• Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    First Female Takes Home a Prize From Iron Somm, But Bubbles Still Win

    Female sommeliers have competed in the annual Iron Sommelier Competition for years, but last night marked the first time that one has taken home one of the major award categories. Vanessa Treviño-Boyd of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted scored the Best Presentation award last night. She succeeded in the in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    The Winery Dogs Will Shred No Rock Before Its Time

    Though he's maintained a dizzying schedule as a solo artist, spent time as a member of Poison and Mr. Big, and collaborated with dozens of other musicians from heavy metal to jazz, Richie Kotzen is currently in the dog house. But at least there's good stuff to drink in there. Kotzen - along with ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Eat Sushi for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Each Monday, Osteria Mazzantini hosts "Mussel Madness" from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Make after work plans on Monday, May 19, to eat half-price mussels at Osteria Mazzantini at the bar or on the patio. For $9, each guest will receive cozze (black mussels) tossed with garlic, parsley and a pomodoro sauce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Macerated Wines and Pop-Up Dinners

    On Monday, March 10, Batanga will host a Saint Arnold Beer Dinner featuring five beers from the brewery. This $60 event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a "Meet & Greet" over cod fritters, mushroom croquettes and Brazalian style sausage, linguista. Munch on these small bites while you sip on Saint Arnold's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Wine for Jews: Just Because It's Kosher Doesn't Mean It Has to Be Bad

    It's that time a year again: Like their brethren across the nation, Jewish Houstonians will make their way to their local supermarkets for last-minute kosher wine shopping. And like most Jewish Americans, they will find themselves ill-prepared in selecting the wines, partly because for most of them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Ten Bands We Wish Had Their Own Beer

    Sigh no more, my friends. You, too, can drink like a rock star. Or a banjo player. Mumford and Sons announced Sunday that they're creating their own ale to be served when they stop over in Lewes, England on their Gentlemen of the Road tour later this year. The bandmates put their heads together, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The Eating Our Words 100: Sean Beck, Sommelier Extraordinaire

    Who he is: Sommelier and wine consultant to a number of Houston establishments, Sean Beck started working as a waiter at Backstreet Cafe 15 years ago while he was pursuing a history degree at the University of Houston. "At the time, Backstreet had about a 55-bottle wine list," Beck recalls. Backst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Welcome to Houston TJ: Five of Trader Joe's Best Products

    If you haven't been living under a rock, you know Trader Joe's opened up its first Houston location in the historic Alabama Theater this past weekend. A friend of mine,, a longtime TJ fan, was so excited, she threw a Trader Joe's-themed party -- Hawaiian shirts and all -- Saturday night. The shtic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    Skin Contact Is How Wines Get (or Don't Get) Their Color

    Last week's post on our Pinot Grigio Nation reminded me of the first time I visited a winery, when I was 20 years old. I was a senior in college at U.C.L.A. (majoring in Italian), and I made a road trip to northern California with some European friends to visit the wine country. During a tour of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Have A Drink On Us: AC/DC Sells Wine Now, and We Had a Tasting

    Shout-out to the oenophiles out there, there is a new kid on the wine block these days, with the introduction of two varieties of vino geared towards fans of classic-rock band AC/DC. Now, I know what you are saying: Since their music goes so well with the hard stuff, shouldn't AC/DC be making their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Eat Local, Support Local: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Is Here

    Houston Restaurant Weeks is coming this August. But before you budget all your dining dollars to that worthy cause, remember that an equally worthy one is going on this week: The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up. Each year, the GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up features restaurants across the state cooking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    First Look at Felix 55

    The first time I tried to eat at Felix 55, the new Rice Village restaurant with Chef Michael Kramer at the helm, it was utterly packed. The patio was overflowing with guests and music pulsed from inside the restaurant, which is sandwiched between Baker St. Pub and D'Amico's in the hip 'n' happening ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Zelko Bistro Puts Female Winemakers and Craft Beer Front and Center

    Photo by Tam VoChef Jamie Zelko.​Zelko Bistro, although it's only been open for less than two years, has already garnered a reputation for its wine list: Aggressively priced, the list offers an excellent selection of wines between $28 and $46 a bottle. Chef and owner Jamie Zelko wanted it that ... More >>

