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    May 21, 2014

    The Eight Best Things You Can Find in a Houston Pawn Shop

    Despite what the Pawn Stars of the History Channel may have you believe, pawn shops aren't all wacky items that require expert appraisal. Houston has its fair share of pawn shops, and they're filled with items both quirky and practical. "You can find almost anything - literally almost anything," sa ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Things You Can Do Until the Good Shows Come Back

    If you reach mid-month and feel the boredom begin to gnaw at your brain like some Lovecraftian monster, get to Reliant Center next weekend (January 18-19) for the America's Got Talent open auditions. You're sure to see something truly nightmarish there - particularly if Howard Stern shows up. Even ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    10 Things Country Music Should Write About Besides Trucks

    Though it's probably no worse than current pop, rock or hip-hop, you know country music is in sorry shape when someone from Entertainment Weekly goes after it. A few days before Christmas, EW critic Grady W. Smith posted a video to YouTube that boils down dozens of 2013 country hits to a handful of ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    We Suck Again! A Revised Houston Texans Tailgating Mix

    Back in the summer, I advocated for new, improved songs that Houston Texans fans could play at their 2013 tailgates. My suggestions were optimistic, confident selections reflective of the high hopes we had for the team. Now, on the verge of the worst season in franchise history, it might be time to ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    10 Reasons the Door Guy Hates You

    Few career paths garner the kind of uncanny respect and even fear allotted to the nightclub doorman. He's the first (and sometimes last) thing that you see when out for a night on the town and has the ability to make or break your evening (and possibly, arm) -- well before you've had the chance to d ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Super Bowl Shuffle: Five Houston Texans Who Should Record an Album

    I just finished watching the Houston Texans defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the first preseason game of the 2013 season. As you read this, I'm fewer than four days from firing up the grill, knocking back beers and listening to get-pumped music with great friends at Reliant Stadium's preseason opener ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Old Gold: The Explosion of Vintage Jewelry In Hip-Hop

    In the past year, the hip-hop scene has traded in a great deal of its diamond-encrusted Jesus pieces and record-label logo necklaces for items with a bit more "vintage designer" style. From coast to coast, we are now seeing entertainers and tastemakers flash their vintage Chanel and antique Versace ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    A Bite Into Election Night: What the Different Parties Will Be Eating

    As America is busy keeping an eye on the 2012 Presidential Election -- an election that's shaping up to be one of the closest battles for the presidency in U.S. history -- we're occupied contemplating what the people of the different parties will be munching on during Election Night (today, for thos ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Pics: Space Shuttle Endeavour's Visit to Houston

    I am not one of those people who is good at estimating crowds, but if I had to guess, there were probably at least 10,000 people at Ellington Airport around 4 p.m. when I finally gave up on traffic, parked my car on Galveston Road, and walked the mile or so to hangar 990 to see Space Shuttle Endeavo ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Week in Photos: Pickles!

    Each week, we take a dip into the Houston Press Flickr pool and see what ourtalented photographers have been up to. We're looking for pictures that represent the best of Houston, from food to art to events, to secret hidden spots of beauty. Just drop them in our Flickr group right here. Maybe you'll ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Montrose's Wilshire Village Apartments, Treeless & Paved Over

    Candace Garcia​Swamplot photographer Candace Garcia has a Flickr page documenting the ongoing teardown of the former long-vacated but still-funky Wilshire Village apartment complex, now essentially a parking lot. That's the Fiesta on the corner of West Alabama and Dunlavy in the far backgroun ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011

    Rain's A-Comin', And So's Your Chance to Win Hangover 2 Passes

    Oh, it's coming​It looks like Houston will finally get hit with some serious rain -- the kind that comes, in spots, with nickle-sized hail, as happened in College Station. Let's face it: We need it. While you're enjoying this strange phenomenon, which should begin about 2 p.m. or so, don't f ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    What Would You Name Your Food Truck?

    Flickr user: kimberlykv​Seven Memorial Days ago, my best friend Todd and I placed third in Under the Volcano's annual gumbo cook off. Despite feeling robbed by the second-place team, whose "gumbo" tasted like a bland can of Progresso, our feelings were bolstered by a woman who asked us to cate ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Whole Foods On Kirby (Somewhat) Ablaze (Update: It's Out)

    Smoky but contained​The Whole Foods on Kirby is on fire, according to witnesses and Twitter photos (that can't be accessed because everyone's trying to see them).The Houston Fire Department reports 11 units on the scene of "a building fire." At this point it's a one-alarm fire, which sounds like i ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Where Are We Drinking?

