• Blogs

    October 7, 2014

    Rosinka Wine & Tea House in Rice Village Transports You Straight to Europe

    Rice Village is one of the best areas in the city to walk around visiting shops, restaurants, cafes and farmers markets just as you would in a European country. And that's exactly why Katerina Belik and Ivan Belik opened Rosinka Wine & Tea House in this neighborhood. Katerina is a lecturer at Rice U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Cloud 10 Creamery's New Summer Flavors Are Certainly Unique

    Ever since last September, I eagerly await the change of seasons in Houston, not because I'm waiting for that first cold front of the year (which right now feels like it may never come), but because each new season brings a new round of ice cream flavors at Cloud 10 Creamery. The gourmet ice cream ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 84, Chai Pie at Pondicheri

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Every Saturday Afternoon is Chai Time at Kiran's

    Chef Kiran Verma isn't convinced that Indian tea time came to the country from its British colonists. "You all were rich, so you were drinking gin and tonic," she says laughing. "We were the poor Indians who were slaving and having chai." It's not clear if the British introduced afternoon tea to I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Things to Buy at Mercantile in Houston

    Take one step inside Mercantile in Rice Village, or in the new location in Montrose, and you realize it's more than just a coffee shop. Mercantile, as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is an adjective describing something that is "of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Top 5 Starbucks Desserts

    Most people go to Starbucks for their daily coffee fix, but I visit in order to feed my addiction to sweets. Their desserts have improved greatly in the past five years and some even stand up to small-batch treats found at local bakeries. Try one of my five favorites some afternoon when you need som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Fancy Some Tea? Here's All You Need To Know

    After a fairly mild fall and a deceptively warm December, winter finally decided to wallop us with some mighty chilly weather. Fortunately, our weather won't be so cold that we'll be forced indoors by the possibility of frozen flesh like folks in other parts of the country. And while warmer temperat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    Warm Up With the Best Spots for Tea in Town

    Though winter officially began a while back, from now until February, the weather is just going to keep getting colder. There's a hard freeze in the forecast for Thursday night, and since the week isn't quite over, I don't recommend you warm yourself with a few too many hot toddies just yet. The sol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    What To Drink After You Drank Too Much: Top 5 Liquid Holiday Hangover Cures

    Throwing back a tipple or two during the holidays may be par for the course, but if you find yourself less than chipper the following morning, consider bingeing on something other than ethanol to regain your holiday cheer. Here are my top five favorite liquid cures for the dreaded holiday hangover. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Keepin' It Local (and Low-Cal) With Kickin' Kombucha, a Great Alternative To Reed's

    When I wrote about Reed's Kombucha recently, a few readers were a bit peeved that I chose to review a non-local kombucha. They protested that I should have paid attention to a local brand. Just an FYI to my detractors: I had never before tried kombucha and was not purposely privileging a "foreign" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Reed's Kombucha Drinks Are Perfect for Your Hangover, And Even Better If You Like Ginger

    Although kombucha has been trendy for years, I had yet to try it until a few weeks ago. I was rather suspect (as many have been) of the supposed health benefits, and at $3-$4 a bottle, it's not inexpensive. When I learned that Reed's (purveyor of one of my favorite ginger ales) had inaugurated its o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Top 5 Variations on the Arnold Palmer

    There's nothing quite as refreshing in summer as a tall, icy Arnold Palmer. So popular is this hybrid beverage (ice tea and lemonade, with some debate as to the exact proportions) that many supermarkets now offer their own premixed varieties. I prefer, however, to mix my own Arnold Palmer at home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Long Island Iced Teas, Lone Star State-Style at Marquis II

    In response to last week's paean post on the Long Island Iced Tea, commenter Chris suggested that I check out the Texas Teas proffered at Marquis II. He added: Report back on the experience, because it's tough not to get wasted starting the night with one of those. That, sir, is a challenge I mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Long Live the Long Island Iced Tea

    I have many fond memories of Long Island, home to one of my favorite branches of the O'Leary family, including my wonderful cousins Julie and Deirdre. As a child, I was in awe of their sparkling wit and giggled constantly at their wonderful stories and convincing impressions. If I managed to make t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to British Cuisine

