• Blogs

    June 11, 2014

    Five World Cup Players Fans Hate

    Soccer is called the Beautiful Game. And it can be beautiful. But it's also a game full of whiners and actors and cheaters. With the 2014 World Cup starting tomorrow, we decided to take a look at five players participating on soccer's biggest stage, but who fans hate.

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    April 7, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Chicken and Chorizo Empanadas

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. Empanadas, stuffed and fried bread or pastries, are popular all over the world, especially in Southern Europe, Latin America, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Food Holidays, A Culinary Trip Around the World & More

    On Monday, September 23, Central Market hosts yet another beer and food class in the Brewniversity cooking class series. During Beer & Bites, the Central Market experts will explain how to pair beer with food; after just one hour you will walk away with more knowledge about lagers, ales, pilsners an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    It's National Wine Week; Celebrate With a Glass of Vino at These Events

    The 53rd Annual National Wine Week, sponsored by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, is celebrated from September 16 through September 20. Of course, because it's an SWRG event, it tends to take place exclusively at Smith & Wollensky restaurants across the country, but we don't really like the i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Portugal. The Man at House of Blues, 6/28/13

    Ever since getting word of the opportunity of interviewing Portugal. The Man, my mind has been on nearly nothing but them. I've basically been living in Portugal for the past two weeks. Finally, with the show in the bag, I can move on to other countries, such as my own pillow and blanket. I've had t ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Portugal. The Man Talk Texas, Danger Mouse, and What Their Name Means

    Portugal. The Man are coming into town tonight, hot on the heels of their newest Danger-Mouse produced LP, Evil Friends. With positive reviews coming in from all over the interwebs, P.TM are enjoying bigger venues and larger crowds as a result. Just the other day, Rocks Off had the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Seasons 52 Opens Today with a Full Menu of Dishes Under 475 Calories

    Seasons 52, the new restaurant located in the new Millennium complex on Westheimer adjacent to Bo Concept, is opening to the public today. "The name Seasons 52 represents the 52 weeks of the year," said Reuben Rolf, the managing partner. "Every week, our menu offers a side panel of new dishes that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    5 Essential Foods for a Lucky, Healthy, Prosperous New Year, with Recipes

    All throughout the world, different cultures have their own way of celebrating and ushering in the New Year. (And, of course, not everyone celebrates the New Year on January 1.) And while most Texans are familiar with the idea of having a pot of black-eyed peas or Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Top 10 Restaurants in Greenway Plaza

    Last week, we took a look at the 10 best restaurants in Upper Kirby, a part of town that abuts this week's spotlighted neighborhood: Greenway Plaza. While it's considerably more difficult to define Greenway Plaza than Upper Kirby -- which has strictly set boundaries, unlike the area around the mast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Downtown Derring-Do

    Restaurants and bars are betting on downtown in increasing numbers, as more business owners perform daring feats like -- gasp! -- moving into vacant spaces on Main Street or taking over failed locations with zest and zeal. Now that I've gotten all of the Errol Flynn language out of my system for th ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 5, 2012
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    July 2, 2012

    Euro 2012 Final: Houstonians Love FĂștbol

    According to UEFA predictions, approximately 250 million soccer fans tuned in to watch the Euro 2012 final match on Sunday evening. Compare that to the 111 million that watched this year's Super Bowl, and you get an idea as to the impact and significance of this event. The game pitted reigning champ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Woodlands Wine & Food Week to Take Place June 4 to 10

    Food and wine lovers, rejoice. Just a few short days away is a big-time celebration of gourmet cuisine and marvelous vino. The annual Woodlands festival, put on by the event-planning extraordinaires at Food and Vine Time Productions, and now in its eighth year, is slated to draw more than 10,000 att ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 2, 2012

    Portuguese Palate

    Houstonians get a taste straight from the home country.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Take a Staycation at Portugallia

    Last year, my favorite Houston restaurant in which to take a staycation -- you know, pretending you're out of town on some food adventure when in fact you've really got $20 in the bank once the meal is over -- was Cafe Mawal. At this little converted house near the Galleria, it always feels like be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Ingredient of the Week: Black-Eyed Peas

    Happy New Year! Forget that pesky diet; start off 2012 on the right (lucky) foot with some black-eyed peas. (We're talking the legume, not the music group.) Eating black-eyed peas on New Year's for good luck and prosperity has long been a southern tradition. Some say it stems from Rosh Hashana, ... More >>

  • Articles

    December 22, 2011
  • Culture

    December 22, 2011

    The Film Issue

    Looking back on the year in movies, and what's coming in 2012.

