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  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: Live Twitter Feed

    The NFL Draft is finally here, and I'm so happy! Not just happy, we are talking like "Navin R. Johnson when the new phone books arrive" levels of happiness. We are talking Roscoe P. Coltrain thinking he just caught those diabolical Duke boys level of happiness. We are talking Carlos Lee on the earl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Congrats to Anita Perry, But Here Are Four Other Women Who Shouldn't be Inducted in the Texas Women's Hall of Fame

    The Texas Women's Hall of Fame has a few new members, and of the nine selected by Gov. Rick Perry this week, we couldn't help but notice that one of them just so happens to be his wife. Yes, First Lady Anita Perry has been doing the whole First Lady thing for more than a decade, but that still seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    The Heartbreaking (Loss) History of Houston Sports

    The Rockets went down in dramatic fashion Friday night, losing on a Damian Lillard three-point shot with 0.9 left on the clock. The shot happened because the Rockets played bad defense in the clutch, just as they did through most of the series. They also lost because Portland did something the Rocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    At Celebrate Australia, Texas Barbecue Reigns Supreme

    The theme of this year's Houston International Festival may be Australia, but at Celebrate Australia, the main food event of the festival, the best eats were decidedly Texan in nature. The barbecue cook-off competition, the first of what the International Festival hopes to make an annual event, br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Eight of the Most Expensive Restaurant Dishes in Houston

    Feeling flush lately? Cars, watches and fancy shoes are so passé. Flaunt that wealth on something truly, fleetingly enjoyable: Food. Houston was founded as an oil town, so we have no shortage of affluence in our city. In spite of the fact that it's less oil-centric than it used to be, Houston has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    The Ten Weirdest Terms That Use "Texas" on the Urban Dictionary

    The Urban Dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com/ the great crowd-sourced primer of modern language, has so many disgusting entries that include the word "Texas" it would make your drunken uncle blush. Yet, it's surprising when parsing through the entries how many are just downright strange and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Are Oil and Gas Just False Hope for Texas' Economic Glory?

    Will Texas be Detroit 2.0 complete with village idiots?

  • Culture

    April 24, 2014
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    April 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    The United States of Desserts: The Whoopie Pie

    In this series, we examine the history and origins of famous sweets, confections, and desserts associated with certain American states. First, I should acknowledge that the whoopie pie finds its roots in multiple states. Maine probably has the strongest claim, but there is also strong proof that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Living on the Edge: Why is Intexticated Driving the Thing In Texas?

    Drivers in Texas who tempt fate by texting and driving are likely to be non-white and educated. At least that's what the data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute bears out. The study, released today and reported on by the Texas Tribune, surveyed 3,000 drivers and showed that nearly half of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Talks "America's Best Cook" & Houston Restaurants

    Lately, Food Network seems to be adding a multitude of new shows, pitting professional chefs against each other and against Food Network stars. But now, the culinary channel has added a series that showcases amateur home cooks. "America's Best Cook" is a cross between Master Chef and The Voice. Home ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    TxDOT Doesn't Want Mexicans to Drink and Drive this Easter

    This glorious Easter season, the Texas Department of Transportation has taken it upon themselves to disrespect the state's flourishing Latino population. How, you might ask? By using the Mexican game of chance known as lotería. The game is part of the branding for an anti-drunk driving initiative ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Van de Putte Isn't One of Those Serape Wearing, Tortilla Tossing Candidates

    Leticia Van de Putte's experience and what she represents makes her more viable than either of her opponents.

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    Texans Tracker: Texans Have Allegedly Already Decided on Jadeveon Clowney

    In previous years, we'd be in the home stretch for NFL Draft season now. Forever, the draft has been in or around the third weekend of April, but for reasons that don't really matter at this point, the league has moved it to May 8 through May 10. And in the age of social media and a land rush to be ... More >>

  • 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 >>

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