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  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Hey, Millennials: You're Partying All Wrong. Here's How.

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    McDonald's Mighty Wings: Surprisingly Awesome

    For the past several months, fast food chains have been doling out new menu items every chance they get. Taco Bell has the new Fiery Doritos Locos Taco, Burger King has the French Fry Stuffed Burger, and McDonald's now has the Mighty Wings: bone-in crispy fried chicken wings. Yes, you read that corr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Pam Robinson Benefit at Walters, 9/6/2013

    Keep Calm // Fight Cancer Benefit for Pam Robinson Feat. The Tons, The Suffers, New York City Queens, Wild Moccasins, Featherface, Second Lovers and The Manichean Walters September 6, 2013 When push comes to shove, the music community does its best to stick together as much as possible. Whether a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    This Steve Spurrier Picture Says "Have A Great Weekend!"

    Much like a quarterback going back and looking at game film, I like to end the week by going back and reading what I wrote, seeing what I did wrong and where I might be able to improve. It's the blogger's version of Gary Kubiak's "I gotta go back and look at the film...get that corrected...and we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Proclamation and a Playlist: I Hate Grocery Shopping

    Photo by BPhotography_Welcome to my nightmare.The list of things I'd prefer to do instead of grocery shopping is long and ends with stuff like "moonwalk naked over hot coals" and "chew pink fiberglass-flavored Bubblicious." My son, the social conscience of our family, never fails to remind how luc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Sex and the Space Invaders: Strip Club Slash Game Room Raided in North Houston

    Normally, when two or more businesses operate out of the same location, it would be expected that they share some commonality that makes putting them both there logical. Getting Kentucky Fried chicken is great, sure, but what if your kids want pizza and your stoned buddy wants Taco Bell? Voilà! The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Son Volt's Travel Guide to Five Bizarre Tour Stops

    Son Volt is heading down the highway with a new album in tow, Honky Tonk, but instead of lamenting still waters and beatnik poets, Jay Farrar and company have gone strictly Bakersfield, even naming a track after the legendary country-music mecca. Yep, Farrar has gone back to his roots mixing steel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    NBA All-Star Game: Your Prop Bets For This Weekend

    Michael Jordan turns 50 this weekend, I'm not sure if you've heard. In case you missed the incessant career retrospective pieces that ran on Sportscenter or the story of MJ's renting the Museum of Fine Arts here in Houston for his birthday shindig this weekend, the most iconic team sport athlete o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    The Best "Hidden" Fast Food Items You're Not Ordering According to Reddit

    Secret items or off-menu dishes at restaurants are nothing new. In many cases, they're arguably more famous than the regular food, such as the "Animal Style" fries at In-N-Out Burger (a chain which has more "secret" menu items than regular ones). Our own Brooke Viggiano has been compiling lists of " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    How Does Your Garden Salad Grow? Ranking 7 Fast Food Salads from Best to Worst

    Since I've made a New Year's resolution -- along with half of America, as with every year -- to eat healthier, I've been investigating fast food salads every now and then as a quick lunch option. I'm not one of those for whom eating salads is a penalty, however: I love a good salad, the crunch of go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Gustavo Arellano on Houston's Inherent Insecurity and Insultingly Racist Food Trucks

    Gustavo Arellano -- a.k.a. "Ask a Mexican!" himself -- doesn't shy away from having strong opinions or expressing them. It's what has made Arellano into a popular columnist, author and public speaker over the years and what's bringing him to Houston on November 15 to kick off the University of Houst ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing the Line: Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner

    One of the greatest stories I ever worked on involved neo-Nazis and burritos.

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Whatever Happened to Second Breakfast?

