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Fourth of July

  • Dining

    July 18, 2013

    Finally Visiting Cuchara

    An evening of highs and lows.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Openings & Closings: 1252 Tapas Bar In Vintage Park Shutters, Camerata at Paulie's Opens & More

    The Fourth of July weekend was filled with exciting openings and a surprising closing. Let's start with the closing of one of the 1252 Tapas Bar locations. The Vintage Park location of 1252 Tapas Bar closed on July 6, but don't worry, the other locations in Uptown and The Woodlands are still open. ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 4, 2013

    Tucanos Brazilian Grill Opens

    Sugar Land finally has a traditional Brazilian restaurant.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Celebrating July 4th And The 20th Anniversary Of Lex Luger BodySlamming Yokozuna

    On this, the 237th birthday of the good ol' US of A, we turn our attention to Mount Rushmore, not so much in a literal sense, but in a metaphorical sense. These days, the term "Mount Rushmore" isn't used so much to refer to the actual South Dakota monument celebrating Presidents Washington, Jefferso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Holiday Weather: Beautiful, Hot Fourth, but Possibly Wet Weekend

    f you were sitting outside in your backyard or on your porch last night as I was, you might have wondered why it felt so...pleasant. In fact, yesterday afternoon when I walked outside in a shaded area, I thought for a second that it felt rather mild instead of the brutal conditions normally inflicte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Where To Eat On The Fourth of July 2013: Barbecues, Firework Shows & More

    If you would rather swim at the pool, relax with friends and family, set off some fireworks (if permitted) and have someone else do the cooking this Fourth of July, then we have you covered. Celebrate our nation's independence at one of these restaurants and festivals.

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    A Naughty Under-$20 Wine from the Rhône for July 4

    "Don't listen to the story. Listen to the wine." This nugget of wisdom, imparted on me by one of the top wine professionals in Texas, has rung true as I've tasted through a mixed case of wine assembled for me by the legendary Bear Dalton, fine wine buyer at Spec's. I had asked Bear to select 12 un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Week: Trae Tha Truth, Geto Boys, Freedom Over Texas, etc.

    John Egan The Big Easy, July 1 Earlier this year, John Egan competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where the Houston kinda-acoustic bluesman advanced to the semifinal round of 28 -- so by that reckoning, Egan is one of the Top 30 solo acts of his kind in the world. "Perhaps I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    It's Pie Time: Five Pies To Celebrate Independence Day

    After all of the hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue chicken have been eaten on the Fourth of July, the best way to end the celebration is with a slice of pie, and a scoop of ice cream, of course. While you can keep it traditional and bake an apple pie for the Fourth of July, try some of these pies fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Who Wants to Adopt a Furry Friend for $17.76?

    Here's how you can make July Fourth's fireworks even more spectacular: enjoy them with a new furry friend. And here's how you can get said friend on the cheap: go to Citizens for Animal Protection July 1-7, and adopt a dog or cat for a patriotic $17.76. Huzzah!

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Spend the Day with a Sous Chef & Celebrate National Hot Dog Month

    For three hours you can spend time with one of the sous chefs at Brennan's of Houston during the summer cooking class series, "Saturday with the Sous." On Saturday, June 29, Sous Chef Jose Arevalo will kick off the summer cooking class series with a three-course demonstration for guests and will spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Summer Sipper: Adults-Only Ginger Watermelon Milkshake

    One bottle of Pucker Watermelon Wow Vodka Weekend Boredom = Most Delicious Cocktail Experimentation Ever. In the spirit of approaching summer, I have been sampling fruit vodkas with the vague goal of concocting some sort of killer fruit punch that I can serve on the Fourth of July. (You should ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Texans and Rockets Players Help Launch Crazy Golf Complex, TopGolf

    Years ago, I was playing a gig at a sports bar way out on the southwest side of town. The bar was surrounded by a massive ring of softball fields used by adult teams, mostly made up of corporate teams and the like. There was a strange, green glow that came up off the fields as grown men strode in we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    The Astros And The Fourth of July: 10 Moments to Remember

