South Asia

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Let's Talk About Pakistan (and America, too)

    I am Kamran Khalid, a Pakistani journalist visiting the United States under the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership Program in Journalism, a cultural exchange program run by the International Center for Journalists and the U.S. State Department. While I'm here I hope to learn more about American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    Watch Valet Crash This $335,000 Lamborghini (VIDEO)

    The concept of valet parking has always been a fascinating one to me. Here is an item that for many people is one of the largest tangible items that they own, for most second behind their home, and yet when we pull into a driveway at a hotel or restaurant, we are totally cool with just handing over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Every Saturday Afternoon is Chai Time at Kiran's

    Chef Kiran Verma isn't convinced that Indian tea time came to the country from its British colonists. "You all were rich, so you were drinking gin and tonic," she says laughing. "We were the poor Indians who were slaving and having chai." It's not clear if the British introduced afternoon tea to I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Leftover Rice From Indian Takeout? Make Kheer

    We have a lot of extra cooked rice in the house these days. My husband has been on an Indian cooking kick, and he successfully made several amazing batches of rogan gosh, fish masala, and chicken vindaloo. He has been less successful in gauging how much rice we would consume with these dishes, which ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2014
  • Dining

    January 23, 2014

    The Dosa Factory Elevates a Traditional Indian Street Food to Delicious Perfection

    This dosa will take you away to the streets of Chennai.

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2014

    Cheap & Good Eats: Top 5 Budget Lunch Spots in Clear Lake

    We've been rounding up our favorite budget lunch spots in different neighborhoods around town (See the complete list at the end of the post). This week, we're moving toward the shores to the Clear Lake/NASA area. With plenty of old-time favorites and a couple of newer spots in the mix, here's our l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Top 5 Asian Sodas That You Should Try

    Soda may be almost as American as apple pie, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't making a good show of producing their own noteworthy varieties of pop. Special props go to Asia (yes, the whole continent), whose diverse component countries have come up with some wicked good soda brands. ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 28, 2013
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    October 21, 2013

    Global Slavery and the Long Line at the Grocery Store

    When most Americans think of slavery, their minds almost immediately revert to the Civil War and the antebellum South. Slavery is a vestige of the past to us. However, as the 2013 Global Slavery Index sadly shows, slavery is still very real to people all over the world. There are nearly 30 million ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 11, 2013

    Bismillah Cafe: Let's Chaat

    Bismillah Cafe specializes in spicy fusion-Pakistani food, going as hot as you dare to go.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Consumption For A Cause: Does It Really Help?

    In high school and in college, I consistently volunteered my time at hospitals, food banks, shelters, and, one summer, even overseas teaching English to 6-year-olds in northern India. Yes, my motivation stemmed in part from the fact that such activities looked good on medical school applications, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    Room Service? Yes, One B.R.A.T. Platter, Please

    Last week, I was supposed to visit Skeeter's Mesquite Grill but much to my chagrin found myself under the weather. A bit of bad beef? A blot of mottled mustard? Probably, actually some milk that was past its prime. (Annoying; I was so craving a burger!). Regardless, I was not feeling my best. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    American Idol Returns, Selling More Drama Than Music

    If you can believe it, American Idol kicks off its twelfth season tonight on Fox. But not just on Fox. Here is how One India Entertainment, "India's No. 1 Language Portal," announced the news at 18:03 IST (India Standard Time) today: MUMBAI: After the successful run of The X Factor USA while cashin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Where Does This Indian Eat Indian? India's Restaurant

    No clue what a dahi papdi is? Aloo gobi or vindaloo? Wondering what the hell a paneer tikka is? I'm Indian, and I don't even know what's in chicken 65. Or jalfrezi. Indian food can seem wildly exotic, and sometimes mysteriously unappealing, just like the jolting aromas, loudly chaotic streets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    The Keema Frankie at Pondicheri

    On a recent Friday night, I was craving Tex-Mexand Indian food. With only time and money for one takeout order, what's a girl to do? The Answer: Go to Pondicheri. Although Pondicheri doesn't explicitly advertise itself as "fusion" cuisine, some of its playful spins on "classic, homestyle, and stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    What Is a Dhaba? Find Out at Tandoori Nite

    Not all food trucks are taco trucks, nor are they gourmet food trucks serving lobster and foie gras in Montrose. There are plenty of mobile food units that occupy a space in between, and Tandoori Nite -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- is one of them. Although it's technically a food truc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    This Week In Food Blogs: BevNaps and Designated Hipster Seating

    Delicious Mischief: If you have been lucky enough to get your hands on some dewberries -- one of the great edible treats in the Texas summers -- radio host John DeMers has a great idea for what you should do with them... Make dewberry cobbler, of course. Blue Jean Gourmet: Speaking of terrific Texa ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    September 14, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Eggplant

    pj_in_oz​What is it? Dubbed "aubergine" by the French, the eggplant is part of the nightshades family and is a fruit related to the tomato and bell pepper. Native to India, it has since spread to many other world cuisines, including Chinese, Mediterranean, African, Italian and French. Ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Kiran Verma of Kiran's

