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  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Five Biting and Stinging Bugs to Watch Out for This Summer in Houston

    Of all the joys that summer in Houston brings -- heat, humidity, hurricanes -- perhaps the most aggravating is the plague of bugs that descends on us like a swamp (which is basically what the city is anyway). As the creepy crawlies come out of hibernation in the spring, they begin to infest what fee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Wine Foreplay: Prime Your Stemware before Serving

    Last week's "how-to wine" post was devoted to opening a bottle of wine. Sadly, it happens all the time. A well-intentioned wine lover brings a bottle of super-groovy Oregon Pinot Noir, biodynamic Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley in France, or old-school Nebbiolo from Barbaresco to a friend's o ... More >>

  • News

    January 9, 2014

    Fighting for Control: Can Buffalo Bayou Survive the Latest Plan to Save It?

    Plans to reroute Buffalo Bayou will rescue an unstable waterway. Or they will destroy one of the last natural stretches of riparian forest on the bayou. Consensus seems to have taken a hike.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    College, Land Of Education, STDs, Now With Bed Bugs

    You were wearing sheets as clothes. What could possibly go wrong? The typical college party was going full swing. Someone (possibly you) had just done their third kegstand. Someone else was pouring shots of Goldschlager and someone who had seen Animal House a few too many times had ripped the sheet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink this Weekend: Tequila Fiesta, Opus One Wine Dinner, An Ice Cream Social & More!

    Tequila Fiesta @ Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant All day Friday 5941 Bellaire Boulevard If you're still mourning the fact that National Tequila Day is only one day a year, dry your pretty little eyes, 'cause Pico's Mex-Mex is still celebrating! Their three-day tequila fiesta started on Wednesday, but it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    "Crazy Rasberry Ants" Come to Houston -- & You Thought Fire Ants Were Bad

    On top of tornadoes, hurricanes and this stupid hot Houston heat, it seems as if Houstonians have one more item to add to their list of things to hate: Rasberry crazy ants. According to Texas entomologists, these ants have been found in more than 23 Texas counties since 2002, and in numbers so larg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Easy Super Bowl Dinner: Baked Potato Bar

    Serving food in a buffet-style is always efficient and easy when hosting a bunch of people over for dinner. With the Super Bowl game this Sunday, everyone wants to watch the game and have a good time with friends, not slave away in the kitchen. You'll be happy, you're guests will be happy and your s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    The Land of Tomatoes and Honey: A Tour of the White House Kitchen Garden

    Although it's not officially fall yet, plump orange pumpkins are resting on mounds of hay and dirt in and around two plots that -- along with dozens of others -- makes up the 1,100 square feet White House Kitchen Garden. It's a warm day in early September and the garden is sprawled out like a sunbat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Can't Decide What To Cook? Use

    It's a weekday night and you're at a loss as to what to cook for dinner. How many of you have been in this situation? You look at all the food in your refrigerator, pantry, freezer and cabinets, and a combination of ingredients isn't coming together. What if there was a resource to give you numerous ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Dirt and Water

    Both of the cauliflower plants in the photo were the same size when I planted them a month ago. The transplants got the same sun and rain, but the normal one on the left was planted in a commercial potting soil, whereas big brother was inserted into custom soil. Why bother to mix soil? The same r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Banishing Bugs with Bay Leaves

    Photo by Katharine Shilcutt​Boric acid kills roaches (among other creepy-crawlies). Which is great if you want to dispose of roach carcasses and enjoy crafting little tinfoil boats and filling them with white powder, gleefully placing them in enticing spots like kitchen cupboards, the insectic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Worry-Free Entertaining

    Jessica RisleyPear and taleggio pizza.​I threw my first party at age 15 while the parental units were out of the country. Not the smartest idea, but the gathering was pretty legendary. Since then, I have learned a thing or two. Some bits of wisdom are pretty obvious, like "don't feed your gues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Wildflower Season Will Suck This Year, Experts Say

    A bad spring might be coming​Any Texan with a kid or a sweetie has taken part in the annual trek to see bluebonnets and other wildflowers bloom riotously in what passes for spring here. If you were getting your hopes up about Spring 2011, tamp them down right now. The long and extensive dro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Papa Roach's Name Doesn't Bug Girls At All

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off, we're trying hard to decode music's oddest monikers in order to find a little meaning. ​"Would you like to come out and review the Papa Roach show?" "I'd rather be blown by a garbage disposal." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Bedbugs Vs. Fire Ants: Which Are Worse?

