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St. Patrick's Day

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Avocado Love: Three Things That Are Not Guacamole

    Lifetime Houstonians may not know what a luxury it is to have year-round access to avocados. Three short weeks was long enough for me to learn that there is only so much guacamole one person can eat. With five avocados still ripening in my kitchen, I thought there just had to be another way to use t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Bun B's Birthday Celebration at Warehouse Live, 3/16/2014

    Bun B, Kirko Bangz Warehouse Live March 16, 2014 By the time big Southern rap impresario Bun B took the stage at Warehouse Live early this morning, there was a lot to celebrate. It was St. Patrick's Day, of course, but the occasion also marked the kickoff of the UGK star's "Trillest Tour" with Kirk ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2014

    Oral History

    A new companion to Houston Rap tells the tales behind the images.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Irish Bars

    As our sister blog Eating... Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Irish Soda Bread

    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. Soda bread is a popular quick bread made with sodium bicarbonate -- also known as baking soda, or 'bread soda" -- in lieu of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    St. Patrick's Day Recipe: Guinness Cake

    I use almost any holiday as an excuse to celebrate, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. If you know my full name (Joanna Shawn Brigid O'Leary) it's clear that I was born with a shillelagh in my mouth. My Irish heritage compels me to mark the feast day of Ireland's patron saint (one of three actu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Puppy Overload At BARC! Cuteness Levels Spiking!!

    The dude (dudette?) above looks like he just got a look in the mirror and discovered that someone's slapped a green scarf on him. St. Patrick's Day is cool and all, but running with the guys while sporting fashion from Le Chez de Charles Nelson Reilly isn't going to win any macho points. But sacrif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Burgers Off the Beaten Path: Watson's House of Ales

    "I am not a smart man." Forrest Gump's words echoed in my head as I stared at the Saint Patrick's Day decorations hanging on the temporary plastic tents erected outside Watson's House of Ales this past Sunday afternoon. In my haste to come and try what I've been told is one of the better pub-style ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Super Happy's Festival Overflows SXSW Itself

    Oh, Super Happy Fun Land. Can't live without you; can't get inside you... Despite becoming one of our favorite weeknight music haunts, Tuesday evening wasn't the first time we'd found ourselves sitting in front of the darkened, locked doors of the venue, staring absent-mindedly into the East End ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    What's Cooking This Week? Baked Crab Cakes & 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

    March 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Blake Shelton, Tegan & Sara, etc.

    Blake Shelton Reliant Stadium, March 15 After more than a decade of climbing country music's ranks to become one of its most successful and charismatic male vocalists, Blake Shelton found himself taking a little heat not long ago when comments he made about certain "old farts" clinging to country's ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 14, 2013

    Crazy for Crawfish

    Houston's 10 best mudbug joints.

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    5 Corned Beef Dishes to Try Just In Time for St. Patty's Day

    March is finally here and that means St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Besides celebrating this Irish holiday with lots of alcohol and green-colored food, corned beef is a staple item during this time of year. Don't just settle for a regular corned beef hash or corned beef and cabbage d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Signed In Blood: 7 Life Lessons From a Dropkick Murphy

    The Dropkick Murphys may need no introduction. For 16 years now, they've been thrashing out their Celtic punk sound, solidifying their status as Boston legends in their own right. Deemed Fenway Park's unofficial house band, the Murphys are now headlining their own St. Patty's Day tour, putting on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    Five of the Least Important Reasons Not to Drive Drunk on New Year's Eve

    We all know driving drunk is dumb. We all know doing it is dangerous and literally kills a lot of people every year. We also know it is completely avoidable. With New Year's Eve coming up, the drunkiest holiday of the year, it is time for us all to reacquaint ourselves with the concepts of a designa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Cali, Tiny Boxwood's and a Short Film

    Terry McCoy's blog on HPD apparently targeting Oh My Gogi (Terry really loves saying "Oh My Gogi") has raised questions about the city's motivations for going after food trucks, as well as law enforcement's role in health inspections. Meanwhile, regular old health inspectors are still doing the job ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 11, 2012
  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    RodeoHouston Adds Special George Strait Concert March 17