    Photo by Matthew DresdenChef Kiran Verma in the kitchen.​Chef Kiran Verma, of the eponymous fine-dining Indian restaurant in River Oaks (okay, River Oaks adjacent), took a circuitous route to her profession. At age 18, she left her native Delhi and moved to Houston with her husband. After a s ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 16, 2011
  • Dining

    May 26, 2011

    Little India

    Hillcroft and Raja Sweets have become the epicenter of Houston's vibrant Indian population.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Bombay Pizza Company: Perfect for an Oscar Party

    The Slumdog.​With Academy Awards season upon us again, I have a recommendation for your Oscar party, sure to increase the number of folks in your social network, and that, my friends, is Bombay Pizza Company downtown. I've wanted to try the Indian-Italian fusion-y joint since its inception b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Paneer Makhani

    ​A few weeks ago over at Shiftwork Bites, I wrote about making molĂ© for International Hot and Spicy Foods Day. I had asked various friends and acquaintances for piquant suggestions, and then promptly ignored all of them and made something else, instead. In a gesture of goodwill, and because t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Cardamom, Cumin and Curries at India Grocers

    ​A personal chef friend of mine was in need of some specific Indian spices on Saturday morning, so we headed over to the Mahatma Gandhi district (I'm so excited that this area now has a name that I use it at every available opportunity) and into India Grocers. India Grocers (6606 Southwest Fr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2010

    Jeffrey Becom: "Mirage: Images from India"

    Who's afraid of a little color?

  • Calendar

    July 8, 2010

    Rahul Mitra: "Dialogues from Disparate Worlds"

    The Indian-born artist explores social and economic disparity in his homeland

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    Target Free First Sunday: Arts of India: Stories and Symbols

    Indian culture is the focus of today's family mini-festival

  • Dining

    May 27, 2010

    The Royal Treatment

    These super-kind folks have been doing knockout Pakistani and Indian food for more than 16 years.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Random Ingredient: Garam Masala

    ​What is it? In Hindi, "garam" translates to "hot," and "masala" to "spice mixture" (according to Wikipedia and several other sites). With the powerful spices involved in any variety of garam masala, "hot" refers to the strength of the flavor rather than any tongue-burning capabilities. This v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Brew Blog: Beer and Cashews

    ​We had some spare cashews in the pantry and, being the innovative people we are, figured we should try to pair them up with a beer suited to their unique flavor. Step aside, peanuts. It's cashew time. We stopped by the D & Q and found two bottles we thought might fit with our chosen nuts. F ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010

    February Artful Thursday: The Art of Indian Cuisine

    The rainbow of spices used in this type of Asian cooking make it among the spiciest in the world

  • Calendar

    February 11, 2010

    Alex Berenson: The Midnight House

    Readers get another exciting thriller from the author of The Silent Man

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009

    "Blast India"

    A quartet of artists give us the view from here, there and everywhere

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    Ali Sethi: The Wish Maker

    The Pakistani author finds truth in fiction

  • Dining

    May 28, 2009

    Curry in a Hurry

    Indian food on a pizza at ZPizza

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    The Whole Wide World: Putumayo Presents: India

    Various Artists Putumayo Presents: India With Slumdog Millionaire's recent sweep at this year's Oscars, the music of India has become more and more present on our airwaves - a slow trend that began four decades ago when George Harrison first introduced Ravi Shankar's ragas t ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008


    She loves me, she loves me not gets the Bollywood treatment

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    May 29, 2008

    Central Library Grand Reopening Celebration

    You can’t tell a library by its cover — unless it’s a $17 million cover

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    May 15, 2008

    The Cuisine of India

    Get a taste of peace at this benefit for the Boniuk Center

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    May 15, 2008

    The Cuisine of India

    Get a taste of peace at this benefit for the Boniuk Center

  • Calendar

    May 1, 2008

    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival

    Sufi rocker Junoon brings his Santana-meets-Led Zeppelin sound to Miller Outdoor Theatre

  • Dining

    February 28, 2008
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    October 11, 2007

    Articulate of Bangalore, India: Panchavaktram

    Blind dancers will help lead you into a holy trance

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    Houston minister Dr. K.A. Paul flies around the globe using Jesus to pull in worldwide donations -- unfortunately spending more money on jet fuel than orphans

  • Calendar

    May 4, 2006
  • Dining

    March 10, 2005

    Fire-Breathing Burgers

    Exotic meat dishes are tops at Himalaya

  • Dining

    April 26, 2001

    Everything's Kosher

    Two new eateries lay down the Jewish dietary laws

  • Dining

    January 23, 1997

    A Dose of Dosai

    At Madras Pavilion, a South Indian treat is given its due

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