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  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Houston's Best Cafeterias: Hearken Back to the Good Old Days

    I haven't always been a food snob. When I was little and my mom would teach night classes at the local university, my dad and I were left to our own devices for dinner. Because the man can do little more in a kitchen than boil water for pasta or make a cup of coffee, we often found ourselves at Lub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Finding A Scotch Egg in Houston for (Almost) Every Day of the Week

    It's not the most appetizing-looking dish. The hard boiled egg in the center is usually possessed of a runny yolk that oozes a bit when you cut through the crisp brown outer layer and the crumbly pink or brown middle. Before you cut it, it looks like an oversized meatball, but it's the stuff on the ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 9, 2014
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    December 24, 2013

    Five 2013 Food Trends We'd Like to See Alive and Well in 2014

    Not all food trends are annoying, and though we know "to each his/her own" is a good rule by which to live, there are a few gems out there in the food world that we cannot wait to see more of. Here are Five 2013 Food Trends That We Hope Stick Around in 2014:

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The 10 Worst Speed Traps in Houston

    Houston is a city of drivers, which makes us ripe for the picking when it comes to speed traps. Anyone who drives with regularity knows there are places where police routinely set up and drop the hammer on a host of unsuspecting speeders. We've compiled a list of these speed traps for you, compiled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Noodle Me Crazy: First Annual Great Ramen Challenge at Ikea Draws Huge Crowds

    Ramen was the name of the game last night at the First Annual Great Ramen Challenge held at Ikea. Six sous chefs got their chance to shine as they competed for a golden ramen trophy and bragging rights as the creator of the best bowl of ramen made with $3 or less. The free event, organized by Dutch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Celebrate the Ramen Phenomenon Tonight at IKEA

    Tonight, IKEA will become much more than a storehouse for chic, inexpensive Swedish home goods. Tonight, IKEA will be the Iron Chef kitchen. Well, not the Iron Chef kitchen, but an Iron Chef-style throwdown will be happening in the upstairs kitchen at IKEA, and the theme is ramen. Foodie PR mav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Lavender, Wine and a Swedish Soiree at IKEA

    Bistro Provence is continuing its herb dinner series on Monday, August 12 with the fourth installment, a lavender menu. All evening, the restaurant will be serving dinner specials that incorporate lavender into the recipes. The appetizer option is fried squash blossom with lavender batter, the fish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    RIP Jeff Hanneman: Slayer at Verizon Theater In September 2010

    Ed. Note: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of the band, passed away Thursday in Southern California due to liver failure, according to Rolling Stone. Hanneman, 49, had contracted the flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis, which doctors believed was the result of a spider bite, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Brace Yourselves, the End of the World Parties Are Coming

    Here in Houston, we shouldn't need an excuse to throw great parties, but I suppose the so-called Mayan Apocalypse is a pretty good reason to get shit-housed and listen to local bands. This Friday almost everyone seems to be throwing an "End of the World" show or mini-fest -- if they aren't putting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Ole Henriksen Promises to Give Your Eyes a Lift as the World is Coming to an End

    That damn Mayan calendar prophecy was bad enough when it was just the world exploding or being swallowed by a black hole or whatever. But, when Ole Henriksen, maker of fine rejuvenating eye care products (and name for Ikea entertainment centers), among other things, discovered that December 21 was a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Speakeasies, Hoedowns and Free Yoga Classes

    A shuttered business on downtown's Main Street is getting a new tenant -- for the night. 304 Main will be hosting a one-night-only speakeasy on Monday, October 1, from 7 to 10 p.m., sponsored by Knob Creek Rye Whiskey. Local bartenders will be shaking cocktails featuring the rye and chef Jonathan Jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    7 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Soft Metals, Buxton, Grand Old Grizzly, Etc.

