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    May 2, 2014

    Passaporto Italia Kicks Off At Central Market: Buon Appetito!

    Italy has arrived at Central Market. Passaporto Italia kicked off on Wednesday, April 30, with a Prosecco tasting, followed by the "Italy Meets Texas" Sip and Stroll event on Thursday, May 1. For the next 11 days, Central Market will be filled with authentic Italian products, wine, coffee, cheese, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Sublime With Rome, 311, Cypress Hill, etc. at The Woodlands, 7/27/2013

    94.5 The Buzz "Weenie Roast" feat. Sublime With Rome, 311, Cypress Hill, Pennywise and G. Love & Special Sauce Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 27, 2013 Houston radio station 94.5 The Buzz has been hosting large-scale, almost festival-like events at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion for several y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    What Would Two Star Symphony Fiddle as Houston Burned?

    In mid-July, 64 C.E. a fire started in Rome that became known as the Great Fire of Rome, and when the Romans call something "great," they're usually not messing around. The blaze rampaged for six days, entirely destroying three whole districts and damaging another seven. Granted, big fires were comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    5 Essential Foods for a Lucky, Healthy, Prosperous New Year, with Recipes

    All throughout the world, different cultures have their own way of celebrating and ushering in the New Year. (And, of course, not everyone celebrates the New Year on January 1.) And while most Texans are familiar with the idea of having a pot of black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    How To: Classic Italian Panna Cotta

    Two summers ago, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and got to taste and cook some of the best food I have ever had in my life. The first dessert we ate while in Italy was a creamy, pudding-like sweat treat, otherwise known as panna cotta. I had never had panna cotta before, but I read about it i ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Pinot Grigio, I Love You Just the Way You Are

    "Italy's finest white wine," reads the copy in an advertisement for Pinot Grigio that appeared in an issue of New York published in November, 1980, "magnificently dry with a beautiful straw-like color, Cavit Pinot Grigio has opened to rave reviews from wine critics. If you love white wine, discover ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    What Is Terroir and Why Is It Important in Wine?

    One of the greatest examples of terroir is Parmigiano Reggiano, the unmistakable and incomparably delicious cheese made in the region of Emilia-Romagna (in northern Italy). They make a similar cheese, using similar methods, just across the Po river on the north side of the great waterway (which flo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    How to Send Back a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

    A few months ago, when I was dining with family in a Houston restaurant (that shall remain unnamed), I ordered a bottle of Dolcetto, one of the classic food-friendly grapes of Piedmont, in northwestern Italy. The server disappeared and swiftly returned with the bottle I had asked for. And presumabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Climate Change, a Hard Fact for European Winemakers

    My wife, daughter, and I are on the last leg of a road trip that has taken us through ten of Italy's 20 regions, from the far northeast to Mt. Vesuvius on the western coast of the south, to the tip of the heel of the boot in Lecce (Apulia [Puglia]). Today we're in central Italy, along the Adriatic s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    A Great Italian Wine List at Nundini

    For an Italian wine lover like me, the wine list at Nundini Chef's Table Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, the subject of this week's cafe review (I filled in for Katharine Shilcutt), is a dream come true. It covers nearly every wine-growing region in Italy, and its prices are not just reasonable... they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Trouble with Truffle Oil (Farts and Formaldehyde)

    People, I'm sorry to break it to you, but there are just no two ways about it: truffle oil (or truffled oil) is a sham, it's bad for you, and it's just downright evil. I'm currently traveling in Italy, where the world's most famous truffles are foraged. When I received an email from my editor here ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 30, 2012
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    August 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Bill and Matt Hutchinson of Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana

    Pizaro's Pizza Napoletana 14028 Memorial Drive 713-855-0085 This is the first of a three-part Chef Chat series. Look for parts two and three in this same space Thursday and Friday. Tucked away in the back of a nondescript strip mall at Memorial and Kirkwood is a tiny little ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Last Night: Sublime With Rome at The Woodlands

    Rewind: Friday: Sublime with Rome at Discovery Green (April 1, 2011) Friday Night: 311 & Sublime with Rome at The Woodlands (August 12, 2011) Sublime with Rome Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 14, 2012 Fifteen minutes into their set Tuesday night at the Woodlands Pavilion, Sublime with Rome ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Life Before Pinot Grigio: A Favorite Pinot Gris from Oregon

    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio from northern Italy changed everything. I'll never forget the first time I saw a bottle of the wine in a Southern Californian gourmet super market in the 1980s. The bottle was not the classic green but transparent (a stroke of marketing brilliance) and showed off the w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Euro 2012 Final: Houstonians Love Fútbol

    According to UEFA predictions, approximately 250 million soccer fans tuned in to watch the Euro 2012 final match on Sunday evening. Compare that to the 111 million that watched this year's Super Bowl, and you get an idea as to the impact and significance of this event. The game pitted reigning champ ... More >>

  • Film

    June 28, 2012

    Woody's Roman Holiday

    Woody Allen and two co-stars meet in L.A. to talk about his new film, To Rome With Love, and some old themes (art, death, love).

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Roman Delight, Droubi's and a Troubled Taqueria on the North Side

    We had an Italian professor who told our class that in Italy, if you eat at a restaurant and get sick, you don't sue or make a fuss. It's just part of the deal. Also, Italian barristas don't clean coffee machines between each use, because that's pointless. For some reason we remembered that lesson a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 23, 2012

    B[ring] Y[our] O[wn] B[arbera]

    In the aftermath of recent posts here at Wine Time on corkage and tipping etiquette, Lucio's BYOB and Grill seemed like an ideal destination for a working dinner with a colleague -- a demilitarized zone, as it were. After all, it has "BYOB" in the name of the venue. Not knowing what to expect in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Odd Pair: What Wine Goes with Breakfast Tacos?

