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  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Tropical Depression No. 2 Not Long for This World

    The tiny tropical depression -- the second of the 2014 hurricane season -- continues to speed westward towards the Caribbean, but with each passing day it is losing the characteristics of a storm rather than gaining strength. Despite having some relatively good conditions, No. 2 is looking pretty ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Hurricane Seasons 2014: Second Tropical Depression of the Year Spins Up in the Atlantic

    With less than two weeks remaining in July, the 2014 hurricane season, we have our second storm of the year in the Atlantic. The peak of the season is in the second week of September, but the end of July is generally when things begin to heat up over the Atlantic Basin. This second depression of th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Dear Artisan Toast Craze: Please Don't Come to Houston

    Houston tends to be a little late to the game, food-trend-wise. The whole food truck-trend didn't really take off here until 2011, long after the gourmet meal on wheels had become popular in places like Los Angeles and New York. We're still going gaga over cupcakes, a trend that felt played out ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2014

    Hurricane Season 2014: Predictions Call for Below Average Year

    To borrow and mangle a quote from Groundhog Day, "Well, it's hurricane season...again." Beginning June 1, anyone who lives along the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Ocean starts to cast a wary eye on the tropics. As the temperatures warm up through summer, so does most of the Atlantic Basi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Corruption in Texas Is Like a Cockroach Infestation

    Everything is bigger in Texas and corruption is no exception. Fraud, bribery, exploitation and plain old dishonesty are getting to be like a severe Texas case of cockroaches. For every one you see in the daylight, there are 800 or so hiding in the darkness. Cockroaches prefer the darkness and they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    North vs. South: 5 Weather Events and Natural Phenomena Neither of Us Can Handle

    A friend of mine from New Jersey recently remarked on Facebook that the conditions that brought Atlanta to a standstill last week people in New Jersey call "Thursday." My response was that people in Texas referred to "Superstorm Sandy" as an afternoon thunderstorm. That's the thing about weather. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Party Tonight with Sharknado-Themed Food

    Thursday night's forecast is cloudy with a chance of a tornado that is likely to lift sharks up out of the Pacific Ocean and deposit them in your living room. Which is to say, SyFy's much-maligned (and instant cult classic) Sharknado will be shown on TV for the second time. When it first premiered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Locavores, Meet Invasivores: Cooking and Eating Invasive Lionfish at Haven

    Invasive species are nothing new. Neither is eating them, as anyone who's eaten Cambodian water spinach -- much of it grown here in Houston -- will tell you. But bringing in water spinach from Cambodia and growing it for profit (despite its status over here as a noxious weed) is entirely different ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    App of the Week: NOAA Hi-Def Radar's Tracks Rain, Hurricanes and More

    App: NOAA Hi-Def Radar Platform: iPhone Website: Apple Store Cost: $1.99 Anyone who knows me or reads my posts on this blog (thanks, mom!) knows I am a bit of a weather nerd and by that I mean I am a serious weather nerd. I've ranked and reviewed numerous weather apps and have an entire folder on m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2012

    Welcome to the Jungle: Houston Returns to Rainforest-Like Weather the Next Two Weeks

    Hot, wet and steamy could either be the title of a porn movie, the description of a bunch of fat old guys in the steam room at the Y or the description of our weather this July. It could be all three. But, for the kids, let's stay focused on the weather, shall we? If you liked Sunday's weather with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Heat? Check. Rain? Check. Hurricanes? Maybe Not. Summer in Houston, 2012

    If you don't like Houston, probably at the top of your list of reasons why is the summer. For those not accustomed to the -- let's call it "sticky" -- weather the Bayou City offers from July through September each year, it can be a brutal three or four months. Of course, for people like me who have ... More >>

  • 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

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 79, Aporreado at Los Corrales

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Hurricane Season 2012: The Predictions -- A Quiet Year in the Tropics?

    With so few storms impacting the U.S. last season and with one of the worst droughts in recorded history gripping our region, it would be tempting to think that last year was a down year in hurricane production. In fact, it was quite the opposite. In 2011, the Atlantic produced 19 named storms incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    The "Battle of LA," 70 Years Ago Today: 5 Irrefutable Arguments Why It Was Actually a UFO Attack

    Seventy years ago today, the Battle of Los Angeles occurred, a vicious fight that resulted in three civilian deaths. Haven't heard of it? We're not surprised. The U.S. government said what happened was nighttime antiaircraft crews protecting Los Angeles got nervous -- it was just two months after ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    Morning Machaca

    This tiny East End restaurant — attached to a dried-beef factory — serves tasty, old-school Tex-Mex classics.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Will Houston Get Its First Real Cold Front This Weekend?

