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Nicholas Hall

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Back to School: Feed Your Kids Like a Chef

    As the start of another school year approaches, we've got school lunches on the mind. Mostly, when we think of school lunches, we picture cafeteria trays with grayish glop in each compartment, and we think of all the debates over what should or should not be given to growing kiddos. The vast majori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2014

    Rest of the Best 2014: Houston's Top Ten Breakfast Tacos (And One Burrito)

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners were announced a while back, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're continuing to round up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories. Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Ten Best Signs You're A Houston Foodie

    Sure, you live in Houston. Maybe you even grew up in Houston. But are you a true Houston foodie? Do you plan your days off around which type of ethnic food you most want to eat, and stick to a single neighborhood for hours so as to properly indulge and explore? Do you make a sport of going to Revi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Rest of the Best: 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Houston

    Our 2013 Best of Houston® winners have been announced, but in many cases, picking the best item in any category was no easy task. In order to show off all the culinary greatness Houston has to offer, we're rounding up the "rest of the best" in some of our favorite categories during the next several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Top Five Underrated Burgers in Houston (According to You)

    Well, Houston, you've proven your love of burgers yet again. More than 1,100 people voted in our poll to determine which burgers in Houston don't get their fair due, and the results are in. It actually wasn't even close for first place, either. Forty-five votes separate first and second places, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Show Houston Off: We Share Our Favorite Places to Bring Out-of-Towners for Food & Drinks

    Early spring may just be one of the nicest times to visit our city. It's usually when the influx of family and friends trying to escape their drawn-out winters get a quick hello in before the sun scorches the Houston earth for the unforeseeable future. And for me, one of the most important things a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Our Inspired Suggestions for the Name of the New Menil Cafe (And You Can Name It, Too)

    The new café at the Menil Collection seems like it's been in development forever. But recently we received some promising information that leads us to believe the café is, in fact, happening -- and soon! The press office for the Menil announced that the café will be housed in one of the 20th-cen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    Cheap and Good Eats: The Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Montrose

    Montrose has its fair share of fantastic dining, from upscale classics Mark's and Hugo's to trendy new kids on the block Uchi and Underbelly. But don't be fooled, there are also plenty of amazing, hole-in-the-wall eateries in this 'hood. Today, we're focusing on the small joints that offer the bes ... 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

    January 7, 2013

    Early V-Day Prep: The "Have A Heart" Cocktail

    No sooner have the Christmas M&Ms been cleared from the shelves of Kroger then scores of red and pink chocolate boxes appear in preparation for Valentine's Day. I used to fight such excessively early celebrations. Now, I just kind of embrace it. In the spirit of the upcoming heart-themed holiday an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Top 5 Stuffed Crescent Rolls

    Pillsbury crescent rolls are one of the most delicious, scrumptious and addictive pre-made bread products. Pop them out of their package, separate into beautiful triangles, roll up into a beautiful crescent and bake until perfection. I especially love crescent rolls at Thanksgiving; they're always a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Cork Controversy @ Eating Our Words

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.In certain situations, it's appropriate (and useful) for a wine steward to present the cork to the patron. But it doesn't really tell you much about the fitness of the wine.​Friday's post on moldy corks seemed innocuous enough. But my proposal that we discuss cork taint ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    DEFCON Dining: Hubcap Grill

    Photo by Nicholas HallHubcap Grill​I'm not really sure how Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig will feel about his DEFCON designation. Despite my feelings on the subject, I'm fairly certain that Hubcap isn't meant to be kid friendly. Not that it's meant to be unfriendly, but something about a grave ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Do These Noodles Look Kind of Alive in the Bowl?