    With acclaimed British restaurant Feast closing in August, now's the time to acquaint yourself with its excellent English menu before it's too late. Luckily, chef Richard Knight will be opening another restaurant in the Heights within a year, and there are plenty of other British restaurants in Hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Top 5 Ways To Cook With Green Tea

    Green tea is an excellent source of caffeine that provides you with antioxidants that can help fight against risks of heart disease, cancer and blood clots. It's also one of the beverages that can instantly improve your mood. Strictly drinking green tea can be a little boring and monotonous, howeve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    What's Cooking on Pinterest? Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

    I've never liked making ordinary white, vanilla or chocolate cupcakes; they need some extra pizazz or an interesting ingredient for me to want to make them. I stumbled upon these cupcakes a while back on Pinterest, but never really thought to try to make them. It was definitely one of those pins I p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Congratulations Galveston, You Are Only 96 Percent Honest

    A few weeks back I told you about Honest Tea's "honesty experiment" where they planned to set up a few unmanned kiosks across the country offering their bottles of iced tea for with a jar asking for $1, with payment based on the honor system. Many of you were rightfully confused, asking where the "h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Kick It With Kombucha and Go Greek

    If you don't like kombucha, I promise that it's only because you haven't tried Kickin Kombucha. I've turned many a hater into a convert with the brew, which just so happens to be made right here in Houston at the Kitchen Incubator downtown. I mention this because Kickin Kombucha is launching a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Eat Smart: Top Brain Boosting Foods

    With the multitude of mind-numbing reality television shows that I can't stop watching and people like this parading around the internet, it's become blatantly obvious; I'm getting stupider more stupider just more freaking dumb by the second. Luckily, research has shown that what you eat plays an im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Liquor Treat: Using Leftover Halloween Sweets for Six Candy Cocktails

    Photo by terren in VirginiaCandy overload. Must. Make. Cocktails.​Once Halloween has come and gone, I'm always left with a giant pile of Halloween candy. I have eaten it, tortured people by bringing it in to work, and baked it into all kinds of cakes and desserts. But this year, I plan on tryi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    "Zen Chill" Smoothie at Berripop Frozen Yogurt

    ​I'm in the mood for milkshakes even in chilly weather and would probably drink them every day if they didn't contain so much pesky saturated fat. I've tried Coldstone's low-fat "sinless" shake, but won't make that mistake again as white-out probably has a more pleasant taste than that concoct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Coconut Cream Tea at Teahouse Tapioca & Tea

    ​One recent night I couldn't decide whether I was craving a milkshake or a smoothie, so I opted instead for a coconut cream tea ($4.50) at the Teahouse Tapioca & Tea. I've tried their bubble tea before and enjoyed it, though in truth I like shooting the tapioca balls through my straw at stran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Kombucha Comeback

    ​For those experiencing withdrawal over the last six months from the kombucha crisis of 2010, you can now rest easy in knowing that it's back. The fermented probiotic beverage was abruptly pulled from supermarket shelves across the country last June after Lindsay Lohan's SCRAM ankle bracelet, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Bret Michaels' Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka Tea

    ​Confession #1: I am not, nor ever have been, a fan of the band Poison. Confession #2: I have never seen a single episode of The Apprentice. But I nevertheless have become somewhat obsessed with Bret Michaels's Diet Snapple Trop-a-Rocka Tea, which the former rock star designed as part of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Black Sesame Gelato At Gelato Cup

    ​Taking a break from exploring Chinatown and its million restaurants, we popped into Gelato Cup Italian Ice Cream (9889 Bellaire Boulevard, 713-271-1082) to try their durian gelato that I heard smells like rotting fruit. We sampled it and decided one spoonful was enough. We would not want to e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Sweet Tea & Vodka: Deep Eddy, A Uniquely Texas Spirit

    ​Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka couldn't be more Texas if it tried. Its namesake is the oldest swimming pool in Texas, on the National Register of Historic Places. The water for Deep Eddy comes from an artesian well in north Texas, and the corn for the vodka -- which is distilled 10 times -- from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Summer Sizzle: Sweet Tea Vodkas

    ​It only makes sense that June, with its rising humidity, would be National Iced Tea Month. Whether you're lazing on the beach, grabbing lunch with a buddy or relaxing at home, summer life just seems calmer when you've got a tall tumbler of iced tea, garnished with a sun-colored wedge of lemon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Farmers' Market Brunch at Te House of Tea

    ​We've been going to the Te House of Tea (1927 Fairview) for many years now. It opened at the height of the tea craze in Houston, a time when it seemed like there was a new tea house opening on every corner. We went soon after it opened and found our favorite tea ever, the Fujian Silk oolong. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Where You @?

