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Food and Cooking

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Menu of Menus® 2014

    Lots of food and lots of fans.

  • Dining

    April 17, 2014

    Is There Room in the Neighborhood for Heights General Store?

    Newcomer wants its down-home, fresh approach to succeed.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Fish On Friday: It's A Good Thing

    Fish on Friday for Lent? The fast choice is J & J Seafood Market.

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    How to Make Pizza Rustica (Italian Easter Pie)

    Every Easter, I thank god for my Italian ancestors. That's because at a young age I was introduced to my favorite Easter dish, Pizza Rustica, also known as Italian Easter pie. Pizza Rustica is actually not a pizza at all, but rather a savory, almost quiche-like enclosed pie filled with ricotta, eg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Patios

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in a category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    10 Ways to Use Easter's Leftover Hard-Boiled Eggs

    After this weekend, you and just about every other household with be in possession of a ton of hard-boiled eggs. Whether you dyed them for an Easter egg hunt or boiled them to make some deviled eggs, chances are you're stuck with more than you can want. My family always boils several dozen eggs, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Make A Classic Southern Dessert: Hummingbird Cake

    If you're from the American South, then there's a 99 percent chance you have heard of Hummingbird Cake. To me, Hummingbird Cake is like a cross between Pineapple Upside Down Cake and banana bread. When you add the sliced bananas and pineapple chunks to the batter, its texture is much thicker than an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Ever Wanted to Go Vegetarian? Now's the Time as Beef, Pork Prices Soar

    Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Top 10 Easter Candies for Your Basket

    The grocery stores are PACKED with Easter candies, and there's a lot to choose from. You don't want to make a poor decision when buying some of the worst candies, like Easter candy corn. Seriously? That's disgusting. Kaitlin Steinberg created her list of the worst Easter candies, and I have made my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Mazel Tov, Potato Kugel

    Since today is the first day of Passover, this week's recipe is an Ashkenazi classic casserole, potato kugel. Kugel is a baked pudding or casserole traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath or other holidays. Originally puffed and baked in a ring shape, the name of the Yiddish dish likely referen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Eat and Drink Your Tax Day Woes Away With These Offers

    In the United States, April 15 ranks up there as one of the worst days of the year. Tax Day. The day by which everyone must file their individual income tax returns to the federal government. Bye bye, money. In an effort to lessen the blow, many businesses offer freebies or discounts on and around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Dirk's Coffee Ceases to Brew After 15 Years In Business

    It's always sad to see a long-standing restaurant shutter, but, after 15 years, Dirk's Coffee, formerly Diedrich Coffee, has decided to close its doors. The coffee shop on Montrose Boulevard closed on Tuesday, April 8, according to Eater. Back in 2012, Katharine Shilcutt ranked the Mayan Mocha at Di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Weekday Lunch Menu at Saint Arnold Brewery

    Saint Arnold Brewery now has a lunch menu , and it's offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the brewery and order the Saint Arnold Daily Lunch Special for $17.55, which includes the lunch special of the day, two extra courses and beer. Order the Meat and Texas Cheese Plate fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Churrascos Reintroduces Diners to Classic Cocktails with a South American Twist

    In this week's cafe review, you can read all about the magnificent meat and tantalizing tres leches at the newest Churrascos restaurant at Gateway Memorial City. However, there's something else about Churrascos--and, indeed, all the Cordúa restaurants--that should not be overlooked: The drinks. B ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    Where to Eat in Houston for Easter 2014

    Your guide to holiday meals.

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    The Newest Churrascos Is a Satisfying Chip Off the Cordúa Block

    This latest branch is as successful as the first.

  • Dining

    April 10, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014: A Love Letter to Houston Food

    Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Bartender Chat: Gratifi Gets a 'Restaurant Impossible' Makover

    Welcome to Eating...Our Words' Bartender Chat, in which we sit down with local bartenders and get to know their style. Whether they're slinging beers or mixing complex cocktails, bartenders are our buddies and confidants, but now we're turning the tables and the camera on them to find out what they' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    City Hall Farmers Market to Relocate in May

    The City Hall Farmers Market must relocate during the first week of May, a change forced by a plumbing project to be carried out on the Reflection Pond at City Hall. The construction is set to begin on May 1, so the market will be heading down the street and around the corner to the front of the Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Pre-Theater Dining Without the Hassle: These Houston Restaurants Offer Free Shuttle Service

    Who doesn't love a night out at the theater? The beauty. The culture. The pre-show dinner and drinks. It's all good and fun until you realize what a hassle it is trying to navigate your transportation/parking situation for the night. Do you have time to walk, or do you have to cab it? Should you par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Supper To-Go From Miss Saigon Cafe

    Even though I spent five years at Rice getting my graduate degree, I didn't visit Miss Saigon Cafe in the Village until long after I had finished my studies. I think I subconsciously avoided the restaurant because Miss Saigon is the Broadway musical I love to hate. Or actually, mostly hate. (That he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Seder: A Cup for Elijah

    Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Menu of Menus® Draws, and Wows, Huge Crowds Of Food Fans

    Silver Street Station had a lot of new things going on for Menu of Menus this year. Air conditioning, for one, had people happy to be inside eating warm comfort food from spots like Frank's Americana Revival and Fish & the Knife. There was a lovely photography show up on the walls as part of Fotofes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Starbucks Won't Be Bringing Booze to Houston, But Who Cares?

