• Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Baker Spotlight: Annie Rupani, Chocolatier and Owner of Cacao & Cardamom

    Annie Rupani makes some of the most beautiful chocolates you have ever seen; each creation is like a work of art. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Anthropology and Religion, she set her sights on becoming a lawyer. And like every person studying for the LSATs, she found ways ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Bad Blood: Chikungunya Kills and it's Coming to a Mosquito Near You

    It started in mid-April with a fever, as if her body were trying to burn itself up. Then 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez developed a pounding headache and pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles ballooned, and even taking a step became difficult. Jimenez had dealt with hypertension for years, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Fish en Papillote

    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. This week, we're sharing a recipe for fish en papillote . French for "in parchment," en papillote is a method of cooking food i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Cacao & Cardamom to Open Storefront in the Galleria Area Today

    For the past two years, Annie Rupani's Cacao & Cardamom chocolates have won first place in the dessert/cheese plate category at the Rodeo's Best Bites competition, an honor bestowed by area food writers and local celebrities. It's no small feat, especially considering Rapani is only 25 years old. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Definitive Video Anthology Of the Donald Sterling Situation

    Donald Sterling is a miserable human being. I don't think I'm breaking any new news with that statement about the Los Angeles Clippers' longtime, largely inept, and very rich owner. Yes, it is technically my opinion, but it is an opinion widely shared around the NBA, and I'm certain it's shared by ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 23, 2014

    The Dosa Factory Elevates a Traditional Indian Street Food to Delicious Perfection

    This dosa will take you away to the streets of Chennai.

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: The Sweet Stuff at Mamak Malaysian Restaurant

    In my experience, you don't really go to an Asian restaurant with dreams of magnificent desserts at the end of your meal. I happen to love fortune cookies, so I'm always pleased to find those at Chinese restaurants. In Korea, I ate a lot of jelly candy and sweet rice cakes, but they didn't satisfy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2013

    Josh Trevino: A Chat With The Prominent Texan Conservative Voice Outed as Malaysian Agent

    After the Berlin Wall fell in late 1989, Western agents began probing the documents long squirreled away in Soviet-satellite archives. Among the documents unearthed following Prime Minister Eric Honecker's democratic decisions was a money trail circling an Australian journalist named Wilfred Burchet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    Ron Chen, Owner and "Head Coach" at Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro

    What he does Ron Chen is quick to note something right up front: "I am not a chef. I'm like a coach. As in, I don't play basketball but I coach the game, you know?" The owner of Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro, Chen has already put in a lifetime in the restaurant business and has no plans on stopping now. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3, John Sikhattana of Straits Shows Off Singaporean Food

    John Sikhattana Executive Chef Straits Asian Bistro 800 West Sam Houston Parkway North 713-365-9922 This is the third and final part of a three-part chef chat series. Part 1 and Part 2 ran in this space over the last couple of days. Our chat with John Sikhattana this wee ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 31, 2012

    Double Happiness at Banana Leaf

    A new location, right across from the old one, serves up new and old favorites. And yes, you might still have to wait.

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Bartender Chat: John Ng of T.K. Bitterman's

    Last weekend marked the official start of baseball season, and if you're trying to avoid the crowds, there's no better place to catch a game than the cozy Montrose sports dive T.K. Bitterman's. Completely lacking in pretension and douchebaggery, it's got that comfortable, old-school vibe. It's obvio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Soy Sauce

    Photo by John SuhKikkoman low-sodium: good for dipping sauces​Last week, we brought you fish sauce, the essential ingredient of southeast Asian cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese. This week, we feature a sauce of Chinese origin whose use has spread all over Asia and even the world. Read on, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Cover Story: Natalie Irish Paints With Her Lips (With Video Of Her Painting This Week's Cover)

    ​Natalie Irish has Houston's most famous set of lips. The subject of this week's cover story, Irish has recently grabbed the attention of the world by making portraits with her lip prints. She puts on lipstick, puckers up, and kisses a blank canvas until a famous person appears. Confused? S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Phuong Anh: New Houstonian Tells Of Her Time As Near-Slave

    Photos by Paula BeltránPhuong Anh told a harrowing tale of survival​The promise of a $300-per-month job was enough to convince Phuong Anh to sell her home in Vietnam and move to Jordan. Things didn't turn out like she expected. Earlier this week a tearful Anh told her story of resilience and s ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston: Country Cooking

    An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    It would be easier to keep Godzilla out of your neighborhood.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where discussions on where to go for lunch routinely erupt into violence, the way our comments section almost did over our article on food vs. service. Some believe that, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Pee Your Pants at the Hobby Center

