There are many things that make Houston a hip, cosmopolitan city. We have an incredible array of ethnic restaurants. We have a lesbian mayor. We have Johnson Space Center, the Texas Medical Center and plenty of universities. And now we have one more thing to solidify our coolness: An urban winery. ... More >>
Celebrating our city's diverse culinary scene.
The duo at this downtown spot are getting people all hot and bothered.
Please click here for previous entries in our "how-to wine" series. How can I put this delicately? I get treated like shit by sommeliers more often than I'd like to admit. I guess I just have a face that screams wine idiot. It's hard to believe, but sadly, it's true. As much as I hate to write ... More >>
FYI, it's on a Friday.
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expec ... More >>
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 personal ... More >>
The great thing about wine is that it can be an endless source of conversation. You can talk about everything from the nose, to the feel on the palate, to how it pairs with food. You can debate how it should be made, whether it should be aged in oak, which varieties of grapes blend well together, wh ... More >>
Who gets under our skin?
Living on Love and Leftovers: Though Central Market's Hatch chile festival ended on August 20, the chiles aren't gone just yet. The official festival in Hatch, New Mexico doesn't end until September 1, and the chiles will continue to be available in grocery stores for some time. Brooke and Greg of L ... More >>
The Houston wine scene is exploding -- literally. Between the newly launched Houston Sommelier Association, the growing number of local Master Sommelier and Society of Wine Educators candidates, and the flood of new and groovy wines reaching our market thanks to a new wave of independent wine distr ... More >>
When I saw H-Town StrEATS post about the Stark Raving Wines book signing with free wine and street truck food, I didn't hesitate. Seriously. Street food and wine, plus the opportunity to meet regularly featured Time magazine columnist and book author Joel Stein -- how could I resist? It didn't ma ... More >>
Houston's top 10 sushi restaurants.
Eating Our Words has embarked on a project to profile 100 Houston culinarians of all fields, practices, careers and backgrounds. This isn't a Best of Houston list, it's not a 100 Favorites list and it's not in any particular order. Instead, the Eating Our Words 100 is a way to introduce our readers ... More >>
Let's get one thing out of the way before we get started: This is a list of the 10 best restaurants in the Heights, as "the Heights" is defined by the Houston Heights Association. That means that restaurants outside of its boundaries -- north of Loop 610 West, west of North Shepherd, south of the Ka ... More >>
In the wake of my post Wednesday, "Texas Wine Shipping Prohibition Is Morally Indefensible (and Bad for Business)," I wanted to follow up with some tips on how to ship wine legally to Texas. Although it hasn't been updated for more than two years, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does have a ... More >>
Let's face it: Texas is often the butt of our nation's jokes. Nearly every day, The New York Times shares some of our less savory idiosyncrasies with readers across the country. Today it's voter discrimination by our state's legislature. Yesterday it was Lubbock County Judge Tom Head's plans to rise ... More >>
In this week's New York Times dining section, wine writer Eric Asimov -- the Solomon of wine writing, as I like to call him -- asks: "Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You? [and] How Adventurous Should a Wine List Be?" His op-ed came in response to a flurry of blog posts that followed a ... More >>
The Top 12 Texas Junk Foods.
This is the second week in a row that I've [inadvertently] reviewed a terrific restaurant that also happens to encourage BYOB. Banana Leaf -- the subject of last week's cafe review -- offers Malaysian and Singaporean food with a fantastic $0 corkage fee. And Lucio's BYOB -- the subject of this week' ... More >>
DID YOU HEAR?!?!?!? KPRC anchorwoman Dominique Sachse got married!!!!!! OMG!!!!! In case you missed the Channel 2 ads, Sachse was one of -- if not the -- hardest-working single moms out there. That's a remark which, if we were churlish, we would find incredibly insulting to all the single moms in ... More >>
Ronnie Killen Killen's Steakhouse 2804 South Main St., Pearland 281-485-0844 www.killenssteakhouse.com This is the third of a three-part chef chat series. Click here to read part one and two. Chef Killen has done a lot to change the dining scene in Pearland, having first transformed himself, and i ... More >>
You've done it, come on, you know you have. Most American sushi eaters have succeeded in bastardizing the whole tradition and delicacy of sushi. We make paste out of soy sauce and wasabi and dip our beautiful piece of o-toro and rice in it till it's dripping and then shove it in our mouths. The wasa ... More >>
Visiting family in Dallas this weekend, I found myself with a little down time to explore a city I very nearly grew up in but know very little about. I spent my summers as a kid split into three very different settings: Houston, Dallas and a cattle ranch in Henderson, and only eating out in one of t ... More >>
There's a lot riding on the launch of the new Uchi in Houston. Tyson Cole's Austin outposts -- Uchi and Uchiko -- stand apart as "destination" restaurants in Texas, venues that have attained national recognition in part because of Cole's success as a competitive chef on television and in part becau ... More >>
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 >>
A new chef and a revamped space breathe new fire into Dragon Bowl.
John RoyalLeAnn all dressed up for a white wedding.In an attempt to wipe that awful excuse for a basketball game on Monday night from my head, I thought I would purge a few things still running through from my mind about the whole Final Four weekend. So... 1. I like attractive women. And ... More >>
Cedar Creek.Narrowing down a list of five, top-notch sandwiches proved to be a difficult task, but one I was up for. 5. The Club from Cedar Creek A friend recently introduced me to this glorious sandwich. This isn't your typical Club. Gone is the sliced processed deli meat. In its place, ... More >>
From party girl to Oscar winner, Sofia Coppola's journey to Somewhere.
Julia Walsh Nothing goes with oysters like a good Sancerre. And a Muscadet. And a Quincy... In my first two years as a home oyster shucker, I have noticed my oyster-eating guests prefer Loire Valley wines with high acidity levels. I wondered: Why the Loire Valley? What about high acidity wines fr ... More >>
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