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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
And do Mexicans eat chocolates?
Photo by saketvora on FlickrWith 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 >>
Possums: Cute....from afarSome of us were praying for rain even before it was mandated to do so. Houston's been teased more than a frat boy lately, especially early this morning, when chances of actual rain were forecast in the lofty 30 percentages! At 6 a.m. storm clouds gathered and it even ... More >>
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 >>
The only plants left in my warm-weather garden are peppers: Anaheim chiles and bell peppers. The Anaheims are fiercely hot, an effect of the drought, and the green bells are just the opposite. In fact, green peppers are mildly bitter and boring, good mostly for salads, color, and grilled for ... More >>
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 >>
After a month of hum-drum inspections citywide, somebody lit a fire under Health Department workers last week, and they found some truly epic violators. The longest list of citations came at Fish Place (11550 Gulf Fwy.), where an October 5 visit found an amazing 19. The inspectors found equi ... More >>
Or "How to sit on contemporary art"
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 >>
Dave77459When 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 >>
They're all here - the class hunk, weird girl, Miss Popular, jock and the rest of your high school class
Bedbugs threaten our slumber.
From A (AIA Gulf Coast) to Z (Norma Zenteno), there's lots of fun at this festival
The first green is golden, or in this case various shades of pinks, whites and reds
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 >>
Photo courtesy CBPContraband 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 >>
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 >>
The art of high heels
Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for pumpkin pie, good cheer, sweaters...and loved ones swilling booze and going at it. Yes, Thanksgiving family tension -- if not outright violence -- is a tradition as time-honored as postprandial football. Inspired by this recent article in the New York Times, we as ... More >>
Here's some video clips I took while researching this week's feature, "City of Coffee." The automated lines are inside the Maximus Coffee Plant on Harrisburg -- the old Maxwell House plant.
This Mexican-born photographer shows us what isn't there
Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"
Li Cunxin launches the American debut of Mao's Last Dancer
HUD hammers the city for botched house repairs for seniors and the disabled
Our staff risks all to determine if a plant will get them high or if it's just another Internet lie
Fannin's Flower Row
Did prosecutors use -- or abuse -- a little-known remodeling law?
What's a lonely Jew to do on Christmas? Nosh on kosher vegetarian Indian food at Udupi Cafe.
Allison redefines the term "watercolors" for Colquitt gallery owners
Prickly pears. Pepper grass. Cattail stems. It's all snack food to T.R. Zimmermann.
Cooper and her clever Tamalalia are cool enough to beat the heat
Tony Ruppe serves serious food and wine. So why are his patrons laughing?
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