  • Culture

    December 15, 2011
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    July 11, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Delicious Portuguese Quaffer

    ​This weekend found us at Canyon Lake where Tracie P's family (they're from Orange) takes their summer vacation every year. The menu at the lake varies very little and the fare is invariably lip-smackingly delicious. This year my favs were Tracie P's King Ranch Chicken and my mother-in-law Mrs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Free Radicals Blend Break-Dancing, Capoeira Into Fitz's Show

    ​The Free Radicals remain an institution of incredible sound here in H-town, having amassed 13 Houston Press Music Awards in the realms of jazz and funk since their inception in 1996, as well as making a name for themselves as one of the city's most prolific protest bands. So when founder Nick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Five Fortuitous New Year's Foods

    A30_TsitikaEat grapes for smooth sailing in 2011. ​Not like you need any excuse to stuff yourself during the holidays, but take heed of what you eat around December 31st if you're interested in a little extra good fortune. Depending on who you ask, certain foods -- if consumed on New Year's -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Top Eight Notorious Concert Disasters

    Daniel R. Davidson via WikipediaThe Station fire in West Warwick, R.I., 40 seconds in​Recently, indie-rock juggernauts Arcade Fire were prevented from playing a gig in Portugal by NATO, which is having a summit on the same date. Arcade Fire offered to play a day ahead of time, but NATO decided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Vale do Bomfin Douro Valley 2007

    ​This Portuguese wine is a gem, in its rich, jewel-toned color, its complexity and its price. From the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal (as the name states), this wine was originally produced only for the enjoyment of the Symington family, a renowned name in the world of Ports. After repeated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Human Rights Watch Blasts Treatment Of Mentally Disabled In Immigration Cases

    No appointed lawyers, unlike criminal courts​Alberto was born in Portugal, but moved with his parents to the United States before his second birthday. In time, he received his green card, becoming a legal permanent resident.But Alberto was bipolar, and as the decades ticked by, he found himself ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    ACL Fest Releases Schedule; Adds Black Lips, Silversun Pickups via FlickrBrand-new ACL 2010 adds The Black Lips​The Austin City Limits Music Festival released the schedule grid for this year's gathering in Zilker Park Oct. 7-9. The festival also added several bands, including Atlanta garage-punks (and recovering exhibitionists) the Black Li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Random Ingredient: Octopus

    ​What is it? With the World Cup finally coming to a close, there's been a lot of chatter about a certain cephalopod named Paul that resides in Germany. With all due respect to the "octopus oracle," we present today's random ingredient. Octopi are actually in the mollusk family. They're eaten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Believe It Or Not, There Are Bigger Crybabies Than Cristiano Ronaldo

    ​We've reached the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup, and some big names have already been unceremoniously booted after early round losses. Not many people were surprised at France's exit, and The USA and England were lucky to make the Round of 16 in the first place. But Italy, the reigning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Famega Vinho Verde 2008

    ​Last week, Amber Ambrose talked about vinho verde being the perfect Houston summer beverage after a wine tasting at Central Market. Well, it must be catching on because we've found ourselves running into vinho verde everywhere from grocery stores to wine bars. This week, we are featuring Fa ... More >>

  • Music

    March 4, 2010
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    August 21, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Touriga

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Touriga Nacional is an ancient Portuguese varietal that was probably introduced to the Iberian peninsula by the Phoenicians. It's a black grape that typically has high tannins and very concentrated fruit flavors. The grapes are most famously used in the highest quality port ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    A Chat with Mike Sammons of 13 Celsius

    Photo by Sarah Rufka​To some, a bartender is just a server with something to lean on. But Mike Sammons is an example of how, with passion and creativity, the job can be so much more. "I started doing this to make money, but I was really good at it because I liked it," he says. "I don't think p ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008
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    December 24, 2008

    Port for the Holidays

    I was at Spec's the other evening and ended up in the Port section.  I struck up a conversation with a guy who looked a little overwhelmed by all of the different choices and we ended up having a nice conversation about port.  Here's some basic information that I hope will help you with yo ... More >>

  • Film

    May 29, 2008

    Shots in the Dark

    Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone

  • Film

    May 22, 2008

    Shots in the Dark

    Reflecting its moment, Cannes 2008 takes a decidedly serious tone

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Wines of Portugal Tasting

    Refreshing offerings from the Minho region

  • Dining

    November 8, 2007

    Oporto Café

    This Portuguese wine, tapas and espresso bar on Richmond doesn't take itself too seriously

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    October 18, 2007


    Fado singer brings her passionate music to Houston

  • Dining

    August 16, 2007
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    May 10, 2007
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    July 10, 2006
  • Music

    May 25, 2006

    Partners in Rime

    People Under the Stairs fix the leak

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Booking It

    These travel narratives are as much about the teller as the terrain

  • Calendar

    April 22, 2004

    Feeling a Draft

    Football season never ends

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Portuguese Restaurant

    A Taste of Portugal

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2003

    Perfecto Night Out

    Paul Oakenfold takes the DJ booth at M Bar

  • Dining

    February 27, 2003

    Gem on Jones

    Get to A Taste of Portugal before Tony Vallone tells everybody about it

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Not on Your Nelly!

    Nelly Furtado refused to forget her roots or dress like a tramp. She won a Grammy anyway.

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