• Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Dine Out on Turkey Day: Where to Eat This Thanksgiving in Houston

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner -- and if you aren't planning on burning your house down with a turkey fryer (again) or you just don't feel like cooking, you're going to need some ideas on where to eat. Well you've come to the right place, friends. From casual options and brunches to fancy ... More >>

  • Film

    July 31, 2014
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    July 24, 2014
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    July 1, 2014

    Celebrate the Fourth of July with Food and Drink at These Hot Spots

    Where will you be when the fireworks go off? The elaborate annual fireworks display over the city of Houston known as Freedom Over Texas can be seen by those gathered for the city's festivities in Eleanor Tinsley Park as well as by revelers throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. It's important t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Who Can Make The Best Dish on a Stick?

    On Tuesday, June 3, Damian's Cucina Italiana will host a wine tasting event featuring selections from Cru Artisan Wines. From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., guests will spend time upstairs in the Italian restaurant sampling vino, including Banfi Centine Rosso, Fontanelle Chardonnay and San Angelo Pinot Grigio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Upcoming Events: A Couple That Cooks Together Stays Together

    Facon Brazilian Steakhouse opened in Vintage Park several weeks ago, but the new restaurant will hold its grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 28, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Tickets to the event cost $50 and include a three-course prix fixe meal consisting of multiple Brazilian meats, a tapa ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 8, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    Take your mother out this year.

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    May 1, 2014

    Where to Eat on Mother's Day 2014 in Houston

    It feels like just yesterday we were rounding up the places to eat on Easter. Now, it's time to help you decide where to take Mom out on her special day. A multitude of Houston restaurants are opening up their doors on Sunday, May 11, to serve brunch, lunch and/or dinner. So be a planner and make re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Where to Eat on New Year's Eve and Day 2013

    Making plans for New Year's Eve celebrations can be hectic and stressful, but that's why an array of Houston restaurants have opened their doors to help you ring in the New Year with lots of food, dancing, music and, of course, Champagne toasts at midnight. Treat yourself to an amazing last meal of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    It's Time To Make Your Very Own Panettone

    Each country has its own traditional dishes and desserts for Christmas and the holidays. The French make Thirteen Desserts of Provence, Germans make Christstollen, Brits make Christmas pudding and Italians make panettone. This sweet bread originated in Milan (or so the story is told) and has become ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Holiday Home Tour, Gingerbread Competition & Dinner with Santa

    The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston welcomes the public to take a Holiday Home Tour at Rienzi, the house museum in River Oaks featuring European art, on Wednesday, December 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Take a guided walk through the home to see how beautifully decorated it is for the season and view the Mas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Denis of Le Mistral

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. We hear the argument all the time: Houston is so much more than what you find in the inner loop. Venture over to the West side of town, and you'll find gems like the international food emporium Phoen ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 10, 2013
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    September 9, 2013

    Houston's French Country Wines Set to Help You Comprendre le vin français

    The easiest way to get to French Country Wines, oddly enough, is by way of a giant metal armadillo. Located on an unassuming sidestreet off the increasingly garish Kirby Drive, the wine store and tasting room may be easily missed in the presence of larger businesses (i.e. Armadillo Palace). "Easily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Philippe Verpiand On Working Michelin Starred Restaurants, Moving to Houston, And His Favorite Dishes

    This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef and owner Philippe Verpiand of Etoile about growing up in Provence in a family of butchers, going to culinary school as a teenager, and competing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Philippe Verpiand of Etoile, On Growing Up in a Family of Butchers, and Placing Fifth in a National French Cooking Competition at Age 18

    This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Check back with us for Parts 2 and 3 of this chat, which will run in this same space Thursday and Friday. Since it opened approximately one year ago, Etoile (which means "star" in French) has gained a growing legion of fans for its classic Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Lavender, Wine and a Swedish Soiree at IKEA

    Bistro Provence is continuing its herb dinner series on Monday, August 12 with the fourth installment, a lavender menu. All evening, the restaurant will be serving dinner specials that incorporate lavender into the recipes. The appetizer option is fried squash blossom with lavender batter, the fish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Snowballs for Charity & a Free Wine Tasting

    Brennan's of Houston is having a Snoball Fight for Charity starting Friday, June 21, and lasting until Friday, July 5. Brennan's has partnered with five local charities -- SEARCH, Alley Theatre, YDC: Youth Development Center, Hermann Park Conservancy and Scout's Honor Rescue -- that have each chosen ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 16, 2013

    The Pho-ndamentals

    A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.