    Starbucks recently announced that it would be adding beer and wine, as well as an "evenings menu," to select locations around the country, after testing the plan in 26 markets during the last several years. The bad news? Starbucks booze isn't coming to Houston anytime soon. The good news? We don't n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Leftover Rice From Indian Takeout? Make Kheer

    We have a lot of extra cooked rice in the house these days. My husband has been on an Indian cooking kick, and he successfully made several amazing batches of rogan gosh, fish masala, and chicken vindaloo. He has been less successful in gauging how much rice we would consume with these dishes, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    France a la Houston

    When translated from France to America, the culinary capital of the world's traditions often amount to starched white table clothes and stuffy service. Houston is luckier than most cities, as there are a few places in the Bayou City to get a great croque madame or a delicious foie gras torchon. In o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Spring in Houston: 5 Standout Artichoke Dishes Around Town

    We don't know about you, but we've got a little bit of spring (veggie) fever over here. We've already looked at the best places to get your asparagus on, but this week, artichokes are the name of the game. The ever-versatile vegetable, which is native to the Mediterranean, has a peak season that r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Empanadas, stuffed and fried bread or pastries, are popular all over the world, especially in Southern Europe, Latin America, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Three Happy Cows Yogurt Returns to Houston Market

    Happy cows from California not only make great cheese, but they also make great milk, and that milk is used to make delicious, fresh and creamy yogurt in Dallas. Several months ago, the Dallas-based Greek and drinkable yogurt company Three Happy Cows ceased production after a fire destroyed the yogu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Few Tickets Left for Menu of Menus! Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

    It's here! It's here! It's here! OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks! I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Inaugural Rice Village Food & Wine Festival Kicks Off

    If you've ever driven around Rice Village in circles looking for a parking space, you know it's home to dozens of great restaurants and bars, so it makes sense for the neighborhood to celebrate itself. This year, for the first time, the Rice Village Alliance is hosting the Village Food & Wine Festiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Bradley's Fine Diner Officially Opens & The Heights Gets More Crawfish

    New month, new openings. April may bring showers, but the month hasn't brought us any notable closings yet, just lots of openings and announcements of openings. Thien An has reopened at its new location, 2611 San Jacinto, according to CultureMap Houston. After closing in 2012, the Vietnamese restau ... 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

    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Top Five Underrated Burgers in Houston (According to You)

    Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again. More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2014
  • Dining

    April 3, 2014

    Tiger Den's Noodles and Broth Are Vying to Be Houston's Best

    This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Top 5 Banana Breads in Houston: Just Like Mom Makes

    Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
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    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Where to Eat on Easter Day (2014)

    Some of you may be wondering, "When is Easter?" And I bet those of you who gave something up for Lent know exactly when Easter is (you've been counting down the days). Well, this special holiday is Sunday, April 20, and the best way to celebrate any weekend holiday is with brunch, no?. Many restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Special Discount on General Admission Tickets to Menu of Menus Extravaganza

    The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is going to be here before you know it. Seriously, it's less than a week away! In case you forgot, Menu of Menus is on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. If you haven't purchased your tickets to this incredible food and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Do You Want to Dine Next to A Stranger?

    Texas Monthly: This month, Texas Monthly shines the light on Coltivare, the new restaurant from Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber of Revival Market. Patricia Sharpe writes about the delightful focaccia bread, describing it as "a miracle of springy texture and crunchy crust, luxuriantly brushed with Spanish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    We've Got Your Final Menu of Menus Lineup Right Here

    Wow, what a week it's been for Menu of Menus. Fifteen new restaurants signed up to join us on April 8 (that's next Tuesday) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station for food, drinks and the epic Iron Fork competition. BB's Cafe will be on hand, no doubt serving up delicious Cajun-style fare, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Hunt-Your-Own-Dinner Restaurant Coming to Houston

    The big news of the day comes from Hunter-Gatherer, a new restaurant imported directly from restaurateur Nigel Mycroft and his partner Samuel Mburu of Kenya. The duo have been running a restaurant called, simply, Safari just outside of Nairobi since 2008, and they've recently decided to expand to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Chamak Chocolates Takes Edible Art to a New Level

    It's rare that I describe something as "too pretty to eat," and I have to admit, when I do, I'm usually exaggerating, especially if I'm talking about anything sweet. My hunger for chocolate, candy, and baked goods is so rapacious, I really can't be satisfied with merely admiring a dessert. Consumpti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    We're Giving Away Two More VIP Tickets to Menu of Menus and Iron Fork

    Menu of Menus is a mere week away, and if you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you either need to get on it ASAP before they sell out, or answer these trivia questions correctly and win two VIP tickets! VIP tickets now cost $90, and general admission tickets are $50. VIP tickets will get diners in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Dinner Delicacies at the New Local Foods

    When Local Foods opened its first location, I worried about its proximity to my gym. It continues to be difficult not to give in to the temptation to reward myself with a truffle egg salad sandwich and seven-layer bar every time I have a good workout. With the launch of a second Local Foods so clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Caracol: Go For the Oysters, Stay for Delicious Drinks and Desserts

    For last week's cafe review I visited Caracol, the new Mexican seafood restaurant from Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, and noted that while there are some truly stellar plates on the menu, the sheer number of items being prepared in the kitchen is perhaps resulting in some dishes being less than they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Cupcake Campaign: California's Sweet Arleen's Takes Aim At Houston

    Fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars have probably heard the name Arleen Scavone or been told about her namesake bakery, Sweet Arleen's, a few times. This three-peat Cupcake Wars winner (she won twice and her baking assistant won once) began her baking business in the sunny state of California ... More >>

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