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  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Texas Might Avoid Blackouts and Brownouts This Summer

    Game of Thrones people like to talk about how "winter is coming" but around here, we all know summer is what you have to be worried about. It's the time when air conditioning is essential, and also the time when a blackout or brownout may see you AC-less. The rolling blackouts and brownouts have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Nation of Preschool Troublemakers

    Texas is fighting a war on multiple fronts: The war against women, the war against minorities, the war against the middle class. Who could have imagined our educational system would wage a war against preschoolers? If we trust in the latest data from U.S. Department of Education, it appears that 4-y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Animal Body Count Continues

    As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2014

    Astros and Yankees Opening Day (Photos)

    Yesterday was the beginning of another baseball season. For lovers of the game, there are two words that jumpstart the heart and clean the slate for another long, hopefully successful year: Opening Day.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    We Know Texas Has the Best State Flag, But this List Says Otherwise

    Our state's flag is bigger and bolder than most. If you ask any Texan they'll agree the Lone Star state's colors represent thoroughly for who we are in America. There aren't many states that can claim that, and you know it doesn't even matter that some South Americans mistake our state flag for tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Lesser Prairie Chicken Listed as 'Threatened', Cornyn's Not Thrilled

    Why did the lesser prairie chicken cross the road? To get the hell out of Texas where a whole lot of people are not thrilled with the fact that the chicken, a Texas native, has been taken under the protective wing of the federal government and placed on the threatened species list by the folks over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

  • Music

    March 27, 2014

    Texas Hookah Lounge Opens the Door to a New Kind of After-Hours Scene

    This little lounge is not in the cocktail business.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Smith Island Cake

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with American states. Maryland's Official State Dessert is a cake after my own heart. I've long been a proponent of equal cake-to-icing ratios, which is why I ultimately favor the layer cake o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    It's National Donate Life Month, Yo!

    We must admit that we snicker anytime we hear the phrase "organ donation," but it's really no laughing matter. Every day, 75 people throughout the country are saved through donation, according to Donate Life Texas. That's the good news. But here's the bad: "More than 120,000 men, women and children ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Houston's Top 10 Honky-Tonks

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Stand Your Ground, or Murder?

    How many people have to die before we take a hard look at the stand-your-ground defense in Texas? How long before the message gets out that this will-nilly shooting of people on your property is a bad thing? Stand your ground is intertwined with The Castle Doctrine, which was a Texas law revised in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2014

    Texans Tracker Update: The Blake Bortles' Pro Day Gushing Adjustment

    It's funny, it's been so long since I was in an NFL city that had a high draft pick and an acute need at the quarterback position, I had forgotten how much garbage fun Pro Days for quarterbacks are. Add into this the fact that the opinions among fans, and (now, to a lesser degree) pundits are so di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    How To Cook Asparagus Pretty Close to Perfect

    Asparagus popping up from the soil is the first culinary sign of spring.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    "Machete Kills" Producers Sue Texas Film Commission

    A lawsuit filed by the producers of "Machete Kills" accuses the Texas Film Commission of violating the producers' First Amendment rights by denying tax breaks usually granted to films made in Texas. Per the Courthouse News, the suit claims that the sequel to director Robert Rodriguez's 2010 "Machet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: Mississippi Mud Brownies

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. Mississippi was the first state whose name I learned how to spell (the first, naturally, being my home state of Pennsylvania). If you uttered the letters in a cer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Making Homemade Crème Fraîche is Much Easier Than You Think

    Crème fraîche may sound fancy, but it's really just soured cream. With its roots in France, it was traditionally made by leaving fresh cow's cream at room temperature until it thickened. Today, since our cream is pasteurized (or even ultra-pasteurized), we have to introduce an outside bacterial cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2014

    Don't Mind the Zebras at Houston's Coziest "Strip Pub"

    "Don't worry, they died of natural causes at a farm out in East Texas," the older man says. "We raised all sorts of exotic animals out there." Mouth open, we're staring at a pair of stuffed zebras, right past the row of topless dancers flanking them. To be fair, mounted animals are surrounding us, ... More >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2014

    The Colorado, Houston's Premier "Strip Pub," Knows What Guys Want

    Celebrating 25 years of women, drinks and zebras.

