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    September 22, 2014

    Houston Bakers Band Together Again for Mental Health Awareness

    It's no secret that there are insufficient resources for mental health care in the United States. A local Houston baker decided to do something to help. Last year, Jody Stevens of Jodycakes recruited professionals and talented home cooks alike to create desserts for a bake sale called The Depres ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Videos of the Week: Watch Houston Area Chefs and Restaurants Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Gabriel Medina. Mar ... More >>

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    August 19, 2014

    First Look at Pax Americana

    At the table next to us, three business-suit clad men let out exclamations of excitement when their first round of plates arrived. Many of the plates were topped with tufts of mixed green herbs, already something of a signature at the two-week-old Pax Americana. "We have a farmer who's planting the ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Pit Fire Closes Hinze's Bar-B-Que in Wharton

    It was a sad day in Wharton on Monday, August 4, when 40-year-old Hinze's Bar-B-Que burned to the ground as a result of a pit fire. The Houston Chronicle reports that the fire occurred during the evening around 7 o'clock; no injuries were reported. Hinze's was a favorite of many Houstonians and thos ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Openings & Closings: Closures & Confusion in The Heights

    The Heights just couldn't catch a break this week. City Oven, located at 2802 White Oak, took down its signage and began clearing out the restaurant on Sunday, July 20. City Oven was owned by HUSA Management, Inc., who also owns Local Pour, Baker Street Pub & Grill in Rice Village, Watson's House of ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Openings & Closings: April Construction Brings May Openings

    The month of May is going to be an exciting one for many restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops. Alba Huerta of the upcoming Julep posted a picture of a walk in cooler on Instagram on April 24, while Sal y Pimienta South American Kitchen recently posted pictures on Facebook of the doors, sign, ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Sweet Relief: Houston Chefs Rally Together To Support My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe After Fire

    A beautiful thing about the Houston restaurant scene is the love and support that is shown to those going through difficult times. On November 29, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe was engulfed in flames. Bella-Katherine Curtis has been the owner of the place for the past 22 years, and has provided homemade ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Bread and Relaxation at Kraftsmen Cafe

    Scott Tycer finds his sweet spot serving simple, delicious food.

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    May 31, 2012
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    May 21, 2012

    OIMBY Returns After a Two-Year Break

    Outstanding in the Field dinners -- meals which feature a tour of a local farm and food prepared by a master chef on the farm itself -- are famously fabulous, but also notoriously expensive. And two years ago, a few Houston food lovers decided to do something about it: start their own. Outstanding ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Brew Blog: Isastegi Basque Cider

    Note the instructive illustration.​Unless you've had this, it's not what you're thinking. I suppose this could be an overly broad generalization, but it seems the the general market for hard cider is something akin to the market for "hard lemonade." The resulting expectation is for sweet, fizz ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Support Local, Eat Bacon

    Coming up next weekend: Gird your pork-loving loins.​At Georgia's Farm to Market, SLGT doesn't just mean "Support Local, Grow Together." It also means "Saturday Local Get Together," when the market hosts its weekly Local Life Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This Saturday, chow down on Georgi ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    The 5 Best Dessert Menus

    Photo by Gary R. WiseTres leches done the right way at Samba Grille.​Toward the end of Lent, one faithful observer emailed me with a plaintive request: I am a native Houston who has been displaced to Texas A&M in College Station (read: total dearth of anything approaching the kind of food I'v ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    R.I.P.: A Toast to the Restaurants We'll Miss the Most

    Photo by Robb WalshAlas! No more salchi-burgers from Brisa Cocina Mexicana.​While toasts are usually reserved for happier events or for New Year's Eve, we thought it appropriate to toast the dearly departed restaurants which closed this past year, wishing those who had to close them future suc ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Jellies out for tasting at the new Kraftsmen Cafe in the Heights.​The biggest news of the week seems to be the revolving doors at some of Houston's more popular restaurants: BRC Gastropub, Caffe Bello and the Inn at Dos Brisas (which, okay, is up the road in Independence, but we still claim it ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Houston's Classic Desserts: Now In Convenient Book Form

    ​I realize that it's nowhere near Christmas, despite the Second Baptist billboard on I-10 advertising their Christmas church services (which you apparently have to purchase a ticket to attend? WTF?!) that make me want to claw my own eyes out with rage every time I drive past it. It's not even ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    A Comprehensive Guide to Houston's Food Blogs

    Cartoon does not reflect reality (most of the time).​In a city as large as Houston and with as many culinary options as we're blessed with, it's no surprise that the food blogging community here is large and diverse. Say what you want about food bloggers: that we're arrogant, obtrusive know-i ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Textile Takes a Summer Vacation

