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    December 23, 2013

    Tis' The Season To Be Blotto (Not Bloated) With This Toasted White Cranberry Cocktail

    I believe the holidays are the time to indulge, to throw off the straitjacket of nutritional paranoia, and give yourself a break from eating quinoa, goji berries, and kale. Christmas comes but once a year, and if you take decent care of yourself the other 11 months, it's okay to take a break from co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    James Nelson Adds His Vision and Bravado to New Willowbrook Restaurant and Bar

    After competing on season 4 of MasterChef, James Nelson has been as busy as a bee. If expanding Bravado Spice Company and planning (and implementing) several pop-up dinners isn't enough for him, Nelson is also the culinary consultant for a brand new restaurant and bar in the Willowbrook area, set to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Houston Ranked No. 3 on Happiest Cities for Recent College Grads List

    I think it is fair to say Houstonians are a friendly lot. We say "hi" to people on the street whether we know them or not. We take in hurricane victims and wave at our neighbors. Syndicated sports talk show host Travis Rogers once explained to me how confused he was when a total stranger started up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Meet the 2012 HPMA Showcase Nominees: Tianna Hall

    Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back. Catch up with the other showcase nominees and see the rest of our HPMA coverage Rocks Off: When and where was your firs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Tales From Aisle 14: Grocery Shopping for the Non-Cook

    I spent six years living in New York City, eating every meal except breakfast Cheerios out and about on the wide streets of Manhattan. During that time, cooking seemed like a quaint idea in the face of all of New York's world-renowned, and hole-in-the-wall, eateries. Cooking. Cute, but unrealistic. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Specialty Rolls and Customer Service Make The Blue Fish a Solid Washington Ave. Destination

    See more photos of The Blue Fish in our slideshow. Despite the popularity of sushi, many of us still cringe at the idea of eating raw fish. I remember the first time I tried it, during my early twenties. No amount of coaxing, reassurance, or gentle prodding could get me to taste it until my colleag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    The PasDoctor Geronimo Manifesto: A Presidential Run and a Birthday "Tepee/Tent-Residence" Orgy, Starring Cameron Diaz

    Jessica Cooley / Lufkin Daily NewsPasDoctor Geronimo has quite the bash planned tonight.​Hair Balls' old friend PasDoctor Geronimo is back at it this week. This time around he's not in trouble with the law. Instead, the Lufkin man, whose "white man's name" is Douglas Paul McCoy, has filed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The Funky Chicken: Good Stuff in the Mailbox

    Yeah, it's like that.​Once again our mailbox has filled to overflowing with CDs (and zip files). The desk looks like a Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown of jewel cases, and the entire room is littered with (largely unread) piles of hype-and-tout. And while much of what comes over the transom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Sweet, Sweet Manischewitz

    Here on Eating Our Words, the commenters absolutely make the blog, and our Comment of the Day honors the best of the bunch. Every day, we read you guys and pick the commenter, or commenters, who made us laugh, cry, salivate over something delicious, or think about things in a new way. In return, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    Pop Rocks: Twilight vs. Harry Potter And 9 Other Geek Throwdowns

    Still the only crossover I'd pay to see.​Anyone watch the MTV Movie Awards? Anyone? I didn't think so, mostly because I suspect the majority of Hair Balls/Art Attack readers are over the age of 12. And while I have no intention of revisiting the whole "'Music?"Television line of jokes, I did ... More >>

  • News

    May 19, 2011

    The Mayor of Montrose

    Charles Armstrong, owner of four gay clubs and benefactor to feral cats, is the most powerful man in his neighborhood.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Miranda Phillips: Poses As Medical Pro in Attempt to Score Purple Drank

    Miranda Phillips: Not a trained medical professional​Although Miranda Phillips claimed to be working for a doctor in Livingston, employees at the Lufkin Walmart's pharmacy thought something was fishy about her phoned-in request for a prescription last December. She told the pharmacist that s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    The Girls Gone Wild Bus: Where It Should Go In Houston

