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Mandy Oaklander

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    June 19, 2014

    The 5 Best Brunch Spots in Midtown

    In Houston, we're pretty serious about our brunch. Whether it be migas and breakfast tacos or chicken and waffles and loaded Bloody Marys, we have no shortage of awesome spots to get our brunch on. Keeping later hours and killer cocktails in mind, we'll be taking a look at some of our favorite spots ... More >>

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    December 12, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Five Gifts For The Hostess, Plus Where To Find Them In Houston

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Kaiser Lashkari, Owner and Chef of Himalaya Restaurant in Houston's Mahatma Gandhi District

    Those people I know who are nuts about South Asian cuisine fall into two camps when it comes to Himalaya Restaurant. Half call it the best Pakistani restaurant in the city. The other half say that even if it's not the absolute, platonic "best," it's always worth a visit for a chat with owner and che ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Ken Tanagi Joins the List of Houston's Biggest Food Personalities

    I'm loathe to say that Houston has any "soup Nazi" type characters dominating its dining rooms or kitchens -- only because I hate to start any post off with Godwin's Law. Instead, I prefer to think of people such as the late, great Darawan Charoenrat of Kanomwan (a.k.a. the Thai Nazi) as Houston's b ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Coffeehouses

    Photo by Kevin O'MaraA reminder of what our No. 3 pick used to look like.​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 ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Sophie Elhage of Skewers Mediterranean Café & Grill

    Fresh from chef chat parts one and two with Sophie Elhage of Skewers, welcome back to the best part of chef chat: part three, the food. We begin our culinary journey through Sophie Elhage's Lebanon with a spin-off of a dish she created in college: lamb meatball pasta. The new menu item is already a ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderLashkari's "Special"​ This week we have been talking with Chef Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant (see the rest of our chat here and here). served up the special: a cafeteria tray-sized portion of several entrées.

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    October 27, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Kaiser Lashkari of Himalaya Restaurant

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderKaiser Lashkari works out of his delicious Indo-Pak restaurant.​Between disappearing into the kitchen and answering phone calls at his prominent desk, owner and chef Kaiser Lashkari continues our chat from yesterday about Himalaya Restaurant. EOW: When you go home, do ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Susan Molzan and Liz Walsh of Petite Sweets

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAssorted happiness on a plate.​My personal circle of life is made out of sugar, and Petite Sweets -- helmed by Susan Molzan and Liz Walsh from chef chats 1 and 2 -- seems to agree. Clockwise from the lime green circle, here's a pistachio macaron, lemon cake ball, peanut ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Susan Molzan and Liz Walsh of Petite Sweets

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderLiz Walsh arranges a tray of red velvet macarons.​Today, we continue our chat with Susan Molzan and Liz Walsh, the sugar queen chefs behind Petite Sweets. EOW: So, is it better to bake or be baked for? LW: I think it's better when you bake it yourself and then eat it ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Susan Molzan and Liz Walsh of Petite Sweets

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderSusan Molzan tends to a hot pot of fudge.​Susan Molzan stirs a bowl of thick chocolate cooking over low heat in the back of Petite Sweets, a new bakery in Upper Kirby. Co-chef Liz Walsh sorts a tray of red velvet macarons. Like everything else at this miniature-minded b ... More >>

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    October 5, 2011

    Going Vegan in Houston: Where to Get Your Grub

    Earlier this week, we featured some stunning vegan donuts from local vegan and gluten-free baker Jodycakes. Even in a carnivorous city like Houston, eating vegan can be done -- and done surprisingly well. Jodycakes isn't the only vegan baker in town; Sinfull Bakery's vegan cookies and other sweet t ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Nicole Hudson of Conscious Cafe

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderToasted avocado sandwich​We're back today at Conscious Cafe (be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of our chef chat), but enough talking. Time to start eating.

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    September 14, 2011

    Comment of the Day: When Is It Okay to Call a Place a "Vegetarian Hangout"?

