• Blogs

    May 15, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes 2014-15: No. 97, Mi Quang at Simply Pho

    Once again, Kaitlin Steinberg is eating her way through Houston and counting down her 100 favorite dishes as we work our way toward our annual Menu of Menus® issue and culinary extravaganza. She'll compile a collection of the dishes she thinks are the most delicious, most creative and, of course, m ... 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 >>

  • Dining

    January 2, 2014
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    July 4, 2012

    Start the Revolution! 10 Songs About Historical Events

    If you ever look at music throughout time, along with a history book -- they kind of complement each other. Some of the greatest songs in rock, R&B and rap have chronicled history both social, major news events, sports, entertainment and political. In my opinion, many times, the song is about what ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    When The Beach Boys Went To The Movies

    The Beach Boys have embarked on a 50th-anniversary reunion tour this year, kicking off the media blitz with a Grammy performance featuring everybody from Maroon 5 to Foster the People. As one of the pioneering rock bands of their era, the Beach Boys made a return to the spotlight that was met with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    RFK, Shot 44 Years Ago Today: Definitive, Indisputable Answers to 5 "What Ifs?" About His Political Future

    Forty-four years ago today, Robert Kennedy was shot in an L.A. hotel's kitchen and died a day later. He had just won the California primary and ended his victory speech with "And now it's on to Chicago and let's win there!" But would he have won there? Would he have beaten Richard Nixon? Let's tak ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2012
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    January 25, 2012

    The Rise of Single-Dish Restaurants in America

    Like it or leave it, restaurants specializing in macaroni and cheese -- that ultimate "white people comfort food," as my baffled brown friends call it -- are becoming increasingly popular across the United States. From Connecticut's J.B. Mack, which bills itself as "America's 1st Macaroni and Cheese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    The Eight Toughest Soldiers Texas Ever Produced (Featuring Heroism, Betrayal & Many Dead Bodies)

    Audie Murphy, starring in the story of his own life​Our war heroes are presented to us in different varieties. There are those we create for ourselves, in the mold of what we think a hero should be: David Crockett (nobody but Walt Disney called him Davey), astride the ramparts at the Alamo goi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Green Berets' 50th Birthday: Five Best Pop-Culture Moments

    One hundred men we'll test today, but only three win the Green Beret.​The Green Berets, at least the unit everyone thinks of when they think of the Green Berets, are 50 years old tomorrow. President Kennedy, on one of his romantic James Bond flights of fancy, approved activating the U.S. Army' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    My Favorite Meatball Banh Mi at Thim Hing

    Mai Pham​Walking into Thim Hing Banh Mi (11107 Bellaire Boulevard at Boone), it's as if I've been transported to somewhere in Vietnam. The grayish-green linoleum has seen better days, the Formica- topped tables are chipped, the dark-brown diner chairs have that circa-1970s look, and if I worr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    This Week in Deliciousness

    A gentleman from Animal Farm lays out some bait to capture the elusive ManBearPig, said to be delicious if prepared properly.​Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where trading leftover Halloween candy has eclipsed fantasy football around the office. We've even got a st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Guitar Zero: Played It 'Til My Fingers Bled...

    No, this song is NOT about the year of Woodstock and the Moon Landing. It was the summer winter of '69 2010. Robert told me to come up with five songs I wanted to learn how to play (on guitar, in case you weren't keeping up). The Wife, seeking to maximize the parental utility of my music lessons, h ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 17, 2009

    Banh Cuon and Bug Juice

    According to an expert, North Vietnamese food without water beetle essence is like a hot dog without mustard.

  • Dining

    November 12, 2009

    Enough About Mi

    Is the authentic little Vietnamese noodle shop Banh Cuon Hoa #2 too adventurous for your tastes?

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Banh Mi Bo Kho: Soup or Sandwich?