    This is the Astros final season in the National League. And since I was asked to provide a Fourth of July holiday post, I thought I would like back at some of the Astros games played on the holiday. There have been some memorable games, and some not so memorable. And on at least one instance, there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Top 6 Rap Songs That Criticize the USA

    Word to your mamas, sucka emcees. It's the Fourth of July (or, as the Native American guy that I went to college with used to half-jokingly refer to it, "The Most Fucked Up Holiday I Can Think Of... Why Don't We Just Go Ahead And Start Celebrating 9/11, Because That's Basically What This Is For Me") ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    July 4th Travesty: Joey Chestnut's Annual Hot Dog Beatdown To Be Tape Delayed!

    First and foremost, I want to wish a very happy Independence Day to all of the people who read this blog and listen to my radio show, and more than anything else pay thanks and tribute to all of our troops past, present, and future who protect our freedom. Their bravery and sacrifice is exemplary. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    A July 4 Playlist That Goes Boom!

    July 4 is truly America's national holiday, because it combines two of the country's grandest traditions: Taking the day off work and blowing shit up. Because freedom isn't free, fireworks and other explosives are embedded in America's formative myths and our national character. Also, they're pretty ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Red, White, and Blue Fudge: A Cautionary Tale

    Although the Fourth of July is not my favorite holiday (that honor goes to Halloween), I'm always happy for an excuse to to make themed confections. And after learning that up to 21 percent of Americans have no plans to celebrate the holiday (projection, not fact), I felt like I needed to overcompe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Top 5 Fourth of July Treats

    It's that time of year again. It's the season for an almost reckless amount of patriotism, a generous portion of American pride and a heaping scoop of pure, unadulterated revelry in the name of the Greatest Country on Earth: 'merica. Fourth of July has been and will always be one of my favorite ho ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Hot Dog Buns

    Pepperidge FarmTurn those buns into crumbs.​I know what you're thinking: all that smoke from Fourth of July grilling has gone to my head, and now I'm grabbing the first thing I see in the barbecue aftermath and pretending it's worthy of an "Ingredient of the Week" post. But hear me out before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Noise Complaint Muffles Mango's July 4 Blast

    Photos by Allison WagonerMuhammadali​"I Want You To Party" Mango's July 4, 2011 Mango's could have been drastically more packed for its 24-band Fourth of July "I Want You To Party" extravaganza if not for the meddling neighbors and the red and blue. We arrived at 2:30 p.m. and watched the cro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Top 5 Worst Fireworks Foul-Ups: A Video Collection

    ​Jackasses. That's the best way to sum up these best-worst fireworks extravaganzas. Again, like in past lists that are centered around idiocy, incidences where folks were killed and/or little kids were burned were not included in the American-centric nonsense. By the way, King Moron of Fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Top Four Patriotic Sex Positions

    Recently, Houston's patriotism has been questioned by Stephen Colbert, who took us to task for our fireworks ban, and Men's Health magazine, who ranked us the 89th most patriotic city. Houston was beat by Austin (21), Dallas (60), and San Antonio (78). Well! We can't stand for that. We're unable to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Can You Spot the Real Meat?

    Here is George Washington demanding shaved meat from a fellow patriot. (No, really.)​What's more patriotic for a red-blooded American to do on the Fourth of July than eat meat? Grill it, barbecue it, broil it, fry it, tie it to the end of a bottle rocket and shoot it in to the sky (don't reall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Everybody will be kung fu watching at Jenni's Noodle House.​Starting today, Molina's Cantina is hosting a month-long celebration in honor of its 70th anniversary. In fact, Mayor Parker proclaimed today "Molina's Cantina Day" to mark the occasion, something which Molina's is celebrating with fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Rocks Off Smokes On Fourth Of July

    After you fire up the grill Monday, fire up the computer and head our way for some leisurely Fourth of July reading. We'll have our weekly True Blood recap, a review of Saturday night's Mana show at Toyota Center, a look at one of our favorite musical years ever (we won't tell you which one), and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    10 Hot Stars-And-Stripes Bikinis, And the Specific Parts Of The U.S. Flag Code They Violate

