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    October 1, 2014

    Review: Gratifi Stands Out for the Wrong Reasons

    Brunch at Gratifi is a leisurely affair, whether or not you want it to be. A little less than two hours after we first sat down for brunch on Sunday, my wife's pain perdue arrived, soggy in the middle. Perhaps the kitchen had rushed it out, a too-late attempt at absolution for its egregious lateness ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Openings & Closings: More Tex-Mex, Please

    Anthony Calleo, owner of Pi Pizza Truck and Sandy Witch Sandwich Company, announced this week on Twitter that his sandwich shop has officially closed. Sandy Witch, located inside Grand Prize Bar, was Calleo's second food endeavor. Calleo tells Phaedra Cook in part two of this week's chef chat that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Cookbook Review: Open Up Your Pantry With The Chopped Cookbook

    You don't necessarily need crazy ingredients to make a delicious meal. Although the hit Food Network reality competition, "Chopped," uses a multitude of out-of-the-box foods like goat brains, hibiscus flowers in syrup and preserved duck eggs, The Chopped Cookbook helps you put a restaurant-quality m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Eating Through the Eastern Bloc in Houston

    When people think about food from the former Soviet Union, the first two ingredients that come to mind are dill and sour cream. But there is much more to the diverse cuisines of the USSR and former Soviet Satellites and Houston has the Russian, Polish, Czech and Bosnian eateries to prove it. Let's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus & Vedge Dinner At Brennan's

    The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    How To: Pavlova for Easter

    Each Easter, I always search for a beautiful spring dessert that is light, fruity and, most importantly, beautiful just like the season and holiday. While clicking through various dessert slideshows on Food Network, Bon Appetit and Southern Living's websites, there's one thing they all had in common ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Openings & Closings: A Bennigan's Bites The Dust ... Again

    This week welcomes pizza, pasta and a whole lot of comfort food. But as we welcome these new establishments, we say good-bye to a couple of others. A little birdie told us that on either Monday or Tuesday of this week a "For Lease" sign appeared at Chopping Block Gourmet Burgers on Washington Avenu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Restaurant Impossible Comes to Gratifi To Save the Struggling Restaurant

    Change is coming to the little eatery once again. After 20 years in business, Ziggy's Healthy Grill at the corner of Fairview and Taft shuttered briefly in late 2012 to get a facelift. When it re-debuted, it did so as Gratifi, a new-ish restaurant with an increased focus on craft beers and a decreas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Bold, Petite, Enthusiastic Fare at Trenza

    At the recently opened Latin-Indian fusion restaurant named Trenza, Susie Jimenez creates dishes that match her physical and personality traits: bold, petite, enthusiastic, and colorful. All over the menu, Indian spices and Latin foods -- and vice versa -- play together in bold strides to create a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Flora & Muse Goes Out With A Bang, and Tiger Den Delays Its Opening

    In one of the most surprising, yet epic, ways for a restaurant to close, Flora & Muse informed its customers it would no longer be open for business ... and did so during a Greek Wine Dinner. On Monday, October 28, general manager Evan Turner told guests at the dinner that the restaurant would be s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Goodbye Zushi, Welcome Back MF Sushi, and Hello Allo

    We heard of only one restaurant closing its doors this week (and it came without much of a shock). It wasn't much longer after the Zushi on Memorial Drive at Westcott closed that the other Zushi location, in the Energy Corridor, shut its doors. Sushi Club of Houston President Carl Rosa reports on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Top 10 Pumpkin Seed Recipes: Don't Waste Any Part of Your Jack-O-Lantern!

    Millions of people carve pumpkins every year as Halloween nears. While it is loads of fun to create an image, design or simple Jack-O-Lantern face on the front of a pumpkin, the best part is often discarded and forgotten about; I'm talking about the seeds. I always thought the stringy flesh of a pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Food Truck Parks Head Outside the Loop, The Reason Behind Hungry's Expansion & More

    Since there aren't that many closings in comparison to most other weeks, let's get the sad news over with first. Yummy Yummy for my Tummy opened at the beginning of June, but has decided to close its doors. In an announcement on Facebook on Wednesday, October 9, the Latin American restaurant off of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Spaghetti and Meatballs Special, Midtown Bar Pub Crawl & More

    Spaghetti & Meatballs Friday @ Damian's Cucina Italiana Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3011 Smith St. In honor of Damian's Cucina Italiana's 30th anniversary, the restaurant has brought back the month-long spaghetti and meatballs special for $8.30. Starting today and every Friday for the month of September ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 5, 2013

    The Houston Valet Conundrum

    One of the most hated aspects of dining in Houston

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    August 30, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Family-Friendly Restaurants, Labor Day Openings & More

    What a month it has been for openings and closings! Fortunately, we haven't seen many restaurants leave the Houston dining scene, but we are in store for a ton of anticipated fall openings. We will get to that in a little bit, so let's start with the the openings and closings from this week. Habibi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Cap'n Crunch French Toast: Simple, But Oh So Good

