Diet Coke

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    All Hell Breaks Loose For Thin Lizzy Spawn Black Star Riders

    Of all the classic-rock bands that have been defunct for decades, few have had as big a commercial and critical resurgence as Thin Lizzy. While the band and any hopes for its continuance effectively ended with the 1986 substance abuse-related death of founder/singer/bassist/guiding light Phil Lynott ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    The Five Worst Trends In Pop Music Right Now

    If you listen to popular music with even a halfway critical ear, which the men and women of Rocks Off at least try to do (though yes, we know some readers may disagree), this is a very tough time. Both the old-fashioned radio airwaves and newfangled streaming gadgetry are awash in songs that are man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    How to Build a Mentos-Diet Coke Volcano

    Looking for a way to add some pizzazz to your next cookout or entertain the kids during summer vacation? I strongly suggest building a Mentos-Diet Coke Volcano, a concept I have recently learned is exploding all over the Internet. This volcano is not, I promise, some cheap frat-house trick, but a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Samburger

    On Thursday of last week, I drove all the way out to Bunker Hill and Longpoint to check out a taco truck called "Tacosway," complete with ripped-off Subway logo in that familiar green and yellow font. I was as amused by the copyright infringement as I was by the play on words: When you say "Tacosway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Chris Barrier of The Refinery on Boston, Bar Fights and Frozen Jack and Diet Coke Slushies

    Sitting in the shadow of the Pierce Elevated just west of downtown, The Refinery at 702 Dallas is one of the newest bars in town. With the bar still in the midst of construction, a carpenter was laying down the beginnings of a large patio out front while I polished off The Refinery's Texamex burger. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 65, Fried Catfish and Gumbo at Cafe-A-La

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Saturday Night: Davila 666 at Mango's

    Photos by Marc BrubakerDavila 666 at Fun Fun Fun Fest.​We were initially pretty thrown off by the lineup for the Davila 666 show at Mango's on Saturday night. It was mixed bag of indie pop openers and rock 'n roll headliners. We're all about diversity, but there wasn't anything distinctive ab ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 27, 2011

    Let It Bleed

    Hard at work on his eighth novel, Deadwood author Pete Dexter still packs a punch.

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    What's Cooking Next Week?

    Brooke ViggianoOn the menu for this week: Homemade turkey meatballs and tomato sauce​I don't know about you, but when I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is brainstorm a meal for the night. And unfortunately, I'm just not one of those people that will be happy with a lean pocket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Police Use Free Football Tickets to Capture Deadbeat Dads

    I can't believe my luck!!!​For a divorced parent, paying your child support should be one of those simple, automatic tasks each month. First and foremost, it pays to feed and clothe your children, who should be the most important people in your life (even when they're acting up in the back se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Five Favorite Retro Sodas

    ​I remember as a young child visiting Bread & Circus in Boston and marveling over the fact that the world of soda comprised more than just Coke, Sprite and root beer. Now, I'm a bit more cosmopolitan when it comes to carbonated beverages, and I'm currently obsessed with retro sodas. (Probably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    2011 NFL Draft -- Live Blog

    I am not an NFL Draft expert. How's that for unbridled confidence? Right out of the shoot, in a live blog for the NFL Draft, a host of a sports talk show is admitting that he's not an expert at something sports related, let alone the thing at which he's about to live blog. If you're looking for l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo by cybertoadHoli: the family-friendly, Indian version of Mardi Gras. Sort of.​Mardi Gras was fun while it lasted. Now? Lent, the most depressing time of the Christian year. What are you sacrificing for Lent? Chocolate? Beer? Something even stupider, like Diet Coke? Whatever you're givin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Eating Our Words nation was turned on by the new skinny Pepsi can Lauren Marmaduke wrote about, National Eating Disorder Association be damned. But commenter Ali wasn't letting the svelte soda get to her: Well, it is Pepsi. They've got to drum up some sort of marketing ridiculousness ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Last Night: Heart At House Of Blues

