• Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Try these Five Absolutely Loaded Fries

    When it comes to smothered fries, we whole-heartedly believe that the more crap that gets loaded on top, the better. Try these five plates of cheese-drizzled, meat-laden, gravy-and-sauce-slathered fries. What: Tex-Cajun Virgin Fries Where to find them: BB's Cafe Our love affair with BB's Cajun tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Songkran Thai Kitchen Opens in Uptown Park

    As a college student at UCLA, Thai food was easy to come by. Aside from pizza, it was one of the easiest foods to get delivered, and I didn't realize at the time how spoiled I'd become by its easy availability until I moved to Houston. While we definitely have excellent choices for ethnic food, I'm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Lay's Flavor Contest Is Back, So We've Created Some Houston-Inspired Flavors Of Our Own

    Last month, potato chip brand Lay's brought back its "Do Us A Flavor" contest, which invites fans all over the nation to submit their ideas for the next great potato chip flavor. What's in it for the fans, you ask? Well, a $1 million grand prize for starters. Plus eternal glory and ultimate bragging ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2013

    Good Food and Good People Keep Folks Coming Back to Morningside Thai

    A change of venue has done nothing to diminish this restaurant’s top-notch cuisine.

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Butter- and Spice-Injected Fried Cornish Game Hen at Boheme's Test Kitchen Tuesday

    A few weeks ago, when I visited Rishi Singh of Boheme for a chef chat, we sampled one of his "test kitchen" items, a fried Cornish game hen injected with spiced butter and covered in a chickpea flour mix. At the time, the dish showed promise, but was not ready to unleash upon the world. When we cut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Team Behind D&T Drive Inn, Down House and Hunky Dory Announce New Concept

    The empire behind some of the Heights' most exciting ventures is headed north. Northern Thailand, that is. Chris Cusack, Benjy Mason and Richard Knight revealed a few weeks ago that they'll be opening a neighborhood tavern and whiskey bar at 18th and Shepherd in the coming year, and last week they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Upcoming Events: All About Bees...And Alligators.

    On Monday, August 19 at 7 p.m., Flora & Muse is hosting a gastronomical tour of Spain by Chef Kelly Boyd and Sommelier Evan Turner. The dinner will include six courses paired with Spanish wines. The first course will be a charcuterie plate with cured meats and cheeses from different regions of Spain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    100 Favorite Dishes 2013: No. 100, Bangkok Fries at Boheme

    Every year, leading up to our annual Best of Houston issue, we count down our 100 favorite dishes. It's a list of 100 of the most awesome, most creative and, of course, most delicious dishes in Houston. It's a list of our personal favorites, dishes we think any visitor or native to Houston ought to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2013

    Some Excerpts From the Dead, Rope-Around-the-Dick NASA Dude's Kinky Novel

    Hair Balls was saddened to hear about the death of former NASA official Paul Muller, who was reportedly found dead in his home in Thailand, "with a rope tied around his genitals and waist and another rope tied around his neck, hanging from a knob of his bedroom door." Saddened and intrigued. And m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    What Is Houston Cowboy?

    I spend too much time on the Internet, but occasionally get rewarded for my rabbit-holing with stuff like Houston Cowboy. (And this GIF of a kitten getting slapped by a cat for wearing a dumb bowler hat.) I saw Houston Cowboy floating around in a few places yesterday and decided to figure out what t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Tony Makes Some Authentic Thai

    When we talk about Thai food in Houston, people generally point to Vieng Thai or Asia Market. Everyone seems to overlook the Thai food out on Bellaire Boulevard, which, while not as ubiquitous as Chinese or Vietnamese, can definitely be found. One of my favorites has been Tony Thai, not only becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Russian Radio: Top 5 Tasty Cold War Synth Jamz

    Hey, remember the Russians? Before they had a gajillion oil dollars and all those supermodels, they wanted to kill us all. But it wasn't all creeping dread and mutually assured destruction. Until the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was a common subject in popular culture. Besides KGB trenchcoat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu - A Taste of Thai and More

    Photos by Mai PhamChef Jett Hurapan's family recipe crispy whole fish with spicy tamarind sauce​The last two days, we've been chatting with Chef Jett Hurapan, who is currently at the helm of the fledgling Blu Restaurant and Lounge in Sugar Land. Today, we try his food. Before meeting Chef Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu

    Yesterday, we chatted with Blu's Executive Chef Jett Hurapan about his love of racing cars, and his background as a corporate chef opening restaurants in New York City. Today, he tells us what it's like working with his pastry chef wife, what to expect from his food at Blu, and the foods that bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of Blu Loves Race Car Driving

    Executive Chef Junnajet "Jett" Hurapan of the new Blu Restaurant and Lounge (2248 Texas Dr; in Sugar Land's Town Square, couldn't stop smiling when I was taking pictures of him in the kitchen. "In New York, the photographers didn't want me to smile," he says, but for me he smil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata

    Photo by Mai PhamChef de Cuisine Mark Gabriel Medina of Kata Robata​When I asked Mark Gabriel "Gabe" Medina, the current Chef de Cuisine at Kata Robata, if he would be willing to do a chef chat with me, the 29-year-old, soft-spoken chef, who's been flying under the radar since he assumed his c ... More >>

  • Film

    May 26, 2011

    Bros Roofie'ing Bros

    The Hangover Part II: Didn't we already see this movie?

