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    July 29, 2014

    Real Estate, Like Everything Else, Getting More and More Public

    Recently I was speaking with a colleague who lives near me. We are both rather fixated on the development to our entire area, hoping as property values continue to rise and nearby infrastructure is improved, the surrounding commercial developments will improve. Better grocery stores. More restaurant ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    Difference Between What You Make and How Far it Goes In Houston and Four Other Cities

    It's called real personal income. You might make more than the median yearly salary here, which is $31,265, but how much bang for your buck are you really getting? Here's a look (via Planet Money's breakdown of Bureau of Economic Analysis Data) at the real value of median income in five cities.

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    May 30, 2014

    What's the Deal with 6737 Southwest Freeway?

    "Thank you for calling the Tennessee Titans, if you know your party's extension, please dial now." Maybe you're like me. Maybe you've seen it and wondered what the hell it was doing just sitting there. At 6737 Southwest Freeway you'll find an abandoned car dealership. For years, as I drove on 5 ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

    You know how sometimes people complain about having to leave the 610 Loop? I used to be one of them. I used to bitch and moan about leaving the comfort of Montrose or Midtown, even if it meant exploring something new and awesome, just because I hated fighting the inevitable traffic on the Southwest ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Ruling Could Enforce Collection of Pole Tax in Strip Clubs

    After a legal fight waged for more than five years, it looks like strip-club going might in fact cost a little more here in Houston, the Mecca of strip clubs (can we really say that?). After the state supreme court ruled against a challenge from the Texas Entertainment Association that said the $5 ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Google Comes to Houston for Free Houston Small Biz Business Workshop

    If you've poured blood, sweat, and tears (or even just two out of three) into growing your small business, but you need a little help establishing an online presence, you owe it yourself to check out the Google-sponsored Texas Get Your Business Online workshop at the Hobby Center May 5. At this fre ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Where the Streets Have New Names: 20 Houston Streets that Change Names

    It's tough enough to get around in Houston with traffic, accidents and messy spider web of freeways. If you just moved here, you're probably having a difficult enough time figuring out the difference between the Southwest Freeway and U.S. 59 (hint: there is none, but more on that later) and then one ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Openings & Closings: The Burger Guys Close & Caracol Officially Opens

    It was a very unlucky day for The Burger Guys on Friday, December 13. Kaitlin Steinberg broke the news that The Burger Guys on Westheimer had officially closed. The downtown location closed in September, so this is the end of Burger Guys in Houston. Chef and owner Jake Mazzu gave this statement ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 10, 2013

    Cottonwood Masters the Squirrel (and a few other items, too)

    You'll definitely want to discover the food at this lively über-bar.

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    October 10, 2013

    Yellow Pages: Five Ways Google Has Changed How Businesses Approach Listings

    Remember the Yellow Pages? No, I don't mean I mean the actual giant yellow indexed book of businesses. They would plop that bad boy on your front porch once a year -- along with the white pages and the community pages and some neighborhood directory -- and when you needed a plumber ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    The 10 Worst Speed Traps in Houston

    Houston is a city of drivers, which makes us ripe for the picking when it comes to speed traps. Anyone who drives with regularity knows there are places where police routinely set up and drop the hammer on a host of unsuspecting speeders. We've compiled a list of these speed traps for you, compiled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: Improving Mobile Mapping Technology

    By far, the single most important app on my recent vacation was Google Maps. When you log more than 3500 miles in a car, a map is often your best friend and the Google Maps app was outstanding at getting me from point A to point B. But, like all apps, it could be improved. Along the way, there were ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: AroundMe, and the Surprising Strength of the AT&T Signal

    So, I'm back in Houston after a VERY long road trip. I logged more than 3500 miles and remarkably only had to sleep in two hotel beds thanks to relatives and soon-to-be relatives along my path. Like early in my road trip, my iPhone played a critical role in the enjoyment and ultimate success of my v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    The Electronic Traveler: Complaints About Google Maps and Facebook

    Yes, I am one of those people with an iPhone who did not upgrade to iOS 6 simply because I enjoyed the standard Google Maps app. But, on this road trip, I have to admit there is one thing that drives me absolutely crazy: re-sizing the screen. While a tap focuses in closer and a tap of the arrow gets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Getting Business Info Changed on Google a Difficult Task

    As Google has gotten increasingly more sophisticated about delivering search results to specific users, it has incorporated tools that make local searches easier. In fact, Google prefers to provide local searches. No doubt it is less of a database strain, but more importantly it targets very specifi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Houston Not Very Racist, Homophobic Based on Twitter "Geography of Hate" Map

    Since Twitter feeds were able to be aggregated on Google Maps, there have been Web sites that published all sorts of geographic representations of the things we say. But one of the more recent goes to greater length to determine just how racist and homophobic parts of the country are. Not surprising ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    Maine-ly Delicious at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    The lobster roll is the main attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches.

