Click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. The following is a true story. A few years ago, my wife, Tracie P -- then a wine sales rep -- and I were running late for a dinner with the upper-echelon management team of the company for whom she worked, one of the major players in th ... More >>
President's Day is not traditionally a "foodie" holiday, but it should be. Although 18th-century American fare could be a bit hit or miss, our founding father/first president, George W. (the original!), seems to have had good taste in grub. Of Washington's eating habits, his grandson Custis, wrote: ... More >>
Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press Friday, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2603 La Branch How does a bowl of slow-braised beef with collard greens, mashed potatoes and crispy onion strings sound for lunch? Or how about a bowl of roasted sweet corn, fried black beans, aji verde chili, avocado cream, heirloom tomato ... More >>
In the most recent edition of a year-long "Around the World" wine dinner series -- an evening that paired Spanish and Portuguese wines with the cuisine of Spain -- Chef Kristofer Jakob of Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge, the restaurant inside Culinary Institute LeNotre, left diners impressed. Jakob isn ... More >>
Eliminate some of the holiday stress this year by letting some of the best Houston chefs serve you and your family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After you've finished shopping, decorated the house and welcomed all of your family members into your home, you deserve a scrumptious meal prepared b ... More >>
Three-Coasts Double IPA Battle @ D&T Drive Inn Friday, 6-8 p.m. 1307 Enid St. In continuation of Houston Beer Week, D&T Drive Inn will host the "Three-Coasts Double IPA Battle" tonight from 6-8 p.m. Green Flash Brewery represents the West Coast with the Green Bullet, Brooklyn Brewery represents the ... More >>
I had something of an epiphany while sipping from my wife's glass of 2005 Meulenhof Erdener Treppchen Riesling Beerenauslese. She'd asked for something to go with dessert, and this is what our waiter, Sebastien, had brought her. At once clean and bright, concentrated and intense, it was eye-opening. ... More >>
Surviving its critics' predictions, this restaurant continues to thrive in Houston, folllowing a most atypical path to attract the city's diners.
More than tunnels and tourist traps.
New restaurants and bars are opening in downtown Houston faster than we can keep up, thanks to a renaissance around the Market Square Park area that's bringing new life to downtown's north side. But that's not the only part of downtown that's blossoming -- nor are those new restaurants the only game ... More >>
It's Monday night, a night when I'm usually at home, puttering around the kitchen making something for myself while watching The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars or whatever reality TV show I'm into at the moment. Instead, I feel a little bit like Cinderella going to the ball as I walk up the a w ... More >>
First of all, a word on pronunciation. Ever since I requested a shot of "fur-neigh," I've made a habit of asking about pronunciation when ordering any new, especially foreign, ingredient. I've found that very few cocktail and spirit discussions bother with this, and while it's certainly not critical ... More >>
This week we asked bartenders around the city to tell us a little about their upcoming holiday cocktails for the [slightly] cooler month ahead. Below you will find their current favorites -- four vastly different drinks from three of Houston's very best cocktail bars. El Lechedor from Alex Gregg a ... More >>
"The Wines Of Texas Are Upon You" may have seemed like a bland seminar title when compared with spicier ones like "Everything You Need To Know About Wine But Were Afraid to Ask" and "Super Star Wines." But the fact that the Austin Food & Wine Festival (which made its debut over the weekend) includ ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
Ring in the new year at one of our three top choices.Next week, we'll have a complete round-up of New Year's Eve dinners and dining events. But this week, we're spotlighting three favorites to include in Upcoming Events -- make your reservations now! Jasper's in The Woodlands is hosting a pr ... More >>
madfishestheblog.comTurkey Day doesn't have to be terrifying. Recently we read an article on "Facebook Depression," which is essentially a feeling of general malaise attributed to the constant comparison of one's own turbulent, unexciting existence to the seemingly glamorous and worry-free li ... More >>
DEFCON Dining is all about flexibility. When kids are involved, last-minute adjustments and cancellations are a matter of course, and you have to be prepared to roll with the punches. If you're not on your toes, things can turn ugly very quickly. If you think fast, though, you can often turn ... More >>
This Peruvian wine with a big, important-sounding name is one of the first semi-sweet red wines I've ever liked. And I liked it a lot. Despite its massive title, the wine is completely approachable. Getting past the preconceived notion of the "semi-sweet" description was the most difficult ... More >>