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Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Openings & Closings: It's The Year of The Bakery

    Hubbell & Hudson Market's official last day is Wednesday, March 12, but according to CultureMap's Eric Sandler, from the looks of the market it could close much sooner. Whether it is on or before March 12, Hubbell & Hudson Market is closing. The Kitchen and Bistro are not going anywhere, though. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Macerated Wines and Pop-Up Dinners

    On Monday, March 10, Batanga will host a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner featuring five beers from the brewery. This $60 event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "Meet & Greet" over cod fritters, mushroom croquettes and Brazalian style sausage, linguista. Munch on these small bites while you sip on Saint Arnold's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Cracking Cheese and a Chili Cook-Off

    Street Food Festival @ Whole Foods Market Friday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m. 701 Waugh Dr. All of the Whole Foods Markets in Houston will host a "Street Food Festival" this weekend, but the Montrose Whole Foods Market will celebrate New Orleans-style. On Saturday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m., James Nelson of Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Osteria Mazzantini's Samantha Porter Tells Stories With Wine

    This week's cafe review takes a look at Osteria Mazzantini, a new-ish Italian restaurant from Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely. I first went there on opening night, and though I enjoyed the food, I found myself most impressed by the creative and interesting wine list and the young sommelier who had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Pillsbury's Chocolatier Collection: Bake This

    They had me at chocolatier. I don't know what exactly this word means (and something tells me neither does Pillsbury), but I like to imagine it's the chocolate version of an atelier. The master artist of this cookshop is, of course, the Doughboy, who presides over various apprentices as they hone t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Irish Soda Bread

    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. Soda bread is a popular quick bread made with sodium bicarbonate -- also known as baking soda, or 'bread soda" -- in lieu of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 19, Dahi Puri at Shri Balaji Bhavan

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Move Over, Cupcakes

    Macarons have taken your place.

  • Dining

    March 6, 2014

    Impressive Steaks and Family Heritage on the Menu at Osteria Mazzantini

    It may not be perfect, but it's pretty damn close.

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Don't Drink The Green Fairy ... Eat It With an Absinthe Meal at Bistro Provence

    I imagine that before 2007, many people in the United States had never tried Absinthe. That year, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau made it legal to buy and sell in America, provided it was free of thujones, the chemical compound in wormwood that was long thought to produce the libation's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    Spring In Houston: 5 Standout Asparagus Dishes Around Town

    Spring is right around the corner. And with it comes peak-season vegetables like artichokes, peas, and the subject of this post, asparagus. Not only is the delicately flavored garden vegetable delicious, it's an excellent source of vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, zinc, fiber and protein, among other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Guinness Cake

    I use almost any holiday as an excuse to celebrate, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. If you know my full name (Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary) it's clear that I was born with a shillelagh in my mouth. My Irish heritage compels me to mark the feast day of Ireland's patron saint (one of three actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 20, Fried Catfish and Cajun Crawfish at The Cajun Stop

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Restaurants Are Lining Up Quickly for Menu of Menus 2014

    The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is just a little more than a month away, and restaurants are RSVPing to the event faster than you can say free booze. On April 8, you'll finally get a chance to taste some of the great selections from local restaurants, but until then, you can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    Saying Goodbye to a Favorite Restaurant: A Last Supper Story

    Three weeks ago, on a trip to my hometown in Upstate New York, I ate my very last meal at my very favorite restaurant in the world -- Antonina's. Antonina's was my family's go-to restaurant for "no one feels like cooking" night. When it was my turn to choose a special dinner for a birthday or gradu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 21, Foie Gras Crème Caramel at Just Dinner

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Michael Cordúa's Early Years as a Restaurateur Were Anything But Magical

    Last week's feature story takes an in-depth look at the Houston families who developed our diverse food scene into what it is today. We spent hours researching and interviewing family members to compile their stories, but not everything could make it into print. In celebration of these fascinating f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 22, Roasted Pear Salad at Backstreet Cafe

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Like That Chain Restaurant? Try This Local One Instead (Part II)

    Maybe your friend is obsessed with Cheesecake Factory. Maybe your kids scream for nuggets every time you pass Chik-fil-A (we don't blame them), but you don't exactly agree with their politics. Maybe you're just in one giant, chain-restaurant-filled eating rut. We've urged you to step away from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Truffles, Wine and Italian Hospitality: the Angelini Family Brings a Bit of Italy to Houston

    It happens more often than not: I taste a dish and it transports me to somewhere far away, to another country and another culture, to the place where I'd tasted that dish before. I recently attended a wine dinner that had that same effect, but it wasn't because of the food. It was because of the Ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts a New Menu That May Be the Best Yet

    Maybe it's because it's nearly spring, and more and more wonderful fruits and vegetables are coming into season. Maybe it's because chef/owner Kevin Naderi celebrated the restaurant's two-year anniversary back in December, so now he's really pulling out all the stops. Perhaps it's because he's pract ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    We've Narrowed Down the Most Underrated Restaurants...Vote Now!