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Texas Isn't All Rednecks and Bible Thumpers as Gay Marriage Ban May Suggest

    In the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election, George W. Bush carried the state of Texas, which came of little surprise to anyone. Texas is, after all, as red as red states can be on most socio-political issues and the former governor was a poster boy for socially conservative politics. But, here in H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    The Three Worst Houston Freeway Interchanges

    Last week when I wrote about the most treacherous on ramps to freeways, many of you suggested connections between freeways as possible additions. Since I was sticking with entrances from side streets, I skipped out on freeway interchanges, but there are three in particular that are such a mess, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Nebraska Judge's Ruling Keeps Keystone Decision Dragging On

    For about two seconds it looked like President Obama was finally going to have to make a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The State Department report had been issued and there just wasn't any other way to delay a final, clear-cut yes or no from the White House. But then a Nebraska judge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Eagle Ford Shale is Causing Air Pollution -- Lots

    If you live around here and you haven't heard about the Eagle Ford Shale oil and natural gas play in the past few years, you just haven't been paying attention. The shale play that stretches from South Texas into Mexico is one of the key developments that has revitalized the U.S. energy sector after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Wanna Buy Pork-Coated Bullets in Case You're Attacked by a Terrorist?

    Texas is renowned as a gun-lover's paradise, and firearm enthusiasts in Houston are fortunate to have a vast array of gun shops to choose from -- but unfortunately, if you want pork-laced ammunition to fend off a crazed jihadist, you'll have to order it from the clear-minded, level-headed folks at t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Infant Mortality is Higher When a Republican is in the White House, Study Shows

    Let's get this out of the way at the front. The study -- the one I'm about to delineate -- does not mean that there is a causal relationship between Republican presidents and infant mortality. It means that after the authors controlled for certain relevant variables -- e.g., education attainment, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    How Open-Carry Group Wants to Honor Texas Independence

    At the end of the day it's about firepower. Or, as it's being sold by gun advocates, it's about our Constitutional rights. Yet, maybe, it's about staying free from Mexico, as the group Open Carry Texas said in a message last week to media. "On March 2nd, 2014, the largest pro-carry group in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Power Trip Returns for Another Badass Weekend

    If you're heading out to the 2nd Badass Weekend festival downtown this weekend, don't forget to bring your earplugs -- the ones that go in your ear canals, not your earlobes, dude. Matter of fact, a mouth guard not be a bad idea, either, because Dallas' Power Trip is playing the extreme rock fest's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Where's The Beef? California Company Recalls Nearly 9 Million Pounds of Meat

    Rancho Feeding Corporation of Petaluma, California, was forced to recall 8.7 million pounds of beef this past weekend due to improper inspection. And of course, some of the meat in the recall made its way to Texas, because it's not like we have a gazillion of our own cows here or anything. The Unit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Five American Anthems Sung In Other Languages

    This past Sunday, we witnessed what was either a charming portrayal of the broad multicultural landscape that is America, or the most shocking betrayal of American values by an American cultural icon that we've ever witnessed. Of course, I'm talking about Coca-Cola's commercial during the Super Bowl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    10 Fun Facts About the Beatles' Ed Sullivan Debut

    Fifty years ago this Sunday, the Beatles ushered in a new era in pop music and youth culture when they made their first live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. While the four lads from Liverpool were still mostly unknown to Americans in 1964, they were already the most hyped rock and roll band in U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Pinky Stars at Texas Star Grill Shop

    It's hard to ignore a large metal pig, even when you're zipping home from the gym gravely in need of some post-workout fuel. Trust me, I know from experience. Rubbernecking at my giant porcine friend while she stands proudly in the window of the Texas Star Grill Shop has become somewhat of a morni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Northern Punk Avengers DOA Return to the Dirty South

    Seething, agitated and anarchistic, DOA continues to unleash tuneful and frenzied songs, proving they are far from retired. For more than 30 years, the band has unleashed rock and roll tethered to lumberjack toughness and 'green' environmental issues. They balance flannel-shirt, beer-smeared, hocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Snowpocalypse Part Two: The Wrap Up

