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    September 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Hosts Eid-al-Fitr Feast

    For the second year in a row, Quattro, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel, will serve an Eid-al-Fitr buffet dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year's feast will again be prepared by sous chef Hassan Obaye, who was born and raised in southern Morocco and learned much of his culina ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014
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    June 4, 2014

    Where to Eat on Father's Day in Houston 2014

    Father's Day is less than two weeks away and it will be here before you know it. Houston restaurants are gearing up for the big day, and so should you. On Sunday, June 15, various establishments will offer celebratory brunches, lunches and dinners along with some drink specials. Check out our round ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 20, 2014

    Just Dinner Is So Much More Than That

    This intimate boîte in Montrose is a small jewel.

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    November 15, 2013

    Dining Website EatWith Invites You to Share a Home-Cooked Meal With Strangers

    A few weeks ago, I went online, found a stranger who can make North African food, and paid her and her husband to make dinner for me and a few friends. It's not as weird as it sounds. Alice and Carlos had created a profile on, a website that invites people to connect through dinner pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Investigating Food in Film: Berber Couscous from Babel

    It's little surprise many famous movie scenes involve food; there's a certain pleasure in watching characters eat the foods we enjoy in real life or grapple with the familiar challenges of cooking, say, lobsters. But have you ever been watching a film and someone mentions a food you've never heard ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    The Rosemont Social Club is a Room with A View (Plus Great Food and Cocktails)

    When a friend mentioned that the Rosemont Social Club was serving up delicious drinks and tasty bites (including my kryptonite, Mac & Cheese) right in my neighborhood I was excited to check it out. When the same friend mentioned that the Rosemont is located right upstairs from Uchi and Southside Esp ... More >>

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    August 12, 2013

    Dazzling Displays At the Four Seasons Inaugural Eid Al-Fitr Celebration

    It's hard to wish others a hearty (and intelligible) "Eid Mubarak" with a mouthful of food. I came to this realization several times this past Friday during the Eid al-Fitr dinner at the Four Seasons as I sat at my table and consumed plate after plate of the most outstanding Middle Eastern food I'v ... More >>

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    August 5, 2013

    Chef Hassan Obaye of the Four Seasons: On Helping Houstonians Celebrate the End of Ramadan Top 5 Reasons To Attend His Eid-al-Fitr

    As a freshman in college, I joined my roommate in fasting during one week of Ramadan. I did so as a gesture of solidarity since we were fast becoming close friends and I figured she could use some company in, um, not eating. Quite a silly assumption when you think about it that given that with mor ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    Upcoming Events: This Little Piggy Went to Market (And Became Dinner)

    Katy's No Label Brewing Co. will be coming all the way to the Loop for a Meet the Brewer event at The Ginger Man on August 6 at 6 p.m. Brewmaster and co-founder Brian Royo or "El Royo Loco" will be at The Ginger Man to show off his beer and answer questions about brewing along with some of the other ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 99, Almond Croissant at Phoenicia

    This year, leading up to our annual Menu of Menus issue, Kaitlin Steinberg counts down her 100 favorite dishes as she eats her way through Houston. Just as Katharine Shilcutt did before her, and Robb Walsh before that, Kaitlin will eat and learn as she goes, compiling a list of the 1oo dishes she th ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    10 Things to Do Before Labor Day: My 2013 Summer To-Do List

    Summer's back, and although it feels like it's here to stay, Labor Day has its way of creeping up on you. Every year, I give myself a list of things I'd like to accomplish before the end of summer (this usually involves a promise of nightly laps in the pool that I never ever do). Last year, I thou ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Colbert Bumps Campbell's Go Soups into My Shopping Cart

    I am always on the lookout for cool little treats I can stash in the pantry. "Shelf stable" are dirty words to some, but I don't mind the occasional canned soup or quick, just-add-hot-water snack. When my husband -- who shoulders most of the cooking duties -- is out of town, or working late, these i ... More >>

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    September 24, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Grilled Eggplant Panini, Chicken Parmigiana & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Seared Skirt Steak, Sweet Potato Skins & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    My Trip to Napa Valley: Part I

    I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Napa. It's like an alcoholic's wine lover's Disneyworld; a dream land filled with picturesque landscape, a fantastic crisp breeze and some of the world's best wine at your fingertips, ripe for the taking. And the food scene; well, it's TDF. I was lucky enough t ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 17, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 95, Farmer's MKT Pizza at Phoenicia's MKT Bar

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Last week I spiced up the menu with Moroccan Inspired Burgers & Wasabi Salmon. With the weather warming up, I want to use my oven before it's too late. So this week, I'm making a roasted chicken and going back to my roots with some more of my Italian favorites. Here's what I'm making: Lemon Roast ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    Photo by FotoosVanRobinCooking low and slow can make the Moroccan Spiced Stew that much better. If you have extra time and a tagine, go for it.​Romantic seafood dinner. Check. Chocolate. Check. Roses. Check. Chocolate mousse. Check. Champagne. Check. Eating leftover chocolate all freaking week ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Lebanese Queso and More at the Fabulous New Phoenicia Downtown

    No, seriously. I want to live inside that bowl.​I feel almost obligated to turn in my Texan card for saying this, but the "queso" I enjoyed at the MKT Bar (1001 Austin) inside the new downtown Phoenicia grocery store earlier this week was better than any Tex-Mex queso I've ever had. This has ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011
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    November 4, 2011

    Openings & Closings: October 2011

    Coming soon: Free bitch-slaps for anyone who says, "Meet me at the Finn."​It's been a busy month for restaurant openings, closings, name changes and remodels. Hang onto your coffee cups -- we've got a lot of restaurant news to get through in one post. Openings: BlackFinn American Grille is c ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2011

    Merguez in Midtown

    Majorca Bistro & Tapas offers good food, great sangria and plenty of people-watching.