    ​South Houston is home to one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Houston, Sagemont. There is a dense population of Vietnamese in this area, and as a result, a fantastic selection of great Asian food. T@pioca is a little Vietnamese banh mi, yogurt, and bubble tea dive on Fuqua and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Meyerland's Secret Lunch Sandwich

    ​On a trip through Meyerland recently we decided to grab some milk tea from a quaint cafĂ© called Fioza (9002 Chimney Rock). This is more of a high school coffee hangout at night, but we ended up here at lunch time, and lo and behold, people were eating sandwiches. Not just regular sandwiches, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Artisan Teas from John Harney

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Whereas English Breakfast Tea is usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon, with a little Keemun added to the more expensive versions, Harney & Sons English Breakfast is made with all Keemun tea. The flavor is clean and bright, with a fruity aroma. What a treat this is in the mor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Late Night Scene: Teahouse

    Photo by Sarah RufkaEven 15 minutes before its midnight closing, Teahouse on Shepherd has nary an empty table. One would think a tired employee would grimace at anyone new walking in the door, but the guy on duty is surprisingly friendly. Someone uninitiated to the bubble tea scene could easily wast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Recession Snacking: Chinese Tea Eggs

    Photo by Nikki MetzgarStewed in black tea, soy sauce and spices, Chinese tea eggs are ideal as snacks or placed on top of a bed of noodles. The flavor is savory and a little bit salty. The shells are gently cracked before the eggs are steeped in the marinade, leaving brown marbling on the egg white. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Korean Corn Tea: As Bad As It Sounds

    My favorite lunchtime stop during the week is Super H Mart, the enormous Korean grocery store / food court that occupies an old Flagship Randall's off Bingle and I-10. Not only do they serve up some mean kimchi fried rice and bulgogi in the food court, you can always be sure to stumble across some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Update: Snot What You Thought

    After highlighting a local man's discovery of what appeared to be a giant loogie in his can of green tea, the tea company has responded with an apology and an explanation. According to Steaz co-founder Eric Schnell, who personally responded to the complaint, the gruesome sub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Sneeze Green Tea

    It's mid-afternoon.  You had a heavy lunch.  The work day is sliding by like thick molasses in winter.  You're dragging ass, big time.  So you decide to pop open a cold, refreshing can of iced organic green tea to rescuscitate yourself from the afternoon doldrums. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    A World Tour of Honey

    Those who know me know I hate high fructose syrup sweeteners and avoid products that contain them whenever possible. Lately I've been having a lot of fun trying different honeys from around the world. There was the delicious Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) that I enjoyed at the Blue Nile, for example. ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 19, 2007

    Sandy's Produce Market

    One healthy meal at Sandy's Produce Market will wipe away all of your high-cholesterol sins

  • Dining

    June 21, 2007

    Mak Chin

    A Spot of Cheesecake?

  • Dining

    February 1, 2007

    Two Faces of Mak Chin's

    A new pan-Asian restaurant on Shepherd has a split personality

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    December 28, 2006



  • Dining

    January 30, 2003

    Taiwan's Tapioca Attack

    Bubble tea goes mainstream

  • Dining

    January 2, 2003

    Feeling Lucky?

    Score big at the Lucky Pot noodle shop

  • Dining

    October 17, 2002

    Fish Tales

    St. Pete's Dancing Marlin's Long Island Iced Tea

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
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    September 21, 2000

    Best Iced Tea

    Kaldi Cafe

  • Dining

    December 5, 1996

    South of the Sabine

    The Sunset Tea Room gives way to some new ideas about old-fashioned food

  • Dining

    June 6, 1996
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