I'm Catholic. My parents converted shortly after they got married. My dad got his PhD from Catholic University of America. He teaches at a Catholic university renowned for its Thomistic Studies program. My brothers and I attended Catholic schools all the way through. High school was an all-boys affa ... More >>
Happy Pesach ya'll! Passover, the Jewish holiday remembering the biblical story of the ancient Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, is here. The story goes that once freed, the Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for their dough to rise.
To commemorate, matzah ... More >>
Here at Wine Time, we generally try to write about under-$25 bottles readily available in the Houston market. Even though there are many great price-quality-ratio (PQR) wines out there at lower "price points" (as we say in wine-speak), under-$25 represents the current sweet spot in my experience, wh ... More >>
On Passover, it's customary for the youngest child in the home to ask The Four Questions, including, "On all other nights, we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; why on this night only unleavened?"
The answer has to do with Charlton Heston and the parting of the Mississippi or something -- we ... More >>
The Jewish holiday of Passover starts tonight. Passover celebrates the Jews escaping Egypt and God smiting the cruel pharaoh in the process. Passover is also called "The Festival of Unleavened Bread."
According to the Torah, God sent ten plagues, punishing the pharaoh for not listening to Moses a ... More >>
Graduation galas, pool parties, summer weddings -- the high event season soon will be upon us, once Easter and Passover have passed. Unless you're a pro at throwing parties or you're going potluck, odds are you're going to need a caterer. And in a city so full of catering companies, how do you choos ... More >>
Photo by Neighborhood CentersThese kids wouldn't last a second in our egg hunt.Raise your hand if you are obsessed with holidays. I think I've spent a good $50 on mini pumpkins this month. I like hiding them around the apartment and surprising my fiancé with them; next to the alarm clock whe ... More >>
Photos By Marc BrubakerRocks Off hopes that this observation is wrong, but we don't think that people give the Black Angels enough due credit as a Texas band, even though everything about them encapsulates the 50 years of Texas rock. The spookiness of everything Roky Erickson touched, the swi ... More >>
It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year.
When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>
No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>
The Sipping SederThere is a philosophy in Judaism to take the religion's traditions and make them meaningful for future generations, Rob Corwin is telling me as we talk on the phone. Corwin has taken a break from planning a Seder supper at -- of all places -- an Italian restaurant in San Fran ... More >>
Often I pop into Belden's in Meyerland because it's a throwback supermarket with unique food items, and right now it has "Houston's Largest Selection Kosher for Passover." That matters because it's the short season for Kosher Coca-Cola.
I'm not from Sugar Land, but I love sugar in my Coke. ... More >>
Fighting STDs through religion and iPhonesA bunch of Jewish chicks from Houston don't want you to get an STD.
Houston rabbi Amy Weiss, along with her Initiative for Jewish Women, has created the LoveSmarts iPhone app, which might be the only app with a Space Invaders-style game where you zap the ... More >>
The Suss-Man (Mike)Today marks the beginning of Passover, or the "matzoh ball soup holiday." For eight days, Jews around the world groan about eating matzoh, and in turn attempt to hide the flavor by grinding it up and making things out of it. Although matozh ball soup isn't the most complica ... More >>
Traditionally, many Jews eat lamb at Pesach or Passover. Instead of our regular baked or rotisserie lamb that we have been serving for years, last year, we took it outside and made it on the grill. What we got was a tender, caramelized lamb roast, and despite all the rest of the foo ... More >>