    ​Banh mi means "bread" in Vietnamese and thit means "ham"; banh mi thit is a ham sandwich. So when I saw banh mi bo kho on the menu at Banh Cuon Hoa #2 on Beechnut, the subject of this week's cafe review, I figured bread beef stew = a Vietnamese roast beef sandwich. Ever since I first learne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    $13 at Pagoda

    Photo by Robb WalshWhere: Pagoda Vietnamese Bistro & Bar, 4705 Inker St., 832-673-0400 What $13 gets you: A cup of pineapple seafood soup ($5) and a big bowl of vermicelli salad ($8) or a Vietnamese sandwich ($4) and a bowl of pho ($8). Pagoda is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a chic mode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Remembering 1969, Part 2: The View from Brazil

    Note: Part 1 is here. While anti-Vietnam protests escalated in both sides of the Atlantic , the scenario was quite different in Brazil: in March 1964, a military junta toppled democratically elected president João Goulart and installed a cruel dictatorship that stayed in power for two decades - in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Remembering 1969, Part 1: Altamont, Rosemary's Baby, Santana at Woodstock and More

    1968 might have been - at least politically - one of the most turbulent years of the '60s. Students rioted left - specifically, the Left Bank in Paris - and right against the war in Vietnam, while back home racial tensions escalated, especially after the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    For Wayne Dolcefino's Probation: Five Trespassing Movies

    KTRK's investigative reporter Wayne Dolcefino has done a fair amount of good, exposing mismanagement of taxpayer dollars and safety issues concerning the fire department and public schools.Then again, he also devotes significant energy to rooting out handicapped-parking cheats and wading chest-deep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Lonesome Onry and Mean: War, Still "Hard to Believe"

    Photos by John Moulder I'm always looking for good lyrics that make sense of the current military situation. I recently got Slaid Cleaves' fine new album, Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away, which contains this wonderful verse in the song "Hard to Believe": "Here comes another blown up kid from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Musicians Don't Have W. to Kick Around Anymore... So Now What?

    Now that Lil' Bush has shuffled off the Presidential coil - or will in a couple of hours, anyway - and heads off into some Dallas burg to write his memoirs and reflect on his two wild and strange terms as Commander in Chief, it seems that the writers of so many protest songs can call off their guns ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 18, 2008
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    November 10, 2008

    Representative Al Green Fights His Own Vietnam War

    Bold stands are the order of the day, and U.S. Rep. Al Green is right on the front line. Fighting the Vietnam War. Green has issued a press release bringing notice to the fact that he's against the Vietnamese government opening a consulate here in Houston. "The Vietnamese government has come under ... More >>

  • Film

    October 4, 2007

    Across the Universe

    Run for your life if you can, little girl: Julie Taymor's '60s-set musical is a bust

  • Music

    August 16, 2007

    For What It's Worth


  • Film

    July 12, 2007

    Rescue Dawn

    Werner Herzog takes his hero worship Hollywood

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007
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    December 28, 2006



  • Film

    November 3, 2005

    Killing Time

    In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy

  • Film

    February 26, 2004

    Rationality Will Not Save Us

    In the latest documentary from Errol Morris, Robert McNamara considers the lessons of war

  • Culture

    February 19, 2004

    The New Art

    Contemporary craft is more than macaroni place mats

  • Calendar

    January 22, 2004

    Ride On, Baby

    The Lipizzaner Stallions soar through an equine ballet

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    A Tale of Two Critics

    The coffee is strong and the pastries are excellent, but Le Bec Fin isn't your typical French cafe

  • Calendar

    October 9, 2003

    Arms and Race

    Manny Garcia fought both the Viet Cong and racial prejudice

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    Bangkok on Everything

    Terry Allen's lost post-Vietnam-era soundtrack re-emerges decades later

  • Culture

    March 27, 2003

    War on War Songs

    Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest

  • Film

    February 28, 2002

    Solid Soldiers

    Vietnam's first battle delivers a real dread of war so lacking in Black Hawk Down

  • Dining

    September 20, 2001

    Desperately Seeking Sandwiches

    With Givral's temporarily out of commission, Houstonians scramble to get their banh mi thit fix

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001
  • Culture

    March 29, 2001

    The Rise of Saigon

    The musical makes a splashy regional debut despite an awkward launching pad

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Real Life

    When He Was King: The city that convicted Muhammad Ali now hosts a film about the boxing legend

  • News

    November 26, 1998
  • Film

    July 23, 1998

    Combat Reality

    Spielberg desanitizes WWII with the powerful Saving Private Ryan

  • Dining

    October 17, 1996

    Back to Wok

    A pair of Asian pioneers return to blaze new (if familiar) paths

  • Calendar

    March 7, 1996
  • Music

    February 2, 1995

    Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Have a Pepsi

    Country Joe's still politically correct (sort of)

  • Film

    October 6, 1994

    The Sound of Muzak

    Jason's Lyric puts cliched words to an inept tune

  • Film

    December 23, 1993

    Standing at the Gates of Heaven

    Oliver Stone is knock-knock-knockin', but he just can't get inside his latest Vietnam epic

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