    Mark Britain​Heart House of Blues November 4, 2010 In trying to come up with a witty juxtaposition to open our review of Thursday night's Heart show, Aftermath was initially going to throw out a comparison to Jefferson Airplane/Starship, another band that peaked decades ago, enjoyed a brief r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    30 Seconds With Black Congress' Dann Miller

    Laura Lopez/ Black Congress on Facebook​We sat down with Dann Miller, the bassist of Black Congress, to see what we could learn about him in 30 seconds. And here we go! Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Dann Miller: The first that come to mind are "Old Time Rock and Roll" by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Why Your Customers Hate You, Baristas

    She's thinking about punching you in the chest, straight through your stupid apron.​Last week, I interviewed three of my barista friends -- two of whom remained anonymous -- about behaviors that make them want to throttle the next person in line at their java joint. Of course, as many commente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Pop Rocks: The Ten Hottest (Non-Celebrity) Commercial Spokespersons

    ​Nobody watches commercials much these days. Digital TV recorders and the steady decline of network TV mean we no longer have to pay a lot of attention to television advertising. And anyway, companies have figured out other avenues, using the internet and people's foreheads and Jerry Bruckheim ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 24, 2010

    Strip Mall Hopping

    Where to eat at 5800 Bellaire.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Game Time: Lawrence Taylor -- We Liked You A Lot Better When All You Did Was Sack Quarterbacks And Snort Blow

    You can't say you weren't warned when it comes to LT​There's a scene at the very beginning of the Tom Cruise hit film Jerry Maguire where superagent Maguire is shown adeptly handling all of the day-to-day duties that come with his territory. Wooing potential new clients, securing sponsorship deals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The Bar at River Oaks Theatre

    ​We recently caught a showing of Crazy Heart at River Oaks Theatre on West Gray. You know what we love about this theater? You can buy a beer here, and we don't mean in a paper cup - you can purchase a beer like you would in a bar, Heineken for $5 to enjoy with a decent bag of popcorn. And the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Odd Pair: Tater Tots and Palacio de Bornos Verdejo 2008

    ​Whether it's caused by a bad day at work, a hangover or a break-up, we all have them - an insatiable craving for greasy, drive-thru tator tots. Resistance is futile. You might as well just turn your car in the direction of the nearest Sonic. (We will work out on the treadmill a little longer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Our Five Favorite Heavy Metal Christmas Carols

    ​Every year the Christmas gods try to throw us the same old boring and tired holiday music. Mariah Carey, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and Hall & Oates are just fine, but this member of Rocks Off needs the blood of the innocent and punishing power chords under his dead, decaying tree. We sought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Top 5 Cheesiest Soft Drink Commercials

    Coca-Cola Hilltop Commercial Thirty years ago, Coca-Cola imagined itself as the arbiter of world peace. Let's just buy the world a Coke and everything will be hunky-dory. Today, America is often despised as a "Coca-Cola" culture, and Coke itself is blamed for the skyrocketing rates of obesity and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    ACL 2009 Day One: Hi, Diet Coke. How Are You?

    Craig Hlavaty​ Here's Daniel Johnston pouring himself a glass of non-demon tainted Diet Coke. Which is weird because we always thought he was down with the Dew, as in Mountain. Not the band Mountain of "Mississippi Queen" fame. The gross-ass faux energy drink, the one that hillbillies but in thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Frozen Fast Food Frenzy

    I, for one, welcome our new McFlurry overlords.It's hot as balls in Houston. You can do your best to hurry from air-conditioned house to air-conditioned car to air-conditioned movie theater / bar / restaurant / etc., but at some point you're going to be forced to spend more than 30 seconds out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    A Better Breakfast at Manena's

    Grabbing breakfast on the go can get stale very easily.  Egg McMuffins, breakfast tacos, Starbucks muffins, kolaches, donuts... All the quickly-obtained breakfasts of the busy, the mindless consumption of fast food, wearing upon you after so many Mondays spent idling in neutral at Whataburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Miss Pop Rocks Watches the Super Bowl

