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.
Matt Brice, the new owner of Federal American Grill, was making his rounds to all of the tables in the wood-paneled dining room last Thursday night. Tables were filling up quickly, but not all of them had come to eat at Federal American Grill. And Brice knew that. "Those two women over there," Bric ... More >>
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 >>
There are days when students in Houston Independent School District eat lunch at 11 a.m. Burgers, burritos, salads -- school lunches, worth eating for free, worth trading with friends if you want. And once lunch ends, the school day winds on, with classes and breaks and bells intermingling. The scho ... 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 >>
Note: As Omar Afra reminded us on Twitter today, "Worst of" entries are public submissions and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Free Press Houston. Carry on. This week, Free Press Houston released its always-scathing, usually quite hilarious "Worst of Houston List." Other than ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
The coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are a time when we all enjoy thinking about the massive spreads of food we'll eat with our families, how we'll abandon all pretense of formality and wear stretch pants to the dinner table and how we'll enjoy leftovers while watching endless footb ... More >>
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 >>
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.
Pop Tarts are exiting the Houston ISD breakfast program. As Hair Balls detailed a month ago, union leader Orell Fitzsimmons attacked the district's use of Pop Tarts and other surgary, processed foods in its breakfast program at a board meeting -- and apparently made some headway.This morning, fo ... 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 >>
photos by Robb WalshHomemade Cheeseburgers Ready to Grill 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 fo ... More >>
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
Steak and tits -- how can you go wrong at the Strip House?
Waffling is one of the hot-weather defenses dished up at the venerable Frank's Grill
A foodie saint is tainted by fast food's evil empire
Texas is overrun with native whitetails, so why do restaurants have to buy their venison from game farms?
Lunch with Pat Brown
In cargo holds or plane cabins, critters are taking more than flights of fancy
An Alvin-based rice company, the Prince of Liechtenstein, the United States Patent Office, and an Indian eco-feminist bring global trade debates to a roiling boil on Houston's back burner
Can't Buy Love -- or Armadillo
June 10 - 16, 1999
And the stars of the show end up dead
If you can get past the silly surface, Outback delivers the goods