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Food and Cooking

  • 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

    March 31, 2014

    Bloody Good: Where to Partake of Palatable Plasma

    When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it. "I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding." Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Dish of the Week: The Cuban Sandwich

    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. When it come to classic sandwiches, the pressed Cuban sandwich is easily one of the best. Made with roast pork, ham, Swiss chees ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Midtown Gets A Food Truck Park

    In not-so-shocking news, another Washington Avenue bar bites the dust. The Houston Chronicle reports that Blue Moose Lodge at 5306 Washington shut its doors on Thursday, March 20. The sports bar posted the closing announcement on Facebook; Blue Moose Lodge had been in business for three-and-a-half y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Extravaganza & A Spring Onion Festival

    In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Let's Cook Asparagus

    Spring has sprung.

  • Dining

    March 27, 2014

    Caracol, Hugo Ortega's Latest Outpost, is Reeling Them In

    The ambitious new spot is making waves.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Ordering Truffles Out of Season

    "Don't order anything with truffles," my friend said during a recent dinner at an upscale restaurant in town. "It's not truffle season any more. It won't be worth it." I had, of course, heard the phrase "truffle season" before, particularly in reference to the expensive Alba white truffles, which a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    First Look at Boulevard Coffee: Top-Notch Mocha Lattes and Blueberry Scones

    Remember Waldo's Coffee House on Heights Boulevard? The casual coffee house with an outdoor patio and casual indoor seating perfect for lounging, studying or chatting with friends closed last summer, but if you regularly pass by the intersection of East 11th Street and Heights Boulevard, you might h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    At Rosemont Social Club Brunch Isn't Just a Meal, It's an Atmosphere

    The Rosemont Social Club, if you haven't yet been, leaves quite an impression--even before you get to brunch. (But you should get to brunch, and soon.) Entering through the "secret" back door, your first look is of the downstairs bar and the giant, turquoise-upholstered captain's chairs that surroun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Fabulous Restaurants Added to the Menu of Menus Lineup with Two Weeks to Go

    The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food. You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and samp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Brings Together Great Chefs and Great Food

    Last night, Randy Evans of Haven welcomed Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI to his restaurant for a one-night-only dinner prepared by the three chefs in honor of Menu of Menus. The pop-up dinner consisted of four passed hors d'oeuvres followed by four courses and either a cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Top 5 Sodas to Try From Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop

    To say that the drink selection at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop in Rice Village is "overwhelming" is definitely an understatement. The store is like the Spec's for carbonated beverage aficionados, so be prepared to wander around in a partial daze as you take in the hundreds of different sodas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Where to Find a Proper White Pizza In Houston

    It took a recent trip home to New Jersey to remind me how much I love white pizza. And not the kind that is just mozzarella cheese without tomatoes, or even worse, the kind made with alfredo sauce. I'm talking about real New-York-style white pizza made with the pièce de résistance: creamy, milky r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Get Your Breakfast and Treats at Forest Cafe & Bakery in The Woodlands

    When you travel to The Woodlands/Conroe area, you are probably heading up north for a few reasons: 1) To see a concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 2) To shop at The Woodlands Mall and Market Street or 3) To eat at one of the Waterway restaurants or newly established eateries in the surrou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken Tikka Masala

    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. Chicken tikka masala is a popular restaurant dish made up of chicken tikka -- or bits of yogurt-marinated chicken baked in a cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Join Us for the Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tomorrow (Few Tickets Left!)

