Fall has always been my favorite time of year, partially because I long for the first cold front and the changing of the leaves, and partially because fall and winter foods are my absolute favorites. As a child, I'd look forward every year to when chocolate oranges would reappear on grocery store ... More >>
There's nothing like a candy cane or a caramel apple to quench your taste. So says HEB, which recently began offering a new line of zero-calorie sparkling water in holiday-inspired flavors such as cranberry apple, candy cane, and caramel apple. I spotted these trio of festive beverages (there may ... More >>
While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 23, 2011. "Dude, religious Christmas is pretty macabre. All kinds of scandal, sex with a ... More >>
While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared December 14, 2010. No doubt you have all been chin-deep in Christmas movies since you undid your b ... More >>
You pop out of bed on Christmas morning. You've been asleep for a couple of days thanks to that crazy ass holiday party at the office. You crawl out of bed and remember that you need to be at your mom's house in a couple hours for lunch and merriment. As you reach the bathroom and strain your eyes i ... More >>
Here in Houston, we shouldn't need an excuse to throw great parties, but I suppose the so-called Mayan Apocalypse is a pretty good reason to get shit-housed and listen to local bands. This Friday almost everyone seems to be throwing an "End of the World" show or mini-fest -- if they aren't putting ... More >>
I'll admit I'm a sucker for a good Christmas lights display. When my parents were not terribly interesting in stringing lights from the house, I made plans. I used graph paper to map out the entire house and figure out what lights would go where. This was a big deal in my world as a kid. Even today, ... More >>
Brian Setzer Orchestra Arena Theatre December 15, 2012 Within the taxonomy of rock and roll, rockabilly (bless its hot rod heart) can get dismissed as a one-trick pony with a ducktail for a mane and flames painted on its haunches. At least it can by people who see only kitsch when they should be lo ... More >>
This year's holiday play offerings.
Veteran rockers Rush brought their steampunk-themed concept album to Toyota Center December 2.
I think it's well-established by now that we all love Crave Cupcakes. Yes, there are other cupcakeries around town and we love them, too. But people go completely nutty for Crave in a way that would suggest Crave had hidden the secret to eternal life somewhere in the fondant atop its sweet frosting. ... More >>
Houston's top 5 local music venues.
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true, but save a few for Shorty, too. He just did what he had to do, and now he's growing old. The battle of barrio Christmas.
For 16 years, Richard "Pancho Claus" Reyes and Shorty Villarreal were partners in barrio Christmas. Pancho was the zoot-suited Santa Claus figure, while lowrider expert Villarreal provided his sleigh (a pick-up truck), his reindeer (eight lowriders belonging to Villarreal's Latin Fantasy car club, a ... More >>
Right now, as soon as you can either get to year nearest music retailer or click over to iTunes or Amazon, you can buy the first holiday-themed 2012 album we have heard of, Jason Gray's Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy. If that sounds early to you, well, yeah, but we actually got the email ... More >>
Eight shopping days left 'til Christmas. Drink up.Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're honoring the spiritual and religious roots of the holiday season by keeping the "Saturn" in "Saturnalia!" We hope you'll join us in serving the traditional Christmas goos ... More >>
Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. Christmas music comes in all shapes and sizes. From jazz and blues to hip hop and heavy metal, everybody thinks they have an interesting take on holiday classics, but ... More >>
Starring Susan Lucci....If this was a Lifetime movie, it would all end with everyone learning the true meaning of Christmas. And maybe it still will. But as of now, there are still plenty of commercial breaks to go before the story ends. Sunday was supposed to be the day to celebrate the se ... More >>
To bastardize a line from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's Black Friday...again." It's that oh-so-magical time of year when the strong walk away from predawn shopping trips with armfuls of electronic goodies while the weak get treated by EMS for boot marks left by shoppers stampeding into Best Buy. Since ... More >>
A setback in the War Against the War on ChristmasJust when you thought the War on Christmas had been won -- and by the good, God-fearing, Constitution-hating forces, too -- along comes another setback. We told you last month about two Texas elementary principals who had failed to convince a ... More >>
The doors!! They are closing!!Maybe you've got today off and are planning to do your Christmas shopping. Maybe you don't have today off, or maybe you just like putting things off to the last minute. A Friday Christmas Eve shopping trip sounds like hell to us, but if you're determined to go t ... More >>
Living with my grandparents during my freshman year of college was not ideal from a staying-out-all-night-and-doin'-stuff perspective, but it kicked ass from a meal-plan point of view. What's not to love about home cooking 24/7/365.25? Plus, I got a free education in Southern cooking on th ... More >>
A message found at the bottom of a glassIf the thought of rappin', record-scratchin' reindeer drives you to drink, at least don't drive. That's the message in what TxDOT is calling "a humorous, whimsical campaign" to get the anti-DWI message out this holiday season. "The campaign illustrate ... More >>
Photo by churlBuy a fruit tree this weekend for a gift that keeps on giving.We all know that Santa Claus travels far and wide to make his Christmas deliveries, even if you don't have a chimney in your house. But did you know that he even travels underwater? The Downtown Aquarium will have a ... More >>
One thing that always bothered Rocks Off growing up as a born-again Christian child who was into the apparently godless world of Star Wars was whether or not they celebrated Christmas. The birth of Jesus Christ and stuff. Santa Claus, crap that matters. We can only assume under Empire rule th ... More >>
Ebenezer in the houseI went to the Alley Theater last night and saw A Christmas Carol. Fantastic production and actually my first time ever seeing it in any venue, let alone the Alley. For the completely un-Christmased of you out there, Carol is a tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a grumpy curmudge ... More >>
This is how we feel about Christmas NOW... don't even try to talk to us after Thanksgiving.Rocks Off is not trying to interrupt your Halloween plan-making - getting a little late in the game, isn't it though? - but you might as well forget about it anyway. We feel it's our civic duty to infor ... More >>
Have yourself a merry little navidad
Yes, Susan, there is a Santa Claus
Lighten up for Christmas
The YMCA turns downtown into a North Pole race course
Lighten up for Christmas
Holiday warm-and-fuzzies beat back the bah-humbugs