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    October 28, 2014

    Best and Worse Halloween Candy of the Last 5 Years

    In 2009, J.C. Reid (who now handles barbecue coverage for the Houston Chronicle) wrote a memorable post called "Top 5 Creepiest Halloween Candy" in which zit poppers, box of boogers and scab-a-roni were some of the attention-getting highlights. In referencing the scab-a-roni (do they even make tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: It's Crawfish & Barbecue

    Pearland Crawfish Festival @ Shadow Creek Ranch Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 15800 South Freeway, Pearland Come for one day, or for all three days this weekend at the Pearland Crawfish Festival. Feast on crawfish from Swamp Shack Catering for $4 per pound, as we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Eat Healthy While Traveling: Five Homemade Snacks for the Plane

    Despite what your stomach tells you at the airport, that last-minute chicken and biscuit basket is not the perfect snack for your flight. Fight the holiday travel bulge with healthy snacks that are easy to make, easy to transport, and even easier to eat. From date-and-nut stuffed bites to crisp and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    Top 10 Best Chocolate Candies To Make Halloween Trick-or-Treaters Happy

    Okay, time to get down to business. While it's perfectly acceptable to give out candy devoid of cocoa at Halloween, we all know chocolate is the name of the game on October 31. Whether you're being modest and giving out fun-size or miniature versions, or are going whole hog (probably in a not-so-sub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    A First Look at Mr. Peeples

    Stepping into Mr. Peeples for the first time, it's inevitable that you'll have a strong reaction. Bright neon pinks and purples, royal blues and golds dominate everywhere you look, from the ornate crystal chandeliers above the billiard table in the restaurant's main landing, to the hostess stand sha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Proclamation and a Playlist: I Hate Grocery Shopping

    Photo by BPhotography_Welcome to my nightmare.The list of things I'd prefer to do instead of grocery shopping is long and ends with stuff like "moonwalk naked over hot coals" and "chew pink fiberglass-flavored Bubblicious." My son, the social conscience of our family, never fails to remind how luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Top Five S'Mores Variations

    The Houston heat makes it difficult to motivate yourself to clamor around the campfire for a sing-a-long. Here's you're one-word incentive (hint, it's not kumbaya): s'mores. They're worth the risk of some burns, sweat, and (smoky) tears, especially when gussied up with some different and/or or unus ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 27, 2013

    Finally Discovering Down House

    Where have you been all my life?

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Top 5 Candy Bars Better Eaten Frozen Than at Room Temperature

    The heat has managed to squelch my appetite, yet I still hunger for chocolate. Go figure. Usually, I would bake up a batch of brownies to satisfy my craving, but lately I can't bear to turn on the oven. A candy bar is an easy, cheap and even cooling way to appease my sweet tooth, especially if I st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Waiter, I'd Like Some Pie in That Milkshake

    A slice of pie is best accompanied by a scoop of ice cream, or, as some argue, a slice of cheese. And apparently, a milkshake is best accompanied by a slice of pie. Given we live in a country in which we deep-fry Oreos and manufacture two-pound Snickers bars, I am not terribly shocked someone some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Carbonation & Candy at Rocket Fizz

    It's no secret I'm passionate about potables, especially the adults-only kind. But love of liquids also extends to soda, especially during the summer when I tend to crave the unique sweet burn of a carbonated beverage. So I when first walked into Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop in Rice Village ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Lent Sacrifices: A Sliding Scale, from Broccoli to the Papacy

    Happy Fat Tuesday -- chow down on that King Cake, because tomorrow begins Lent. For 40 days, you're expected to sacrifice something, because the Lord Our God apparently cares whether you've snuck that Snickers bar you promised to give up. In case you're still deciding what to avoid in your attempt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Cover Story: Texas's Seven Deadly Crime Sins

    When staff writer John Nova Lomax set about his review of the crimes committed in Texas in 2012, he rapidly discovered that the Bible had a lot to say about them. Yes, all manner of crime that had evaded other groupings seemed to fall right into place once the Seven Deadly Sins were ticked off one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Last, Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Five Gifts from the Gas Station

    You pop out of bed on Christmas morning. You've been asleep for a couple of days thanks to that crazy ass holiday party at the office. You crawl out of bed and remember that you need to be at your mom's house in a couple hours for lunch and merriment. As you reach the bathroom and strain your eyes i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    The Inexplicable Shame of Buying Discount Holiday Candy

    One of my favorite Halloween traditions occurs well after the holiday itself: trolling for discount confections. In the days following October 31 I hit drugstores, supermarkets, craft supplies shops, et cetera in the hopes of scoring some reduced-price bags of fun-size Snickers or pumpkin-shaped P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Bottom Five Halloween "Treats," or How to Guarantee an Egging

