I'm not completely averse to Pop-Tarts and in the past have even found some new types I quite enjoy. Innovation is a good thing, as Martha Steward might say. But does anyone remember a time when the Pop-Tart selection wasn't excessively diverse? They seem to be taking a cue from Oreos in terms of fl ... More >>
Varieties of Pop-Tarts, like varieties of Oreos, proliferate so rapidly I can't keep up. Well, honestly, I don't really want to because I've always been more of a fan of Toaster Strudel, whose buttery flaky exterior make Pop-Tarts taste like stale matzoh in comparison. Once in a while, a decent Po ... More >>
Who doesn't love a Pop-Tart? Even as college students, my roommates and I have Pop-Tarts in our kitchen at all times; it's a childhood classic that'll always stand the test of time. Last week on Pinterest, I made cupcakes with Earl Grey tea for a sophisticated treat, but this week, I stumbled upon ... More >>
In years past, I've had much fun scouring Houston for pumpkin dishes at local restaurants. Many are available again this fall if you're intent on going out to get your squash on. For homebody pumpkin lovers (or just people fascinated by seasonal products), I offer these top five pumpkin-flavored foo ... More >>
This Sunday thousands of runners will be pounding the streets of Houston and at some point during their x-hour runs, they might want a little snack. Officials will be handing out water and Endurance Formula Gatorade (the official energy drink of the Chevron Houston Marathon), but some extra treats i ... More >>
Photo by Joanna O'LearyThe Breakfast of Champion...Elves.Choosing my favorite commercial Halloween snacks was pure pleasure. Compiling a similar Top Five for the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus season was fun but pretty darn overwhelming. Nearly every brand offers a holiday shape/color/fl ... More >>
Yes, toast-able breakfast pastries and wine. It's come to that. I am not certain why Pop-Tarts have had an unlikely resurgence in my weekly food routine, but they have, and usually as a late night snack. That way I get the maximum amount of damage from the carbohydrate and sugar content. ... More >>
My general food philosophy: if I want a corn muffin, I eat a corn muffin. If I want oysters, I eat oysters. But I guess I'm in the minority because judging from supermarket shelves, many people want corn muffins...that taste like oysters. There's a glut of products trying to be something they're no ... More >>
I usually mock products self-consciously designed to taste like a completely different food medium, e.g., Blueberry Muffin Pop-Tarts. (Are people so conflicted that they can't decide between blueberry muffin and a regular Pop-Tart?). But once again, the phrase "limited edition" led to me to ... More >>
Judge who helped BP went on junket party on their tab.
Photos by Margaret DowningNot since the days of former superintendent Billy Reagan has the Houston media had a chance to sit down in a media roundtable with the superintendent of the Houston ISD, but Tuesday morning Superintendent Terry Grier rejuvenated the discarded tradition and invited the Ho ... More >>
Photos by Margaret DowningNot since the days of former superintendent Billy Reagan has the Houston media had a chance to sit down in a media roundtable with the superintendent of the Houston ISD, but Tuesday morning Superintendent Terry Grier rejuvenated the discarded tradition and invited ... More >>
Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThe infamous sandwich itselfThe crack marketing team at Kellogg's recognized that with summer quickly approaching, a warm Pop-Tart fresh out of the toaster isn't necessarily appealing to people in warmer climates. As a means of keeping the toaster pastry relevant during th ... More >>
William Pope.L shoves controversial ideas into the limelight
Edmund J. Pankau trades on his hard-boiled private-eye image to attract clients and speaking engagements. To find out more about him, we resort to some Sam Spade work of our own.