    It's hard to believe, but our long, frigid nightmare is over. OK, it wasn't particularly long or even that nightmarish, but Snowpocalypse the Sequel is over and we can get back to what we do well in southeast Texas. No, not sweat. We'll save that for August. For now, we'll have typical January weath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2014

    Texas Receives Failing Grades in Emergency Physicians' Report Card

    Texas ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to emergency care, according to a report card just released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. That's a big fat F for that category. The state ranked 38th overall (a "D ") in the report, which measures "America's emergency care e ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point

    Will 2014 be the year it's abolished?

  • Calendar

    January 16, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Let's All Stop Embarrassing Texas Now, Please

    Texas, we're starting to earn our reputation. When we look at the recent headlines out of Texas that have made national news, it's pretty easy to see why folks outside the Lone Star state think that we all ride our horses to work. Our antics are becoming the punch line for national jokes, and real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2014

    Your Anonymous Reviews and Comments May Not Be Anonymous Much Longer

    So much for free speech. Last week, a Virginia court ruled that Yelp must turn over the identities of seven anonymous reviewers of a carpet store because the commenters may not have been actual customers. According to Yelp's terms of service: "You may expose yourself to liability if, for example, ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 9, 2014
  • Calendar

    January 9, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    State Representative to Sriracha CEO: Relocate to Texas

    By now we've all heard about the ongoing saga of the Huy Fong Sriracha plant, which that was forced to temporarily shut down part of its production due to complaints from nearby residents about the fumes. We've moaned and groaned and wrung our hands, fearful that we might be deprived of the spicy re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Bill O'Brien Not the Only New Coach in Town as Houston Dash Make First Hire

    The Houston Dash, Houston's new National Women's Soccer League team created on December 13, have only a few short months to get a team together from scratch before their inaugural game in March. The first order of business was to find a head coach. Monday morning, they officially announced Randy W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Top 5 Asian Sodas That You Should Try

    Soda may be almost as American as apple pie, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world isn't making a good show of producing their own noteworthy varieties of pop. Special props go to Asia (yes, the whole continent), whose diverse component countries have come up with some wicked good soda brands. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Tipping in Restaurants Reaches a Tipping Point ... Will 2014 Be the Year It's Abolished?

    Next time you hear a waiter or waitress complain about their tips, remember that the United States and Canada have the biggest tippers in the world (but maybe don't tell them that fact, 'cause it probably won't help). In many other countries, service is included in the bill, and tipping is reserved ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Top 10 Bars In River Oaks

    As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant, coffeeh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Gun Accessory Manufacturer Leaving Lame, Gun-Hatin' Colorado for Texas

    Magpul Industries, one of the largest producers of firearm magazines, has said a recently passed Colorado law limiting magazines' capacity has forced it to seek business-friendlier pastures in Texas. The company has not specified where it will relocate its headquarters, but has announced it will als ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Upcoming Events: Wine 101 at Camerata & French King's Cake at Bistro Provence

    On Tuesday, December 31, The League of Extraordinary Brewers invites you to "A Craft Beer New Year." All proceeds will benefit the Brewery Incubator, created to assist Texas breweries establish their businesses. Enjoy a beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. for $75, followed by the New Year's Party at 9 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Christmas Weather: Cold and Sunny for Christmas Week

    As the jolly fat man makes his way towards the southern part of the U.S., he must breathe a sigh of relief. After all, he's spent a bunch of his night in Europe, Russia and the northeastern U.S. -- we'll forget for the moment about his trip to Africa. By the time he gets to Houston, it must be downr ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 19, 2013

    Special Navidad Gift Guide Edition: What Books on Mexicans Should I Buy This Christmas?

    A list on the Mexican's favorite books this year—and Suavecito Pomade

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day (TODAY!) With the Real Stuff From New England

    I give credit to my husband for introducing me to a number of foods I had unintentionally excluded from my diet, including, but not limited to, kimchi, sardines, and pear lambic. Now, I love all three. The "new" food I most associate with my better half, however, is real maple syrup. Shortly after ... More >>

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