    I'm not sure what I liked best about Halloween: the candy itself, or the inevitable back-room, black-market bartering that went on after the fact. Into the wee hours following Halloween, my brothers and I would sit on the rug in our bedroom, candy piled in front of us like Smaug in his mountainous t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Highway Robbery at the Sheraton New York or A Cautionary Tale of Minibar Snickers

    As long as I've known about that monstrous invention known as the hotel mini-bar, I have also known better than to satisfy my hunger and thirst with its overpriced wares. The first time I encountered a mini-bar was at an Embassy Suites during a family vacation to Philadelphia. The idea of staying in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness: The Grease Monster of Yucca Flats

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating...Our Words, where this time of year ten years ago, we'd be nearly halfway through our allotted money on our university meal card already. It's hard living above a convenience store that's open late at night, particularly if you have a weakness for m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Tomorrow Is National Junk Food Day (Yes, There Is Just One)

    As we know, today is National Fortune Cookie Day. Rivaling that in ridiculousness, tomorrow is National Junk Food Day. The concept of a National Junk Food Day in the United States is in a way laughable, considering the average American eats rather unhealthful, processed stuff on a regular basis. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Top 5 Houston Brunch Dishes That Could Double As Dessert

    It has long been a personal dream of mine that certain restaurants would offer their weekend brunch menu at night as well. Tucking into a huge meal is a great way to ameliorate a hangover but not particularly helpful if you aim to do anything but nap for the rest of the afternoon, so the option to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Oh My, A List!: 7 Tips For Free Press Summer Fest Newbs

    This will be the Rocks Off team's fourth Free Press Summer Fest outing since the festival began that summer of 2009. I remember it well: The small stages, the blistering August heat, The Sword, rolling in the grass with Hippie Mike, all of it. The main stage headliners were Of Montreal, Explosions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    What Are You (Not) Eating During Lent?

    Growing up, I associated Lent with culinary abstention. I was socially conditioned, less by family and more by Sunday school peers, that this period before Easter should involve giving up certain foods. I remember my religion teacher declaring with more than a minimal degree of self-satisfaction tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Taste Test Marathon: The Power Bar Challenge

    Photos by Christina Uticone​With the Chevron Houston Marathon looming, running and fueling and hydrating are trending topics online and off. My preferred workout fuel is actual food, although I've been known to supplement with a bar or a shake along the way when short on time. Generally I save ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Rape, Scandal, Greed and Cockfighting -- The 2011 Sports Year In Review

    2011: Penn State's horrible year​You know how, in the series 24, the way a season unfolds? How just when you think there has been some sort of resolution to the bad guys being bottled up, right then and there a new (often worse) layer is introduced, and ultimately in like Hour 22 Jack Bauer wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    The Six Creepiest Food Commercials of 2011

    Yes, it's true: The original Ronald McDonald was played by Willard Scott.​Food commercials have been unintentionally (or, in some cases, intentionally) creeping us out since the original Ronald McDonald was introduced to audiences in 1963. That's him over there to the right, providing what wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Vosges > Snickers

    Caramel and sea salt: I couldn't love this bar any more if I tried.​Lately, I've been curbing my consumption of sweets significantly by buying expensive chocolate. How does this work? Quite easily, as it turns out. The pressure to buy two Snickers bars for $1 at the gas station can be overwhe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    How to Stay On Track, Even at the Office

    dolescumVitamin D is fine. Snickers, not so much. ​The office is a known enemy to any diet. It can single-handedly bring down even the best intentions with birthday cakes, vending machine trips and stress-induced over-snacking. However, if you go into this battle prepared everyday, what was on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Poppy Flashes Plenty Of G.R.i.T. On Intent To Distribute

    ​The G.R.i.T. Boys, a stalwart Southern rap group among stalwart Southern rap groups, have long been an undervalued commodity. There are three boys who are gritty -Scooby, Niq, Poppy - and musically, they tend to float around between Brick Rap, Brag Rap, existentialism and whatever the opposit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Lluther: Inside The Mystery Of The Extra "L"

    It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're trying hard to find meaning in the oddest monikers. ​Rock is dead, but every once in a while Rocks Off likes to diddle the corpse. The subject of our latest necrophilia is an alternative-rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    Super Bowl XLV: Livebloggin' the Commercials!

