• Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Five Blind Wine Pairings, Five Sommeliers and One Fantastic Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge

    Five courses, five sommeliers, two bartenders and a Master Chef of France. As far as wine dinners go, last week's Guest Sommelier Wine Dinner at Philippe Restaurant Lounge was nothing short of a tour de force. The dinner marked the finale of sommelier Vanessa TreviƱo-Boyd's wildly successful So ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 14, 2013

    Go West, Young Man

    The top 10 restaurants in Westchase.

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    Top 10 Wine Lists in Houston

    It's exciting to run across a well-priced favorite on a restaurant's wine list, or to discover something new as you dig through its pages. But there's more to making a world-class wine list than just stocking a cellar with Cakebreads and Chardonnays. To spotlight the best wine lists in Houston, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    The Perfect Sushi Wine?

    Even though we're still more likely to reach for sake or beer when searching for a beverage pair with Japanese cuisine, we increasingly look to wine these days to quench the thirst that comes in the wake of the marine and umami flavors of both classic and innovative Japanese cooking. And while we ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    This Week in Food Blogs: Reformed Shitshows and Santorini on the Run

    Delicious Mischief: If I didn't have a lady-poker-and-fried-chicken night all lined up for this past Sunday, you can bet I would have been at Triniti for its dinner collaboration with the Mercury Baroque string ensemble. Fine dining with courses orchestrated to match a series of classical movements? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Wine of the Week: The Aegean Sea in a Glass

    The first time I tasted Thalassitis by the Gaia winery (Santorini, Greece), it was poured for me by the "best sommelier in the world 2008," Aldo Sohm, at Le Bernardin in New York City in 2010. Aldo paired the wine with raw sea urchin: The "saltiness" and intense acidity of this wine, he noted, was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Eats Blog: Texas has a new top sommelier, and his name is Bill Elsey (right), winner of the "best sommelier in Texas" competition held each year at the Texas Sommelier Conference. The title was conferred late yesterday afternoon in Irving, Texas on the last day of the event, and the news spre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. The Blend: We're not sure how we missed the photo (above) of Houston's top Italian wine specialist Joseph "Grappa Joe" Kemble, statewide wine buyer at the flagship Spec's. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Odd Pair: Chicken Tacos and a White Wine from Santorini, Greece

    ​This week found me in Greece, where I had a chance to taste at one of my favorite European wineries, Sigalas (pronounced see-GAH-lahs) on the island of Santorini. A number of grapes are grown on the island, mostly white, as well as a few reds. But the variety that dominates the jaw-droppi ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 7, 2010

    International House of Sandwiches

    Juan Mon's youthful swagger is endearingly silly, and his sandwiches are very tasty.

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Sometimes There's God Edition

    ​Believe it or not, trolling the Houston Health Department website for tidbits about dirty floors, missing hand-washing signs and spoiled animal parts is not always an invigorating activity. But sometimes, as Blanche Dubois says, there's God. Take a look at page one under Full Service Restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Coming Soon: Juan Mon's International Sandwiches

    A whole new concept in international fast food is coming to a stretch of Taft Street in Houston's Fourth Ward. Juan Mon's International Sandwiches and Drinks plans to bring an eclectic cuisine to one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. First, the neighborhood. Taft Street between West G ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 18, 1999

    See. Be Seen. Don't Eat.

    As a jazz club, Sambuca is so-so. As a restaurant don't ask.