This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades.
As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world.
Like these ten:
10. Matthew McConaughey
His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>
Investors held on too long.Beginning with LaSalle, the French explorer who survived shipwrecks and cannibal Karankawa Indian attacks only to perish at the hands of his own men near Navasota, some people in Texas have had some pretty damned hard luck.
You might lay some or all of the blame at ... More >>
The University of Houston's Digital Library has put together a collection of menus, programs and other material from the legendary Shamrock Hotel, which stood near where the Medical Center is today and was a little bit of Vegas in Space City.
The library worked with the school's Hospitality ... More >>
More study and discussion, but no dynamiteHarris County Judge Ed Emmett became the latest in a series of local elected officials delivering dire economic news, in his State of the County speech today.
Cuts are coming, and the county will be searching for ways to get by with less, he said.
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Brennan's has long been the cock of the walk in Houston.Although a good handful of Houston restaurants have been around at least as long as my grandparents, the general rule of thumb in this city is that restaurants live fast and die young.
And although you rarely find postcards of current r ... More >>
Already a poet laureate of Americana before he moved to El Paso about ten years ago, Tom Russell's border tenure has seen him produce some great hardscrabble portraits of sketchy characters and haunting, even deadly landscapes.
One of Russell's truly great pieces is the border memoir "When S ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttA new restaurant has stepped up to the plate at 2411 S. Shepherd, the former location of Crostini and -- more recently -- the ill-fated Cafe Zol. Sabetta Cafe & Wine Bar, the creation of Chef Riccardo Palazzo-Giorgio and wife Donna, opened this week. Sabetta was th ... More >>
So maybe, like Texas Traveler, you're exiled to Dallas for a business conference, or an extra-long layover at DFW airport, or relocated for work and have no idea how to pass the time. Well, Texas Traveler has a few ideas, some off the beaten path, and some right smack square in the middle of it.6 ... More >>
When it comes to stand-up, Houston isn't famous merely for launching the careers of some of the edgiest comedians of the `70s and `80s. It also gave the world Bob Newhart.Newhart grew up in Chicago and became an accountant, but always had a comedy jones. He wrote gags and did some radio work in M ... More >>
The longest walk in the history of the Sole of Houston requires the longest piece. This being a blog and all, we have decided to break it up into three installments.
Coming today, tomorrow and Thursday in this tale of 22-plus miles of concrete, mud, and fairly cold weather: The fending off a pote ... More >>