    One of the things that I crave the most when I'm traveling in Europe is homemade breakfast tacos made with handmade white flour tortillas by Central Market. And so, when I recently returned from a two-week (and too long) trip to Italy, this staple of Tex-Mex gastronomy was at the top of my list: fre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Wine Time: A Favorite Wine for Easter Lamb

    When it comes to pairing wine with food, we live by two maxims at our house. 1. If it grows with it, it goes with it. (Motto attributed to the great New York restaurateur Danny Meyer.) Look to traditional pairings as rules-of-thumb. For example, the inhabitants of the western coast of France famo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Odd Pair: Eggplant alla Parmigiana and Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc

    Calling the marriage of melanzane (eggplant) alla parmigiana and a Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc an "odd pair" may seem like a stretch to some. But when you consider the ingredients, flavors, and aromas in the dish, the pairing options are more challenging than is immediately apparent. Gently bitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Stephen Caronna Of Piola

    ​The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Prosciutto

    Photo by John SuhI dream of prosciutto pizza.​What is it? Pronounced "proh-SHOOT-oh," prosciutto is a thinly sliced Italian dry-cured ham. The uncooked version highlighted today is called prosciutto crudo (the cooked kind is prosciutto cotto). The most revered cuts of prosciutto come from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Orange Wine (Yes, Orange)

    ​White wine, rosé wine, red wine, orange wine... Orange wine? Qu'est-ce que c'est? No, it's not a wine concocted by Longhorn fans. (They call UT the orange tide? Call me Deacon Blue Nun). Orange wine is a loosely codified category of winemaking and winemakers who macerate the juice obtained ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Bastianich 2008 Rosato Refosco

    ​Maybe it was the atmosphere, perhaps it was the good company, and maybe it even had a little something to do with the fact that I was on vacation - no husband, no kiddo, no worries - but I had a glass of what could be a contender for one of the best wines I've ever tasted. To set the scene, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2011
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    March 2, 2011

    Health Department Roundup

    "Just eat-a around the filth-a, paisan"​Sometimes, we wonder whether all the health regulations the city enforces actually keep people from getting sick. Were you more likely to suffer unpleasant food-related maladies 50 years ago, when restaurant regulations were less stringent? (We hesitate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    What to Do with Leftover Risotto

    ​Anyone who has made risotto more than a handful of times has certainly realized the down side (apart from the endless stirring necessary in the traditional method) of this otherwise delightful dish. Risotto makes terrible leftovers. The interplay of creamy sauce and tender rice with a firm in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Biscuits at Branch Water Tavern

    ​On a recent visit to Branch Water Tavern, I enjoyed the chicken fried oysters, seasonal cocktails and perfectly cooked rare cheeseburger. Truly bloody meat can be, ahem, bloody hard to find in Houston restaurants. My favorite part of the meal, however, was a dish I didn't have to pay for or ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 26, 2010

    "Secrets of the Silk Road"

    Meet a woman who's 3,800 years old - and still looks good

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    May 18, 2010

    Italian Expo This Weekend Features Lombardy Region of Italy

    ​Apparently the inaugural Houston Italian Expo was in 2009, but this is the first year in which the Regione Lombardia is partnering with the Italy America Chamber of Commerce - Texas. The Regione Lombardia is one of Italy's "regions," like their version of a state. Its capital is Milan, and ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Game Time: Jim Rome Smack-Off 2010, A Five-Time Champ Weighs In

    The Rome show may have mellowed, but the Smack-Off still delivers​If you're a sports fan in the Year 2010, you probably know who Jim Rome is. If you read my blog posts each day, you almost definitely know who Jim Rome is.For those who don't, I'll be brief with the history lesson -- Rome is a syndi ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Borgo SanLeo Brut Prosecco

    ​Sometimes our champagne budgets are a little tight. So when we're feeling thrifty, we opt for prosecco instead. One of our favorites is the Borgo SanLeo Brut Prosecco from Italy. Prosecco is made from the prosecco grapes in Italy. It does have the same sparkling quality as champagne. ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    New Year's Pigs' Trotters

    ​This weekend, Da Marco will be serving zampone, the stuffed pig's foot that's traditionally eaten on New Year's in Italy. Da Marco is serving the zampone with lentils and the mustard-marinated fruit called mostarda. December 31 is called La Festa di San Silvestro in Italy. You eat lentils, ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Piculit Neri

    Photo by Robb WalshPiculit Neri is an ancient grape varietal from Italy that was popular in Roman times but went out of favor. Progressive winemakers have recently revived the almost-forgotten grape, along with several others that were once popular in the Friuli Venezia-Giulia region, an area in the ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    October 4, 2007

    Antica Osteria

    Rice Spaghetti

  • Dining

    May 17, 2007


    Mystery Food

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2007

    Roman Scandals

    The HMNS looks at the turmoil and traditions of Ancient Rome

  • Dining

    November 17, 2005

    Pungent Pizza

    Cava Bistro

  • Dining

    August 5, 2004
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    April 1, 2004

    Smokin' Duck


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    September 25, 2003
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    February 13, 2003

    Eat Your Heart Out

    Friday, February 14

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    The Pig's Nose Knows

    It's time to try a tiny bit of truffle

  • Dining

    July 19, 2001
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    June 28, 2001

    Toque Off

    Viva la differènza!

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    October 1, 1998
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