The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
A history lesson on a plate spanning from the far past to today.
I probably should have researched Peruvian food a bit before I sat down at Latin Bites and read the menu, pretending to understand exactly what I was looking at. I had no idea what aji was, but there was that word, an ingredient in nearly every dish. I didn't know what cancha was either, but appar ... More >>
Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin explores poverty with images of heat and earth.
For two weeks of every year, Central Market holds what in essence is an international festival in its stores by paying homage to the food and cultures of the another country. Three years ago, I attended my first "Passport" event when they celebrated the foods of Argentina. The following year, it was ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Argentine cuisine.
We've got white smoke; we've got cheering crowds, habemas papem, as they say. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio got the gig and, even though his name ends in a vowel and looks like it should be preceded by a nickname, he's not Italian. For the third time in a row, the College of Cardinals has elected ... More >>
Venezuela's Huge Chavez has been one of the more polarizing political figures on the world stage, beloved by many, hated by just as many if not more. Citgo is a huge energy company based in Houston, incorporated under U.S. laws....but owned by Venezuela. Which put the company in somewhat of a toug ... More >>
If you believe the news from over the weekend that coffee beans are in danger of extinction, you're probably hoarding all the Arabica you can find today and envisioning a future in which coffee -- already liquid gold for many of us caffeine addicts -- can be used as delicious, fragrant currency. No ... More >>
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
It's a Tuesday night, and as I enter the MKT Bar at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown, there's this kind of hazy, underground, industrial vibe going on. Strains of poignant, dramatic tango music are coming across the loudspeaker, and dancers slide and sway across the concrete floor, some with the t ... More >>
Latin Bites has come a long way. First a catering business, then to its miniature space in the Warehouse District on Nance and now to its greatly expanded location on Woodway. The new venue is open, airy and bright. You can saddle up to the pisco bar -- the only one in Houston -- or to the cebiche ... More >>
I love iFest so much, I typically go on both weekends of the festival each year. This time around, I'll be missing the second weekend of the International Festival in favor of appearing in a bright blue bridesmaid's dress at a mansion in Las Vegas (HOLLA), but you lucky people will still be able to ... More >>
When my wife Tracie P and I pulled the synthetic cork out of a bottle of Terrazas de los Andes Altos del Plata Malbec on Saturday evening at a family function, we joked that we could write the tasting note without even sampling the contents: "Bright jammy fruit, with an intense blueberry note, aggre ... More >>
Photos by Mai PhamCebiche de conchas (scallops), a new item from the Cebiche Bar at Latin Bites CafeChef Roberto Castre of Latin Bites Cafe knows what it means to work hard. The last two days, he shared the details of how he worked up the ranks after graduating from culinary school in Peru, a ... More >>
The first time I went to Piola, I thought "damn, this place is bright." It had been a crappy, rainy Monday. I was hungry and in a nasty mood, but the place actually cheered me up. It was happy hour, and I ended up getting pretty happy. I ordered a few French 75s for $5 each and the Rio de Jan ... More >>
Photo by Jeremy Parzen.Argentina isn't what I generally reach for when I go wine shopping, but I was pleasantly surprised when my Spec's salesperson turned me on to this Patagonia Chardonnay.Most of the wine that comes from South America tends to be made in the California style: big flavor, b ... More >>
Try a topsy-turvy Brazilian burger.
