Onetime Houston MC Von Won reinvents himself as the city's premier hip-hop pastor.
I'm excited about this year's International Festival highlighting Australia for two reasons: One, it gives me an excuse to post the music video for Men At Work's brilliant 1980 song "Land Down Under" (see the next page), and two, I honestly don't know much about Australian food. Being that the fest ... More >>
If you thought trying to get app-based transportation approved here in Houston was tough, it'll be interesting to see how smoothly it goes developing a plan for commercial space flight. Space travel is higher on the list, we think, especially since a project --- a planned public-private partnership ... More >>
There's a food truck for just about anything in Houston. Burgers and fries? You bet. Cupcakes and sweets? Heck yeah. Mexican food? Of course! Asian food? Absolutely. Mexican-Asian fusion? No doubt. Doughnuts? Not so much. If there's one thing the Houston mobile dining scene lacks, it's breakfast op ... More >>
The most country city in America, according to Estately.com is Fort Worth. OK, we'll buy that, but Houston at number 16? Preposterous. We fell into the "somewhat country" category, a couple of notches above Austin and way below San Antonio, which came in at number 2. But we're not going to let thi ... More >>
Note: Coachella, Southern California's version of FPSF, starts today in the high desert outside Palm Springs. Our friends at LA Weekly and OC Weekly will be there the whole weekend and will be bringing us regular updates. If you don't have tickets yet for the first weekend of Coachella -- which sta ... More >>
This latest branch is as successful as the first.
OK, Houston, let's talk pizza. This city has a surprising variety of pizza for a region so burger- and barbecue-happy. There are some incredible Neapolitan-style wood-fired pies from places like Dolce Vita and Pizaro's, late-night munchie slices from Pi Pizza Truck and solid delivery options from ... More >>
One of the wonderful benefits of spring in Houston is how green everything gets and how quickly it got that way. Within weeks, trees devoid of leaves are covered again, flowers bloom and everything seems to be growing at breakneck speed. The down side of course: the pollen. For the past few weeks, y ... More >>
Recently, Blackbird Raum went where no folk-punk band has gone before -- to MTV. MTV Iggy, to be exact. The Santa Cruz, Calif. anarcho-folk outfit, now ten years into their run as a band, was recently featured on the Web site, which focuses on "cutting-edge global music." Lest anyone think they've ... More >>
The Goddamn Gallows knows you, Houston. But, they don't really know you. They would be pleased to truly make your acquaintance. If the feeling is mutual, they invite you to come fraternize while they throw down their own brand of "gutterbilly" punk rock Thursday night at Walters. "Well, we have n ... More >>
While some kids sulked at the sight of an oatmeal cookie in their lunchbox, I rejoiced. I love the chewiness that oats add to a cookie, and can't get enough of it. Oatmeal cookies are comforting, sweet and simply a joy to eat. Brown sugar and butter hold together the flour and tender oats to create ... More >>
Arcade Fire's William Butler admits he still gets homesick for Texas. Even the weather...up to a point. "I miss how green everything was all the time always," he says of his youth in The Woodlands from his current home in Montreal. "You'd come home in December and the lawns would still be green, an ... More >>
There are a lot of pastors in Houston. Very, very few of them can rap. And only one of them is releasing an album this week featuring guest verses by Scarface, Bun B, Z-Ro, Paul Wall and Propain. That would be Vaughaligan Walwyn, a married father of four and the pastor of Legacy Church, a 300-membe ... More >>
When translated from France to America, the culinary capital of the world's traditions often amount to starched white table clothes and stuffy service. Houston is luckier than most cities, as there are a few places in the Bayou City to get a great croque madame or a delicious foie gras torchon. In o ... More >>
The Houston Press Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at the fully air conditioned Silver Street Station. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. you will have the opportunity to sample food from more than 40 Houston restaurants -- bring your stretchy pants! Sample Italian food from Ciao Bello, Per ... More >>
As you walk along the banks of Buffalo Bayou near Allen's Landing, the first thing noticeable about Percy Lyons, the subject of this week's feature on Houston's hidden homeless, is not his camp or his cots, but the cats. In fact, the 16 cats that live up in Percy's camp are the only thing that m ... More >>
Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again. More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, th ... More >>
A Houston man was sent to federal prison recently in a devious scheme to bilk a Mississippi woman out of her divorce settlement money. Samuel Ray Palasota used the word of God to get more than a half-million dollars from the woman, making her think they were partners in a Houston real estate company ... More >>
It'll be a public statement about discrimination in the City of Houston if a planned anti-discrimination ordinance gets through the council. For her final two years in office, Mayor Annise Parker wants to be working on greening Houston and cutting deeper into the homelessness problem, but it may be ... More >>
It's not just dollars and cents that makes the Galveston Bay oil spill such terrible news
This hole-in-the-wall has lines out the door.
Good banana bread is moist; it's full of bananas; it's sweet, but doesn't make your teeth rot; it's comforting; and it's just what you need at the end of a hard day (or any day, for that matter). While your grandmother or mom (or you) probably makes the best banana bread you've ever had, there are ... More >>
The Old Fashioned cocktail is one of the most popular drinks in the present.
