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  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    H-E-B on Bunker Hill and I-10: One Grocery Store to Rule Them All

    I have lived in Houston a long time and it a lot of different neighborhoods around town. As a result, I have shopped at more than my fair share of grocery stores. From the Randall's that used to exist on the North Freeway as a kid to the Kroger where I worked all through high school to a Food Town o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 95, Tamal de Puerco at Andes Cafe

    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

    December 30, 2013

    The Top Ten Eating...Our Words Posts of 2013

    It's the end of another year, and here at Eating...Our Words we're looking back at all the great stories we shared in 2012, remembering some that weren't so popular and figuring out new ways to keep you coming back for more. We've already looked at the best new restaurants of 2013, biggest scandal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    How To: Make Cookie Butter at Home

    Looking for the perfect foodie gift for friends and family this year? Spread holiday cheer with cookie butter. (No, I'm not talking about buying the Speculoos Cookie Butter from Trader Joe's -- don't bank on the store having a full stock; there could be a shortage, or employees could limit the amoun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Food Expiration Dates Not Necessarily the Last Word

    Last week, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report titled "The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead to Food Waste in America". The gist of it is something that most Americans can probably agree on: Labels on our food that seek to aid us are often very confusing. Some lab ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    Best Bites at Buc-ee's

    Five more awesome things to try.

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    September 6, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Failed Concepts & A Mega Burger Bus Expansion

    We're just a few days into the month of September, and several highly anticipated restaurants have finally opened for business and a multitude of future concepts have been announced. But, among all of this exciting news, several restaurants have suddenly closed their doors this week. So, let's get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Houston Gets First Fresh Market; Food Network Star Coming Soon

    Exciting news all around this week! In my hunt for opening and closing news, I only found one place closing its doors, but several new joints have opened in its wake. Hey, the more food, the merrier. Champions Forest-area Ba Mien Bistro, which had been closed for two weeks to fix the air conditioni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Top 5 Trader Joe's Desserts

    Houston Trader Joe's may be running low on Speculoos Cookie Butter, but there are plenty of other sweet treats available in abundance. Although desserts are one category of foods that I actually enjoy making myself from scratch, there are some too tempting to pass up at TJ's. Here are my five favo ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 13, 2013

    Where to Eat on Father's Day

    Treat Dad to Something Sweet and Something with Meat.

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    June 5, 2013

    Speculoos Cookie Butter Scarcity Continues at Trader Joe's

    Last week during my semi-monthly run to Trader Joe's for baked jalapeño cheese curls, I witnessed the following conversation between two employees: Employee #1: Quick question -- Speculoos? Are we still limiting them to just one? Employee #2: Yup, one jar per person. Speculoos [cookie butter], in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Ramps Aren't Rampant in Houston

    From the mailbag, a reader request for ramps: Ramps, which are basically wild leeks, are widely available in other parts of the country in the spring. Where can Houstonians find lovely spring vegetables like ramps, fiddleheads, etc? Tried Trader Joe's, no luck. Houston needs our ramps! Sorry to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    5 Hard Cider Cocktails To Try

    By itself a good hard cider is a wonderfully refreshing, mildly intoxicating beverage that is a terrific summer brew alternative for non-lovers of beer (me). Add a little this, a little that, and you have a cocktail with some extra zing, more flavor dimensions, and enough volume for multiple large ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Time for El Tiempo's Big Debut and More Crawfish in Chinatown

    Are you in this for the long-haul? Good, because this week was chock-full of restaurant news -- and most of it happy news. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a long post, starting with recaps of a few stories from earlier this week. Ryan Rouse and Brad Moore of Grand Prize Bar in Montrose and B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    January 2013 in Openings & Closings: The Heights Heats Up

    The eerily silent Shepherd Plaza near Highway 59 is now even dimmer this week after longtime tenant Le Peep closed up shop and vacated its space next to Amy's Ice Cream. Branches of the brunch spot are still open in Rice Village and the Galleria, according to a sign out front. Amy's and its other ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Pro Tips for Taste of the Town, Happening this Thursday in The Woodlands

    The Woodlands boasts exactly two large food and beverage showcases each year: The Woodlands Wine & Food Week in the summer, and The Taste of the Town at the end of January. Needless to say, when these events take place, they are kind of a big deal. This Thursday is the Taste of the Town's chance to ... 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 18, 2012