    One of my biggest cereal weaknesses is Cap'n Crunch. Next to Froot Loops, it is one of those cereal boxes I just can't keep my hands out of. Because I love me some Cap'n Crunch cereal, I decided to find a creative way to incorporate it into another favorite breakfast dish of mine, French toast. Aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2013

    Top 8 Culinary Scandals of the Past Decade

    It seems every day someone new is coming out of the woodwork to claim he or she was wronged by Paula Deen. The once-beloved host of Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network has been accused of racial and sexual discrimination by a number of former employees and was quoted using the "N-word" and sayi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Five Alcohol & Cupcake Combinations

    For those of you who like to cook with booze, here's a sweet way to incorporate alcohol. Cupcakes and alcohol are a delicious combination you have to try the next time you decide to whip up some cupcakes. Here are five alcohol and cupcake combinations you'll absolutely love. 5. Tequila cupcakes Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Frozen Dinners for Two

    I find Ina Garten to be downright fascinating. Before she was a Food Network personality, she owned a specialty food shop in the veddy-posh Westhampton, New York; before that, she worked for the OMB (Office of Management and Budget) on nuclear energy analysis. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have no c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Houston Food Trucks Featured on Eat St.: We Compile Our Own Houston-Centric Episode

    Although the Cooking Channel was ostensibly created to air the kind of cooking-oriented shows that the Food Network used to air -- remember those shows where chefs actually showed you how to make food? -- it can't help itself from presenting more Food Network-y shows like Eat St., which describes it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Celebrity Pitmaster Neil "Bigmista" Strawder Heading Back Home for One-Day Barbecue Extravaganza

    Good things always come in threes: First, it was the smashingly successful Houston Barbecue Festival. Then it was the annual Foodways Texas symposium, which spotlighted barbecue. Now it's news that California-based celebrity pitmaster Neil "Bigmista" Strawder is headed back to his hometown of Galves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    5 Houston Chefs We Want to See on Chopped

    Chopped has to be one of the best culinary competition shows on TV, today. It's filled with excitement as contestants from all over the country open up a basket full of mystery ingredients that you (and probably the competitors) would never put together in a dish. The four selected chefs for each e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Take-Out Fake-Outs: 5 More Favorites Lightened-Up

    We love Friday-night pizza or lazy-Sunday Thai delivery as much as the next guys -- but we can't say the same for our waistlines. Luckily, we have a few tricks up our sleeves. By remaking your favorite take-out foods at home, you can get all the pleasure...with none of the guilt. All it takes is a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Dinner Party Meal: Short Ribs Tagliatelle

    The first time my mom made this dish, it was an experiment. At this time, we were realizing that you can mix odd ingredients together and come out with something spectacular. After religiously watching Food Network, we decided to take a whack at Giada De Laurentiis's short ribs tagliatelle dish. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Brandi Key of Coppa and Her Modern Take on Italian Classics

    Brandi Key Coppa Ristorante Italiano 5555 Washington Tel: 713-426-4260 This is Part 3 of a three-part Chef Chat series. In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we got to know Brandi Key, the executive chef at Coppa, a little better. We learned a bit about her t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Winner of Wingtoberfest 2012 Was...

    The dark horse of last night's Wingtoberfest 2012 competition was certainly Taps House of Beer. Up against three of the best wing spots in the city -- The Breakfast Klub, Little Bitty Burger Barn and Soma Sushi -- Taps brought its A game with dry-rubbed chicken wings grilled until just perfectly don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Oktoberfest Contests, Beer-and-Burger Pairings and Free Food Truck Lunches for All

    Celebrate 20 years of artist studios at Lawndale Art Center and five years of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program with Tasteful Art, a special tasting event featuring local contemporary artists and chefs at the historic and beautiful Hofheinz House (3900 Milam). Lawndale is bringing culinary artists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    The 5 Sexiest Celebrity Chefs: Ladies Edition

    We've taken a look at the Sexiest Men in the Kitchen (meatballs, anyone?). Now, it's the ladies time to turn up the heat. Check out the Top 5 Hottest Female Chefs: 5. Nadia Giosia As in, "Nadia G." As in, the wild and slightly psychotic Italian but Canadian-born chef, singer, and host of Nadia G' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    I Don't Like Sandra Lee, Except For When I Do, PLUS! Three Semi-Homemade Things I Made Up

    Not to get all Sam Brown-on-Guy Fieri on you guys, but Sandra Lee bugs me a little. In the past, she did not bug me -- in fact, my first attempts in the kitchen were prompted at least in part by her recipes. (I didn't start cooking until I was 30. Seriously.) I found her "semi-homemade" concept of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    I love cooking for my fiancé and myself, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I HATE wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Blue Hate Special: Loving to Loathe Guy Fieri

    We've all seen this spiked, peroxide-dyed Food Network star eating his way across America's heartland. We've all heard him choking out limp catchphrases around mouthfuls of food, wheezing out airy, hyena-like whinnies of laughter while wiping grease and mustard off of his perfectly manicured, bleac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Turn The Radio On: Top 10 Musicians Who Should Be DJs

