Gulf of Mexico

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Has Put Texas Oysters and Seafood Off the Menu

    The Galveston oil spill was bad enough when it was leaving oiled birds and all kinds of environmental and economic damage in its wake. Now it's even hitting the Texas seafood. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory on eating shellfish and other seafood from Galveston Bay o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Cruise Ship Could Test Oily Waters in Houston Channel, Says Coast Guard

    The Houston Ship Channel is looking a tad busier in the fourth day since a collision spilled close to 170,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. This morning the ship channel opened to barge traffic, but full use is still a no-go. According to Lt. Sam Danus of the U.S. Coast Guard, inbound and outb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Weekend Weather: The Cold and Rain Are Back, Ice and Snow if You Are in North Texas

    Mugginess is something we are familiar with in Houston. It's uncomfortable, but not unexpected given our proximity to the warm Gulf of Mexico. This past week, while it had its moments, has been a pretty muggy experience as temperatures gradually climbed into the mid 70s and humidity levels climbed w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Weekend Weather: A Change is Gonna Come

    Normally, if there were a 60-mph tropical storm spinning in the Gulf of Mexico, most of us would be breaking down the doors of HEB to grab bottled water we'd still have two years later. Buying up all the bottled water during a storm in a big city is a little like bringing clean sheets and hot water ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Weather Week: Fall is Coming

    The first day of October is going to be a muggy one. With temperatures in the low 90s and humidity in the same vicinity, it's not going to feel very much like fall around here this week. When people up north are already pulling out sweaters and jackets, we are still lounging around the pool. I guess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Weekend Weather: Hot, Hotter and Maybe Some Rain?

    I would like to say there is a lot to discuss with our current weather, but honestly there just isn't. It is hot. It will remain that way with highs in the 90s throughout the weekend. There is a chance of rain every day. Like most Houston summer days, the warm Gulf air often creates the chance of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Weather Week: As Rain Clears, The Tropics Get Busy

    Despite the gloomy conditions the past few days, Houston and the surrounding area hasn't received a lot of rain. On average about a half to three-quarters of an inch of rain has fallen since Saturday, but we'll take what we can get. Most of the rain has been due to a tropical disturbance in the Gulf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Weekly Weather: Wetter and Cooler (Relatively Speaking) This Week

    Wish granted, Phil.The return to normal Houston summer weather continues with rain over the past few days thanks to an onshore flow and a mild tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a welcome change from the past two years worth of drought conditions. Since Sunday, the entire area has r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Weather Weekend: Hot, Steamy Summertime in Houston

    We're really into the thick of it now. Two weeks into July and still a good solid 10-11 weeks of stifling summer heat ahead of us, this is summer in the Bayou City. Of course, our heat comes with a side order of stifling humidity, but I would put three months of living in air conditioning and sweati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Second Tropical Depression of the Year Forms in the Caribbean

    It is mid-June and we already have another tropical disturbance to deal with. In this case, it is a depression that has formed near Belize in the western Caribbean Sea. It formed rather quickly and is expected to traverse portions of Central America and Mexico before emerging in the Bay of Campeche. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    BP Rig Managers Take the "Whatever Happens in Vegas" Defense

    It's been awhile since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and kicked off the British Petroleum oil spill, sending barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Now it seems it's been long enough that the tragedy of it all has taken the track these tragedies always seem to take -- na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Weather Week: Beautiful Weather For Your Spring Break

    A blustery, overcast and even somewhat rainy weekend has given way to a seriously beautiful week, which should warm up nicely as we continue into this coming weekend, perfect for all you spring break maniacs. But, if you started your party this past weekend, it might have been a minor bummer, dude, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Texas' Forgotten Artificial Reefs: Six Great Photographs

    For the past 30 years, the Texas Artificial Reef program has been adding reef sites throughout the state's waters, with 68 reef sites in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from 40 to 360 acres in size. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department realizes most people haven't heard of the program. "The Texas Artif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Top 10 Eating...Our Words Posts of 2012

    Last week, we began wrapping up the year in review. We looked at the most notable restaurant closings of 2012, the restaurants we're most excited about for 2013 and our most popular Top 10 lists of the year. This week, we're looking at the best new restaurants of 2012 and -- today -- the 10 most po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Hurricane Season is Over for Houston!! (According To Our Bold Prediction); Cooler Weather On the Way, God's In His Heaven, Etc., Etc.

