Ottoman Empire

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Back In the U.S.S.R.: The Obsolete Beatles

    The next time someone who's too "cool" to "get" the Beatles asks what makes them so important, ask that person what's so great about his or her nose. First, if you're lucky, you'll be treated to an entertaining look of befuddlement. Then, when you're done being amused by that, avoid launching into a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    February 2, 2012

    The Super Bowl Prostitution Hoax

    Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend.

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Orhan Pamuk

    The Turkish author gives us an Istanbul that is both ancient and modern

  • News

    November 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    My Top Five Imported Mustards

    ​When I wrote about mustard recently, I got so many interesting recommendations that I went out and bought a bunch. Some of the tastiest mustards I tried were imported. Here are my current top five imported mustards: 5. Maille Dijon Originale (Canada) Good mustard seed, excellent vinegar, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Houston's Eccentric Super Gyros

    The Ekko's gas station and Greek deli on Richmond and South Rice founded by former airline pilot Steve Bouboudakis was the subject of this week's Café review. But Steve's gas station gyro stand is hardly the only wacky Greek venue in town. Houston Greek restaurants are beloved both for great food a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 13, 2008

    Katherine Neville Author of The Fire

    The author of The Eight (finally) brings us the sequel

  • Dining

    April 5, 2007

    Café Pita +

    Bosnian food is a delicious cross between Turkish and Slavic cuisine

  • Music

    April 21, 2005

    The Sick Old Man of the Festival Circuit

    An open letter to the organizers and music bookers of the Houston International Festival

  • Dining

    December 18, 2003

    Ancient Eggplant

    Ephesus Grill may be a new restaurant, but its cuisine is from way back in the day

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Turkish Restaurant

    Empire Turkish Grill

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Gut Reactions

    Plus: Catcher in the Wry, The Brown Brown Vote, Super-Kid Cynics

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    Not That Turkey

    Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.

  • Dining

    July 30, 1998

    Pleasure Palace

    Aleppo's Grille offers more good food than can be negotiated in one visit