Houston tends to be a little late to the game, food-trend-wise. The whole food truck-trend didn't really take off here until 2011, long after the gourmet meal on wheels had become popular in places like Los Angeles and New York. We're still going gaga over cupcakes, a trend that felt played out ev ... More >>
When it comes to music, Jeff Bridges is not some dilettantish actor noodling around with a guitar. Inspired by Bob Dylan and the Beatles, he and a friend would play hootenannys at L.A. clubs like Ledbetter's while still in high school. Years later, while filming the infamous 1980 western Heaven's Ga ... More >>
Trivium, Devildriver Warehouse Live, November 17 Across six albums, Florida's Trivium has refined an aggressive blend of thrash and metalcore generally too heavy for rock radio, but with enough melody for them to cultivate a sizable and devoted underground following. Last month they released Vengan ... More >>
Award-winning journalist Maria Shriver's website is full of ostensibly terrific people telling inspirational tales, but one really sticks out: a spokeswoman for a Houston-based organization that believes "young children are incredibly sexy." Blossom Benedict, a high-ranking member of Access Consci ... More >>
Uni (sea urchin) is one of those seafood delicacies that, like oysters, you either love or hate. If you love it, eating it will fill you rapturous delight, often accompanied by a heady rush of endorphin-fueled food pleasure. If you hate it, maybe it's because you were recipient of a bad sample. Ther ... More >>
Let's all give a big hand to Houston's local FOX affiliate for recently doing a puff interview of ex-chiropractor Dain Heer, co-leader of a cult that believes that "young children are incredibly sexy" and that the only thing your family is good for is giving you money! This was brought to our atten ... More >>
Sushi Chef Chris Kinjo offers exotic fish, delicious sashimi and some of the best nigiri sushi in town.
Rebelution With J Boog, Hot Rain House Of Blues, Friday, 8 p.m., February 22 For a clue on just how much Rebelution must love ganja, beyond even the exquisitely explicit "So High" on its 2012 release Peace of Mind, consider that the Santa Barbara reggae-pop crew also issued acoustic and dub version ... More >>
I'm just going to go ahead and blurt it out: The 2011 rosé from Syrah by Santa Barbara, California winery Ampelos is my favorite discovery for 2012 and it's my number one wine for the 2012 holiday season. It's one of those rare wines that fire on all cylinders. It's fresh and it's clean. It's got ... More >>
Access Consciousness promises to help you reach a higher plane. For a price.
Yesterday we addressed the delicate subject of how to send back a bottle of flawed wine in a restaurant. If you are served a "corked" or otherwise defective bottle (perhaps "cooked" due to heat exposure or "oxidized" due to a clean but nonetheless faulty cork, for example), you have every right to s ... More >>
In the wake of my post Wednesday, "Texas Wine Shipping Prohibition Is Morally Indefensible (and Bad for Business)," I wanted to follow up with some tips on how to ship wine legally to Texas. Although it hasn't been updated for more than two years, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission does have a ... More >>
At our house, we're already cranking up the A/C and bracing for the Texas summer. But with the arrival of the heat also comes my favorite time of our yearly gastronomic cycle, when fried and grilled foods are guiltlessly consumed in mass quantities. Summertime holidays -- from Memorial Day to the ... More >>
Photo by Amber AmbroseEl Rey closed this week -- but which one?Remember how busy of a month October was for openings and closings? November was a little slower, but not by much. In upcoming restaurants, one of our favorite bloggers reports that Calliope's is opening a second location of its ... More >>
Photo by FOXJust wait until the "Judges' moms' houses" round!First, this recap was delayed because the Wednesday night baseball playoff game was rain delayed, canceling that night's X Factor episode--yet another reason for me to hate baseball. Second, naming the latest round of competition "t ... More >>
Chef Cunninghame West in the kitchenYesterday, Chef Cunninghame West told us about some of his adventures in Maui and Santa Barbara after he graduated high school. You can read about it here. Today, we talk about how he came to be at Valentino. EOW: After Santa Barbara, I understand you sp ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Michelle LeBlancCunninghame West, Executive Chef at Valentino RestaurantEarlier this year at the Italian Expo, Cunninghame West, Executive Chef at Valentino Restaurant in the Hotel Derek, won the fan vote for most entertaining. Alongside Owner and Executive Chef Luciano Pel ... More >>
UT disappoints againFirst they get dropped from the top spot by Playboy. Now the Princeton Review barely keeps them in the top 10. How is the University of Texas going to keep being known as a top Party School if it can't get no respect? The Princeton Review's various surveys of colleges ca ... More >>
Our server, Susan, kept us happy with "generous pours" during the Generous Pour EventTo truly understand wine, its complexity, what distinguishes a good wine from bad one, and how it should pair with food, takes years of study. That's why there are only 171 Master Sommeliers in the world, and ... More >>
And is Spanglish something to Celebrate?
Every thorn has its prick: The reason Miley Cyrus' parents are splitting after 17 years of marriage: Mom Tish had an affair with rocker Bret Michaels, reports the new Us Weekly. When Billy Ray learned of it - as well as at least one other fling - he filed for divorce Oct. 27, sources tell U ... More >>
Hopefully he learned a few tricks in Midnight Express.Americans, as a people, are fascinated by stories of outlaws. English bandit Robin Hood has been dead for 500 years (give or take) and they're still making crappy movies about him. And the Old West remains a fertile ground for tales of rom ... More >>
A too-small dining scene gets a welcome addition.
Hope Stone's Jane Weiner says, "When life gives you lemons, make art"
'90s alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket, playing House of Blues tomorrow night, may be an established act now, but back on the heels of their second album, 1990's Pale, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based quartet had to take their lumps just like everyone else who has ever left the practice sp ... More >>
For Lonesome, Onry and Mean, they don't come much taller or wiser than Steve Young. Young has been in a love/hate relationship with Nashville and the major labels since he came to town in the early Seventies. Along with Billy Joe Shaver, Young wrote the major anthems of the Outlaw movement that tip ... More >>
Nancy Meyers can't keep making the same movie over and over again.
Who ever though that Dennis Quaid -- the guy who got in a custody battle with Meg Ryan over their guru -- would turn out to seem the sane one in the Quaid family? Dennis' older brother Randy has stepped in it again, missing a court appearance in California and thus engendering an arrest w ... More >>
Synth-pop icons Depeche Mode do read their reviews.
Update: Tonight's Katy Perry show at House of Blues has been CANCELED due to Perry's illness, says promoter Live Nation. Perry is expected to announce a make-up date soon, and all tickets for tonight's show, which was itself postponed from March, will be honored. She'll be here eventually, we guess, ... More >>
It's been difficult for the University of Texas to make the Top Ten in anything significant since Vince Young left, but they have finally accomplished it: They are a Top Ten party school, according to the Princeton Review. It was a close-run thing, though: UT came in eighth, nudging out the Univers ... More >>
Last week we told you how Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, our parent company, was tossed in jail along with Jim Larkin, the chairman and chief executive officer. The case against them has been dropped. Completely. You can get the nitty-gritty here. In a show of solidar ... More >>
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The Hitchhiker's Guide is harmless -- well, mostly harmless
Hudson and Watts cheese it up in France for Le Divorce
In Blue Car a troubled young girl finds her way through verse
Pale wines grow up, and Houstonians take notice
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Swinging over the crocodile ponds with the Ataris
Residents of this seaside neighborhood are about to be joined by a 1,000-acre port facility
A Nerf Herder lesson in how to sell yourself as who you are