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    October 6, 2014

    Owls Defeat The Rainbow Warriors

    The Rice Owls offense looked to be sleeping most of Saturday night. There'd be a three-and-out and a punt. Then a three-and-out and a punt. And on, and on. The Owls had expected a tough contest from Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, and the offense expected that the Hawaii defense would throw out multiple bl ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Galveston Ranked on of the 10 Destination Cities on the Rise by Website

    For Houstonians, Galveston is a great weekend getaway, even a day trip. Sure, it's a bit seedy and the water, thanks to silt from the Mississippi River, is not exactly like a tropical island unless the island is surrounded by dirty river water. But, they have some great places to eat, there's plenty ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    California, Bucking Other States, Expands Access to Abortion

    As you can see from this chart, since the 2010 mid-term elections there has been a significant uptick in abortion restrictions. State legislatures in Texas, Ohio, North Dakota (overturned in Court), Wisconsin (also blocked in court) and Pennsylvania (among others) have all enacted restrictions on ab ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    A First Look at Mr. Peeples

    Stepping into Mr. Peeples for the first time, it's inevitable that you'll have a strong reaction. Bright neon pinks and purples, royal blues and golds dominate everywhere you look, from the ornate crystal chandeliers above the billiard table in the restaurant's main landing, to the hostess stand sha ... More >>

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    August 29, 2013

    College Football Christmas Morning Is Here! My Best Season Win Total Bets

    Anytime some marquee date on the sports calendar arrives, we always seem to want to make a "Christmas morning" analogy (admittedly ignoring that it's probably slightly offensive to some of the folks out there who value religion). Revealing the brackets for March Madness, the day before any trip to ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. A Classic Education, "We Can Always Run to Hawaii" I ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Foul Balls, Philosophy and Baseball Gods: Notes from the Houston College Classic

    Six teams. Three days. Nine games. Seventy-one innings, give or take a couple here and there. So was The Astros Foundation 2013 College Classic. And after sitting through all nine games and three days, it's safe to say that this weekend was anything but a classic of college baseball. Most of the ga ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Kris Kristofferson's Favorite Place on Earth Is In Texas, But Not Houston

    Rocks Off spoke to Kris Kristofferson by phone from his home in Hawaii where he describes living a life as spare and literal as the records he makes with producer Don Was. Twice he told us that he's old, once he told us that he's brain-damaged and then he told us that his favorite place on Earth is ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast, Drunk Betty White Edition

    Saturday night, given the choice between staying at home with me to watch the annual Denard Robinson Tear-Notre-Dame's-Heart-Out-And-Show-It-To-Them-Apalooza (and experiencing the corresponding remote control throwing that goes with it) and going out to dinner with her girlfriends to a nice restaura ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: John Sikhattana of Straits, On Singaporean Cuisine

    John Sikhattana Executive Chef Straits Asian Bistro 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North 713-365-9922 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this space on Friday. EOW: You spent a lot of time with the Roy's organization. ... More >>

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    July 18, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: John Sikhattana of Straits, On Growing Up in Hawaii and What It's Like to be a Dishwasher

    John Sikhattana Executive Chef Straits Asian Bistro 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North 713-365-9922 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for Part 2 and Part 3 in this space Thursday and Friday. Houston may be a melting pot, but it's still pretty ... More >>

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    April 12, 2012

    The Rolling Stones, King Zog: 5 Famous Exiles, in Honor of Napoleon

    This week marks the 198th anniversary of Napoleon being exiled to Elba, a move celebrated by palindrome fans everywhere. (Able was I ere I saw Elba," you know. Exiles have been around forever, people forced to leave their country of choice for one reason or another. Sometimes it's worked out well, ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    May 16, 2011

    Brew Blog: Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter

    Just as good as a Hawaiian vacation. Right?​My sisters in law are in Maui this week. They're vegetarians. And teetotalers. And afraid of foods with weird names. I have no doubt they're doing it wrong. They wanted us to go with them, but I didn't have $10,000 to spend on a tropical vacation. ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    Scam Alert: Shady "Baseball Players" Looking for Tix to Hawaii

    Yeah, Hawaii -- that's where I need to go​So I just happened to be working from home yesterday afternoon when, a little before 3 p.m., there was a loud knock at the door followed by an insistent ring. I got up to answer, and the caller seemed to be shocked to see me, and not a woman, answerin ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011
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    December 16, 2010

    Java Pura: Insanely Good Coffee

    ​ Ken Palmer, Master Roaster, probably knows more about coffee than almost anyone else in this city. He stumbled into the industry several decades ago while out in Hawaii. Palmer had a natural intuition about coffee and was educated by Alfred Peet, who had taught his style of roasting beans ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets (with Tales of Deceit, Adultery and Ron Artest)

