South America

  • Culture

    November 21, 2013

    Welcome to the Visceral Neighborhood That Is Barrio Berni

    A strange neighborhood that you won't easily forget comes to life at MFAH.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Declawing Cats, Banned in Many Countries, Is Thriving in the United States

    So your cat just slashed your prized Australian aborigine drum set. Or maybe that cute as a button kitten you got just a few weeks ago took out the wall paper in your den. No problem: just have your cat declawed and all that goes away. You'll never have to worry about home destruction or battling wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Carlos Vives at Toyota Center, 7/28/2013

    Carlos Vives Toyota Center July 28, 2013 The Republic of Colombia is a South American nation known for its beautiful people, delicious food, and festive music. On the one hand, you have cumbia, an especially wonderful and eternally danceable music that has evolved and grown throughout the Americas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Summer Entertaining: Movie Night & DIY Popcorn Bar

    Summer entertaining doesn't have to be limited to the grill. Escape the heat with a movie marathon complete with a DIY Popcorn Bar. All you'll need is freshly popped corn, paper bags or popcorn buckets, and a few fun toppings. Use chalkboards or cardboard to make your own signs, and let guests top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Argentine Cuisine

    For this week's edition of Here, Eat This, we venture into South America, where hardy Houstonians possessed of a hearty appetite will find much to love in the pampas of Argentina. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Nigerian Cuisine - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Korean Cuisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Complimentary Cocktails and Empty Bowls

    Quattro is continuing its popular pre-concert dinner series with special menus coming up for both the Rihanna performance on April 15 and the Carrie Underwood show on April 23 - both at the Toyota Center, which is only a couple of short blocks away. The award-winning Italian restaurant inside the F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Oops: UTMB Misplaces a Vial of Deadly Virus

    The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is proud to be the home of many highly infectious, very deadly viruses and other potential weapons of biological mass destruction. And that's just in the break-room fridge!!! (Ha! Kidding.) Part of the job of keeping such things around the premis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Hatch Chile Menu Specials at Chuy's

    While many local establishments' Hatch chile celebrations are winding down, Chuy's is just getting started. Their annual Hatch Chile Festival began August 20 and will continue through September 9, which means there's plenty of time to try their limited-time-only Hatch chile menu.

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    The Global Burger: Argentina

    I love a good burger. While I always enjoy the regular patty on a bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup (as long as it's cooked at least medium rare), sometimes I like to put a twist or two on tradition. In this series of posts, I'm globalizing the burger by revamping it according to other co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    iFest: Top 5 Argentine-American Musicians

    The Houston International Festival enters its second weekend tomorrow, with featured musical acts WAR, Joe Louis Walker, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Texas Tornados, Del Castillo, Steel Pulse and lots more. Although iFest's performers come from all over the world, all around the main stages will be the sig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Welcome back to the weekly roundup, where yours truly is currently racing against an incoming hellstorm-raingasm, and hoping to get this thing completed before the bottom falls out. Will I succeed? The only way to know is to read on. We started the week off right with sushi, sushi, sushi, sushi. Do ... More >>

  • Music

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Eat Like an Argentine at These 5 Houston Restaurants

    The International Festival (iFest) is upon us once again. And this year, the multi-weekend festival has chosen Argentina as its spotlighted country. That means that much of the music, art and -- most importantly -- food that will be showcased will be Argentinean. And for meat-loving Texans, that's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Simple Sides: Delicious Herbed Quinoa

    Up until about a month ago, I had never tried quinoa. I was like, "What the hell is it? How do you pronounce it? Is it a grain? Is What do you put on it? Why is there so much in my brother's pantry?" So many questions. The bro had recently come back from a little stint in Peru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    iFest 2012 Heavy On Latin Rock, Funk, South Americans

    The Houston International Festival officially announced its 2012 lineup this morning. The music is heavy on Latin-flavored rock, reggae and funk, with Texas well-represented as always and an exceedingly rare Houston appearance by Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat giant Fela, and his group Egypt 80. Among ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 16, 2012
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    July 6, 2011