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    May 9, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Bistros

    How do you define a bistro? If you're going to stick to the traditional Parisian definition, a bistro (or bistrot) is a small, tidy restaurant that serves inexpensive wine and simple dishes in a modest price range. Those dishes are traditionally French "comfort food" recipes like coq au vin, boeuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Cinco de My-Oh-My-Oh

    If you don't already have plans for Sunday, May 5, look no further: Houston has muchas fiestas for Cinco de Mayo -- so many, in fact, that our own Abby Downing-Beaver has a whole guide to spending your Cinco in style. Activities include everything from the annual Cinco de Mayo Parade downtown on Su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Where To Brunch on Easter Sunday 2013

    From holiday classics like the Easter bunny and roast leg of lamb to Mexican-style brunch buffets and live bands, here's where to eat this Easter:

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    To Order Fish on Mondays or Not: How Valid Are the "Rules" of Ordering in Restaurants?

    You've heard the old adages about dining pitfalls to avoid: Don't order fish on Mondays. (It's all left over from Friday's seafood shipment, goes the tale, and you don't want gross, slimy salmon.) Don't eat the bread in the bread basket. (It's supposedly recycled from table to table, people say.) ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best

    Houston's top 10 pizzas.

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    October 2, 2012

    Berryhill Baja Grill Food Truck Hitting the Streets, But Not Without a Few Bumps in the Road

    Walter Berryhill was a mobile food pioneer in Houston, walking the streets of River Oaks and selling 200 dozen tamales from his little push-cart every week along with his wife, Billie, for nearly 40 years. A lit Coleman lantern hanging from the side of the cart let people know that Berryhill's tamal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    What's Cooking This Week? Gourmet Grilled Cheese & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredients I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week -- my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2012

    A Healthy Twist on Fries: Baked Eggplant Fries

    There's nothing better than a crispy French fry; golden and crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. However, sometimes a greasy French fry is too much. But, there is a substitution you can make that will satisfy those crispy and crunchy fry cravings, minus the extra calories. Eggplan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Restaurant Weeks and Rare Real Ales

    On August 15, culinarians across the country will be celebrating what would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday. Hoping to recruit at least one million people into the celebration, her original publisher - Alfred A. Knopf - has begun JC100, a celebration of Julia's legacy in the 100 days leading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Mixers, Elixers, Cocktails and Covers

    Good news for fans of the Houston Museum of Natural Science's late, lamented Mixers & Elixers series: It's back! Well...sort of, and with a makeover. Says the Museum: "It's gotten in shape, revamped its wardrobe, learned to two-step and is a brand new event: LaB 5555." LaB 5555 kicks off its first ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    What's the Deal With "Old" Wine?

    So, what's the deal with old wine anyway? Wednesday's post on What are "Tannins" in Wine? got me thinking about the widely divergent ways Europeans and Americans perceive and approach the consumption of "old wine." Tannins and "tannic structure," after all, are part of what gives wine its longevity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Dinner Party Etiquette: Bring Something, Dammit

    "The Dinner Party." It's one of Seinfeld's more classic episodes, from a television series in which nearly every show was an instant classic. Maybe because -- at our core -- many of us agonize as George Costanza did about the etiquette of showing up empty-handed to a dinner party. ELAINE: These peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Bear on Wine: Chapeau bas, as the French say (in other words, hats off), to Houston wine educator and Spec's veteran fine wine buyer Bear Dalton for his painfully frank post on bottle variation in one of the world's most coveted Super Tuscans -- Guado al Tasso by Antinori. In preparation for the Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Dining Out on Easter, a.k.a. Brunchapalooza

