Our Top 10 favorite Houston news stories of 2013.
At about 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, I could wait no longer. With family members set to descend on my house within two hours, it was time to get the final gifts wrapped, especially those for my mom and that side of the family as we would be exchanging those before dinner. Unfortunately, my mom's gift - ... More >>
Pie is good. Pecans are good. When these forces combine you have a pie that's all American. (Forgot apple, the British invented that and pecans, didn't ya know, are the only nut native to the United States?). So on July 12, wave your flag and eat some pecan pie. Here are five restaurant varieties to ... More >>
HCAD fights owners of moderate housing for every single assessment penny. So why is it routinely handing out tax breaks worth several millions to big corporations?
Skeeter's Mesquite Grill has been serving the Houston community for 25 years and to celebrate they are offering a burger that's two tons of fun (despite being "only" a half-pound). I have meant to try Skeeter's for the longest time, but, unfortunately, my most recent attempt was foiled by some GI t ... More >>
In one of his stand-up routines, Jerry Seinfeld has a terrific bit on Halloween, in which he says the "only clear thought" he had in the first 10 years of his life was: "Get candy." Hmm. "Get candy" still dominates my psyche 30 years later...and counting. Which is probably one of the reasons why H ... More >>
Blue-Eyed Butcher was Lifetime's take on the Susan Wright case. It certainly wasn't the first TV movie to be based on a Houston case, and it won't be the last. In fact there are plenty of Houston stories just begging to be made into Lifetime movies. Like these five: 5. Trail Ridin' Dirty: The Feli ... More >>
Super Bowl Sunday means more talk about television ads than at any other time of the year. Companies are now leaking previews and extended versions of the ads online, meaning you can get some idea just how good/bad things will be. Let's just say it doesn't look promising, if these five ads are any ... More >>
We all know that certain people just overshare. These are people for whom the acronym "TMI" was invented. They walk into a party and immediately begin telling anyone who will listen about their violent ex or their bowel issues. The good thing about these people is that you can walk away from ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas L. HallToo far? No. Not at all.So John Kiely beat me to the weird-French-Toast punch with his piece on French Toasted Tortillas, simultaneously making me shake my fist a la Jerry Seinfeld, muttering his name under my breath, and creating what is probably an unhealthy fixatio ... More >>
dedica.laOnce unprintable in "family" newspapers, today the Butthole Surfers barely even rate on our list. You'll see why.Here at Rocks Off, we take our blog ideas where we can get them - even from mistakes. Allow us to explain. About a month ago, we went to Rihanna at Toyota Center, and aft ... More >>
Carlos Lee: Helping others in the grading curve.I recently saw some sort of metric that indicated that the top five percent richest Americans combined had amassed more wealth than the other 95 percent combined. Don't quote me on that, but it was one of those "look how woefully disproportiona ... More >>
Admittedly I'm channeling Jerry Seinfeld with the title of this post, but I am looking for some insight about "blondies." They seem sort of...confused. Because I so enjoyed my OMG cookies and cream cupcake from Rice Epicurean Market, I stopped by again on my way back from the gym (the irony ... More >>
Rocks Off has been lucky enough to be the first to report on two people whose viral videos propelled them into that strangest of 21st century clubs; that of internet star. The term is still used with some derision today. After all, for every Ask a Ninja there's an Afro Ninja, but we'd argue t ... More >>
Thank you. Thank you very much.As we prepare to gorge ourselves today on turkey (Cajun fried is the choice here), stuffing, pumpkin bread, and perhaps something green (maaaaybe, but probably not), I want to first thank all of you who stop in and read the stuff on the blog here, not just my st ... More >>
It's the promised land, all right.When reading this next sentence please employ your best Jerry Seinfeld impression in your head: What's the deal with chocolate milk? Frankly, I love the stuff. Tell me what is better than a super-ice-cold, store-bought bottle of sweetened liquid cocoa. Why d ... More >>
Photos by GroovehouseThe Pixies Verizon Wireless Theater September 20, 2010 For more images from Monday's show, see our slideshow here. The Pixies are Costanza. In one episode of Seinfeld, a woman who had recently made George Costanza's acquaintance remarks to Jerry Seinfeld that there mus ... More >>
Just in case you haven't heard the audio tapes of famed actor/ultra-religious headcase Mel Gibson unleashing slur-filled invective at his wife Oksana Grigorieva, you can listen to them here, but you've got to be warned, it is not even remotely safe for work unless you work in a Neo-Nazi biker ... More >>
The good stuff won't be free for much longer.My backyard flooded, I went half-blind on fireworks, and I am exponentially losing my agility. This was the week in TV Land: • As if to taunt my very desires, Hulu announced last week that it's launching Hulu Plus, a paid version of the site th ... More >>
"What---what is this salty discharge?....This is horrible! I care!" -- Jerry Seinfeld, wiping away tearsI have to admit, it was a bit of a strange feeling. As time wound down in the third period of what at the time was a 2-1 Canadian lead over the United States Olympic hockey team, the disappo ... More >>
Hellboy actress starring in Alley play.
It's a never-ending debate around these parts. What is Creole? Is it the same as Cajun? If not, why not? And let's say you were an Australian supermarket chain and were looking for a name for your in-house generic rip-off of the Oreo, and you decided to call it the "Creole Cream." Should you exp ... More >>
It's a never-ending debate around these parts. What is Creole? Is it the same as Cajun? If not, why not? And let's say you were an Australian supermarket chain and were looking for a name for your in-house generic rip-off of the Oreo, and you decided to call it the "Creole Cream." Should you ex ... More >>
The Whats the deal with comedian muses over Life (the cereal)
Yada Yada Rap
No wonder all the bees are dying — Seinfeld's movie is embarrassing
This comedian went from pitching sodas to selling out comedy clubs
Screamfest hollas 8 p.m. Saturday, August 4, at Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. 713-627-9622.
Some are curmudgeonly but intriguing. Others are just a bad trip to S&M land.
Tuesday, March 21, Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-864-2727
Seinfeld's Jason Alexander tours behind his Tooth Fairy tale
Don't let the cuteness fool you: Aisha Tyler's act is for adults
Dissecting the phenomenon that is Colin Quinn
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
July 23 - 29, 1998
July 16 - 22, 1998
The man behind Seinfeld moves to the big screen