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    November 4, 2014

    ¡Viva Monterrey! Exploring Mexico's Pa'l Norte Music Fest

    The 2014 Pa'l Norte Music Festival took place in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico over Halloween weekend, with headliners such as Los Tigres Del Norte, Snoop Dogg, Juanes, Foster the People, Molotov and more. Rocks Off's Marco Torres was on hand to capture the highlights. One of the joys of workin ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    March 11, 2013

    Last Night: Go Tejano Day 2013 at Reliant Stadium

    Go Tejano Day feat. Julion Alvarez, Los Invasores De Nuevo Leon, Mariachi Invitational Finalists Reliant Stadium March 10, 2013 I've said it once or twice, but I will say it again, and continue to do so until I am proven wrong. Tejano music is dead, at least at RodeoHouston. In its place is banda m ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Feliz Año Nuevo: Toy Selectah On the Mayan Apocalypse, DJ Screw & the Beauty of Cumbia

    His name is Antonio Hernandez, but the world knows him as Toy Selectah. The producer/DJ is one of the most influential figures in la musica Latina, constantly creating sounds and rhythms for almost 20 years. He enjoyed success with the pioneer Rock en Español group Control Machete, served as an A&R ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    30 Seconds With Kinky

    Rocks Off burned a few Internet wires to see what we could learn about Monterrey, Mexico's Grammy-nominated rocktronica veterans Kinky in 30 seconds. Rocks Off:What is worst song in the world, and why? Kinky: Macarena" is the worst song because it was so 'F-ed' out... or maybe "Mambo #5"... yuck! ... More >>

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    December 13, 2012
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    August 23, 2012

    The Real Deal at Taqueria La Macro

    Taqueria offers al pastor-style meat cooked on a classic trompo.

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    August 16, 2012
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    August 16, 2012

    More Than Just Nolan Ryan

    5 food-related reasons to drive to Alvin.

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    August 7, 2012

    Trompi-burger: Mexico's Answer to the Bacon Cheeseburger

    It's been a while since a burger has stopped me dead in my tracks. Such is the arresting power of the trompi-burger at Taqueria La Macro, a new Monterrey-style restaurant in Northside. I first ended up at Taqueria La Macro after my boyfriend came home from driving down North Main and reported that ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    How to Spot a Genuine Tex-Mex Restaurant

    Assistant Music Editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Mole Like Monterrey at El Gallo de Jalisco

    "I feel like I'm in a time warp," my friend Linda said after a few minutes contemplation over our plate of chicken mole at El Gallo de Jalisco. "I feel like I'm a kid again and I'm back at my grandmother's house in Monterrey eating her mole." The sensation was so strong, she immediately began regali ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    June 7, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Red Bell Peppers

    ​The only plants left in my warm-weather garden are peppers: Anaheim chiles and bell peppers. The Anaheims are fiercely hot, an effect of the drought, and the green bells are just the opposite. In fact, green peppers are mildly bitter and boring, good mostly for salads, color, and grilled for ... More >>

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    May 26, 2011

    The Day After

    Our readers' worst hangovers

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    May 11, 2011

    Wine Time: Rainbow Lodge

    Nancy KerschenMissing from this photo of Rainbow Lodge's spectacular grounds: you, your friends, wine and meatballs.​Looking for an inexpensive happy hour alternative tonight? The Rainbow Lodge is holding its monthly "Sip and Stroll" wine event on the patio from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring f ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011

    At Home at Julio

    Monterrey expats flock to Tacos del Julio.

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    December 6, 2010

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip at The Black Labrador

    ​When it comes to restaurant appetizers, spinach and artichoke dip is as standard as they come, probably right up there with Buffalo wings and cheddar cheese quesadillas. But preparation and presentation still vary significantly from place to place. Although The Black Labrador doesn't have t ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The Chicken Burrito from Tacos Del Julio

    ​Burritos and I have an interesting relationship. On occasion, I don't mind stopping by the nearest Freebirds World Burrito and grabbing a carnitas with corn salsa and barbecue sauce. Or in an uber-pinch, the breakfast burrito at McDonald's will do (even though I'll probably feel guilty later) ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Hurricane Alex: Mega 101.1 Helps Victims Of The Forgotten Storm

    Photos by Paula BeltránSending food to the victims​Remember Hurricane Alex? Not very many people do. While most Houstonians geared up for a weekend of fireworks, barbeque and possibly too much time with family, many also spent this past Fourth of July weekend waiting to hear whether the homes of ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010
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    June 16, 2010

    Stirred and Shaken: Sugarcane's Scarlet Letter

    Photo by Troy Fields​I took my friend Lee for a cocktail at Sugarcane (1919 Washington Avenue, 713-864-9463) to treat him special in honor of his imminent departure for a summer in Mexico. Normally that situation would call for a well drink and a "see you in September." But he's going to Monte ... More >>

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    April 8, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #67 Al Pastor Quesadillas at Tierra Caliente Meat Market on Shepherd

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

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    March 14, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Norteño Knights Grupo Pesado

    Date: March 14 Name: Pesado AKA: Grupo Pesado Genre: Norteño Best Known Song(s): "Eso Me Gusta," "Gracias por Tu Amor,"" Llegó el Amor" Key Demographic: Monterrey represent! Previous HLSR Appearances: 2007 Houston Connections, If Any: Beats the hell out of us. Their damn Web page is in Spanish, ... More >>