    It's getting a little late, but Rocks Off figured we can go ahead and tell you now. The Houston Livestock Livestock Show and Rodeo just announced a tweak in its schedule: There will be no bulls or broncs the final day of RodeoHouston 2013 -- a Sunday that happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day, March ... More >>

  • Music

    March 22, 2012

    Promised Land

    SXSW 2012, from Bruce Springsteen to Buxton.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Saturday Night: Brad Paisley At Reliant Stadium

    Brad Paisley RodeoHouston, Reliant Stadium March 17, 2012 Brad Paisley is an easy guy to hate. He is talented in a way that seems effortless: Whether it's writing catchy hooks, laying down solid guitar solos, or making silly jokes, everything he does seems to come easy. It would make me sick if he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    For St. Patrick's Day: 10 Notable Irish Texans

    This weekend brings St. Patrick's Day, the annual celebration of all things Irish. Even in Texas there are parades. As well there should be, because Irish Texans have definitely made their mark on the world. Like these ten: 10. Matthew McConaughey His Mom was a McCabe. "McConaughey" is Gaelic for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    St. Patrick's Day Food Trinity #3: Salmon in Dill Sauce, Colcannon, and Misty Champagne

    As a warm-up to St. Patrick's Day, I've been going back to my Irish roots and preparing three mini-meals consisting of three Irish items of food and drink. A trinity of trinities, you might say. Some dishes are more or less authentic than others; all promote mirth and are therefore in the spirit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Sundae Sundays: St. Patrick's Day Sundae

    Well, I couldn't let the holiday of my homeland go by and not mark it with a sundae. While some local scoop shops are offering St. Paddy's ice creams, nary an establishment near me is proffering a full-fledged themed sundae. The closest thing I found, sadly, is the McDonald's Shamrock Shake, whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    St. Patrick's Day Food Trinity #1: Soda Bread, Butter, and Breakfast Tea

    As a warm-up to St. Patrick's Day, I am going back to my Irish roots and preparing three mini-meals consisting of three Irish items of food and drink. A trinity of trinities, you might say. Some dishes will be more authentic than others; all will promote mirth and therefore be in the spirit of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Fast Times: McDonald's Shamrock Shake and Chicken McBites

    Photos by Christina Uticone​When is the last time you had a Shamrock Shake? Until now, for me, it was at least 18 years -- not since high school. I wonder -- did Shamrock Shakes always taste like this, or have they gotten worse? The color was alarming. When I saw the "mint green" shake pourin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    KTRU Spring Outdoor Show Books Titus Andronicus, Thermals, Slim Thug

    Its move to the HD airwaves and the Internet hasn't stopped Rice University student radio station KTRU from putting on its annual free outdoor show. Doing its part to counterprogram SXSW, KTRU has booked sharp-edged New Jersey indie-rockers Titus Andronicus, Brooklyn goth-pop trio Chairlift, Portla ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 1, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Bartender Chat: Chelsea Drummond of The Dubliner

    ​It's halfway to St. Patrick's Day (truth), so we popped into The Dubliner earlier this week to...celebrate? Sure, why not? While sipping a Guinness, we started talking to Chelsea, a California native who's been living in Houston for three years. Her friends thought she was nuts for leaving th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Sweet Independence: Patriotic Desserts for Your July 4th Bash

    ​They can take away our fireworks, but they can't take away our patriotic desserts. I scoured the Interwebs for a few sweet, flag-themed treats to add a spark to your dessert table this weekend. Stock up early on the basics, like red and white fruit: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The Odd Afterlife Of House Of Pain's "Jump Around"

    A couple of weeks ago, Rocks Off told our younger brother, eight years our junior, that we were interviewing legendary '90s hip-hop group House of Pain. He gave us a confused look. So we started singing: "Jump around. Jump around. Jump up and up and get down." "Oh yeah, the song from Mrs. Doub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    The Odd Afterlife Of House Of Pain's "Jump Around"

    ​A couple of weeks ago, Rocks Off told our younger brother, eight years our junior, that we were interviewing legendary '90s hip-hop group House of Pain. He gave us a confused look. So we started singing: "Jump around. Jump around. Jump up and up and get down." "Oh yeah, the song from Mrs. ... More >>

  • Music

    March 24, 2011

    March Madness

    At SXSW 2011, almost everything that could go wrong did — except the music.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Eating Our Words Burger Bracket: The Elite 8

