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  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    10 Best Kitchen Tools We Need to Invent Right Now

    In news of the dumb, a Chicago inventor recently achieved Kickstarter success and Internet fame with a device that he purports will scramble an egg without breaking or penetrating the shell. It's called the Golden Goose--you know, because the result is a golden egg--and in just a few days, the unusu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Ever Wanted to Go Vegetarian? Now's the Time as Beef, Pork Prices Soar

    Thanks to a drought across much of the major cattle-ranching states and a deadly pig virus, we may soon be doing what those pesky Chick-fil-A cows are always encouraging on the billboards: "Eat mor chikin." Or veggies. Or tofu. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that beef prices ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Frank's Americana Revival: Classic American Food Has Never Tasted Better

    Michael Shine had a business plan. A veteran of the restaurant industry, owner of Texas Food Group, and former president of The Greater Houston Restaurant Association, Shine has been involved in the restaurant industry for years. But this was going to be the first restaurant he owned outright. He wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Study: 1 in 5 Don't Have Access to Enough Food in Houston

    It's really amazing to think that in a city that has become so renowned for its restaurant scene, nearly 20 percent of the population doesn't have consistent access to food. But a new study from Feeding America found that to be the case. Even worse, in 18 southeast Texas counties, one-third of child ... More >>

  • News

    May 23, 2013

    The "Ag-Gag" War: Big Ag Declares War on Whistleblowers

    Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Undercover Animal Cruelty Videos that Spurred Big Ag's Censorship Crusade

    This week's story, "The Ag Gag War," goes behind the scenes of the guerilla fight between animal rights groups and Big Agriculture. For years organizations like the Humane Society and Mercy for Animals have being going undercover at America's largest farms, using hidden cameras to show exactly how ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    Cambodian Weed

    The invasive plant water spinach is banned in some states — and essential to Asian cooking. In a small village outside Houston, relocated Cambodians are growing and selling it across state lines, up North, out West, hoping to get rich.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Expense-Account Restaurants

    For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants. 10. The ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    Meat Market

    You'll probably be paying more for your rib eyes and Whoppers thanks to the great Texas drought of 2011.

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Fast Times: Burger King BK Chef's Choice Burger

    When it comes to the Burger King BK Chef's Choice Burger ($5) there's good news, and there's bad news. The good news is that it's exactly what the advertised description promises: 5.5 ounces of burger patty (USDA-certified ground chuck!) seasoned with salt and pepper, American cheese, naturally-smok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Ingredient of the Week: Butter

    Ah, Thanksgiving. Hands down the best holiday of the year. Four days off, football, usually the beginning of cooler weather, no gift-giving frenzy -- just good, old-fashioned gluttony. And what ingredient better to be gluttonous about than butter? Earlier this week, we showed you how to make bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Respect The Bird: 10 Steps to Perfect Turkey

    It may not be cold in Houston, but I know most Houstonians have got turkey on the brain. It also means the grocery stores are jammed packed and the Butterball 800 tip-line is getting more calls than most phone sex operators. But you won't have to waste your minutes calling Butterball, if you follow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Food Fight: Spicy Peanuts

    ​The peanut occupies a strange and remarkable place in our national consciousness. It's not a true nut (it's a legume, like lentils and peas), but might as well be for purposes of food allergies and supermarket inventory. It's not American, but might as well be for purposes of popular culture, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    "McDonald's Fat Menu Will Kill You" Ads May Be Coming To Houston

    The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, who presumably spent years trying to come up with the most boring "eat your spinach" name ever, may be targeting Houston with its latest attack ad.That ad, which has run in Washington, DC, features a fat guy on a gurney in the morgue with a death gr ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    TRUly Good Booze

    ​Although I have been eating organic for many years, the idea of drinking organic had not really permeated my brain until maybe a year ago. Even then, finding organic spirits was somewhat of a hassle, especially if I wanted something that was actually drinkable and affordable. After visiting w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes #2: Fajitas at the Original Ninfa's on Navigation

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Stir-Fried Ong Choy with Garlic

    ​When I was growing up, one of the few ways my mom got me to eat my veggies was by stir-frying them. Looking back, I'm glad it was this and not a broccoli milkshake. Ong choy is a green, leafy vegetable native to East and Southeast Asia. However, because it has grown like a weed since its in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    Terry Grier's Breakfast in the Classroom - Food For All or an Enormous High Caloric Dump Site?