    Oh God, my stomach is so distended. WHY do I do this to myself every Super Bowl Sunday? I watch one football game each year and it's this one, and the only reason I watch it is to have an excuse to eat snacks and watch commercials. A few thoughts on this year's game: First of all, choirs are ver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    The 2008 MTV Movie Awards Turn Back the Clock

    So I totally do not know what the kids are listening to or even watching as I’m gettin’ a little long in the tooth, at least as far as MTV is concerned. (I remember the first video I ever saw on MTV was a-ha’s “Take On Me,” and I’m kind of willing to bet whoever is currently in charge o ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2007
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    August 25, 2007

    Last Night: Txt Me L8r at the HCP

    Last night’s Txt Me L8r event at the Houston Center for Photography brought out voyeurs galore. Mark C. Austin Click here for a slideshow. Photos were projected on a large screen in the middle of the main room, rotating through different artists’ interpretations of commands sent by text m ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 2, 2007

    Mom's Hand Restaurant

    Inside the Komart store on Gessner, you'll find Korean food like Mom used to make

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    Big Mac Boogie

    Would You Like Fries with Those Lyrics?

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Sandy's Produce Market

    One healthy meal at Sandy's Produce Market will wipe away all of your high-cholesterol sins

  • Culture

    June 14, 2007

    "Julie Green: The Last Supper"

    Julie Green's "Last Supper" will take away your appetite

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2007

    Re: The Curious Incident of the Frog Head in the Diet Coke

    Photos by Monica Fuentes Shepherd resident Mario Lopez dropped by the Houston Press offices today to show us the now infamous bottle of Diet Coke in which he says he found a frog's head. First things first: We'd like to apologize for our snark in this post. We had no idea how freakin' difficul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Re: The Curious Incident of the Frog Head in the Diet Coke

    Last week we hipped you to the tale of Mario Lopez, a Shepherd resident who claimed he'd found a frog head in a bottle of Diet Coke (and who, for the record, is not the same guy as this fellow). We've just received photos of the alleged frog head. As you can see from the, um, quality of these pics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2007
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    December 28, 2006



  • News

    October 12, 2006

    The Good, the Blog and the Ugly

    Great moments in HouStoned history

  • Dining

    August 24, 2006

    Taco-Truck Gourmet

    The best sweetbreads in the city are served behind the Airline Drive farmers' market

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    Death Becomes Them?

    "Worried? Why? They said we all have a good shot." The Chron reports today that 300 pit bulls have been seized from a Liberty County residence. Some of the dawgs — suspected to be part of a large dogfighting ring — were left in outdoor kennels. Thomas Weigner, the owner of the property ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    Bust a 'nut

    Photos by Robb Walsh Coco Frio in Rio. Looking for a refreshing lunch sipper? Drop that Fanta. Step away from the Pabst. Food critic Robb Walsh has a treat for you -- and you don't have to worry about those pesky cans... Cold coconuts are cheaper than bottled water in Rio de Janeiro. The vendo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    14:58, 14:57, 14:56...

    The much more attractive host of today's bus tour I'd like to thank the folks (both of you) who e-mailed me that I noted the wrong time of the KRIV morning show spot we did today. I showed up for the ridiculously early 6:30 a.m. slot, not 5:30 a.m. We were also allowed to pimp HouStoned again at ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2004

    Tie One On

    You're bound to have a blast at Dare Ware's Sinful X-mas Party

  • News

    June 24, 2004

    Gay Play

    The nightlife scene is alive and well in the Montrose. Meet some of its stars.

  • News

    March 18, 2004

    Watching You

    Katy ISD students better be really good, or there will be hell to pay

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    June 1, 2000

    Using Her Noodle

    Liberty's Annie Wong can negotiate a tasty truce among even the most warring ingredients

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