    Tonight L.A.-via-Portland electro duo Soft Metals (synthy, spooky, dreamy) headline the return of the Musum of Fine Arts, Houston's Mixed Media social-hours from 8 p.m. to midnight. The space will be tricked out by presenting sponsor IKEA, so you know it's going to be modern. Also performing are loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Raining on Their Parade: IKEA Postpones Unveiling of Store's Solar Energy System

    IKEA Houston was all set to unveil its solar-powered energy system today. They had a big ceremony planned and everything. The dedication ceremony would include Houston's Sustainability Director (we have one of those?) Laura Spanjian, whose last name sounds vaguely like a sofa I bought at the store a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Bottoms Up: 5 Beers From 5 Bands To Give You 5 Hangovers

    Whether you're at a show with friends or just putting your feet up while listening to some tunes after a long day at work, for many alcohol is just another part of the rock and roll experience. And when hard liquor gets too expensive and wine seems too highfalutin, there is one drink that's always t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Midsommar's Night Eating and Free Frescas

    It's already scorching hot in Houston, and it's only going to get hotter. So cool off by celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, at Pollo Campero. The fresh-Mex joint will be offering patrons a free agua fresca with purchase of any entree all day Thursday, including: Mango: A pu ... More >>

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    May 28, 2012

    App of the Week: Let iTranslate Voice Do Your Talking for You

    App: iTranslate Voice Platform: iPhone Web site: iTranslate Voice Cost: $0.99 Back in the '90s, there was this cool band from Denton called Ten Hands. They were sort of a weird mix of the Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel and Frank Zappa. They had really quirky material and covered a wide range of style ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    A GAY ISLAND??: The Best & Worst Facebook Responses To Bun B Supporting Gay Marriage

    When President Barack Obama said in an interview last week that he supported same-sex marriage, it lit up the Internet with discussion. The dialogue split between those championing the president's words, and his detractors damning him (again) for going against what they saw as biblical and social no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    April Fools' Day Pranks: Six Suggestions That Will Have You Thinking "Are People Really This Lame?"

    Sunday is April Fools' Day, which is a blessing since if it was on a workday we'd have to hear about wacky morning radio hosts bringing the hilarity. But apparently some people take the day seriously, like the folks at the April Fool Zone Web site, which offers "unique and fun April fool's Day pran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    10 Bizarre (And Surprisingly Expensive) Ways to Hide a Cat Litter Box

    What are you looking at, bitch?​I have cats. Yes, I'm a 40-something man with cats. You got a problem? What I have learned over the years is that the biggest pain in the ass when dealing with cats is the litter box. Hair is annoying. Vet bills can be expensive. But the foul ammonia smell of ca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2012
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    December 23, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Hot Dogs

    Photo by Jeff VogtYou can even get sauerkraut on your $1.50 Costco dog!​For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Eight Businesses We Expect Will Be Getting Custom Texas License Plates Soon

    ​We recently wrote about a new crop of Texas license plates with a variety of themes, most of them sports related. One of the designs, however, was for the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain that isn't even based in the Lone Star State. We certainly understand the passion of a sports fan, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Oasis in the Desert: Casablanca Brings Moroccan Food to Houston

    Photos by Troy FieldsSee more photos from Casablanca in our slideshow.​When it opened late last year, Casablanca Couscous & Grill became only the second Moroccan restaurant in Houston. And the truth is, for a city that prides itself on being such a melting pot of ethnicities and cuisines, ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Crawfish Across the World

    Ground crawfish powder, one of the "mother" spices in Nigerian cooking.​Louisianans like to think they've got the world on a string when it comes to crawfish, with small towns like Breaux Bridge laying claim to titles such as "Crawfish Capital of the World." But there are a few people in Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Americas: So long, and thanks for all the dish.​It's been a long time coming, but Americas on Post Oak Boulevard is finally closing after 20 years. And while it will indeed be sad to lose its iconic dining room -- which I've always fondly thought of as "Dr. Seuss on acid" -- the restaurant is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Game of Thrones: 7 Observations from a Newbie (and Pop Rocks Pinch-Hitter)

    Yeah, he's my brother, so what?​Pete Vonder Haar couldn't file a Pop Rocks today, so it falls to me to do so. Since he is also our chronicler of all things Game of Thrones, I will pick up that mantle too. I'm not much of a fantasy person at all, but I find myself getting into this HBO minise ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 21, 2011
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    December 3, 2010

    $7 at IKEA

    ​Hi, I'd like a Boren, a Barnslig, a Fixa, and French toast sticks. Where else on earth, besides IKEA, could you utter a sentence as beautiful as that and not be hauled off to the loony bin?

