• Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    David Lebovitz Talks About His Latest Book, My Paris Kitchen

    When I joined Twitter some years ago, it gave me suggestions for people to follow based on my interests. One of those people was David Lebovitz, and while I wasn't acquainted with his work at the time, I was fascinated in the way of a non-stalkerish yet avid Twitter follower by his seemingly idyllic ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    What If These Five Cities Had Houston's Beltway 8?

    Our loop freeway system has its origins in a City of Houston Planning Department planning report from the 1950s. Ten years later is was an official project taken up by Harris County. It's been through a lot of ups and downs, but generally Beltway 8 is how we get around our massive Houston. Someone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Sugar Land Food & Wine Affair Kicks Off With Judgment of Paris Recreation

    My view of the film Bottle Shock was partially obscured by a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, but it didn't really matter, because there were five wine glasses before me waiting to be filled. At the kick-off event for the 11th Annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, the intent was to recreate the pivotal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Salade Niçoise: The Perfect Hearty Meal When All You Want Is Salad

    My family and I spent a lot of time in France when I was a child, and though I was never a picky eater per se, seven-year-old me wasn't super-enthused about foie gras or bouillabaisse. I was, however, a fan of salad, and my parents and I immediately managed to discover one that was available at pret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Making Homemade Crème Fraîche is Much Easier Than You Think

    Crème fraîche may sound fancy, but it's really just soured cream. With its roots in France, it was traditionally made by leaving fresh cow's cream at room temperature until it thickened. Today, since our cream is pasteurized (or even ultra-pasteurized), we have to introduce an outside bacterial cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Wine Foreplay: Prime Your Stemware before Serving

    Last week's "how-to wine" post was devoted to opening a bottle of wine. Sadly, it happens all the time. A well-intentioned wine lover brings a bottle of super-groovy Oregon Pinot Noir, biodynamic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France, or old-school Nebbiolo from Barbaresco to a friend's o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    5 Flavor Additions That Are Trying Too Hard For Novelty

    What can you use doughnut-flavored vodka for?

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    November 6, 2013

    Top 5 French Bakeries in Houston: Bon Appétit

    One of my fondest memories of traveling to Paris was buying a baguette that was as tall as I was. My mother and I gathered slices of prosciutto, pont l'Eveque cheese, apples, strawberries and grapes from a farmers market to make a picnic lunch behind the Eiffel Tower - all we needed was some bread. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Philippe Verpiand of Etoile, On Growing Up in a Family of Butchers, and Placing Fifth in a National French Cooking Competition at Age 18

    This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Check back with us for Parts 2 and 3 of this chat, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Since it opened approximately one year ago, Etoile (which means "star" in French) has gained a growing legion of fans for its classic Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Celebrate Bastille Day Like A Frenchman With These Easy Recipes

    The first time I ate true French food was when my parents took me to France for three months during the summer of 1995. I was seven, which is perhaps not the best age to be introduced to a cuisine that considers snails a delicacy and doesn't really do peanut butter. Fortunately, I quickly develope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Catherine Rodriguez, Pastry Chef at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

    Since the age of 18, Catherine Rodriguez has been a rockstar at making pastries and desserts. She started her culinary career at the Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Gilon, Switzerland, then traveled back to the states to improve and develop her pastry and dessert skills in California at various kitchens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Is Wine as American as Apple Pie?

    The enoblogosphere is reeling today in the wake of a French researcher's report published this week (and circulated today on the Internets). According to the survey (conducted by FranceAgriMer, an independent agricultural industry observer), the French are now more likely to drink fruit juice than w ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    The $20 Master Chef Prix-Fixe Lunch at Philippe

    The prix-fixe, or set menu, is a time-honored tradition that originated in France. Pronounced pree-fiks, it's usually a three-course menu with appetizer, entree, and dessert, and the great thing about it is that you can usually get an unbelievable value for the price paid. That's what I discovered w ... More >>

  • Film

    October 4, 2012

    How To Survive A Plague

    David France's stirring history of ACT UP.

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    September 20, 2012

    David France on the Plague Years

    The history and survival of ACT UP.

  • Film

    August 23, 2012

    New York Vacation

    Julie Delpy brings the Paris gang to the city.

  • Film

    August 9, 2012

    Julie Delpy Rocks New York

    Always more than an ingenue, she's taking on everything that's wrong with movies - and she's bringing Chris Rock.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 1, 2012

    What's the Deal With "Old" Wine?

    So, what's the deal with old wine anyway? Wednesday's post on What are "Tannins" in Wine? got me thinking about the widely divergent ways Europeans and Americans perceive and approach the consumption of "old wine." Tannins and "tannic structure," after all, are part of what gives wine its longevity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    The Food Lover's Guide to Paris has Gone High Tech: There's an App for That

    The indispensable guidebook to Paris by French food authority Patricia Wells is The Food Lover's Guide to Paris. Wells knows exactly where to find the flakiest croissants, the essential bistros, the most knowledgeable wine merchants, the richest, darkest chocolates, the most sublime cheeses, the ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Vive La France: Central Market Kicks off Passport France with a Bang

    You really have to appreciate it when someone throws a party and goes all out, no expense spared. That's what Central Market did for its Passport France kickoff event this past Thursday evening, which was held in a white tented affair that had the high society feel of the Kentucky Derby. Indeed, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    The Rolling Stones, King Zog: 5 Famous Exiles, in Honor of Napoleon

