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    October 1, 2014

    Medical Marijuana Refugees are Fleeing Texas to Help Their Loved Ones

    Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watchi ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    Eat This: Parrilla Mixta at Sal y Pimienta

    Tucked away in a quiet corner of CityCentre next to The Tasting Room and across from the much more grandiose Texas de Brazil is Sal y Pimienta. A new project by Gianfranco Percovich (one of the original founders of Tango and Malbec) the restaurant opened this past May, offering South American cuisin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Things to Consider When Looking For Your Perfect Health Food Store

    Not all health food stores are created equal. As we've mentioned before, a lot of the stuff that a person will find lining the shelves of most of them isn't healthy at all. But surely, some types of health food stores are better than others? How does the average consumer separate the great places fr ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    August 14, 2014
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    June 11, 2014

    Five World Cup Players Fans Hate

    Soccer is called the Beautiful Game. And it can be beautiful. But it's also a game full of whiners and actors and cheaters. With the 2014 World Cup starting tomorrow, we decided to take a look at five players participating on soccer's biggest stage, but who fans hate.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Chicharito Impresses [Again] at Reliant: 5 Things We Learned from Friday's Friendly

    International soccer was back in the Bayou City this past Friday night. The Mexican National Team made its annual visit to Reliant Stadium, taking on an unfamiliar foe in Nigeria. Although neither side walked off the pitch with a victory to celebrate, there was plenty to draw from their 2-2 score ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 9, 2013

    Todo con Queso

    Houston's 10 best Tex-Mex restaurants.

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    May 2, 2013

    Houston Native Wine Celeb Ray Isle Returns Home, Finds Food Scene "Deeply Local While Still Cosmopolitan"

    My 80-year old mother may not know his name but she knows his face. "You mean that handsome young man who talks about wine on the Today show with Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda [Kotb]?" she asks when I mention that I'm having lunch in Houston with Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle. But hey ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 21, 2013
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    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 21, 2012

    Top 5 Foreign McDonald's Menu Items I Wish Were Available in the U.S.

    One of the things I like best about traveling abroad is the opportunity to try new foods. McDonald's isn't the first restaurant I go to after clearing border patrol, but I confess I do always at least peek at (and sometimes sample) the weird, wonderful world of foreign fast food. Here are five McDo ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011
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    April 4, 2011

    The Penis-Size Map: One More Reason Texas Should Secede

    Caution: Some of these estimates are "self-reported"​This map, from the website TargetMap, offers a vicious slur on American males when it comes to dick size, clearly giving us the short end of the stick, as it were. The trouble is, as far as we can tell, is that wimpy small-dick states like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Intipalka 2009 Ica Valley Tannat

    ​It wasn't so much the origin of this wine that interested me- it's the last of three samples from Peru reviewed for Wine of the Week. But the varietal, Tannat, is something that I've never tried before on its own. Tannat is a red grape that was originally grown in the Madiran appellation in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    MLS All-Star Game Build-Up Begins, And Dynamo Start Super Liga Action With A Win

    The man who cheated Ireland out of the World Cup is coming to Houston​The Houston Dynamo officially kicked-off their Super Liga schedule last night with a 2-1 over Mexican rival Pachuca. Joseph Ngwenya was the hero of night with both goals for the Orange. Ngwenya first got on the board in the 19th ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    World Cup 2010: Spain Wins Ugly, But Wins

    Spain finally gets the cup​The Spaniards huffed and puffed; and they puffed, and puffed, and ...Well it took 116 minutes of puffing, but Andres Iniesta scored the lone goal Sunday to give Spain their first FIFA World Cup title. And it came off a Dutch mistake in the backline, when they turne ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    World Cup 2010: David Villa Goes For The Golden Boot

    No need to play: The octopus has chosen Spain​It's been almost one month since South Africa and Mexico got the FIFA World Cup started in Soccer City. This Sunday - 63 games later - the Netherlands and Spain close up shop with what could be an instant classic.This will mark the first time tha ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    World Cup 2010: Spain Vs. Germany -- Starry Individuals Face A Daunting Team Of Relative No-Names

    All Euro all the time​One team has been laying beat downs.The other team, well, hasn't.That pretty much sums up the difference between Germany and Spain heading into their semifinal date later this afternoon - evening in Durban, South Africa.In a rematch of the 2008 European finals, the Germ ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    World Cup 2010 -- What's The Future Look Like For Team America?

    Is Coach Bob Bradley staying?​Now that the US has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it's time to play a little Monday quarterback, futbol style.Even though the US won its group for the first time in this millennium, and even though they made it past the first round (this was the team's ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- I Am Darth Soccer

    "Luke!! I am your bad-luck charm!!"​If ever there were a sporting event that was tailor-made for watching in a sports bar with a room full of diehard fans, it's World Cup soccer.It's the one sporting event that takes a pretty easily graspable concept for the casual fan (put ball in goal -- and in ... More >>

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    June 26, 2010

    World Cup 2010: USA-Ghana -- Do You (No Longer) Believe In Miracles?