    We're told that there are only about ten tickets left for our first-ever Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner Tuesday evening at Haven, so get 'em while you still can! The dinner, which begins at 9 p.m. (leave the kiddos at home), will feature food from Haven chef Randy Evans, Roost chef Kevin Naderi and E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: The Bull & The Pearl Pop-Up Dinner & RA Sushi Guest Appreciation Day

    The new Korean restaurant in River Oaks, Nara, now offers lunch and social hour menus. For lunch, chef Donald Chang will prepare a variety of new Korean dishes, such as buchim-gae (kimchi and seafood pancakes), oh-jing-uh bokkum (Korean sauteed squid), three sushi rolls and three Korean flatbread pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Beer and Food Trucks Galore

    8th Wonder Anniversary Block Party @ 8th Wonder Brewery Friday, 6-11 p.m. 2202 Dallas 8th Wonder Brewery has been in Houston for one year and is throwing a block party tonight to celebrate -- it's a "Celeb8ion of Beer." For $25 (tickets purchased at the door) you will receive a commemorative glass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Voice Daily Deal: Special-Price Tickets to Menu of Menus Extravaganza

    Houston Press will host the 12th annual Menu of Menus Extravaganza on Tuesday, April 8, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Silver Street Station. And guess what? Ticket prices have DECREASED and will be available at these prices from today, Friday, March 21, until Tuesday, March 25. So, now is the time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    The History of Backstreet Cafe as Told Through Seasonal Recipes

    "Thirty years ago, I took one huge leap of faith that completely changed the course of my life forever, and with it the course of many other lives. Thirty years ago, I opened Backstreet Cafe." Thus begins restaurateur Tracy Vaught's introduction to Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neig ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start

    But here's where to get your mudbugs.

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Just Dinner Is So Much More Than That

    This intimate boîte in Montrose is a small jewel.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    10 Years After its Inception, Rodeo Uncorked! Brings in More People Than Ever

    When you think of the rodeo, what do you picture? Cowboys? Longhorns? Children lassoing mutton? Giant turkey legs? How 'bout wine? Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile? Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand? What about Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso "Tenuta Belvedere" Bolgheri Superiore from Tuscan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Baking with Bacon Grease

    So you're up on the locavore movement and appreciate organics, but what are your thoughts about nose-to-tail eating? You don't have to enjoy sweetbreads to get the most out of the meat you make on a weekly basis. To avoid creating waste, try putting side products to use. Bacon is a favorite in my fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    How to 'Send Back' a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

    Please click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I am often treated disparagingly by sommeliers in fine-dining restaurants. It's sad, but it's true. A week before last, while in Atlanta to deliver a talk at a conference, I was a guest at the or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    First Look at Dish Society: Casual Farm-to-Table Dining

    Texas (especially the Houston region) is blessed with a multitude of produce farms, breweries, meat producers and dairy farms. While it is common for Houston restaurants to showcase a few local producers' products in menu items, there aren't many restaurants that are solely farm-to-table. And that i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Menu of Menus Welcomes Tex-Mex, Seafood and Organic Restaurants to the Mix

    The 12th annual Menu of Menus® food and wine extravaganza is coming up quickly, and we're excited to announce a few more of the restaurants that will be joining us at the celebration. On April 8, be ready to taste some delectable Tex-Mex food from local chain Los Cucos Mexican Cafe and some tamal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    We're Giving Away Two $120 Tickets to Our Inaugural Menu of Menus Pop-Up Dinner!

    Yesterday we announced an exciting new event to kick off Menu of Menus this year. On March 25 at 9 p.m., we're hosting the inaugural Houston Press Pop-Up Dinner at Haven featuring chef Randy Evans along with Kevin Naderi of Roost and Kevin Bryant of Eleven XI. The pop-up dinner will be a great oppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Where the Chefs Eat: Benjy Mason, Mark Decker, Richard Knight

    This week, our Where the Chefs Eat series visits the The Heights-area chefs of Treadsack, the restaurant group that includes the ever popular Down House, D & T Drive Inn, and the opening-in-the-near-future Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents. We asked them the regular questions, and we got some am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    This Week In Food Blogs: Chocolate Banana Bread & Doughnuts for Brunch

    Eater National: Eater is celebrating Pizza Week, and in honor of this splendid Italian food-centric "holiday," Eater National compiled a list of the 38 essential pizzerias across America, and Houston's very own Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana made the list. This Memorial Drive pizzeria is loved by many H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Fish & the Knife Was Not Designed By Tony Chi

