Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood, the swanky waterfront restaurant overlooking Galveston island's Pelican Rest Marina, has named Chris Loftis as executive chef. Loftis, who joined Number 13 as part of their opening crew, had originally joined the restaurant as a sous chef when the restaurant opened ... More >>
We've all heard about the arcane laws that somehow still survive on the books. Hell, the fifth graph of the Texas Constitution says you can't hold office unless you "acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." This isn't a post about those types of strange-yet-unenforced laws. Under Supreme Cou ... More >>
Three words: free wine tasting. In honor of France's Feast of the Epiphany, French Country Wines will host a wine tasting on Wednesday, January 8 from 5 until 7 p.m. featuring three wines and slices of La Galette des Rois, otherwise known as the King's Cake. Enjoy tastings of Baur Pinot Gris 2011, M ... More >>
The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>
What do they really mean?
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 >>
Critics say the common cat surgery is painful and can lead to other problems.
The feds see no evil as a belligerent strongman seeks control of America's food supply.
Stepping foot into newly opened Local Pour, you wouldn't recognize the space as that of the late Sherlock's Baker St. Pub. The revamped bar & restaurant is now more -- in a word -- open. The walls between the old front and back bars have been torn down, making way for a beautiful open-air front di ... More >>
"My dream is to be an honor roll student. My other dream is to be on Home Makeover: Home Edition. I just wish they would come and rescue us from our house ... I want my kids to have a better life than I do: have more food, a bigger house with no mold. Get to do what they want to do, and need to do, ... More >>
This is Part 2 of a three part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part three in this same space Friday. EOW: What brought you to Up Restaurant? JM: I wasn't used to a very strict type of cuisine. My creativity just wasn't being fed. The Mandolas were very nice; it was a very nice pla ... More >>
A first look at the new Pappa Geno's in Bellaire.
Long the bastion of boring chain restaurants and overly expensive hotspots, the Galleria has seen a resurgence in the past few years when it comes to food. Chef-owned-and-driven restaurants are upping the ante along Post Oak Boulevard while places like E-Tao and White Oak Kitchen Drinks are showin ... More >>
Jeff Randall, the store manager for the new Walmart that just opened on Yale Street over the weekend, is incredibly eager and affable as he leads me around the giant Supercenter that covers 150,000 square feet of retail space -- and roughly triple that in a parking lot outside that the Walmart share ... More >>
A recently released Stanford University study, which reviewed and analyzed more than 200 previously conducted studies comparing the health effects of organic and conventional foods, suggests that organic food may not be a shining star in the department of nutritional value. The study's findings, in ... More >>
What better way to spend a sunny spring afternoon than to participate in a pop-up celebrity chef challenge at your local Walmart parking lot, where the main ingredient is steak? Last Tuesday, shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter # 1409 (10750 Westview Drive) had a lucky surprise when they pulled in ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt wrote about Dr Pepper sort of suing itself - that is, parent company Dr Pepper Snapple suing the Dublin Dr Pepper plant for allegedly violating the terms of its franchise agreement. Which led commenter Stuart Reb Donald to present his theory about what's going on: ... More >>
Photos by Matthew DresdenA slice of sweet potato pie from House of PiesA sweet potato is not a yam, and a yam is not a sweet potato. Except when a sweet potato is called a yam, which is not because that sweet potato is an actual yam, but because it is a variety with softer flesh, like an actu ... More >>
What's in a gourmet burger? At Branch Water Tavern, it starts with the size of the patty. "Everyone does an eight-ounce burger," explained Branch Water Tavern's Executive Chef David Grossman, "so I thought, let's make it nine ounces." Ground in-house, topped with cheese, bacon, red onions, ... More >>
Undercover footage from a dairy farm southwest of Amarillo shows workers crushing sick and injured calves' skulls with pickaxes and hammers, and tossing dying calves on a pile of dead ones in the back of a truck -- acts that one animal welfare group says violates state cruelty laws. Gathered by ... More >>
UTMB must hand over more than 1,000 pages, AG says.Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that the UT Medical Branch in Galveston must turn over documents sought by PETA regarding experiments done on animals. A PETA whistleblower alleged in January that animals were used in painful and dead ... More >>
Although one of America's newest holidays does not yet have its own Wikipedia page, it does have two separate Web sites as well as an entry on Urban Dictionary. And that's good enough for us. For the uninitiated, Steak and a BJ Day is the "creation" of Tom Birdsey, a radio talk show host ou ... More >>
Located in Houston Pavilions downtown, III Forks is an upscale dining establishment that encourages patrons to relax with a nice bottle of wine and a big steak. Ozzie Rogers is the man mostly responsible for those impressively behemoth cuts of beef (as well as the decadent side dishes). EOW ... More >>
Samir Itani got rich sending expired food overseas to U.S. troops in the Middle East.
Robb Walsh, right. The 13th Annual Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium officially kicks off today, but the fun got started Thursday night with the Thacker Mountain Radio show and some dinner offerings in line with the "Global South" theme, including Mississippi Masala by Suvir Saran. Thack ... More >>
Not to be snarked aboutYou may not be aware of it, because it came as yet another announcement in an increasingly silly race for Agriculture Commissioner, but October is "Get the Hog Outta Texas" month.It's all about killing off as many dangerous feral hogs as possible, says incumbent Todd Staple ... More >>
Accepted...if you can get approvedThe federal government has levied a fine of almost $4 million against Texas for mishandling its food stamp program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state made too many errors over the past two fiscal years.Those mistakes include both underpaying ... More >>
In Houston, more and more chefs are curing their own pig products
The original Perry & Sons Market & Grille is still rooted in mom-and-pop charm even with its growth into 12 big-box restaurants across Texas.
The Humane Society and big agriculture slug it out over animal rights.
Pause, reader, to spare a thought for the young boy or girl, growing up in the Clear Creek school district, who wants nothing more than to spend a life processing meat.For years, his school district has helped that hopeful flame grow from the merest spark to a fire that can light the world. But n ... More >>
Craig HlavatyMusician, author, animal-rights activist (and probably a couple of other titles we're leaving out) Kinky Friedman announced Monday he was withdrawing as a candidate for governor in next March's Democratic primary and instead seeking the office of Agriculture Commissioner, a post p ... More >>
On the subject of cheeseburgers, James Beard wrote in American Cookery, "this means a piece of processed cheese atop a cooked hamburger patty and broiled just long enough to melt. It is not very good." Instead he offered his own recipe for cheeseburgers in which one cup of cheddar, gruyere, or blu ... More >>
I always buy a sack of Valley lemons along with my red grapefruit on the way home from the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the citrus season. The not very tart lemons are wonderful to cook with. But I was never quite clear on the botanical details. "Valley lemons are a cross between a lemon and an or ... More >>
Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods has pulled Coleman ground beef from all its stores and issued a recall in some states. Turns out its Coleman "Natural" Beef was being processed by a company known for repeated recalls and USDA violations. Which is pretty funny given the sanctimonious rhetoric abou ... More >>
If steak is a sin, then Bob is the devil
At Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, flashing your wad is the whole point
At Uptown Sushi, the fish looks great whether you eat it or not
Try a spice at Sichuan Cuisine that's been banned in the States since 1968
Central American early-bird specials
The ultimate answer to too many strays, cash-strapped budgets, animal shelter abuses and starving people
Steak and tits -- how can you go wrong at the Strip House?
A foodie saint is tainted by fast food's evil empire
In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy
With a menu boasting so many treats, decision-making can be difficult at Leibman's
And the stars of the show end up dead