    It's a little bit breakfast, a little bit lunch, and it's socially acceptable to drink before noon in public. Yes, my friends: Brunch is a beautiful thing. And Easter Sunday is the mother of all brunch celebrations. When it comes to Easter in Houston these things we know for sure: Easter egg hunts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    New Year's Eve Dining (What's Open, Deals and Hangover Fixes for the Following Day)

    Yeah, yeah, we know. New Year's Eve is supposed to be a time of reflection filled with hope and promise for the coming year, a time to move forward and leave our struggles in the past. But for those of us resolving to lose weight in 2012, New Year's Eve is a lot like Fat Tuesday -- a last hurrah of ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Dining Out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day​It's allegedly the most wonderful time of the year. But we're guessing whomever penned that phrase never spent Christmas Eve amid the pandemonium of wide-eyed, frantic shoppers desperately trying to cross those last few names off of the shopping list, or stayed up until the wee ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Thanksgiving Day Dining and Takeout Options: Because Washing Dishes Sucks

    madfishestheblog.comTurkey Day doesn't have to be terrifying. ​Recently we read an article on "Facebook Depression," which is essentially a feeling of general malaise attributed to the constant comparison of one's own turbulent, unexciting existence to the seemingly glamorous and worry-free li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Top 12 Wines Under $15 for the Holidays

    A $10 sparkling wine for the holidays: Toso is one of our top picks.​Last night, Whole Foods Market introduced its Top 10 wines for the holidays -- except that this year, like the days of Christmas, there are actually 12. Historically, some of the recommended wines have been held up at custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Breakfast and Booze: Reviewing Flora & Muse

    Photos by Troy FieldsFlora & Muse's patio may not appeal now, but it begs a lingering visit in cooler weather.​For a very long time, it used be that my family and I would trek over to the Le Peep at Wilcrest and Westheimer when we wanted brunch in West Houston. Le Peep is neither the best nor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    ​A reminder that if you love craft beer and want to see its sale and distribution made easier across the State of Texas, show up to Moon Tower Inn this Saturday at 4 p.m. for the launch party of Open the Taps. The founders will be there to address questions as well as to start fundraising effo ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Meet Houston's Most Underrated Chefs

    Photo by Matthew DresdenWhich "underrated" chef made this beautiful tai ceviche?​Two weeks ago, Mai Pham's excellent post about the modern Franco-Japanese cuisine Chef Jason Hauck is cooking up at Soma Sushi shed some light on the fact that Soma serves much more than just sushi, despite its na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour

    Photo by Matthew DresdenRistorante Cavour executive chef Renato De Pirro.​Last April, Renato De Pirro took over for David Denis as executive chef at Ristorante Cavour, the jewel box of a restaurant inside Uptown Park's Hotel Granduca. Whereas the Provence-born Denis had turned out sumptuous Fr ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Herbes de Provence

    Kristen MajewskiThe selection of herbes de Provence at HEB.​If I had to pick a favorite ingredient, it would probably be the creamy goodness that is butter. I don't indulge in this obsession too often, opting instead for my second favorite ingredient, dried herbs. Okay, so that's not really on ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 30, 2010

    Planet Houston: Country Cooking

    An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston

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    January 14, 2009

    How I Learned to Love Piss Pie

    Steak and kidney pie is a fine old British dish that I have eaten twice in the line of duty over the last year. On both occasions, I found the urine scent of the kidneys disgusting. For some reason I find it difficult to swallow an organ meat that smells like a public restroom. Normally, I am an of ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    The French Connection

    Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex

  • Dining

    February 16, 1995

    Evolution of a Watering Hole

    Backstreet Cafe outgrows its niche as a fair-weather favorite