Has it been a year already?
Has it been a year already?
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Take your mother out this year.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
A beginner's guide to Vietnamese cuisine.
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 >>
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 >>
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:
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 >>
Houston's top 10 pizzas.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
An around-the-world guide to the foods of Planet Houston
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 >>
Part 5 in the six-part history of Tex-Mex
Backstreet Cafe outgrows its niche as a fair-weather favorite