House and Home

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    First Look at Coltivare in The Heights

    Waiting for a much-anticipated restaurant to open is a delicious dilemma, and last week a dozen food writers were able to a first glimpse (and taste) at Coltivare, the new casual Italian dinner spot from "the Revival Market guys" Morgan Weber and Adam Pera. Slated to open on Wednesday, January 22, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    10 Ways to Make Your House Smell Great With Food

    The holidays are here and floods of family and friends will be showing up at your door -- announced or unannounced. While you could purchase a variety of air fresheners and sprays to make the house smell wonderful, nothing beats the odors that come from the kitchen. Before your guests arrive, use on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Home Depot Foundation and Houston Volunteers Will Fix Houston Veteran's Home

    When health problems forced U.S. Air Force veteran to retire from his post-military job, he was unable to afford repairs to his home, which was ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. But on Thursday, volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation will renovate the interior and exterior of the home, which Brit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Brutal Mosquito Season Yet Another Fabulous Part of Houston Summer

    The heat. The humidity. The giant roaches. And, yes, the mosquitoes. If you haven't been outside (hey, good for you), it might be a good idea to consider covering yourself in a thin layer of repellent when and if you do. Last night, sitting in my backyard, it was as if an army of tiny assassins was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2013

    Five Easy Homemade Wedding Favors & Rehearsal Dinner Treats

    One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to do things yourself. Wedding magazines, Pinterest boards and crafting/cooking websites all offer various DIY projects to help you stay within your budget and have the things you really want for your wedding. Here are five easy homemad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    How To: Throw a Summer Outdoor Dinner Party

    The unfortunate part about summer in Texas, more specifically in Houston, is that you want to go outside but it's just too dang hot to stay out there for more than five minutes without breaking into a sweat. My family loves to grill during the summertime, and we love taking our food from the grill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Top 5 Herbs You Should Grow At Home in Houston

    One of my favorite parts about spring and summer is getting to eat fresh fruits and vegetables in just about every meal. Herbs are a great addition to any dish and during the spring and summer seasons, they bring out the wonderful flavors of freshly picked produce. Sherri Harrah of Plants for All S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Top 5 Easy Christmas Appetizers

    Tis the season to host Christmas parties and tis the season to get easily stressed out from all the tasks that come with preparing for many guests to visit your home. Not only do you need to invite the guests, clean the house and decorate it with Christmas cheer, but you need to cook a variety of sn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Get the Best Christmas Gifts at Citrus Fest This Weekend at the Eastside Farmers Market

    Want to get your loved ones an unusual, thoughtful Christmas gift that keeps giving year after year? Of course you do. Your father doesn't need any more ties, socks or boxers and your mother is only using that coffeemaker because you bought it for her. She secretly hates it. So head to Urban Harves ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 25, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme...And Mint, Marjoram, Oregano, Chervil...

    Simon and Garfunkel apparently only had four herbs in their garden, but you should have much more than that in your backyard. It is herb and vegetable planting season in Houston. Our terribly cold winter (haha) has passed, and the weather is perfect for gardening. It's a great time of year to build ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    A Thoroughly Modern Market, with Thoroughly High Prices

    This weekend marked the annual Houston Modern Market and Art Attack stopped by to take in the mod festivities. The Market overtook the Winter Street Studios and spread throughout the studios' two large floors. The setup was slightly confusing; most of the actual market was on the second floor, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Dinner Party Dos & Don'ts

    Photo by saketvora on Flickr​With the weather finally cooling down and the holidays fast approaching, I find myself longing for a warm and cozy gathering with family and friends. Oddly enough, I actually feel like cooking for these psychos. I'm thinking a roaring fireplace, flowing wine, great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Marfreless and Mike Riccetti Make Entertaining Easy

    ​Yes, you read that right: Marfreless, the legendary sign-less make-out bar in River Oaks, is partly behind a book from two Houston locals on how to make your next party the talk of the town. Or at least the subdivision. Mike Riccetti, a longtime Houston food fixture who writes for the Examin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Top Five Edible Flowers

    applelikeDandelion.​Let's get something out of the way: this post is not about fruit. Yes, I understand that much of what we consider to be fruit develops from the flowering part of the plant. But I'm talking about those botanical bits that people associate more with bouquets than with burrito ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Getting the Dirt

