Gulf Coast

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Group Talks Multi-Billion Coastal Barrier We Hope We Don't Need (But Probably Do)

    Earlier this month the Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance met to discuss a plan that would keep us (and our energy industry) from going underwater in the event of a catastrophic storm surge. Unfortunately, according to storm watchers, the Gulf Coast is likely to get hit by a major storm every 15 y ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Few Tickets Left for Menu of Menus! Get 'Em Before They're Gone!

    It's here! It's here! It's here! OK, actually it happens tomorrow, but close enough. Menu of Menus is finally here, which means you finally get to taste all the great food you've been reading about (and I've been writing about) for weeks! I'm told the event is almost sold out, but there are still ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 6, 2014

    Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

    FYI, it's on a Friday.

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    January 13, 2014

    The Texas Supreme Court is Interested in the Keystone Pipeline Case, Go Figure

    When the Texas Supreme Court agreed to take a look at the case, The Crawford Family Farm Partnership vs. TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LLC. it's a fair bet that everyone and their dog thought the justices would have their minds made up before they even got the case file. Well, it seems everyone an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Still Awaiting the Keystone Decision, Oil Moves On

    Oil industry types and environmentalists alike have been arguing about the Keystone XL Pipeline for years now. Oil people wanted the Transcanada line put in because it would tote barrels worth of bitumen, the sticky black tar sands crude, thousands of miles from Canada to the Gulf Coast. But now, de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Dengue Fever Has Been in Houston For Years -- You May Commence Panicking

    Just in case you needed a new reason to fear for your life, a Baylor College of Medicine scientist has co-authored a new study showing that a fatal strain of mosquito-carryin' dengue fever has been in Houston for years. High-five! "There was dengue circulating, and we had no idea that it was here ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Backstreet Café is taking a beverage-driven approach to Houston Restaurant Weeks and there's something for everyone. They have developed specific, three-course dinner menus for red wine, white wine, beer and cocktails. Pairings are an additional cost, but y ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    More Than 500 Indians Abused by Human Trafficking, Lawyer Says

    In 2005, Hurricane Katrina not only almost destroyed New Orleans and wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane may also have opened the door for human trafficking for one company, according to lawsuits filed in Texas and Mississippi on Tuesday. The swathe of destruction Hurricane Katrina cut ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    State Seeking To Close Rollover Pass After Almost 60 Years, To Residents' Regret

    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 >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

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    February 18, 2013

    Where to Eat During Lent 2013: 40 Days of Meatless Meals, Vegetables & Fish

    Lenten season is upon us. Many people have decided to give up something that they love in their lives, and most of the time that something ends up being food or drink. I'm talking about beer, chocolate, candy, coffee and meat. Devout Catholics also abstain from meat throughout the Lent season, so, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants: The List Is Live

    Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Uh-Oh, Texas: Why You Shouldn't Ignore Tropical Storm Isaac Just Yet

    With all the advances in computer modeling and meteorological technology, ultimately, weather is just sometimes difficult to predict. Case in point: current Tropical Storm Isaac, floating along in the Caribbean Sea worrying the crap out of people all along the Gulf Coast. For the past couple of day ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    May 4, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Tails & Tunes, Los Skarnales, Etc.

    Mango's gets a jump on Cinco de Mayo with its "Cuatro de Mayo" party presented by Rockin' Steady. Cover is only $2, or free with a Social Distortion ticket stub. This could be fun: This month across the street, Numbers is letting one lucky winner create his or her own 15-minute Classic Numbers DJ ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

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    February 8, 2012

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    Dude, You Going to Eat That?: Adjectives on menus serve a much larger purpose than simply describing the food you're about to eat, says Dr. Ricky. Instead, he writes, they're "mostly a function of manipulating expectations" and driving up prices, which is exceptionally easy when you consider that ma ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 12, 2011

    Gulf Coast Fried Rice, or What To Do with Random Leftovers

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallThis dinner only cost 5 cents. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.​I think I might have mentioned that I hate wasting food. Perhaps you've noticed on your own. Either way, I think it's fair to say that re-purposing leftovers - ingredients, composed elements, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Carrots: The Good and the Bad

    Photo by John Kiely​The unique challenge to carrot-growing in Houston is simply a question of depth. A productive local garden can be made with a mere four or five inches of raised-bed soil, but carrots grow to be much longer, or should I say, deeper than that. A few inches underneath the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    10 Tips for Eating MREs, from a Pro

    The Beef Ravioli Meal, Ready to Eat (MRE) was the best option on my post Hurricane Katrina menu.​Six years ago, citizens of the Gulf Coast were starting to understand the immediate implications of their world post Hurricane Katrina. Power had been out since the storm made landfall, which mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Five Crazy Mandatory Water Restrictions: Coming Soon, Maybe