    You, sir, are no fire ant​Cities across the continent are having hissy fits because of infestations of bedbugs. Offices and dorms in Manhattan are being invaded, the Toronto Film Festival is afraid for visitors, it's a dire situation out there. The critters have also shown up in Houston, of cours ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Pershing Middle School

    Fresh peppers grown by the students of Pershing Middle School.​What: Vegetables that taste good and teach well. Now that school's back in session, Charles Coursey can go back to what he loves: teaching, gardening and teaching kids about gardening. A history teacher at Pershing Middle School ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Herbs: Grow Your Own, Man

    Apartmenttherapy.comEven Martha Stewart would be jealous of this little display.​September is a great time of year to start a windowsill herb garden. Not only are these plants attractive and aromatic, you'll be able to add fresh-picked flavor to your meals all winter long. After the jump, eig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Margarita

    ​Nobody wants to talk about margaritas on May 6, the day after Cinco de Mayo. However, rather than avoiding discussing the source of the dreaded May 6 hangover, we thought we'd confront the Tex-Mex monster head-on. You can almost smell the lingering stench of artificial margarita mixes and poo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack...From Bedbugs

    ​In case you haven't been paying attention, Houston is under attack from bedbugs. Of course, Hair Balls has never had to deal with these savage beasts because all the roaches in our apartment get to them before they can get to us, but we still wanted to share some interesting, if disgusting,& ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Growing Tomatoes? Start Eating Bananas!

    ​I went with "Sweet Million" cherry tomatoes this year. I hear these little cluster tomatoes ripen fast and taste like candy. Last time I planted tomatoes, I chose Celebrity, Beefsteak slicing tomatoes and one Brandywine heirloom. And I waited and waited and waited for a tomato to ripen on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Giant Watermelon Radishes

    ​Here's a radish that you could snack on for a few days. It's called a watermelon radish. The first time I recall seeing one was at Soma, the upscale sushi restaurant on Washington. Here's what I said about it in the review: "The salad came on a glass plate with one cobalt-blue edge. It was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Urban Gardening: My Organic Dirt Patch

    ​Inspired by the incredible urban gardens Jim Sherman tends in the Fifth Ward, I decided to take a shot at the urban gardening thing myself. ​ So I went to Wabash Feed Store and bought some dirt and some locally made organic fertilizer. San Jacinto Environmental Supplies on 34th St. make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Urban Gardening: Deer Tongues and Kumquats

    ​I had one of the best salads in recent memory yesterday. Urban gardening expert Jim Sherman cut a bunch of greens and herbs from one of his demonstration gardens in the Fifth Ward and filled up a plastic shopping bag for me. I took the fresh greens home and tossed them with a simple mustard v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    The Institute For Justice Triumphs Over the Feared, But Well-Appointed, Interior-Designer Cabal

    The epic, no-holds-barred, deathmatch among the people who decide if that throw rug in your living room is declasse or not has ended.Two groups went in; one group came out. And it was The People!! The amateurs-with-attitude who dared to take on the ogreish cabal of professional interior designers.As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    The Interior Designers Are Fighting! In Texas!

    Austin will be the scene for what no doubt will be a very tasteful demonstration and briefing tomorrow, as a little-known civil war between interior designers bursts into the open.The Institute of Justice, an ACLU-like legal organization, is working with interior designers in Texas to stop what the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008

    Home and Garden Show Postponed

    This coming weekend, the Texas Home and Garden Show was supposed to show its stuff at Reliant Stadium. To do so, though, attendees and exhibitors would have to wade through the crowds getting relief help in the Reliant parking lot. So it's being rescheduled for October 24-26. The press release sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2008
  • Culture

    July 19, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    January 18, 2007

    Paper Tigers

    Viva Piata is adorable -- and misleading

  • News

    December 22, 2005

    Image of the Week

    Houston Garden Center

  • Calendar

    November 10, 2005

    From Gaza, with Love

    Young Palestinian refugees make moves for peace

  • Dining

    June 9, 2005

    Psychedelic Peppercorns

    Try a spice at Sichuan Cuisine that's been banned in the States since 1968

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    Buggin' Out

    That next smash hit from Hollywood may be the work of Houston's own roach wrangler

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Culture

    April 8, 2004

    Triple Time

    You only live once, but not in Life (x) 3

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2004
  • Calendar

    December 25, 2003
  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Talk Radio

    Home Improvement Hotline

  • Dining

    March 27, 2003

    In the Garden

    Meet Camille Waters, an urban guerrilla armed with lettuce

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • News

    August 30, 2001

    Winging It

    For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Gulag Gardens

    At Hobby Airport, the rallying cry is "Free the ferns"

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2000

    Keep Off the Grass

    Felder Rushing lectures at the Harris County Agriculture Extension Center

  • Dining

    November 25, 1999

    Thanks for Nothing

    The Chronicle's annual parade of prepackaged Thanksgiving recipes needs to be canned

  • Film

    August 21, 1997
  • Film

    August 1, 1996
  • News

    April 18, 1996

    Time to Sow

    A man named Verious plants a seed, and a vision takes root in the Third Ward

  • News

    March 14, 1996

    The Texas Rose Rustlers

    They went in search of the vehicle of fragrance, and found adventure and companionship.

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