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    October 15, 2014

    The Girl on the Torture Board: Rhonda Williams Opens Up About Being Attacked by Dean Corll

    She wakes up to a sharp pain in her side -- someone kicking her, telling her to wake up, bitch. For a moment, she thinks it's her dad. Then she opens her eyes and sees it's Dean Corll, the electrician who's renting this house in Pasadena. She looks over and sees her friend Wayne Henley handcuffed, ... More >>

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    April 24, 2014

    Champagne In A Can And The French 75

    Can an inexpensive sparkling wine be used successfully in a cocktail?

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    January 8, 2014

    Pardon Me Bartender...What's Wrong With This White Lady?

    The White Lady is a neglected cocktail, due to a misunderstanding.

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    November 18, 2013

    Looking for a Thanksgiving Day Aperitif? Try the Excellent Pilgrim's Negroni Cocktail

    Most classic cocktails can be improved by tweaking the proportions, but not the Negroni. You can ask your bartender to pour the best gin for the drink (Beefeater, or Tanqueray if the bar is out of Beefeater) and if you're paying $13.00 for a Negroni, you may expect it to have Carpano Antica vermout ... More >>

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    January 9, 2013

    Build-A-Bar: A Byrrh By Any Other Name

    First of all, a word on pronunciation. Ever since I requested a shot of "fur-neigh," I've made a habit of asking about pronunciation when ordering any new, especially foreign, ingredient. I've found that very few cocktail and spirit discussions bother with this, and while it's certainly not critical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Killin' Them Softly: Celebrating 75 Years Of Roberta Flack

    To strike someone with the "underrated greatness" term always carries a bit of weight behind it. You know, the quick snap question of "do they deserve it" comes to mind. Sorry, in the class of underrated greatness, diva subsection, lives Roberta Flack who at the platinum age of 75 still takes risks ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Lady Bartenders Kick Cocktail Ass at Speed Rack Houston

    Photos by GroovehouseLindsay Heffron moved like a blur during the knockout rounds of competition, eventually securing herself second place in the Speed Rack challenge.​An arc of Plymouth gin shot briefly through the air at Gallery M Squared on Sunday night, leaping out of the bottle like liqui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Tanqueray and Tonic. Really?

    John Kiely​Gin drinkers, for the most part, are a particular crew. We'll find a gin, perhaps the first one we try, and stake a position, like Coke and Pepsi drinkers. I was no different when I made Bombay Sapphire my house gin. There's nothing distinctive about Sapphire, but as the label dec ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    Pink Gin: Nobody Talks Bad about Plymouth

    ​In Belize, my friend Kiv taunted an Englishman for sipping a pink cocktail, in a waterside tavern. After some words ending with the trite "You and what army?" the man and his buddies - British SAS commandos on leave from jungle training -- promptly heaved Kiv over a railing, into the cholera ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Comment of the Day

    ​You know how to screw up in this world? Order a drink containing vodka. Just don't do it, and especially not at Anvil, as you can see in this story on CultureMap. Coincidentally, in the comments section of Joanna O'Leary's post about the Corpse Reviver at Mockingbird Bistro, one reader, ve ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Certain fish look like someone large has been sitting on them for a while. It's perfectly normal.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've just invented the Emperor Cake. It's just like a king cake, except stuffed with donuts. Talk about Fat Tuesday. We started ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Yao Ming -- God Dammit

    Limp away, old friend​"An MRI performed today on Rockets center Yao Ming revealed a stress fracture of the Medial Malleolus in his left ankle. The fracture, which is related to his previous injury of the Tarsal Navicular bone, presented itself during the course of his current rehabilitation pr ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Fast As You: Rocks Off's Playlist for Sunday's Houston Marathon

    anythingaboutcars.comThe 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner. Please keep your drooling to a minimum.​ The drinking stops tonight. Rocks Off is joining 30,000 other crazy, hardy souls to run the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon this Sunday. (We're running the half - it's only our second race ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009

    Pop Rocks: For Thanksgiving, Best Over-Eating Scenes In The Movies

    Thanksgiving is weird. I understand the concept of wanting to show gratitude for the good things in our lives, and that preparing a family meal continues a tradition (allegedly) dating back to colonial times, but when did the "family meal" became an excuse to stuff ourselves until we have to loosen ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Thanksgiving Recipe: Pork Chops in Apple Butter Mole

    Photo by Jasmine&Roses​Calvin Trillin has lobbied to replace the Thanksgiving turkey with spaghetti carbonara --something to do with Columbus being Italian, I think. In the Tex-Mex Cookbook, I pointed out that Juan de Onate and his Mexican pioneers held a Tex-Mex thanksgiving in El Paso ... More >>

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    June 28, 2008

    Review: A Voyage Long and Strange, by Tony Horwitz

    Pulitzer-Prize winner Tony Horwitz hit the best-seller lists a while back with the critically praised Confederates in the Attic, but since I’m not much of a Civil War buff I took a pass on it. Now that I’ve read his new book, A Voyage Long and Strange, I definitely understand the charm. The su ... More >>

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    November 10, 2005

    Road Trip

    How a mid-list band spent six weeks in an RV, fueled by chili

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    April 10, 2003

    Distress Signal

    The Baptist Generals want to make a happy album. They just can't.

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    April 6, 2000

    Listen In

    KISS - The Suspects - Gestapo Pussy Ranch

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