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East Africa

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Matt Toomey Wants You To Appreciate Your Daily Caffeine

    There's something special about enjoying a cup of coffee made from house-roasted beans sourced from small farms or plantations around the world. Matt Toomey, owner and roaster at Boomtown Coffee, cares deeply about all the work and labor it takes to produce a single serving of coffee. He values the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Snoop Lion and Five More Weird Religious Conversions That Need to Happen

    A funny thing happened to our old buddy Snoop Dogg last year: he got religion. And not just any old religion, either. In a move that we probably should have seen coming, the Doggfather formally embraced the Rastafari movement, a Jamaican spiritual ideology with fewer than a million adherents worldwi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    The First Asteroid of 2014 Hit Earth!

    Those who were anxiously awaiting the big arrival didn't have to wait long. Less than an hour into brand new 2014, Central Standard Time, Asteroid 2014 AA was spotted at the Catalina Sky Survey, Lunar & Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona streaking across the sky, according to a NASA releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Global Slavery and the Long Line at the Grocery Store

    When most Americans think of slavery, their minds almost immediately revert to the Civil War and the antebellum South. Slavery is a vestige of the past to us. However, as the 2013 Global Slavery Index sadly shows, slavery is still very real to people all over the world. There are nearly 30 million ... More >>

  • Film

    October 10, 2013

    Captain Phillips: Tom Hanks Goes Where Few Actors Have Dared

    Hanks proves why moviegoers and directors love him.

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    It's Blockbuster Time: Your Guide to the Summer Movie Season

    Movie by movie, here's how to get the most out of this summer without having to cake on sunscreen.

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Ethiopian Cuisine

    People unfamiliar with African cuisines often tend to lump them all in together: East African, West African, North African...what's the difference? We don't lump French and Spanish food together simply because they share a border, however, nor do we regard Indian and Chinese as the same because they ... More >>

  • Film

    January 31, 2013

    Oscar's Feast of Appetizers

    Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    The 5 Worst Disasters In Benefit Concert History

    Benefit concerts are great. The practice of bands playing to raise money for a cause can be as local as helping a fellow unsigned musician pay for their son's hospital bills to as international as world hunger. Though we may pinch our noses at the perceived sanctimoniousness of people like Bono and ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 10, 2013

    War/Photography

    Images of battles won and lost paint us all with the brush of brutality at a searing, resonating MFAH exhibit.

  • Dining

    January 3, 2013

    Discovering Lucy

    More surprises from Ethiopia - restaurant with generous portions, good food and a place to dance away the calories after dinner.

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Ethiopian Political Head-Butting in Southwest Houston Spawns Lawsuit, Criminal Charge

    An Ethiopian-American man handing out flyers for a memorial service for Ethiopia's recently deceased prime minister, Meles Zenawi, claims he was assaulted by a countryman who reviled the repressive leader, according to criminal and civil court documents. The victim and plaintiff, Tesfai Tsadik, is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Coffee Beans Could Be Extinct In 60 Years; Then What?

    If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Lunch with Marcus Samuelsson Provides a Sneak Peek at Pass and Provisions

    "You're going to have a great restaurant in your community," Marcus Samuelsson said to a roomful of smiling guests last Thursday afternoon at the Milam House. The bonafide celebrity chef from New York City -- he of the three Michelin star Aquavit and the President-approved Red Rooster in Harlem -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    True Blood: K'naan and the New Testament

    Alan Ball was known for his masterful use of music in Six Feet Under. He's lost none of his touch when it comes to his current HBO series, True Blood -- which happens to be set in the Louisiana swamps, not terribly far from Houston. This column is fairly formulaic. I recap the episode, mention the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Top 5 Places to Carbo-Load in Houston

    Houston marathon runners, you've trained long and hard (I hope) in preparation for running 26.2 miles this coming Sunday. Now, it's time to eat. A lot. Although carbo-loading has its critics, many aspiring endurance athletes still swear by the practice. Sure, you can eat your weight in bagels and w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    6 Musicians and Their Charities

    ​The main knock on celebrity charity is that it's essentially a brand-building tool -- good for image and not much else. The tax savings don't hurt, either. But not all charitable connections are about image-burnishing and tax savings. (God, we sure hope not.) The number-crunchers at Forbes lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    How The Simpsons Makes Foodies Look Like Smug, Elitist Schmucks

    There must be a kitchen sink that we can get to do a cameo too, guys...​I didn't want to watch the latest episode of The Simpsons, the one in which Marge inexplicably becomes a food blogger. Yes, the foodie backlash has officially begun. I haven't wanted to watch an episode of The Simpsons in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Punk Rock's 10 Most Potent Women

    David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus Music​Women are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Top 5 Local Food Products

