Lennie Ambrose

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    November 21, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Christmastime at Texas Ren Fest and More

    Rice Village's Café Rabelais will be hosting a Burgundy Dinner on Monday, November 24 at 7 p.m. The event will feature an elegant French-inspired meal paired with Burgundy wines from Domaine Manuel Oliver ($95 per person plus tax and gratuity). See for more details and to make rese ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest

    Looking for another Oktoberfest celebration in Houston? Saint Arnold Brewing Company will host its annual Oktoberfest party at the brewery for two nights, Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11. Both nights are separate events, so you can choose the night you'd prefer to attend. But, don't hes ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    March 25, 2014

    Review: A Happy Accident Leads Saint Arnold To Create A Great New Summer Beer

    If you're a local beer lover, there's no doubt you're familiar with Saint Arnold, the granddaddy of Houston's craft beer scene, and you might have already heard a bit of the story behind the creation of their newest beer, Boiler Room. A boiler-room mistake (hence the name) meant a batch of Lawnmower ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Melodic Ingredients: Music at the Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown

    My brother, Anthony, enjoys cooking and he is also quite good at it. I enjoy drinking beer and am also quite good at that. So, Saint Arnold Brewery's One Pot Showdown seemed like a great, local event to partake in to boast our respective talents. Last Sunday afternoon, we joined 80 teams, all gath ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 13, 2013

    Saint Arnold Expands Craft Beer Distribution to Colorado & Florida, But Still Thrives in Texas

    Saint Arnold is heading east and west. The local craft beer brewery will now offer several of its beers in Colorado and Florida at the start of the fall season. While the dates are not set in stone, marketing director, Lennie Ambrose, and Jeremy "Jerm" Johnson of the marketing team, both said a few ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    Your Ultimate Mardi Gras Guide: Get Fat on Fat Tuesday

    First, get geared up with photos from the Mardi Gras celebration in Kemah... ...and the one in Galveston.

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    November 13, 2012

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Brock Wagner, Godfather of Craft Beer in Houston and Founder of Saint Arnold Brewery, the Oldest Microbrewery in Texas

    Eating...Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating...Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our read ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    A (Very Nearly) Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Trucks

    Last week, one of our Twitter followers made a special request: a guide to all the nearly 50 food trucks currently roaming around town that use Twitter -- along with their Twitter handles. So @sarahnoid, this list is for you. Food trucks are sorted alphabetically, along with their primary type of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    The 5 Best Local Beers to Bring to Thanksgiving Dinner

    A bite of banana in every beer.​Just in time for Christmas, Buffalo Bayou Brewing hopes to release its first beer to the public: an 11 percent gingerbread Imperial stout that would be the toast of any Christmas dinner. For Thanksgiving, however, there are plenty of locally brewed beers that w ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Today, we learned a few things. First, in the comments to Lennie Ambrose's post about El Perico Agave Spirit, we acquired some new slang, courtesy of Ted Stickles: Hah, that's funny, 'perico' is slang for cocaine... We did not know that! And the comments of Katharine Shilcutt's post on s ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​ Today Lennie Ambrose talked about the "Top 5 Foods that Just Seem Wrong," one being dishes involving both chicken and eggs, and the other foie gras. Commenter Kyle had something to say about both. Chicken and eggs: There's a Japanese dish called oyakodon, which translates to parent-and-ch ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    A Whataburger Taquito with Chorizo

    ​As Lennie Ambrose mentioned the other day, we here at Eating Our Words occasionally consume meals of which we are less than proud. We know it's hard to believe, but even we who breathe the rarified air of the food blog occasionally fill our breathing holes with unadulterated crap. In fact, so ... More >>

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    January 11, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Where's the Beef?