    Courtesy of Accuweather.comThose 80-degree days are in our not-too-distant future.​Last week, I brought up the fact that our weather should be moderating as the days grow shorter and cool fronts begin pushing southward. Well, looks like we might not have to wait as long for our first blast of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Wine of the Week: $15 Is the New $10

    ​"What's your favorite wine for under $10?" If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question, I'd probably have about $15. When it comes to wine pricing, you'll often hear wine trade folks talk about "price points," in other words, a "maximum" price that allows us to categorize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    The Heat, My God, the Heat: When Will Summer Finally End?

    Raining down fire and brimstone instead of water.​Elaine Benes used to date David Puddy on the show Seinfeld. He claimed to be a Christian -- sporting a fish symbol on his car, tuning his radio to Christian stations and the like -- but encouraged his girlfriend to do sinful things on his behal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Bold Prediction: Nate Won't Hit Houston and Neither Will Any Other Hurricanes This Season

    One of the reliable forecast models showing Nate hitting Mexico, leaving us high and dry.​I'm not much of a betting man, but if I were, I would take odds that the Texas coast, and Houston specifically, will see no hurricane landfalls in 2011. We have a pretty substantial tropical storm in Nate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Last Night: Arctic Monkeys At House Of Blues

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Arctic Monkeys, Young Buffalo House of Blues August 3, 2011 See the Arctic Monkeys' chav-y chic in our slideshow. Five years since their first stateside splash in February 2006 with their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, we've watched the Arctic Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Space Station To Crash Into Ocean: 5 Other Notable Falls From Orbit

    Skylab: Roomy but fallible​News came out yesterday that Russia and her space-station partners plan to crash the thing into the ocean when its life span ends in 2020. It's too expensive to dismantle, and would be too huge and dangerous a piece of space junk to leave up there in orbit. Man-mad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Hurricane Predictions: Feds Say to Hunker Down

    Rita, when it was coming for us.​The time to predict hurricane season has arrived, and -- as with Texans season previews -- what's predicted doesn't always tend to be what happens. So get your grain of salt ready. (On the other hand, severe weather has been the norm elsewhere in the U.S. rece ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011

    Tighten Up

    Caps Piano Bar has had regulars dancing for 25 years.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Chasing Venus 2010 Malborough Appellation Sauvignon Blanc

    ​With the recent burst of spring-like weather earlier this week, it just felt wrong to open up another heavy red, so instead, I picked a tingly New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from a selection of samples I've received lately. It was a nice change up from all the red wine I've been drinking latel ... More >>

  • News

    November 18, 2010

    Shock the Junkie

    Is ibogaine really an addict cure-all?

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Secret of the Sea: Lolliguncula Brevis

    ​The sparkling enope squid, which is found in the Western Pacific Ocean, is a seasonal delicacy that is found in sushi bars between the months of March and May. They're also known as "firefly squid" (hotaru ika in Japanese) because each tentacle contains a photophore that flashes a luminescent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    "Paper Or Plastic": You Won't Be Hearing That In Brownsville Anymore

    ​Brownsville is never going to be confused with Portland, San Franciscio or some other bucolic tree-hugging liberal city, but it's home to just as many crunchy ecological activists as any yurt-living commune, apparently.Yesterday its version of the city council voted to ban merchants from usin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Mojarra Frita at Cocina de Colima

    J. C. Reid ​Colima is a small state in western Mexico, bordering on the Pacific Ocean. You don't hear a lot about cuisine from Colima, but apparently it's well-known in Mexico and best known for its seafood, mainly grilled and fried fish, and its ceviche. In a testament to the diversity of reg ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2009

    Car Trouble

    Readers respond to "Wild Ride"

  • News

    April 23, 2009

    Wild Rides

    Between serious safety and environmental concerns, the Toyota Prius isn't the angel that everyone thinks it is.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2008

    The USS Houston -- A Sub That Lives Up To Our Name

    Ever since her commissioning in 1982, the nuclear submarine USS Houston has been spreading Space City's good name across the oceans. Why, even its hull number -- 713 -- is as Houston as you can get. The area-code connection isn't the only tres-Houston thing connected with the ship, though. It has ... More >>

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    Dark Water

    A reporter, a photographer and canoeist Tom Helm paddle from the Galleria to Galveston Bay by canoe and kayak, finding beauty, danger and urban debris in equal measure

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Pig in the City

    A foodie saint is tainted by fast food's evil empire

  • Music

    October 4, 2001

    Movin' On Up

    Incubus graduates from the garage to the seaside mansion

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Dick Dale

    Tarantino's Ennio Morricone

  • News

    May 25, 2000

    Transferring assets

    Two teens are shuttled back and forth across the country as their mother and father (belatedly) fight over who gets to keep them

  • Film

    December 9, 1999

    The Road Less Traveled

    Mother and daughter explore new emotional terrain in the familiar highway saga Tumbleweeds

  • Music

    January 11, 1996

    Clever Criminals

    The Borrowers take from anyone they can in order to find themselves