    Photo by Marc BrubakerWe have better suggestions for Houston spots for this bus to visit​When the Girls Gone Wild tour bus is spotted around town, as our own Katharine Shilcutt nodded to on Twitter, people are wont to talk. Speculation begins to pop up, and the town starts abuzz - where is it, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Feeling Comfortable at Baker St. Pub & Grill

    The shepherd's pie. ​The folks at Baker St. invited me out to sample some of their comfort food items. I occasionally go to the Baker St. out in Willowbrook to watch a little football on Sundays. It had been years since my last visit to the Rice Village location, but I had fond memories of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Loreal Bronte Castro, 17, Bayou Body Count No. 263

    Teen killed in southeast side drive-by​A drive-by shooting after a Halloween party on the southeast side left a 17-year-old woman dead early Saturday morning, Houston police said.Loreal Bronte Castro, 17, was sitting in the back of a pickup truck with friends in the 8200 block of Concord when a ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Five Groups We'd Pay To Break Up

    ​Why do people support so much bad music? What if people paid awful bands to quit instead? Weezer fans are willing to try. Sick and tired of being let down by his favorite band, last week a fan jokingly offered Weezer $10 million to split up. Naturally, this had Rocks Off thinking of other ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Clifton Middle School -- We Don't Need No Stinkin' Textbooks!

    Who needs them?​All this fuss across the state about what's in children's textbooks and as Clifton Middle School in the Houston ISD will tell you -- it doesn't matter at all. A friend of Hair Balls contacted us the other day to say that there were no lockers and no textbooks for students at Clift ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Justin Strang of Bistro Catron

    Courtesy Bistro CatronJustin Strang of Bistro Catron​ We continue our chat with Chef Strang to learn about his most memorable disaster food experiment and the obstacles he has faced as a self-taught chef. EOW: What was your biggest disaster from trying new things with food? Strang: Experimen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Trevisio Touts a Texas-Sized Happy Hour

    Photo by bhamsandwichAll this and more can be yours...​A common complaint of Medical Center denizens -- whether they're in the area to work, to receive treatment or to visit someone in one of the maze-like hospitals -- is that there are very few decent places to eat and drink. (You thought we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    "Fashionable Felon"? You Call This Fashionable, FBI?

    Photo courtesy FBITerrible lighting, awful pose -- this is a fashion shoot?​The FBI has put out an alert for someone it's calling "The Fashionable Felon," a woman who robbed a Wachovia Bank branch on the northwest side yesterday afternoon.We realize the FBI was not created to be an arbiter of fash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Rocks Off's Rodeo Concert Guide: Brad "Not Jake Gyllenhaal" Paisley

    Date: March 11 Name: Brad Paisley AKA: "Isn't That Jake Gyllenhaal?" Genre: Freemason country Best Known Song(s): "Alcohol," "She's Everything," "Ticks," "Ow, My Back" Key Demographic: Confused Brokeback Mountain fans, people who only eat the vanilla section of Neapolitan ice cream Previous HLSR A ... More >>

  • Music

    March 11, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    New Braunfels Fights The College Kids With All Their Dang Noise

    ​If there's one thing that Texans have always prided themselves on, it's love of Big Government -- especially The Man telling you where, and with whom, you can live. Or at least that's how some folks in New Braunfels see it.Spurred by complaints over noise and parking issues, the NB Planning Commi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Bayou Beat: HOB's "Blues Schoolhouse" Band Seeks Musicians, Discovery Green Announces Spring Lineup, etc.