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    February 1, 2010

    Machacado con Huevos

    ​The Northern Mexican dish, machacado con huevos, is one of my favorite breakfasts. Chacho's Tacos on Westheimer serves it on a taco, and it makes an awesome breakfast. "Machacado" mean "shredded" in Spanish. The name refers to the fact that the traditional carne seca (dried beef) of Monterrey ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Taco Truck Gourmet: Pan de Elote LaLa

    ​I stopped by the "LALA" Pan de Elote trailer on Telephone Road between Hobby Airport and Beltway 8 on Sunday morning and bought some hot cornbread from Gilberto. He said that this kind of cornbread was very popular in Monterrey where he came from. The round loaf was hot off the griddle. It wa ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Mexican Global Groovers and World Travelers Plastilina Mosh

    ​Plastilina Mosh has a new CD out, All U Need Is Mosh, on Nacional Records, and brings its international sound to Houston Thursday for a free concert with Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles. That's right, it's free - all it costs is a very worthwhile trip outside the Loop. Rocks Off hasn't picked u ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    In the Little Stalls Behind Canino's: Huauzontle

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Maybe I am spending too much time hanging around at Canino's trying to score. This time, I went home with a bag full or huauzontle [wah-ZONT-lay], a Mexican weed that tastes like broccoli. Some food writers have mistaken it for sorghum, which was imported to the New World f ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Lone Star Culinary: You'll Think You Died and Went to Spice Heaven

    Photos by Robb WalshVisit the new Lone Star Culinary/Flores Spice Company store behind El Bolillo on Airline across the street from Canino's, but go when you have some time for shopping. I was so overwhelmed to see all the stuff I needed in one place that I didn't even buy anything. The bulk spice ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Feliz Cinco: It's Taco Porn!

    It's a little-known fact that if you're good all year, the Cinco de Mayo fairy will come to your house in the afternoon while you're indulging in a siesta and leave behind a present for this most feliz of holidays.  This year, that present is a slideshow of taco porn.  Photo by Kath ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    Big Honking Hamburguesa

    The hamburguesa estilo Monterrey at Tostada Regia is una whopper grande. At first I though $7 was kind of pricey for a hamburger at a taco stand, but when the waitress delivered the goods, I changed my mind. When I took the burger home, my housemates demanded I cut it into quarters and share. Before ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Hamburguesa Estilo Monterrey

    What exactly is a hamburguesa estilo Monterrey? I visited the Hamburguesas Del Rio location at Avenida Constitucion 1121 Pte. Centro in Monterrey, Mexico to seek the definitive answer to that question. I had long assumed that the term described a specific Mexican-style set of garnishes, namely the s ... More >>

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    November 12, 2008

    Caja China: The Cuban Pig Roaster

    I stopped to admire what looked like a charcoal grill loaded with fajita meat and tortillas while checking out the tailgating action at Reliant a couple of weeks ago. But Mariano Moreno, the grill chef, threw me a curve ball. If you look closely at the grill in the photo and you will notice what loo ... More >>

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    August 21, 2008
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    March 21, 2008

    Scenes from a Farmers’ Market in Monterrey, Mexico

    I like to go to farmers’ markets on Saturday mornings. The Midtown market and the one on Richmond are my favorites. But it's interesting to compare Houston's farmers’ markets with others around the country and around the world. Here are some photos taken on a Saturday morning while I was in Mont ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008
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    November 1, 2007
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    October 29, 2007

    Robb Walsh Visits the First Taco Bell in Monterrey

    The Mexican slogan: Taco Bell is something else. MONTERREY, Oct. 27 -- Studying the menu above the counter of the new Taco Bell in the Plaza Bella Mall in Monterrey, Mexico, I am drawing a blank. What the hell’s a tambache? And what’s a tacostada? Then, thanks to the photos, I start to puzzle i ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2007

    Gerardo's Drive-in Grocery

    Some of the best Mexican food in the city is sold by the pound at this little corner store

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    March 15, 2007
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    January 22, 2007
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    January 22, 2007

    Nice Asados

    All photos by Robb Walsh When I reviewed a school bus selling Monterrey-style roasted chicken on the East Side, a reader named "Jason" recommended I try the blue school buses that sell roasted chicken on Long Point. El Norteo is the name of the Long Point roasted chicken dynasty. And "pollo ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 30, 2006

    Chipinque Cuisine

    You can't go wrong with margaritas and crab quesadillas at Santos The Taste of Mexico

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Getting the V from E.O.D.

    Talking truth with rappers Indecent and Arch

  • Dining

    September 21, 2006

    Top Tacos

    Mexican "tacos de trompo" are getting hard to find because the Health Department says they're illegal

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    September 14, 2006
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    September 14, 2006

    School Bus Chicken

    Photos by Robb Walsh For some reason, roast chicken dinners often come from "taco school buses" rather than taco trucks. I like Pollos Asados La Silla, a school bus parked at the intersection of Lawndale and Highway 225. It's bright yellow with a giant chicken character and the saddle-shaped mo ... More >>

  • News

    November 27, 1997

    East End Transit

    Why have bus lines to Mexico bloomed all across the East End? Maybe because it's a family affair.

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    December 14, 1995

    Getting the Lead Out

    A Mexican folk remedy stymies attempts to cleanse Houston of a heavy metal

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