Photo by Troy FieldsPotato sticks, corn and peas are vital ingredients in any X-Tudo burger.In this week's cafe review, we spotlight Friends Pizzeria, a little Brazilian restaurant that -- despite its name -- specializes in Brazilian burgers and hot dogs just as much as it does in pizza. And ... More >>
When he texts from Brazil, my brother Robert usually mentions the caipirinha he is enjoying at the moment. I didn't know if it was actually a great cocktail, or just one of those "Ha ha, I'm on the beach at Ipanema and you're not!" sort of things. I was wary; my research indicated cachaça- ... More >>
Nabbed in Houston.A book from the 1700s that a traveler tried to smuggle through Bush Intercontinental has been formally returned to the country of Peru, federal officials said today. The manuscript had been stolen from the Recoleta Library in Arequipa, Peru, they said. A man with a record ... More >>
Dad, get me out of this oneA Houston-area couple has been charged with smuggling arms to Colombia, and a whole lot of weaponry was seized. Federal agents arrested Patrick Regan, 40, and his wife Ximena del Pilar Echeverry Aria, 25, who was a Colombian native, on Tuesday, prosecutors announce ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email email@example.com ... More >>
It wasn't so much the origin of this wine that interested me- it's the last of three samples from Peru reviewed for Wine of the Week. But the varietal, Tannat, is something that I've never tried before on its own. Tannat is a red grape that was originally grown in the Madiran appellation in ... More >>
One way to drown the sorrows of a horrible Monday Night Football game featuring the disappointing Texans, is to open up a sample bottle of Bonarda direct from Argentina, and pretend that I'm no longer in Houston, but in the cellar of a mysterious and romantic winery down South America way. O ... More >>
Pink Floit via FlickrOs Mutantes were one of the most influential rock groups to emerge during the late '60s in Brazil. The band - initially a trio with Rita Lee, Arnaldo Baptista and his brother Sergio Dias) fell under the graces of the founders of the Tropicalismo movement, Brazil's respons ... More >>
In honor of the previously-trapped miners in Chile, I found this cheap magnum of Chilean wine. It seemed the appropriate wine to toast their newfound freedom. Unlike the massive rescue efforts, this wine wasn't incredibly complex. But like the Chilean miners, it had plenty of surprising chara ... More >>
pierre pouliquinAlpaca sez, "Try Peruvian wine!"Perhaps it's because we've never been there, but images of alpacas, Pisco and Machu Picchu account for much of our knowledge of Peru. We're hoping that changes this month with a grand showing of Peruvian products and samplings at Spec's Smith St ... More >>
RobW_Goodness gracious, this is a ballsy Sauvignon Blanc from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. It doesn't look like much in the glass, timidly light and unassuming in color and viscosity; barely discernable from ever-so-slightly yellow-green tinted water. However, the nose is incredibly strong, ... More >>
I like the tango, I love chimichurri, and beef is my buddy, so it's only natural that a Malbec from Argentina is also high on my favorites list. It's no secret that I've never met a Malbec that I didn't like, and this gift from a friend is no exception. The Navarro Correas is nicely balanced, ... More >>
"Tonight, find out why you could be putting your whole family at risk by serving foods high in radioactivity. That's right, radioactivity. Find out more about this shocking, potentially lethal news here on KEOW tonight at 10 o'clock." Let's just go ahead and beat the 10 o'clock news to the p ... More >>
Nowadays, there are hundreds of variations of ceviche, even in Peru itself, where ceviche bars are incredibly popular. Despite all the new fusion foods available, this version, my Abuelita's, is still a favorite. Abuelita, who is from Callo, Peru, learned how to make ceviche from her mother, ... More >>
Peruvians and Chileans drink pisco sours like Texans drink margaritas. For decades, Peru and Chile have viciously fought over the origins of pisco, a grape-based spirit similar to grappa, and the equally famous cocktail the pisco sour. Arguing so fiercely over spirits and cocktails may sound ... More >>
Ham and cheese empanadas at Argentina Cafe
This recipe for chimichurri, the traditional Central and South American condiment and marinade, is simple and really easy to make, so there is no excuse to use the stuff from the jar. In Peru, as well as other countries, chimichurri is served with churrasco steak, which is one of Abuelita's ... More >>
We were recently fortunate enough to sample some homemade Venezuelan empanadas that were muy deliciosos. Made by Rosalba Verde, a native of Venezuela, the flaky pastry dough came in several versions -- stuffed full of chorizo and potato, ground beef, or chicken breast mixed with green olives, ... More >>
Award-winning actor/director/drag queen Clinton Leupp tackles the Lone Star state
Margarita de la Vega Hurtado looks at Augusto Pinochet's political coup in Chile
Colombian photographers tell graphic stories at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art
Rice Media Center presents a retrospective of the Brazilian filmmakers work
Mi Pueblito is a restaurant for Colombians who miss home, but gringos will still enjoy its fare -- especially the chewy pork bits