  • Music

    July 7, 2011

    Members Only

    Is Simone on Sunset the best bar in West U...already?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Nona Sivley Demonstrates TV-Worthy Cooking at Rice Epicurean

    Geri Maria Harris​Last week ended on a high note when Hell's Kitchen Season 8 winner Nona Sivley left her chef de cuisine post at LA Market to head over to Rice Epicurean and cook up a big, steaming bowl of loaded potato soup. The audience was atwitter with an interesting mix of dedicated Hell's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    From Australia with Love: Aussie Foods Featured at Rice Epicurean

    ​Right now, Houstonians can get a taste of Australian cuisine without having to fly halfway across the world. Rice Epicurean is offering many enticing Australian made products at local stores. In addition to the excellent Pensfold Shiraz selection, there are also lovely citrus-infused olive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Odd Pair: Jell-o and Shiraz

    ​Jell-O in and of itself is somewhat odd. It's simply a mound of gelatinous sugar that jiggles when poked. From time to time, I'll get a craving for it and decide to make some. While I usually stick to basics with this treat, last week I felt experimental and decided to add some fresh rosem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Tempra Tantrum 2009 Tempranillo /Shiraz Blend

    ​Another sample courtesy of, this Spanish wine with a nicely designed, trendy label seems to be part of what the company calls a "Nuevo-Vino" approach to winemaking. I did a little poking around on the winery's website and decided that this wine's being marketed to w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Odd Pair: Chocolate Chip Cookies & Shiraz Viognier

    ​Forget cookies and milk. Once you're old enough to fully appreciate the power of a smooth buzz, it's all about the cookies and wine. Chocolate and red wine are generally good together, but this pairing of Brent & Sam's crunchy, chocolatey little cookies and Printhie's 2005 Shiraz Viognier is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Odd Pair: Sparking Pinot and Pringles

    ​Sparkling red wines are becoming more and more prevalent. I first became aware of them during a trip to Australia where I sampled delicious sparkling Shiraz. Stateside, I was lucky enough to find red bubbles on the wine lists of Houston's better restaurants. T'afia actually had a very lovely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Odd Pair: Grape Salad and Shiraz

    ​This week's Odd Pair was truly an accident. The idea was to pair a different Shiraz that some friends had been raving about with a bleu cheese potato salad. But after visiting several stores and leaving without either the wine or the food, I realized I needed to make a quick adjustment. Molly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz (2008)

    ​So what's the best way to obsess over Lois, Houston's resident corpse flower? Why, snuggle up to the live webcam on the Houston Museum of Natural Science's site and grab a bottle of wine. The Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz is just the wine to curl up with in front of a glowing monitor (or televis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Odd Pair at Absolve: A Food and Wine Pairing Event Like You've Never Tasted Before

    ​Are you a fan of our Odd Pair column? A fan of wine events where you can wear jeans and a concert T-shirt? A fan of chips and queso? Then do we have something in store for you... Eating Our Words is pleased to present Odd Pair at Absolve (920 Studemont Street), a food-and-wine pairing event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Marc Borel

    ​Yesterday after finishing up our interview with local wine badass Marc Borel, we decided to experience his favorite day at 13 Celsius for ourselves by attending a Tuesday cupcake pairing. We had a raspberry-filled dark-chocolate cupcake with a blend of Shiraz and Bordeaux. The deep tones of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Super Bowl Wines

    ​In honor of Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, we're continuing to bring you the latest and greatest in Super Bowl-ready wine. Odd Pair has featured Buffalo wings with red wine and nachos with white. Today, Wine of the Week has found two easygoing red wines to pair with just about anything you p ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    October 4, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    Monarch Restaurant

    Fit for a King (Almost)

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    June 28, 2007
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    May 24, 2007
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    May 10, 2007
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    February 22, 2007

    Haute Dogs and Hotties

    Don't worry about matching foods and wines at Max's — just make sure you don't have chili on your chin

  • News

    September 14, 2006

    Where's the LOL, Yaar?

    That Banned Show is a good idea -- but it better be funny

  • Dining

    September 27, 2001

    For a Good Time, Call…

    Diners at Garson can now feast on Persian food without being hit on

  • Culture

    April 19, 2001

    Dinner and a Morass

    The Alley's four-course meal of middle-age angst grows stale