    "On-the-go Americans increasingly are consuming their morning calories over several hours instead of sitting down to devour a plate of pancakes, bacon and eggs in one sitting," wrote Candice Choi in the Huffington Post earlier this year. At Time, Kate Springer wrote about the phenomenon in an artic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    SXSW 2012: Our Inner Monologue (Day One)

    Rocks Off has only been here in Austin for SXSW for a little more than a day, and our brains are already swimming in confusion. Taco Bell hotels, gigantic Doritos stages, girls dressed like Roseanne, everyone wearing ill-fitting cold-weather clothing, and somewhere in the din of it all, your new fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Science Fixins': A Dream Meal Made of Fictional Foods

    What's the greatest science fiction film of all time? If you didn't just go, "Oh, Blade Runner," I want you now to imagine me shooting you the bird as I walk away. As I was re-watching it for the ump-teenth time the other afternoon, I couldn't help but get hungry when Deckard was eating at the noo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    They Don't Have Tacos in the Suck, Part 1

    "Can I have the hot dog, please?" I asked the woman inside the bright green Tacos D.F. truck on Long Point at Witte. "You're ordering a hot dog?" teased my friend Ryan with a chuckle. He'd already placed his order for a pastor taco and a can of Coke at the window. "I thought we were doing a taco tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Here's The Pitch: Top 10 Commercials Starring Musicians

    Madonna's infamous "Like a Prayer" Pepsi ad, 1989​Every now and then, name-brand companies need a little extra pizzazz when it comes to advertising, and often they turn to the music world to do this. Either way, it's a win-win situation for both the artist and the company because the artist us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Astros Media Day Kicks Off 2012 Season -- 5 Early Storylines

    In sandlot football growing up, we always had a saying after touchdowns that "losers walk," meaning the team that scored stays at that end of he field to kick off and the "losers" on defense have to march to the other end of the field to receive. So it's probably appropriate that, due to the NBA c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    The Astros May Be Changing Their Name? My 5 Suggestions

    Yesterday afternoon, Astros owner Jim Crane built up more good will with the Houston community in about eight minutes than the team on the field has in the last six years when he announced that the 2012 season will feature cheaper beer ($5 beers!), cheaper tickets and permission to bring your own f ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 17, 2011

    Why Is Mexico Such a Dump?

    And what's the Mexican music that sounds like polka?

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    DEFCON Dining: Lupe Tortilla

    Carne A-sad-a​Fresh on the heels of my personal DEFCON Dining Waterloo, my wife made the questionable decision to allow the kids to invite a friend out for dinner. I'm sure all the parents out there are keenly aware of the dangers imposed by the inclusion of other people's children. Even in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    A Not So Happy Hour at El Real Tex-Mex

    Prickly pear margarita at El-Real Tex-Mex​I admit, my expectations were high for El Real Tex-Mex. And well they should be. Since it's a joint venture between James Beard nominee Bryan Caswell, and James Beard Award-winning writer and former Houston Press Food Critic Robb Walsh, I expected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    It's International Day Of Slayer: Ten Slayer Songs For Awkward Life Moments

    GroovehouseAll Hail Tom Araya, The Dark Lord.​Today is the sixth International Day of Slayer, started in 2006 to coincide with June 6, 2006, the most evil-numbered date in history. It's also lead singer Tom Araya's birthday, and the guitarist now makes his home on a ranch in Buffalo, Texas - God's ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 12, 2011
  • Culture

    May 5, 2011

    Can a Gabacho be More Mexican than a Mexican?

    And why would a image of the Virgin of Guadalupe cause so much controversy?

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    What's with All the Fast Food Freak-Outs?

    The now-infamous BK Brawler.​You've probably already seen the now-infamous footage of 31-year-old bikini-clad Kimesa Smith (dubbed "The BK Brawler") leaping up on the counter and completely obliterating the interior of a Panama City Beach Burger King over a slow-coming Whopper Jr. and fries, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Odd Pair: Frozen Burritos & Chilean Rose

    ​Frozen burritos - the prefect food to eat when you're too lazy to drive to Taco Bell. Next time you're in that same predicament, make yourself feel better by opening a bottle of Calcu's 2009 Rose from Chile. It retails for about $12 a bottle, which is about 50 times the cost of that beef/ bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Pollo Gordita at Ruchi's Taqueria

    ​I'm ashamed to admit that up until a week ago I was under the mistaken impression that this was a gordita. As a person with a vested interest in having broad and accurate knowledge of food, I don't usually look to fast food companies to wield correct culinary terminology. However, for some in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    College Football and NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets (And a Promise From Me)