    Flag etiquette, when it comes to the U.S., is pretty strict. As the Fourth of July approaches, it's important to remember that. Especially if you are planning on wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini. We don't want to discourage you, of course, but here are 10 examples of how innocent (or possibly jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Five Things to Dread About the Fourth of July

    God bless America​This Friday begins a long weekend that culminates in the Fourth of July, the annual celebration of everything American. It's a time when many of us feel the need to do things up the right way, with big barbecues or big public events. There are pitfalls to be aware of, howev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    No-Bake Summer Desserts

    ​It's hot. It's so hot I can't even make jokes or try to be witty about it because it's just not funny. And it's only going to get hotter, which kind of makes me want to cry. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have the world's moodiest air conditioner. It works when it wants to, but once it fee ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 5, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Five French Foods That Aren't French

    "We are not French! Don't you see the glass of Stella Artois in the background?"​In honor of Bastille Day, many an American will be chowing down on greasy French fries tonight, using the excuse of "Hey, it's French independence day" as an excuse to gorge on the tasty fried potatoes. But, damn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    We Have Our 4th Of July Contest Winners!! Probably Not You!!

    Photo by allison_b216​Thanks to everyone for the great response to our Fourth of July photo contest.You went out, you saw, you clicked, you uploaded to our Flickr page.And two of you won prizes. First place went to allison_b216 who, in addition to taking the winning shot, took the photo to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    You could also stay inside and make Martha Stewart-inspired berry cakes, but that isn't nearly as fun.​With a three-day weekend ahead, you can make the most of it (rain or shine) by heading to one of the patriotic parties hosted by some of the city's best restaurants. Branch Water Tavern is h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Patriotic Pastries For Your Fourth

    Tiny hot-dog- and hamburger-toppers on cupcakes at Randall's.​No holiday in America is complete these days without an amusing and sometimes absurd selection of appropriately holiday-themed baked goods available for sale at your local grocery store. We hit up Randall's, Kroger and H-E-B in a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Commute Home If You Dare

    Freeways and some streets are a mess with the rain, so don't expect to get home quickly anytime  soon.TV, of course, has sought out the worst intersections, so there's a lot of video of reporters standing in water as cars go splashing by.The worst of it seems to be over, judging by the radar on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Don't Forget Our 4th Of July Photo Contest -- Free Food For The Winner!!

    Photo by AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker Fifty bucks of free food​Are you getting off tomorrow or Monday for the Fourth? There seems to be differing theories out there.Here in Hair Balls land, we're calling tomorrow the Fourth -- we'll still be posting plenty of stuff, so be sure to check in, th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 1, 2010

    Baytown's 4th of July Parade and Celebration

    Houston's small-town neighbor throws a big, big independence bash

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    January 28, 2010

    Soldier's Girl

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't kill

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Grizzly

    There's nothing better on the Fourth of July than stumbling across a new band from your hometown whose surly, punk-flavored roots-rock is as American as hot dogs and waterboarding. That's what happened to Rocks Off this past Independence Day when, while wandering around the Island taking pictures, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Slide Show: July 4 at 3700 Main

    Chris GrayHats off to a fine Fourth of July on the Island. With the sun beating down to the tune of 100 degrees in the shade and police checkpoints every mile or so, Rocks Off decided the most prudent way to spend his Fourth of July was to stay put. Luckily, the Island was hopping with a burlesque s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Last Call for Art: Everyday Life & Natural Disasters

    There are lots of fireworks planned for this 4th of July weekend, but all the colorful explosions won't be in the sky. There are a couple of stage shows closing this weekend you may want to see that are also full of sparks. First is Thom Pain (based on nothing) by N ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 2, 2009

    Independence: A Tour of America

    MECA's 4th of July party is a multicultural affair

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    July 2, 2009

    Star Spangled Salute

    The Houston Symphony brings out the big guns

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    July 2, 2009
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    July 2, 2009
  • Dining

    June 28, 2001

    Stirred and Shaken

    Cadillac Bar's American Flag cocktail

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