    Yesterday marked the 27th anniversary of a pivotal event in American culinary history: the first airing of the Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" commercial (above). I know what you're thinking. "Has it really been 27 years?" If you're like me, you can remember exactly what you were doing when the ad fi ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Comment of the Day: A Fatal Flaw

    ​Lennie Ambrose clued us into Food Insurance, a company that sells food that lasts at least 25 years, so customers can enjoy it while everyone else perishes due to end times. Something seemed a bit off about this concept, but we couldn't figure out what, until commenter CMN wrote in: If you'r ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​As Lennie Ambrose informed us, Chick-fil-A is offering free Spicy Chicken Biscuits this week. Lennie got his yesterday morning, and man, did it sound good. But commenter eatTX wrote in to remind us that while we may agree that a hot, buttery biscuit with spicy chicken sounds incredible right ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Comment of the Day: Coronitas Edition

    ​Today Lennie Ambrose discussed food and drink that sound good but always disappoint, including Corona, which he said doesn't hold up much past the first sip. Which got one of our commenters kinda, well, pissy. He wrote: Get Coronitas if you're so such a slow-sipping troglodyte. We love that ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    5 Desserts That Are Actually Better Than Sex

    ​Many claim the hyperbolic title - cakes, pies, layer desserts and the like - but few truly live up to the name. Here's a list we put together (from a solicitation of all the EOW bloggers) that could claim the description truthfully. 5. Paula Deen's "Is it really better than sex?" Cake While ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    The 10 Do's and Don't's of Texas Food

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOne of my hobbies is taking jingoistic photos of our state flag. God bless Texas!​After seeing the dialogue back and forth on Lennie Ambrose's post about sweet tea and its availability in Texas, my colleagues and I began discussing our own caveats about eating in Te ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest 2010

    Break out your lederhosen

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    August 23, 2010

    Now Brewing at St. Arnold's: Weedwacker and Divine Reserve 10

    Photos by John Seaborn GrayThe tasting hall at St. Arnold's Brewery​St. Arnolds's Brewery, at 2000 Lyons, is known for its steady release of fine local beer, but it's also known for its exclusive limited-run beers designed to keep Houston's beer lovers titillated. Last Thursday, I went to St ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    Garden to Glass at Backstreet Cafe

    ​Garden-fresh doesn't always have to refer to the food you're eating. In some cases, as with Backstreet Cafe's Garden to Glass event, it can refer to the beverages you're sipping as well. The restaurant is holding what it hopes will be the first of a series of Garden to Glass events on Wednes ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Getting Stuffed at Big Bite Night

    Photos by Marco TorresGuests snacking on an assortment of foods from Ra Sushi.​There's something discomfortingly meta about gnawing the spicy flesh off a piece of jerk chicken as you stand, staring idly, next to an exhibit filled with stuffed fowl: Atwater's prairie chickens, ducks, cranes, al ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Discount iFest Tickets Through KPFT; GaGa On Sale Next Friday; Husk Blows Away; Free Ani D Tickets & Poster Show

    Courtesy of​The 40th anniversary of iFest is coming up next weekend, and this year music from the Caribbean will be spotlighted, with headliner and President of Funkadelia George Clinton (right; no relation to that other President). KPFT is also turning 40 this year, and for a limited ti ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    A Sweet Showdown

    Photos by Marco TorresClick here for a slideshow​The third annual Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown took place at the brewery's brand-new location on Sunday afternoon, a day which closely resembled last year's Showdown in cold weather and cheerful competitiveness but not in food. While many of las ... More >>

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    December 24, 2009

    St. Arnold's Winter Stout

    ​Normally we use the anniversary of some historical event to try to justify what would otherwise be a random beer review each week. But this is current folks, no encyclopedia digging required. This week, as early as yesterday at some stores and watering holes, our own St. Arnold Brewing Co. ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Divine Reserve #9: A Pumpkin in Every Keg

    ​We took one last trip to the old Saint Arnold brewery today for a very special occasion: Divine Reserve #9 is being bottled and brewed at this very moment, ready to hit store shelves on December 1. This particular batch of Divine Reserve was created by Nicholas Walther, a young bre ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Saint Arnold's Celebrates Their 15th Anniversary With the First Annual Beer Olympics

    Photos by Jeff BalkeSunday's bracing heat and thick humidity didn't stop the hundreds of beer lovers who turned out to help local microbrewery Saint Arnold celebrate its 15th anniversary while feasting on barbecue and watching the spectacle that was the first annual Beer Olympics. Emcee Lennie Ambr ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    Houston's Own Artisanal Gelato

    The dulce de leche gelato was masterful: velvety smooth with that familiar thick sweetness, but not overwhelmingly so.  Some dulce de leche treats take on an overpowering, sickly sweet caramel flavor, but not this gelato.  The shards of dark chocolate scattered throughout ad ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Saint Arnold One Pot Showdown

    Sorry, this year all deep-fried dishes are banned