• Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Sriracha Shortage? No Problem! Make Your Own With This Simple Recipe

    In late 2013, news about Sriracha was almost as ubiquitous as those bright red bottles with the rooster logo were throughout the rest of the year. First came news that the Huy Fong Foods plant in Irwindale, California might be forced to close in November due to the offensive odors caused by grinding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    My Block: Houston Rappers' Five Best Neighborhood Shout-Outs

    To hear others tell it, Houston is the fattest city in America. It's the ugliest. It's the most mosquito-ridden, hellishly hot metropolis in the country. All of these people who don't live here and know nothing about us sure can't keep our name out of their mouths. Where I come from, we call those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Top 10 Octopus Dishes in Houston

    Octopus. Regardless of how it's prepared, I generally love eating the squirmy, tentacled creatures. A great, low-fat seafood option, octopus has this wonderfully distinctive texture. It's also light and fun to eat -- the perfect summertime dish. Our city's chefs must feel the same way I do, because ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Texas BBQ Predates the Civil War

    The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas is older than you think.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    James Vernon McVay: Obama Assassination Plot Foiled After One Murder in Planned Spree

    South Dakota State PrisonJames Vernon McVay: Proud Houstonian​James Vernon McVay wanted to kill President Obama. After his arrest in Wisconsin earlier this month, he told police that he believed the best way to do that was to stalk the commander-in-chief while he was playing golf and pick him ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2011

    Houston's Bachelors a Prize?

    Rankings tell different tales

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Houston "Best Bachelor" City: But Aren't We Also Fattest, Sweatiest, Dumbest, Etc. Etc.?

    If you like your bachelors with bad teeth, Houston's your town​Hair Balls was stoked by Houston's ass-kicking turnout in recent national listings, including Fast Company's "city of the year," and's ranking of us as the best city for bachelors. The highly scientific survey fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Martini Night at Ava

    www.avaalto.comA chic setting for happy hour.​As if I needed another excuse to indulge in a cocktail or two, I just found out that Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar is doing a special promotion on martinis. Every Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., they have a list of five specialty cocktails to choose from, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    SBOE Member Lawrence Allen Doesn't Live in the District

    Photo by Margaret DowningLawrence Allen (left)​Lawrence Allen Jr. might be convinced to the contrary, but the state agency that oversees redistricting confirms the seven-year member of the State Board of Education no longer lives within the boundaries of his own district. Allen is the voice o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets (with Tales of Deceit, Adultery and Ron Artest)

    We see....FAIL in Ron Artest's future​Drayton McLane apparently has plans to sell the Astros. This comes as no surprise, those rumors have been swirling for some time. Now I don't know if he'll get his $800 million asking price, but I did call Drayton and make an offer and we now know that $9 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Recipe: Chef Johann Schuster's Ceviche

    ​Chef Johann Schuster, of Charivari Restaurant in Midtown, tossed together three bowls of a fine ceviche at last weekend's Houston Peruvian Festival. The keys to a good ceviche, Schuster says, are fresh fish and sharp knives. But chewing raw fish is a bit more pleasant if there's, you know, ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    For World Toilet Day, the Most Creative Lyrical Uses of the S-Word

    According to an email Rocks Off received from none other than the World Toilet Organization, today is World Toilet Day. We're told it's an "internationally recognized" occasion for drawing attention to the plight of the 2.5 billion people on the planet who lack proper facilities. To this end (heh), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Johann Schuster Makes Ceviche

    Though a cuddly two-month-old alpaca drew some interest, the hit of Houston's first Peruvian festival, held last weekend at Heights Theatre, was a ceviche demonstration by chef Johann Schuster. The owner of Charivari Restaurant in Midtown, Schuster whipped up three batches of the raw-fish dish, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Another Notch In Houston's Intellectual Belt

    ​Who the hell says we're stoopid here in Houston? Besides The Daily Beast, we mean.Houston is only the second city in the entire nation to host a convention called "The Guy Expo," an orgy of cliches about sports, beer, babes and cars."It caters to the guy's guy and there's nothing wimpy or soft sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    The Daily Beast: Houston -- You Are "Mildly Retarded"

    ​The Daily Beast has ranked the IQ of each of America's 55 metro areas with populations over a million. Here is how they arrived at the concept of a municipal IQ.They measured how many residents had bachelor's and graduate degrees, nonfiction book sales, the ration of institutions of higher educ ... More >>

  • Music

    July 30, 2009

    Leaving L.A.

    West Coast honky-tonker Mike Stinson shocks his peers by moving to Houston.

  • Film

    March 26, 2009

    DreamWorks, In Your Face: Monsters vs. Aliens

    In this latest round of effects vs. storytelling, effects win. Big.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008
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    September 17, 2008
  • News

    July 15, 2004
  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    Animal Farm

    Kids and grown-ups learn hands-on lessons about ecology

  • Film

    January 30, 2003

    Blowin' Smoke

    Biker Boyz is furious, but it ain't fast, which is a real drag

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    The Devil You Say

    Was Jeffery Prible the cold-blooded murderer of an entire family? Or the gullible target of an opportunistic jailhouse informant?

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Lines & Shadows

    A former farmworker wanted only a utility system for her Fort Bend colonia. Seven years later, there's still tainted water and untreated sewage -- but raw words and the stench of politics flow freely.

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    A Deadly Passion

    Sandra Orellana became known as the woman who had sex on a hotel balcony and fell to her death. Her family says that's a lie- she was murdered by her boss.

  • Calendar

    July 30, 1998
  • News

    April 23, 1998

    Played Out

    The secrets of radio success Repetition. Caution. Repetition. Caution. Repetition.

  • News

    September 14, 1995
  • News

    August 17, 1995

    Houston's Housing

    For years, the city has been promising housing for the poor. But those promises have been trampled by politics and a desire for quick profits.