A move to speed up legislation to ban LGBT workplace discrimination is being spearheaded through a letter last week urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has been gaining bipartisan support since last year when it passed the Senate. ... More >>
Urban Swank: The ladies of Urban Swank checked out Nara's Korean Grill Room and have the 411 on the restaurant, especially what their favorite menu items are. During their visit they enjoyed a variety of Korean BBQ items such as the rib eye (bulgogi) and pork belly (kurobata samgyup sal). Each meat ... More >>
For many, including this writer, the Super Bowl is as much as about food as it is about football. And while snacks from the grocery store are just fine for most any gathering, sometimes I like to add a little swank to my Super Bowl feast. Here are five stellar gourmet snacks to order for your party: ... More >>
2013 will go down in history as the year of sharing restaurant receipts via social media. First it was the Applebee's employee who shared a a photo of a check left by a pastor who included no tip, for religious reasons.Then there was the pushback and subsequent Instagram account by Tips for Jesus, ... More >>
The Pioneer Woman: I love pretty much every recipe from The Pioneer Woman. Even before she made it big on the Food Network, I frequently followed her blog posts, and though many of her recipes are not the healthiest things to eat, this week she has a recipe for roasted spaghetti squash and kale -- t ... More >>
Adventures in a New(ish) City: Finding a quality Happy Hour menu that doesn't break the bank is always a day-maker. Cove inside Haven has a few delightfully scrumptious items on its Happy Hour menu - and most are only $6. Kim shared a few items with a friend, starting with the Pulled Pork Slider Tri ... More >>
Sen. Ted Cruz has made a name for himself with all the government shutdown hijinks he's pulled in the past few weeks, but he's also ensured that there are a lot of people right now who don't much like guy, including at least one person who's been using Twitter to urge someone to get rid of Cruz. Wh ... More >>
This weekend Rocks Off will send another team to the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park, three days sure to be full of music, drinking, and the sort of behavior that tends to happen when tens of thousands of scantily clad young people gather to get their buzz on and scope out potential ... More >>
Last week was NASA's 55th birthday. However, the folks over at NASA didn't have a giant cake or some crazy party to celebrate 55 years of the space program. Instead, 97 percent of NASA employees were deemed "nonessential," sent home without pay and told to wait and not work until the government fina ... More >>
Adventures in a New(ish) City: 99 cent mimosas at Sorrel Urban Bistro for brunch? Sign us up! Kim used to live in New York City, where, according to her, brunches are required components of weekend activities. Keeping up with this NYC tradition, she and a friend checked out the brunch at Sorrel duri ... More >>
Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you've no doubt heard about the famous Ramen Burger -- a burger slapped between two pan-fried ramen "buns" invented by Keizo Shimamoto and sold at the Smorgasburg food market in Brooklyn. It's a bit of a phenomenon. It's been written abou ... More >>
If you haven't heard the bizarre and awkwardly hilarious audio of AOL CEO Tim Armstrong firing creative director Abel Lentz on a conference call -- a call of over 100 people there to discuss Patch, an AOL rollout that Lentz was in charge of -- take a listen. Armstrong fired Lentz in rather abrupt f ... More >>
George Bernard Shaw once said, "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." While I have to agree with him on that, sometimes the love of another person can be nice too. And because these days the Internet can solve most problems, there are now websites that allow you to have your cake and s ... More >>
According to Huffington Post, NerdWallet (who?) did a study to determine the richest cities in America by finding out which have the largest percentage of households earning more than $100,000 per year. Turns out The Woodlands was No. 10 on that list, with 53.4 percent of its households earning more ... More >>
When they hit the stage and do what they do, it's easy to forget that our musical heroes are basically just talented, driven and very lucky human beings. They're flesh, blood, bone and the right type of grey matter, all formed into a singular unit designed to delight us all with their extraordinary ... More >>
We are all guilty of whipping out our phones to snap a photo of our food at dinner, then making it look artsy and hipster before uploading it to Instagram for all our friends to see, secretly hoping they will be jealous of the delicious meal we are about to consume. While many restaurants are banni ... More >>
You see it on Twitter -- a Huffington Post tweet saying Forbes has released yet another click-bait list, this time of the "best cities for young professionals." You know you shouldn't, but you click just to check quickly to see if your city is included. You soon learn you are dealing with Forbes, ... More >>
Chipotle has decided to change up its margarita recipe, which was originally made with a sweet-and-sour syrup. According to the chief marketing officer, Mark Crumpacker, not many people knew that Chipotle served margaritas. Starting today, and just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chipotle offers new han ... More >>
A young woman finds an older man on a dating website. She's drawn to him. What can it be? His age and experience? His Sean Connery-like looks? The fact that she's got bills to pay at the University of Houston and he has agreed to pay for her education just for the pleasure of her company? I know w ... More >>
We -- to be frank -- had absolutely no idea who David Landsel was...until we opened an e-mail to discover that he is the single most insightful, knowledgeable, trenchant and trustworthy travel writer to ever be on the web. Why he has no multi-platform empire of his own -- why he's not the Martha St ... More >>
Huffington Post: In the first of two articles that set Houstonian tongues wagging this week, travel writer David Landsel offers his reasons as to why Austin is the most overrated tourist destination in America -- and why Houston is the most underrated. Among them, Landsel includes "plenty of good fo ... More >>
People across the nation have used chewing gum to help them lose weight. It's a sort of a logical theory if you think about it: Chew gum instead of food so you won't overindulge and gain weight. However, according to a recent study published in the journal Eating Behaviors, chewing minty gum has th ... More >>
If you're on a diet, or are at least trying to eat healthier, you probably don't frequent fast food restaurants throughout the day. A typical fast food menu isn't full of healthy and nutritious items. However, a few fast food chains recently began to add lighter options to menus, due in part to a re ... More >>
Captain Planet and Mayor Annise Parker thanks you. Last month, the city of Houston was selected by the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge for their "One Bin For All" innovation, which would allow citizens to put all of their trash in one bin, and from there, a sorting facility (which is to ... More >>
After the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, Western agents began probing the documents long squirreled away in Soviet-satellite archives. Among the documents unearthed following Prime Minister Eric Honecker's democratic decisions was a money trail circling an Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchet ... More >>
You might never have heard of Chris Kyle until this weekend, but he was known as America;s deadliest sniper for his work in Iraq and wrote a book titled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The 38-year-old former Navy SEAL, had more than 150 confirm ... More >>
Eat here before you die.
