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  • 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

    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 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 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

    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

    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 >>

  • 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

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    To The Shores Of Tripoli: Five Pirate Movies

    We're not saying the Somali pirates are bad at their job, exactly; just that it doesn't take a lot of skill to take over ships when you're the only guys with guns. They showed the extent of their foresight most recently by hijacking some American ships, thus rousing the sniper-y might of the United ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    Stuff The Ballot Box For A Local Author! Maybe Even Read His Book!

    A local author is making a concerted run at the big time, and he's looking for help.John Oehler has written a book called Papyrus, a thriller that deals with modern and ancient Egypt in what seems like a not-exactly-un-Da Vinci Code way. But hey, if you're looking to be a best-selling author, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    When It Comes To Fossils, Only Houston Says "I Love Lucy"

    When Lucy came to Houston's Museum of Natural Science, she was a smash hit. Over 200,000 people came to see the 3.2 million year-old bones of the humanoid ape that (or is it who?) might have been an ancestor to each and every one of us.The 2007 exhibit was such a triumph that it was held over for fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2008

    Weekend Find

    Late season heirloom tomatoes at the newly-opened H-E-B in west Houston at Bunker Hill and I-10. These beautiful babies were going for $5.99 a pound when I visited the much-ballyhooed new H-E-B on Saturday afternoon.  The bins were heaving with at least a dozen varieties of tomatoes: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    A Modest Proposal for the Rehabilitation of Galveston

    We've seen the devastation first-hand, read the gloom and doom reports. Bolivar has been erased. UTMB's cutbacks threaten terminal meltdown for the Galveston economy. The schools are in peril. The beaches are ravaged.What is to be done?Predictably, there is a call for casino gambling on the island. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    Inside Africa: Three Hidden Wars

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

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    UH Prof, Mia Farrow Tour Third World

    Jody Williams, a professor at UH's Graduate College of Social Work, is having quite the summer. She's touring Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad (one luxurious resort after the other!) as part of a Nobel Women's Initiative peace delegation. Thanks to heavy support work by people at UH, the delegat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Ivory Smugglers Get Nabbed

    They looked like normal drums, or at least normal drums that came from Ethiopia. Made of wood and leather, they were part of a shipment being inspected by federal agents at the Port of Houston late last week. An agent thought six of the drums seemed heavier than normal; he tapped on them and got o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 24, 2008

    Fabulous Fridays

    iFest hosts a series of free lunchtime concerts

  • Music

    April 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Languages in Houston: Espanol y mas mas mas

    OK, according to Language Line Services, when people call for interpreting help in Houston, the No. 1 foreign language requested is Spanish. No surprise there. But Vietnamese has jumped to the No. 2 spot ( No. 5 in the country) and some of the others may surprise you as well. Arabic comes in 4th in ... More >>

  • 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

  • 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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