• Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample: 1975

    With the wild, platinum-selling commercial success of Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark in 1974, Joe Sample's studio-session career went into warp drive. Throughout the remainder of the decade, he would sprint from one important project to the next. Sample's Crusaders dropped Those Southern Nights in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Dinner with Dad: Bun Cha Hanoi at Thien Thanh

    Another dinner with dad, another new dish discovered, this time at Thien Thanh on Bellaire Boulevard. Thien Thanh is not a new restaurant of course; their banh cuon is the best in the city, and has been much lauded over by Vietnamese food lovers all over Houston. When my dad suggested we meet there ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Josh Trevino: A Chat With The Prominent Texan Conservative Voice Outed as Malaysian Agent

    After the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, Western agents began probing the documents long squirreled away in Soviet-satellite archives. Among the documents unearthed following Prime Minister Eric Honecker's democratic decisions was a money trail circling an Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we firmly believe that crawfish have been mollycoddled for far too long in this city. With that in mind, get prepared for this crawfish season with a little primer from our own Katharine Shilcutt. It's simple, easy-to-follow, and - f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Banh Cuon Like They Make it in Hanoi

    When I think of classic Vietnamese dishes, they are usually quite simple. There are the noodle soups such as pho, there are the rice vermicelli dishes, such as bun thit nuong, and there are rice plates like com tam bi cha thit nuong. Another dish that I grew up eating and loving is banh cuon, what I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Quoc Viet Chicken Pho Soup Base

    Photo by John SuhIt's okay to cheat in this day and age: the key to quick and good pho​Now that the season of big holiday dinners is mostly over, it's time to put away those casserole dishes and serving platters, and unearth that stockpot and those gigantic soup bowls. It's time to push the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    The 10 Best Warplane Films, According to Real Aviation Buffs (No Top Gun, Thank You)

    Featuring a proto-beatnik jet pilot​With the possible exceptions of horses and ships, no other non-speaking entity has starred in so many motion pictures as the airplane. And we love airplanes. We love them so much we've probably seen every last airplane movie worth watching, and even more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Bun Bo Hue Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

    Bun Bo Hue - shown with the traditional "gio heo," or pork hock ​There's so much more to explore and understand about Vietnamese cuisine than banh mi and pho. The regional differences in the north, central and southern regions of Vietnam mean that there are foods at which each region excels. ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009

    Pot au Pho

    This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.

  • Dining

    December 17, 2009

    Banh Cuon and Bug Juice

    According to an expert, North Vietnamese food without water beetle essence is like a hot dog without mustard.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    My Tour Guide to Hanoi Cuisine

    ​In this week's CafĂ© review, Carl Han reveals his own formula for banh cuon dipping sauce -- a recipe that involves water beetle essence along with chile peppers and fish sauce. After demonstrating my dismal understanding of Vietnamese cuisine in my review and blog post about Banh Cuon Hoa 2, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Yummy Water Beetle Essence

    ​ Thai mang da, known in Vietnamese as ca cuong, is available in the U.S. in the form of an artificial extract. It has a pleasant floral aroma with a slightly funky background scent. It is an essential flavor in North Vietnamese cuisine. Former residents of Hanoi put a drop of the stuff in the ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 12, 2009

    Enough About Mi

    Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    For Wayne Dolcefino's Probation: Five Trespassing Movies

    KTRK's investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino has done a fair amount of good, exposing mismanagement of taxpayer dollars and safety issues concerning the fire department and public schools.Then again, he also devotes significant energy to rooting out handicapped-parking cheats and wading chest-deep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Sole Of Houston: Airline Drive, Complete

    The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments. Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a potent ... More >>

  • News

    April 3, 2003

    Vietnam 1, Alief 0

    HCC cuts classes after planting a flag in Saigon

  • News

    January 3, 2002

    Agent of Doom

    Former enemies unite against the continuing fallout from deadly defoliants of the Vietnam War

  • News

    May 4, 2000

    Duke Truong's Freedom Ride

    A precocious refugee from Vietnam sought a fast track to the American Dream. He found prison instead.

  • Film

    February 10, 2000

    Reel Worlds

    Houston mines international gold with the Pan-Cultural Film Festival

  • News

    December 30, 1999
  • Film

    May 20, 1999

    Oh, Bui!

    Three Seasons shows off a young director's purity and purpose

  • Music

    April 24, 1997

    The Girl in the Glasses

    Nana Mouskouri has the world. So why does she want America?

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    The Last Battle of Chau Minh Nguyen

    An ex-commando claims the U.S. owes him for 19 lost years

  • News

    August 17, 1995

    Baby Boom

    For parents seeking adoptive children, Vietnam may be the new frontier

  • News

    February 9, 1995

    Casualties of War

    Houston's Vietnamese now call Texas home, but they continue to be haunted by ghosts of the conflict that drove them here