    Liz (perspicacious.org)City Hall Farmers Market​The local and sustainable food movement is not a new one, but for the last few years the interest here in Houston has grown as more and more chefs and restaurants have really begun to prominently feature and use local foods. The term "local" is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Case For Internet Piracy

    Well, not always.​What follows is a more or less accurate transcript of a conversation I had yesterday: Me: Looks like that charity album for Japan raised $5 million. Not bad. They: Which one, Songs for Japan? I downloaded that last week. Me: You...downloaded a charity album? They: No! I mean ... More >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Soul Patrol

    Several Houston DJs are discovering it's a Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod world.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Like the Obamas Wanted to Go to Your Stupid Royal Wedding Anyway

    The invite the Obamas -- and you -- didn't receive​Despite having cast off the shackles of the British monarchy over 230 years ago, our great nation has yet to free itself of the embarrassingly colonial obsession with all matters concerning the Royal Family. A cursory scan of Google News yest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Shiva Patel of the Queen Vic Pub and Kitchen

    ​Yesterday we spoke with Chef Shiva Patel about how she came to start new British- and Indian-inspired restaurant, the Queen Vic. In today's segment, we learn more about her culturally rich heritage and how it's manifested on the playful menu. EOW: Culturally speaking, both the Queen Vic and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Comment of the Day: The Doc and the Gazelle

    ​Today Geri Maria Harris reported on the Twiga Terrace Restaurant in the zoo's new African Forest. And Doc Ricky had some ideas he thinks would work better than Twiga's veggie burgers and three-cheese sandwiches: Nice to have an African theme, but why doesn't it extend to the food? Perfect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    An Ethiopian Breakfast at Sheba Cafe

    Photos by Troy Fields​Whether you've grown tired of typical breakfast and brunch places, whether you're on the hunt for something exotic and new or whether you are simply interested in seeing traditional breakfast foods in a far different setting, breakfast at Sheba Cafe will suit you to a T. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Texan Concepts of Ethnic Food: Breaking It Down, Venn Diagram-Style

    Pictured: a stereotypical Texan, according to The Simpsons.​Have you ever traveled abroad and met people who -- upon learning you're from Texas -- ask if you own any horses? Own any cattle? Own a ranch? Ask where your boots and buckle are? Stereotypes abound far and wide, from my dear ex-moth ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston

    The world's great cuisines converge here.

  • Film

    August 12, 2010

    Twilight of the Bods

    Sly and the family Stallone get nostalgic for their legacy of ­brutality in The Expendables.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Chili Bob's Houston Eats: There's a new Ethiopian restaurant in town...finally. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    The 5 Most Comforting Funeral Foods

    Photo by chotdaHard-boiled eggs are traditionally eaten after Jewish funerals, at the Seudat Havra'ah.​My sweet aunt passed away last week, with the funeral held this past Monday at my childhood church. Like at every proper Texas funeral, there was a spread of food laid out afterward that woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Spotlight On: Meade

    ​When you hear the words "golden delicious," think mead (not apples!), the drink of choice for various peoples throughout the ages, including ancient Greeks, twelfth-century Slavs, and modern-day Ethiopians. Loosely defined as any beverage made from honey, water and fermented yeast, mead is ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    iFest: Of Drew Brees and Discount Perfume

    Photo by Jason Wolter​Every year since 1971, iFest has grown. And every year, it becomes less and less distinguishable from any other festival in Houston, for better or for worse. This year's iFest spans two weekends and roughly ten city blocks around City Hall. It's filled with more sights, s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010

    Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: John Banville and Abraham Verghese

    The Irish novelist gets beyond The Sea, and the doctor/memoirist looks home

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    UniverSoul Circus

    Web exclusive!

  • Calendar

    April 16, 2009

    The 38th Annual Houston International Festival

    Go to Ireland and back again, without leaving downtown Houston

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Inside Africa: Three Hidden Wars

    Journalist and former detainee Paul Salopek talks about the wars in Africa

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2008

    Fabulous Fridays

    iFest hosts a series of free lunchtime concerts

  • Music

    April 17, 2008
  • Dining

    November 29, 2007
  • Calendar

    October 25, 2007

    Skeleton and Spirits

    The Museum of Natural Science takes Lucy to her first Halloween party

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2007

    “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia”

    HMNS hosts world premiere of landmark African exhibit

  • News

    April 14, 2005

    Who's Your Daddy?

    Track your true identity along a DNA trail left behind by your ancestors

  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    African Hideaway

    Addisaba has an air of foreign intrigue — and awesome kifto and yedoro wot

  • Dining

    October 2, 2003

    Frankincense and Popcorn

    Coffee and conversation at Blue Nile

  • Dining

    July 7, 1994
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