• Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Summer Travels: Tea-Smoked Eel at San Francisco's Mission Chinese Food

    What's the best thing about attending a good friend's wedding in Mendocino country, California? The excuse to fly into San Francisco early and partake of its amazing food offerings. (A close second: wine-tasting in Napa and Sonoma.) I have been lucky enough to visit San Francisco about a half doz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Burger Specials & Taco Tuesday

    Beginning Monday, June 23, RDG Bar Annie will offer weekly summer specials during its Summer Food & Drink Series. First up is the Beer & Burger Menu, available from June 23 through June 29. For $29.50, each customer will be served three courses. Start with white gazpacho, or a celery root and drie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    10 Best Things to Christen Your Grill With on Memorial Day (or Whenever)

    Memorial Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means -- it's grilling time. You might have used your grill here and there throughout the spring season, but as the summer months approach, get ready for back-to-back weekends (and even weeknights) of grilling your food. Of course, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Sautéed Napa [Cabbage] With Dried Shrimp at O'Yeah Cafe

    I went to O'Yeah Cafe on a tip from a friend who said the restaurant had a strong following of Chinese expats living in the West University and Kirby neighborhoods. While most Houston restaurants serving authentic Chinese food as well as some of the country's more unusual, regional dishes are locat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Confession: I am an American Anti-Decanter

    Previous entries in our "how-to wine" series have included How to Open a Bottle of Wine, How to Prime Your Stemware, and How Much Wine to Pour and When. The world of wine is often divided between the decanters and the anti-decanters, in other words, those who like to decant aggressively and those w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Houston's 10 Best Restaurants for Wine

    For decades, the Houston wine scene has been dominated by the California powerhouse: "California Chardonnay," "Napa Cab," and "Merlot" (in quotes because it denotes Merlot from California) have long been been Houston's go-to wines. And in many circles, they still are the most frequently ordered wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Celebrate Labor Day Weekend With Beer, Wine, Bacon & More Beer

    Brewmasters International Beer Festival @ Moody Gardens Friday-Monday, All-Day 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston Island Throughout the entire Labor Day weekend, Moody Gardens hosts the 4th Annual Brewmasters International Beer Festival where more than 400 craft beers and a multitude of culinary bites will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    The 10 Worst People in Houston Restaurants

    Houstonians love food. Dining out is one of our favorite pastimes, and we embrace it like it's the official sport of Houston. We are a city of "foodies," and thanks to us, the restaurant industry is thriving. Unfortunately, this insane love of food has also spawned a culture of restaurant monsters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink this Weekend: Tequila Fiesta, Opus One Wine Dinner, An Ice Cream Social & More!

    Tequila Fiesta @ Pico's Mex-Mex Restaurant All day Friday 5941 Bellaire Boulevard If you're still mourning the fact that National Tequila Day is only one day a year, dry your pretty little eyes, 'cause Pico's Mex-Mex is still celebrating! Their three-day tequila fiesta started on Wednesday, but it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Mahi-Mahi Tacos & 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 ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Upcoming Events: $10 Wine-Tasting Class for Dad & a BBQ Book Signing

    Give Dad an early Father's Day gift by signing him up for the Wine Workshop: Wines for Father's Day -- "An ode to Dad" at Central Market this Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. This demonstration class is run by the Central Market Beer & Wine Experts, who will take each participant on a tour through the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    In Honor of Spamalot Coming to Houston, Here Are 5 Ways to Use Spam

    Monty Python's Spamalot will be coming to Houston's Theatre Under The Stars soon, running from May 14 through May 26. To pay homage to the musical, we've compiled 5 Spamtastic Recipes for y'all to try. Time to "eat ham, and jam and Spam a lot."

  • Dining

    March 21, 2013

    So Delicious, a Caveman Could Eat It

    Paleo-friendly restaurant menus abound in Houston.