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Fava Beans

    luvjnx​What are they? Immortalized by Dr. Hannibal Lector in the Oscar-winning film Silence of the Lambs, these fat, light green legumes are one of the oldest cultivated plants in civilization, and they're currently in season. Coming in a pod that's around six inches long, they require a lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs at Nidda Thai Cuisine

    ​Geri Maria Harris's recent post on Houston's Top 5 Thai Restaurants definitely included one of my favorites: Nidda. Geri named stir-fried eggplant and the Nidda Shrimp as standout dishes; to that list I would add the Bangkok Soft-Shell Crabs. I'm always seeking out my favorite crustacean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Thai Eggplant

    add1sun​What is it? As you can see, they look like babies of the large, purple eggplants we're used to seeing in the grocery store. They're denser and firmer in texture than their larger, Western counterparts. The difference in texture and flavor led me to believe that these tiny eggplants w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Ingredient of the Week: Thai Red Rice

    ​ What is it? There are several varieties of red rice. This particular bag, as far as I can tell, is just a medium grain rice with a red bran on the outside instead of brown. It is nuttier, sweeter and a bit chewier than white rice and contains more nutrients and fiber because it still contai ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Trying the Pitaya

    ​The dragonfruit, or pitaya, is known for its great health benefits, and it's touted on the side of juice bottles and energy drinks for its vitamin, fiber and mineral-rich context. Bolder distributors even state that the fruit has been used to treat everything from diabetes to asthma. Really.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Teala's Thai-Mexican Fusion: Cochinita Pibil

    ​It's a little known fact that Teala's Mexican Restaurant and Bar on West Dallas actually serves a Thai-Mexican fusion menu. Thai and Mexican flavors have a lot in common -- they both use lime, cilantro and very hot peppers -- so the marriage of the two cuisines is a logical pairing.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Spotlight On: The Mangosteen

    ​A couple months ago, I ventured out to 99 Ranch Market and saw some fresh mangosteens parked in the middle of the fruit section. Although I was curious about how they tasted, I was put off by the price ($8.99/pound) and the fact that they looked pretty tired in comparison to the surrounding a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Top 5 Chicken Soups to Fight Off the Winter Blues

    ​Between the unforgivingly cold and dreary winter we have experienced this season and the plethora of respiratory infections it brings, soup is on our mind - chicken soup. Isn't it funny how we ignore this dish ten months out of the year, but relish it when we need a warming winter pick-me-up? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Yummy Water Beetle Essence

    ​ Thai mang da, known in Vietnamese as ca cuong, is available in the U.S. in the form of an artificial extract. It has a pleasant floral aroma with a slightly funky background scent. It is an essential flavor in North Vietnamese cuisine. Former residents of Hanoi put a drop of the stuff in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    No Reservations: Thailand

    When Anthony Bourdain and his crew visited Thailand in April, Bangkok was in political upheaval. This week's episode of No Reservations opened with flickering images of soldiers, protesters and smoke, with Bourdain admitting, "I don't know what to say about Thailand. I don't know how to make sense o ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 2, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Sun Rises In East, Sets In West

    Headlines that make you stand up and go "whoa": Well, not really.Fox 26 reported on a Houstonian who got picked up in Thailand for his habit of diddling young children.The headline? "Captured Fugitive Led Secret Life."Nooooo shit. We're just shocked the guy chose not to follow what is apparently the ... More >>

  • Music

    November 2, 2006

    Red Elvises

    The Red Elvises appear Monday, November 6, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk. Call 713-528-5999 for more info.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006
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    August 15, 2006

    So How Big Are the Fries?

    Courtesy of Bob's BBQ & Grill They're gonna need a bigger to-go bag. Think you're a tough guy cuz today you'll be lunching on a one-pound burger at Fuddruckers or Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar? You might be big s*** here, but you're a wee baby in Thailand. Last week (remember, news travels v ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 6, 2006
  • Dining

    November 24, 2005

    All You Need Is Larb

    The food can be great at Sabai Thai, as long as you order the right dishes

  • Dining

    September 1, 2005

    Crab Shells and Stink Beans

    The most authentic Thai restaurant in Space City is a wild Asian-food ride

  • Dining

    March 17, 2005

    Thai High

    Do you want your dinner "bong-hit hot" or "acid-flashback hot"?

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2005

    Clayed Out

    An '80s yukster wants you to roll with the Dice

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    Man Eating Mermaid

    Erawan Authentic Thai Cuisine

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Bangkok on Everything

    Terry Allen's lost post-Vietnam-era soundtrack re-emerges decades later

  • Dining

    March 28, 2002

    Thai Raid

    In America, Thai dishes are being toned down. The Thai government wants to step in to stop it.

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    A Fusion Formula

    Chef Chai's Italian lemonade

  • Dining

    February 15, 2001

    Where the Home Fires Really Burn

    Vung Thai Cafe serves the food your mom would make -- if she were Thai

  • Film

    December 16, 1999

    Getting to Know You, Again

    Sumptuous, massive and lyrical, Anna and the King is a classic reborn

  • Dining

    August 27, 1998
  • Calendar

    July 10, 1997
  • Dining

    August 29, 1996

    Sticking to Tradition

    The Golden Room has a way of keeping the spirits happy

  • Dining

    June 2, 1994

    Thai One On

    Sawadee trades in summery charm and sweet -- but engaging -- Thai cuisine

  • Dining

    December 2, 1993

    Thai and Thai Again

    Nit Noi Thai restaurant has cloned itself -- which means more of their exquisite sauces to go around

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