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  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Openings & Closings: El Tiempo Cantina Opens Sixth Location

    In quick turn-around time, El Gallo Rojo, which opened just a few months ago downtown at 917 Franklin, has closed. But, a new restaurant is taking its place. Macondo Latin Bistro, previously located at 208 Travis, closed on Sunday, August 3, and revealed on Facebook that it will be reopening somewhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2013

    How the University of Houston Became Home of the Food Trucks

    Phi Nguyen, a University of Houston alumni who had recently started his own food truck business, The Waffle Bus, after spending a year unemployed, found himself right back at his alma mater last spring when the school's University Center was closed for reconstruction. Little did he know that he was ... More >>

  • Film

    November 29, 2012

    The Punishers

    To see the fights, Universal Soldier 4 demands you suffer.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2012

    Chinese-Style Barbecue at Willie's

    Years ago, when I was consulting in the Bay Area, I would drive to this street called Castro in Mountain View whenever I got the craving for traditional Hong Kong-style barbecue. I'm talking small diners with char-siu barbecue pork and roast duck hanging in the window. If you've ever been to a China ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Sushi 101: RA Sushi Head Chef Jerry Jan Shares What Quality Sushi Is All About

    "Panda Express ain't no sushi," remarks Jerry Jan, head chef at RA Sushi, with candor. "Do not get sushi from there." Unsurprisingly, Jan says what elevates sushi is the freshness of the fish. Most quality sushi restaurants pick their catch right out of the water, put it on ice and have it delivere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Firecracker Chicken Breast from Panda Express

    ​Last Friday, before the great snow blast of 2011 descended upon Houston overnight (not), I grabbed lunch at Panda Express and redeemed my coupon for a free portion of its limited-time offering, Firecracker Chicken Breast, in honor of the Chinese New Year.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Panda Express Offering Free Food for Chinese New Year

    ​I am an equal opportunity junk food lover, but when it's anything Asian, I'm even more on board. Fast, greasy, sometimes mildly-dried-out-from-sitting-under-heat-lamps food qualifies - that's how much I love soy sauce, sugar and spice. It's somehow ingrained in my weekly cravings; I can't esc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Texan Concepts of Ethnic Food: Breaking It Down, Venn Diagram-Style

    Pictured: a stereotypical Texan, according to The Simpsons.​Have you ever traveled abroad and met people who -- upon learning you're from Texas -- ask if you own any horses? Own any cattle? Own a ranch? Ask where your boots and buckle are? Stereotypes abound far and wide, from my dear ex-moth ... More >>