    A few years ago, Van Halen front man David Lee Roth filled in for Howard Stern on his nationally syndicated radio show. Roth also served a stint as a deejay for New York's 92.3 Free FM. This is nothing new, because many artists have at some point served as DJs, such as Greg Kihn of the Greg Kihn ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    The Much-Feared Restaurant Wars Hit Top Chef: Texas

    ​Now that Work of Art is over, I've had to find another reality show to haphazardly catch before tuning into Bravo on Wednesday nights. That show is Restaurant Impossible, and it's weirdly addictive. I've even found myself seeking it out on purpose, which is something I never do with Food Network ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Respect The Bird: 10 Steps to Perfect Turkey

    It may not be cold in Houston, but I know most Houstonians have got turkey on the brain. It also means the grocery stores are jammed packed and the Butterball 800 tip-line is getting more calls than most phone sex operators. But you won't have to waste your minutes calling Butterball, if you follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by Brooke ViggianoA Peter Brady classic.​Am I crazy or is it actually starting to feel like fall? Like, not for pretend this time? It makes me very, very excited, so my menu this week will definitely showcase that fall flavor. But incase you missed it, check out last week's menu plan wit ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Party Fowl Wins Wingtoberfest 2011

    Photo by Rachel BohananSee more photos from Wingtoberfest in our slideshow.​"Those are good," laughed Jonathan Jones, chef at Xuco Xicana, as he pointed at Party Fowl's wings last night. "But you couldn't eat a dozen of them." Indeed, the breakfast-for-dinner wings that Party Fowl brought to ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Meatloaf Tacos at Good 2 Go Taco in Dallas

    The meatloaf taco, left, is topped with a sweet Sriracha ketchup.​This year, Good 2 Go Taco won a Best of Dallas® award from our sister paper, the Dallas Observer, for best menu expansion. Until very recently, the women behind Good 2 Go -- Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare -- were selling thei ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Aarón Sanchez Heats Up the House of Blues

    Did you know the House of Blues serves food? If you didn't, then you should know now -- all 13 locations of the music venue are offering new dishes and revamped old favorites for their restaurants, re-branded as "Crossroads at the House of Blues," by celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. You may know him f ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2011

    The Real World

    With expectations sky-high, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe struggles for glory.

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    August 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Kiran Verma in the kitchen.​Chef Kiran Verma, of the eponymous fine-dining Indian restaurant in River Oaks (okay, River Oaks adjacent), took a circuitous route to her profession. At age 18, she left her native Delhi and moved to Houston with her husband. After a s ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 28, 2011
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    May 30, 2011

    Off the Wall: Zelko Bistro

    sassyinthekitchenZelko's Lemon Ice Box Pie​Last week, Minh T. Truong asked the question, "Which Houston restaurants deserve Food Network recognition?" The comments poured in, but one in particular from EOW reader Ali caught my attention: "I'd love to bathe in Jamie Zelko's grits. Is that TMI? I do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Beef Bourguignon Crepes

    ​For my birthday my college boyfriend took me to adorable French restaurant Beau Monde in Philadelphia, where I had the best crepes I've ever tasted. Ever since then I have been dreaming about that savory, buckwheat crepe filled with the most wonderful beef bourguignon. Then recently, while I ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes

    ​Candace Nelson is known as the creator of the boutique-cupcake craze. She began her company, Sprinkles, several years ago in Beverly Hills and now has locations across the country, including our own Houston store in Highland Village. We caught up with Nelson to talk about the fickle nature ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Candace Nelson of Sprinkles Cupcakes

    ​Candace Nelson, creator of boutique cupcake emporium Sprinkles, has gone from financier to cupcake-craze initiator to Food Network judge. With Sprinkles locations all over the world, including our own little Highland Village outpost, we tracked down the in-demand young industrialist and got ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Austin's Hilah Cooking!

    Isn't it funny what you can discover when you're dicking around on YouTube? For example, we came across a clip of a blond-haired, Lisa Kudrow-looking woman ranting about how her roommate has been stealing her ketchup from their refrigerator. This is particularly hilarious not only because it appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Meat Zelko Bistro: Food Network Filming in Houston for Meat & Potatoes

    Photos from the filming are sadly embargoed until the show's air date.​There's a Food Network show called Meat & Potatoes? Apparently so, and I do feel better knowing I'm not the first one to ask that question. (Admittedly, not having cable does put a dent in my pop culture knowledge bank.) It ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Red Cabbage

    ​What is it? Red cabbage is exactly what it sounds like. While it isn't as exotic as a lychee or Chinese broccoli, it wasn't something I ever ate growing up in Southeast Texas, so it is exotic to me. Until later in life when I experienced some tart, sweet and savory red kraut at a German rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Chef Monica Pope Goes to Jail (Okay, Not Really)

    Photo by Tam VoI don't think they serve beets in prison.​But that's the status update that more or less freaked out half of the Houston food community when they saw it posted on her Facebook wall earlier today: Thought I'd send the lunch menu from jail (long story, blame the health dept) but ... More >>

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