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    November 17, 2014

    On Chill Filtering and the Aberlour A'Bundah

    Not too long ago I started noticing that some Scotches were described as "non-chill filtered." Aware of how marketing and branding works, at first I paid this no mind. I figured it could be essentially meaningless, similar to vodkas that brag about how many times they're distilled, as if past a cert ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Beyond the Sour: 5 Best Whiskey Cocktails for Summer

    With its leggy texture and dark, intense tasting notes, whiskey often seems best savored neat, in front of an open fire in the middle of raging snowstorm. Well, if I waited for such a scenario in Houston, I would never imbibe this delightful spirit. Fortunately, there are ways to enjoy whiskey dur ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Retro Recipe: Frankfurter Casserole

    There's reason why they drink more than they eat on the first few seasons of Mad Men: the 1950s and early 1960s weren't exactly the high point of America's culinary history. An emphasis on overcooked meat, candied cherries, and canned soup as ingredients gave rise to some pretty funky dishes. Looki ... More >>

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    January 24, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Bottomless Martinis & Valentines for Houston Veterans

    On Monday, January 27, Osteria Mazzantini will host "Whiskey, Dinner & Cigars". The whiskey cocktail-paired four-course meal crafted by Chef John Sheely costs $125 per person. The evening begins with smoked scallop crudo prepared with celery leaf, shallots and lemon, as well as roasted grapes served ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Pardon Me Bartender...What's Wrong With This White Lady?

    The White Lady is a neglected cocktail, due to a misunderstanding.

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    July 16, 2013

    Kir Cocktail & Variations

    The silver lining to good friends moving out of town is that they bring all their leftover liquor to your house. This gesture not only leads to the farewell cookout you host for them involving a dangerous "create your own cocktail" station but also facilitates further experimentation in the weeks to ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    How Do You Dress Your Dog?

    So often while watching Mad Men I am completely gobsmacked by the way things used to be in the olden times. I mean, wow -- smoking while you're pregnant? Referring to pot as grass? Crazy pants. I thought had seen it all until season 6, episode four ("The Collaborators") when Don gets stoned and tel ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 7, 2012

    God Knows Why, But You Can Now Buy Game of Thrones and True Blood Cookbooks

    I am the last person in America to have neither watched nor read Game of Thrones and/or True Blood. I'm not being willful about this; I just don't have cable. And my patience for campy vampire TV shows ran out with the cancellation of Moonlight and season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Anyway, I'm ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. 10. The ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Scarlett Johansson: 22 Famous Leaked Cell Phone Pics That Stopped All Office Productivity

    This past Sunday, naughty cell phone pictures of both Mad Men's redheaded bombshell Christina Hendricks and television personality Olivia Munn leaked onto the Internet. No, they weren't together in the photos -- Dear God -- these were separate leaks. Two of the most lusted after female celebs, Hend ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Pop Rocks: Who's Still Watching The Walking Dead?

    Watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead last night. Against my prior inclinations, I'm glad I stuck it out this far. Things have picked up quite a bit since the second half of season two started up a month ago, with more human vs. human and human vs. zombie conflict in the last two eps than i ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Need A Band Name? Let A Random Gawker Headline Help You!

    Gawker is one of the most fun and informative sites on the innerwebs. Where else can you hear about the awful and sexy things that humans do to each other? Each day brings a new bounty of curiousness, like the one about the midget porn star Gordon Ramsay-lookalike that ended up being a hoax. It wasn ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Thanksgiving Television Episodes That Didn't Knock Us Out From Tryptophan

    We can't lie and say that Thanksgiving television specials give us that same warm and fuzzy feeling as their Yuletide counterparts. For starters, there are very few of them and it is difficult to find them anywhere besides the Hallmark Channel. Lucky enough, regularly scheduled television uses the ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    A Smiling/Grimacing Scott Weiland Takes You To His "Winter Wonderland"

    Scott Weiland is just a patsy...​A few weeks back I applauded Scott Weiland's Christmas album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, for it's charming weirdness. It had his signature raspy Stone Temple Pilots baritone, a modern Bing Crosby vibe, and just the right amount of creep to at least wa ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Zigga Zig Ah: 10 Girl-Powered Facts About The Spice Girls

    ​Today, November 4, marks 15 years since the Spice Girls first album, Spice, was released. Closing out 1996 with a titanic dose of girl power, the album would go on to sell almost 24 million copies and spawn countless imitators like B*Witched, All Saints, and later on, the Pussycat Dolls. Ob ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Last Day To Vote For The Astrodome As A National "Place That Matters"