    Holly Gologhtly wouldn't throw out the food HISD does​As Breakfast in the Classroom spreads across the breadth and width of the Houston ISD, Superintendent Terry Grier has announced he's been getting some "push back" from parents and educators who aren't embracing the plan.Critics -- most from som ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 18, 2010
  • Dining

    September 17, 2009

    Burger Chic

    The RDG Burger at RDG + Bar Annie

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Grass-fed Beef: Healthier Hamburgers

    Photos by Robb Walsh​Grass-fed sirloin hamburger steak is downright delicious. No doubt grass-fed beef raised without antibiotics and hormones is better for you too. Grass-fed sirloins lack the marbling that makes for tender steaks. But grind it up, and you get all the bold herbaceous flavor w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Dry-Aged Black Angus

    Photo by Robb WalshWhile we were debating the word salumeria, a commenter by the name of SpandTexPants complained that Houston didn't have a butcher shop that sold dry-aged beef. Well, now we do. Hubbell & Hudson Market in the Woodlands has a dry-aging case in its meat department. When I stopped by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Batter Blaster: Against God and Nature?

    Photos by Nikki MetzgarFirst, there was whipped cream. Then, there was cheese. Now, it's pancake (or waffle) batter being sprayed out of aerosol cans. God-fearing people everywhere are trembling as technology pushes us ever closer to experiencing breakfast as nature never intended. We tried Batter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 18, 2008
  • Dining

    July 5, 2007

    T-Bone Tom's Steakhouse Restaurant

    Visit T-Bone Tom's and help keep Kemah weird

  • Dining

    December 7, 2006

    Jazz and Oysters

    The cocktail lounge at Tommy's is the perfect antidote for Norman Rockwell holidays

  • News

    December 7, 2006


    Foreign pickers aren't getting through the post-9/11 barricades to harvest U.S. crops

  • News

    April 13, 2006

    Horse Flesh

    Texas struggles with what to do with its overabundance of Equus caballus, while Europeans wait with open mouths

  • Dining

    March 16, 2006

    Where Carnitas Meet Foie Gras

    Cultures collide at Washington and Asbury, with wonderfully tasty results

  • News

    September 8, 2005
  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Eighteen Greater Houston Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers

  • News

    August 25, 2005

    Eighteen Hamburgers You Need to Try Right Now

    A "must try" list of Houston-area burgers

  • Dining

    April 28, 2005

    Lucky Stars

    Test your love of Texas at Jim Goode's new cowboy saloon

  • News

    December 2, 2004
  • News

    November 4, 2004

    Eating It Up

    Are HISD and Aramark cooking the books to feast on federal breakfast subsidies?

  • Dining

    October 14, 2004
  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Dining

    September 9, 2004

    Boring by Design

    Spencer's: dull decor and surprisingly good food

  • Dining

    November 6, 2003

    Shooting Bambi's Mom

    A gourmet environmentalist shares his favorite venison recipes

  • Dining

    August 14, 2003
  • Dining

    June 26, 2003

    Forgiving Fertitta

    Is Tilman's awesome new restaurant reason enough?

  • Dining

    March 20, 2003

    Dinner and Darts

    The Rivendell Bar & Grille

  • Dining

    February 6, 2003

    Dining by Demographic

    Fleming's Prime Steakhouse serves up excellent renditions of the nation's most average food and wine preferences

  • Dining

    June 20, 2002

    Hotter than Halal

    Islamic fusion restaurants are all the rage because of their organic meat -- and whole chiles

  • Dining

    September 21, 2000

    Strange Fruit

    People pay lots more for organic produce, but are they getting their money's worth?

  • Dining

    August 17, 2000

    Loco for Loroco

    The secret herb at Houston's pupuserias can drive you out of your mind

  • Dining

    July 27, 2000

    Raging Hormones

    Frédéric Perrier

  • News

    February 17, 2000

    Elephant Walk

    Montgomery County tries to ride herd on its exotic pets

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