Gulf Coast

  • Blogs

    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 23, 2014

    Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's On A Friday

    This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    In the Home Stretch for Menu of Menus: A Few Tickets Left

    With just a few days left before this year's Houston Press Menu of Menus, coming this Tuesday night, fewer than 50 General Admission tickets and fewer than 100 VIP tickets remain. General admission tickets are $50 ($60 at the door) and VIP are $90. Menu of Menus kicks off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, A ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Pints

    Houston's 10 best beer bars

  • Blogs

    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

    November 14, 2012

    George Aragon Charged with Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child, is Brought Back From Guam

    It took about a month but Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators finally have U.S. Marine George Aragon back in the United States, specifically in the Harris County Jail on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The 22-year-old Aragon was picked up about a month ago in Guam but refuse ... 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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    May 16, 2012

    Louisiana Senate Votes to Beg Roger Goodell to Unsuspend Saints Players and Coaches

    Let me preface what I am about to say by noting that I love the State of Louisiana. I don't think I've ever had a bad trip to the state. It's one of my favorite places to visit, complete with otherworldly cuisine, ultra-accessible alcohol and gambling, and unintentional comedy galore. In short, I a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Just Say No to Green Beer and Cancer

    Instead of chugging crappy green beer for St. Patrick's Day (which is tomorrow, in case you missed the memo), here are three other suggestions that don't suck: Barbecue guru Neil "Bigmista" Strawder is returning home to Galveston tomorrow for a charity barbecue at St. Augustine of Hippo, the oldest ... More >>

  • Music

    February 23, 2012
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    February 16, 2012
  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speed Bartending and Valentine-Making

    Pondicheri's second monthly charity breakfast is planned for tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Half of the proceeds from all sales will go to benefit Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, so dig in. The following Monday, January 16, Valentines for Soldiers will take over the Saint Arnold brewery from 6 to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    In Memoriam: Musicians And Industry Giants We Lost In 2011

    For Rocks Off, one of the creepiest parts of our job is to report on deaths in the industry. Now matter how old or young the musician or mogul is, it's hard to try to quantify a person's life over the course of a few hundred words. How can you? Professional obit writers must be touched by the hand o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    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

    December 8, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Radishes

    Photo by John Kiely​A Master Gardener will know the ideal dates to plant and harvest each crop, but a Casual Tiller like myself requires a simpler scheme, so I go with holidays. Tomatoes and hot peppers go in after Valentine's Day; broccoli comes out on St. Pat's. Parsley and cilantro get pl ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    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. Robb Walsh: If you're still stumped for a Christmas gift, Robb Walsh would like ... 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

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Keaton Prescott: Live From Tropical Storm Alex

    ​Rocks Off was not happy to wake up Monday morning and find out that we would have to begin each day this week by tracking another potentially home-wrecking storm. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to cross through the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico and hit somewhere near the mouth of the Rio G ... More >>

  • Calendar

    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
  • Music

    September 3, 2009
  • Dining

    July 16, 2009
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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

  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Half Shell Face-Off

    Compare East Coast oysters to Gulf Coast oysters and see what you think

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2006
  • Dining

    January 7, 1999

    Island Comfort

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

  • Dining

    May 12, 1994

    Haute Spot

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

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