Spanish Food and Cooking

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    June 2, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Gazpacho

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're looking at a classic cold soup from southern Spain: gazpacho. A common dish in Andalusian cuisine during the h ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 19, 2013

    The Fine Finger Food at Batanga Is Full of Surprises

    Batanga offers up delicious tapas and other surprises, not the least of which is its eggplant fries.

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: Great Things in Small(ish) Packages at Batanga

    Before we go any further, I want to make it clear: These are not Spanish tapas. These are Houston tapas, baby, and here in Texas we go big or go home. Big ideas, big flavors, big plates -- which does kind of go against the notion of tapas, but for this crowd, it works. You won't find much on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Baked Eggs w/ Chorizo Hash & More

    I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Tapas Restaurants

    Although etymologists agree that the word "tapas" comes from the Spanish word tapar, which means "to cover," that's where agreement on the origin of the Spanish snack-stravaganza ends. Seminal cookbook The Joy of Cooking claims that "tapas" originally referred to slices of bread or meat used to cov ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 20, 2012

    Tapas with Substance

    1252 Tapas moved into Houston from The Woodlands and just got better and better.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Openings & Closings: t'afia Becomes Sparrow Bar & Cookshop and The Broken Spoke Breaks Down

    After being closed for only two short weeks, Monica Pope's t'afia has already been transformed and reopened as Sparrow Bar & Cookshop. The new concept opened its doors this past Tuesday, August 14, with what's being described as "a free-flowing and easily sharable menu." That menu is somewhat inter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo Pregame: Homemade Churros with Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce

    How do you plan on spending your Cinco de Mayo? I will be celebrating Mexican culture with mucho margaritas by the pool. But first, I'll need something good and greasy to coat my stomach with. I'm thinking churros, the fried street food popular in Latin America and many other parts of the world (eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    1252 Tapas Bar in Vintage Park Opens to Bad Weather With Good Food

    Chuck Cook Photography1252 Tapas Bar in Vintage Park​I visited the new location of 1252 Tapas Bar in Vintage Park on its first two opening nights. (The original is located in The Woodlands.) Vintage Park is near 249 and Louetta and is structured a great deal like Uptown Park off of Post Oak. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 3, 2011

    Merguez in Midtown

    Majorca Bistro & Tapas offers good food, great sangria and plenty of people-watching.

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderMajorca Bistro & Tapas​Today, we continue our conversation with owner and executive chef Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas (see part one here). The beautiful tapas joint just opened last week. Majorca stays open late -- on the weekends, it'll be serving until 4 a.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Hicham Nafaa of Majorca Bistro & Tapas

    Photo by Mandy OaklanderHicham Nafaa, owner/chef of Majorca Bistro & Tapas​The walls of Majorca Bistro & Tapas are deep red, accented with hand-painted bullfighting frescoes. Soft flamenco music pulses through the low-lit dining room. Majorca is Midtown's brand-new tapas restaurant, and from t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Alexis Casanova of Andalucia

    ​Alexis Casanova of Andalucia Restaurant and Bar definitely has the pedigree to work in a tapas bar. Not only is she half Cuban, but she also knows how to whip up an amazing cocktail. I've followed her from bar to bar for several years and have never been disappointed with her concoctions. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    A Whataburger Taquito with Chorizo

    ​As Lennie Ambrose mentioned the other day, we here at Eating Our Words occasionally consume meals of which we are less than proud. We know it's hard to believe, but even we who breathe the rarified air of the food blog occasionally fill our breathing holes with unadulterated crap. In fact, so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Dinner and Dancing at Andalucia

    ​Andalucia Tapas and Taverna is now serving up a side of singing, Spanish guitar, and Flamenco dancing along with its delicious tapas and paella every Friday night. I stopped by last weekend to watch Solero Flamenco put on a passionate performance by singer Irma "La Paloma" and guitarist Jerem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Tapas Out in The Woodlands

    Sangria: My lone smart choice that evening.​On Friday night, I found myself alone in The Woodlands for dinner. The last few times I'd been up that way, I'd eaten at Jasper's, Cru and The Goose's Acre, and I was in the mood for something different. To hit up Hubbell & Hudson, or one of the plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    "Healthy" Chorizo: Thanks, But No

    ​I'm not one to turn my nose up at "healthy" chorizo purely because it's healthy. After all, I once made the claim -- highly disturbing to some -- that Soyrizo, made entirely from soy, tasted just as good as the real thing. I'm an equal opportunity chorizo lover. So when I saw the Mexican sau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Top 5 Cold Soups in Houston

