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James Watkins

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Churrascos Reintroduces Diners to Classic Cocktails with a South American Twist

    In this week's cafe review, you can read all about the magnificent meat and tantalizing tres leches at the newest Churrascos restaurant at Gateway Memorial City. However, there's something else about Churrascos--and, indeed, all the Cord├║a restaurants--that should not be overlooked: The drinks. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best Restaurants for Wine

    For decades, the Houston wine scene has been dominated by the California powerhouse: "California Chardonnay," "Napa Cab," and "Merlot" (in quotes because it denotes Merlot from California) have long been been Houston's go-to wines. And in many circles, they still are the most frequently ordered wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Scott Ota Is "Texas' Best Sommelier" 2013, James Watkins of Houston Takes Third Place

    Which Austrian wine appellation lies farther to the north, Kremstal or Kamptal? What's the minimum alcohol content required for the first fermentation for wines destined to become Moscato d'Asti in Piedmont, Italy? These are the type of "theory" questions that wine professionals must answer when c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Somm-vasion at Phil's Wine Lounge and More

    The brand-new Phil's Wine Lounge downstairs at Philippe is breaking in its boots by launching a Guest Sommelier Series starting February 6. Hosted by Vanessa Trevino Boyd -- resident sommelier at Philippe and last year's Best of Houston® winner for Best Sommelier -- the series will feature intimate ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Aggressive Pricing Makes Wine Go Down Easier in Houston

    As a Texan transplant (by way of southern California and New York City), I have always been impressed by the Houston's across-the-board aggressive wine pricing in restaurants. A few weeks ago, when I visited Osteria Mozza, the swank Los Angeles outpost of the Bastianich empire, one of the wine buye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Franco-Japanese Meets Molecular Gastronomy at Soma Sushi

    Mai PhamAkaushi short ribs, truffle sukiyaki glaze, Boucheron goat cheese mousse​Soma Sushi is probably better known as one of those trendy restaurants. It's nestled in the heart of the Washington corridor at the Shepherd intersection, making it the perfect pit stop for some nosh before a nigh ... More >>

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