Paula Murphy

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Countdown Thanksgiving: Excellent To-Go Side Dishes and More

    So, you've got the turkey covered for Thanksgiving but you're still overwhelmed? Focusing on what you really want to cook at home and picking up the rest can save a lot of time and headaches. This handy guide includes suggestions from Houston Press readers and staff. Some of what's listed here hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2014

    The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

    If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    Peak Season: Five Standout Tomato Dishes in Houston

    If there's ever a time to savor garden-fresh tomatoes, it's summertime. So we're taking a look at some in-season tomato plates that can not be missed. From gazpacho salad to tomato tacos, here are Five Must Try Tomato Dishes:

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Top 5 Ravioli To Try in Houston

    Ravioli? Seems so...square. Yes, boring, pedestrian versions abound (thank you, Chef Boyardee). Fortunately, Houston is a bastion of innovative takes on stuffed pasta. Try one of these five standout plates and rethink your stance on ravioli. 5. Veal Ravioli (Arturo's Uptown Italiano). "Earthy" is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Passover Staples at Kenny & Ziggy's

    I am so food-obsessed that I use the arrival of every holiday (even if it's in no way associated with my ethnicity/religion/national origin) as an opportunity to eat special food. Which is why my lapsed Catholic/spiritual-agnostic self is crazy excited for the start of Passover. I don't have a Jew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Menu of Menus Extravaganza & A Spring Onion Festival

    In case you didn't know, Menu of Menus Extravaganza is on Tuesday, April 8, at Silver Street Station (fully air conditioned this year!) from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Hopefully you have already purchased your tickets to the biggest culinary event hosted by the Houston Press, but if you haven't, then what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Osteria Mazzantini's Samantha Porter Tells Stories With Wine

    This week's cafe review takes a look at Osteria Mazzantini, a new-ish Italian restaurant from Mockingbird Bistro's John Sheely. I first went there on opening night, and though I enjoyed the food, I found myself most impressed by the creative and interesting wine list and the young sommelier who had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Upcoming Events: North Coast Brewing Co. Comes to Houston & Kata Robata Celebrates Chinese New Year

    There are some drinks and foods that go perfectly together, and beer and cheese is one of those delightful combinations. D&T Drive Inn will host Houston Dairymaids and North Coast Brewing Co. on Wednesday, January 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. during a beer and cheese tasting open to the public. For $30 you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Thanksgiving Vino, Part 2: Sommeliers Sean Beck and Vanessa Treviño-Boyd Guide You

    It can be complicated and difficult to properly pair wines with the Thanksgiving dinner. You have so many different types of dishes -- spicy, sweet, savory -- and with so many different types of wines to choose from, which ones should make it to the Thanksgiving table? We spoke with two of Houston' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Foolproof Thanksgiving Cooking Class, An Award-Winning Risotto, and Gingerbread Doghouse Benefit

    It's not too late to learn how to make a great Thanksgiving meal. Sur la Table will host several Thanksgiving cooking classes centered around recipes from the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. On Sunday, November 24, the Houston River Oaks location will host a class from 2:30-5:30 p.m. for $95 per pers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Diana Kennedy, Grande Dame of Mexican Cuisine, Brings Book-Signing Tour to Hugo's

    Here in Texas, we know a lot about Mexican food. But what most of America (including Texas) thinks of as Mexican is actually Tex-Mex, a hybrid of Mexican cuisine and American ingredients. It's comforting to us native Texans, for sure, but it's not true Mexican food. Diana Kennedy knows real Mexican ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Cold Front Pool Party, Brewfest & More

    Samuel Adams Fall Beer Dinner @ The Palm Friday, 6:30 p.m. 6100 Westheimer The Palm is hosting a four-course fall dinner paired with Samuel Adams beers. The night begins with a reception at which Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL will be served with crostini topped with caramelized onions, apple chutne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Houston Restaurants Honor National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and several Houston restaurants are rolling out the pink for month-long specials and promotions, as well as a few fundraising events. Show your support for breast cancer awareness by visiting these restaurants and events in October. Prego 2520 Amh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Top 5 Pork Belly Dishes To Try in Houston

    Juicy. Fatty. Sumptuous. That's pork belly, in five words or less. No wonder it has maintained its popularity long after other trendy ingredients have fallen by the wayside and no doubt why chefs continue to find excuses to work it into entrees, appetizers, and even desserts. There are many good p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Challah, Houston, Holla!