    ​After transporting some heavy blocks for the garden, my brother Jaime's old Chevy pickup got stuck in the mud out back. I fetched a shovel, and asked Jaime, a geologist, "How far down to the bedrock, to get traction?" His reply: "30,000 feet." Basically, Houston floats on several miles of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 12, 2010

    "Modern Art Graffiti"

    Or "How to sit on contemporary art"

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    When Feng Shui Gets Even More Sillier Than Usual

    Photo via Swamplot Where's the pooper-scooper when you need it?The folks at Swamplot have uncovered the story behind the turd-looking rock standing in front of the BNIM Architects office on Main Street south of the Southwest Freeway.It's all about the feng shui, that mystical combination of e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Texas Folklife Seeks Texas Stories

    Dave77459​When I was little I ate tomatoes off the vine in my grandparents' garden, Jell-O from the box at swim meets, and coffee-rubbed ribs straight from the smoker. Today I eat duck gumbo with the fruits of the hunt, Texas roadside dewberry pie, and Cookies 'n Cream ice cream from Blue Bell ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 6, 2010

    Elizabeth Berg: The Last Time I Saw You

    They're all here - the class hunk, weird girl, Miss Popular, jock and the rest of your high school class

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    Houston Is Under Attack

    Bedbugs threaten our slumber.

  • Calendar

    April 1, 2010

    2nd Annual Earth Day Houston Festival, 5K & Green Expo

    From A (AIA Gulf Coast) to Z (Norma Zenteno), there's lots of fun at this festival

  • Culture

    March 18, 2010
  • Calendar

    March 4, 2010

    75th Annual Azalea Trail

    The first green is golden, or in this case various shades of pinks, whites and reds

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Is That A Duster Or Are You Just Glad To Clean For Me?

    ​Asylum is a website which states it is "For All Mankind." From the looks of it, the name should have a second "s" in it and the "man" in "mankind" should be emphasized, if you know what we mean.Be that is it may, the site informs us of Jockstrap Maid Service, an apparently Houston-based company d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    PETA Be Buggin' About Blinged-Out Border Beetle

    Photo courtesy CBP​Contraband along the Texas-Mexico border flows both ways. Drugs tend to come north. Desperados on the lam tend to flow south. But every now and then there's a novelty like this woman and her strange pet. The Brownsville Herald picks up the tale: It wasn't marijuana, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    My Organic Dirt Patch: Egyptian Onions

    ​I finally got some greenery into my new organic garden by transplanting some Egyptian onions. Jim Sherman had too many of them in one of his gardens, so he gladly gave me some. Egyptian onions are more or less idiot-proof, which makes them perfect for a neophyte gardener such as me. They are ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Guns and Tacos: Hilarious and topical (with pictures and captions that alwa ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 15, 2009
  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    East End Urban Market

    Web exclusive!

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    'Round the Kitchen Table

    Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, contemplating how you’re going to pay those family bills? Are you sitting 'round your kitchen table, concerned about rising health care costs? Are you just sitting 'round your kitchen table, being American and all? Erg. And are you annoyed as Hell by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Not So Great News from the Health Department

    We scanned the Houston Department of Health and Human Services reports from August 11 to August 19 and found these places among the offenders. The School of Culinary Arts (1900 Yorktown) seems to have a hairy bunch of students. During an August 19 inspection, its kitchen 405 was cited for “Food e ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2008
  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3


  • Culture

    May 12, 2005

    Brave New Art

    Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 1, 2004

    Bound for Greatness

    Li Cunxin launches the American debut of Mao's Last Dancer

  • News

    November 20, 2003

    Fixer-Upper Downer

    HUD hammers the city for botched house repairs for seniors and the disabled

  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Stoner Science

    Our staff risks all to determine if a plant will get them high or if it's just another Internet lie

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Place to Buy Roses

    Fannin's Flower Row

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Florist

    David Brown

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Landlord

    Ted Callaway

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Landscaper

    Vicente Torrez

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Building a Case

    Did prosecutors use -- or abuse -- a little-known remodeling law?

  • Dining

    December 20, 2001

    Gen Xmas

    What's a lonely Jew to do on Christmas? Nosh on kosher vegetarian Indian food at Udupi Cafe.

  • Culture

    June 28, 2001

    Applying a Heavy Wash

    Allison redefines the term "watercolors" for Colquitt gallery owners

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    The Weed Eater

    Prickly pears. Pepper grass. Cattail stems. It's all snack food to T.R. Zimmermann.

  • Calendar

    June 4, 1998
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