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    October 7, 2011

    Openings & Closings: September 2011

    Mezzanotte owner Gerry Sarmiento released the above video on his website late last month to give diners a preview of his new restaurant, Piqueo, which is scheduled to open in the middle of next month. Like Mezzanotte, Piqueo will also be in Cypress -- right next door, in fact. "It's going to make i ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011

    Desert Couscous

    Casablanca worth a visit in a city with so little Moroccan food.

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    September 7, 2011

    Oasis in the Desert: Casablanca Brings Moroccan Food to Houston

    Photos by Troy FieldsSee more photos from Casablanca in our slideshow.​When it opened late last year, Casablanca Couscous & Grill became only the second Moroccan restaurant in Houston. And the truth is, for a city that prides itself on being such a melting pot of ethnicities and cuisines, ther ... 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 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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    July 22, 2011

    Abderrahim Elmaghraoui: Stabs Wife 17 Times; Murder Conviction Tossed Because He Wasn't Warned He Might Be Deported

    Do it again, and get it right this time, court rules.​Those wild-eyed liberals at the 14th Court of Appeals have tossed out the murder conviction of a man who stabbed his wife 17 times, because he had not been warned his guilty plea might result in deportation. His guilty plea did result in a ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Cafe Moustache: Not the Place for Crepes. But These Places Are

    This fig and goat cheese crepe did not come from Cafe Moustache; it came from Melange Creperie, just down the street.​It's safe to say that outside of being able to drink a lot of wine on the cheap during happy hour, I don't understand the allure of Cafe Moustache, the subject of this week's c ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Top 5 Everyday Exotic Dinners

    Jules:stonesoup​Unless I'm feeling particularly inspired, throwing a party or testing out recipes for a blog post, on a daily basis I often fall into the same old pasta, chicken, whatever rotation. There's only so many nights, however, that a person can stand the same old boring thing before o ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Tagine

    Photo by Nicholas L. HallPork sausage tagine with dried apricots and pistachios​I love dishes that do double duty. I'm not talking about something you make once and eat twice, repurposing left-overs into an entirely new dish. I'm talking about dishes that are also dishes. You know, like how "c ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Paula MurphyCome prepared to the fruit tree sale and don't say you weren't warned.​Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release: Th ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    An Evening in Marrakech at Boheme

    ​Boheme Café and Wine Bar will be hosting a Moroccan-themed dinner next Wednesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. Chef Heather Vaughan is preparing a four-course meal featuring one of her favorite cuisines for $25 per person. The dinner will begin with a dip sampler, including muhammara (a red pe ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    October 18, 2010

    Chef Jeramie Robison Plays Around With Gumbo and More at Zimm's Little Deck

    Photos by Margaret DowningOutside deck area with petanque court behind it (French version of Italian bocce).​We stopped in at the just-opened Zimm's Little Deck the other night for a tasting session - zoomed right past the place at first and had to reverse course, it being just a left hand tur ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    ​After an extended hiatus, Las Alamedas (23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite F410) has finally reopened -- but not in its former location on Katy Freeway. Instead, the old-school Mexican restaurant known as the site of many a special occasion dinner has moved west to Katy's La Centerra developm ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam

    William Dalrymple explores the music at the heart of Sufism

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    May 13, 2010

    "Light of the Sufis: The Mystical Arts of Islam"

    The MFAH deepens its commitment to Islamic art

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    December 3, 2009
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    November 12, 2009

    Touring Taste of Dance Salad

    Relive last year's triumph while you wait for next year's performance

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    March 31, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Ian Gillan's Deeper Shade of Purple

    Though best known as the talented tonsils behind British hard-rock legends Deep Purple, Ian Gillan has also found the chance to log in some serious studio and road time both fronting his own bands and as a solo artist. Gillan's new CD, One Eye to Morocco (Eagle Records) finds the belter singing not ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    History of Texas Chili--Without Beans

    Chili con carne was introduced to America by the "Chili Queens," women who served food in San Antonio's Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston; they were the taco trucks of the 1800s. Tamales with chili was the most common order--beans were often ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 19, 2006

    Veh-Ree Theen Pancakes

    Don't be self-conscious — enjoy a crepe or two at CoCo's

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    November 11, 2004

    Sweet 17

    The Sam Houston Hotel unites shrimp curry, king salmon with Moroccan spices, and mac 'n' cheese

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    November 4, 2004

    Dancing Delicacies

    Saffron's delicacy pie -- made with lamb livers, sweetbreads and mountain oysters -- is divine

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    October 5, 2000

    Border Crossings

    Youssef Nafaa

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    June 22, 1995
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