    Ryan Opaz​At first it seems counterintuitive; soup is supposed to warm, comforting, steaming from a mug, a cold-and-flu cure, a liquid manifestation of love from somebody's mom or grandma -- not served in a chilled wide-lipped bowl, cool on the tongue or cold running down the back of your thro ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 17, 2010

    Sangria and Serrano

    Tintos does some things right, but skip the paella.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Charles Clark of Ibiza

    ​Today we continue our chat with Charles Clark of Ibiza about his time meandering through the Mediterranean. EOW: You spent some time traveling through Europe learning the Mediterranean cuisine. So help me connect the dots of how you went from riverside fryers and Chinese restaurants in Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Charles Clark of Ibiza

    ​We visited with Chef Charles Clark of Ibiza to learn about his humble beginnings with food and the path that led to his Midtown Mediterranean menu. EOW: You got started in the culinary field at a very early age. How did you realize that food was the career path for you? Clark: Growing up in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Easy Dishes to Serve at a Tapas Gathering

    lucylarou​ Tapas were created to accompany cocktails, beer and wine -- pub grub de España, if you will. And anything built solely to meet the snackage needs of drinkers is a mighty fine idea, no matter the origin. If you decide to brave the world of Spanish bar food in your own abode, these i ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    January 7, 2010

    No Can Do

    Sardinas a la brasa en escabeche at Andalucia Tapas and Taverna

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Andalucia Tapas & Taverna

    ​We felt pretty smart nabbing a spot near the kitchen for the standing-room-only grand opening of Andalucia Tapas & Taverna last week. The waiters had to get through us to reach the rest of the crowd (the poor suckers by the door surely went hungry). The cavernous restaurant, in the Downtown ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 3, 2009
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    October 27, 2009

    Donut Patrol: Churros at Arandas Bakery

    ​A plate of churros and a mug of hot chocolate is the best dessert on the menu at Hugo's, the upscale Mexican restaurant on Westheimer. A churro is a Mexican donut made by pushing dough through a nozzle into a deep fryer. The nozzle gives the long, stick-shaped donut pronounced ridges, which t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Lingering Over Lunch: Rioja's

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Fine dining establishments are suffering in these days of the downturn. But as we've mentioned many a time before, the best restaurants in the city have some of the choicest lunch specials. Bistro Don Camillo's business lunch, an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $18.95 is ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009
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    July 9, 2009
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Tintos Stakes a Claim to Inner Loop Tapas

    Photos by J.C. ReidVieiras al Albariño: Seared sea scallopsThe debate about which Houston restaurant serves the most authentic Spanish tapas rages on. Among Houston food lovers, the general consensus is that Rioja is at the top of the list for authentic tapas and great paella. But to a large popula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Rioja's Paella

    Photo by Robb WalshThe paella at Rioja restaurant on Kirkwood is one of the best I've ever eaten. You can get it at lunch with two tapas appetizers for $13. Paella is one of those dishes that can leave you completely indifferent or knock your socks off, depending on the skill of the cook and the qua ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 11, 2009
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    November 13, 2008

    Tapas: A Sampler of Cinema and Media from the Americas

    Eat up the Aurora Picture Show tonight

  • Dining

    August 21, 2008
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    August 12, 2008
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    July 16, 2008

    Now Open: Capriccio Tapas in the ‘Burbs

    After retiring from the corporate world, some people might take a load off. Not Jerry Sarmiento. "I needed a second life," he says of his decision to become a restaurateur. "The more I got involved in the food business, the more I loved it, so I decided to do it right -- I'd better get my CIA (Culin ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 20, 2007
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    November 9, 2006

    Bacon, Eggs and Barbera

    Treat yourself to Mediterranean-inflected breakfast foods and some of the most amazing wine deals in town at Catalan

  • Dining

    January 6, 2005

    Paella Paydirt

    A Spanish tapas restaurant with nice rice

  • Dining

    November 4, 2004

    Prize-Winning Paella

    Rioja Spanish Tapas Restaurant

  • Dining

    March 27, 2003

    Paella for One

    Las Alamedas

  • Dining

    August 2, 2001

    No Cash Back

    Some Tasca investors are nervous about the money. So was the state of Texas.

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000
  • Dining

    July 20, 2000

    The European Experience, Via Katy

    At Barcelona, the mood and the menu say Spain. The parking lot says suburban mall.

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    January 21, 1999
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    May 7, 1998
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    April 2, 1998

    The Pain in Spain

    At Tio Pepe, dinner nearly atones for all life's disappointments

  • Dining

    May 15, 1997

    To the Tapas

    At Solero, small things add up to quite a lot

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    July 28, 1994
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