    Yeah, you heard me. It might sound like a bold prediction, but it's actually safer than you think. I've often told my friends that my favorite day of the year is October 1. The reason for this is that football season has started, basketball training camp is about to open, the holidays are on the wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Coast Guard Seized $100,000 Worth of Illegal Shrimp Last Week

    Only a couple of weeks prior to the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season opening, the Coast Guard has been busy seizing thousands of pounds of illegally harvested shrimp in Texas waters. Last Monday, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron caught two shrimping boats hauling up their catches in closed water ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    "Gulf of America"? Don't Stop There! Five More Equally Sane Name Changes Needed

    A Mississippi lawmaker has completely and utterly disgraced Texas politicians by being the first to introduce legislation to change the name of the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of America. And not because, as Stephen Colbert once put it when he made the same suggestion, "we broke it, we bought it." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Invasive Black Tiger Shrimp On the Rise in the Gulf of Mexico

    Black tiger shrimp are monsters, the kind of creatures that make you think that maybe "jumbo shrimp" isn't such an oxymoron after all. The distinctive black-and-orange-striped shrimp can grow to more than a foot in length and over a pound in weight. And according to the Galveston Daily News, they're ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2011

    The Great Gulf

    Readers discuss The Fish That Got Away

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Exxon's New Giant Oil Find Could Meet World Needs For....A Couple of Months

    Fighting with the feds over who gets that sweet, sweet oil​The energy world is marveling today at news that ExxonMobil's recent discovery in the Gulf of Mexico could contain up to a billion barrels of oil. "The only thing that surprised the energy industry more than Exxon Mobil Corp.'s mammot ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 11, 2011

    The Fish That Got Away

    The Gulf of Mexico produces some of the world's most delicious seafood, but we're not processing it for sushi. What gives?

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    The Art of Ike Jime: How to Properly Kill a Sushi-Grade Fish

    In this week's cover story, I examine the many reasons that sushi-grade fish isn't pulled from the Gulf of Mexico. When it comes to sushi, you can pretty much forget about SLGT'ing in Houston -- or the rest of Texas, for that matter. One of the most significant reasons that Gulf fish can't be con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    How to Ike Jime a Fish, and Why You'd Want To

    In this week's cover story, we examine the many reasons that sushi-grade fish isn't pulled from the Gulf of Mexico. When it comes to sushi, you can pretty much forget about "eating local" in Houston -- or the rest of Texas, for that matter. One of the most significant reasons that Gulf fish can't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    55 Pounds of Coke? Six Other Things Found on Galveston Beaches, Ranked from Worst to Best

    Whales, gold rings, messages in bottle, coke​A jogger found 55 pounds of cocaine on the beach in Galveston this morning, a bigger haul than the 37 pounds someone else found there a year ago. In both cases, they turned it over to the cops instead of going all low-rent Breaking Bad. Of course, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Last Night: Steve Earle At House Of Blues

    Photos by Jason Wolter​Steve Earle & the Dukes and Duchesses House of Blues July 6, 2011 During her sublime set at Verizon a couple of weeks ago, Emmylou Harris mentioned how she thought Barack Obama was pretty okay, and how she hoped his election meant our society had evolved beyond the even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Fly, Little Turtle! Fly To Freedom! (Or At Least Dive)

    Bryan FrazierAnother rehabbed turtle gets set free​Look at that green sea turtle -- dude is flapping his flippers with joy as he's released out of rehab and sent back to his (or her) warm, inviting Gulf of Mexico home. The turtle was one of three released today in South Padre by the texas Par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    BP? Maybe Not - Five Other Possible Summer Fest Sponsors

    Jermaine Rogers​Today is not only 4/20 and whatever the name for the Wednesday of Holy Week is - sorry, it's been a while since Rocks Off has been to church - it's the one-year anniversary of the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. It's also the latest April Fool's Day in history, because earlie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Drilling Ban Lifted: Five (Possible) New Federal Mandates

    The Obama administration has lifted the ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is also enforcing steps to make sure a disaster such as the Deepwater Horizon leak never, ever happens again.Don't worry, we have a plan​The feds have outlined a bunch of tough new regulations and g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Great Gulf Dinner: What Oil Spill?

