How do you define a bistro? If you're going to stick to the traditional Parisian definition, a bistro (or bistrot) is a small, tidy restaurant that serves inexpensive wine and simple dishes in a modest price range. Those dishes are traditionally French "comfort food" recipes like coq au vin, boeuf ... 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 >>
Philippe sommelier and wine director Vanessa Treviño Boyd is not one to name drop. But even if she were, you really couldn't fault her for it. In conversation with her, once the ice is broken, she can rattle off a who's who of Burgundy and French-wine elites whom she counts among her most intimate ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Photo by Nancy KerschenWhen 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 >>
The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.
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 >>
The Ragin' Cajun team. 8:00 - Recap of last week's episode. Damn, this is a long recap! 8:01 - Here we are in Santa Fe with six trucks remaining: Crepes Bonaparte, Grill 'Em All, Austin Daily Press, Nom Nom Truck, Rajin' Cajun, and Spencer on the Go. Tyler is still wearing a hideous outfit. ... 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 >>
Photo by emmiegrnThe Pig Stand, one of Houston's lost restaurants. Read about nine more of the most important restaurant closings of the decade below.1. Maxim's Maxim's closed in January 2001. It was possibly the most influential restaurant in Houston's culinary history. It was the only upsca ... More >>
This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.
Lola, a modern diner in the Heights is dishing up some top-notch Texas short-order cooking.
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.
Your dollar buys a little less at this new French restaurant on Colquitt
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.
Yes, we visited that Original New Orleans Po' Boy
After a decade, Chez Georges still offers the city's best French food
At the University of Houston, Barron's makes college food like you've never seen
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