    Yesterday, the mayor announced her plan to ration H2O next week if we don't get any rain. No more of this Stage 1 voluntary nonsense. If we don't want to wash our faces with Gulf Coast fish brine, we're going to have to move to Stage 2: no car washing, twice a week lawn watering, and a 72-hour cap o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    App of the Week: Top Nine Websites for Hurricane Season

    Literally, the weather authority when it comes to hurricanes, it's hard to beat the NHC.​I swear that after this post, I will stop talking about weather apps and websites for a while, but since it is hurricane season here on the Gulf Coast, I figured one more post won't hurt anybody and it mig ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011
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    April 29, 2011

    Yacht Owners Deserve A Huge Tax Break, Texas House Panel Decides

    Who know who's suffering in this economy? Yacht owners, that's who. Luckily Texas legislators have recognized this crisis, and momentarily put aside slashing public education to address the issue. A House panel has approved a bill that would cap state taxes on any yacht -- even the mega-million tw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about her first visit to Pondicheri, the new West Ave restaurant from Anita Jaisinghani, leading to an interesting conversation in the comments about Gulf Coast-Indian fusion, local ingredients and pricing. Wrote Doc Ricky: Just mulling it over: shouldn't the u ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Tony Mandola

    Plans for the new digs.​EOW recently sat down with Tony Mandola to get the inside scoop on his new restaurant. We met at Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen for a chat. Eating Our Words: Hello Tony! It is so nice to meet you. We have so many things we are dying to ask you, but let's just st ... More >>

  • Music

    September 16, 2010
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    September 9, 2010

    NANO Fiction Reading Series: Casey Fleming and Sophie Rosenblum

    Two local authors give us pithy, pulpy fiction

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    July 16, 2010

    Openings and Closings

    Photo courtesy of the Barbed Rose.Fried oysters on top of house-cured bacon at the Barbed Rose.​Openings all over town have things looking up for intrepid food lovers as well as those ready to welcome back some old favorites. In the Clear Lake area, the beloved Alpine Brauhaus has opened back ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    2nd Annual Earth Day Houston Festival, 5K & Green Expo

    From A (AIA Gulf Coast) to Z (Norma Zenteno), there's lots of fun at this festival

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    December 17, 2009

    Houston Film Critics Society

    And the winner is...

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    October 22, 2009
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    July 16, 2009
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    March 27, 2009

    You've Got Crabs! Of the Soft-Shell Variety

    Take me to your eater For true seafood lovers, one of Mother Nature's greatest inventions is undoubtedly the soft-shell crab. "Softies" are one of those rare creatures that seem engineered specifically for human consumption. For the uninitiated, a soft-shell crab is a crab that has just molted ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    A Taste of the Tasting Room

    Chef Steve Super has Gulf Coast cuisine honed to a fine art, surprising for someone who hails from Vermont and only recently made Texas his home. This time last year, Super was the executive chef at Steve and Erika's, the restaurant at Ten Acres Lodge in Stowe, VT, where he'd taken the restaurant ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Ivy League Frat Punished For Helping Ike Victims

    Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, an Ivy League fraternity has been punished for daring to hold a fund-raiser for Ike victims. The Delta Tau chapter at Brown University gave a party September 19 and raised $800 which they gave to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. Ten fraternity brothers were ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown's Grave Intact... Sort Of

    Gatemouth Brown: Long live the king of Gulf Coast music Back in 2005, in one of the very last times he would set foot in a recording studio, Texas swing master Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown recorded the old Blind Lemon Jefferson Texas blues staple “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean.” The Gulf ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

    It's been three years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita pounded the Gulf Coast, sending thousands of evacuees into Texas. No other city did more to help than Houston, and to say thank you the Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston project is throwing a festival this Saturday at Discovery Green – u ... More >>

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    August 7, 2008

    Local Authors Day

    Brazos Bookstore showcases H-town literary talent

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    May 29, 2008

    Poison Pen Reading Series

    This monthly happening offers a sampling of Houston’s literary scene

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    December 6, 2007

    A Gulf Coast Christmas at the Orange Show

    The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Lil’ Pop Ledet crank up the holidays

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    October 30, 2007

    The Official Memo from Jeff Cohen on the Houston Chronicle Layoffs

    Here’s the official memo from editor Jeff Cohen on how the Houston Chronicle will be even bigger and better now that it’s gotten rid of all those pesky reporters and editors:

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    March 9, 2006
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    January 7, 1999

    Island Comfort

    Reggae Hut starts good and gets butter. (Er, better.)

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    October 31, 1996
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    May 12, 1994

    Haute Spot

    Chef Louis Cressy enlivens the Lancaster with his neo-Gulf Coast cuisine

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