    Monthly Cebiche Specials at Latin Bites Cafe

    Photos by Mai PhamCebiche Serrano: In honor of the highlands of Peru: Fish Cebiche with Huacatay Herb​Latin Bites Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in the city, but I don't get there as often as I'd like, so last week, when Chef Roberto Castre posted on his Facebook page that he had creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Odd Pair: Mangos and 2009 Alamos Torront├ęs

    sahgal_rahul​The arrival of the warmer temperatures of March has put me in a springtime frame of mind. I suppose that's why I went a little overboard stocking up on tropical fruit last time I grocery-shopped. The mangoes proved to be particularly golden and juicy, especially for this time of ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Odd Pair: Frozen Burritos & Chilean Rose

    ​Frozen burritos - the prefect food to eat when you're too lazy to drive to Taco Bell. Next time you're in that same predicament, make yourself feel better by opening a bottle of Calcu's 2009 Rose from Chile. It retails for about $12 a bottle, which is about 50 times the cost of that beef/ bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Wine of the Week: Intipalka Sauvignon Blanc 2009

    ​This is the only time I've ever tried a wine from Peru, a country not revered for its winemaking (at least here in America). It's refreshing to taste a little-known wine that is well representative of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Mayacopa Beans

    ​What is it? So we've already covered heirloom tomatoes, right? Well, apparently there are such things as heirloom beans, and the Mayacopa variety is one of them. For one little legume, there are certainly many spellings and names - Mayacoba, Maya Copa, yellow beans, Mayocoba, Mayo Coba, C ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    The Complete Metropolis

    What was lost, has been found

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Trying the Pitaya

    ​The dragonfruit, or pitaya, is known for its great health benefits, and it's touted on the side of juice bottles and energy drinks for its vitamin, fiber and mineral-rich context. Bolder distributors even state that the fruit has been used to treat everything from diabetes to asthma. Really.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Chile Pancho Hot Sauces

    ​On the way back from a recent trip to Mexico, I wandered into the duty-free area. In the sea of merchandise was a small island of nothing but hot sauces, sitting quietly behind a tower of buy one, get one free tequila. Normally, I choose the El Yucateco habanero hot sauces - both the red and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #25 Special Enchiladas-A-La-Taylor at Spanish Village

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    The Blue Mug

    See the show India has been raving about for years

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    April 29, 2010

    Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America

    Filmmakers from south of the border show off their latest works

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Coffee Review: Has Bean's Farmer Direct Bolivia Machacamarca

    ​The UK coffee crowd has been gaining momentum for quite some time now, and we were lucky enough to get to sample this gem from Has Bean, a coffee-roasting and home-brewing supply company out of Stafford, UK.

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Black Alfajores at Rustika

    ​Take two cookies, stick them together with a thick dulce de leche filling, and you have an alfajor,a much beloved sweet in South America and Mexico. I got some black alfajores at Rustika bakery the other day and took them to a friend's house. They were suitably impressed. The caramel filling ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2010

    3rd Annual Houston Tango Festival

    It's five days of dancing, dancing, dancing

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    December 10, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Noquis of the 29th

    photo by Robb Walsh Manena's Pastry Shop on Westheimer at Wilcrest is the subject of this week's Cafe review. Manena's is famous for their empanadas, but it's also a place where folks from South America gather on the 29th of each month (except February) to eat gnocchi, or noquis, as they are known ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Tropa de Elite/The Elite Squad

    See the film Brazilian police officers tried to stop from being screened

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    February 19, 2009

    CINEMATHEQUE: Latin American “Third Cinema”

    Curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado pairs two agit-prop classics

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Sonidos y Mas: NovaLima

    Novalima Coba Coba (Cumbancha) If you hear similarities between Novalima's modern Afro-Peruvian music and the rhythms brought from Cuba by Celia Cruz and Tito Puente in the '50s, you're on the right track: Peruvians have borrowed a lot from the Africans taken to South America as ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008

    Kept and Dreamless, The Custodian

    Two films look at life in Argentina

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    January 10, 2008

    Jac Leirner

    Gallery Sonja Roesch hosts a mixed-media Brazilian artist

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    November 1, 2007

    35th Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair

    The Jewish Community Center presents two weeks of authors, filmmakers and artists

  • Calendar

    October 25, 2007

    “International Discoveries”

    FotoFest goes extra global

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2007

    Gian Marco

    Peruvian singer makes Houston stop

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    February 2, 2006
  • Dining

    July 4, 2002


    Emporio Brazilian Café scores with home cooking

  • Dining

    January 17, 2002

    Anatomy of a Promotion

    Chile peppers, propane burners and poor public relations add up to a smoke screen at Chuy's

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