• Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Antonio Gianola's New Italian Wine Program at Houston Wine Merchant

    It's only been a few short weeks since a handsome Floridian swooped down from the sky and snatched up one of Houston's most beloved wine professionals, Marcy Jimenez. Hers is a tough act to follow: Since moving to Houston in 2005, she was a buyer and floor manager at Houston's only independently ow ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Salade Niçoise Recipe (and Bandol Rosé Porn)

    When it comes to making a great salade niçoise, it's all about the quality of the ingredients. But that doesn't mean that you need to make a special trip to Whole Foods Market just to make this humble summer dish. In fact, I make my niçcoise using ingredients I buy at H-E-B (except the extra-virgi ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Serve with Your Baked Potato?

    Baked potatoes at our house are much more than a meal. They are a religion. We don't just do sour cream. We do sour cream-infused with freshly ground horseradish, a kiss of white wine, and kosher salt. We don't do "bacon bits." We do crumbled, crispy, center-cut bacon that's been fried the day bef ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine to Pair with Hospital Food?

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.When you're admitted to the hospital to have a baby, you're taken off solid foods. As soon as the baby is born, they bring you a meal to regain your strength. In our case, it was hospital cafeteria meatloaf.​Color me pink! Tracie P and I had a baby on Monday: Georgia P ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Wine of the Week: $15 Is the New $10

    ​"What's your favorite wine for under $10?" If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me that question, I'd probably have about $15. When it comes to wine pricing, you'll often hear wine trade folks talk about "price points," in other words, a "maximum" price that allows us to categorize ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Giancarlo Ferrara of Arcodoro

    ​Yesterday, we chatted with Chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Arcodoro about his passion of Italian cooking. Today we delve further into his background. EOW: Tell me about how you went from several places in Europe to Florida to Houston. Ferrara: Well, I met my American wife while working in Italy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2009

    Last Chance for Free Wine Tasting Tickets

    ​As promised, we're giving you one more chance to win a pair of tickets to this weekend's highly anticipated Holiday Wine Tasting bash at Sonoma, taking place on December 19 from 6 to 11 p.m. The tickets are a $90 value and include samples of 40 different beers, wines and champagnes, gourmet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    No Reservations: Sardinia

    When I was growing up, my family went to Macaroni Grill for food from Europe's boot-shaped nation. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that maybe I'd never had Italian food. Watching the last episode of this season's No Reservations, in which Anthony Bourdain travels to Sardinia, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    No Reservations: Outer Boroughs

    Photo by duluoz_cats​Regretting having spent almost his entire life in Manhattan with nary a trip to the four outer boroughs, Anthony Bourdain took on the robust culinary scenes of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in this week's episode of No Reservations. It seemed like a familia ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Bourdain Is Back

    No Reservations is back. The ever-loquacious Anthony Bourdain visited Chile, skipping from Santiago to wine country, the coast and Patagonia, sampling food, waxing poetic and keeping it real the entire time. Here is a recap of the delicious Chilean cuisine and Bourdain-isms from last night's episo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Nuragus

    Photo by Robb WalshThe Nuragus grape is the most widely grown in Sardinia. Some experts believe that the grape was brought to the island more than 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians. It is so prolific and adaptable, it has been called pagadeppidus ("pay-debts grape"), preni tineddus ("fill-up-vats g ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 17, 2008
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    March 25, 2008

    David Wildbur's Sage Decision

    David Wildbur, the owner of the just-opened Sage (2221 Alabama), originally wanted to call the romantic restaurant The Garden Inn. But when he went down to the TABC to obtain his liquor license, he discovered that the name "was taken, so, on the spur of the moment I decided to call it Sage." Why Sag ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 16, 2005

    Swinging Sardinians

    At Arcodoro, you’ll find stunning seafood dishes and a classy late-night singles scene

  • Music

    December 27, 2001

    Travail-less Travels

    Putumayo and Rough Guide samplers offer up armchair adventures for jittery Americans

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    July 19, 2001
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    December 3, 1998
  • Dining

    November 14, 1996

    Pedigree Counts

    Arcodoro has some growing up to do, but Dacapo's already does its parents proud