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  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    5 Best Meteorologically-Inspired Cocktails For Hurricane Season

    Studies have repeatedly shown that intoxicated persons are 47 percent more likely to survive major weather events than their sober counterparts [citation missing], which is why this hurricane season be sure to include booze as well as water in your emergency kit. And if you need more inspiration as ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2014

    Farm-to-Table-Light: Embrace Dish Society For What it is, Not What it Could Be

    Dish Society touts its farm-to-table mentality and offers good food, albeit with a few detours.

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    How To Make Your Own Lobster Roll

    In January of this year my grandmother, Margaret Berkeley O'Leary, passed away at the venerable age of 100. As per my wont, I've been processing my grief for my grandmother through food and cooking, remembering and recreating the dishes she enjoyed. Gramma particularly loved lobster rolls (the ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    23 Things You Won't See at Shows In the Suburbs

    I have a love-hate relationship with my suburban lifestyle. For instance, I love sitting in my backyard, drinking cold beer and tending to something sizzling on the smoker. I hate getting threatening letters from the hypercritical HOA doofuses who apparently have nothing better to do than measure ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    These Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving in the Houston Area For the Non-Perfect Planners Among Us

    We know we'd all like to be super duper planners, but just in case you aren't perfect and you're cooking dinner at home on Thanksgiving and you forgot something like the butter or the Cool Whip or the stuffing, or maybe you're trying that once-in-a-lifetime recipe and who knew it needed crushed fres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five Fine Tips For People on a (Tight) Budget Who Still Want to Eat Out Once in a While

    I'm a writer, here a word meaning one broke-ass dude. That said, broke-ass dudes still have to eat, and they can even still eat out on occasion if they plan the trip well. Today I'm going to pass along five of the little tips that I've developed that will allow you to enjoy the luxury of not heating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    A Tasty Supermarket Tomato? Nothing Compares to Camparis

    Have you recently found yourself picking through tomatoes in a supermarket, trying to find the reddest one? That's proper behavior in a farmer's market, or in the heirloom tomato section. But for most supermarket tomatoes -- even the vine-ripened ones -- red doesn't guarantee it tastes good, only t ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 8, 2013

    Top 5 Enchilada Platters to Try In Houston

    Satisfy Tex-Mex cravings with one of these offerings.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Smooth Vs. Chunky: Not Peanut Butter, GUACAMOLE

    I realized the other day the real reason why I don't purchase packaged guacamole, ever. I virtually always just buy ripe avocados, tomatoes, limes, and maybe some onions, and mash them all together in my favorite red mixing bowl with a small chip from the time I accidentally dropped it on the kitche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tracy Vaught, Owner of Backstreet Cafe and Hugo's

    What she does: Tracy Vaught is the owner of Hugo's and Backstreet Cafe and a partner at Prego and Trevisio. ""I do all the planning, train managers, set all the standards for the restaurants, design menus," says Vaught. "Investments and charitable giving. I am the one who has political involvement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    You, Too, Can Shop for Groceries by Light Rail!

    When I tell people that my husband and I share a car, and have for the entire three years we have lived in Houston, we get a lot of funny looks. It's true that the logistics don't always work out, but we almost always make it work. Note the "almost" -- that's the little word that forced me to get ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    The New Trader Joe's in Memorial Opens in One Hour; Are You Ready?

    After receiving its sales tax permit all the way back in December 2011, the Trader Joe's #427 at 1440 S. Voss is ready to open -- at 8 a.m. today. The new Trader Joe's location is situated on a once-empty pad site that was previously occupied by a Michael's and smack in the middle of one of Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    A Gingerbread House Decorated Cannot Stand

    My first attempt at constructing a gingerbread house occurred during elementary school, and I'm happy to report it was successful. (Probably because "construction" simply involved gluing stale graham crackers to a milk carton and tossing a few sprinkles on top.) And though I recognized that making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Tailgating at Triniti and the World's Largest Fondue Party

    Craft beer fans are in for a double treat this month: In addition to the upcoming Stone Vertical Epic tasting next Thursday, December 13 at The Flying Saucer downtown, The Hay Merchant will be hosting a staggering Shmaltz tasting this Saturday featuring 16 different beers from Coney Island and He'Br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    An Amy's Kitchen Obsession Continues with Indian Wraps

    Within the last few months, a certain Houston Press food critic posted a photo of an Amy's Kitchen wrap to her Facebook page. This particular photo caught my eye because the wrap in question was not the usual burrito, but an "Indian wrap." As an Amy's devotee and lover of Indian food, I was immediat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches: Quick & Tasty

