• Blogs

    October 17, 2014

    Where to Celebrate National Pasta Day in Houston

    National Pasta Day is today -- a reminder, if not an incentive, for for pasta lovers all around town to indulge. Houston has many excellent restaurants where one can celebrate. For a taste of stellar house-made pappardelle bolognese, Best of Houston Italian Restaurant winner Ciao Bello is the pla ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Celebrate International Curry Week at The Springbok

    The Springbok will celebrate International Curry Week from October 13 until October 17; this event is typically celebrated around the world with special events from participating restaurants. Pete Walker, owner of The Springbok, wants to make International Curry Week an annual event in Houston next ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Upcoming Events: How Do The British Taste Wine?

    Don't wait until the last minute to snag your tickets to this beer dinner. Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar has partnered with Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to serve an eight-course dinner paired with eight beers, four of which are custom-made specifically for this meal. Reserve your spot at Eleven XI on ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    I Ate One of the Best Meals of My Life This Weekend...And It Was in Dallas

    Some people call it sibling rivalry. Others say that Houstonians are jealous that Dallas is thought of a wealthy and sophisticated, while we have more of a gritty, urban reputation. Maybe it's because Dallas always seems to get national attention for good things, while we end up on lists for crime a ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    First Look at Luna Pizzeria

    If you drive past the Barnaby's Cafe on West Gray, you've probably noticed a sign telling you to eat at Luna Pizzeria on Kirby. After reading this sign practically every day, I have developed an undying craving for pizza. So, this past weekend I finally visited Luna, a new concept from the owners of ... More >>

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    April 30, 2014

    Eight of the Most Expensive Restaurant Dishes in Houston

    Feeling flush lately? Cars, watches and fancy shoes are so passé. Flaunt that wealth on something truly, fleetingly enjoyable: Food. Houston was founded as an oil town, so we have no shortage of affluence in our city. In spite of the fact that it's less oil-centric than it used to be, Houston has ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014
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    March 27, 2014

    Ordering Truffles Out of Season

    "Don't order anything with truffles," my friend said during a recent dinner at an upscale restaurant in town. "It's not truffle season any more. It won't be worth it." I had, of course, heard the phrase "truffle season" before, particularly in reference to the expensive Alba white truffles, which a ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    Roost Bistro Debuts New Dishes

    It may be the best yet.

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    March 12, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013-2014: No. 17, Alba White Truffle Soufflé at Tony's

    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. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious in town. It's a list of person ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Each Meal Is a Production at The Pass

    The nightly show is worthy of 'The French Chef.'

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    February 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: City Hall Farmers Market Is Back

    The City Hall Farmers Market returns on Wednesday, February 19. Head to the market from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. to purchase a variety of seasonal produce and various products from more than 35 vendors during the spring season kick-off. Whether you want to stock up on some veggies, enjoy a cup of cof ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: French Classic Coq Au Vin

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and dessert, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. This week, we're tackling the French classic Coq Au Vin. Literally meaning "cock (rooster) of the wine," the rustic dish was traditionally made using a rooster or any other old barnyard ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

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    December 26, 2013

    Five Houston Culinary Splurges

    Treat yourself to a decadent holiday feast.

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    December 16, 2013

    Treat Yourself: Five Houston Culinary Splurges for a Decadent Holiday Feast

    It's the holiday season. A time for gift giving and celebration. A time for splurging, right? After all, you've worked hard this year. You deserve a reward. And what better way to reward yourself than with a blow-your-mind meal? Behold, our top picks for decadent foodie splurges in Houston. 5. W ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche is a Delicious Mouthful (In More Ways than One)

    In spite of the incredibly stupid commercial for Wendy's Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun (see above), the actual sandwich itself proved to be irresistible. And even though I wasn't impressed by Wendy's efforts in the pretzel bun department, I found the idea of sweet brioche, smoky bacon, and ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Arancini, Fish en Papillote, and Meatloaf Sandwiches

    I love cooking for my fiancé and planning meals for us, but cooking for two often 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 meal ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Our 10 Favorite Affordable Luxuries: Treat Yourself This New Year

    Most of our readers will hopefully remember Robin Leach's signature sign-off at the end of each episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous during the show's decade-long run: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams." As far as sign-offs go, the phrase is no Walter Cronkite's "...and that's the way it ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Brandi Key of Coppa and Her Modern Take on Italian Classics

    Brandi Key Coppa Ristorante Italiano 5555 Washington Tel: 713-426-4260 This is Part 3 of a three-part Chef Chat series. In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we got to know Brandi Key, the executive chef at Coppa, a little better. We learned a bit about her t ... More >>

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    November 2, 2012

    Upcoming Events: 'Tis the Truffle Season

    White truffle season has finally arrived after a delay in the harvest thanks to weather issues in Italy. And as a result of that weather delay, the white truffle supply is somewhat limited this year -- so the truffles that are already Italy's most expensive (costing upwards of $350 an ounce) are mor ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Johan Schuster of Charivari, On Cooking Throughout Europe, What He Would Prepare Each Season, and Who He Would Want to Prepare His Last Meal

