• Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Two from Houston Plead Guilty in Scam That Focused on Chinese Restaurants

    If you ever wondered how restaurants get all that cheap labor, a court case involving an employment scam might give you an idea. A Houston pair could face up to 20-years in prison after pleading guilty in Beaumont on Wednesday as part of a scam that placed illegal immigrants into jobs. According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: The Whoopie Pie

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. First, I should acknowledge that the whoopie pie finds its roots in multiple states. Maine probably has the strongest claim, but there is also strong proof that t ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Crawfish Season Is Off to a Slow Start

    But here's where to get your mudbugs.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Houston, Here Are 7 Seafood Sandwiches to Help You Survive Lent

    One Friday down, seven more to go. This past week, the 40 days of Lent began. For many, it's a time of prayer, atonement, and -- most importantly for the purposes of this article -- meat-free Fridays. This can be quite difficult, especially in a city where fantastic burgers, juicy fried chicken, and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 20, 2014
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    February 17, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: (Real) New England Clam Chowder

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Before the temperatures rise to ungodly levels, we're sharing the secrets to a cold-weather favorite, New England Clam Chowder. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day (TODAY!) With the Real Stuff From New England

    I give credit to my husband for introducing me to a number of foods I had unintentionally excluded from my diet, including, but not limited to, kimchi, sardines, and pear lambic. Now, I love all three. The "new" food I most associate with my better half, however, is real maple syrup. Shortly after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 83, Lobster Roll at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of her pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    I Went For a Sugar Babies Cupcake, I Got a Whoopie Pie Instead

    My daughter had her vaccination last week after turning four-years-old. Even a kid that likes to play doctor for hours on end and owns her own pair of miniature scrubs doesn't like shots, though. So there was the usual screaming and looks of reproach that you would expect. I did the only thing I kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Top 5 Things To Order At Maine-ly Sandwiches BESIDES the Lobster Roll

    It's no secret that Maine-ly Sandwiches serves some damn fine lobster rolls. And if you go there, you should probably order one. But that shouldn't be the only thing you take home with you. Here are five other menu items worth trying at Maine-ly Sandwiches. 5. Lobster Bisque. The scene: you hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 2: Hawaii to Maryland

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song all this week. A Classic Education, "We Can Always Run to Hawaii" I ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 25, 2013

    The Monsanto Menace

    The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    This Week in Food Blogs: Nuts for Tacos and the Importance of Buns

    Open the Taps: The big news this week is the passage of a few beer-related bills in the Texas Senate. Open the Taps has the rundown on what it means now that brewpubs' annual production limit has been raised to 10,000 barrels and breweries can sell beer directly to consumers for on-premise consumpti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    The Doctors Office: One More Live-Music Remedy In Emerging Warehouse District

    Walters and House of Creeps have relocated there. It's home to venues, businesses and homes. And now, the northeastern edge of Downtown near Nance Street -- an area coming to be known as the "Warehouse District" -- is home to the Doctor's Office, Houston's newest DIY house venue. Named for its form ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    Maine-ly Delicious at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    The lobster roll is the main attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Lobster Rolls Are the Main Attraction at Maine-ly Sandwiches

    One of the first known recipes for lobster comes from Apicius, a Roman cookbook dating to around 400 A.D. that's organized quite like a modern cookbook into ten chapters. In "Thalassa," the chapter on the sea, Apicius provides recipes for dishes including boiled lobster with cumin sauce, lobster wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Know What You're Getting in This Box of Chocolates: A 12-Ounce Whitman's Sampler, Analyzed

    Forrest Gump wasn't quite right. Life isn't like a box of chocolates when that box is a twelve-ounce Whitman's Sampler because you pretty much always know what you're gonna get. Although the sampler is billed as a group of "assortment," this confection collection inevitably includes, for better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    What Does "Comfort Food" Mean Across the World?

    "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." -- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin A lot of people have a problem with the term "comfort food." It's far too arbitrary, they argue. It changes from one part of the world to the next. Ice cream and brownies aren't nearly as popular in China as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    10 Lobster Dishes to Try in Houston: No. 6, Lobster Tacos at Jonathan's The Rub

    One of the many things that intrigues me about the Victorian era was how the general overabundance of shellfish meant foods like lobster were more fare for the hoi polloi than the aristocratic minority. This year, a bumper crop in the Northeast has once again made lobster cheaper for the masses. And ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    5 Reasons Why Texas Will Never Win "Most Peaceful State" (and Good Riddance)

    Maine has won the latest version of the United States Peace Index's "Most Peaceful State" competition. Texas? Forty-sixth most peaceful. This result simply means that Maine is a big pile of bo-ring while Texas is still holding it down with do-whatever-we-please citizens and outrageous criminals ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    In Memoriam: Musicians And Industry Giants We Lost In 2011

    For Rocks Off, one of the creepiest parts of our job is to report on deaths in the industry. Now matter how old or young the musician or mogul is, it's hard to try to quantify a person's life over the course of a few hundred words. How can you? Professional obit writers must be touched by the hand o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Ava of The Fairview

    ​ The Fairview, formerly Dean's Credit Clothing in Montrose, is a great all-are-welcome kind of neighborhood bar that actually supports the neighborhood. On any given night, you could happen upon an art exhibition, a film screening, a DJ spinning, a belly dance show or a live music performance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Comment of the Day: George W. Bush, Texan?