Honestly, I thought George Foreman had a lot of Georges in his family, but now I'm beginning to wonder if the Bush clan doesn't have him beat. First there was George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush. Now, there's George P. Bush (maybe even P.G. if you count his second middle name), son to Jeb and gran ... More >>
As it turns out, Texans indulged in all seven of the deadly sins.
This meme has been infecting my Facebook newsfeed lately, and I thought I'd reply. The facts are these... Nakoula Basseley Nakoula spent a lot of his life making drugs, evading taxes, and commiting bank fraud, all acts that landed him in various institutions over the years. Because of the last frau ... More >>
Anyone who owns a business or, for that matter, lives on planet earth, has had to face rejection. It might be from a potential business parter or a potential romantic partner. You think you are offering a great deal. You get your pitch together and it all goes thud right in your face. It's horrifyin ... More >>
If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
I know people who mark the passing of the seasons by Starbucks' seasonal lattes, and I am very much not joking about this. Fall has officially arrived when the coffee chain starts carrying Pumpkin Spice-flavored lattes. Winter is here when the Peppermint Mochas arrive. It's become a cycle as constan ... More >>
No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.
A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike past an otherwise quiet hotel parking lot on the edge of EaDo when I spotted it: a Taco Bell-branded food truck. The truck was dormant, its driver perhaps holed up in the cheap hotel, and I've yet to see the truck since. I wonder if it was just passing through H ... More >>
Rapper Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill today announced their tandem Life Is Good/Black Rage tour, with an October 31 Houston date inluded. The duo will be at the Bayou Music Center on Halloween Night. Nas just released a new disc, Life Is Good, this past July and Ms. Lauryn Hill -- as she is now being bill ... More >>
"On-the-go Americans increasingly are consuming their morning calories over several hours instead of sitting down to devour a plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs in one sitting," wrote Candice Choi in the Huffington Post earlier this year. At Time, Kate Springer wrote about the phenomenon in an artic ... More >>
Denise Vivaldo is scooping fluffy spoonfuls of mashed potatoes atop a mountain of cotton balls. She tamps them down a bit with the edge of her spoon, securing them to the cotton mound underneath, then smiles and moves on to her next task: using a pair of tweezers to apply pieces of parsley so small, ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.
Rapper Matthew Paul Miller, stage name Matisyahu, made waves this week by tweeting a picture of his face, shorn of the trademark Chassidic beard, along with a message promising "an amazing year filled with music of rebirth." The message on his personal site also mentioned "rules" in his chose ... More >>
Last week while this member Rocks Off was in Dallas for the 48th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination and our annual trek to Dealey Plaza, we stopped in to the Eight Track Museum in the Deep Ellum district of the city. The opening rumblings of the small museum, located in the back of store fro ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresAccording to a recent Associated Press article picked up by everyone from The Huffington Post to Fox News, Day of the Dead celebrations are on the upswing, a trend attributed in part to the growing Latino population and Hispanic influence on the culture, as well as changi ... More >>
Rocks Off is on the phone with perhaps one of the great photographers of this era, critically acclaimed and award-winning photojournalist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. His brainchild, The Black List - a collection of intimate, up-close photos of the great black leaders and personalities of our time - ... More >>
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University via Texas TribuneA gentlemen's CRick Perry has made no bones about the fact that he wasn't the most studious college student, and a transcript obtained by the Huffington Post bears that out. Among the courses Perry got a C or lower ... More >>
Natalie Irish kisses her portraits into life.
Inside the light and airy Relish Fine Foods.Relish Fine Foods had its grand opening this past Monday and Tuesday, and was already off to a fast start when I dropped by at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon. The store was already sold out of all of their salads, and other prepared items were going jus ... More >>
The Press hands out its first Houston Web Awards.