• Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Wear Your Green & Drink Green Beer

    2nd Haak Madeira Food Truck, Art and Culinary Festival @ Haak Vineyard & Winery Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 6310 Avenue T., Santa Fe Spend your Saturday at Haak Vineyard & Winery during the 2nd Haak Madeira Food Truck, Art and Culinary Festival. Angie's Cake, Mom & Eddie's, Foreign Policy and Speers ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    How Do You Know a Wine Is Corked (& How Do You Send It Back)?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    How To Eat Like George Washington On President's Day

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: You've Got Some Brunchin' to Do

    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 >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Chef Kristofer Jakob Displays Talent and Versatility Through His Wine Dinner Series

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Where to Dine Out in Houston on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2013 (No Dishes To Do!)

    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 >>

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    November 15, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: A Double IPA Throwdown and CyderFest 2013 at Camerata

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Sweet Wine at CINQ

    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 >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Oxheart: Challenging the Idea of What Dinner Can Be

    Surviving its critics' predictions, this restaurant continues to thrive in Houston, folllowing a most atypical path to attract the city's diners.

  • Dining

    May 23, 2013

    The 10 Best Downtown Restaurants

    More than tunnels and tourist traps.

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Top 10 Restaurants in Downtown Houston

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Philippe Debuts New Catering Program with an Intimate Soiree

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Build-A-Bar: A Byrrh By Any Other Name

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    4 Warming Winter Cocktails from Houston's Hottest Bars

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Texas Wine Makes the Big Time at Austin Food & Wine Mag Fest

    "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 >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    We Love Food

    Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.

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    December 23, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Not Too Late for New Year's Plans

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Thanksgiving Day Dining and Takeout Options: Because Washing Dishes Sucks

    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 >>

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    August 1, 2011

    DEFCON Dining: Haven

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Santiago Queirolo Vino de la Magdalena Reservado

    ​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 >>

  • Dining

    May 4, 2006