    I love Special K products. The cereals, snack bars and chips are always tasty. While shopping at Walmart I came across a new product in the frozen section -- breakfast flatbreads, all less than 250 calories. I decided to give them a try. With choices from sausage, egg and cheese, ham, egg and pepp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Celebrity Wine: Tasting Notes for (Drew) Barrymore Pinot Grigio

    According to the Decordi winery's website, "the 2011 Barrymore Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie IGT is a dry and fruity wine made with grapes from the Veneto, Friuli and South Tyrol regions." The Decordi winemaking facility is located in Cremona (in the region of Lombardy), a two-hour drive -- minimum -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Perfect Fit Meals Are Definitely Fit, But Need Perfecting

    I am a big fan of grab-and-go meals. I rarely hit the drive-thru and am always on the lookout for prepared meals that only need a quick zap in the microwave. If I'm feeling really fancy, I might do the freezer-to-oven thing, but most of the time I like something that can be ready in minutes, and tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Super Market Sushi: Kroger vs. H-E-B

    When I think about sushi, I think about my time in the Far East, and I think about something that looks like this: Supermarkets have been trying to capitalize of late upon the massive popularity of sushi. You can't go into a grocery store anymore without seeing a sushi-dedicated kiosk or deli count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Save Yourself: The 10 Worst Online Retailers

    Ads like this are the only reason to visit you like that sort of thing​It's frustrating enough to shop for friends and family members during the holidays. Do I get my 80-year-old aunt a gift card to Kroger or H-E-B? Decisions, decisions. Unfortunately, some online mer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    I'm a little hesitant because it's half IPA. I'm very enthusiastic, however, because it's two things just crammed right the crap together. I love a good mish mash.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we promise never to have a talking anthropomorphic food item as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Not So Enamored with H-E-B

    ​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 re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Limited Edition Nestle Oatmeal Scotchies

    Photo by Joanna O'LearyYes, those are dark chocolate Milky Ways lurking in the background.​Between October and December it's rare to find a "limited edition" food product that doesn't have something to do with the impending holidays. That's exactly why I gravitated toward the new "Oatmeal Scot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Bordeaux White

    ​Winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is widely recognized as one of the great producers of Sauternes, the "noble rot" dried-grape wine of Bordeaux, where grape growers let the fungus botrytis grow on their late-harvest fruit, thus desiccating the berries and concentrating their sugar and flavors. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Whole Foods Joins the Party in Montrose, Brings Booze

    The 32 foot beer cooler at the new Whole Foods Market in Montrose​I live in Montrose, and I am a big fan of Disco Kroger. The infatuation began almost four years ago, on the very first night I moved into the area. It was after 1 a.m. on a Saturday and I had an apartment full of boxes and only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Poscol

    ​The Place: Vinoteca Poscol The Deals: $2 small glasses of wine, $1 cicchetti The Hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays The Scene: I like visiting bars where you might have second thoughts about touching anything in the bathroom, let alone eating. I also appreciate nicer places that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Ground Flaxseed Meal

    ​What is it? First, let's start with flaxseeds. They're tiny little seeds that are just the slightest bit larger than sesame seeds. They come in a range of colors - from light to dark-brown - depending on the variety. These seeds can be used for crunch in things like cereal, breads and grano ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Celeriac

    veganalects ​What is it? One thing it isn't, is attractive. This bulbous, brown monstrosity is actually the root of a type of celery plant, although it isn't the same type as the ones we buy the stalks of in the grocery stores. It was specifically bred to create a large, bulky root rather than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    What a Crock: Chicken and Dumplings

    ​Chicken and dumplings is always popular. Before temps start to rise, I wanted to work my own crock pot version of this American classic into the mix. It's one I've adapted quite a bit over the years. The rundown Take three frozen chicken filets (from a bag like they carry at Kroger's). ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Odd Pair: Heart-Shaped Cheese Pizza & Argiolas Costamolino

    ​While it is a fact that shaping the pizza like a heart will not alter its taste one bit, it certainly does make it cheesier. Puns aside, I have a dreadfully wonderful tradition of ordering cheap, heart-shaped pizza on Valentine's Day. This year, I wanted to find a wine that would really p ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2011

    In the Spotlight

    Spotlight Karaoke sets standard for do-it-yourself singing spots.

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Murray's Cheese and Kroger: How's That For a Cheese Pairing?

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​The famous Murray's Cheese Shop didn't start out as the epicenter of the cheese universe. Its roots were much more humble than that: a sort of general store founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg to sell butter and eggs to area residents in Greenwich Village. It trade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Five Ways We Have Screwed Over Other Bands

    ​In order to not implicate Rocks Off's more moral brethren and sistren here, I'm gonna drop the royal we, m'kay? The evil machinations mentioned hereafter are the work of one man with one F, and are not endorsed by the Houston Press. Ed. Note: We are real paragons of virtue over here, but we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2010

    Cacique: Go Autentico!

