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A Steakburger is one of the best burgers from a chain.
When my kids were young, I didn't force them to play T-ball or try dance class or even go to school regularly. One thing I insisted upon was them sitting with me at holiday time to watch the Peanuts specials I eagerly awaited each year as a boy. I know they found Charlie Brown's blockheadedness bor ... More >>
The age of laptop hobos.
Exciting news all around this week! In my hunt for opening and closing news, I only found one place closing its doors, but several new joints have opened in its wake. Hey, the more food, the merrier. Champions Forest-area Ba Mien Bistro, which had been closed for two weeks to fix the air conditioni ... More >>
During a relaxing champagne bubblebath, I dreamt up a 2k13 version of The Peach Pit from Beverly Hills, 90210. Well, that "fan fiction" wasn't the end for me. Instead, it got me thinking about another '90s cult hit hangout -- The Max from Saved by the Bell. Here's what I'm fairly positive The Max ... More >>
By today's standards, Pete Wells's November review of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar is ancient, up there with Hadrian's Wall and some other things you forgot after college. But there's apparently still mileage there, as evidenced by the parody menu a New York programmer created (with some help ... More >>
The New Year brings new series and the return of some of the best cooking shows on television. With today being the first day of 2013, we ranked our top five cooking shows for this year. Some are new and some are veterans, but all of them are enjoyable (or at least predicted to be) to watch. Here a ... More >>
From eating like cavemen to redneck sketti, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest food happenings of 2012. 12. Singapore Serves Mashed Potatoes...From A Vending Machine? The internet was abuzz when a photo of a mashed potato vending machine surfaced. Eventually, the viral picture was tr ... More >>
This past summer, long before he was raising Guy Fieri's frosted tip hackles, New York Times food critic Pete Wells was lashing out against the continuing "small plate" trend and its tendency -- as Wells put it -- to lend "the sensation of having eaten a delicious meal without feeling truly satisfie ... More >>
We don't expect you guys to read every little thing we write. After all, Eating...Our Words publishes at least ten posts per day. But every once in a while, a topic arises on which we've pontificated in the past -- and in those cases, we like to re-run a previous post which we think still addresses ... More >>
We last saw Anthony Bourdain in Houston back in 2010 right after the release of his book, Medium Raw. It was a sold out show befitting of a rock star, and those that came looking for his usual offensive language and utter disdain for Food Network stars and all things celebrity chefs weren't disappoi ... More >>
Ever come up with an innovative, couldn't be more perfect, fan-freaking-tastic idea, only to discover someone's already come up with it? Well, this is the complete opposite... You see, in these cases, we can't seem to wrap our heads around the fact that these items exist...like, in real life. It tr ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where frog mating season is in full swing, or so we presume from their constant, torturous croaking coming from just outside the window. We're getting to be such an expert at searching them out in the dark that we just might make a career ... More >>
As event grew, so did promises, expectations and disappointments.
The mid-week holiday has left us with a lot to catch up on. (Wednesday off? That's not America. That's not even Mexico.) So here's a quick and dirty, Hemmings-and-Jefferson-behind-the-barn-style roundup. Bosnian BYOB Café Pita (10890 Westheimer) - a favorite of ours, as well as of stylish, demure ... More >>
On a recent road trip to Chicago, my girlfriend and I wound up eating far more Wendy's than normal people should. Driving through small towns and with options limited, sometimes fast food is the preferable option to the local truck stop with all the windowless vans parked out back. I rarely eat fa ... More >>
I didn't know Rocco DiSpirito was a Jonas Brother! And was that really Gordon Ramsay starring opposite Will Ferrell in Step Brothers? Who knew! Check out these and more Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers: 13. Rocco DiSpirito vs. Nick Jonas Renowned chef, cookbook author and the fifth Jonas Brother.
At my house, the DVR is always set to record Food Network Star (nee The Next Food Network Star). The only Food Network mega-star to emerge from the show was Season Two winner Guy Fieri, although other contestants have developed lasting concepts that continue to air on Food Network. I think one of th ... More >>
In this week's cafe review, we take a look at how Lankford Grocery has managed to remain relevant and curiously current despite nearly 75 years of dealing in the dual arts of burgers and nostalgia. But what's equally interesting to me is gathering stories of Lankford Grocery's patrons over the years ... More >>
Last week, we told you where chefs Ryan Hildebrand, Michael Pellegrino and Kaz Edwards like to eat when they're not in the kitchen. Today, we bring you three Latin chefs' perspective when we chat with Roberto Castre, David Guerrero and Hugo Ortega. Roberto Castre Executive Chef and Owner, Latin ... More >>
Not to get all Sam Brown-on-Guy Fieri on you guys, but Sandra Lee bugs me a little. In the past, she did not bug me -- in fact, my first attempts in the kitchen were prompted at least in part by her recipes. (I didn't start cooking until I was 30. Seriously.) I found her "semi-homemade" concept of ... More >>
"Simple. Fifteen years have gone by." Nineteen ninety-seven may have been one of the most magical years in trash-pop history. You had the Spice Girls, Hanson, Shania Twain, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton and Aqua burning up the radio as old-timers like David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John made retu ... More >>
We've all seen this spiked, peroxide-dyed Food Network star eating his way across America's heartland. We've all heard him choking out limp catchphrases around mouthfuls of food, wheezing out airy, hyena-like whinnies of laughter while wiping grease and mustard off of his perfectly manicured, bleac ... More >>
"I know it when I see it." - Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, on correctly identifying pornography. Also applies to dive bars. The dive distinction is complicated. Used to be you could stick a bar in the non-dive phylum if a web jukebox were present. But nowadays there are dives that still fee ... More >>
James "Bull" Durham burned down his mother's house while cooking meth. In Angelina County, the jail is full of guys like him..