    3 Ways to Use Ready-made Pizza Dough for Dishes Other Than Pizza

    There are less than two weeks until Christmas, and I'm done. Exhausted. Beat. I've baked cookies, bought and wrapped and shipped presents, made travel arrangements, made dog-boarding arrangements, and gone shopping and wrapping and shipping again. I've gone over the edge, and I don't mean Lady Gaga' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    How To: Assemble A Holiday Hangover Relief Gift Basket

    Retailers would love for you to spend around $75 for a gift basket, but assembling one yourself costs you a quarter as much and allows you to indulge your creativity. Although smoked sausages, spread cheeses, and chocolates are popular components, I say rethink tradition. Who really needs more decad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    A Delightful Dough at Trader Joe's

    It was inevitable, really. Eventually, I would have to eat my words here at Eating Our Words. Although I technically did not trash the Trader Joe's pizza dough I picked up a few weeks ago, I certainly implied that I didn't think it would be very good. And thankfully, I was wrong, because the dough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Health Department Roundup: Downtown, Midtown, Trader Joe's vs. Whole Foods

    Like so many homeless people and recently released inmates, we're going to stick mostly around downtown and Midtown this week. And we'll start with a citation - Deli Deluxe (1600 Smith/tunnel) got a ticket after an inspector found half a dozen violations. Two were new: employee eating in an unapprov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Trader Joe's Fast Times Experiment

    I'm no stranger to grocery stores with cult status -- I've been a devotee of Wegmans for many years. I will admit to finding the excitement over Trader Joe's amusing, but not in a snarky way; if Wegmans came to Houston, I would probably get a job there just so I could go every day. My husband and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    The $20 Trader Joe's Challenge

    Editor's note: We asked five Eating Our Words bloggers to head to Trader Joe's with $20 and write about what they were able to get. We've gathered their stories together here. Katharine Shilcutt: Objective: Two meals for two for $20 My boyfriend and I hit Trader Joe's a little before 5 p.m. on a ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2012

    100 Favorite Dishes 2012

    No. 1, Korean Braised Goat and Dumplings at Underbelly.

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Welcome to Houston TJ: Five of Trader Joe's Best Products

    If you haven't been living under a rock, you know Trader Joe's opened up its first Houston location in the historic Alabama Theater this past weekend. A friend of mine,, a longtime TJ fan, was so excited, she threw a Trader Joe's-themed party -- Hawaiian shirts and all -- Saturday night. The shtic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Three Rules for the Proper Use of Truffle Oil

    My esteemed colleague Jeremy Parzen recently wrote an article decrying truffle oil as "evil" and as something akin to farts. Farts? Really? If truffle oil were really all that bad, it wouldn't continue ending up on dishes in some of the best restaurants in Houston. As with any other pungent ingredi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Nothing Bundt Cakes Opens in The Woodlands

    It's a bakery dedicated to one type of cake: the classic bundt. This week, Houston welcomes the newest location of Nothing Bundt Cakes to The Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center right next door to the new Trader Joe's. While this location of Nothing Bundt Cakes has already opened up shop, the grand o ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Trader Joe's: Texas's Newest Sensation

    What do you get when you take a grocery store with a jazillion specialty products, organic produce and flavorful freezer food and intertwine it with low prices throughout, then sprinkle it with a laid-back Hawaiian vibe? Trader Joe's. The specialty store, whose roots lie in the small town of Monrovi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue Cheese

    As Eater Houston reported earlier this week, West Oaks Mall is losing one of its biggest anchors -- Alamo Drafthouse -- as the chain expands into other areas of Houston, namely Midtown and Cypress. In its place, West Oaks Mall is getting a western-themed bar from country singer Toby Keith, Nashvill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Openings & Closings: The Blind Items Gain Vision Edition

    Everyone likes to see a good blind item come to fruition. We have two that gained sight this week. With one of our most recent items, our readers -- as usual -- were spot on in their guesses. Ocean's, the big white house in Montrose that currently serves subpar seafood, will soon become Concepción ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    Openings & Closings: Green Seed Grows Roots

    Starting off the week with two bits of good news: Green Seed Vegan has moved out of its food truck confines and into a space of its own. The new spot at Wheeler and Almeda is conveniently located just down the street from Green Seed's former digs in the Third Ward, and it also means you'll be able t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Montrose Redevelopment

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    UPDATE: Trader Joe's Plans Locations in Memorial, Montrose

