• Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    Texas is Terrible at Energy Efficiency, According to Study

    Houston is the energy capital of the world. We practically bathe in oil around here. So, it should come as no surprise to anyone that a recent study from Wallethub found Texas to be near the bottom of the list of states in energy efficiency. According to the study, Texas ranks 45th out of the 48 sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Other States Sure Have Hilarious Taste In Music

    See that map above? It knows things. It knows if most of your entire state is sporting permed ponytails and jamming out to horrible '90s rock, like in North Dakota. But it also knows when your state is a bunch of bearded hipsters with collective "outsider" tastes, like Pennsylvania. It even knows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Texas Becomes Second Most Populous State, Adds More Than 387,000 Residents

    According to the New York Times, the state of New York is ceding its status as most populous state to California as U.S. Census numbers rolled out Monday. Texas now moves into the No. 2 spot and has achieved the greatest growth of any state in the U.S. over the last 10 years. The numbers from the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Stratification of Education: Why The U.S. Sucks In International Rankings

    We consistently hear stories about how the U.S. educational system lags dangerously behind the world. At every State of the Union, any president will get an applause line if he talks about the need to improve our education system. The kids in ________ are overtaking us, outworking us. This actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    50 States of Song Part 5: South Dakota to Wyoming

    When I was in third grade I learned all 50 states in alphabetical order thanks to a catchy tune. Now I'm hoping to stick that bit of trivia in your head just in time for the new school year by celebrating each state with an appropriate song. SOUTH DAKOTA Magic Man, "South Dakota" Magic Man is par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    State Legislature Says No More Underage Oompa Loompas

    Oompa Loompas are probably the best part of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, but it's a fair guess that the 15-year-olds you've seen walking down the streets don't realize or particularly want to look the same striking shade of tanning bed orange as those little guys. Now the state legislature ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    10 Great Autumn Bikinis Not On St. Baart's

    Our list of 25 Best Reasons to Love Texas in the Autumn was, we were told, a little skimpy on the babes. Not that there's anything inherently sexy about fall (although some dudes go nuts over the boots-with-dresses look), it's just that some folks think any listicle must include skimpily clad femal ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 6, 2012

    Grand Incubator

    Southern-fried dim sum from Yaki Snack Attack and Bernie’s Burger Bus.

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2012

    An Invigorating Brunch at a Reinvigorated Down House

    "I can't believe this was only $14," I marveled as I left a $20 on the table at Down House after occupying one of its booths for several hours over brunch this past Sunday morning. We'd just eaten two huge plates of excellent food -- much of it from local producers -- accompanied by a carafe of Fren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    30 Seconds With mewithoutYou

    I have a hard time adequately describing mewithoutYou's music... imagine if King Missile and early Butthole Surfers collaborated. Even then you'd be missing a lot of the nuances and brilliance. I caught up with drummer Richard Mazzotta to see what I could learn about the amazing percussionist in 30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Make at Home: Panera Bread's Signature Macaroni & Cheese

    Macaroni and cheese will forever be one of the greatest comfort foods. It doesn't matter if you're five years old or 50 years old, you can always enjoy this creamy, cheesy and comforting dish. After browsing through Pinterest for a recipe to make for dinner, I continually came across the recipe for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Benjy Mason of Down House, on Chinese Food and Breaking Down Pig Heads

    Benjy Mason Down House 1801 Yale St. 713-864-3696 This is the first part of a three-part chef chat series. Look for parts two and three in this space Thursday and Friday. There's not always a direct route to becoming a chef. A little more than a year and a half ago, Benj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Reality Bites: MonsterQuest

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    This Week in Deliciousness

    Behold, the loser of the world's first high-stakes game of Duck Duck Goose.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we're currently taking bets on how many Jack Sparrows it will be possible to see in one day at Dickens On the Strand. Our guess: 14. Not counting the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980

    Thirty-one is officially too old to try to learn how to use Photoshop.​Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the end: So you run and you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Marcus Manchild: NYC Flips For UGK

    Houston rapper Marcus Manchild and his label partners at AMG (Authentik Music Group), George, Chad and Nate, are currently traveling the country as part of the Smoker's Club Tour, headlined by Method Man, Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T. The Smoker's Club tour comes to Warehouse Live November 11, and Marcu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Greatest Grub: Best Non-Blue Bell Ice Cream Flavors

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​As promised, here's the follow up to the last Greatest Grub featuring favorite flavors of Blue Bell ice cream. I can only imagine how many gallons of that stuff are bought in the state during these unbearably hot summer months. I know that Blue Bell is the hometown fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Greatest Grub: Favorite Blue Bell Flavors

    cmurtaugh​My husband, a native Houstonian, and I, a relocated Vermonter, have had many a debate over the greatest maker of ice cream. As you can imagine, there is never a winner in the Blue Bell vs. Ben & Jerry's discussion. Or maybe we're both winners because there is ALWAYS ice cream in ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Racing Rachael: Hot Topic

    Carrie Applegate Jaeger​I'm not really a fan of chicken pieces with nuts. *Insert inappropriate comment here, kids.* However, since my husband dog-eared this 30-minute recipe, I thought I'd give it a go. Is it a keeper? The food: Chipotle Cashew Chicken with Brown Rice and Glazed Spinach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 2, 2011