    We found this photo on Flickr and liked the fact that one of the groups it belongs to is called "Alcohol As Still Life." Does the beer that's sitting for its portrait below look familiar to you? Perhaps the backdrop does? ​Leave your guess for where we're drinking this week in the comments se ... More >>

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    July 5, 2010

    You Still Have Time To Enter Our 4th Of July Photo Contest

    Your ticket to free food​Silly us, we thought everyone was taking Friday off instead of Monday to celebrate the Fourth.So we made the deadline for entering our photo contest 8 a.m. this morning. We've gotten a lot of great shots, but we don't want to penalize anyone who was too busy clicking and c ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Don't Forget Our 4th Of July Photo Contest -- Free Food For The Winner!!

    Photo by AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker Fifty bucks of free food​Are you getting off tomorrow or Monday for the Fourth? There seems to be differing theories out there.Here in Hair Balls land, we're calling tomorrow the Fourth -- we'll still be posting plenty of stuff, so be sure to check in, th ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    The Top 10 WTF Pictures Submitted To Our Flickr Group (NSFW)

    Photo by Samatha Bales​ Our Houston Press Flickr page is open to any and all who'd like to submit pictures. And readers have submitted more than 7,600 of them.And we have to admit, some of the make us go WTF? Especially if they involve topless, pierced, tattooed fierce-looking women.

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    June 11, 2010

    The Week In Photos

    Even as the days get hotter, Houston still blooms with color. And no one does a better job of capturing its summer beauty than the talented photographers in the Houston Press Flickr pool. As usual, simply click on a picture to find out more information about the photographer or subject.

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    May 28, 2010

    BBQ Porn: Miles of Meat

    Photo by Robb Walsh​In honor of the bevy of barbecuing that will undoubtedly be taking place this Memorial Day Weekend, we've combed our photo archives as well as the Houston Press Flickr pool and put together a slideshow of the most mouth-watering meats we could find. If you don't feel like ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Warm Weather Drinking: 5 Beer Styles to Cool You Off

    Kevin H. via Flickr​1. Vienna Lager: A crisp, lighter style with no oppressive flavors. There are just enough hops to keep your palate awake, rounded out with a slightly malty sweetness. As the beer lost favor in its country of origin, Austrian brewers enjoying the warmer climate down Mexi ... More >>

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    March 24, 2010

    Don't Start A Band, Because Sometimes You Will Be Paid In Hummus

    Paul Goyette, via Flickr​ This week, Rocks Off has decided to let our readers know that we feel your pain - we're in a band, too. For those readers who are smart enough not to be in a band, we applaud you. For the unfortunate ones who decided to pursue this dream, though, we're going to dedicate t ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    "Drawn from Taiwan"

    Curator Sebastian Forray gathers together Flickr artists

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    December 18, 2009

    The Week in Photos

    Christmas is nearly here, which means Houston has wound down for the holidays. But the talented photographers in our Flickr pool have been as busy as ever, capturing our winter scenes and the holiday cheer. For more information about a picture, including its subject and photographer, simply click o ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Seven Social Media Snafus to Avoid for Sensible Online Citizenship

    ​If you drag your lovely slacker self from bed on the daily with your eyes at least partially open and your brain at least marginally alert (assuming a lot here, we know), then even the groggiest version of you can identify one of what techie legionnaires call an "online community." But, ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    The Week in Photos

    Each week, we choose our favorite reader-submitted photos from the Houston Press Flickr pool to feature here. Want to see your photo on Hair Balls? Then jump in to the pool. For more information about any of the photos, including subject and photographer, simply click on them.

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    December 4, 2009

    Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful

    ...but your photos are -- pardon the holiday cheer -- delightful. So keep sending in those wintery pictures to the Houston Press Flickr pool and let it snow! For more information on any of the photos, including location and photographer, simply click on them.

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    November 27, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    With street festivals and Thanksgiving in the air, our talented Flickr photographers had plenty of ripe subject matter the past week. Want to see your own work featured here each week? Then jump into the Houston Press Flickr pool. For more information on any of the photos below, including photograp ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    How To Become Famous on the Internet in 5 Easy Steps

    ​As evidenced by both the Art Crawl and Via Colori this weekend, there's a teeny, Joe Francis-penis-sized attention whore that lurks shamelessly inside almost each and every one of you, whether you care to acknowledge its loving inhabitation of your soul or not. But wine/cheese/warehouse-ena ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    Each week, we cull the most interesting photos from the Houston Press Flickr pool for your viewing pleasure here. Want to see your photographry featured on the blog? Jump into the pool and start submitting. For more information on any of the pictures, including photographer and subject, simply clic ... More >>

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    November 13, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    Each Friday, we choose our favorite images from the Houston Press Flickr pool. Want to see your photos featured here? Jump in to the Flickr pool and start submitting. For more information about a photo, including the photographer and subject, simply click on it.

