"That's some spicy sliced turkey," is not a phrase I ever anticipated coming out of my mouth. But, then, I also didn't anticipate really liking a sandwich involving cold cuts. While I'm a big fan of Italian deli meats, I've never really latched onto to the standard American sliced turkey, ham, etc. ... More >>
Last week, we talked pizza. No, Houston isn't generally recognized as a great pizza city like New York or Chicago, but your responses to our query about the most underrated pies in town reminded me of just how many pizza joints we have here. You even alerted me to some spots where I can get deep dis ... More >>
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Fish on Friday for Lent? The fast choice is J & J Seafood Market.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.
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 >>
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 >>
Are they still good?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
One Friday down, seven more to go. This past week, the 40 days of Lent began. For many, it's a time of prayer, atonement, and -- most importantly for the purposes of this article -- meat-free Fridays. This can be quite difficult, especially in a city where fantastic burgers, juicy fried chicken, and ... More >>
I grew up eating Pepperidge Farm cookies, not so much because my mother couldn't bake (believe me, she made a mean chocolate chip and walnut cookie), but rather because I think she liked to use the brand's system of naming baked goods after European regions and urban centers as a means of expanding ... More >>
When a menu offers a cheese plate, there's a 99 percent chance I am going to order it. Especially if it comes with a variety of breads, crackers, fruits, meats, and preserves or jams. Each of these enhance the cheese -- and you can make a meal out of an appetizer. Whether you want to munch on some ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
This food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant is best in show.
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 >>
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 >>
Ah, the heart-shaped box o' chocolates: a Valentine's Day tradition that's so cliché it's cool again (at least that's the rumor I'm starting). With so many different confections inside, it's hard to know just what to focus on during your V-Day binge. Here are the five standout chocolates in that mi ... More >>
If you haven't made reservations for Valentine's Day (which is this Friday, FYI), then have no fear, because you can easily prepare a romantic dinner for you and your Valentine at home. But, we know that not everyone has the time to cook a fancy, four-course dinner the second they come home from wo ... More >>
FYI, it's on a Friday.
In honor of February, Valentine's Day, and what is basically (for us at least) a month of unashamedly consuming chocolate, we're bringing you five delicious chocolate recipes that are completely acceptable as your first meal of the day. From chewy oatmeal bars to cocoa-punched pancakes, here are Fi ... More >>
As a control freak proponent for celebratory compartmentalization, I always get annoyed when corporations want to combine holidays for the sake of marketing purposes, or worse yet, glaze over one festive date in favor of promoting another. This tug-of-war happens frequently between Valentine's Day ... More >>
A pleasant surprise imported from College Station.
Don't be that guy (or girl) charging through CVS on February 14 in search of a giant heart-shaped chocolate box. If Valentine's Day is important to you, or rather, if Valentine's is important to your partner, act early and order one of these gifts. You'll get extra points for planning ahead, I promi ... More >>
From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and dessert, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. This week, we're tackling the French classic Coq Au Vin. Literally meaning "cock (rooster) of the wine," the rustic dish was traditionally made using a rooster or any other old barnyard ... More >>
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>
Always ready to help you incorporate more chocolate into your life, Hershey's has introduced a new line of spreads in the flavors of Chocolate, Chocolate with Hazelnut, and Chocolate with Almond. Advertisements seem to suggest putting the spreads on toast and fruit slices is the proper thing to do, ... More >>
Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?
Eleven XI's auspicious approach is attracting an eclectic crowd to Montrose.
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 >>
"I could come here just for this," I thought to myself as I sampled the unbelievably tasty ostiones asados, or wood grilled oysters, topped with chipotle butter at Caracol. The first of several dishes I tried during my first visit to Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught's new coastal Mexican seafood restaur ... More >>
If you grew up in a delicatessen desert, as I did, then you're probably familiar with the feeling of complete abject ignorance you experience when forced to choose between different cold-cut sandwiches. Up until my early twenties, I could differentiate pretty much only ham, turkey, and bologna, beca ... More >>
Baby, it's cold outside. Just because we were not victims of the polar vortex doesn't mean we don't deserve a wintery liquid treat to help us cope with the sub-sixty degree temperatures. Hot chocolate or cocoa is the classic choice and there are certainly plenty of good options in Houston. (And th ... More >>
I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often 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 meal ... More >>
So, you're probably well into your New Year's resolution of giving up sweets or eating healthier. After the past few months of indulging in Christmas cookies, holiday dinners and endless amounts of booze, the last thing you need is more sugary food. Unfortunately, you're going to have to put that di ... More >>
When someone mentions Greek sweets and baked goods, nine times out of ten your mind will go straight to baklava. And there's no shame in that! The sticky, sweet, nutty and flaky dessert puts a smile on everyone's face. But, there's more to Greek bakeries than baklava. Much more. Houston may not be ... More >>
Three words: free wine tasting. In honor of France's Feast of the Epiphany, French Country Wines will host a wine tasting on Wednesday, January 8 from 5 until 7 p.m. featuring three wines and slices of La Galette des Rois, otherwise known as the King's Cake. Enjoy tastings of Baur Pinot Gris 2011, M ... More >>