    This week marks the 198th anniversary of Napoleon being exiled to Elba, a move celebrated by palindrome fans everywhere. (Able was I ere I saw Elba," you know. Exiles have been around forever, people forced to leave their country of choice for one reason or another. Sometimes it's worked out well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Chef Philippe Schmit Receives Prestigious Maîtres Cuisiniers de France Title

    Photo by Nancy Kerschen​When he first moved to the United States from his home country of France in 1990, Philippe Schmit worked as a sous chef under famous chef Eric Ripert -- a fellow Frenchman -- in the New York kitchens of Le Bernadin, eventually moving on to become executive chef at La Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Top 5 Gifts for Wine Lovers

    Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Decanters by Riedel take wine service to a higher level of aesthetic pleasure. ​If you're ever invited to dine in someone's home in France, please don't bring a bottle of wine. Nothing will spur a French host to recoil in abject dishonor and displeasure than the gift of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Orange Wine (Yes, Orange)

    ​White wine, rosé wine, red wine, orange wine... Orange wine? Qu'est-ce que c'est? No, it's not a wine concocted by Longhorn fans. (They call UT the orange tide? Call me Deacon Blue Nun). Orange wine is a loosely codified category of winemaking and winemakers who macerate the juice obtained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Vive La France: 14 French Lessons From English Pop Songs

    Shutterstock/​Happy Bastille Day, everybody. Today France celebrates the day in 1789 when an angry mob stormed the eponymous (our new favorite word) prison in central Paris, freed all seven prisoners - they were really after the guns and ammunition, Clash-style - and touched off the Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Intipalka 2009 Ica Valley Tannat

    ​It wasn't so much the origin of this wine that interested me- it's the last of three samples from Peru reviewed for Wine of the Week. But the varietal, Tannat, is something that I've never tried before on its own. Tannat is a red grape that was originally grown in the Madiran appellation in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    A French (Poodle) Street Wins the 3rd Annual Gingerbread Dog House Competition

    Photos by GroovehouseSee more of the entries in the gingerbread dog house competition in our slideshow.​"I lived in Paris for two years; that's where I went to culinary school," explained pastry chef Rebecca Masson last night as she gestured to her entry in the 3rd annual Christmas Tail ginger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Kings of Pastry Screens this Weekend

    ​If you've ever wondered what happens when you mix 16 French pastry chefs, three days of competition and a few cameramen, then today is your lucky day. And tomorrow. And Sunday. This weekend, the MFAH is screening Kings of Pastry, a documentary that follows three of the 16 pastry chefs as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Odd Pair: Banana Nut Bread and Rose

    ​I have a sneaking suspicion that members of my household are no longer eating bananas because they know if enough get overly ripe, I will inevitably bake a banana nut bread. With walnuts. And chocolate chunks. And lush that I am, I will usually wash it down with a nice bottle of wine. I have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Food Fight: Battle Éclair

    Photos by Ruthie JohnsonThierry André Tellier Café's version on the left, French Riviera Bakery's on the right. ​Someone once said that an éclair is "a cake long in shape, but short in duration," and with him I have to agree. I have always loved this treat, with its pillowy pastry and smoot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Quick and Easy Dessert: Peach Clafouti

    ​A clafouti, which is pronounced, "cluh-fooh'-tee" is a crazy word for a simple, easy dessert. The traditional clafouti, or clafoutis as it is often spelled, hails from France and contains unpitted black cherries in a batter that is a cross between a custard and a pancake.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Now & Zen Wasabi White (2007)

    Photo by pberry​Bargain buys are to me what crack is to...someone addicted to crack. So when I find a decent looking wine that's not raspberry flavored or bright blue in color for under $5 sitting in a lonely shopping cart in the middle of Foodarama, I will buy it. All in the name of blogging, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    An American (Stranded) In Paris

    Hala Daher​Hala Daher is stuck in Paris. Sure, she's staying at her aunt's house in the 4th arrondissement, steps away from the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. And it's a step up from Beirut, where she was previously stranded until she hustled her way onto a flight from Lebanon to France a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Healthy But Flavorless Pecan Oil

    I shelled out almost $13 for this bottle of pecan oil at Whole Foods. It doesn't taste like pecans--the manufacturer says that's a good thing. They were doing a demonstration at the store using the pecan oil to fry fish. The fish tasted fine, but I wondered why no flavor was a benefit. They lady sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008
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    January 18, 2008
  • Dining

    December 6, 2007
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    December 6, 2007
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    November 22, 2007

    Bistro Provence

    The second generation of the Guy family has taken over at the popular French bistro on Memorial

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2007
  • Dining

    January 11, 2007

    Nice Salade

    The French House

  • Calendar

    July 27, 2006
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    July 20, 2006
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    July 1, 2004
  • Dining

    May 29, 2003

    The War with Chirac

    Guerin's Bistro fights the good fight while anti-French sentiment swirls about Houston and the United States

  • Film

    January 2, 2003

    Old News

    Reissues dominated, but an international crop of films yielded a good harvest

  • Music

    April 18, 2002

    Sacré Bleu Bayou!

    France takes center stage at the Houston International Festival

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    April 2, 1998
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