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    January 7, 2014

    Top 5 Asian Sodas That You Should Try

    Soda may be almost as American as apple pie, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't making a good show of producing their own noteworthy varieties of pop. Special props go to Asia (yes, the whole continent), whose diverse component countries have come up with some wicked good soda brands. ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Food Fundraisers, Wine Tastings & a Pop-Up

    FM 903 Pop Up Bakery @ Triniti Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2815 S Shepherd Yes, this pop-up bakery has occurred every Saturday since November 2, but that doesn't mean it's not one of the best things to do this weekend. Spend the morning or afternoon in the lounge at the restaurant munching on fresh ba ... More >>

  • Film

    July 11, 2013
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    April 18, 2013
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    March 13, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Jeff Axline of Brooklyn Athletic Club, on Moving Around as a Navy Kid, and The Sexy Lifestyle of a Free-Standing Restaurant Chef

    This is the first part of a three-part Chef Chat series. Come back to read parts two and three, which will run in this same space on Thursday and Friday. On a sleepy corner of Richmond, close to the Spur and around the corner from Montrose, the Brooklyn Athletic Club -- which took over the space t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    The Devil You Know: The Real Meanings Behind Demonic Band Names

    I'm here to do two things, talk about band names and further the cause of Satan. And I'm all out of... Oh, wait, no. I've got plenty of both. Awesome! Let's get started. Lots of bands, mostly metallic but not always, decide that they're going to up the edge factor on their existence by adopting the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    A Ransom Note To All Major Fast Food Chains

    Scene: KFC International Food Testing HQ "So what you're telling me, Colonel, is that I can only get these creamy, delicious, bacon and herb stuffed taters...when I go to Japan? Japan!! Is that what you're telling me!??! Cue sound effects: multiple explosions followed by a quick sword fight and t ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2012

    Santa Muerte: Know Your Narco Saints

    The religious iconography of the drug trade.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Friday Night: Journey at The Woodlands

    Journey Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion August 24, 2012 Rewind: Saturday Night: Styx & REO Speedwagon at The Woodlands Journey's enduring popularity might seem a little improbable at first, but it's not that hard to figure out. Core members Neil Schon, the former Santana guitarist, and bassist R ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2012
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    July 3, 2012

    Chron Admits Journatic Stories May Have Had Fake Bylines

    Tucked neatly beneath a photo of Pitbull and next to the lotto numbers in Tuesday's Houston Chronicle A section (page 2, if you're curious) was a "Note to our readers" that detailed the Chron's recent discovery that stories provided to them by Journatic and affiliate Blockshopper had used pseudonyms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Eat More Sushi: My Night with Top Chef Texas Winner Paul Qui

    Surreal, sublime and sensual: the definition of the food at Uchi. We all agree that Tyson Cole is a master, and we are lucky he brought us Uchi. Thursday night he gave us one more gift - Paul Qui. You may know him as the Executive Chef at Uchiko in Austin, but most Texans know him as the winner of T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    The Rolling Stones, King Zog: 5 Famous Exiles, in Honor of Napoleon

    This week marks the 198th anniversary of Napoleon being exiled to Elba, a move celebrated by palindrome fans everywhere. (Able was I ere I saw Elba," you know. Exiles have been around forever, people forced to leave their country of choice for one reason or another. Sometimes it's worked out well, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Careful With Those Karaoke Song Choices​A man was shot and killed after another man at the Southwest Houston restaurant where he had just sung karaoke took issue with his song choice, according to Channel 13. The incident occurred in a taqueria near Hillcroft and Sands Point around 2 a.m. Police say the two men began ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Spam

    Ah, yes, that mysterious block of meat housed in the blue and yellow can. In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold. On average, 3.8 cans are eaten every second in the U.S. alone. Since its inception in 1937, Spam has become part of American pop culture--it has acted in films, been acquir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change: A Sweet, Rosy-Cheeked Revue

    The setup: This intimate, four-character, Off-Broadway musical revue about relationships (1996) makes you feel better when you leave than when you come in, as its visionary producer James Hammerstein once said. There's magic in that pronouncement, for this pleasant, unexciting, eager-to-please litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2011

    Bye Bye, Black Eyed Peas. And Take _____________ With You

    I suppose "taking a break" before that Super Bowl performance was too much to ask: The Black Eyed Peas have denied rumors that they are breaking up but say they are taking a break from making music together for a while. "We are not breaking up," band member Taboo told Reuters on Monday at a lau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata​When I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Bin Laden Mission: Six Other Notable Raids; Three That Worked And Three That Didn't

