The Galveston oil spill was bad enough when it was leaving oiled birds and all kinds of environmental and economic damage in its wake. Now it's even hitting the Texas seafood. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory on eating shellfish and other seafood from Galveston Bay o ... More >>
Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet. It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environm ... More >>
Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Not because we want to go and eat all the oysters up, a la Lewis Carroll, but because right now is decidedly not the best time to go oystering in Galveston Bay. As of Thursday, parts of Galveston Bay will be closed to oystering due to the ... More >>
Will the Next Hurricane Unleash the Dioxin-filled San Jacinto Superfund Site?
Houston wasn't hit by a hurricane this season, but there are questions about what will happen to the San Jacinto Waste Pit superfund site the next time a hurricane roars through town. The highly toxic Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site has been sitting in the middle of the San Jacinto R ... More >>
Houston restaurants are ready to get shucking.
"He first selected the smallest one ... and then bowed his head as though he were saying grace. Opening his mouth very wide, he struggled for a moment, after which all was over. I shall never forget the comic look of despair he cast upon the other five over-occupied shells. I asked him how he felt. ... More >>
Sips, Suds & Sliders at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. 1601 Lake Robbins Dr. Purchase tickets for the Sips, Suds & Sliders event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center for just $20 in advance and $30 at the door to feast on a variety of sliders from lo ... More >>
Back in the rum-smuggling days, runners used to head for the narrowest, shallowest spit of land blocking the Gulf of Mexico from entering Galveston Bay. They're roll their barrels over the land, which became known as Rollover Pass. In 1955 the state dredged the site in order to improve fishing and ... More >>
Alex Gregg, bar manager at the upcoming Goro & Gun, is reviving his popular Commercial Free Cocktail series -- initially hosted at Grand Prize Bar -- for a limited, three-night run at Ambrosia. And this time, he's bringing along guest bartender Chris Frankel to help. Both bartenders got their start ... More >>
Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>
Photo by John Kiely"Why is there a date on the bottom of the box?" asked my son, as I self-scanned the Hain Sea Salt. It was one of those astute kid questions, from a mind uncluttered by logic. "I have no idea," I conceded. The salt had been flowing around the oceans for the last 250 milli ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Food Adventures: Phaedra is back and blogging, and just in time to help ... More >>
Kemah lights up the sky over Galveston Bay for the 4th of July
Photo courtesy of HAR.comSee that lovely view above? That's Galveston Bay, and it's looking better than ever this summer thanks to skyrocketing travel costs (have you tried to book an airline ticket lately?) and the massive oil spill that's decimating the rest of the Gulf coast. What's more, rea ... More >>
Photo by Margaret DowningJust in time for summer, a cool-sounding restaurant with an even cooler concept has come along. Oceans, the ceviche-only restaurant that took over the old Bistro Vino location, is officially open to the public. We took a first look at Oceans a few weeks ago and found ... More >>
When the water gets cold, oysters put on glycogen to insulate themselves. That's why Northern oysters are sweeter than Gulf oysters in the fall. The colder the water, the sweeter the oysters -- up to a point. When the water temperature falls below 40 degrees, oysters stop feeding and shrivel ... More >>
I stopped by Louisiana Foods on Wednesday and bought a sack of oysters. I went for the giant-size super selects. These were harvested a couple of days ago in Matagorda Bay, and thanks to the sandy bottom, the oysters are much cleaner than the usual Galveston Bay catch. I served some on the ... More >>
As Hurricane Ike threatened the Upper Texas Coast, we went to press with the story of the 4th Street Players, a predominantly white Anglo street gang in the Galveston Bay town of Bacliff. Nine members of the gang, who wore red colors in emulation of LA's Blood gangs, had been arrested in May of last ... More >>
photo by Robb Walsh These petite-sized Galveston Bay oysters made a lovely breakfast. I ate them with some heavily buttered German sourdough rye toast from the HEB on Bunker Hill and a cup of Community Club coffee. A drop of lemon and a dash of Tabasco perked up the breakfast half shells nicely. Oy ... More >>
Photo by foxtongueThe awesomely morbid folks at Carlos Labs have created a "Ground Zero" nightmare generator for every city on Earth. Using Java Script and some Google Map magic, anyone can pinpoint a location in the world, AND BLOW IT THE HELL UP. You can choose your own weapon of mass destruction ... More >>
As I drove by Pappa's Brothers Seafood on Shepherd yesterday afternoon around four o'clock, I noticed that the sign advertising oysters for $3.95 a dozen wasn't up anymore. I pulled over anyway and went inside to ask if the promotion was still going on. "Let me see," said the bartender pushing a but ... More >>
The French eat more oysters per capita than anybody in the Western world. And 80% of the oysters in France are eaten during the holiday season--from a few days before Christmas until a little after New Year's Day. Why? Because oysters are at their peak this time of year. And they go so well with the ... More >>
Compare East Coast oysters to Gulf Coast oysters and see what you think
Too much of a good thing threatens the oysters in Galveston Bay
Oysters on the half shell aren't the only attraction at the old Magnolia
Winter is prime time at Willie G's oyster bar
PCBs may prompt a first-ever warning against bay speckled trout fishing
A scorched-earth management philosophy is sucking the life out of our region's wetlands
Beneath the muddy waters of Galveston Bay lies one of the greatest seafood treasure troves on earth
Goode Co. Texas Seafood
Casualties aren't easy to count in the continuing battle of Bayport
Clear Creek is on the rise, and local flood-protection methods have been helpless against it. Soggy residents, tired of being perpetual victims, are ready for a fight.
A Port suit accuses several companies of contaminating its land for decades
Oysterman Joe Nelson says pollution is slowly killing Galveston Bay. But is anyone listening?
Chimi-Churris South American Grill has great steak and fabulous roasted potatoes
Beset by skyrocketing tax assessments and wary of encroaching development, property owners in San Leon-Bacliff wonder if their "poor man's Riviera" may soon go the way of other waterfront zones along Galveston Bay.
Bothered by shrinking catches, growing regulations and a sense of frustration, Galveston Bay's shrimpers say that they, not the shrimp, are the endangered species.