    We see....FAIL in Ron Artest's future​Drayton McLane apparently has plans to sell the Astros. This comes as no surprise, those rumors have been swirling for some time. Now I don't know if he'll get his $800 million asking price, but I did call Drayton and make an offer and we now know that $9 ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    I Wanna Be Your Dog (Or Cat): TV Pilot Edition

    Hair Balls was excited to learn that one of its favorite old TV shows, Hawaii 5-0, is returning to the air this fall. That show's success was attributable not just to the swaggering awesomeness of Jack Lord and his haircut, but because the show included a certain timeless element that appeals to peo ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Random Ingredient: Octopus

    ​What is it? With the World Cup finally coming to a close, there's been a lot of chatter about a certain cephalopod named Paul that resides in Germany. With all due respect to the "octopus oracle," we present today's random ingredient. Octopi are actually in the mollusk family. They're eaten ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    5 Songs That Are No Day At The Beach

    This past weekend, Craig's Hlist spent a good solid two days at the beach playing in the surf down off Mustang Island just south of Corpus Christi. It was one of those mental-health weekends that if we hadn't have taken, we would have ended up throwing beer bottles against the wall at an old folks' ... More >>

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    April 22, 2010
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    December 30, 2009

    Please Make Obama Eat Some Cabbage

    ​I am worried about whether or not Barack Obama will be eating black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year's. As everybody knows, you have to eat black-eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for prosperity on January first. I am not sure they have black-eyed peas in Hawaii (if that's where the Obamas ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Game Time: The Week In Tweets

    ‚ÄčMaybe I'm biased because I use it all the time, but I'm going to make the bold statement that Twitter has surpassed "fad" status and that it's here to stay. Even at this point, people who don't use Twitter recognize kinda sorta how it works, and even recognize a Tweet when they see it -- "it's go ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    First, let's have a round of applause for Robb Walsh and Katharine Shilcutt, the glue holding Eating Our Words together. Without them, we'd have had three articles this week, one of them about places you can't actually eat at anymore. Robb started us out with a piece on a little BBQ joint close to ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Disney on Ice

    Web exclusive!

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    March 7, 2009

    Dragonfruit at the Keauhou Farmer's Market

    Photos by Robb WalshYellow Dragonfruit Going to the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning is one of those habits that's fun to engage in while you're on the road. And since I am staying in a condo with a kitchen this week in Kailua-Kona, it was great to buy some fresh local produce. The vegetables lo ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Robb Walsh has been vacationing in Hawaii. He had beer for breakfast and Spam musubi that actually looked really tasty. We hate him. A lot of restaurants are closing. A lot of GOOD restaurants. It sucks. Rodeo food: Give us fried or on a stick. Both would be best. That'll shut that ulcer up.

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    March 3, 2009

    Obama's Lunch Fave: Spam Musubi

    This Spam musubi cost me $1.68 at a grocery store on the North Kona coast. It wasn't the best Spam musubi I've ever had--the Spam was cut too thin, I think there was a little teriyaki sauce between the meat and the rice.The guy behind the counter told me I would have to get there a lot earlier in th ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    For February: The Five Best Blaxploitation Epics

    It's Black History Month, when America commemorates Africa-American culture with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reruns on TBS and wholly unpredictable jokes about Februrary being the shortest month of the year. Here at Hair Balls, we know that the 1970s marked the first point when the black community made ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    College Bowl Season: Previews By A Real Expert

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    College Bowl Season: Previews By A Real Expert

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008
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    July 10, 2008

    Paradise Lost in Surfwise

    Parenting off the grid — and eventually off the reservation — in this alt-family portrait

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    June 5, 2008

    Poi Dog Pondering

    The Chicago band visits the Continental Club

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    December 3, 2007
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    November 26, 2007
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    October 30, 2007
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    October 29, 2007
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    October 11, 2007

    “I Land”

    Keo Woolford dances his way out of Hawaiian myths

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    March 1, 2007
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    August 5, 2004

    Wet Kisses

    Riding Giants gushes over the legends of "big wave" surfing

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    July 8, 2004

    Golden Boy

    Morgan Faulkner may be the best surfer Texas ever kicked out

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    May 24, 2001

    Bora! Bora! Bora!

    Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing

  • Dining

    November 30, 2000

    Asian In-fusion

    East meets West

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    July 20, 2000

    Hawaiian at Heart

    One Texas hula school proves to skeptical islanders that dancers do sometimes wear socks

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    April 23, 1998
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    April 9, 1998

    Taking the Waves

    A tale of love, life and longboarding

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    June 16, 1994

    Surfing Safari

    Bruce Brown goes back to the beach to hang ten, again

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