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2013

    Jordan, a California Chardonnay with Restraint

    A few years ago, a holiday weekend drive to Palm Springs from my native San Diego delivered me at the doorstep of Chardonnay Hills, an upscale homeowners association in Temecula. In this day and age, it's not surprising that a community would name itself after a grape. After all, ampelonyms (that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    How to Send Back a Bottle of Wine You Don't Like

    Yesterday we addressed the delicate subject of how to send back a bottle of flawed wine in a restaurant. If you are served a "corked" or otherwise defective bottle (perhaps "cooked" due to heat exposure or "oxidized" due to a clean but nonetheless faulty cork, for example), you have every right to s ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Culinary School Matriarch Marie Lenôtre Awarded Chevalier Award by Daniel Boulud

    It's not every day that legendary chefs come to Houston. In fact, the last time Thomas Keller visited Houston, it was 1986. For one whirlwind weekend, however, Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse, and the Bocuse d'Or USA team of chefs graced Houston with their presence. First on their agenda was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Aggressive Pricing Makes Wine Go Down Easier in Houston

    As a Texan transplant (by way of southern California and New York City), I have always been impressed by the Houston's across-the-board aggressive wine pricing in restaurants. A few weeks ago, when I visited Osteria Mozza, the swank Los Angeles outpost of the Bastianich empire, one of the wine buye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Matt Marcus of Eatsie Boys Food Truck, on Selling Food out of His Dorm Room in Military School and Landing an Internship at The Fat Duck

    Matt Marcus Eatsie Boys Food Truck 845-430-8479 This is Part 1 of a three-part chef chat series. Parts 2 and 3 will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. The Eatsie Boys have one of the most popular food trucks in Houston right now. Known for their pork snuggies, fanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    My Trip to Napa Valley: Part II

    I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Napa. It's like an alcoholic's wine lover's Disneyland; a land with a picturesque landscape and fantastic crisp breeze, with some of the world's best wine at your fingertips, just ripe for the taking. And the food scene: TDF. I was lucky enough to enjoy two incr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Low-Alcohol Vermentino from California Makes Me Happy

    The winemakers behind Uvaggio Vermentino from Lodi have a theory. "If we grow the right grape in the right place," they write on their website, "we can manage to get by with our respective degrees in psychology and geography. (If one of us gets lost then other can figure out why.) However, when you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    The Top 5 Wines for Summer

    One of the things I love the most about summers in Texas is pool parties. When the heat is on, we tend to congregate with our friends around the pool, the grill, and our favorite wines. There's no better time -- in my experience -- to break out all those under-$25, easy-drinking, low-alcohol wines t ... 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 1, 2012

    What's the Deal With "Old" Wine?

    So, what's the deal with old wine anyway? Wednesday's post on What are "Tannins" in Wine? got me thinking about the widely divergent ways Europeans and Americans perceive and approach the consumption of "old wine." Tannins and "tannic structure," after all, are part of what gives wine its longevity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir (Willamette)

    Of all the wine-growing regions in the U.S., none seems to make more sense to me than the Willamette Valley, Oregon (although the Finger Lakes in New York state comes in at a close second). When rich white dudes were inspired to plant French varieties in Napa like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    TX Wine Lover: As the still youthful Texas wine industry continues to grow and find its footing (shifting away from the California Chardonnay-Cabernet-Sauvignon-Merlot paradigm), a handful of European grape varieties (beyond the classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy) have emerged as winners. Their succe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Korean Seasoned Soy Bean Paste

    Photo by John SuhBibigo's ssamjang: ready-to-eat​Last week, we brought you gochujang, a red pepper paste used in Korean cuisine. This week, we give you ssamjang, a Korean seasoned dipping paste that uses gochujang as an ingredient. What is it? Ssamjang is a thick and spicy dipping paste tha ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011

    Greatfully Delicious

    The owner is eccentric and the tacos fabulous at this laid-back new spot.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Odd Pair: Chicken Spaghetti and Zinfandel