    On February 13 we posted a first look at the just-opened Houston restaurant Fish & the Knife and included the news that New York-based restaurant and hotel designer Tony Chi was involved in the project. As it turns out, he says he wasn't. We had received this information from Samantha Tran, the pub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Celebrate Menu of Menus Early With a Special Pop-Up Dinner at Haven

    So you know how there's that Iron Fork event at Menu of Menus? It's hosted by Randy Evans, and this year it's a battle of the Kevins, pitting returning champ Kevin Naderi against new contender Kevin Bryant. And it's going to be awesome. Unfortunately, though you'll be able to watch all the action, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Got Corned Beef? Here Are 5 Delicious Ways to Use The Leftovers

    One of the best things about St. Patty's Day -- besides the green beer, Irish soda bread, and pistachio cake that you convinced yourself was an acceptable breakfast -- is most definitely corned beef and cabbage. Though it's about as Irish as spaghetti, the dish has become a Saint Patrick's Day tradi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Chris Shepherd Dishes on Underbelly's New Dinner Series

    If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    VegOut! Challenge Takes Over Houston

    If you've noticed a lot of folks around Houston "vegging out" on Twitter and Facebook lately, it's not an epidemic of complete laziness--it's a pro-vegetable movement. The Recipe for Success Foundation is in the middle of its second annual VegOut! Challenge, to encourage Houstonians to embrace a hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    The Honeymoon: Just What Downtown Needs

    If you work, live or just spend all of your time downtown, you've probably noticed there aren't that many places to grab a quick bite to eat, sit down for a cup of coffee, or enjoy a casual dinner and dessert before or after a theater performance. Sure, there are lots of restaurants such as The Grov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Boheme's New Lobster Pizzas Are Unlike Any Pies You've Had Before

    Since Rishi Singh took over as executive chef at Boheme, the food has gone from microwaved bar fare to truly top-notch. The inventive chef is constantly dreaming up ways to elevate the cuisine at the space that's better known for being a bar than a restaurant, and he's doing it all from a food truck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Pastitsio

    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. Pastitsio (or pastichio) is a classic Greek baked pasta dish. It's name is based on the Italian word pasticcio, stemming from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Bradley's Fine Diner Is On Hold & Michael's Cookie Jar Opens Downtown

    Despite The Fresh Market expanding throughout Houston last year, one of the locations has already closed, and it's the one across the street from Central Market -- a likely reason for the market's closure. CultureMap reports that this is the only Fresh Market location closing in the Houston area; th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Returns & Saint Arnold Takes Over Dry Creek Cafe

    In honor of National Ravioli Day, D'Amico's Italian Market in Rice Village will celebrate all things ravioli for an entire week. Beginning on Monday, March 17, D'Amico's will offer special ravioli dishes featuring a variety of fillings, including fresh salmon ravioli smothered in a delicate cream sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 14, Caramelized Pork Spare Ribs at Cafe TH

    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 14, 2014

    Zelko Bistro's Anniversary Gift to You: Half-off Your Favorite Comfort Foods

    Zelko Bistro is celebrating their fourth anniversary with an exclusive offer for diners--enjoy half off ($25 for $50) Chef Jamie Zelko's award-winning menu with this Houston Press Voice Daily Deal. Dive into Zelko Bistro's menu of delicious comfort foods, and enjoy the cozy ambiance of their dining ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 15, Kobe Beef at Nara

    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 13, 2014

    Cheers! The First Houston Whiskey Festival is Here

    The first Houston Whiskey Festival is upon us. On Saturday, March 15, at the Julia Ideson Building, you can sample more than 60 whiskies from around the world (other spirits and cocktails will be available) while enjoying the cigar lounge, live brass bands, and more. (No tickets will be sold at the ... More >>

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