    Illustration by Doug Mac​The judges have spoken and some upsets have ensured that the Elite 8 in our 2011 Eating Our Words Burger Bracket will create cause for some serious burger discussion. Team Thomas Family judged the Fast Food-Style bracket and sent in a video of their adventures, wherei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    SXSW Last Night: The Strokes At Auditorium Shores

    Craig Hlavaty​Of all the free shows going on around Austin this week, the biggest ones can be found over at Auditorium Shores. They may not have free finger foods and booze galore, but they do have some pretty stellar acts most of the time. Case in point, last night's sundown set from The Stro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    SXSW: Bob Geldof, Master Of The F-Bomb

    Photos by Chris Gray​Leave it to Sir Bob Geldof to turn the SXSW keynote address into a 45-plus minute combination elaborate cultural history of the past 60 years with rock and roll at the center, personal narrative of how rock and roll ("pop with a hard-on") shook loose his inner social activ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Good-Bye, Guinness; Hello, Stout

    ​St. Patrick's Day, or at least its observance in America, is not very Irish. The modern manifestation of the Saint's feast bears some resemblance to its original tradition - a respite from the Lenten fast being one example. But while the Irish take March 17 (or the appropriate offset date ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Music's Five Most Notorious Killers, Besides The Band

    ​On St. Patrick's Day 1985, serial killer Richard Ramirez (right) murdered two women in Los Angeles, beginning a killing spree that would eventually tally over 14 people and leave him with the nickname "The Night Stalker." From a young age, Ramirez was fascinated and inspired by the occult and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    St. Paddy's Desserts

    www.mybakingaddiction.com ​You've been invited to a St. Paddy's Day party -- what to bring? Of course, booze is a no-brainer, but what about sustenance to fuel the party? Here are seven spiked desserts to liven up your St. Patrick's Day. 1. Guinness Cupcakes The booze in these cupcakes adds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Last Night: Linkin Park At Toyota Center

    Photos by Groovehouse​Linkin Park, Paper Tongues Toyota Center March 3, 2011 "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." Rock writers cannot change what we see, but we can change how we see them. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Off the Wall: Fit for a King?

    ​Joanna O'Leary's recent post about frosted cookies created quite a stir amongst readers. But one comment stood out, and to no surprise, it was from one of my favorite responders--trisch. I don't know trisch, but can tell she's a "glass half full" kind of gal. She writes: "Yesterday I was d ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2010

    The 51st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

    For the Irish and Irish-at-heart

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 21, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    First some good news: we thought Late Night Pie was dead and gone, but it turns out we were mistaken; they've simply moved to a new location and will be returning with a full liquor license. Which is awesome, because pizza actually goes really well with wine.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    For St. Patrick's Day: The Five Least Convincing Irishmen In Movies

    St. Patrick's Day is more than just an opportunity for amateur drunks to get in fights after drinking since noon, it's also when all of us claim (usually bogus) Irish heritage. I can personally trace my Irish ancestry back to the 17th century. Of course, they were Ulster Huguenots and probably not v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    St. Patrick's Day Special: Ten Great Irish (Or Irish-American) Musicians and Bands

    St. Patrick's Day is, well, today, so, rather than hit the pub to celebrate - which we'll probably still do, to be honest - we thought we'd put together a mixtape for you of our favorite Irish and Irish-American bands along with a favorite tracks by them. Pint of Guinness and shot of Jameson sold se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Texas Is Doing Great -- In The Hate-Group Rankings

    The count is in, and the number of hate groups in the U.S. exploded to 926 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center's totally non-fearmongerishly titled "Year in Hate" issue of the Intelligence Report. And Texas can proudly boast the second-highest hate group count, at 66, right behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    100th Predator Gets Sentenced, Doesn't Get Prize

    Congratulations, Christopher Leon Ferrell, of Houston! You were the 100th person arrested by the Texas Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit, and now you've been sentenced!! Ferrell, 25, got eight years deferred adjudication, and will have to serve 30 days a year in jail for six years. He's also ba ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 27, 2008

    La Nouvelle Recession Cuisine at Au Petit Paris

    Your dollar buys a little less at this new French restaurant on Colquitt

  • Dining

    April 19, 2007
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