• Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    What A Muslim Looks Like

    Several years ago, my mom told me about an incident in which one of my cousins and his friends were told, or more fittingly "yelled at," to "go back to their damn country." They were playing basketball in a local, empty outdoor court, when some white people drove by and started slinging slurs at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Quattro at the Four Seasons Hotel Hosts Eid-al-Fitr Feast

    For the second year in a row, Quattro, the restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel, will serve an Eid-al-Fitr buffet dinner to celebrate the end of Ramadan. This year's feast will again be prepared by sous chef Hassan Obaye, who was born and raised in southern Morocco and learned much of his culina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Houston Mosque Will Ball Hard for Palestine

    In case you didn't know, Houston is home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the country and the city is home to a network of mosques and religious centers run by the Islamic Society of Greater Houston. Anyone who has grown up in or around an American-Muslim community knows the role basket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Houston Restaurants Observe Ramadan with Sehri and Iftar

    Ramadan began on June 28, meaning observant Muslims across the world are participating in the month-long fast that makes up one of the Five Pillars of Islam. From dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from a number of activities including eating and drinking. During these, the longest, hottest days of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    Chef Hassan Obaye of the Four Seasons: On Helping Houstonians Celebrate the End of Ramadan Top 5 Reasons To Attend His Eid-al-Fitr

    As a freshman in college, I joined my roommate in fasting during one week of Ramadan. I did so as a gesture of solidarity since we were fast becoming close friends and I figured she could use some company in, um, not eating. Quite a silly assumption when you think about it that given that with mor ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 2, 2012

    BlackFinn's Average American

    Midtown "grille" offers something for everyone.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Nicole Hudson of Conscious Cafe on the Time a Customer Accused Her of Not Liking White People

    Photo by Troy FieldsInside Conscious Cafe​Yesterday we chatted with Nicole Hudson, chef and co-owner of Conscious Cafe (see here for part 1.) Each of the dozen tables is equipped with a deck of cards, some with dominoes. It's a prime neighborhood hangout, and the Muslim-owned restaurant it cat ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 8, 2011

    Desert Couscous

    Casablanca worth a visit in a city with so little Moroccan food.

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Whoa. Corn on a burger? You've enticed my tummy while spraining my mind. Ouch-yum.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where sometimes it all seems kind of pointless considering we don't think any of us have ever enjoyed a meal as much as my cat enjoys eating lizards. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Whole Foods vs. Ramadan: The Original Email

    ​Since our post yesterday on Whole Foods's reluctance to promote Ramadan this year after a few customer and blogger complaints, the story unexpectedly went viral. Saffron Roads CEO Adnan Durrani called the post "a tempest in a teapot" when interviewed by CNN. And NPR reported: "Looking to set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Whole Foods: "We Should Not Highlight Ramadan"

    No "Ramadan Mubarak" wishes this year from Whole Foods.​Under pressure from right-wing bloggers who blindly associate Ramadan and Muslims with terrorism and burqas, Whole Foods has sent an email to its stores across the United States in which it specifically tells stores not to promote Ramadan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Ramadan Iftar, Sponsored by the City, Draws Hundreds of Muslims

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMayor Parker backed Saturday's citywide iftar. ​Sealed bottles of water sit on the white-clothed tables before the crowd of thirsty fasters. It's Ramadan, so for one month, observant Muslims like those gathered here at the downtown convention center will abstain from ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Ramadan Begins Today: Where Will You Eat Iftar?

    I use this photo for Ramadan every year because Burger King's ads amuse me to no end.​The annual period of fasting called Ramadan has begun today for observant Muslims across the world. What does that mean? In a nutshell, no eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset -- and in August, that's ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 16, 2010

    Spinning Sichuan

    Grab your friends and order it up at at this revamped Chinatown favorite.

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Local Muslims Not Worried About Eid-Ul-Fitr, Which Of Course Is Near 9/11 In The Crazy Year Of 2010

    A big Muslim religious ceremony the night before 9/11‚ÄčIt's been a tough year to be a Muslim in America: Furious protests that the hallowed ground of a former coat store near a strip joint might become a Manhattan mosque, Koran-burnings that endanger U.S. troops, and demonstrations against proposed ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 2, 2010

    Rumor to Rest

    Who says Houston has bad shawarma?

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Hayya' alas Salaah: Ramadan Begins Tomorrow

    That's right: Even Burger King gets in on the Ramadan festivities.​August 11 marks the beginning of Ramadan in 2010. The date that signifies the beginning of the ninth month of the Islamic religious year changes each year based on the Islamic lunar calendar (which is, coincidentally, the only ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 21, 2000

    Economic Fasting

    Speaking off the toque: Sam Said