    UPDATE: The Houston Business Journal reports that Trader Joe's has also received a sales tax permit for 2922 S. Shepherd, which is the location of the Alabama Theater. It looks like plans for the Montrose incarnation of the grocery store in the repurposed theater are back on. *** According to a po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Food Trend Prediction: The Giant Cupcake

    A few weeks ago, Katharine Shilcutt issued predictions for 2012 Houston food trends. Commenters wrote in with their own suggestions, including one from Stacy Zane: I was just in NY and saw that Doughnut Plant. But something else I saw was Baked by Melissa - quarter-sized cupcakes! I know the last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    The Biggest Disappointments of 2011

    I think that 2012 is shaping up to be Houston's year, after a long 2011 featuring false starts, delayed openings, unexpected closings and failures to launch. That's not to say that 2011 didn't have its perks: Look for our list of the year's best new restaurant later this week. But it came with its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Trader Joes Confirms The Woodlands as First Houston-Area Location

    Coming soon to The Woodlands: More water taxis. Oh, and a Trader Joe's.​Sorry, Inner Loopers. Consider your bubble burst. Trader Joe's confirmed this morning that its first Houston-area grocery store will be located at the Woodlands Crossing Shopping Center in... The Woodlands. This news runs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Garden Fresh: Cultivating Cauliflower

    Photo by John Kiely​If Trader Joe's wasn't coming to Houston, I wouldn't bother with growing cauliflower, but TJ's Creamy Cilantro Dressing turns this meh veg into a dish. Like broccoli, it's a crop that thrives in cooler temperatures, so it's joining the fall crop rotation. Cauliflower can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Trust Trader Joe's

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Alabama Theater: Preserving The Little, Charming Details

    Most people seem to be happy Trader Joe's might be moving into the old Alabama Theater? Seems so. We're not foodies, so we have no idea how hip/edgy/status symbol a Trader Joe's is. But the folks at the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance are worried that renovating the old space into an upscale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Remember: BestFest is this weekend, so don't fritter it away! Get it, those are corn fritters! Shut up.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we've been watching My Drunk Kitchen so much that our cooking skills have depleted drastically, while our drinking skills h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Trader Joe's Has Its Eye on Alabama: Alabama Theater to Be Reborn as Grocery Store

    ​The Chronicle's real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff got the scoop today that grocery chain Trader Joe's -- after much speculation -- has its sights set on redeveloping the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama near Shepherd. The currently vacant building would be the first Trader Joe's in Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Openings & Closings: July 2011

    Chef Raj Dixit takes over at The Inn.​Another busy week in the city where good things happen in threes: Three coffee shops are opening soon, three chefs have moved into new positions, and three restaurants are fast on their way to opening (or reopening, in one case). And bad things happen in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Better'n Peanut Butter

    Joanna O'LearyAlso comes in a Low-Sodium Variety​Better'n Peanut Butter was better'n I expected. I spotted this imposter spread at Trader Joe's and decided to give it a whirl. Note: I know TJ's is not in Houston (yet), but never fear, you can find Better'n Peanut Butter at H.E.B. and Whole Foo ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Food Fight: Store Brand Pretzels

    Photos by Matthew DresdenStore brand pretzels from Whole Foods (left) and Trader Joe's (right)​As my friend Sara Dickerman wrote in 2007 in a fascinating piece in Slate, pretzels don't get much love in the snack-food world. When was the last time you saw a television commercial for pretzels? D ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    May 3, 2011

    Trader Joe's is Trading on Texas: Dallas to Get First Store

    Photo by davyninInside a Trader Joe's store in Pittsburgh.​The Dallas Morning News roused a lot of food-lovers across the state with some happy news this morning: Trader Joe's, the specialty grocery chain based in California, is coming to Texas. Hot on the heels of another California import, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    "Stamping Your Vegetarian Passport" at Backstreet Cafe

    The tomato cocktail.​The "Stamping Your Vegetarian Passport" event hosted by Sommelier Sean Beck at Backstreet Café on Wednesday night was an all-vegetarian food event, a rare find in meat-hungry Houston that I, a recently converted vegetarian, greatly enjoyed. Passed appetizers included gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Making Change on Montrose

    The intersection of Montrose and Westheimer is nothing if not mutable.  From being a sleepy residential neighborhood in the 1920s to the 40s to a run-down hangout for drug addicts and rough types in the 1970s and early 80s to a haven for LGBT community in the late 80s and throughout the 90s to ... More >>

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