True cowboys are hard to find, but not at the Houston Rodeo. Life on the road leads them here this time every year for the biggest rodeo in the world, where they'll ride and wrangle livestock for cash and glory. Each day, Hair Balls will spotlight one person with enough dirt on his boots to call him ... More >>
If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>
Oil industry types and environmentalists alike have been arguing about the Keystone XL Pipeline for years now. Oil people wanted the Transcanada line put in because it would tote barrels worth of bitumen, the sticky black tar sands crude, thousands of miles from Canada to the Gulf Coast. But now, de ... More >>
Tilman Fertitta, purveyor of gaudy restaurants and Vegas casinos has made a deal to expand his Golden Nugget empire a bit closer to home. His company recently acquired the Casino Resort and Hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which is currently under construction. Just a short trip across Texas's east ... More >>
Rehman Bhalesha was raised around marijuana. That's not to say that he dealt, or that he pushed, or that he used. He didn't have to. Weed, growing up, turned wherever he went. "Living in South Texas, you really see the substance flood high school and college campuses and neighborhoods, without any ... More >>
Eat here before you die.
Sorry about that teaser earlier this week. No fooling around this time, though: Our list is live. Go check out this week's feature -- "Eat Here: 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die" -- before reading on. We don't want to spoil any surprises for you. *** Read it yet? Are you sure ... More >>
You'll ride a black tornado cross't the western skies Rope an ole blue norther, milk it till it's dry Bull dawg the Mississippi, pin it's ears down flat Long before you take this cowboy's hat. -- Chris Ledoux, "This Cowboy's Hat" A popular saying in Texas goes that a man who talks a good game but ... More >>
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula i ... More >>
Photos by Troy Fields The bright colors of the food and the decor at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen are awfully festive, perfect for a holiday meal, or the gift of one, so today's VOICE Daily Deal is great for the season. For $12, you can get $25 worth of Sylvia Casares's famous enchiladas, a 201 ... More >>
La Migra piles up the numbers.The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced its deportation numbers today for fiscal 2011, which ended in September. Nationwide almost 400,000 were deported -- an ICE record -- and more than 20,000 were deported from South Texas, the agency ... More >>
Sylvia Casares keeps the crowds happy with her Tex-Mex classics.
Josh HarkinsonNo expansion at Bay City.The ambitious plan to double the size of the South Texas Nuclear Project, already in trouble over cost concerns, has been abandoned "as a result of the ongoing nuclear incident in Japan," its owner announced today. NRG Energy, owner of the plant, said " ... More >>
Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Houston Entree: If you're still hungry for follow-up about the Houston Restaura ... More >>
STNP, with a rainbowFinancial analysts are predicting that the series of nuclear accidents resulting from the Japanese earthquake will put an end to plans to expand the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Bay City, 90 miles southwest of town. The energy company NRG had ambitious plans to double STN ... More >>
Is this a wizard-movie poster or an indie-rock publicity shot?Say what you will about fervent Harry Potter fans who are above legal drinking age, but many of them want to use the characters and plotlines in JK Rowling's series to make the world a better place.While they're counting down the month ... More >>
One of the most important things in cooking is learning to let ingredients speak for themselves. Too often, we as cooks take the position of alchemists, laboring under the false belief that we must be transformative, to make things other than what they are, better in some way. When gifted w ... More >>
Did he go to the St. James Place Infirmary?By now everybody's heard of the Keep Austin Weird campaign, and most of us are probably also aware of the copycat campaigns in other Texas cities, like Keep Dallas Pretentious and Keep Houston Crunk, or Trill, or Ugly, or whatever. (We can't seem to ... More >>
West VitaRight here, right now, and in print all damn week, you can read the Houston Press' interview with perhaps the hottest new band on the South 40, San Antonio's Hacienda (above). Whether or not they go on to become a South Texas Kings of Leon - Hacienda is also three brothers and a cous ... More >>
Froget it, Jake. It's just the ValleyOn moving to Miami during that city's Cocaine Cowboy heyday, a friend once described the place thusly: "You are nobody here until you are under indictment."As the frontline for the drug war has shifted from Colombia and South Florida to Mexico and South Texas, ... More >>
We met with Sylvia Casares, founder of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, to discuss how she gambled her life savings to realize her dream of a mesquite grill. EOW: As I understand it, you used to have a corporate job and then took the leap into becoming a restaurant owner. Tell me how that happene ... More >>
Things we learned today: There was a "blast" at the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Bay City.Not to worry, though. A nuclear-plant blast can have "no environment impact," is the second thing we learned. Generally, putting the words "nuclear" and "blast" together would indicate to us some type of en ... More >>
The Montgomery County town of Walden is having a deer problem, the Houston Chronicle reports.And before you get all logical and say "Well, if you're going to build homes in a forest full of deer, you're going to have deer problems," just remember that deer don't worry too much about the resale va ... More >>
If you like the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Washington, wait until you try the tacos at Laredo Taqueria on Cavalcade.
A couple of months ago we brought you the sad tale of the dwindling jaguarundi, and how an environmental group was suing the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding that the agency create a conservation and survival plan for the endangered cat from South Texas. Now that same environmental group ... More >>
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen expands to a second location.
So let's just say you had some chili con carne and chili con queso on hand for one reason or another this weekend. (Who said anything about football?) If you also happened to have some yellow corn tortillas, you would have all the makings of one of my favorite Tex-Mex creations, Palmetto Inn's #10 M ... More >>
Texas Lawyer magazine is out with its annual survey of how students feel about their law schools. Since Houston is home to one-third of the state's nine certified law schools, there's plenty of fodder for locals. Texas Lawyer asked students if -- assuming they could go back in time -- they would c ... More >>
Maybe its the beer that makes all these stoic countries produce such jubilant dancing
Texas is the only state in the country where peyote is sold legally. Really.
This just in: South Texas officials are calling for a wall to be built around Washington, D.C. After being told by federal officials that a fence along the border with Mexico is just what the area needs to protect itself against terrorists, drug smuggling and illegal immigration, they are urging Was ... More >>
The department of homeland security is doing its best to get its message across
U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.
The Minutemen have come to Texas
Show 'em off at a midnight screening of Napoleon Dynamite
McKay Brothers (Texas Archipelago Records)
Vic's Backyard Bar-B-Q Barn serves great links and ribs, but its owner isn't from around here
Goode Company Texas Seafood
Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?
Texans long to secure seats on the bench
Tom Moser wants to put Texas on the map as a commercial launch pad for cargo-carrying rockets
Roland Garcia has the political backing to be the U.S. Attorney for South Texas. He also has a brother imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking -- a fact he somehow forgot to tell his congressional sponsors. That may not be enough to disqualify him, but