    Yeah, and WE wanted YOU to stop giving up early goals​They did it once, they did it twice, even three times for awhile, but the US National Team failed to come from behind as they fell to Ghana 2-1 in overtime Saturday.For the third time in this tournament, the US fell behind from an early goal, h ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Game Time: 2010 World Cup -- USA Wins! Now Awaits Conference Expansion Invite To Become Part of South America

    Photo by Monica Fuentes Catching Cup fever this morning​"Soccer is about to cement its place as the worst 'sports bar sport' EVER..." -- Me at the 89-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today"THIS IS AWESOME!!!" -- Me hugging strangers at the 91-minute mark of the USA-Algeria game today A ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    World Cup 2010: These Teams Will Make It Out Of The Group Stage. Guaranteed

    Now THAT was a USA World Cup squad​The 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Oh, okay. When we heard "designer meat" we were afraid it was going to be some ridiculously sculpted abomination, but no, we'd totally eat that.​ Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we accidentally made a fancy dessert dish with our banana-scented sunscreen. We s ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 29, 2010
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    April 26, 2010

    Araya Artisan Chocolate

    ​Next door to the River Oaks Theatre sits the storefront for Araya Artisan Chocolate (2013 W. Gray St.), which is turning out some of the most decadent chocolates in the city. The room is miniscule, yet open and inviting. Lush orchids occupy angular white tables. The tiny sitting area offers s ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Rob G: Houston's Great Brown Hope

    Step into the hip-hop elevator of the Dirty South with Rocks Off. We're going on a field trip. Don't worry. We'll let you "press the button." ​Right now we are on floor "B," which stands for basement...more like rap basement, where Houston's Latino rap underground is bubbling with heat ready to v ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    No Reservations: Burning Questions

    Photo by paloma.clTony! Tony! Who are you wearing tonight?​Anthony Bourdain is a celebrity. As such, America wants to know: What brand of jeans does he wear? What does he order at Starbucks (the Uzbek version)? On this week's episode of No Reservations, viewers got to submit questions online a ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    A Chat with Mike Sammons of 13 Celsius

    Photo by Sarah Rufka​To some, a bartender is just a server with something to lean on. But Mike Sammons is an example of how, with passion and creativity, the job can be so much more. "I started doing this to make money, but I was really good at it because I liked it," he says. "I don't think p ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 14, 2009

    ¿Quieres Chingar?

    amd other suave ways of getting in her chonis

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    May 6, 2009

    Noquis of the 29th

    photo by Robb Walsh Manena's Pastry Shop on Westheimer at Wilcrest is the subject of this week's Cafe review. Manena's is famous for their empanadas, but it's also a place where folks from South America gather on the 29th of each month (except February) to eat gnocchi, or noquis, as they are known ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    Sonidos y Mas: Carnaval with Brasil Brazil

    Formed by veteran Brazilian singers Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos, Los Angeles-based band Brasil Brazil celebrates the music of their native country with an elaborate show that includes several standards and original songs - a formula they devised when they first started the project over a decade ago ... More >>

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    December 25, 2008

    Top Ten Latin Music Albums of 2008

    Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, it's growing more diverse. More and more unique musical styles are being gobbled up, and that should ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007

    “International Discoveries”

    FotoFest goes extra global

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    October 3, 2007

    Tales from Transit: Proxima Estacion

    John Nova Lomax rides the rails. The Metro Rail, to be exact. And when he isn’t busy dealing with bomb scares or dodging Nigerian scammers , he’s jamming out to Manu Chao and writing poems... Infinita Tristeza Manu Chao writes train songs But they don’t roll with Johnny Cash’s smoke-belch ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Making Scents of the Stars

    A buyer's guide to celebrity fragrances

  • Dining

    November 10, 2005

    Naked Posole

    The pork-and-hominy soup at Taqueria Mexico looks a little plain, until you dress it up

  • Music

    January 6, 2005

    The Youngest Ballerette

    Ten-year-old Sucka Free signee Kayla talks about what it means to be young, gifted and brown

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    October 14, 2004


    Intricate, time-intensive works go up at Sicardi Gallery

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    November 21, 2002

    The Luck of the Gnocchi

    Italian-South Americans can take pride in chef Ricardo Giannotti

  • Culture

    December 20, 2001

    Repro Man

    Darryl Lauster's resin antiques replicas take the art-versus-craft debate to a new level

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    RiceTec Paddy Whack

    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

  • News

    February 11, 1999

    Crystal Clear Persuasion

    Alvaro Barretto's relatives are out to catch a killer

  • Dining

    August 6, 1998

    A Different Kind of Steak House

    Chimi-Churris South American Grill has great steak and fabulous roasted potatoes

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    August 15, 1996
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