    [Ed. Note: We are not trying to encroach on Ms. Magnolia City Mixtape's territory, but once in a while the news piles up too fast to wait an entire week.] It's our party and we'll pimp if we want to: Perhaps you may have heard about this "Washington Shore" soiree Rocks Off is throwing at 8 p.m. t ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 4, 2010
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    September 2, 2009

    Houston Music Fight Club: Chris Wise vs. Cody Swann, Chris Ryan vs. Frank Beard, Washington Avenue vs. Westheimer

    ​So this past week, Houston Music Fight Club began getting solicitations from various local musicians to be matched against other strummers and pickers around town in their cage matches. Rocks Off looks around. We see a lot of new faces. This means a lot of you have (happily for us) been breaking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    Upcoming Events

    Jenny Wang and a bag of miracle berries ​The Berry Fairy is back in town! After taking her popular Miracle Berry Parties on the road, Jenny Wang is back in Houston for another series of the popular "flavor tripping" events. The term "flavor tripping" refers to the manner in which your tasteb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    No Reservations: Montana

    Photo by gaby53mt​Usually Anthony Bourdain is a hedonist. He indulges in food, alcohol and not a few off-color sex jokes, no matter what city or what audience. But this week while visiting Montana, he exits out of the fast lane. Maybe it's the mountains, but in the first 20 minutes of the epis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Kemah Still Being Pretty Damn Casual About Its Future

    Photo by Daniel Kramer​Kemah is at a crossroads where some residents want to keep the city an eclectic, fishing-village-type place, and others want to turn the town into a mini South Beach, with high-rise condos lined up along the shore. That's what Robin Collins, a city councilwoman, told us at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Health Department Roundup: Hyperlink Edition

    This week's hall of health-code-violating shame includes restaurants previously reviewed, mentioned, discussed or otherwise examined in the Houston Press. Back in September 2004, Press food critic Robb Walsh said to forget about the then-ubiquitous South Beach bitch of a diet and eat up at The Sac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Things to Do This Weekend If You're (Almost) Broke: "Thriller" at Midnight at Numbers, Free Tickets and More

    What's the best thing about going to see live music? Frickin' air conditioning, because even the dingiest dive will be pumping out some sort cooled air to calm down all you crybabies who forgot sometime after Ms. Pelz's tenth-grade IPC class that we live in a humid-as-shit subtropical climate ne ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009

    Soul Power

    Houston throwback singer Leela James does it again.

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Listening Room: What's Been Tickling Our Earholes Lately

    As Rocks Off has noted in our periodic Mail Call entries, even though the tide of promo CDs has been greatly reduced by the digital revolution - Rocks Off can count on one finger (the middle one) the times he's actually used the streaming/download email link publicists are ever more fond of these da ... More >>

  • News

    September 11, 2008

    Bacliff Wiggers

    The other kind of white gang

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Changes In Store For The Laff Stop

    Things are changing over at The Laff Stop – again. The fate of Houston’s longest-standing comedy club is now in the hands of Don Learner, owner of The Laff Spot in Willowbrook (note the "Stop" and the "Spt" -- they're two different entities). “I started my stand up career at The Laff Stop so ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2008
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    August 31, 2006
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    March 24, 2005

    Righteous Party

    Get some Easter Salvation at the Jungle 13 weekend

  • Calendar

    February 10, 2005

    Basket Cases

    The Harlem Globetrotters bounce into town for some hoops high jinks

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2004

    What Was That?

    Horton hears a Who in Seussical

  • Calendar

    December 25, 2003

    Want Fries with That?

    It's not ice cream that's getting whipped into a froth at "Milkshake"

  • Calendar

    August 14, 2003

    Hushing Up

    What's all the fuss about Hush?

  • Film

    January 9, 2003

    Ground Zero Hour

    A man's last day of freedom becomes Spike's moving meditation on 9/11

  • Dining

    April 19, 2001

    Dumb Waiters

    Ignorance, thy name is waitstaff

  • News

    January 18, 2001


    Full-time Friendly, In the Hood, Humanitiy's Teacher

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    The Last Good-bye

    Aquarium owner dies along with her bar

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    World Jazz

    Highlights from the Houston International Jazz Festival

  • Film

    April 27, 2000

    Empire's End

    High drama and spirited romance spice up The Last September

  • Calendar

    January 27, 2000

    Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Globetrotters

  • Culture

    October 28, 1999

    Oh, Brother!

    Oh, Kay! may not be okay by 21st-century standards

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