• Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Halloween Bashes & Post-Halloween Hangovers

    8th Annual Montrose Crawl @ Multiple Locations Friday, 7 p.m. Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose Get your costume ready and head over to Westeimer for Houston's most epic Halloween Bar Crawl, where you'll hit more than 11 restaurants and bars (and two food trucks) between Dunlavy and Montrose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kevin Naderi of Roost and Lillo & Ella

    Kevin Naderi has the daunting task of running not one, but two independent restaurants that each have a unique identity. Roost has been a mainstay of the Montrose neighborhood for almost three years and has scored national recognition on more than one occasion. He dad to a new "baby" now, too. Lillo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Ceviche Throwdown: Cuchara and Latin Bites Duke It Out

    Mexican ceviche and Peruvian cebiche are two very different beasts, as Cuchara owner Ana Beaven and Latin Bites owner Rita Castre frequently find themselves explaining to customers. "A lot of customers ask why doesn't our ceviche have tortillas, and we have to explain that we don't have tortillas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Latin Bites Introduces Five New Cebiches for National Ceviche Day

    Nothing says summer quite like ceviche, especially when you're eating it while lounging on a warm beach with a Pisco sour in one hand. OK, so the closest beach here is Galveston, and it's not exactly a tropical paradise, but there is definitely Pisco and ceviche to be found in Houston, and the best ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Recap: The 2nd Annual Big Taste of Houston

    "This is such a great event -- so many of Houston's best chefs all in one place!" said Matthew Lovelace, a sous chef at Osteria Mazzantini, as he offered me a sample of their Blackhill Meats lamb meatball and chicken liver mousse. His was one of the first booths I encountered at the 2nd Annual Big T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Churrascos Reintroduces Diners to Classic Cocktails with a South American Twist

    In this week's cafe review, you can read all about the magnificent meat and tantalizing tres leches at the newest Churrascos restaurant at Gateway Memorial City. However, there's something else about Churrascos--and, indeed, all the Cordúa restaurants--that should not be overlooked: The drinks. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    A Farm-to-Table Peruvian Pisco Dinner at Latin Bites

    I distinctly remember the first time I met Johnny Schuler, master distiller for Pisco Portón. Schuler, known to Peruvians and pisco aficionados as "Pisco Johnny," is a TV personality in his native Peru, and the world's foremost authority on Peruvian pisco. It was April 2011, and we were meeting bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Baker Spotlight: Belen Bailey, Sweets by Belen

    You don't have to graduate from a culinary institute to be a successful baker. Belen Bailey, owner and baker of Sweets by Belen, proves that a love for a mother's sweets and treats, combined with a passion for baking, is more than enough to make a name for yourself in the Houston culinary world. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    The Whiskey Sour: 143 Years Young! Celebrate this Sunday, August 25th

    The whiskey sour was my first cocktail I every ordered (legally) at a bar. I was having a rather angsty college semester and asked the bartender at Daedalus to recommend a drink that was boozy but sweet. I think he could tell I was a neophyte in the world of cocktails and thus didn't want to thro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Houston Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites

    What they're up to for Restaurant Weeks: Latin Bites is offering brunch and dinner menus during HRW so this is the perfect time to try out this modern Peruvian hot spot. (Kaitlin Steinberg visited recently, and reviewed LB.) At brunch, $20 will get you two generous courses--but you should really add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Cocktails from the Office Coffee Bar: Build-A-Bar and the Nature of Inspiration

    I don't drink at work. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. I never know who reads this thing, after all. I do, however, drink an awful lot of coffee. I split my time between making coffee I want to drink (I love my Aeropress and Hario hand grinder), and coffee I need to drink (I loathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Happily Forced To Wipe My Brow: Curry Crawl Houston

    See more fiery photos from the Curry Crawl in our slideshow. It's summertime, Houston. And it ain't just the 98 degree heat that's sizzling hot. This past Sunday, ten local chefs set patrons on fire at the first annual Curry Crawl. Hosted by Straits Restaurant at CityCentre and benefiting PULS ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Latin Bites: Peppers and Pisco in Perfect Harmony

    Latin Bites has come a long way. First a catering business, then to its miniature space in the Warehouse District on Nance and now to its greatly expanded location on Woodway. The new venue is open, airy and bright. You can saddle up to the pisco bar -- the only one in Houston -- or to the cebiche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    5 Food Trends That Aren't Going to Happen Anytime Soon, Seriously, You Guys

    Hot off the heels of the annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, food bloggers and industry outlets are furiously compiling lists of food trends for 2012 and beyond based on displays, samples and wares from the three-day-long trade show. Nation's Restaurant News says that the trendy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    The Anachronistic Chef: Pisco Punch

    When Bobby Heugel featured the pisco sour as his cocktail of the week back in 2010, I stood up and cheered, for I had become a huge fan of pisco after visiting Peru. Rereading his post last week, I also learned about another old-school pisco cocktail, thanks to commenter Walter Moore, who proclaimed ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 12, 2012

    Tiradito and Turf

    At Samba Grille, David Guerrero is breaking the traditional steakhouse mold wide open.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Five Years Later: Food Trends That Fizzled Out

    I'm still waiting for Mupcakes to catch on.​It's that time of year again: No, not the time when society's ever-emphasized consumerism is rammed even more forcefully down our gullets, disguised in festive Christmas trimmings and manipulative Coca-Cola commercials. It's the time of year when eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Where Are We Drinking?

    At this brand-new restaurant, a few Peruvian influences poke through an otherwise staid menu, including this twist on a Pisco sour. Think you know where we're enjoying this "scratch cocktail"? Leave your best guess in the comments section below.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    First Look at Felix 55

    The first time I tried to eat at Felix 55, the new Rice Village restaurant with Chef Michael Kramer at the helm, it was utterly packed. The patio was overflowing with guests and music pulsed from inside the restaurant, which is sandwiched between Baker St. Pub and D'Amico's in the hip 'n' happening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Pisco Portón: The New Pisco in Town

    Mai Pham Johnny Schuler.​When I think of pisco, I think of pisco sours, and when I think of pisco sours, I don't think about drinking them in Houston. Hopefully, that's all about to change because Houston, we've got a new pisco in town: Pisco Portón. Despite the fact that it's manufactured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Happy Hour Scene: Under the Volcano

    ​The Place: Under the Volcano2349 Bissonnet St. 713-526-5282www.underthevolcanohouston.comThe Hours: Monday through Friday 2-7 p.m.The Deals: All drinks, except bottled beer and wine, are $1 cheaper than normal. The Scene: Under the Volcano has never seemed like a happy hour kind of place. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Pisco Sour

    ​Peruvians and Chileans drink pisco sours like Texans drink margaritas. For decades, Peru and Chile have viciously fought over the origins of pisco, a grape-based spirit similar to grappa, and the equally famous cocktail the pisco sour. Arguing so fiercely over spirits and cocktails may sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Shhh...The Password Is Bitters

    ​Sunday night marked the one year anniversary of Houston retro-cocktail mecca Anvil Bar and Refuge. The occasion was marked with a private party complete with deliciously original drinks, a super-secret password to get in, and about ten million Bobby Heugel devotees. The windows were covered t ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2008
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    July 25, 2002

    Chiaroscuro at Churrascos

    Churrascos' Pisco Sour

  • Dining

    March 27, 1997

    Pure Peru

    At Super Rico, the surroundings are sparse, the seafood sensational