• Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Countdown Thanksgiving: Excellent To-Go Side Dishes and More

    So, you've got the turkey covered for Thanksgiving but you're still overwhelmed? Focusing on what you really want to cook at home and picking up the rest can save a lot of time and headaches. This handy guide includes suggestions from Houston Press readers and staff. Some of what's listed here hav ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    France a la Houston

    When translated from France to America, the culinary capital of the world's traditions often amount to starched white table clothes and stuffy service. Houston is luckier than most cities, as there are a few places in the Bayou City to get a great croque madame or a delicious foie gras torchon. In o ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Spotlight on Chef Austin Simmons' Cuisine at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro

    I've been a fan of Hubbell & Hudson Bistro since I first dined there three years ago. Admittedly, I have not had the chance to return since then (it takes me about an hour to get to The Woodlands), but so memorable was the food that I can recall, with vivid clarity, one of the dishes I tasted during ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 7, 2013

    Eating Our Hearts Out

    100 Favorite dishes in the Bayou City

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    October 24, 2012

    Raw Bar & Muscadet: If It Grows with It, It Goes with It

    "If it grows with it, it goes with it." If you've been following along here at Wine Time, you've heard me chant New York legend Danny Meyer's mantra over and over again. No matter what food I'm pairing with wine, I always look to traditional pairings for inspiration. Whether it's Parmigiano Reggia ... More >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Perry's Steakhouse and Glenmorangie Team Up For Scotch Dinner Series

    Bob Perry started the Perry's group of restaurants in 1979 with a humble butcher shop. That first place, Perry & Sons Market and Grille, is located on Scarsdale Boulevard in Southeast Houston. Chris Perry, Bob's son, developed the Perry's Steakhouse & Grille concept. These days, there are nine Perry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 2, Amberjack Sashimi and Foie Gras at Kata Robata

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012: No. 17, Drunken Foie Gras at Philippe

    This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Booze, Nostalgia and RPGs: Redstone Meadery Honey Wine with Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon Sticks

    My dork resume is long and varied. Much more so than its professional counterpart. Band, debate, drama ... the list goes on and on. For the purposes of this article, we're going to focus on the RPG bullet. I haven't been much of a gamer since I had kids of my own; the little bastards always want to ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 29, 2011

    All About Schmit

    The French Cowboy's Philippe is both elegant and playful.

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    December 28, 2011

    Brew Blog: Austin Eastciders Gold Top Cider

    When I snagged this (at least at the time) somewhat rare (in Houston) bottle over at D&Q, the friendly proprietress talked my ear off about how important it is to support locals, even when they're 162 miles away. She waxed poetic about the contents, too, saying "this isn't like other ciders." The wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Philippe Offers Luxurious To-Go Items for the Holiday Table

    Chuck Cook PhotographyTake home a pack of gravlax from Philippe to make the lovely appetizer dish on top.​Philippe (the acclaimed Galleria-area restaurant headed up by Chef Philippe Schmit) is offering a small selection of delicacies that you can buy and serve at home for the holidays. We were ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Wine for Hanukkah, the Festival of Fried Foods and Olive Oil

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Tomorrow night is the first night of Hanukkah. In the U.S., Ashkenazi Jews eat potato pancakes to celebrate the festival. Here and in other parts of the world, Sephardi Jews eat doughnuts.​You don't need me to tell you why we eat fried foods for Hanukkah, the Jewish fes ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Odd Pair: What Wine Do You Serve with Doritos?

    ​When asked what factors had shaped his palate and his wine collection when he first began collecting fine wine, rockstar (literally, not just figuratively) and winemaker Maynard James Keenan answered: "Mountain Dew and Doritos. Like most American kids, that's what I grew up on." This was a fe ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Bordeaux White

    ​Winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is widely recognized as one of the great producers of Sauternes, the "noble rot" dried-grape wine of Bordeaux, where grape growers let the fungus botrytis grow on their late-harvest fruit, thus desiccating the berries and concentrating their sugar and flavors. Bu ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Cat Piss in Your Wine? No, That's Jalapeño

    ​Of all the "aromatic" white grapes in the world, there is probably none more distinctive than Sauvignon Blanc. In France, it can be steely and intensely fragrant, as in Sancerre where it often takes on a cat piss (more properly called "tom cat") note on the nose. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blan ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Odd Pair: Strawberry Shortcake and Sauternes

    ​Katharine Shilcutt's piece on strawberries, complete with luscious photos of the ruby-red fruit, instilled a craving for strawberry shortcake into my easily influenced brain. Since I usually pass on dessert during the weekdays, I opted to outsmart myself and make strawberry shortcake for dinn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    First Look at Philippe

    Fun and fresh: Plastic bags to ice down your wine or champagne at Philippe.​Everything had been going swimmingly at Philippe (1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000) on Wednesday night when, after the last of our entree dishes had been cleared away, I sensed a subtle shift in the service. Something was a ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 21, 2005

    Brain Food

    You may puzzle over the menu at Robert Gadsby's Noé, but you'll love the clever chow