    Photos by Mai PhamThis is the picture I posted on Twitter. Do the noodles look alive? ​When I posted this picture with my Tweet of "Cold Korean noodles rock!," I thought people would take a look at the picture and immediately agree about how yummy it looked. But no, that's not quite what happe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Sampler Plate: This Week in Food Blogs

    The Atlantic: In one of the most-discussed articles of the week, The Atlantic asks: "Who wants to be a career food critic anyway?" Citing mounting pressures to blog, Tweet, Facebook and perform a million other small tasks in addition to writing restaurant reviews, author Adam Martin questions if thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Vermouth and the Lost Art of the Aperitif

    ​Many might think that vermouth should be covered by one of my excellent cocktail blogging colleagues like Nicholas Hall (as a fan of all things Italian, I loved his recent post on Fernet Branca). In the U.S. we only think of vermouth as a liqueur and an ingredient used in cocktails (and somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Off the Wall: Treebeards Buttercake

    ​In last week's Tunnel Explorer, Nicholas Hall provided us with an interesting look at a new, but old favorite - Treebeard's in the tunnel. Perhaps his slightly more than adequate meal of catfish, dirty rice, and squash casserole lacked excitement because he forgot to order the most important ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Nothing like taking your kids to a restaurant and having the servers work extra slowly. Nicholas Hall wrote about his experience with his bored kids at an Olive Garden in DEFCON dining. One commenter, Laurie, felt relieved at the post: Thank God. I thought your children were superhuman freak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Nicholas Hall blogged about some incredible Salted Butter Caramel Ice Cream he made from a David Lebovitz recipe, and he exhorted readers to send in suggestions on what to cook next. Scott Lynch followed orders: I've made this ice cream before, though actually without the pralines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Discount Dining: Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    Grilled whole Trout, Brussels sprouts and rapini​ Last month, Nicholas Hall found out that Giacomo's Cibo e Vino is surprisingly kid-friendly. I never would have thought it would be, considering wine is in its name. With a $40 voucher in hand from Houston Entree and an idea of what I wanted to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today brought a couple different commenters with a similar message. On Minh Truong's piece on recession dining at Giacomo's, SC said: If you bring your kids to this place, they'd better be well-behaved, or you'll find me scowling at them. This is one of my favorite restaurants for a casual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    I had a hard time getting past the lock 'cause there was gnocchi!​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we still don't understand why people make such a big deal out of paella. Y'all know it's like 90 percent rice, right? If rice dishes were rock stars, paella woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Nicholas Hall reported on a DEFCON 1 dining event that took place at 11th Street Café. The meal wasn't the best, but that was hardly the point. Said commenter Crystal: I gotta say that I love the DEFCON dining series. Not only are they pretty entertaining to read, they function as p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Nicholas Hall pitted the dumplings at Doozo against the ones at Baoz, and although he had a hard time picking a favorite, he ended declaring Doozo the victor. Commenter csoakley agreed: Doozo dumplings are the best. The secret ingredient; small crystals of crack cocaine. I haven't wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today Nicholas Hall tried St. Arnold's Divine Reserve #11 and loved it, like just about everyone else in Houston. Except, perhaps, commenter Bubbledome: Much ado about nothing - the later third of this review sounds more like an acid trip than a beer tasting. Sheesh... There are probably a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Today, Nicholas Hall wrote about making freaking mole at work. And he copped to using his boss's coffee grinder on some spices. Which gave commenter Mary cause for concern: I think your boss's coffee didn't taste so good this morning. Good job (on the dish, not on irritating the boss). Well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​Nicholas Hall had an amazing-sounding cajeta latte at Antidote recently, and that got reader TQro remembering childhood: Nicholas, you did it again! Agreed on the cortado at Catalina, perfection. I typically stay away from flavored lattes and such as they are too sweet for me, but you've de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Comments of the Day

    ​Nicholas Hall had what he calls "the worst meal I have ever had in any restaurant, anywhere" at the Rainforest Café. Commenter Fjfurlow said he plans to avoid Tilman Fertitta's restaurants altogether: Tilman Fertitta could care less about the food you buy. Just keep giving him your money. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Comment of the Day: Beans, Part 2

    ​Fatty FatBastard has been raging about beans and chili, on Eating Our Words and elsewhere, and in doing so, he has made today more entertaining. He even jumped on an unrelated post by Nicholas Hall, about chicken-fried steak, to ask this: "You sure it wouldn't have been better if you poured ... More >>

  • Music

    July 26, 2007

    Lost in Rotation

    Rounding Up Recordings by HPMA Nominees

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