    Remember last week when we asked you to tell us what you thought were the most underrated restaurants in Houston? Yeah, well you gave us a lot of responses. Like, almost too many. And they were all different. No single restaurant received more than five votes. You people are all over the place! T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Show Houston Off: We Share Our Favorite Places to Bring Out-of-Towners for Food & Drinks

    Early spring may just be one of the nicest times to visit our city. It's usually when the influx of family and friends trying to escape their drawn-out winters get a quick hello in before the sun scorches the Houston earth for the unforeseeable future. And for me, one of the most important things a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Hushpuppies

    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. This week, we're sharing a Southern classic perfect for your Mardi Gras celebrations: the hushpuppy. The term hush-puppy was fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 23, Fluffernutters at Fluff Bake Bar

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Gran Malo Announces Move & Killen's BBQ Finally Opens

    The popular tequila bar and gastrocantina El Gran Malo held its final day of food service on Sunday, February 23, after its National Margarita Day celebration on Saturday. However, according to Houstonia's food blog, Gastronaut, El Gran Malo is not gone for good. It's just moving. Kevin Naderi of Ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Surf & Turf Special at Fleming's & A Beer Class For Ladies Only

    From now until April 13, each Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar location will offer its signature three-course filet and lobster-pairing dish for $39.95. Begin the meal with a pan-seared scallop served atop goat cheese polenta and either the New Wedge salad complete with grape tomatoes, red onio ... More >>

  • 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

    February 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 24, Som Tam at Vieng Thai

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    The Inventive Frankfurters at Good Dog Houston Think Outside the Bun

    This food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant is best in show.

  • Dining

    February 27, 2014

    Meet the First Families of Houston Food

    Connect the dots and you’ll find our city’s restaurant scene has been dominated by a few hardworking culinary pioneers and their descendants.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Top 5 Dishes To Order At Ninfa's on Navigation BESIDES the Fajitas

    Some might say that if you haven't tried the fajitas at The Original Ninfa's, you haven't had fajitas. Countless critics have named the restaurant's iconic dish as one of their favorites in Houston. Thanks to the versatility of executive chef Alex Padilla, there are many other high commendable dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Macarons Are the New Cupcake, But Why?

    Think back to a few years ago, when cupcakes were introduced as glamorous desserts. You probably recall that cupcake shops such as Sprinkles, Magnolia Bakery and Georgetown Cupcake became household names. As the popularity of these personal cakes (sometimes filled) topped with colorful swirls of fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    5 Authentic Chinese Dishes, Plus Where to Find Them In Houston

    Despite what the Master Wok in the food court may tell you, authentic Chinese food does not consist of ten different types of orange-tinted, deep-fried chicken. In fact, what is commonly considered "Chinese food" in the West actually originated in 1950s San Francisco, when Chinese cuisine was adapte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 25, Chips and Queso at Fusion Taco

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Feasting on Killen's BBQ & the Science of Baking Bread

    Hank On Food: Everyone is excited about the opening of Killen's BBQ, and Hank was able to get into the new brick-and-mortar location from chef Ronnie Killen on Saturday, February 22 (opening day). Killen was behind the counter chopping beef ribs and serving his tender, moist brisket to customers dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Kevin Naderi to Face Off at Iron Fork Against...

    We have secured a second chef for the third annual Iron Fork competition at this year's Menu of Menus Extravaganza. This brave fellow will be competing against Kevin Naderi of Roost in a secret-ingredient cooking challenge moderated by Randy Evans of Haven to determine which of them is the Iron Fork ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 26, Spicy Miso Ramen at Soma Sushi

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Cover Story: The First Families of Houston Food

    Back in late January, I compiled a blog post about the histories of some of Houston's most important restaurant families. I happen to love history, but I assumed most readers would be more interested in reading about the latest restaurant openings or cheap food in the Heights or which chef moved whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 27, Kim Cheese Fries at Coreanos

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Absolut Vodka Releases Limited-Edition 'Texas' Flavor

    Since 2007, Absolut Vodka has been releasing a limited-edition flavor based on an American city every year. The first one was New Orleans, followed by Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago. This year, the company has decided to create its first-ever state-inspired vodka i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Rodeo's Best Bites Competition Crowns the Winners

    "I have a fun fact for those of you in the judging room tonight," came the voice over the loudspeaker. The three dozen or so people judging the Best Bites portion of the Rodeo Uncorked!® Roundup competition stopped talking in anticipation. "If you eat all 81 food samples and all the wine samples w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Beef Stroganoff

    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. As we bid the Sochi Olympics a hearty 'do svidaniya' just yesterday, we're sharing one final memento from our time in Mother Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Adios 1252 Tapas in Uptown & Hello Taco in The Woodlands

    While it's not a restaurant, it's still a notable closing. B4-U-Eat, an online Houston restaurant guide, announced its own closure on Monday, February 17. For the past 23 years, B4-U-Eat has provided Houstonians with a variety of updates for restaurant openings and closings, reviews and events listi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Saint Genevieve's Party Brunch: Like a Club, With Mimosas

    Frida Kahlo once said, "I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling." If those sorrows are going to learn to swim, they're going to have to do so in the pitchers of bottomless mimosas flying past our heads at record spee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday Celebrations Galore

    On Monday, February 24, Vic & Anthony's will host a special five-course wine dinner featuring wines from the Michael David Winery, the overall top winery at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition for 2014. All of the selections for the evening are Double Gold winners. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Houston Celebrates Multiple James Beard Award Nominations for 2014

    The prestigious James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this week, and Houston is represented well by four individuals and one bar in three different categories. Anvil Bar & Refuge was nominated for Outstanding Bar Program for the third consecutive year, while Chris Shepherd, Hugo Ortega and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 28, Fried Cauliflower at Roost

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus® issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Saturday is National Margarita Day! Celebrate With Two Nontraditional Versions

    Look, I don't know who comes up with these national food and drink holidays. I don't know why. I don't know how many years any of them have been celebrated. And I swear, there are at least four National Pie days every year. What I'm saying is I'm kind of a scrooge when it comes to food holidays. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    First Look at LA Crawfish's New Location, Now Open in Greenway

    Popular Vietnamese-and-crawfish spot LA Crawfish has expanded its empire inside the loop with its newest location on Richmond. Taking over the old Kobecue spot in the Greenway Shopping Center, the franchise location, which opened just last month, is serving the same bags of buttery, garlic-loaded cr ... More >>

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