    Change of life, change of roles​In an odd, yet somehow appropriate exhortation given the context, actress Megan Cavanagh, who stars as Earth Mother in Menopause the Musical coming to the Hobby Center next week, says audiences should see the show because: "It'll make you laugh so hard you'll pee yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    Star Snow Ice's Durian Tapioca Smoothie

    ​Sure, the drink in this photo looks like a mild-mannered smoothie, but don't let its vanilla appearance fool you. This is a durian smoothie from Star Snow Ice (9889 Bellaire Blvd.), which is one of my favorite places for bubble tea. WARNING: This smoothie is not for the faint of heart. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Up, Up and Away: Songs for Balloon Boy's iPod

    Last week, America was captivated by the saga of Falcon Heene, the six-year-old boy we were told was floating across Colorado in his father's experimental weather balloon. We were so riveted, in fact, that media outlets struggled to find airtime for other equally important stories, like Madonna get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    The Number Of Burmese Refugees Will Just Keep Growing

    ​A new stream of refugees began flowing out of Burma (or Myanmar) last month. Burmese troops broke a 20-year cease-fire with ethnic groups in the country's northeastern Shan region, causing an estimated 30,000 to flee across the border and into China.The fighting is part of a trend toward more vio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    This Week's No Reservations: Street Food

    Photo by BOMBMANWhat we wouldn't give for this kind of street food in Houston...​This week's "Street Food" episode of No Reservations was kind of phoned in. The only new footage was of Anthony Bourdain wandering around New York City eating a hot dog and pondering aloud -- the other scenes were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    The Willie D Scam: Read Along As It Goes Down

    Willie D is still cooling his heels in a Federal lock-up as we write this, but there's updates o'plenty. Hair Balls's old buddy Matt Sonzala posted a Willie D round-up on his blog yesterday. To us, the most fascinating link Sonzala unearthed was this one, in which you can document in real time the r ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 20, 2008

    I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

    It’s three on a mattress in Tsai Ming-liang’s look at modern love

  • Dining

    March 20, 2008

    Great Gado Gado at Noodle House 88

    A nondescript noodle shop on Bellaire is serving some of the best Indonesian food in the U.S.A.

  • Music

    November 15, 2007

    Hannah from Heaven

    The Rodeo saves local parents from a winter of sulking. But what's this whole Miley Cyrus thing about, anyway?

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2007


    Dear Jay-Z, Oh, Jigga-Man, how do you do it? You are a rap icon, business mogul, cultural talisman. So many things to so many of the populace. How do you keep up with such a scorching little number like Ms. Knowles? Must be tiring as Hades, waiting for a team of stylists and couturiers to dress and ... More >>

  • Film

    December 29, 2005

    Little Misses

    Introducing the best movies of 2005 you probably didn't see

  • Dining

    November 3, 2005

    Damn Fine Fish Heads

    Keep an open mind: Malaysian food is full of surprises

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Free At Last

    A harrowing journey leads to America, and then to someplace better

  • Calendar

    July 14, 2005

    Thanks, Babe

    A dead aunt plays narrator and matchmaker in Bertice Berry's When Love Calls, You Better Answer

  • News

    June 16, 2005

    Digging It

    Tunnels are a rare bird in Houston. But will they fly for I-45?

  • Dining

    December 30, 2004

    Le Grand Cheesecake

    The Vegas version of Venice, or Vienna, or someplace

  • News

    October 28, 2004

    The Blog Age

    Matt Mullenweg helps usher in the real information revolution, one Web log at a time

  • Music

    January 29, 2004

    I'm a Loser, Baby

    Will success spoil Neil Hamburger? Don't bet on it

  • News

    January 15, 2004
  • News

    May 8, 2003

    Reality Bytes

    The White House-cracking cybergang is gone. Now Houstons most notorious hacker hopes to reboot his life and return to his love: computers.

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Malaysian Restaurant

    Malaysia Restaurant

  • Dining

    February 28, 2002


    A five-part journey into Houston's fusion scene starts with some noodles

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Racist Radio?

    A rights group forms after local airwaves flow with anti-Chinese sentiments

  • Dining

    September 21, 2000

    The Spy Who Loved Meat

    Matahari Restaurant and Bar

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Letters From the Inside

    Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.

  • Dining

    January 21, 1999

    Cali Sandwiches

    Big hugs, tasty poor boys and durian -- if you dare

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • News

    September 26, 1996

    Naturalist Born Thrillers

    Butterflies are nature's floorshow and the Natural Science Museum's cash cow. John Watts' job is to keep the performers alive and flitting.

  • News

    January 4, 1996

    The Last Battle of Chau Minh Nguyen

    An ex-commando claims the U.S. owes him for 19 lost years

  • Music

    January 19, 1995
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