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Upcoming: Billy Joe Shaver, Def Leppard, Stephen Marley, Etc.

    ​"20th Annual KTRU Outdoor Show" With Washed Out, Real Estate, Fat Tony, Young Mammals, Grandfather Child, The Tontons: Sat., April 9. Rice University. Billy Joe Shaver: Sat., June 18. Dosey Doe Coffee Company. Chingo Bling, DJ Ebonix: Fri., April 8. Bronze Peacock Room @ House of Blues. C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Food Nostalgia: Lobster Fest at Red Lobster

    ​Every now and then, I'm reminded of a restaurant that I used to eat at, but haven't been to in a long time. Last weekend, I went to Red Lobster with my mother. As we walked through the entrance, I had a feeling of warm nostalgia flood through me. We used to eat here all the time when I was ... More >>

  • Music

    January 27, 2011
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    January 20, 2011

    The United States of Soft Drinks

    Full-size image below.​In 1998, Nebraska set a precedent for all other U.S. states when it formally declared Kool-Aid to be the state soft drink. Sure, plenty of other states have state foods or state dishes, but a state soft drink? The popular children's beverage was developed in Hastings, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 276

    Shot in the chest​Houston Police are investigating a fatal shooting by three unknown suspects who kicked in the door of a residence Sunday morning. The unknown victim, a man in his 30's, was shot in the chest as the suspect fled the scene. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Anachronistic Chef: Sasparilla

    Sasparilla, not sarsaparilla or sassafras or some other word that starts with 's.'​My recent post on birch beer got me rather excited about other antiquated soft drinks and, in keeping with the theme of root beverages, I decided to buy some sasparilla. Sasparilla has a rather tangled history ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2010

    Almost, Maine

    A new theater company presents a Houston debut

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Gettin' Kinda Crowded -- Texas Grows More Than Any Other State In Past Year

    ​Further proof that we're not being hit as hard in the Great Recession as some -- Texas added more residents in the past 12 months than any state in the union, the Census Bureau reported today.Texas added 478,000 residents in the previous 12 months, beating out California, which added almost 100,0 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 15, 2009

    Viewer Request Program

    Cinema Bomar takes suggestions for its latest program of obscure 16mm films

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Metro Also Getting Some Of That Stimulus Funding That HPD Missed

    Courtesy Cushing Memorial Library & Archives​Last week we told you how the police force of Milo, Maine (Motto: "Such As It Is") was receiving more stimulus funds than HPD. Admittedly easy to do, since HPD was getting zero stimulus funds.Now the snub gets worse: Metro will be feeding at the tro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2009

    Milo, Maine Gets More Federal Stimulus Cash For Cops Than Houston

    Photo courtesy MiloMilo Town Hall​We've been reading all day about how Houston got stiffed on the latest handout of federal stimulus money for cops and were kinda blase about it.Houston, after all, has gotten its fair share of Homeland Security cash because of the port and our target-rich refineri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2007

    Going Coastal See? It's even on a book! We had a bone to pick with Chicago Public Radio's Third Coast International Audio Festival. We know the U.S.'s oil rig-infested chunk of the Gulf of Mexico isn't always pleasant to look at (let alone swim in) but it's an actual part of the ocean while ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 30, 2006
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    March 24, 2005
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004
  • Film

    December 27, 2001

    The Unthinkable

    In the Bedroom, a couple's anguish turns to rage and then rational madness

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Mussels

    Cafe Montrose

  • Music

    August 24, 2000

    Mornings with Woody

    Slaid Cleaves "collaborates" with the father of folk music, while blazing his own trail

  • Dining

    April 20, 2000

    Stick a Fork in It

    Resurrecting fondue: The Melting Pot makes playing with food acceptable once more

  • News

    May 27, 1999
  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Trench Warfare

    There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.

  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Traveling Waste

    On their way to West Texas, trucks carrying nuclear waste may be routed through your community

  • Music

    May 22, 1997
  • Dining

    October 3, 1996

    Hook, Line and Stinker

    King Fish Market is bright, glitzy, seafood savvy -- and cigar friendly

  • Calendar

    June 9, 1994
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