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Musicians: Five Reasons Your Girlfriend Hates You

    ​For ladies dating dudes in bands, life can get rough. You are either seen as a trophy or a hindrance to his true rock and roll dreams, arm candy and not the actual real live human being you in fact are. Depending on how successful his band is, your man is constantly the focal point of dozens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Stuffed Cotton Food From IKEA

    An IKEA bestseller. Will plush foods be next?​What's the best way to prevent childhood obesity? Give your kids FAKE FOOD! IKEA, the company responsible for such creepy stuffed toys as the Famnig Hjärta, that bestselling heart pillow with human arms and hands, will expand their popular Duktig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Ikea's "69" Ad: Too Racy For Houston?

    Some Houston TV stations won't go down this road?​Music from bad `70s porn and graphics talking about 69 in the bedroom, in the kitchen, in the office, in the bathroom, and how 69 is "the best date ever" -- why would anyone think something like that is nasty?(Unless the bathroom is in some bachelo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Rocks Off's Handy Summerfest Survival Guide

    Shelby Hohl​There's a slim chance you may have already heard that our distinguished competition, Free Press Houston, is throwing a little shindig this weekend, which they have for some reason chosen to call Summerfest. We understand it's some kind of outdoor festival and a couple of bands fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Paul Wall's Got Your iPhone Goin' Nuts

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, albeit sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. We'll incorporate the number five in there somewhere. Send tips to ​April 23, 2010. That was to be the most glorious day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Top Ten Kitchen Essentials

    A while back, Katharine Shilcutt wrote about her top 10 must-haves for her kitchen. Well, not everyone has the same kitchen needs, so here's a little different perspective. We find that a lot of specifics, like mixing/prep bowls, can be overcome by having mismatched dishes, and we are even guilty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    The Top 10 Places to Eat on Long Point

    There's more to Long Point than just taco trucks...​As more development and activity pushes consumers north of the Katy Freeway -- such as the giant new shopping center and mega H-E-B at Bunker Hill, the push from MetroNational to create a "Memorial City"-branded area around Gessner, the etern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2010

    Yes, Anastasia, You Too Can Cyber Land a Job in a Recession

    ​Pardon us, but we're about to impart some useful, seasoned knowledge on you. Don't get too accustomed to it, however. We'll return to our regularly scheduled programming of a wee bit of technology talk with a whole lot of intertwined innuendo in no time.But for today, we educate. Our topic? E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Wine of the Week - Phoenicia Specialty Foods

    ​Last year, Robb Walsh visited Phoenicia Specialty Foods's Bargain Bin section to stock up on some obscure Italian wines at low prices. We are always looking for a good deal, so we decided to pay Phoenicia another visit. Last weekend, we found ourselves wandering around the Ikea-like aisles, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Cafe Zol Gets a Makeover

    Photo by J.C. Reid​When Cafe Zol opened in early 2008 in the old Crostini location on Shepherd near Westheimer, the menu was billed as "Scandinavian tapas." Houston food cognoscenti responded with head scratching and mixed reviews, wondering if there really needed to be a challenger to the loc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Kevin Nealon's New Film Looks Like Absolute Crap And I Mean Crap!

    ​Who greenlit Aliens in the Attic? I mean, honestly, who? What film exec got tanked on margaritas at La Casa de Enchiladas and said, yes, let's make this film about aliens and a suburban family with Kevin Nealon as the put-upon Pop?I thought we were in a recession. Shouldn't it take a LOT to get a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 1, 2009
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    December 23, 2008

    Aftermath: Hungry Villagers at Boondocks

    Aftermath thinks the thing he likes the most about new bands is the sheer lack of pretense and ego. We love it when bands do sound check five minutes before they play to two dozen friends upstairs at a bar, with no setlist to be seen. Only armed with the songs they've been fine-tuning for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: The IKEA Catalog Gives Me a Complex

    Oh great, the 2008 IKEA catalog is out…just in time to remind me how hideously tacky, uncoordinated, and non-Swedish the Pop Rocks’ house is. Seriously, am I the only one who feels woefully inadequate whenever she looks at the IKEA advertisements, full of their bright rugs, multicolored plates, ... More >>

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    March 20, 2003

    College Credit

    Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
    Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
    Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless

  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Beyond Despair

    Tired plotlines pummel Fight Club

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    May 4, 1995
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