Napa Valley

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Corn Tamales Are Now at Hugo's

    Hugo's now has corn tamales, but it's only for the month of September. Chef Hugo Ortega is using fresh corn from Mexico, where it is harvested every year, to make these traditional tamales. Each order is made with masa, rajas (sliced poblano peppers), queso fresco, crema and tomatillo salsa and cost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Couple That Cooks Together Stays Together

    Facon Brazilian Steakhouse opened in Vintage Park several weeks ago, but the new restaurant will hold its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 28, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets to the event cost $50 and include a three-course prix fixe meal consisting of multiple Brazilian meats, a tapa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Soter Winery and Akaushi: A Tasty Pairing

    Eclipsed by the street construction taking place on the stretch of Westheimer Road directly in front of it, 60 Degrees Mastercrafted, the restaurant by master chef Fritz Gitschner, opened this past November to little fanfare. Since then, however, the roads have cleared, and a new patio has been fini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival Returns & Saint Arnold Takes Over Dry Creek Cafe

    In honor of National Ravioli Day, D'Amico's Italian Market in Rice Village will celebrate all things ravioli for an entire week. Beginning on Monday, March 17, D'Amico's will offer special ravioli dishes featuring a variety of fillings, including fresh salmon ravioli smothered in a delicate cream sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    The Eating Our Words Library: 10 Essential Cookbooks Everyone Should Own and Use

    Here at EOW, we take our food seriously. We write about all things culinary every day, and for the most part that passion was born in the kitchen. Whether you dabble with molecular gastronomy or are slowly learning your way around a burner or grill, you all share the same quest for culinary knowledg ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 30, 2013

    Oxheart: Challenging the Idea of What Dinner Can Be

    Surviving its critics' predictions, this restaurant continues to thrive in Houston, folllowing a most atypical path to attract the city's diners.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2013

    Here's the Lowdown: The Boz Scaggs Interview, Part 1

    From his earliest records and concerts to his most recent discs and tours with buddies Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen as the Dukes of September, Boz Scaggs has always shown a reverence for music history. That's especially true for the old blues and R&B tunes he'd hear wafting over the airwaves fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Bobby Matos of Ciao Bello, On Learning on the Fly in the Kitchen

    Bobby Matos Ciao Bello 5161 San Felipe 713-960-0333 This is the second part of a three-part chef chat series. Read Part 1 here and look for Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with Chef Bobby Matos about why he became a chef, and why he chose culinary sch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    What Wine for a [California] Veggie Sandwich?

    The first time I had a [California] veggie sandwich (in California, they just call it a "veggie sandwich"), it was at the legendary Source on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. By the time I got there (an undergrad at UCLA in the late '80s), founder Father Yod and the Source family were long gone (as ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 14, 2012

    Texas Wines: Behind the Cellar Door

    Not all the Texas wine you buy is made from grapes grown in our state. In fact, most of it isn’t.

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Today's Cover Story on the Texas Wine Industry

    See our slideshow of Texas wines and wineries. The cover story for this week's issue of the paper, coming out online this afternoon, is an article on the Texas wine industry by my colleague Katharine Shilcutt and me. In the piece, we take a hard look at the challenges that Texas winemakers face. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    H-E-B Wine and Food Week 2012 Ventures Inside the Loop for First Annual 80 Sips Around the World Event

    See our slideshow of photos from Wine and Food Week 2012. This past week, The Woodlands hosted its Wine and Food Week 2012, sponsored by H-E-B. Most of the events, including wine and cheese tastings, multi-course dinners and conversations with winemakers, were held in The Woodlands, with one impor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Go Way Out to Eat: 5 Favorite Dining Destinations

    Food & Wine magazine recently featured a series of articles on culinary destinations, or "...the world's best food pilgrimages," as they put it. While it was indeed interesting, I must say that places like Bangkok, Rome and India are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food travels. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    A Little Pork Fat and A Little Red Wine - Just What the Heart Needs

    Sunday night, 20 miles south of Houston, two culinary heavy hitters knocked it out of the park at the Revana Wine Dinner at Killen's Steakhouse. Chef Ronnie Killen and Chef Randy Rucker began preparing weeks in advance, tasting wines and developing recipes to pair perfectly with Revana wines. It w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Eat My Words: This week Texas Monthly wine writer Jessica Dupuy gives a glowing review to new releases by the Duchman Family Winery, the Texas Hill Country winery owned by Houston's own celebrity cardiologist Stan Duchman. "I'll be honest," she writes, "I fell in love with all of these wines, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Your Grandfather's Chianti But I Like It

    Italian wine is our thing. And when I say that, I don't mean that we don't like and drink French, Spanish, and Californian wine. But when it comes to the wine that my wife and I serve and drink in our home, that we drink most often when we go out, and what we stash away in our wine cellar, Italian w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Wine Thoughts: There's so much groovy stuff happening this week in the Texas enoblogosphere. But we just have to open today's post with a nod to one of our favorite and most balanced wine bloggers here in our state, Sandra Crittenden, author of Wine Thoughts, who writes about one of our pet peeves: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Messina Hof Has the Best Wine in Texas, According to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

    This year, more than 2,500 wines were entered into the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's International Wine Competition. Of those entries, 736 were from Texas wineries. And of those Texas wineries, Messina Hof swept up 20 medals and the coveted title of Top Texas Wine for its 2004 Solara, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Yao Ming: Basketball Player, Shark Saver, Wine Maker