    ​There is pleasure in life... and then there is guilty pleasure. You know the kind. The type of indulgence that you are embarrassed to admit to your friends and colleagues... certain forms of gratification best enjoyed -- ahem, how shall I put this? -- whilst alone. For me one such delight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Vintners Own Winery: Wine (in a Freaking Keg!) in the Heights

    Happiness is eight different wines on tap.​I called my most wine-savvy friend upon receiving the invitation to the event. "Did you know there's a freaking winery in the Heights, just a few blocks from your house?" This was followed by a string of expletives (apparently she was not aware). I co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top 5 Must-Haves in a Killer Wine Bar

    boo_licious​Call it my wine bar intuition. Sometimes, a place just doesn't sit right with me. Lately I've been thinking about why that is. Generating a successful wine bar means much more than meeting the general requirements of wine service, such as knowledgeable staff and proper storage. Qu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    No Corkscrew Needed: Tap into Wine at Ruggles Green at CityCentre

    Wino Brothers​You might have never thought to describe what's inside a keg as displaying "well-balanced tannins," "stewed raspberries" or a "grassy nose." Think again; kegs are not just for beer swillers anymore, you can now find vino on tap. Eateries across the nation have begun pouring wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    A Twist on Tailgating

    ​There's no denying that Texas stands out from the rest of the 50 states in size, shape and personality. We're an inherently proud and individualistic people. I often demonstrated this during a time when I worked with a group of people from more than 22 countries. In a simplistic way of catego ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Napa Cabbage

    Laurel Fan​What is it? Napa cabbage is a delicate form of cabbage that grows in elongated formations rather than the tightly packed sphere shapes. The leaves are much thinner, with a thick stem running down the middle of each with curly, ruffle-like ends. Napa cabbage is slightly sweet with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​Buy your tickets now for our annual Menu of Menus food and wine extravaganza on Tuesday, April 13! Trust us on this one: The tickets sell out fast, and you're doing a good thing for two worthy charities in Houston, as proceeds benefit the Center for Hearing and Speech as well as Discovery Gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    A Cafe Bites Nibble

    Jim Ginger, a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry, opened Napa Grille Urban Wine Bar last year; and it's now very well established. He recently opened Bullpen Pizza & Sports Bar (14019 Southwest Freeway, 281-242-0190) three doors down from Napa, after Out Of Africa decided to shut its doors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Food in Frederickburg

    Photos by Robb WalshJames DeWolf and rabbit sausageThe Hill Country town of Frederickburg is the capital of the Texas German Belt. You can pretty much tour the whole town by driving up and down Main Street. The coolest restaurant in town is Rebecca's Table next door to the Rather Sweet Bakery and Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Whether your beverage of choice is wine, coffee or beer, we've got you covered in this week's upcoming events. The French Open takes place this weekend, and if you're looking for a spot to watch, then Coffee Groundz is the place for you. The coffee shop-cum-gelateria in Midtown is offering specials ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Remembering Lux: The Cramps' Gravest Hits

    A few more details are starting to emerge in the death of Cramps frontman Lux Interior. The Los Angeles Times says Interior, 60, passed away Wednesday from a preexisting heart condition at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Southern California. He is survived by his wife and bandmate "Poison Ivy" Rorscha ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007


    Five That'll Blow Your Mind

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    April 18, 2007
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    April 18, 2007

    It's Shepard Ross's Turn to Blow Your Mind

    Daniel Kramer Shepard Ross, general manager and wine guru at Glass Wall, offers up some of his teeth-staining favorites: $15 or less White 2005 Lo Brujo, Macabeo Calatayud, Spain "Fun, easy to drink, crisp, with hints of citrus and banana. Soft, round mouth feel, but still has some nice acidity ... More >>

  • Film

    January 5, 2006

    Smiles to Go

    Felicity Huffman is desperately engaging in an off-kilter road movie

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    September 25, 2003

    Best Indian Restaurant

    Restaurant Indika

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