    You can't lose, except when you lose​I'm coming up on almost one year now writing a daily post on Hair Balls for In that time, I've written tens of thousands of words about topics like the Summer of LeBron, the Brian Cushing saga, the Houston Texans, and the death of Jose Lima. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Les Miles for President (Also, 5 Winners and 5 Losers From This Weekend)

    Everyone's talking about Les Miles, and not in a good way​"In the game of life nobody -- repeat, NOBODY -- is playing with more house money than Les Miles." -- Me on Twitter just after LSU's 16-14 win over Tennessee As Homer Simpson would say, it's funny because it's true. The truly funny th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Has the "Foodie" Backlash Begun?

    Courtesy of Toothpaste For Dinner​Late last year, all of the sister papers in the Village Voice Media chain were informed that we were no longer to use the word "foodie" in blogs or in print. The reason? "Foodie" has not only become overused but has developed a strongly negative connotation: A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Emergency Chicken 'n' Dumplins

    Yet another dish that will be possible to cook during / after the Apocalypse.​Today's dish centers on a concept that might be difficult to understand if you've never experienced a certain sensation: once you've had good, Southern chicken 'n' dumplins, sometimes you will wake up needing them. " ... More >>

  • Film

    November 19, 2009

    Was Blind But Now I See

    What would black people do without big-hearted white people?

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Tamale Time: A Hot Tamale Sandwich

    ​Forget the dollar menu at Taco Bell, the tamale torta at Doña Tere on Bissonnet is a full meal for $1.79. I got the chile beef tamale and doused the bolillo with salsa to lubricate the rather dry-looking combo of starch on starch. It tasted better than it looked. But next time, I think I'll ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 4, 2009
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    April 23, 2009

    $13 at Picazo

    Where: Picazo, 1421 Preston St., 713-236-1300 What $13 gets you: The first page of the menu. You will be able to take your pick from a pretty wide selection of appetizers, pizzas and soups or salads. Picazo has a little something for everyone, including the over $13 crowd if you stray farther into ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 12, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Free DP and Tacos for All!

    Unless your name is Slash or Buckethead, you’re due a free soda. Dr Pepper is about to come through on its promise to give everyone in America (minus 2) a free soda if Guns N’ Roses manages to release Chinese Democracy album before the end of the year. The band has been working on the album for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2008

    A Tale of Two Taco Plates

    I recently entertained an out-of-town food writer who had been contracted to write on Tex-Mex in San Antonio and Houston. Although he was very personable and fun to hang out with, I knew of his notoriety of writing really negative reviews about things that others held dear. When we met up he had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Five Spot: How Much is 50 Cent Really Worth?

    Paris Hilton and 50 Cent: Insert "Lollipop" joke here. Welcome to Five Spot, another new Rocks Off recurrent. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to So in case you hadn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    Scenes from a Farmers’ Market in Monterrey, Mexico

    I like to go to farmers’ markets on Saturday mornings. The Midtown market and the one on Richmond are my favorites. But it's interesting to compare Houston's farmers’ markets with others around the country and around the world. Here are some photos taken on a Saturday morning while I was in Mont ... More >>

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    August 14, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    $13 at Edwards Marq*e on the Katy Freeway

    Where: Edwards Houston Marq*e 23 & IMAX, 7620 Katy Freeway, 800-326-3264 What $13 gets you: Heartburn and a stretched bladder. I went for the well-rounded approach (and no, that’s not a fat joke), ordering a gourmet hot dog ($4), a soft pretzel ($4) and a large drink ($5). The two girls behind ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 11, 2007
  • Music

    December 28, 2006

    Phat Promises for 2007

    New Year's resolutions of the stars

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006
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    October 14, 2004

    The Passion of the Cruise

    Me-sci-ah offers truth, celebrity and the Scientology way

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003
  • Dining

    June 8, 2000

    Mexican Insurgence

    Chipotle Mexican Grill runs fast food seekers to a new border

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