What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>
So, the Next Food Network Star has been announced. We'll get to the winner, but first, I'm writing as I watch the reunion show and revisiting some of the contestants eliminated early on: the ones I rooted for and the ones I rolled my eyes at. The show started off with 14 contestants; by the ... More >>
Yum-o???It does not surprise me that people who cook well become popular. What shocks me is that many of these people remain famous even after revealing their less savory personalities and sometimes substandard skills. Here are five celebrity chefs I hope take their "talents" to another plan ... More >>
Photo by Matthew DresdenDomenica Catelli, outside her family's eponymous restaurant in Geyserville, CAThis week on a very special Chef Chat: the California wine country edition! Domenica Catelli might be the most prolific chef you've never heard of, with a hand in nearly every aspect of the ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshThelma's previous incarnation.Houston may feel a little like Rodney Dangerfield when it comes to being recognized as a top culinary city -- we get no respect. But the Food Network has always shown Houston a little love. As early as 2003, shows on the Food Network were featu ... More >>
The Place: Red Lion Pub 2316 S. Shepherd 713-782-3030 http://www.redlionhouston.com The Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays The Deals: $1 off beer and well drinks The Scene: The Red Lion is a nice lunch spot, but it isn't anything approaching a ... More >>
Flo will make this list pretty soon, we're guessingGeneral Motors has announced it is retiring the Mr. Goodwrench character from its advertising line-up.Which is probably a good thing, since a) We weren't even aware they were still using it, and b) It's probably not as big a selling point as it u ... More >>
You can be Mario Batali in just a few easy steps.Halloween is upon us, yet again. And every year, Halloween costumes get either sluttier or blatantly, intentionally lamer. (Witness our sister blog, Art Attack, for more ideas on how to achieve the latter.) So what does a food-loving, non-slut ... More >>
Aw, come on, that's not... that's not something that should be done, there.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're still trying to figure out a way to combine grits and dumplings. Don't tell us it can't be done; we've got a dream. How did we start the week ou ... More >>
Guy Fieri.The other night I was watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and every time it would go to commercial, I would scroll down to the Travel Channel and watch No Reservations. Then it hit me: Could there be two "celebrity chefs" any more famous and yet totally different than Guy Fieri an ... More >>
Craig Mallinson with everyone's favorite TV host, Guy Fieri. Today we continue our chat with Craig Mallinson, owner of the Red Lion, about his menu. EOW: So let's talk about the food some more, how did it all start and then how did it evolve? Mallinson: We started off with a basic menu. We ... More >>
I was recently at T-Bone Tom's in Kemah eating the amazing house-made smoked sausage and those awesome armadillo eggs, when I noticed that on the wall by our table was a spray-painted stencil of Guy Fieri's signature, along with a picture of him shaking the owner's hand. It was funny, and so ... More >>
If you think that food-oriented television couldn't get any worse or lowbrow than Sandra Lee's infamous Kwanzaa cake or the frosted tips of Guy Fieri traveling the nation in search of burgers, burgers and more mediocre burgers, you're in for a shock: There is much worse programming on the men ... More >>
Photo by This Is Freaking RidiculousAn AK-47 made entirely out of bacon? Yup, that's pretty much 2009 summed up. So this is the time of year when we normally say things like "Wow, another year gone by already!" and "Can ya believe it's almost 2010?" and "Say there, how come you just broke my ... More >>
Yup, it's a dessert again, just like Thanksgiving. Something about the holidays ignites my inner sugar lunatic.Happy Holidays! And no, that's not just political correctness talking; there happens to be plenty of holidays besides Christmas in December, including St. Stephen's Day and the Emperor's ... More >>
Some say Hodad's in San Diego has the best hamburger in the country. Just before I flew out to California, I was watching the Jay Leno show. That night Leno did a Top 10 list with Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Leno asked Fieri to name the No. 1 burger in the ... More >>
The Food Network's hugely successful show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives recently visited Niko Niko's Greek restaurant in Montrose. Amidst owner Dimitri Fetokakis's banter with hyper host Guy Fieri was this little nugget of information: Niko Niko's no longer slow-marinates its legendary lamb sha ... More >>
Photo by Steve Rhodes Michael Pollan, speaking in San FranciscoMichael Pollan's latest piece in this past Sunday's New York Times Magazine has once again proven to do what Pollan's work does best: incite furious discussion among food lovers, food writers and food professionals. Best ... More >>
Welcome back to Eating Our Words' weekly round-up, where the beer flows like honey, and vice versa (our still is broken, and our bees are drunk). Speaking of honey, Robb Walsh had an interesting look at cucuzza blossom honey, which is the honey from a Sicilian squash used primarily by the Cosa Nostr ... More >>
Guy Fieri Once again, a national eye has turned to Houston, which the rest of the country tends to dismiss out of hand as not being a food town. Guy Fieri's popular Food Network show -- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives -- has spent the last few weeks filming at various restaurants around town, lead ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttPictured: Damn fine pie. Not pictured: Laura Palmer, Log Lady, backwards-talking jazz dwarf Welcome back to the weekly Eating Our Words round-up! This week started out with more Cinco de Mayo fare and the triumphant return of Robb Walsh with his Top 5 Cinco de Mayo Mariach ... More >>
If I could take Guy Fieri out for a taste of Houston I'd do the following in this order (all on the same day...we'd have to start early): First stop: Crispy puffy tacos at Loma Linda and Los Tios. Photos by Jay FrancisPuffy tacos at Loma Linda Puffy tacos at Los Tios