When I first watched The Addams Family ,at age 10, I immediately found a new hero in Wednesday Addams for the way she cleverly turned the tables on a persnickety Girl Scout. I then proceeded to steal this joke and repeat it to people when I was trying to sell cookies as a Girl Scout. (Almost no one ... More >>
I'll never forget watching the Heisman Trophy announcement the year Robert Griffin III (RGIII) won. While my Baylor friends and I watched our quarterback on TV, hoping he would be awarded with the trophy, we were enjoying a spread of snacks, including two types of cookies. One was the peanut butter ... More >>
The cake-ball hype took off just a couple years ago, but Angie Jackson of Angie's Cake began her cake ball and pop business before anyone even knew what a cake ball was. In fact, the mecca for these bite size sweets, aka Pinterest, hadn't been invented when Jackson made her first cake balls. Jackso ... More >>
So, you're probably well into your New Year's resolution of giving up sweets or eating healthier. After the past few months of indulging in Christmas cookies, holiday dinners and endless amounts of booze, the last thing you need is more sugary food. Unfortunately, you're going to have to put that di ... More >>
Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>
I have always found it rather puzzling that the Girl Scouts do not sell their famous baked goods in the late fall. The holidays are so synonymous with cookies that you'd think they would make a killing by providing Samoas, Tagalongs, and their other varieties to hungry but lazy consumers. Never fear ... More >>
Carol Miller has had a hand in more Thanksgivings than most chefs. She's there when the turkey doesn't thaw in time, and when the oven repeatedly turns off, and when, despite all your best efforts, dinner gets burned. She's there even when your family has completely given up on you. Miller, who cal ... More >>
The story of Tim Samaras and the largest tornado ever documented.
Do you like cookies? No? Well at least now we know who the hidden aliens are and can send Roddy Piper to deliver fisticuffs and quips about the surplus of ass-kickings inversely proportionate to the scarcity of bubble gum. Seriously, though, cookies are awesome, and it was on this day 101 years ago ... More >>
Girl Scout cookie season is my absolute favorite time of the year. Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos make me a happy camper (no pun intended). With the 2013 season upon us, Girl Scouts have released their lineup of cookies, including a new flavor, which doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the cookie ... More >>
What better time than Memorial Day to remember Will Hogg, the man who founded Memorial Park? If that (and the Arboretum) was all Will Hogg gave Houston, that would rank as one of the grandest local legacies anyone has ever achieved. But Will Hogg did so much more. He founded and developed River Oa ... More >>
Dining out with children is an exercise in situational awareness. Each experience is unique, with different variables leading to different possible outcomes, DEFCON-like in their escalating threat levels. Keen observation, forward planning, and prior experience are critical in determining the proper ... More >>
If your Girl Scout Cookie of choice is the Samoa, then you might be happy to know that these goodies are NOT only available through green-uniformed girl children and for $3-4 a pop. Keebler offers a nearly identical version called "Coconut Dreams," which are available year-round and often on sale ( ... More >>
Today is the Girl Scouts of America's annual World Thinking Day, which they celebrate each year by dedicating 24 hours of contemplation on the world and the people in it. Now, Rocks Off isn't a Girl Scout, but we keep a close eye on them because we've proven in the past they are in fact our o ... More >>
As a guest of local homelessness advocates SEARCH, I spent last Friday afternoon pretending to be homeless. Sort of...At any rate, it was a strange afternoon for me as my experience of homelessness is far more up close and personal than that of most people. The afternoon began at the SEARCH facili ... More >>
Kathy Patrick wields some hefty clout out of her beauty shop/book store
Who knew historic preservation could ignite so much neighborhood drama?
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe Alonso sisters with their lemonade stand."We thought it tasted too sweet," said Brenda Alonso as she stood shyly next to her sister behind their lemonade stand. "So we added a little bit of salt." The 10-year-old beamed as I told her what a good idea that had b ... More >>
Must a sundae by definition contain ice cream? Um, probably yes. But this Sunday I made an exception for a creation I made at Yogurtland. I was simultaneously craving soft-serve ice cream and sundaes, but a bout of laziness prevented me from seeking out a place that would satisfy both desir ... More >>
Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.
We know nothing about getting good gifts for women, as our wife would testify. So Valentine's Day sucks. (in our case, it's followed by the gift-dilemma of a wedding anniversary four days later. Our wife has long grown used to disappointment, which she hides well.)One thing we do know, though: Liste ... More >>
Last month J.C. Reid raved about DQ's Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, ushering in the 2009 holiday-beverage season. Frozen or not, these are guilty pleasures at best. But we'll still take them intravenously if given the option, from tried-and-true drinks like the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte to Jack in ... More >>
Photo Jason Villanueva/Houston AerosJust thought I would share a little Houston Aeros hockey news today -- for some reason, I can't get into football yet, but I'm fully up on all hockey. I can't explain it...okay, yes I can. I got to watch the tryouts for the Aeros cheerleaders, the Aero Dynamics ... More >>
Photos by Blake WhitakerOn the way to our first ever game-show tryout today, we saw what we took at the time to be cosmic encouragement. Competing for space in Airline Drive's forest of signage was the Moonlight Inn marquee, which spoke to us: "You are awake. Don't dream it -- do it." Of cour ... More >>
Photo by Paul KeleherIf you've ever lived outside of Texas or the Deep South, you can find yourself asking a simple question: What the hell happened to Memorial Day?Up north and back east, it's a huge event. Every little town has a parade, there's a ceremony, people really, really look forward to it ... More >>
One hour's drive north of Houston, Lake Conroe awaits this weekend -- or more precisely, the Kampgrounds of America there offering a special deal for Mother's Day weekend. Pay for Friday night and you get your Saturday night stay for free.The obvious question -- why would a mother want to spend Moth ... More >>
It's heartwarming -- an 11-year-old Girl Scout from Houston opening a lemonade stand to help victims of Ike. Sunkist, which has a whole PR effort devoted to getting these lemonade-stand-for-a-cause stories out, was enraptured with Rama Imad and her friends: "They will be raising money for FEMA, in ... More >>
In order to retain membership, have the Girl Scouts changed too much?
If you can't stand the sight of lopped-off digits and the smell of your own flesh burning, get out of the kitchen
A South By Southwest diary
Sports greats show off their signature moves
Tubing without beer bongs? Why?
A cool kid seeks heavenly redemption
Talking Hollywood, integrity and Girl Scout cookies with a legendary ex-punk
Saturday, October 26
Jones High needs a lot of renovation -- and not just the buildings. At least HISD can't pretend it doesn't know it has a problem. Its own task force told it so.
Inman exhibit explores the darker side of Mother Nature
Unlicensed jukebox music may be the downfall of feisty Sassy's
Rachelle Anderson just took super Girl Scout honors. And it wasn't hustling cookies that got her there.
Cooper and her clever Tamalalia are cool enough to beat the heat
June 3 - 9, 1999
Nun is fun and Phantom sings. But Taking Steps, alas, stumbles.
1996 Summer Guide