Looking for non-traditional (at least for your family) side options this Thanksgiving? This series highlights the unconventional, interesting twists on sides available for sale at Houston restaurants. Pick up some to add some variation to Turkey Day. This year is very special. For the first time i ... More >>
If you go to Kenny & Ziggy's and order a pastrami on rye or a Reuben, you will leave satiated and satisfied. You are likely to rave about the impressive mountain of quality cold cuts, the tangy sauerkraut, and the complimentary pickles. You might even, if you haven't already, remind yourself to go ... More >>
L'shanah Tovah! It's Rosh Hashanah -- the first of the High Holy Days and the Jewish New Year. Apples and honey are often served as part of the traditional Rosh Hashanah meal, symbolizing a sweet new year. So to celebrate, we're sharing a simple and delicious recipe for Apple Walnut Cake made with ... More >>
At sundown tonight, Jews worldwide will gather in their synagogues to watch an old dude blow through a hollowed-out ram's horn, and then amble over to the nearest creek to throw in pieces of bread. Afterwards, they'll dip apple slices in honey. This is how the Chosen Folks traditionally kick off the ... More >>
At Sunday, this Wednesday, Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the High Holy Days, one of the most important times of the year for observant Jews, and with this holiday, comes many traditions and rituals. Some of the more fascinating (and, might I say, delicious) customs involve the consumption of ... More >>
While you're enjoying your Labor Day weekend, Bering's Hardware would like to remind you that Christmas is only 114 days away. The store at Westheimer and Fountain View has not one, but THREE Christmas trees already on display. Never mind the fact that this pictures was taken last week when it was ... More >>
It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>
If you're Jewish, happy new year and l'shana tova! If you're not Jewish, you can still enjoy this week's roundup of Rosh Hashanah-themed food blog posts, and perhaps learn a little something new along the way. Voracious: At our sister paper in Seattle, food critic Hanna Raskin asked the Washington ... More >>
It's not nearly as bizarre as Tom Delay's appearance on Dancing With the Stars, but this video of Governor Rick Perry celebrating Hanukkah with a group of orthodox Jewish rabbis, intentionally or otherwise, is damn funny if for no other reason than Perry is trying his best not to look really, really ... More >>
And are there Mexican Jews?
The Sipping SederThere is a philosophy in Judaism to take the religion's traditions and make them meaningful for future generations, Rob Corwin is telling me as we talk on the phone. Corwin has taken a break from planning a Seder supper at -- of all places -- an Italian restaurant in San Fran ... More >>
The Bible is NOTHING like the Koran in terms of violence or subjugating womenFans of fearmongering nutjobs must've creamed their pants over the New York Times' profile of Brigitte Gabriel, a self-described expert on global terrorism, and user of words like "Islamonazism." Gabriel is the fou ... More >>
The Festival of Lights is upon us, as the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah officially kicks off at sundown tonight. Some of music's leading bigwigs will likely be sparking up the menorah, among them Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Leonard Cohen, Diamond David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell an ... More >>
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is upon us, and like most religious holidays, it brings with it many food-related traditions. Even my Jewish friends who are generally non-observant make it a point to have a round challah or apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah. Here's a list of some of the most c ... More >>
Will she fly away before he gets over his aviophobia?
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Dance Month continues with performances from a trio of local groups
Breach of contract suits are ordinarily dry, boilerplate affairs, which is why Hair Balls tips our hat to the colorful complaint filed last Friday by Donald Large against City Council At-Large Candidate Carlos Obando. Large, who is also chairs Harris County Republican Precinct 411, tells Obando in h ... More >>
Self-hating or just everyone-hating? The Coen Brothers aim their contempt at MOTs.
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Photo courtesy of ImaginaryGirl The traditional Seder tablePassover begins tonight at sundown and if you haven't already made plans for Seder tonight or tomorrow night, we've got you covered. Seder, one of the most vital Jewish holidays, commemorates the Jewish peoples'&n ... More >>
Cynthia Connops documentary asks the tough questions
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The JCC holds its fourth annual cinema gala
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Ed Kane's Western Shop
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Neil Carter breaks a few stereotypes
The Genesis Ballet II
Houston Jews and Christians favor peaceful coexistence
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