    The last time we wrote about Yao Ming, it was to cover the former Houston Rockets center's fight against shark fin soup consumption in his home country, China, where the soup is considered a luxury and a necessity at large banquets and parties. Now, the retired basketball player is making news for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    10 Thanksgiving Wines (That We Actually Drink)

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Dolcetto can deliver character without overwhelming the palate or breaking the bank.​Yes, folks, it's that predictable time of year when everyone posts their Thanksgiving wine recommendations. Among the literally hundreds of blogs and feeds that I follow, one of my favo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Odd Pair: Top 5 Wines to Take to Burger Guys

    Photos by Jeremy ParzenDuck fat fries at the Burger Guys.​A few weeks ago, in the first part of this series, we quoted one of the top chefs in the U.S. today, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin in New York, on the virtues of the fast food burger in our country. "There is something about these ingred ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Grant Gordon of Tony's

    Mai PhamExecutive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's​There's been a lot of buzz lately about young Executive Chef Grant Gordon of Tony's. Last month, he collaborated on a hugely successful Les Sauvages pop-up dinner with Chefs Justin Basye and Peter Jahnke. Gordon was also among the youngest of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Zelko Bistro Puts Female Winemakers and Craft Beer Front and Center

    Photo by Tam VoChef Jamie Zelko.​Zelko Bistro, although it's only been open for less than two years, has already garnered a reputation for its wine list: Aggressively priced, the list offers an excellent selection of wines between $28 and $46 a bottle. Chef and owner Jamie Zelko wanted it that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. The Blend: We're not sure how we missed the photo (above) of Houston's top Italian wine specialist Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble, statewide wine buyer at the flagship Spec's. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Get Your Passport Stamped Along the Texas Wine Trails

    ​While the trail riders rode into town last Friday, you could be riding out one weekend soon to hit one of Texas's 11 wine trails just as the bluebonnets are beginning to bloom this spring. The fifth most productive wine-producing state in the nation, Texas features more than 200 vineyards wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    More Than Margaritas at TQLA

    No, not champagne flutes, tequila tasting glasses at TQLA. ​As the name would suggest, TQLA is serious about, well, tequila. Bottles of every shape and size glow seductively along red backlit shelving covering much of the rear wall. One-hundred-and-sixty-seven varieties, to be exact, with eigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Raise Your Glass to Texas Wine History

    ​The last few years I had the opportunity to live in both San Francisco and Napa Valley and work in the thriving California wine industry. Overall it was a very enriching experience; I learned a lot about the micro-climates that dictate Northern California's growing seasons, met some notable w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    $50-Plus Wine for $10 (And How the Hell This Is Possible)

    ​A friend called about a week ago. ¬†She excitedly relayed the details of a Cameron Hughes Wine presentation she had seen at Costco that afternoon. My reply: "That sounds great, but I think you're leaving something out. There is just no way this guy is buying up someone else's high-priced fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Bartender Chat: Mike Kurth of Cork Soakers

    ​Six weeks ago, the owners of Lucky's Pub on St. Emanual opened Cork Soakers wine bar across the street from Lucky's. A wine bar opened by sports bar owners? Yeah, we were curious, too. "The owners wanted to open a laid-back, unpretentious wine bar where people could come in wearing jeans and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Chef Chat: Dax McAnear, a Fond Farewell

    ​ Formerly of Textile, and now interim cook at Yelapa Mexicana, Dax McAnear will be leaving Houston at the end of March. We sat down with him to talk about his future, his past cooking experiences, and Houston. Eating Our Words: Where have you cooked before Textile and Yelapa? Dax McAnear: W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2009

    A Useful Idiot

    Photo courtesy of deep_schismic. Maynard James Keenan performing with Tool. Quality wine doesn't usually come from a vineyard named after a pubic wig (Merkin Vineyards) or a man called "Maynard" who happens to front one of the most popular metal bands in the world and who once carried busines ... More >>

  • Film

    August 7, 2008
  • Dining

    March 9, 2006

    Monsterville on Washington

    Welcome to Houston’s culinary cutting edge

  • News

    September 1, 2005


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  • Dining

    October 7, 2004

    Cowboy Cookin'

    After Grady Spears's departure, The Burning Pear still smolders

  • Dining

    February 13, 2003

    White Nights

    Pale wines grow up, and Houstonians take notice

  • Dining

    August 30, 2001

    Getting Stomped

    Texas boasts the soil, the climate and the grapes for a strong wine industry. So what stands in its way? Bad taste and politicians.

  • Music

    April 5, 2001

    A Beat Ahead

    OrchestraX's quick success has been its blessing, and its curse

  • Dining

    March 4, 1999

    Bang-up Bento Boxes

    Don Chang pushes the envelopeat Nara Japanese

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    Culture Clash

    Deputy constables raid the Menil, confiscate the works of famed artist Robert Rauschenberg and get set for a big old auction that has the local art scene gasping

  • Film

    August 24, 1995
  • News

    September 1, 1994

    Crisis on Cullen Boulevard

    Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?

  • News

    April 7, 1994

    Aggie Alchemy

    John Bockris was known around Texas A&M as a chemist interested in "weird science." Joe Champion gave him all he could handle.