    Johan Schuster Charivari Restaurant 2521 Bagby 713-521-7231 This is Part 2 in a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Parts 1 here and Part 3 in this same space on Friday. EOW: When did you start cooking? JS: I've been doing this for 34 years. We were three brothers ... More >>

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    October 22, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Weeknight Chili & 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 24, 2012

    Three Rules for the Proper Use of Truffle Oil

    My esteemed colleague Jeremy Parzen recently wrote an article decrying truffle oil as "evil" and as something akin to farts. Farts? Really? If truffle oil were really all that bad, it wouldn't continue ending up on dishes in some of the best restaurants in Houston. As with any other pungent ingredi ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Haters, Halitosis, and Haute Cuisine: Truffles vs. Truffle Oil

    I don't like truffle oil, but I don't really care what it's made of. Don't get me wrong, I think it's vaguely misleading to pitch a $15 bottle of chemicals manufactured 100 yards off the Jersey Turnpike as a stand-in for a $6,000/pound European fungus, but I also think a reasonable amount of persona ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    The Trouble with Truffle Oil (Farts and Formaldehyde)

    People, I'm sorry to break it to you, but there are just no two ways about it: truffle oil (or truffled oil) is a sham, it's bad for you, and it's just downright evil. I'm currently traveling in Italy, where the world's most famous truffles are foraged. When I received an email from my editor here ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Chilled Lobster Salad...Oh, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Too

    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 ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly mea ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? We're On the Grill with Fish in Foil, Spice-Rubbed Chops & More

    I love homemade meals with my fiancé, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't have a game 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 ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week?

    I've promised my fiancé latkes, so this week, I'll be making potato pancakes with a twist. My sweet potato pancakes will balance perfectly with some of the other meals I have planned. Here's what I'm making: Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage & Peppers Spiced Pork Loin w/ Sweet Potato Pancakes S ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012
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    March 8, 2012

    Nabi-Hood Hangout

    This Montrose spot is serving up beautifully constructed modern Asian cuisine, at small prices.

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    January 26, 2012
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    December 9, 2011

    Wine & Truffle Dinner at Valentino Vin Bar

    Photos by Christina UticoneDolcetto d'Alba​As if a wine hangover weren't bad enough, did you know you can actually get a truffle hangover? I woke up with one after five luscious courses of food at the recent Truffle & Wine dinner held at Valentino. Who can resist a hook like white truffles -- ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Dropping Benjamins at Dragon Bowl

    Photos by Theo SantosHand rolls on the line. (Hundred Dollar Hand Roll most definitely not shown.)​A few weeks ago, while perusing the new menu at the recently revamped Dragon Bowl, my dining companion and I noticed an anomaly at the casual Heights restaurant: There, amidst the $6 and $7 hand ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Five Healthy Burger Alternatives

    karitsu.​With Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, it may be tempting to heat up the grill and cook up a giant burger. However, the holiday also marks the start of bathing suit season. Whether you are trying to lose a few or are looking for some interesting alternatives to another bori ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Travel Edition (Sort of)

    ​When I was in Annapolis last week, I found the time to drink some beer, and work up a Brew Blog. I did not, however, manage to work in a road edition of Shiftwork Bites. I gave it some serious consideration, even worked up a few concepts, but never found the time to put a plan into action. I ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Cooking with Beer: Cold Soba with Soba Ale Tsuyu

    ​In last week's Brew Blog, I mentioned that Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale would make a nice sauce for some actual soba. So I set about verifying that hunch over dinner a few nights ago. I love Soba. I eat it in all of sorts of non-traditional ways. This time, though, I decided to go very, very trad ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    What a Crock: Cream of Portobello Barley Soup

    ​Sure, it's getting warmer outside, but I'm a firm believer that there's never really a bad time of year for a good bowl of soup. Let's see how this Cream of Portobello Barley turned out. The rundown I think you'll find that most of the ingredients for this recipe already reside in your pant ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Recipe: Portobello Pizza

    ​I hate to admit it, but lately many of those good eating habits that I had adopted at the beginning of the year seem to be falling by the wayside. The best way to get myself back on track is to cook healthy and delicious dishes that will keep me satiated long enough to take my mind off that ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Jarred Corn Smut: It's What's for Dinner

    ​I'm sure a lot of you, upon hearing the term "jarred corn smut," might assume that this post would be better off as an addendum to John Seaborn Gray's elegant treatise on whole chicken in a can and other packaged delights. I suppose that's why most choose to call the silvery-black fungus that ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Mushrooms Gone Wild

    Wild mushroom and walnut tortellini at D'Amico's Italian Market Cafe

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    April 15, 2010

    What a Burger

    The truffle Kobe burger at Table Seven

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    May 4, 2006
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    June 23, 2005

    Refined Taste

    Blue Plate Bistro

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    April 29, 2004
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    December 13, 2001

    Panettone in a Pear Tree

    Carlo Molinaro reminisces about Italian holiday traditions

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    March 11, 1999
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    February 12, 1998
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    February 5, 1998

    Conversion Experience

    I was a doubter, but Cafe Beignet won me over

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