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    February 5, 2013

    Apple Maps is Not Ready to Let Go of Astroworld

    Our friend Alex Luster, who was the subject of a cover story in 2011, posted something intriguing to his Facebook page on Monday. According to him, Apple Maps, the app that took the place of Google Maps in the iPhone's OS 6 upgrade and has been much maligned, apparently still believes Six Flags Astr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Houston's Top 5 Alternative Venues

    5. NUMBERS Numbers fell off. Numbers ain't what it used to be. No one goes there anymore. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, the venue may be a far cry from what it was during its heyday, when the likes of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins were stomping through town and nearly tearing its walls down. But Houston, as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Off to a Choppy Start: Batanga Takes Down the Trees on Its Patio

    The abandoned restaurant near the corner of Travis and Congress was known for two things until recently: (1) Being completely and depressingly empty since Wasabi vacated the spot several years ago and (2) having one of the most beautiful patios downtown, with a grassy area covered by a quartet of ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: HBU, Reef, Tina's Mystery Dive and more

    We tend to forget that Houston Baptist University exists. We've never met anyone who went there, at least not that we know of. We're wondering - what's it like? Are they allowed to dance there? Is it like Baylor, but with better access to pill mills and Indian food? The Health Department visited b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    App of the Week: My Top Ten Most Used Apps

    Almost five years ago, I was talking to a friend who had an iPhone. I swore up and down that after a failed Blackberry experience in the mid-`90s, I had zero interest in another so-called smart phone. My friend said it would change my life if I got one. I was already a Mac user, so I figured if I we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Trying to Sneak Into a Nickelback Show

    Rewind: So Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne Are Engaged: How Should You Feel? Saturday Night: Nickelback & Bush at Toyota Center I'd like to tell you a cautionary tale. A few weeks back Kevin Beaudette of Tupper Lake, N.Y., decided he really a) wanted to see Nickelback and b) wanted to see them for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    App of the Week: Apps That Helped on My Vacation...and a Few That Didn't

    A few weeks back, I took a two-week vacation that saw me visit three states and travel by plane, car, shuttle and even by boat for a few minutes. It was all within the U.S., but I found my need for technology surprising. Because I work for myself, I did bring a computer for occasionally catching up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    5 Songs For Frank Lloyd Wright

    It's likely the average person can name only one architect, and that it's Frank Lloyd Wright, who died 53 years ago today. Born in a small Wisconsin farming town, Wright would grow up to have an amazing impact on the world of construction and housing. His work aimed to harmonize buildings with thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Health Department Roundup

    There are no inspection reports available from February 23 to 29, but there are dozens of reports from February 22, Ash Wednesday. We're not sure about the significance of that. But it is important for restaurants to remember that they art dust, and to dust they shalt return, just keep that shit off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    That Time I Got My Car Towed at Nabi and the Houston Parking Crisis

    Getting your car towed in Houston is its own special circle of hell. Last Wednesday night, I met a friend at Nabi and when we finished our meal a little after 10 p.m., we walked the 328 feet (verified by Google Maps) to Anvil for drinks, leaving our cars in the restaurant parking lot. By the time we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    We Heart Houston -- and All of Its Food, Too

    What's not to eat in Houston? That's the question we pose in this week's cover story, "We Love Food." The answer -- in case you hadn't already guessed -- is very little. There is virtually no cuisine you can't find in Houston, and most of what you find is very good. With 8,000 restaurants and count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Astros May Be Changing Their Name? My 5 Suggestions

    Yesterday afternoon, Astros owner Jim Crane built up more good will with the Houston community in about eight minutes than the team on the field has in the last six years when he announced that the 2012 season will feature cheaper beer ($5 beers!), cheaper tickets and permission to bring your own f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Google-Map Your Way Through Bush & Hobby Airport Terminals

    The interiors of Houston's two airports are part of a launch of a new Google Maps for Android feature that lets you determine where the hell you are inside of big places like malls and department stores. Bush Intercontinental and Hobby are part of the 18 U.S. airports mapped out in the app. "Wheth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Oh gosh, I dunno if I can choke down a cherry tomato after I already pigged out on all that grape!​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where "pound cake" is more of a challenge than a noun. Bet I can pound more cake than you. We started the week off right with somethi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    Kafka didn't respect bureaucracy. And now he's dead.​We've noticed that places with dirty kitchens can escape citation or closure even after pretty damning inspections, but establishments without the proper paperwork on hand are almost certain to face punitive measures. We're not saying it's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    App of the Week: Three Hurricane Tracking Apps Just in Time for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane is about as good as it gets for tracking storms on your phone.​App: Hurricane Platforms: iPhone Web site: Apple Link Cost: $3.99 App: iHurricane HD Platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile Web site: Download Link Cost: $2.99 App: Hurricane Tracker Platforms: iPhone Web ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Allrecords Relocates To Greenway Plaza Area