    Is the Dome worthy of a click?​The National Trust for Historic Preservation is running the 2011 edition of its "This Place Matters" competition, where voters support local sites worthy of saving. Getting a big push this time around is the Astrodome, thanks to the folks at Houston Mod, which c ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Five Favorite Retro Sodas

    ​I remember as a young child visiting Bread & Circus in Boston and marveling over the fact that the world of soda comprised more than just Coke, Sprite and root beer. Now, I'm a bit more cosmopolitan when it comes to carbonated beverages, and I'm currently obsessed with retro sodas. (Probably ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Pop Rocks: We Take Our Television Seriously

    The TV! The TV!​Hey America, what did you think of the season finale of The Killing? - S U C K S! Not wasting another minute watching or thinking about this show! - I want 13 hours of my life back! - Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me - A cheap, crappy cop-out. Whoa. That ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Why the Golden Globes Are Relevant...No, Really

    Just as relevant as the Academy Awards. Sorry.​The 2011 awards season kicked off Sunday night with the 68th installment of the Golden Globes, a.k.a. That Awards Show No One in Hollywood Takes Seriously But They All Attend Anyway Because They're Too Chickenshit to Blow It Off. Though now that ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Top 10 Recent TV-Show Soundtracks

    ​A few choice adjectives come to mind when musing on bawdy Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers. "Inspiring" is not one of them. However, as Rocks Off watched this week's season finale of the side-splitting HBO series, we were pleasantly surprised as we heard indie troubadour Kurt Vile's a ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    A Fire, Karaoke Or Ex-Brothel: Where Were We In Drag?

    Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Op ... More >>

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    October 31, 2010

    Massive Montrose Fire Burns Agora Cafe and Antiques Store

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​Click here to see a slideshow of last night's blaze and this morning's aftermath. Last night in the midst of Halloween drinking festivities and the Montrose Costume Crawl, Agora Cafe and Antique Warehaus burned down. The two businesses, at the corner of Westheimer and ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Mad Men In Houston: Five Long-Gone Architectural Examples

    Martinis will be served​The terrific group Houston Mod is dedicatedto preserving as much as it can of Houston's energetic fling with "modern" architecture and design -- as in Mad Men modern, for a large part.They also mourn the passing of modern architecture that's been demolished to make way for ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    The Anachronistic Chef: Harvest Casserole

    ​ This is one in a series of posts in which I sample recipes from the days of yore (i.e., not the 1990s). The dishes featured were mainstays of 19th-, 18th- and even 17th-century tables, but for one reason or another (unusual taste, archaic ingredients), have fallen out of culinary fashion. F ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Wine of the Week: 2007 Alto Las Hormigas Vineyard Selection Reserva Malbec

    Like Joan, this wine is full-bodied and delicious.​This little lady flew in all the way from Argentina to treat my taste buds. Never one to rudely dismiss a free sample, or anything related to a South American Malbec, I took one for the team and tasted it for the good of humanity. Newly dis ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    Yes, they even have GF chocolate chip cookies.​No big surprise here, but a welcome announcement nonetheless: Houston Restaurant Week has officially been extended until Labor Day, making it -- in effect -- Houston Restaurant Month. HRW was expected to end on August 21, tomorrow, but will now ru ... More >>

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    August 13, 2010

    The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods In Houston

    This convent is a landmark in Idylwood​Everyone knows THE places to be in Houston. It's just a question of which one fits your taste (and wallet).River Oaks, the Heights, Montrose, Bellaire -- everyone knows those places. But Houston is so vast, so unpredictable, that little bubbles of terrific ne ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Pop Rocks: It Was You, Don Draper...You Broke My Heart

    ​We're two weeks into the new season of Mad Men and already we've witnessed the event that may signify the ultimate spiritual and mental collapse of series lynchpin Don Draper. No, I'm not talking about his post-Christmas party tryst with Allison, his loyal secretary (loyal to a fault, it wou ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The Week In TV: Who Watched Mad Men?