    ​Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In r ... More >>

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    September 12, 2011

    What's the Opposite of Homosexuality? "Holysexuality," Says "Pray the Gay Away" Group

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderProtesters say you can't pray gay away.​Outside of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon, about 70 protesters lined the service road waving rainbow signs. Cars honked along with their chants of "We are holy, we are queer!" A dozen protesters were students ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Let the tapas begin... Photo by Mandy Oaklander​After our chef chat (see parts one and two), Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas first whips up a mix of Majorcan tapas -- warm, open-faced baguettes topped with vegetables (left), Moroccan sausage, and shrimp (right). The vegetarian slice i ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMajorca Bistro & Tapas​Today, we continue our conversation with owner and executive chef Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas (see part one here). The beautiful tapas joint just opened last week. Majorca stays open late -- on the weekends, it'll be serving until 4 a.m ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderHicham Nafaa, owner/chef of Majorca Bistro & Tapas​The walls of Majorca Bistro & Tapas are deep red, accented with hand-painted bullfighting frescoes. Soft flamenco music pulses through the low-lit dining room. Majorca is Midtown's brand-new tapas restaurant, and from t ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Ramadan Iftar, Sponsored by the City, Draws Hundreds of Muslims

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. ​Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Gov. Rick Perry May Have Used Taxpayer Dollars To Promote "The Response", Says ACLU

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderReverend Barry Lynn and Terri Burke are protesting The Response​Diversity-minded, Constitution-abiding folks are pissed at tomorrow's one-day Jesus camp called "The Response." Governor Rick Perry, of course, is the belle of the ball. It's a little complicated since he' ... More >>

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    July 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry of Green Seed Vegan

    Photo by Mandy Oaklander​Forget fat-bubbly steaks and cheese-drenched crab enchiladas. If there was one cuisine in Houston I had to dine on for the rest of my life, it would come from Green Seed Vegan. If you're just joining us, check out our chat with vegan chefs Matti Merrell and Rodney Perr ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry of Green Seed Vegan

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderGreen Seed Vegan serves very vegetarian nosh.​In the sweltering Houston heat, we continue our chat about all things raw with Green Seed Vegan-ators Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry. Eating Our Words: Are most people who come here vegans? Matti Merrell: No. Most of our c ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Octavio Madrigal of Theo's Restaurant

    John K. is everyone's favorite waiter.​John, the lovable and sometimes cantankerous waiter who's worked at Theo's/One's-A-Meal for 28 years, remembers everyone who's ever walked through the doors. Either that, or he's great at faking it with warm handshakes. Today, he serves up some of Chef O ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    SlutWalk Spills Stripper Heels, Rape Victims Into the Streets

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAllies and victims of sexual assault whored it up for SlutWalk.​Houston woke up to a parade of fishnets, taped nipples, and self-proclaimed sluts Saturday morning. Almost 100 allies and victims of sexual assault snaked through Montrose for SlutWalk, dropping jaws and st ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Anthony Davis of Reggae Hut

    Trio of samples.​Whenever a new guest comes to Reggae Hut, Davis offers samplings of some of his most popular dishes: oxtails (bottom), jerk chicken (top left), and curry goat. The goat, good enough to make anyone a believer, is coated in a mild green curry. The thick, stew-like curry is delic ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Chef Chat Part 2: Anthony Davis of Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderReggae Hut is a vibrant island paradise.​Amid the strums of a soft guitar, we continue our chat with Reggae Hut's chef Anthony Davis. EOW: When you were growing up, did you ever cook at home? AD: Oh, yeah. My great-grandmother, my father, and my mother could cook. My ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Anthony Davis of Reggae Hut

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderAnthony Davis, chef of Reggae Hut​Reggae Hut, the colorful joint on Almeda Road in the Third Ward, serves up delicious Caribbean fare. Customers gobble up oxtails to the sounds of Bob Marley, his lyrics painted elegantly across the walls. Anthony "Tony" Davis is the man ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Closing of Independence Heights Pool Will Leave Some Kids Desperate

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderThe Independence Heights pool is closed for business. ​Off of 35th and Main lies the heart of Independence Heights, a historically black neighborhood that's getting screwed by the mayor's proposed budget. If all is passed according to plan, the community center and the ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Happy and Mike Tsai of Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

    Photo by Mandy Oaklander​This week, we've been catching up with Happy and Mike Tsai, owners of Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine. You can catch more of this interview in Part 1 and Part 2 of our Chef Chat. Pepper Tree's popular $9.99 buffet is a main draw among lunchgoers. With both a raw food bar a ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Charles in Charge

    Readers debate the real Mayor of Montrose.

