest business move as "a giant leap into uncharted territory." Honestly, you'd think they were pitching tents on the moon. But in this case, they're referring to the beloved California burger chain's decision t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Lauren Marmaduke reported this morning on the eastward move of California's famous In-N-Out Burger chain, where it's expected to open at least half a dozen of its burgers stands in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Houstonians weren't bothered by this "snub," to say the least. Take commenter ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Hustle Town

    Hustlers Brass Band brings hometown joie de vivre.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Texas Rangers: Five Things To Know About Them As They Begin The ALCS

    Thanks for the Iraq War, Rangers​If you're an Astros fan, you might be surprised to learn that the baseball season did not end back in July -- that was just when the Astros season was deemed over. Baseball has continued to be played and, for the first time ever, the Texas Rangers are within a step ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 12, 2010

    An Ancient Impulse

    Portraiture is alive and well.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Houston One Of Safest Cities In The Country, If You Look At It A Certain (Wrong, Houston Proud) Way

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​Houston may be fat, polluted, sprawling and ugly, but it's got one thing going for it, according to Forbes magazine -- it's one of the safest cities in the country.Say what? Don't they read our Bayou Body Count? What, you go ten days without a murder and all of a sudden you're ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2009

    Life, Post-Ike: The Comeback Kid

    Without as much to lose as Galveston, Bolivar surges ahead in its recovery.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Houston, You're A Cheap Date

    ​Houston may just be the most romantic city in the world -- the spectacular sunsets caused by refinery pollution, the thrilling moments dodging hurricanes, the long hours spent chatting on the cell while stuck on 59 -- Paris ain't got nothing on us.Now it turns out that we're a cheap date, too.Mat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    Houstonians Have More Sex Than Anyone, Allegedly

    Houston, you are one horny town.At least according to a highly scientific survey done for Trojan condoms. Um, make that a semi-demi-scientific survey.A polling company invited people to take an online survey and compiled 1,000 responses; the results: Houstonians can certainly bone it like they own i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    Find Out Which Houstonians Were Anti-Gay In California's Prop 8 Fight

    Gays -- and the people who love `em, like `em or just don't know why the government needs to mess with `em -- are still pissed about losing Proposition 8 in California, which banned gay marriages. And they're doing something about it.(The semi-inspiring sequence over a similar election in Sean Penn' ... More >>

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    October 29, 2008
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    August 14, 2008
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    July 18, 2008
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    September 20, 2007
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    September 12, 2007
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    October 28, 2004
  • Dining

    May 27, 2004

    Plano Tex-Mex

    Mi Cocina's food may be tepid, but the margaritas are magnificent

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Long Good-bye

    Ben Stevenson

  • Music

    November 28, 2002
  • Dining

    October 24, 2002

    Stop the Presses

    The Zagat guide decides Houston isn't the place to be

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    A South By Southwest How-To

    Let's do like the Texans and punk Dallas

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    Law of Averages

    Jason Salavon sets his computer in motion and sits back to see what it tells us about ourselves

  • Music

    January 3, 2002

    Toro! Toro! Toro!

    Home to pop queens and dance hall kings, Texas is still bullish about the music market

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Bedeviled Hams

    Handsome Reckless Kelly might not have to sell its soul to Nashville after all

  • Music

    January 8, 1998
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    July 4, 1996

    Road Rules

    The Toadies have two addresses -- one on wheels, the other on-stage

  • News

    April 20, 1995
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