    Photo by Troy FieldsTextile's outstanding bacon tart with a poached quail egg on top was a favorite.​With the news that popular pastry chef Plinio Sandalio plans to move to Austin to work with David Bull, it didn't come as a huge surprise when I found out via text message late last night that ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    The Energy at OIMBY

    Photo by Ruthie JohnsonFor more photos from the event, check out our slideshow.​Not even yesterday's exotic temperatures could stop more than 100 fine folks from celebrating at OIMBY, a backyard banquet celebrating some of Houston's finest local chefs and vendors. Like most of the vendors them ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    The Top 10 Restaurants in the Heights

    Sous vide pork at Textile.​Creating a top ten list for the Heights is an intimidating process. At a basic level, it's difficult to even define the Heights. And with so many great restaurants to choose from, we've had to leave out popular spots Teotihuacan, Vietnam Restaurant, and Onion Creek f ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Chef Chat Special Interview: Shuna Fish Lydon

    ​Houston pastry chef Plinio Sandalio recommended we interview Shuna Fish Lydon (Twitter: @shunafish) of 10 Downing (10 Downing Street in New York) during our recent trip to NYC. Before coming to 10 Downing, the world-renowned Lydon worked as a pastry chef for French Laundry, Gramercy Tavern an ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Houston Heavily Honored by James Beard Foundation

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRobert Del Grande​If anyone is still under the impression that Houston is trying desperately to play catchup with culinary empires like New York City and Chicago, they only need to look at the 2010 James Beard Award nominations -- released today -- to see that isn't ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Sweet Victory: The Eating Our Words Cupcake Smackdown

    ​We broke you in easy with the first Eating Our Words event: a wine tasting with light bites and smooth jazz. But now we're ready to rumble. We'll be hosting a Cupcake Smackdown on Sunday, January 24, at Block 7 Wine Company from 4 to 6 p.m. Cupcakes from a dozen restaurants and bakeries arou ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Garlic Zeppole and Foie Gras Ice Cream: Challenging the Idea of Traditional Desserts

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​We entered through the back door into the labyrinthine kitchen of Textile. It was our third time at Scott Tycer's restaurant (although the first in its kitchen) and we were glad to be back: The desserts were the best part of our first two visits, and we were eager ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Greens and Beans: Randy Rucker has announced yet another of his popular Tenacit ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Beyond Beltway 8: Although he shut down his previous food blog, Cory Crow (our ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Another Farmers' Market

    ​There has been some flak about too many farmers' markets, but Houston needs a slow food movement and the markets are where it is going to start. Houston has another market sprouting roots Saturday mornings at Rice University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the corner of Greenbriar and University. If ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Bivalve Throwdown: Oysters With a Side of Intrigue at Stella Sola

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​In the heat of battle last night, the oysters -- and the chefs -- kept their cool. The fourth such event organized by Jenny Wang and the Houston Chowhounds, the Bivalve Throwdown at Stella Sola on Sunday afternoon saw 11 of the city's best chefs compete to create ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    A Vegan Dinner at a Meatatarium

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttAppetizers: sweet potato chips and truffled carrots, radishes and turnips​Vegans may take our cheese (and milk and meat and butter and even honey), but they may never take...our truffles. This seemed to be the rallying cry on Monday night at Beaver's Ice House as seven ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Liven up your Halloween parties this year with some carne asada con silly string.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we defiantly eat summer sausage in the winter and we don't care who knows it. We kicked off this week at a sort of cookout triathlon with a plot ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Master P

    Fabio​Plinio Sandalio is the pastry chef at Textile Restaurant on 22nd in the Heights. He invited me into his kitchen for a short interview about all things Plinio. Eating Our Words: What would you say your signature dessert is that screams "Plinio Sandalio made this"? Plinio Sandalio: ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    The Scoop

    We all scream for Houston's best ice cream

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    June 26, 2009

    Follow Friday for Houston Food Hounds

    Photo courtesy of @bakerella In the world of Twitter -- the love-it-or-hate-it microblogging service -- Fridays are known as "Follow Friday," a day devoted to suggesting new or interesting users for your friends to follow. Depending on who you follow, your Twitter stream will be inundated on Friday ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Snackshot: Corndog Dessert with Mustard Ice Cream

    This week's peculiar Snackshot comes from Plinio Sandalio, also known as fuzzzycatt on Flickr. From the photographer's description: "Fried corncakes, hot dog ketchup, yellow American mustard ice cream."

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    June 10, 2009

    The Battle Rages On: Fried Chicken Throwdown at Beaver's

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttRonnie Killen's skillet fried chickenSome had come for the spectacle of it all: 17 different fried chicken dishes, 9 enormous casseroles filled with various macaroni and cheeses, salads and side dishes and desserts enough to feed Alexander's own army. Some had come to obs ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    The Tastes of Textile

    When it's on, there's no place in town like Scott Tycer's new restaurant.