    Prison Legal News No Longer Banned in Galveston Jail

    The FUN part of jail time​We told you last year about a suit filed by the owners of Prison Legal News, who said officials at the Galveston County Jail were banning their publication (and pretty much all others). A settlement has been reached, and not only is PLN being delivered to prisoners, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    The United States of Murder: A Map

    Illustration by Monica FuentesClick here for larger version and more info​Serial killers and famous murderers have existed almost as long as mankind, we're sure. But as in so many things, the United States may just have perfected the thing. Each state has its own infamous episode, some very w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Texas & Nuclear Waste: Federal Judge Opens Path For Expansion

    Nuclear waste in Texas: It's not just for Vermont anymore​Environmental groups are crying foul over a federal judge's decision to lift a ban on allowing a state commission to greatly expand Texas's ability to accept nuclear waste from other states. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks said Tuesday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Brew Blog: Magic Hat's Blind Faith IPA

    ​We tried, okay? We were very patient, waiting for some flavor, any flavor, to show up in this beer. We texted, we called. We even called the flavor's roommate. No answer. This "limited-edition," variety-pack schwag sent over by Vermont's Magic Hat brewery is shaping up to be a bit odd. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Sampler Plate: This Week In Food Blogs

    Each week, we put together a sampler plate of the most interesting links from both local and national food blogs. Know a blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. Cook's Tour: After many years of being a holdout despite her long-term Texas ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Game Time: Your March Madness Preview, Complete With WARNING LABEL

    "If Kansas is the best team in the country, college basketball is going to suck this season." -- @SeanCablinasian on Twitter That was a post I had on Twitter, dated and time stamped 10:29 PM on November 17. Kansas was the top-ranked team in the country at the time, and they were plodding their way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Artisan Chocolates at Whole Foods

    ​All-natural Lake Champlain Chocolates from Vermont are one of the stars of the Valentine's Day "Sweets for Your Sweetie" display at Whole Foods Market on Kirby. The company's chocolate blog is an amusing glimpse into life in a chocolate factory. I like the post about "frog day" on the manuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Holiday Cocktails

    The owners of a respected Vermont restaurant and wine bar visited T'afia last weekend to hold a holiday cocktail camp benefiting local charity Live It Big. Sommelier Deirdre Heekin talked guests through the history of many of the spirits they sampled as chef Caleb Barber prepared each drink. T ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 30, 2009


    Several Dancers Core searches the globe for the right choreographers

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    ZZ Top, Aerosmith Hit Woodlands July 17

    Monday morning, word came down from Aerosmith and ZZ Top's respective camps, via Billboard, that the two boogie-rocking bands are teaming up for a massive world tour. After some digging, Rocks Off found out the tour makes its Houston-area stop Friday, July 17, at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    A Taste of the Tasting Room

    Chef Steve Super has Gulf Coast cuisine honed to a fine art, surprising for someone who hails from Vermont and only recently made Texas his home. This time last year, Super was the executive chef at Steve and Erika's, the restaurant at Ten Acres Lodge in Stowe, VT, where he'd taken the restaurant ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    It’s All About Location

    The New York Times has a warmhearted story today entitled “Quebec and Vermont Towns Bond Over a Sleepy Border” that highlights the wonderful towns of Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec that butt up against each other on either side of the U.S.-Canada border. Accompanying the story is the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    Scorpion on a Plane!

    Kid, you're gonna be a star! The Associated Press reports a man aboard a United Airlines flight bound for Vermont was stung twice by a stowaway scorpion. Yes, we said that correctly: a passenger on a commercial flight was stung twice when a scorpion declared arachnid jihad on his right leg. He did ... More >>

  • Music

    July 14, 2005

    Cruiserweight, with the Letters Organize, My Epiphany and Blackout Pact

    Sunday, July 17, at Walter's on Washington, 4215 Washington Avenue, 713-863-1875.

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Radio Daze

    One man, one jambox and four walls. For 24 hours.

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
  • Music

    February 7, 2002

    Ice Ice Baby

    Varnaline's Anders Parker goes cold when asked about his inspiration

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    Red Light, Green Light

    With billboards of windmills promising gentle, nonpolluting energy, Green Mountain offers Texans a new power avenue. Will they take it? Should they?

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2000

    The Curbside Critique

    (Houston Sculpture 2000)

  • News

    February 24, 2000
  • Dining

    December 30, 1999

    Hot Plate

    Dreyer's new "Dreamery" lineup

  • News

    December 23, 1999
  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Trench Warfare

    There's a hole carved out of the earth 32 feet deep, 210 feet wide, and 400 feet long near the Texas-Mexico border.

  • News

    July 23, 1998

    Traveling Waste

    On their way to West Texas, trucks carrying nuclear waste may be routed through your community

  • Film

    April 16, 1998

    One Little, Two Little, 40 Little Indies

    Worldfest-Houston offers movies you won't otherwise see

  • News

    July 27, 1995
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    February 10, 1994
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