    If the upcoming high holy days have you craving challah, you're not alone. And while you're getting your braided bread fix, why not look beyond the simple (but spectacular) loaf and embrace dishes that incorporate challah in other ways? Here's a short tour of H-town challah. Perhaps the most popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Celebrate the Ramen Phenomenon Tonight at IKEA

    Tonight, IKEA will become much more than a storehouse for chic, inexpensive Swedish home goods. Tonight, IKEA will be the Iron Chef kitchen. Well, not the Iron Chef kitchen, but an Iron Chef-style throwdown will be happening in the upstairs kitchen at IKEA, and the theme is ramen. Foodie PR mav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Chef Hugo Ortega Crashes Bike, Undergoes Surgery Today

    Chef Hugo Ortega of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe was injured in a bicycle accident the morning of Thursday, July 11 where he broke two ribs and his clavicle. Paula Murphy announced in a press release this morning that the popular chef is having surgery on his shoulder today. We wish the chef a speedy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Spend the Day with a Sous Chef & Celebrate National Hot Dog Month

    For three hours you can spend time with one of the sous chefs at Brennan's of Houston during the summer cooking class series, "Saturday with the Sous." On Saturday, June 29, Sous Chef Jose Arevalo will kick off the summer cooking class series with a three-course demonstration for guests and will spe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Chef Maurizio Ferrarese Offers Cooking Classes and Comedy at Quattro

    I've been to plenty of cooking classes and cooking demonstrations over the years, but none as enjoyable as the one I attended last week Quattro. Much of this is attributable to the genial Maurizio Ferrarese, executive chef at the Four Seasons' in-house restaurant and a natural teacher who blends hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    How Do You Improve a Big Mac? Let Chef Randy Evans Make You a Big-H Burger

    How do you improve upon a Big Mac? That isn't a sarcastic question; I'm a sucker for a McDonald's hamburger. Blame it on nostalgia or perhaps my family history of diabetes. But it's rare that I feel an upscale restaurant can tackle a fast-food dish and improve significantly upon the original. Liber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Chefs Hugo and Ruben Ortega -- Soulful Masters of Mexican Cuisine

    I met chefs Hugo and Ruben Ortega of Hugo's last week, and what I walked away knowing is that I want to spend a lot more time with these guys -- in Mexico tasting their memories. Chefs Hugo and Ruben are engaging, enchanting and extraordinary, and they're coming out with a cookbook. I wondered why ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 24, 2012

    Burgers and Nostalgia at Lankford Grocery

    Lankford Grocery embraces the new, hangs onto the classic and keeps customers waiting in line for more.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Burgers and Memories at Lankford Grocery

    In this week's cafe review, we take a look at how Lankford Grocery has managed to remain relevant and curiously current despite nearly 75 years of dealing in the dual arts of burgers and nostalgia. But what's equally interesting to me is gathering stories of Lankford Grocery's patrons over the years ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Houston's Food Community Steps Up to Help Wildfire Victims

    Photo by Chris ShepherdHouston's food trucks headed north to feed the victims of and responders to the Texas wildfires.​Although the wildfires in Bastrop have been getting the lion's share of media attention, fires are burning all over Texas right now -- including in our own backyard. And Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Restaurant Ejects Diner for Tweeting While Eating

    Social media isn't always as friendly as it sounds.​Ever since Te House of Tea and its sister restaurant, the now-defunct Saute World Bistro, signed up for Twitter accounts in August 2008 -- the first two restaurants in Houston to do so -- it's become not only de rigeur but almost necessary f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Only In Houston...

    Hoagies & More: A family-run restaurant serving Salvadoran and Vietnamese food.​While finishing this week's cafe review off Thanh Phuong, the phrase "only in Houston..." kept wandering through my head. "Only in Houston," I thought, "would a chef like Chris Shepherd offer to stage at a tiny, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Openings & Closings

    ​Continuing last week's busy schedule, there's a flotilla of new restaurants on the horizon in Houston. Although it's Lower Westheimer that's been getting a lot of buzz lately (with another new restaurant, Mexico's Deli, recently announced), downtown's getting an influx of new restaurants as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Photo courtesy of Paula MurphyCome prepared to the fruit tree sale and don't say you weren't warned.​Don't forget! Urban Harvest's annual fruit tree sale is kind of a big deal, and it's happening this weekend at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. From the press release: Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Living La Vida Local at Hugo's

    Courtesy of Paula MurphyHugo Ortega with some fresh tomatoes from his garden.​The last week of August marks the end of squash blossom season at Hugo's (1600 Westheimer), the restaurant that popularized the edible flowers here in Houston. Hugo Ortega, chef and owner, is sad that another season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Openings and Closings

    Photo courtesy of Paula Murphy The verdant interior of Canopy​Two long-awaited restaurants have finally opened in the past week, just in time for the not-so-busy Christmas season. Here's your chance to check them both out before the masses pack into them come January. Canopy (3939 Montrose ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2004

    Cooked Book

    The real chefs' surprise is who made it -- or didn't -- into Culinary Capital

  • Dining

    July 25, 2002

    That Sneaky Tex-Mex Camel

    Hugo Ortega talks about keeping his new restaurant honest

  • Film

    December 13, 2001

    Working Girls

    Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles face off in the nasty world of Business

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Down at the Boardwalk

    A couple's claim against Landry's -- was it bawdy behavior or veiled blackmail?