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    November 6, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    The photographers in our Flickr pool capture stunning and cheeky scenes from the city each week. For more information about any of the pictures, including subject and photographer, simply click on them.

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    October 29, 2009

    Hal Niedzviecki

    See and be seen tonight with the writer of The Peep Diaries

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    October 23, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    The photographers in our Flickr pool had their share of festivals, concerts, parties and scenery to choose from this past week, as Houston blossoms during the fall months. One such festival was Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, celebrated in Sugar Land and seen below. Enjoy some of our favorite ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    We've got a cold, wet winter ahead of us this year, so the photographers in our Flickr pool have been hitting the streets and enjoying Houston's mild fall weather while it lasts. Enjoy some of our favorite reader-submitted photos from the last week below. For more information about any of the pictu ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    The Week In Photos

    Fall has officially hit Houston (even if you can't tell from the weather). That means the light is subtly changing and the talented photographers in our Flickr pool are out there capturing scenes from the city both day and night. Enjoy some of our favorite reader-submitted photos from the last week ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Snackshot: Carnitas

    This week's succulent Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Stone Burner and a delicious pig. From the photographer's description: "Carnitas on normal corn tortillas."

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    August 24, 2009

    Snackshot: Cake Fail

    Today's fail-tastic Snackshot comes to us courtesy of my mother and her vast collection of embarrassing photos. This is how not to frost a cake. My family refers to it as the Stroke Cake to this day.

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    August 17, 2009

    Snackshot: Summer Salad

    This week's Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Erika Ray: From the photographer's description: "Peach tomato salad."

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    July 6, 2009

    Snackshot: Dinuguan

    This week's interesting Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Gary Wise and Filipiniana. From the photographer's description: "Pork cooked in blood, served on traditional cheese bread roll. Delicious, and not what you'd think!"

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    July 3, 2009

    Social Distortion: The End-All, Be-All Cure For Your Social Media Sickness

    You log into Facebook, and you're hit with the sudden pang of 172 unread messages in your inbox, 146 unread updates, 59 event invitations, and a partridge in a pear tree. Your Google Reader is uncomfortably lodged at 1000 unread, and it hasn't been touched in ages, sorta like your sexy bits. You ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Snackshot: Sushi

    This week's Snackshot comes from wtfsamho and Tomo Sushi. From the photographer's description: "Sushi." (He's a man of few words.)

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    June 22, 2009

    Snackshot: Corndog Dessert with Mustard Ice Cream

    This week's peculiar Snackshot comes from Plinio Sandalio, also known as fuzzzycatt on Flickr. From the photographer's description: "Fried corncakes, hot dog ketchup, yellow American mustard ice cream."

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    June 1, 2009

    Snackshot: Say Cheese!

    Today's savory Snackshot comes to us from aynsavoy and Café Rabelais. From the photographer's description: "I don't remember the exact names of the cheeses, but one was like an Emmenthaler, one was like brie, and one was almost bleu in taste. Very good in all, and the fruit and nut mix was nice ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Snackshot: Muffaletta Burger

    This week's Snackshot comes to us courtesy of Erika Ray and Hubcap Grill: From the photographer's description: "Now, Michael is from New Orleans and knows his muffalettas. He knows the difference between a great muffaletta burger, a mediocre muffaletta burger and a that's-for-people-who-don't-kn ... More >>

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    April 28, 2009

    Wet & Wild In Houston Town -- The Slideshow

    That walkway down by the Wortham Theater doesn't look so romantic and enticing now, does it?Unless you love murky brown water.A big ol' storm rumbled through our area overnight and through the morning, dumping near a foot of rain in some places. Check out our slideshow of the soggy aftermath here.An ... More >>

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    April 27, 2009

    Where Are We Eating?

    In addition to our weekly Snackshot and the popular This Week In Deliciousness wrapups, we're adding another feature here at Eating Our Words. Inspired by our amazing Flickr pool and by the eternal question, "Where are we eating?" we'll challenge readers each week to identify a Houston-area res ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    The Houston Press Flickr Group Is Here

    Photo by finnadatEach week, we'll feature the best shots from the Houston Press Flickr group. Here's the inaugural slideshow. Get your photo-making skills seen all around the town by submitting your own piece of art. NOW!!

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    April 13, 2009

    Nachos at the Juice Box

    While some fuss has been made over the new food at Minute Maid Park this year -- Aramark is now offering items such as "healthy" salads, fish tacos, various vegetarian items and a rather unappealing-sounding "tumbled Texas chicken" -- it's the classics that people will continue to turn to at ba ... More >>

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