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    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Asian and South American-Inspired Fare at Fusion Taco

    The duo at this downtown spot are getting people all hot and bothered.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Foodie Words That Must Be Banished Now (Let's Start with 'Foodie')

    Just as various foods come in and out of style, so, too, do the words that describe them. In 2011, the word "taquito" was added to the Oxford English dictionary and "chimichurri" was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. In 2012, the online dictionary added "frankenfish," "locavore" and "food des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2013

    The Great Debate: Do Casseroles Deserve a Place at Our Dining Tables? Here Are Two Takes

    Photos by striaticAccording to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word "casserole" was first used in 1708, but the origin of the word can be traced to a much earlier time. It comes from the French word for saucepan, which possibly has its roots in the Greek kyathos, which means ladle, bowl or cup. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Kanye West: 10 Gift Ideas for the Mighty Yeez

    Today is Kanye Omari West's 35th birthday, and that's a bit of a problem. We're happy to celebrate, of course, but Rocks Off is big on giving gifts, and Yeezy's already got it all: Hit records, a world tour, a celebrity paramour and sunglasses with no glass in them. What do you get the man who has e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Bonna-What?: How 7 U.S. Music Festivals Got Their Names

    This whole week, the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, featuring the Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Pulp, At the Drive-In, the Shins, AVICII, David Guetta and maybe one or two others, will be all anyone who follows music these days will be talking about. Then early next week, it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    What's in a Name?: The Year End Dictionary Update

    Just as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary constantly adds new words, so does Rocks Off enrich the English language through our explorations in the meaning behind band names. Below are the entries that made it into our lexicon in 2011. ​Art of Dying (n) 1. The reverse of suicide 2. Upbeat, hard r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    This Year's Banned Books of Texas

    Don't read that, kids.​The ACLU of Texas has released their annual report on books banned by the state's school districts. Among the usual suspects this time around: R.L. Stine, a Gossip Girl novel and the ever-popular gay penguins tale And Tango Makes Three. Another highlight: An elementary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Le Plat du Jour at Brasserie 19

    Milk-braised pork shoulder. ​Brasserie 19 offers a Plat du Jour each day of the week, with dishes such as a veal blanquette, cassoulet and foie gras. These seem to be more classical French offerings than the other items on the menu. On Saturdays the Plat du Jour is the Milk-Braised Pork Should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    City Still Hiding BARC Documents, Despite AG's Ruling

    As Hair Balls has previously noted, the City of Houston apparently doesn't want its citizens knowing what's going on at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care. For the past few months, advocates concerned for the health and safety of the more than 20,000 animals BARC processes each year have submi ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Victoria Osteen, Continental Airlines and Unmanned Drones

    Verdict on the Victoria Osteen trial: Fun!

  • News

    October 27, 2005
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    June 30, 2005