South America

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    September 4, 2014
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    June 18, 2014

    Raucous Crowd, Latino Stars Enliven El Tri Watch Party

    "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 >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Goooooooal!! A Mostly Musical Guide to Enjoying the World Cup

    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 >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Houston Airline Passenger Goes to Hospital After Cocaine Packets Break in His Stomach

    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 >>

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    May 22, 2014

    The Five Best Hidden Restaurant Gems in Westchase

    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 >>

  • Culture

    May 15, 2014
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    May 13, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 98, Helado de Lúcuma at Pollo Bravo

    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 >>

  • 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.

  • Dining

    October 24, 2013

    Cheap and Good Eats

    The top five budget lunch spots in Montrose.

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    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

    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 >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Pope Francis I: Five Questions We Want Answered About The New Guy

    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 >>

  • 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.

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    June 14, 2012
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    June 14, 2012
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 Torrontés

    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 >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    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 >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Bobby Heugel's Weekly Cocktail: The Pisco Sour

    ​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 >>

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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.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    Venezuelan Street Food - Catered

    ​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 >>

  • 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

  • Culture

    October 1, 2009
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    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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    February 19, 2009

    CINEMATHEQUE: Latin American “Third Cinema”

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

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Political Change (Here And In DC) May Help Murder Victim's Mom

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Digitalia: Discobelle

    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 >>

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    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 s ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    History and Memory

    Margarita de la Vega Hurtado looks at Augusto Pinochet's political coup in Chile

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    July 17, 2008

    Kept and Dreamless, The Custodian

    Two films look at life in Argentina

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    July 26, 2007

    Gian Marco

    Peruvian singer makes Houston stop

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2007

    Robb's Review: On the Menu

    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?

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    February 2, 2006
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    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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