• Calendar

    August 7, 2014
  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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 25, 2011

    Top 5 Local Food Products

    Liz ( 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 >>

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Soul Patrol

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Hand Making Coffee at Home

    ​With the holidays coming up and family and friends coming home and visiting, it's time to pull out your old coffee maker. Or is it? There are some great ways to coffee by hand-brewing it with different devices. The apparatus you choose can alter the way even a single-origin coffee can taste. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    City of Coffee: Green Beans

    ​As noted in our recent City of Coffee feature, coffee tastes best when it's made from fresh-roasted beans. Some coffee fanatics take that concept to the extreme and roast their own coffee beans at home. (Hot air popcorn machines are very popular for this purpose.) Several of these home roaste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

    Photo by Robb Walsh​When I heard that Tuscany Coffee barista David Buehrer had never attended an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, I invited him to meet me at Blue Nile Ethiopian restaurant on Richmond. We were seated in backless stools at a traditional low, round table in the back of the restauran ... More >>

  • 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

    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

    October 31, 2008
  • 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 24, 2008
  • Music

    April 17, 2008
  • Music

    March 6, 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

  • Film

    March 22, 2007


    Who better to save America than an armed Mark Wahlberg? Seriously

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Bones of Contention

    Scientists fear that Lucy might be a crack exhibit for Houston

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    July 1, 2004

    African Hideaway

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

  • News

    April 18, 2002

    Lost & Found

    One year ago, the Lost Boys of Sudan came to Houston in search of America, a future, safety and an education simple things that got somewhat complicated in the translation

  • Dining

    April 22, 1999

    Wot More Could You Ask?

    At Awash, eating with your hands is a civilized pleasure

  • Dining

    June 11, 1998

    Sports Injera

    The Queen of Sheba mixes Ethiopia with ESPN

  • Dining

    June 12, 1997
  • News

    March 30, 1995

    Dipping in the Money Pool

    An old-world tradition helps immigrants build a new life in Houston

  • Music

    August 11, 1994
  • Dining

    July 7, 1994
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