From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're looking at a classic cold soup from southern Spain: gazpacho. A common dish in Andalusian cuisine during the h ... More >>
There's something for everyone in this XXL sequel.
300 sequel offers more bloody hunks — and Eva Green.
Saffron, whose scarlet threads infuse a dish with a unique salty-sweet fragrance (as well as a warm tangerine hue) can be an elusive spice. Its costliness and pungent strength prevents chefs from using it willy-nilly, which makes its occasional appearances even more exciting and enticing. Saffron ... More >>
in Percy Jackson, the mythical gets standardized.
This week, we've been talking to Jean-Philippe Gaston of Cove, one of those under-the-radar chefs who likes to let his work speak for itself. Before we start our tasting, I notice his shelf full of cookbooks. Gaston pulls one down from the pile, the gold macrame- colored binding slightly ripped. He ... More >>
Around the World in 80 Sips @ Minute Maid Park Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. 501 Crawford Street For the second year, Bottlenotes presents Around the World in 80 Sips where you will have the opportunity to sample more than 80 different wines from a variety of countries, like New Zealand, South Africa, Fra ... More >>
As Americans' perceptions of and relationship with fine wine continue to evolve, wine lovers in this country continue to expand the realm of fine wine and how they "apply" the increasing number of great labels that make it to their markets. Poolside, where "white Zin" and wine coolers once dominate ... More >>
People unfamiliar with African cuisines often tend to lump them all in together: East African, West African, North African...what's the difference? We don't lump French and Spanish food together simply because they share a border, however, nor do we regard Indian and Chinese as the same because they ... More >>
The raw fish and raw meat here are so delicately and deliciously rendered, you might think about giving up on the whole fire thing.
Ironically, I lead into this weekend's football bets with a story of a poor Greek soccer team trying to stay afloat financially. Courtesy of the Soccernet area on ESPN.com: Players on a cash-strapped Greek soccer team now wear pink practice jerseys with the logos "Villa Erotica" and "Soula's House ... More >>
The first time I had a [California] veggie sandwich (in California, they just call it a "veggie sandwich"), it was at the legendary Source on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. By the time I got there (an undergrad at UCLA in the late '80s), founder Father Yod and the Source family were long gone (as ... More >>
Monday morning, the Internet was awash in consternation and jpegs after M.I.A. flashed her middle finger during Madonna's Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday, meaning Janet Jackson is finally off the hook after all these years. To be honest, Rocks Off watched the entire halftime show and must hav ... More >>
Alabama Shakes doesn't like the "retro soul" label that often is attached to their brand of music. But, if their raucous set at Continental Club on Friday night is any indication, they should embrace it because they certainly owned it. "Y'all gon' be alright," singer Brittany Howard told the packed ... More >>
Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Decanters by Riedel take wine service to a higher level of aesthetic pleasure. If you're ever invited to dine in someone's home in France, please don't bring a bottle of wine. Nothing will spur a French host to recoil in abject dishonor and displeasure than the gift of ... More >>
The first time I tasted Thalassitis by the Gaia winery (Santorini, Greece), it was poured for me by the "best sommelier in the world 2008," Aldo Sohm, at Le Bernardin in New York City in 2010. Aldo paired the wine with raw sea urchin: The "saltiness" and intense acidity of this wine, he noted, was ... More >>
Matthew DresdenLe Mistral's box lunch, with grilled chicken panini and cream of tomato soup. Perhaps the best deal in Houston.If you google the phrase "box lunch history," virtually all the results are for lunch boxes and the fascinating history thereof. (Check out the Smithsonian's photo op ... More >>
Anderson Fair alumna Lucinda Williams returns to Houston.
As promised, here are the answers to Rocks Off's "Original Band Name" quiz from Tuesday. John St. Lee, if you'd care to email us, we'll see what we can do about getting you a prize. Do you like Devo? 1. Chicago: At about 25 or 6 to 4, the Windy City jazz-rockers realized The Big Thing sucked ... More >>
Craig HlavatyEating Our Words is always happy to welcome new restaurants to town -- especially in our own neighborhood -- but at the expense of the city's few live music venues (see: Numbers) and now its only lesbian bar? Montrose nightlife staple Chances is shutting down this weekend, accor ... More >>
Hair Balls was positively ecstatic to learn that Prince William is getting hitched to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. Although the wedding isn't planned until 2011, we're already worrying over what to wear, and what to get the happy couple (we're pretty sure they'll register at Target). But in t ... More >>
What is it? The word pomegranate was derived from the Latin words "pomum" (apple) and "granatus" (seeded) - and if you've ever seen one opened up, you know this is an apt description. Mostly grown for the U.S. market in Californian orchards for their juice, a few of the intact fruits make it ... More >>
Rocks Off has picked up some CDs over the years at prices so low we think that it would've been less insulting to the artists if we had stolen them. Some of these have become our favorite albums, and in this column we'll tell you what they are and why! Back in the days when Rocks Off's main ... More >>
The Lady of the Left brings her newest book to Houston
When I met Dimitri Fetokakis on the patio of his Montrose Greek-American cafe on Labor Day morning he was calm, cool, and as bright as one of the sunny side-up eggs that come nestled in the pitas on his new breakfast menu. He didn't seem at all like a restauranteur on the brink of opening da ... More >>
Now THAT was a USA World Cup squadThe 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>
Today is Memorial Day, and Rocks Off would like to honor our brave and beloved dead as we honor everything - through music. At no time in American history have there not been men and women in life-threatening danger trying to protect us, whether it was a declared war or not. This is a sacrifice w ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttTo be fair, the gyro is as much American as it is Greek. It was introduced to both Greece and America around the same time in the mid 20th century, based on the Turkish doner kebab (which is what you'd order if you wanted a gyro in Britain, by the by). And althoug ... More >>
Robb Walsh wrote about Ekko's this week in the Press. A couple of days ago, someone asked me whether "gyros" was singular or plural and I thought I'd share this with you so that you can dazzle the Greek guy behind the counter the next time you're out and about. Like many words that come from forei ... More >>
The MFAHs third annual Italian Film Retrospective mixes Greece, France and the Holy Shroud
The story that I heard while living in Greece was that, in 1957, Nestle's was marketing an instant chocolate milk drink to the Greek market and giving away free cocktail shakers. This gave one of their Greek executives an idea on how to penetrate the Greek market with Nestle's instant coffee: Ice, ... More >>
At Arcodoro, youll find stunning seafood dishes and a classy late-night singles scene
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Paul Oakenfold takes the DJ booth at M Bar
You'll meet a creative Aries who will shake up your traditional ideas
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HGO's Mefistofele brings Hades to light
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