    Betty White enjoys a Snickers.​For someone who watches the biggest television event in America strictly for the breaks, last year was a bummer. Betty White's Snicker's ad, and the Kia commercial featuring a posse of partying toys were two standouts in a year of boring, sexist and outright dumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Miranda Phillips: Poses As Medical Pro in Attempt to Score Purple Drank

    Miranda Phillips: Not a trained medical professional​Although Miranda Phillips claimed to be working for a doctor in Livingston, employees at the Lufkin Walmart's pharmacy thought something was fishy about her phoned-in request for a prescription last December. She told the pharmacist that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Dark Chocolate Snickers

    ​It seems like dark chocolate versions of mainstream candies popping up everywhere. While shopping for toiletries at CVS a few days ago, for example, I spotted a Dark Chocolate Snickers. The candy's packaging was appropriately black in color and on the back reads "CHOW-IN-THE-DARK" in Snickers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Wade Phillips' Job Interview: Snickers, Crayons and Battlefighting

    ll Wade Phillips job interviews involve Snickers bars​"HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Eyewitness Sports has learned that Wade Phillips will be hired as the Texans new defensive coordinator." -- Bob Allen on Twitter last night, 1/4/11 "Noooo!!! Wait!!! I talked to Wade Phillips second cousin once removed! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Top 5 Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy

    blog.beliefnet.comIt's November 1 and you're knee deep in Halloween candy. Now what? ​You bought a ton of candy but forgot to turn on the porch light. Sugar transforms your sweet, little angel into the Anti-Christ. You're on a diet. Although it's difficult to imagine, we realize that not every ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Give Your Kids That Candy

    Photo courtesy of New Grounds​Let's say your kids hit the "cool" houses this year at Halloween -- the ones that don't give away crap like apples and toothbrushes -- and brought home one hell of a haul. Congrats to you for living in a neighborhood with decent neighbors! Now what to do with all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Sundae Sunday: Snickers Sundae at Amy's Ice Cream

    ​The proximity of Halloween inspired me to recreate one of my favorite candy bars, Snickers, in the form of a sundae, so this past weekend I headed to Amy's for some experimentation. Admittedly I could have made this sundae just as well at home (or bought this pre-designed monstrosity), but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Monday Night: Burger Night at BRC

    ​I love Big Red Cock - BRC Gastropub (519 Shepherd Dr.), that is. And as much as I enjoy stopping by just to find out what they've got going on in the mac n' cheese on any given day, there really is nothing like burger night at this place.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Odd Pair: Snickers Ice Cream Bar and Blanc de Blancs

    Cram some Snickers ice cream in your pie hole and follow it with a dry sparkling wine.​ Why is it that every year we forget just how miserable it gets in August? We must, otherwise, we'd have all moved to Alaska to bunk with Sarah Palin by now. Anyway, it's definitely ice cream weather and what' ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Sundae Sundays: Baskin-Robbins

    Baskin-Robbins hot fudge sundae​After my disappointing Ben & Jerry's Sundae Sunday, I was curious if any other national chain ice cream vendor offered a better alternative. Next at bat: Baskin-Robbins. I could create my own fantabulous ice cream sundae at home pretty much ensuring a terrific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Top Five Under-Appreciated Candy Bars

    ​This post is a not-so-solemn plea for those candy bars that -- most of the time -- sit woefully ignored on drugstore racks across the country. I enjoy Snickers, Kit Kats, and Three Musketeers as much as the next sugar freak, but their combined monopoly on the American candy market is, I conte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. The Mighty Rib: It's always refreshing to see new food blogs in town, and I lik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    The Week In TV: What Do You Watch During The Summer?

    With Treme off the air, what are you going to watch the rest of the summer?​Blah blah basketball blah blah soccer blah blah I miss real shows. This was the week in TV Land: • Treme wrapped its first season last night with an episode that was probably among its best so far, though it also hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Top Five Calorific Houston Desserts

    kshilcuttBayou Goo at House of Pies.​While calorie bombs laden with lard, salt, sugar and cream are traditionally staples of national chain restaurants that pride themselves on obscene portions (see: The Cheesecake Factory), a fair number of Houston establishments offer some equally cloying co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Betty White Needs A Break

    ​The Saturday Night Live episode hosted by Betty White aired last weekend, thanks to the efforts of some 500,000 Facebook users who bravely took a break from complaining about the security of those photos they posted from the Senor Frogs wet t-shirt contest in 1988 to create a group expressly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    First Look at BRC Gastropub

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttBiscuits and bacon never looked so good.​Let's get one thing out of the way first: BRC stands for Big Red Cock. There's even a giant crimson rooster in the parking lot, in case there was any misunderstanding. So get all the "Wow, that Big Red Cock is really deliciou ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008
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    October 25, 2007

    Creepshow: Halloween Party Music

    Music to keep your soiree from sucking like Dracula

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    July 28, 2005
  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Political Futbol

    For the city, both money and employees are expendable when it comes to youth soccer

  • Dining

    May 11, 1995

    What's In a Name?

    A rose is a rose, and Puente's is Puente's, even when called Woodway Grill

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