It's fine day in Houston when a diner has a choice of several good restaurants serving Peruvian food. Even finer is the fact that one of them, Peru Cafe Express, offers a super casual atmosphere, reasonable prices, takeout, and delivery. Lomo saltado and an Inca Cola delivered to your doorstep? Y ... More >>
"A que venimos? A TRIUNFAR!!!" -- Piolín Piolín's Jugada Musical feat. Gabriel Iglesias and Intocable House of Blues June 17, 2014 When you interview someone who talks for a living, keeping him or her on topic is about as easy as winning the World Cup. In other words, it can take what seems like ... More >>
When did World Cup soccer start mattering to U.S. fans? I know many of us have doled out orange slices and cursed at volunteer officials at youth league games, but interest in the pro soccer pitch is apparently now at fever pitch. The global football tournament begins this afternoon and won't end u ... More >>
It may have been a case of lax airport security, or the fact pilots don't get the full cavity search the rest of get when we travel. Then again, the time tested method of swallowing packets of drugs to smuggle across borders is still a tried and true way for narco traffickers to meet demand here in ... More >>
You know how sometimes people complain about having to leave the 610 Loop? I used to be one of them. I used to bitch and moan about leaving the comfort of Montrose or Midtown, even if it meant exploring something new and awesome, just because I hated fighting the inevitable traffic on the Southwest ... More >>
Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>
A strange neighborhood that you won't easily forget comes to life at MFAH.
The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 it...like...pasta? 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 >>
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 >>
Photos by Mai PhamCebiche Serrano: In honor of the highlands of Peru: Fish Cebiche with Huacatay HerbLatin 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 >>
sahgal_rahulThe 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 >>
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 >>
What was lost, has been found
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Filmmakers from south of the border show off their latest works
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.
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 >>
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 >>
It's five days of dancing, dancing, dancing
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 >>
Curator Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado pairs two agit-prop classics
Carrie Ruiz of Humble is praying that President Obama and his promised commitment to foreign diplomacy will help bring her daughter's killer to justice.Nine years ago, Ruiz's teenaged daughter, Felicia, was stabbed to death 26 times in an open field. Two of the three attackers are now behind bars, b ... More >>
So maybe not everyone is into the Swedish music scene, but for all you club-music enthusiasts out there, Discobelle has a number of free MP3s, videos and fun mixes. The three-year-old site posts daily tunes by producers residing anywhere from Brazil to London. You'll find selections from h ... More >>
Novalima Coba Coba (Cumbancha) www.novalima.net 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 s ... More >>
Margarita de la Vega Hurtado looks at Augusto Pinochet's political coup in Chile
Two films look at life in Argentina
Peruvian singer makes Houston stop
Why was the nation of Venezuela named after Venice, Italy, and what does any of this have to do with a new pastry shop in Braes Heights?
Emporio Brazilian Café scores with home cooking
Chile peppers, propane burners and poor public relations add up to a smoke screen at Chuy's