The first thing I noticed upon returning to Houston after 14 years away? Flipping citrus is everywhere.
In December when I arrived, a laden grapefruit tree was around every corner, satsumas fell and gathered beneath their bushes, bright lemons winked from boughs, and kumquats -- those pellets of p ... More >>
Lots of things come across the desk here at the Houston Press, from questionably worded PR emails to boxes filled with tuna and panties -- yes, that happened. Now and again, however, we do have useful things come along -- and a bottle of rum from Thailand happens to fall squarely in that category.
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Halloween has come and gone and despite expectations, I did not overdo it on brain hemorrhage cocktails.
This meant I had some leftover spiced rum. Not a terrible problem to have except for the fact that the sudden cold snap did not put me in the mood for all the sort of icy libations I associate w ... More >>
Although it'll stay hot here through at least the "fall," Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last big pool party and/or barbecuing weekend of the year. And nothing goes better with swimsuits and/or smoked meats than cool, refreshing, healthy fruit. That's been saturated with booze.
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Photo by John KielyIt can be risky to give a bottle of booze as a gift, as it may not always be to the recipient's tastes. On the other hand, some liquors are easy to re-gift, or better yet, used for holiday parties. Here's five of the more seasonal:
5. Jameson Irish Whiskey
This blend is ... More >>
I'm known as the "rum girl" around these parts, so when the Houston Press got a bottle of Malibu Rum's new Malibu Black, I was the one chosen to test it.
I'll say this about flavored rums. I don't hate them. I just don't like them. But I'll sometimes keep a bottle in the house for things lik ... More >>
Making the Hemmingway Daiquiri.It's not Ernest Hemingway's writing that influenced me. The style is still amazing, and even Hunter S. Thompson, who copied Hemingway manuscripts just to hear the rhythm of the words on his typewriter, wasn't fool enough to imitate it.
I won't emulate his lege ... More >>
This summer I'm taking a break from Houston and spending some time in my birthplace, Alexandria, Virginia. Last week, I wandered into a gift shop, and unsurprisingly gravitated toward the food section. The wares initially appeared to be the usual assortment of ye olde cornbread mixes, cans o ... More >>
"It's not a party without lots of rum punch." This is my new philosophy on all things festive after inventing a rum punch that kicks the ass of all other rum punches. Yeah, it's that good (patting my hungover self on the back).
It's a refreshing change from the tooth-achingly sweet versions ... More >>