Maybe your friend is obsessed with Cheesecake Factory. Maybe your kids scream for nuggets every time you pass Chik-fil-A (we don't blame them), but you don't exactly agree with their politics. Maybe you're just in one giant, chain-restaurant-filled eating rut. We've urged you to step away from the ... More >>
A pleasant surprise imported from College Station.
Jack Daniel's and Ginger Ale isn't as simple as it may seem.
Do your non-Texan friends wonder why you call every soda a coke, even if it's a Dr Pepper? Do they ask you why you only suggest restaurants that serve barbecue, Tex-Mex or comfort food? Or do they have no clue what you're talking about when you say the word, "kolache"? These things don't make you we ... More >>
Joseph Gordon-Levitt triumphs over online porn.
What bugs our food writers?
Jack Around: Sandy Witch Sandwich Company opened last week, so Jack checked out the new food truck from Pi Pizza Truck owner, Anthony Calleo. Sandy Witch Sandwich Company serves up a variety of sandwiches with daring ingredients, like the Madame Blavatsky sandwich featuring brined chicken, and the s ... More >>
Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.
Examiner: Looking for a dessert just for yourself? No, it's not a cupcake. The Examiner serves up a recipe for a single-serving cake on the go. If it comes out anything like what's in the picture, you're in for a sinful yet delicious treat. Gastronaut: Tucked inside a neighborhood grocery store, Fo ... More >>
If you've never felt the need to accessorize every last thing in your life, you may have no idea about the world of options that exist when it comes to license plate customization. We're not just talking the six-letter/number message you can display, either; there are over 140 license plate backgrou ... More >>
For many people, the Christmas spirit fades as soon as the last trash bag bulging with wrapping paper hits the curb. Texas singer-songwriter emeritus Robert Earl Keen is counting on goodwill toward men lasting at least through the end of his "Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee" tour that stops at Ho ... More >>
In the mid '90s when the Rockets were winning back-to-back titles in the NBA, I was a bit of a diehard. I watched every game, attended as many as I could and got pretty animated during games. Let's just say I left a few remote controls in my wake. I did manage to get my rabid fandom under control an ... More >>
Let's face it, sometimes a "home-cooked" meal in a restaurant is better than anything we can whip up at home. Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most difficult, time-consuming and stressful meals to make if you don't normally cook meals at home. But, there's one thing to be thankful for this year, ... More >>
Provided they're not making us wish them bodily harm (kidding), Rocks Off is proud of each and every one of our writers. But sometimes one of them up and does something that makes us give them an extra pat on the head and a biscuit to go along with it. Like right now. The writer in question is our ... More >>
There's just no getting around it: Americans have a love affair with soft drinks. Dr Pepper, Sprite, Coke, Pepsi, Fanta - you name it, we love it. It's a soft drink love fest -- until we remember all the calories that soft drinks contain, and the fact that those sugar- and calorie-filled beverages p ... More >>
Every region has its own rendition of chili. New Mexico has green chili (interesting), Cincinnati has spaghetti with chili (still don't understand) and Texas puts meat in its chili (definitely the best). I always love classic chili with beef or sirloin (I'm a Texas girl, what can I say?), but somet ... More >>
Let's start with the really vital stuff. Dr Pepper is opening a bottling plant at 2400 Holly Hall, and a pre-opening inspection report shows that it's clean, except for a bit of debris on the floor - a dusty old book marked "Recipe." The book was tossed in the trash and the violation was registered ... More >>
The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.
Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>
Rising alternative-country superstar Keith Moody has a voice like a summer rainstorm, capable of sweeping all your love away. We withstood the storm for 30 seconds to see what we could glean from the man. Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world? Keith Moody: "Barbie Girl" by Aqua... I can' ... More >>
Fame and fortune might not be the ultimate goal for every person to ever write a song or learn an instrument, but it is for a lot of people out there. It would be lovely to believe that music is done 100% of the time for the "right" reasons, but most of us are cynical enough to know otherwise. Some ... More >>
Leading up to this Sunday's showdown between the Giants and the Patriots (go Big Blue!), we've been offering up recipes and ideas for those of you brave souls who are hosting Super Bowl parties at home. And if you've decided that you don't want to take the easy way out by ordering a party pack of ba ... More >>
If you want to be a real rock star, you can go ahead and forget about those Red Bull and vodkas you're so fond of. Legit rockers are fueled by bigger, harder and flat-out weirder doses of alcohol than the mere mortals hitting on the bartender at your local watering hole. Sure, a few of our musical ... More >>
Sure, most rock stars are probably happy with any bottle that happens to be within reach. Some rock stars, however, prefer to refine and perfect their booze intake, settling on a signature cocktail that suits their outsized personalities and consequence-free lifestyles. Rocks Off salutes these exc ... More >>
We've had a week off, and in that time frame the Top Chef: Texas contestants have moved on from Dallas to Austin. My drug of choice this week is cough syrup, which I've been drinking all day long. I feel like a gangster. (More on this later today.) Nathan Myhrvold is the guest judge this week, and ... More >>
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 >>
By now, most of us have seen the new commercials for Dr Pepper's new product line, Dr Pepper 10, a diet drink which, ostensibly, tastes better than Diet Dr Pepper thanks to whatever's in those ten measly calories (our theory: brown sugar and wormwood). Of course, every advertiser knows that men are ... 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 return, w ... More >>
I'm a little hesitant because it's half IPA. I'm very enthusiastic, however, because it's two things just crammed right the crap together. I love a good mish mash.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we promise never to have a talking anthropomorphic food item as ... More >>
Photo by John KielyI recently found myself on the quiet side of the glass partition from the McDonald's Playland at the new Ella location, in what I like to call the Old-Timers section, the place in just about every small-town McDonald's where retirees congregate. Oak Forest is like a small ... More >>
NO PERIOD, Governor.If your state has a team in the World Series, chances are your governor is going to make a silly bet with a cohort from the other league. So it's no surprise Rick Perry has a bet with someone called Jay Nixon, who we are reliably informed is the governor of Missouri. And ... More >>
What you see below is a hot dog, believe it or not. At this restaurant, they've been experimenting with battering their Akaushi beef hot dogs in tempura, then frying them up to four times to achieve the perfect crunchy consistency. These monster dogs are served with housemade Dr Pepper ketchup and S ... More >>
PRO TIP: Never trust these things. Never ever.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've filled a vacationing co-worker's cubicle with gummi bears. Ah, delicious whimsy! Good thing it's cooled off a little; last time we tried this back in July, she came back to a ... 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 >>
Most of us would be happy to have 1,000 Twitter followers. A million is pretty much unattainable, even for some big enchiladas. Yet we see celebs erasing their Twitter pages as if it isn't the best thing since some 5'3" guy in Iowa took a knife to a loaf of bread. What's driving the Twitter ... More >>
Eating Our Words has some damn fine commenters, who bring honest and often insightful comments to our blog posts. In short, you guys rule, but your rule-age makes it difficult to pick a comment every day and today was no exception, but one rose above the others for obvious reasons. Katharine ... More >>
Photo by Mike Overall*sigh* Let the hoarding commence.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're going to launch a class-action lawsuit against Diet Dr Pepper for not tasting more like real Dr Pepper. We'll probably be defeated in court by the Dr Pepper lawyers p ... More >>
Photos by Christopher Patronella, Jr.Wine: a guarantee of a good time.The 3rd annual Italian Expo was held this past weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center, directly next to one of the gun shows that seems to rotate throughout Houston every other weekend. Walking up to the conventio ... More >>
"Raw" veal isn't actually raw; it cooks in its own tears!Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where this week we've had a difficult time convincing people that a) Goat Cheese & Dill Kettle Chips existed, and b) they were really, really good. Discontinued, alas. I guess ... More >>
Photos by Apollo StackwellAs I was leaving Spring Street last night, I noticed a line winding around the ruddy brick building for Menu of Menus. Even at 8:30 p.m., people were still clamoring to get in. And why not? Inside was a treasure trove of treats from more than 30 restaurants and -- fo ... More >>
"The customers love 'em! I tell ya, these hot cakes are sellin' like... like, uh... hm." Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've already built a small chickenwire pen in the backyard in which to imprison the many chocolate bunnies we'll be handing out and cons ... More >>
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 >>
Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.
Rosenberg soda fountain offers nostalgia to diners.
In the past, when occasional Eating Our Words blogger Jason Kerr wasn't dishing up fine French cuisine at Café Rabelais, he was hanging out with his BFF Anthony Bourdain at Jones Hall. Well, now he has a new way to keep himself occupied at night - running a food truck. The mobile cuisine g ... More >>
After declining a New Year's Eve party invitation due to conflicts with my work schedule, I was asked if I was in the medical field, to which I replied, "I administer a lot of wine to the public, so yes, in a way, it's like anesthesiology." I work in a high-volume restaurant and wine bar, and ... More >>
I bet this was an overlooked classic. Just look at that font, for God's sake.I've never been much of a pot smoker. In fact, I've only been high twice in my life, and both were thoroughly miserable experiences. Maybe the shit I tried is just too powerful for someone who never smokes, or maybe ... More >>
Fake weed's final freewheeling days
Smoked Scottish salmon paired with endive, dill vinaigrette and a large potato chip.Our invitation to sit in on a special Scotch & Steak dinner at the Strip House in downtown Houston the other night was memorable for the food, our table companions and the dedication of the diners to march the ... More >>
No, a "full-on McRib" is not a euphemism for some new sexual position, but a description of my experience with the highly processed sandwich that makes an annual appearance on the McDonald's menu -- and all the high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar things that go along with it. Thanks to some inspi ... More >>