• Dining

    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

  • Blogs

    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

    March 4, 2014

    Truffles, Wine and Italian Hospitality: the Angelini Family Brings a Bit of Italy to Houston

    It happens more often than not: I taste a dish and it transports me to somewhere far away, to another country and another culture, to the place where I'd tasted that dish before. I recently attended a wine dinner that had that same effect, but it wasn't because of the food. It was because of the Ang ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Films for Foodies: Big Night Takes Italian Cuisine to Cinematic Heights

    Movie studios scramble to have big-name stars headline their films, but in many of my favorite movies food is the star. Few things are better than pairing a foodie film with a great meal so we can enjoy ourselves just as much as the folks onscreen are enjoying their own aliments. In this series, we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Tasty Treats Come in Small Packages at Newcomer Coppa Osteria

    I originally went to Coppa Osteria for the pizza. I stayed for the appetizers. And the desserts. And the wine. As you'll read in this week's review of the newest restaurant in the Clark Cooper Concepts family (that is, until Punk's Simple Southern Food opens in the next few months), Coppa Osteria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 13, 2012

    Nundini: Straight from the Old Country

    Italian kitchen, still lacking its sea legs, shows real promise.

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    A Great Italian Wine List at Nundini

    For an Italian wine lover like me, the wine list at Nundini Chef's Table Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, the subject of this week's cafe review (I filled in for Katharine Shilcutt), is a dream come true. It covers nearly every wine-growing region in Italy, and its prices are not just reasonable... they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Romancing the Cork: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It

    According to the Oxford Companion to Wine (edited by Master of Wine Jancis Robinson), "around 5 percent of all wines sealed under cork display a musty taint." If one in every 20 bottles of wine is affected by the use of cork -- the bark of the cork tree, in other words, living, breathing organic m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Expert Advice on Italian Wines

    ​I have a confession to make: Wine aisles are a source of unrest for me. Anytime we have a dinner party and I'm responsible for picking up a bottle of wine, I cry a little on the inside. Fortunately, I had a chance to sit down with Joseph Kemble of Spec's for some of his expert advice on Itali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Pecorino di Fossa: Cheese of the Hole in the Ground

    ​The cheese list at Da Marco Italian restaurant is short but full of surprises. Take this aromatic sheep's milk cheese called formaggio di fossa, for instance. I had some the other day with crusty bread and berry jam and the last splash of a luscious Montepulciano. The cheese was outrageously ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 17, 1995

    Family Feast

    At Mandola's Family Table, small portions aren't on the menu

  • Dining

    November 3, 1994

    The Fruit of Il Dio di Vin'

    Good pasta, iffy fish and much garlic make for a mixed menu