    ​It's not a chain like Soundwaves, it doesn't host several in-stores a week like Cactus Music, it doesn't share a side street with a block of bars and music venues like Sig's Lagoon, and it's not a destination for vinyl and underground-music junkies like Black Dog, Sound Exchange and Vinal Edg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Saturday Night: Suckafree Concert Series at The Mink

    Photos by Larami SerranoPack It Up: UZOY​Suckafree Concert Series The Mink May 7, 2011 Suckafree is Houston's newest underground rap concert series, joining hasHBrown, John Dew and David Wright's One Mic, the Purple Bastard et. al.'s Turnin' Headz, H-Kane's Frontline Tour, and one or so other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Atoning for the [Cinematic] Sins of the Father

    A poor *black* kid? They'll never buy it.​That rumbling you heard yesterday was the muted "harrumph"-ing of thousands of American film journalists after news of the Will Smith/Jay-Z Annie reboot was confirmed: Overbrook Entertainment has formally announced a partnership with Jay-Z for future ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The Best Food Apps for Your iPhone

    The 42 Restaurants app is a thing of beauty.​I recently commented to a friend that reviewing restaurants is so much easier with a smart phone, taking notes on the fly and being able to instantly look up directions if you get lost on the way. In my case, I have an iPhone, and -- sad as I know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Google Street View Lawsuit: Texas Gets In On The Action

    According to a federal lawsuit, Google stole private information in Texas when it was collecting data for Street View. ​An East Texas attorney has filed a class action lawsuit against Google, claiming the company illegally stole data from Wi-Fi networks while collecting data for Google Maps Street ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    NASA's Latest High-Resolution Photo: Has Google Maps Robbed Us Of Our Sense Of Wonder?

    Photo courtesy NASA​You're looking at one of the highest-resolution photos ever taken from the International Space Station, posted this week by NASA. NASA says it has a resolution of two the three meters per pixel, due to (WARNING: geek talk incoming) "using lens "doublers" to increase the op ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Local Man Is a Genius; Plots All 100 of Robb Walsh's Favorite Dishes on Google Maps

    ​Kyle Nielsen is a genius, and I don't use that word lightly. Nielsen, a frequent commenter here at Eating Our Words and a man known for his preternatural knowledge of the Houston restaurant scene, sat down on the day that Robb Walsh released the final dish from his list of his 100 favorite H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    iPhone Gets Even Better: Now It Has A Houston Press App

    The Houston Press, now with more touching and sliding.​Over 50 million iPhones have been sold since the release of Apple's now-omnipresent smart phone in January 2007, and that doesn't take into account the mad rush for the latest iPhone 4. So we're willing to bet that more than a few of our r ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    If You Can't Text and Drive in Galveston, What Can You Do?

    ​In the City That Was Supposed to be Houston, famed for its throwback seaside kitsch and relentless resilience in the face of crippling natural disasters, the technology tide has turned. More accurately, the City Council transformed itself into progress-hatin' Dementors last night, entering y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Pat Robertson: Has The Man Ever Been Wrong?

    The dust had barely settled in Port-au-Prince following Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake before opportunistic Jesus-bot Pat Robertson offered his take on the tragedy. Surely a prominent religious figure like Roberts could be counted on to offer words of comfort and solace for the thousands of vict ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: "Palo Duro"

    View Five States of Texas in a larger map As any proud Texan can tell you, the Lone Star State is entitled constitutionally to split into five states if it so wishes. The scenario has rarely been more in the news than it has relatively recently, when Gov. Rick Perry played to the wingnut gallery in ... More >>

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    August 4, 2009

    Pretty Vacant: The Trouble With Houston's (Newly Award-Winning) Skyline

    Photo courtesy GHCVB​Forbes Traveler has a new list up -- called alternately "the 13 greatest urban silhouettes" and "the world's most stunning city skylines."Here is what makes a skyline great, according to the article: It has to be more than merely memorable, it must have some exceptional chara ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Kiko's Mexican Cafe

    Photos by J.C. ReidKiko'sJust like mom used to make it. When was the last time you ate at a restaurant and said that to yourself? Probably not very recently. Lots of restaurants advertise "authentic, home-cooked" meals because they use the original recipes from the owner's family, but they're still ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day: A Word of Caution

    Once a year, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shops give out free ice cream cones to anyone willing to wait in line. Yes, a scoop of ice cream comes with the cone. Next time you get snarky, please be more original. With our usual philanthropist attitude of public service, Eating Our Words took to the street ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008

    KPRC: Pay No Attention To That Alleged Camera Operator

    KPRC news has a fresh set of promos out, featuring the usual TV-news trope of reporters and cameramen dashing about to cover the city they know so deep in their bones. (How come they never show the reporters dashing to Google Maps to look up where the intersection of Chimney Rock and Bissonet is?) ... More >>

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