Fiesta Mart is an amalgam of Houston culture, offering foods for most of the ethnic people you find in the city. It's also the grocery store for those living in and around rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods, and a place designed to meet the needs of modern Houstonians, or so we'd like to think. Call ... More >>
Way out in the west Houston suburbs, there is a tent sitting on the banks of the freeway. It is obviously someone's home, and has been for a while. It is surrounded by milk crates and bags of clothing, and I always find myself surprised at how neatly everything is stacked. Care has been taken with ... More >>
When I order steak at restaurants, I tend to make tired jokes about how rare I like it. "I want my meat black and blue," I'll say. "Bring it to me still bleeding." Though I don't literally want my steak bleeding onto my plate, there are some instances where a little blood in my meal makes it all ... More >>
Fans of the Food Network show Cupcake Wars have probably heard the name Arleen Scavone or been told about her namesake bakery, Sweet Arleen's, a few times. This three-peat Cupcake Wars winner (she won twice and her baking assistant won once) began her baking business in the sunny state of California ... More >>
If you're tired of hearing about ramen, stop reading right now. The craze isn't dying down anytime soon. In fact, many think that, at least here in Houston, it's just getting started, and we're about to go even more gaga over the Japanese soup, thanks to Carl Rosa, founder and president of the Sushi ... More >>
Hey, need a ride-share? The City of Houston has used Zipcar's technology of electronically loaning and reserving cars for a little more than year. A total of 13 city departments use this technology which promotes clean air and has city employees whipping around in electric and hybrid vehicles. How ... More >>
Rice vs. UH: the battle for musical bragging rights.
The ambitious new spot is making waves.
Ah, punk rock. No matter how many times declare its demise, it just keeps coming back upon us. Right now, Houston's underground scene is bubbling over with talent and the influence of the '80s scene is going strong. Underground bands are getting resurrected by 7-inch collectors, and the look going f ... More >>
Waxahatchee Mango's, April 4 Right now acoustic folk is a sleeping giant within the music industry, but Katie Crutchfield (who works under the stage name Waxahatchee) is one name to have on your radar. If you're a fan of acts like Screaming Females, Hop Along and Laura Stevenson, you'll likely find ... More >>
The 12th annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza is coming up, on April 8, and we're more excited than ever about the wonderful restaurants that have committed to attending and serving samples of their delicious food. You wanted Korean food, and you got it! Nara will be joining us and samp ... More >>
Eater Houston: Coltivare, the new Heights restaurant from Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera of Revival Market, now has a cocktail menu after receiving its liquor license. Eater Houston's Darla Guillen shares the new menu and explains that it "weighs heavily on Italian apertivos and digestivos." Sip on a Na ... More >>
Mark Twain's declaration that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme" is an appropriate and memorable reminder in the wake of the March 24, Galveston Bay oil spill. It's one more prompt that environmental abuses, whether by negligence, human error, or political gain, need our attention no ... More >>
Last week we were seeking burger inspiration from you, dear readers. In an effort to expand our burger horizons, we wanted to know what you felt were the most underrated burgers in Houston. Hopefully yours, too, will be expanded in the process. We received hundreds of responses on the blog and on ... More >>
"Thirty years ago, I took one huge leap of faith that completely changed the course of my life forever, and with it the course of many other lives. Thirty years ago, I opened Backstreet Cafe." Thus begins restaurateur Tracy Vaught's introduction to Backstreet Kitchen: Seasonal Recipes from Our Neig ... More >>
Houston promoters Pegstar launch a new series of benefit shows this weekend.
This intimate boîte in Montrose is a small jewel.
The crazy, complicated conundrum of Houston traffic.
When Rocks Off reached Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela recently, he was a man on a mission. But it had nothing to do with either creating or playing music. "I'm taking a walk through my neighborhood and going to the store to get taco ingredients. I'm making them for my boy tonight," he says ... More >>
Texas (especially the Houston region) is blessed with a multitude of produce farms, breweries, meat producers and dairy farms. While it is common for Houston restaurants to showcase a few local producers' products in menu items, there aren't many restaurants that are solely farm-to-table. And that i ... More >>
Eater National: Eater is celebrating Pizza Week, and in honor of this splendid Italian food-centric "holiday," Eater National compiled a list of the 38 essential pizzerias across America, and Houston's very own Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana made the list. This Memorial Drive pizzeria is loved by many H ... More >>
If you are under 40 and live inside the 610 Loop, where many young professionals have moved in the last 10 years and continue to do so with the kind of frenzied pace normally reserved for the Loop itself, your solutions to traffic are probably quite different than if you live in Clear Lake. When a ... More >>
If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are t ... More >>
If you've noticed a lot of folks around Houston "vegging out" on Twitter and Facebook lately, it's not an epidemic of complete laziness--it's a pro-vegetable movement. The Recipe for Success Foundation is in the middle of its second annual VegOut! Challenge, to encourage Houstonians to embrace a hea ... More >>