    We didn't watch it. But, hey, at least we're honest.​The best thing I watched last week was an airing of Ratatouille on ABC Family. This was the week in TV Land: • I'll tell you right now: I didn't watch Mad Men. "BUT DAN," I can hear you shouting even though you're reading this at work, " ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: Louis C.K. vs. Mississippi

    The same face we made when trying to comprehend why people would voluntarily live in Mississippi.​The weather's terrible, I'm living off DVR'd episodes of Community, and it's possible this is all just a dream. This was the week in TV Land: • AT&T reached a deal with Rainbow Media last week ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    The Marvelous Wonderettes

    Something sweet for summer

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    July 6, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Why You Should Be Watching The Good Guys

    ​We're in the doldrums, people. Nothing but baseball until August, craptastic "blockbuster" movies for the next two months...hell, even the World Cup is a bore now unless you're lucky enough to have an ancestral connection to one of the remaining teams (go Germany!). What we need is a decent s ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    Representative Harold Dutton: Every Texas Felon Gets A Life Sentence

    Criminal records are forever​We like to think life sentences only go to the worst of the worst, the criminals whose deeds were so heinous they stopped just short of deserving the death penalty.According to state representative Harold Dutton, that's not the case. The Houston Democrat and member of ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Veal. That's right, hippies, VEAL. And it was FRIGGING DELICIOUS.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where all jokes are served up fried in a light, crispy breading with a side of coleslaw. We started the week off right, with some hilariously bungled recipes from one ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Drinking Your Dinner: 5 Calorie-Laden Classic Cocktails

    Photo by coffeegeek​Vintage cocktails are undeniably the booze craze of the moment. Blame it on Mad Men. Blame it on "getting back to our roots" and people starting victory gardens once again. Blame it on books like Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. But classic cocktails are ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    The Week In TV: What Do You Watch During The Summer?

    With Treme off the air, what are you going to watch the rest of the summer?​Blah blah basketball blah blah soccer blah blah I miss real shows. This was the week in TV Land: • Treme wrapped its first season last night with an episode that was probably among its best so far, though it also hi ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    The Week In TV: Back For Another Round

    Lost may be gone, but these other shows are returning for another season.​Summer is upon us, television is a rocky wasteland, and you're probably out grilling right now. This was the week in TV Land: • Summer's a weird time for TV viewers and often a terrible one for TV fans: There are lo ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    This Week In TV: Miracle Cures From Alien Civilizations

    The Yankees won, Doug Hoffman lost, and I'm thinking of joining a neighborhood dad garage band. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock continues to be the quickest comedy on the air and the spiritual descendant of Arrested Development. This week's episode was stuffed with more meta-jokes than ev ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Andie Ryan: Shakedown

    This debut author weaves a story of intrigue and betrayal her first time out

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    March 12, 2009

    Recession, Depression...Either Way, I'm Drinkin'

    Folks, I am scared shitless. Yet I am unable to properly process this shitless feeling. The economic situation is not good. In fact, it is very bad. I am regularly breaking out in cold sweats, dreaming of Suze Orman (not in a good way), and practicing my rendition of, "Brother, Can You Spare a D ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    “Genghis Khan”

    History’s bad boy goes on display

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    February 3, 2009

    Say Hello to EaDo

    We once described the area immediately to the east of the George R. Brown Convention Center as a "silent, godforsaken stretch of no-man's-land" that is neither the Warehouse District, nor the Third Ward, nor the East End. We employed that bulky definition because by 2000, its 1980s and '90s name - ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    The Best Pop Culture Gifts of 2008

    There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who wear fake reindeer antlers during the Christmas season and those that don't. I am the former. What. You thought I would be the latter? Just because I love to make fun of crap? Honestly, what kind of pop culture writer would I be if I didn't ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Manifesto Of The Powerless

    We, the people of Houston still without power 11 days after Ike; we, the CenterPoint customers who are seeing friggin' Entergy restore power more quickly (this, for the uninitiated, is the equivalent of your four-year-old making LeBron his bitch on the court); we, the neglected one-third who have ye ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Miss Pop Rocks: Special Hurricane Ike Edition

    I am typing this on a computer fueled by a generator (we just received one an hour ago thanks to my dear husband’s boss who doesn’t need it anymore). It is so loud, I can barely think to type…or perhaps that is just the carbon monoxide setting in ha ha. I fucking hate this hurricane. I hate ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    The Cult of the Progressive Car Insurance Chick

    Am I the only one completely and totally enamored of the woman in the television ads for Progressive car insurance? You know, the ones starring that babelicious brunette named Flo with her “tricked out nametag” and her 60s style eye makeup and her kissable red red lips? Apparently I’m not ... More >>

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