    ​Cacique products are a line of deliciously authentic Hispanic foods, including cheeses, creams, and chorizo. After making quality products for over forty years, the brand recently partnered with Food Network celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Together they have launched a campaign to encourage peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    5 Power Breakfasts to Get You Through Your Day

    ​Mama always told us to start our day off right with a healthy, satisfying breakfast. To make it until lunch, and hopefully avoid that dreadful ten a.m. slump, you need to eat a meal that includes a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fiber. We all know this, but we often tend to make bad b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Exile In Pearland: A Young Rocks Off Gets "Happy"

    The first time Rocks Off the Younger truly heard "Happy," we were loading a case of Dannon yogurt into the display case at the Kroger in Pearland we worked at from 1999 until he first left home. It would have been September 2002, and we had just signed the papers that would mark our entry into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Face Off: Almond Milk vs. Soy Milk

    ​ There are numerous reasons why a person might seek out a milk alternative. Maybe you oppose the dairy industry or are simply trying to stay away from animal products. Maybe you're lactose intolerant or have a dairy allergy. Or maybe you just think it's kind of weird to be drinking something ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Lemons, Lemons Everywhere

    You'll want to jam this out as you cook. It'll make everything taste better. I had a bit of a quandary this week. I was considering two dishes for the column, but both were too simple. Yes, there is a such a thing as "too simple," even for me, so don't be a smartass. Luckily, I realized the two di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Triply Pastafied Cheesplosion

    If you were to speculate that perhaps I enjoy me some starch, I would not disagree.​If there's anyone in the world who should not get up his own ass about what he cooks for lunch, it's me. And yet I'd been racking my brains for days, trying to think of something to cook for this column, going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Stuck On You: Farmville Fanatic Arrested In String Of Bizarre Summertime Adhesive Attacks

    ​One of the more bizarre Houston-area crimes of the past year has apparently been solved.Back in July, Pasadena police were seeking a man described as an "older teenager" who they believed attacked random women in retail outlets. His assaults took a peculiar form: he would squirt a tube of what w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Top 5 Grocery Store Openings of the Decade

    Photo by athomsonThe hot dog section at an H-E-BYesterday, we recounted the top five grocery store closings that had a significant impact on the Houston supermarket scene during the past 10 years. But for as much as we may (or may not) miss AppleTree or Albertson's, we've had some much better grocer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Food Fight: Battle Mashed Potato

    Photos by Katharine Shilcutt​After last week's Food Fight, in which fans/minions of Jeannine's Bistro cluttered the comments section with with querulous protestations and propaganda, we've decided to take a brief break from pitting one restaurant against another. And inspired by John Gray's inaugu ... More >>

  • News

    September 24, 2009

    Food Fight and Common Decency

    Highlights from the Blog at HOUSTONPRESS.COM

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Peli Peli: Take a Right at Louetta Off Highway 249 to Get to South Africa

    Photo courtesy of Peli PeliJumbo prawns (that's shrimp to you and me) at Peli PeliThe bongo drums, violin and guitar trio is going at it joyfully, continuously and well, a little too loudly (something that never faded) as we walked into Peli Peli, a restaurant whose interior is a dark and bright odd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    The Grocery Store Corridor

    If you put stock in any of the numerous lists of food trends for 2009 that place "at-home cooking" as the most important trend of the new year, you'll be happy to know that Houston is continually offering plenty of places for you to do your shopping.  Grocery stores, like oil, are still big bus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    She Really Should Try a Subtler Shade of Red

    Police are on the lookout for a cross-dressing bank robber. KHOU has the story: The thief struck the Woodforest Bank inside the Kroger at 2222 N. I-45 N Saturday night. The suspect wore bright red lipstick, a dark-colored wig, a woman's pantsuit and dark sunglasses. Be advised: The suspe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    The Hunt Is On

    The riding gear and hounds thing is optional, natch. If you find yourself with nothing to do this evening, and don't mind the possibility of being arrested, you should check out Jacob Calle's Scavenger Hunt. Calle says anyone interested should meet him at 7 p.m. at the Kroger (or, to you 'Trose ... More >>

  • Music

    September 5, 2002

    Identity Crisis

    Mary Cutrufello's leaving makes us wonder: Is your band a Krogers, Randalls or a Fiesta?

  • News

    January 4, 2001

    RV Xmas

    In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.

  • News

    November 17, 1994
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