    You don't want Chuck Bronson coming after you.​There are uncountable things that could have gone wrong in the raid that ended up with Osama Bin Laden dead; operations like this usually have the odds against them. The Bin Laden raid will join the ranks of historic missions, some famous because ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Five Presidents Who Could Kick Chuck Norris's Ass

    Abe Lincoln: Let's get rrrrready to rrrrumble​In our continuing series of scholarly meditations on the United States Presidency, we now bring you a list of five presidents who could kick the crap out of Chuck Norris. Of note: only one of the top five served after 1908, although two honorable m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Breakfast of Champorado-ions

    ​On my last visit to Filipino restaurant/grocery store Wok n Roll (which is, itself, inside another grocery store -- the H-E-B at Bellaire and Highway 6), I picked up a few items to take home. One of those, a bright red pouch of champorado, has been languishing in my pantry ever since. Champo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Almost Christmas Eve Congee

    Photo by Sebastian Mary​On a recent post about pho ga, the Vietnamese chicken soup, I made mention of a graph that has predicted 2011 to be the year of congee (with regard to Asian comfort food dishes). Later on, reader Sunkneelion made the request: "Article on congee, please!" Sunkn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    No Boat, No Problem: Wakeboarding Alternative Coming To Houston Next Spring

    Photo courtesy of Wake Nation"Uh, where's my boat?"​What's a wakeboarder to do when his access to a boat is strangled? Or when the local rivers, San Jacinto and Trinity, are closed off for, say, a piranha infestation? (Never say never!)Beginning in spring 2011, Houston wakeboarders, waterskiers an ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 3, 2010
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    April 22, 2010
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    January 8, 2010

    Fresh Fish Available Under the Bridge

    ​Pier 8 Seafood (409 Todville Rd., Seabrook) under the famous Kemah bridge is hands-down our favorite place to get an affordable "you buy, we fry" seafood lunch. This Filipino family-owned business offers fresh, quality seafood at reasonable prices, preparing deep-fried fish the way it is done ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    No Holds Barred Chili Cook-Off​This weekend is full of food events, whether you want to travel or stay close to home. The annual Texas Renaissance Festival is in full swing already, with more turkey legs and steins of ale than you can swing a mace at. But if that's not your thing, we've got a few ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Adobo Hoedown: Filipino Food For a Charitable Cause

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttFilipino pastries from Godo's​When Typoon Ketsana hit the Philippines on September 25, it was the worst weather-related disaster the country and its capital city of Manila had seen in decades. Severe flooding caused an evacuation of an enormous portion of the city, displ ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 23, 2009
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    December 11, 2008

    “Perspectives 164: Stephanie Syjuco: Total Fabrications”

    History is remade, reformed and reworded at CAMH’s latest exhibit

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    August 21, 2008

    The Fish Fall in Love

    The Global Lens Film Initiative screens two movies about women and destiny

  • Music

    July 24, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    November 22, 2007
  • Music

    January 18, 2007

    Idol Chatter

    Opening day for America's fourth national sport is upon us

  • Home Entertainment

    August 10, 2006
  • Film

    August 11, 2005

    Unknown Soldiers

    The Great Raid's compelling story never comes to life

  • Music

    December 16, 2004
  • News

    December 25, 2003

    Masters and Commanders

    A cruise is a great way to take a break as long as you're not belowdecks

  • Music

    August 30, 2001

    Phuz Tones

    Local Filipino-American band takes its lush sounds on the road with Sade

  • Dining

    August 16, 2001

    Chow Time

    Could the Food Network finally be coming to Time-Warner's analog offerings?

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Rejection Slips

    The INS defends our borders and deports immigrant criminals. Sometimes, though, in its zeal, it tosses out perfectly law-abiding, hardworking people too.

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Taking Aim

    Teenagers and anti-handgun advocates are helping Jaime Barrica keep a promise to his dead son

  • Dining

    March 23, 2000

    Bloody Good

    Gold Ribbon serves up an expansive spread of Filipino dishes. Just don't ask what's in them.

  • Dining

    September 9, 1999

    Breeze from the Northwest

    Attention, Gulf Coast seafood fans: You're about to love a chain from Oregon

  • News

    July 15, 1999
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    September 24, 1998
  • Culture

    July 4, 1996

    Crossed Cultures

    Is "A" for Asia, America -- or both?

  • Dining

    December 28, 1995

    Going for the Gold

    A pair of culinary outposts bring the taste of the Philippines to the Medical Center

  • Calendar

    November 17, 1994
  • Dining

    December 2, 1993

    Thai and Thai Again

    Nit Noi Thai restaurant has cloned itself -- which means more of their exquisite sauces to go around

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