    ​You may or may not have heard about this little thing that happened recently in the Gulf of Mexico. Some assholes were drilling for oil without following safety precautions and -- oops! -- nearly wrecked an enormous portion of the ocean for generations to come. Dicks. The good news is that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Game Time: Tiger Woods -- Divorce, It Does A Body Good

    Tammy Wynette never addressed the golf angle​Sometimes bad things happen to good people. Oil spills, hurricanes, divorce. Compassionate human beings don't wish any of these things upon their fellow man.That said, we live in a capitalist society. Financial Darwinism, survival of the fittest, wha ... More >>

  • Music

    August 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Houston Chronicle Readers Aren't Buying The Latest Bit Of Desperation

    Next up for the Chron: "Tits or GTFO"​The Houston Chronicle, in its bid to get as many clicks and eyeballs and whatevers on its website, has made many errors in judgment. There's the sex column Girl Dick. There's the plan to give every person who asks their very own personal blog.And there's the " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Secret of the Sea: Lolliguncula Brevis

    ​The sparkling enope squid, which is found in the Western Pacific Ocean, is a seasonal delicacy that is found in sushi bars between the months of March and May. They're also known as "firefly squid" (hotaru ika in Japanese) because each tentacle contains a photophore that flashes a luminescent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Clearing Out the Pantry

    ​Occasionally, there are days when you don't have the funds, energy or motivation to make it to the grocery store. You probably need milk, coffee, eggs or other staples found in even the barest refrigerators and pantries, but the thought of heading anywhere but home after the workday seems mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010


    ​ We know, we know. Freaky, huh? That ain't an April Fool's joke either - it's real. When a friend emailed us that picture Wednesday, Rocks Off knew we had to share it with you, but it took a while for us to come up with the proper musical context. Although that... thing... is actually a jacked-up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    October 21, 2009

    Southwest To Make Guinea Pigs Out Of Passengers, All In The Name Of The Environment

    ​We've heard of test pilots, but Southwest Airlines is offering the chance to be a test passenger.The airline is introducing a new "Green Plane," one where the materials used on a lot of things are lighter, resulting in a plane that uses less fuel to fly.If it works.One aircraft will be outfitted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    It's Spindletop In The Gulf For A Houston Oil Company

    There's black gold, Texas tea deep, deep in the Gulf of Mexico, if Anadarko Petroleum is any indication.This morning the exploration company announced its second major find in three days from deep-water drilling in the Gulf.The details of the finds are a little mind-numbing to the layman -- they're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Balinese Room Unlikely to Rebuild

    Photos by Brett Koshkin Scott Arnold, the Houston attorney who bought Galveston's Balinese Room in 2001 and watched it get washed into the Gulf of Mexico during the early hours of Hurricane Ike's landfall, has posted an open letter on its Web site that more or less closes the book on the storied se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Requiem for the Balinese Room

    All artwork courtesy of “Deep in the South of Texas not so long ago, there on a crowded island in the Gulf of Mexico It didn't take too much money, man, but it sure was nice. You could dance all night if you felt all right, drinking whiskey and throwing dice. And everybody know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2007

    Going Coastal See? It's even on a book! We had a bone to pick with Chicago Public Radio's Third Coast International Audio Festival. We know the U.S.'s oil rig-infested chunk of the Gulf of Mexico isn't always pleasant to look at (let alone swim in) but it's an actual part of the ocean while ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Sparkling Waters

    Houston's heating up, but there are plenty of ways to cool down

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Seafood Restaurant

    Goode Co. Texas Seafood

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Indian Restaurant

    Restaurant Indika

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003
  • Calendar

    September 18, 2003

    Wet World

    Texas Master Naturalists give kids a peek at life in the gulf

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2003

    Fishing Trip

    Bring your shrimps to the gulf

  • Dining

    October 19, 2000

    Fish Stories

    Speaking off the toque: John Zotos

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