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Entertaining

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Wine Foreplay: Prime Your Stemware before Serving

    Last week's "how-to wine" post was devoted to opening a bottle of wine. Sadly, it happens all the time. A well-intentioned wine lover brings a bottle of super-groovy Oregon Pinot Noir, biodynamic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France, or old-school Nebbiolo from Barbaresco to a friend's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites is offering brunch and dinner menus during HRW so this is the perfect time to try out this modern Peruvian hot spot. (Kaitlin Steinberg visited recently, and reviewed LB.) At brunch, $20 will get you two generous courses--but you should really add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Five Easy Homemade Wedding Favors & Rehearsal Dinner Treats

    One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    How To: Throw a Summer Outdoor Dinner Party

    The unfortunate part about summer in Texas, more specifically in Houston, is that you want to go outside but it's just too dang hot to stay out there for more than five minutes without breaking into a sweat. My family loves to grill during the summertime, and we love taking our food from the grill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    5 Easy Easter Lamb Recipes

    Easter is less than a week away, so if you haven't planned your Easter dinner yet, now is the time to do so. Rather than having the typical honey-baked ham or a smorgasbord of deviled eggs, many homes will celebrate with a delicate, tender and elegant piece of meat such as lamb. Lamb is not the eas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Easy Super Bowl Dinner: Baked Potato Bar

    Serving food in a buffet-style is always efficient and easy when hosting a bunch of people over for dinner. With the Super Bowl game this Sunday, everyone wants to watch the game and have a good time with friends, not slave away in the kitchen. You'll be happy, you're guests will be happy and your s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Top 5 Easy Christmas Appetizers

    Tis the season to host Christmas parties and tis the season to get easily stressed out from all the tasks that come with preparing for many guests to visit your home. Not only do you need to invite the guests, clean the house and decorate it with Christmas cheer, but you need to cook a variety of sn ... More >>

  • Music

    September 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dinner Party Dos & Don'ts

    Photo by saketvora on Flickr​With the weather finally cooling down and the holidays fast approaching, I find myself longing for a warm and cozy gathering with family and friends. Oddly enough, I actually feel like cooking for these psychos. I'm thinking a roaring fireplace, flowing wine, great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Marfreless and Mike Riccetti Make Entertaining Easy

    ​Yes, you read that right: Marfreless, the legendary sign-less make-out bar in River Oaks, is partly behind a book from two Houston locals on how to make your next party the talk of the town. Or at least the subdivision. Mike Riccetti, a longtime Houston food fixture who writes for the Examin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Worry-Free Entertaining

    Jessica RisleyPear and taleggio pizza.​I threw my first party at age 15 while the parental units were out of the country. Not the smartest idea, but the gathering was pretty legendary. Since then, I have learned a thing or two. Some bits of wisdom are pretty obvious, like "don't feed your gues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Cooking Through Alton: Cranberry Granita

    ​The dish Let us all give thanks, because Alton's Cranberry Granita is an absolute hit. Think sorbet with just the right balance of tart and sweet. The cranberry and lime zest blend together in absolute harmony and burst with flavor. The difficulty Alton does it again with a super-easy recip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Houston Restaurant Week is here once again, the annual benefit to assist the Houston Food Bank. And this year, "week" is a misnomer: Houston Restaurant Week runs from August 1 through August 21, giving you nearly an entire month to dine out at some of Houston's best restaurants, all while hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Odd Pair at Absolve: Wish You Were There

    Photos by GroovehouseClick here for a full slideshow from Odd Pair.​Our latest Eating Our Words event -- Odd Pair at Absolve -- went so well yesterday that we wish we could host it every Sunday. Although the event was sold out, the concept of Odd Pair also translates well to a party at home, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Top Five Worst Wedding Hors D'Oeuvres

    elana's pantry​Ah, June. 'Tis the season for weddings, which means feckless DJs, lugubrious toasts, and gratis (but questionable) food and drink. Although these days most brides and grooms have gone creative with their cocktail hour comestibles (bleu cheese-stuffed figs wrapped in bacon! minia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Chef Chat: Lisa Hedrick

    ​We caught the ever-busy Lisa Hedrick of Hedrick Gourmet Group for a quick chat about which catering options are hitting it big this season. With the economy strapped, Lisa wanted to talk about how to make your dollar stretch and still have a good time. Eating Our Words: You've been catering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Thanksgiving Nightmares

    ​Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for pumpkin pie, good cheer, sweaters...and loved ones swilling booze and going at it. Yes, Thanksgiving family tension -- if not outright violence -- is a tradition as time-honored as postprandial football. Inspired by this recent article in the New York Times, we as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    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. Guns and Tacos: Hilarious and topical (with pictures and captions that alwa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Voluptuous Bikini Cake at El Bolillo

    El Bolillo Bakery on Airline has got a lot of things going for it. There are crunchy bolillos in two sizes. Fresh corn tortillas made out of stoneground nixtamal are sold out of a steamer case and they are exceptional. The telera bread is great for tortas--I also use it cut in half for hamburger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Yes, We Can! (As Long as You're Not Asking Us To Spell)

    You've counted down the days remaining in the Bush administration.You've planned a party for the last full day, an Inauguration Eve get-together to help usher out an era of errors.So you go to Central Market and get a cake for the occasion. Happy "Juanuary" 20th, dudes.One last Bushism for the roa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 27, 2008

    Fried Rice: Craig Kinsey's take on Vitiman Water drink recipes

    The folks from Vitamin Water have put together a couple of product-friendly drink recipes including "The Naked Drummer." Sideshow Tramps's Craig Kinsey recommends you order one "without the drummer" (read: it's just vodka). Things are getting crazy up in here. The VIP room is packed with more ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Culture

    July 8, 2004

    Black Death

    At the Alley, an old man dies, and everyone's a suspect

  • Culture

    April 8, 2004

    Triple Time

    You only live once, but not in Life (x) 3

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Bound for Greatness

    Li Cunxin launches the American debut of Mao's Last Dancer

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Portuguese Restaurant

    A Taste of Portugal

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Place for a Wedding

    Harmony Wedding Chapel

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2003

    The Anti-Marthas

    Two Austin cooks defy the queen of domesticity

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Landlord

    Ted Callaway

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Pre- or Post-Theater Restaurant

    Papillon Bistro Français

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Brunch

    Brennan's

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Malaysian Restaurant

    Malaysia Restaurant

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001

    Gen Xmas

    What's a lonely Jew to do on Christmas? Nosh on kosher vegetarian Indian food at Udupi Cafe.

  • Culture

    June 28, 2001

    Applying a Heavy Wash

    Allison redefines the term "watercolors" for Colquitt gallery owners

  • Dining

    November 25, 1999

    Thanks for Nothing

    The Chronicle's annual parade of prepackaged Thanksgiving recipes needs to be canned

  • Culture

    June 10, 1999

    Out of the Woods

    Cooper and her clever Tamalalia are cool enough to beat the heat

  • Dining

    February 18, 1999

    Four-Star Fun

    Tony Ruppe serves serious food and wine. So why are his patrons laughing?

  • Dining

    November 17, 1994
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