This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. Cinq's German Mosquera is a vegan, but he cooks some mean meat and seafood. Sitting in the stately, refined dining room at Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or hotel, you would be forgiven if you though ... More >>
The traditional cuisine at Étoile is anything but passé.
This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. We hear the argument all the time: Houston is so much more than what you find in the inner loop. Venture over to the West side of town, and you'll find gems like the international food emporium Phoen ... More >>
Salé-Sucré's meals are worth the wait, but some lesser ingredients are a puzzlement.
Admittedly, it's been a while since I spent any amount of time in France. I've heard that since I was last there, the dining scene has changed to reflect a more American sensibility and appease tourists. No longer do waiters take themselves a little too seriously and meals last upwards of three hour ... More >>
This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we sat down for a lively chat with chef Philippe Verpiand of Etoile, a French chef who, from an early age, was immersed into this culture of good food. Gra ... More >>
This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef and owner Philippe Verpiand of Etoile about growing up in Provence in a family of butchers, going to culinary school as a teenager, and competing ... More >>
Celebrating Julia Child @ Sur La Table Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1996 West Gray "No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing." Great advice from beloved chef Julia Child, who's being honored this weekend in a cooking class by Sur La Table in River Oaks. Tilly Sherwood will instruct student ... More >>
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 >>
I wish I spoke better French. Five years of study in high school plus a few trips to francophonic locales meant at one time I was fairly proficient. Now, my accent sounds like Chevy Chase in European Vacation and my vocab is spotty. My declining French doesn't particularly bother me except when I ... More >>
If you don't already have plans for Sunday, May 5, look no further: Houston has muchas fiestas for Cinco de Mayo -- so many, in fact, that our own Abby Downing-Beaver has a whole guide to spending your Cinco in style. Activities include everything from the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade downtown on Su ... More >>
The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is coming to Houston this weekend, and Eating...Our Words has three pairs of tickets to see two of this year's celebrity speakers, Paula Deen and Jacques Pépin (two for Dean and one for Pépin). We would like nothing more than to give them away to you ... More >>
For many of us, Julia Child was the first cook they ever saw on television. Mine was Graham Kerr, but Julia Child was a quick second after I became hooked on cooking shows. And boy, do they not make cooking shows like they used to. Julia Child was far less interested in being a celebrity or a person ... More >>
As Katharine Shilcutt noted this morning, today is Julia Child's 100th birthday, and in honor of this special day, I have made one of her best cakes, Reine De Saba, as seen in Julie & Julia. It's a semi-sweet chocolate cake with pulverized almonds and rum. I love everything about French food: the w ... More >>
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 >>
I am a bit of a Francophile. My brother lived in France for a year and when I visited him in the small town of Vichy I was hooked. The language, the laissez-faire attitude and in particular the food drew me in. I even took eight years of French, but please don't ask me to say anything. So for someo ... More >>
It's not just a punchline to a joke in that classic holiday movie, Trading Places. Now it's also a Houston food truck. L'es-Car-Go -- pronounced just like l'escargot -- will be the city's first all-French food truck. Jean-Philippe and Genevieve Guy, owners of the 14-year-old Bistro Provence in Memo ... More >>
The first time you meet Mexican Chef and Latin American TV personality Aquilas Chavez of the new restaurant, La Fisheria, you immediately get a sense of his larger-than-life personality. He's gregarious, funny, confident, outgoing, and wholly unselfconscious. But most importantly, he grew up in the ... More >>
This week, we've been chatting with Brasserie 19 and Ibiza's Chef de Cuisine, Amanda McGraw, about the rewards of staging in kitchens outside of Houston, and about the specifics of her role. Today, we sample some of her food. To highlight the in-house charcuterie program, McGraw put together a pict ... More >>
The meringue makes it extra fancy.In the course of researching Turkducken's real age last week, I turned to one of my favorite food resources on the Internet: the Food Timeline. If you're a food nerd, prepare to lose dozens of hours to the fascinating depths of the Food Timeline and its entri ... More >>
For my birthday my college boyfriend took me to adorable French restaurant Beau Monde in Philadelphia, where I had the best crepes I've ever tasted. Ever since then I have been dreaming about that savory, buckwheat crepe filled with the most wonderful beef bourguignon. Then recently, while I ... More >>
Shiftwork Bites is all about flexibility. Sometimes, that just means altering a cooking method to suit my circumstances. Occasionally, it means taking liberties with the specifics of a recipe. Such was the case over the weekend when I decided to make a batch of cassoulet for my coworkers. T ... More >>
After Julie Powell's online rendezvous with Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, everyone started talking about Child's Beef Bourguignon. Before Powell, and then Meryl Streep, breathed life back into this traditional French beef stew, only professional chefs and skilled cooks ha ... More >>
Boeuf bourguignon. Coq au vin. Molten chocolate cake. Fancy-sounding dishes for fancy-sounding meals, right? Whether you're impressing a date or an entire dinner party, there are certain items you can serve that will have the room applauding your culinary skills -- and have you taking it easy ... More >>
We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on Alton Brown's top five favorite cookbooks. You remember Brown. He's the quirky chemistry geek on Good Eats and one of the commentators on Iron Chef. If you're one of the few non-Food Network junkies, you might recognize him from Welch' ... More >>
This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.
Photos by J.C. ReidHoustonians have a peculiar relationship with French restaurants. Many Houstonians (and many Texans and Americans) cast a suspicious glance toward anything French. During the 2004 Presidential election, an anonymous source in the George W. Bush campaign remarked that oppone ... More >>
In praise of the Julia half of Julie & Julia.
Georges Guy is back in a big way with La Brocante Cafe.
The second generation of the Guy family has taken over at the popular French bistro on Memorial
We love to see classic French food in Houston, but we complain bitterly if it isn't just like what we had in Paris
Sometimes filet mignon with foie gras, truffles and a second-rate Bordeaux is just what the doctor ordered
Mussels and fries, monk beers and Belgian pride abound at Cafe Montrose
You may puzzle over the menu at Robert Gadsby's Noé, but you'll love the clever chow
A new restaurant has Republican bigwigs dancing on the grave of the French boycott
Lazy lunching in a River Oaks hideaway
Does Restaurant Ronit/Café Beignet pass Valentine's Day muster?
The coffee is strong and the pastries are excellent, but Le Bec Fin isn't your typical French cafe
Papillon Bistro Français
Laurier Café is turning out Parisian bistro food at Paris, Texas, prices
Le Mistral offers culture in a suburban strip shopping mall
Bistro Le Cep offers up some very nice French cuisine in the Houston countryside.
After a decade, Chez Georges still offers the city's best French food