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    June 1, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Happy and Mike Tsai of Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderHappy and Mike Tsai helm Pepper Tree.​Like so many delicious Texas institutions, Pepper Tree Veggie Cuisine is tucked in a cozy little strip mall. But inside, it's a zenned out vegan refuge. We caught up with Happy Tsai, the owner of Pepper Tree, over a glass of de-chl ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Ray Busch of Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack

    Mandy Oaklander​A steaming hot plate of barbecued meats arrives at my booth. It's covered in a velvety blanket of red sauce. Hard to recall the last time I was offered something so sexy. I dive in at the left with Ray's favorite, his homemade pork and beef sausage. Words can hardly do this fl ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Ray Busch of Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMaxine Davis and Ray Busch are co-owners of Ray's.​Yesterday, Ray Busch told us how he got his barbecue start by sampling food trucks outside of nightclubs. After setting up a truck of his own at his friend's car wash almost two decades ago, he opened a restaurant 100 f ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Ray Busch of Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderRay Busch mans the barbecue pit.​Houston's most aromatic gas station is the Shell on Old Spanish Trail in Central South. It's right next door to Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack, a brand-new restaurant that's been pumping out mouthwatering smells and authentic Texas barbecue si ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Suits and Sneakers Descend on New Downtown Walking Path

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderSuits and sneakers populated National Start Walking Day.​Though it may be an artery-cloggingly delicious way to live, make no mistake. Heart disease is still the number-one killer of Americans. And according to the American Heart Association, almost 67 percent of Texans ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    Top Five Cowboy Moments at RodeoHouston

    Mandy OaklanderBobby Mote, bareback rider.​We've spent the past few weeks inhaling the smell of urine-soaked haybales, watching cowboy balls get trampled by bulls, and fielding accusations that we only picked the sexy cowboys to interview. (We didn't. All cowboys are, by definition, sexy.) But ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Isaac Diaz -- Brokeback Floridian

    Mandy OaklanderIsaac Diaz, saddle bronc​​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Dusty Tuckness -- Bullfighters Are More Athlete Than Clown

    Mandy OaklanderDusty Tuckness, bullfighter​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011

    Cowgirl Diaries: Tana Renick -- Tames Wild Manes by Day, Wild Mares by Night

    Mandy OaklanderTana Renick, barrel racer​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will sp ... More >>

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    March 15, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Bee Jay Scott -- Prays for a Good Bareback Bucking

    Mandy OaklanderBee Jay Scott, bareback​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spot ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Steven Peebles -- Clearing The Bad Cowboy Name

    Mandy OaklanderSteven Peebles, bareback​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spo ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Casey Colletti -- Bareback Riding Does Not Squeeze Horses' Balls

    Mandy OaklanderCasey Colletti, bareback​​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Tyson Durfey -- Roped Sedated Calves At Age Four

    Mandy OaklanderTyson Durfey, Tie-down roper​​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls w ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Yvan Jayne -- Gave Up His French Accent To Be A Cowboy

    Mandy OaklanderYvan Jayne, bareback​True cowboys and cowgirls are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlig ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Cowboy Diaries: Bobby Mote -- Ripped Abdominals? No Problem, That's What Pills Are For

    Mandy OaklanderBobby Mote, bareback​True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    The Cowboy Diaries: Lose a Car, Ride a Bronco

    Mandy OaklanderJace Garrett, Saddle Bronc​True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest competition in America, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Transgendered Woman Jenifer Rene Pool Announces Her City Council Candidacy

    Mandy OaklanderJenifer Rene Pool announced her city council candidacy.​City council hopeful Jenifer Rene Pool, clad in a black blazer with a hint of a hot pink blouse peeking out from under it, conversed with a supporter upstairs at One's A Meal in Montrose yesterday afternoon. The subject: how mu ... More >>

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