Sicilian homestyle cooking at Ciao Bello.
For every insightful conversation I have heard or had at SXSW over the years, whether it was talking to Matt Pinfield while walking the streets of Austin talking about David Bowie, or telling The Clash's Mick Jones that he was in fact, in The Clash, I have overheard a thousand awful ones. Years of ... More >>
Starting around 11 a.m. yesterday morning, a merry prankster "hacked" Burger King's Twitter account and began posting status updates in a style which Gizmodo writer Sam Biddle described as "a combination of McDonald's and amphetamine addict." Read the first fake Tweet from the Burger King account: ... More >>
Have you ever dreamed of promoting your own shows? I'll bet you've even sat around at times plotting out your own bills, dreaming of how awesome it would be to see an all-star line-up of, let's say, Poison, Ratt, Tesla, WASP, White Lion, and Cinderella. And while that sounds absolutely horrific, I'm ... More >>
From eating like cavemen to redneck sketti, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest food happenings of 2012. 12. Singapore Serves Mashed Potatoes...From A Vending Machine? The internet was abuzz when a photo of a mashed potato vending machine surfaced. Eventually, the viral picture was tr ... More >>
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
Why the new scary movies don't look like movies at all.
Nevermind the bushes, the parking garage, the vacant tollbooth, the Wendy's bathroom, the Walmart gardening center. I guess we've all been there, when the urge and vapors and blood flow gets to be so troublesome that we just gotta have sex in the car. It has to happen in the car. No exceptions. Th ... More >>
We've already taken a look at the Discontinued Snack Foods that we want back on the shelves, like O'boisies Potato Chips and those creepy little Giggles cookies. Now its time to take a stand and demand that a few fast foods make their way back to the menu board, our hearts, and our guts. And we're s ... More >>
Burger King has been advertising a new "Fresh Flavors" campaign -- perhaps you have seen the commercials, featuring late-night host Jay Leno driving into a Burger King in one of his classic cars and ordering from the walk-up counter as if it were a drive-through window. Hilarious! As fellow EOW blo ... More >>
It happens every year: an errant rumor turns Austin and SXSW upside down for a few hours or even days, leading to mass hysteria, mild apathy, and sometimes sadness. At my first SXSW in 2001, I got a "hot tip" that the Beastie Boys were going to join Mix Master Mike at La Zona Rosa for a secret show, ... More >>
Photo by Christina UticoneLately I'm not sure which came first, the chicken or the egg--in which "the chicken" is my insatiable craving for hamburgers and "the egg" is Fast Times. Either way, I had to give myself a break this week and actually eat, uh, chicken. A girl can only eat so many ham ... More >>
Christina UticoneFlame broiled burgers? Now that's a whopper.When I saw the commercial for the new Burger King California WHOPPER I thought: "Hey, I like guacamole! And hey, I think I used to like WHOPPERS, too!" And since my last experience at Burger King had been so surprisingly positive, I ... More >>
David EnsmingerExene Cervenka at Cactus MusicWomen are the resilient backbone of punk, providing creative DNA for the movement since the "zero hour," including Houston's own MyDolls and members of AK-47 and Bevatron, among others. Up 'n' comers like Vivian Pikkles keep the faith as Zipperneck ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttEvery time I gaze down on its bright lights from my balcony at night, the Greyhound bus station taunts me. Look past the homeless man deliberately coughing on cars as they drive by and the cab driver yelling at the drug dealers, and you'll see it too: the bright bl ... More >>
The Vince Lombardi trophy, headed homeIt's over. The Packers have defeated the Steelers, and now the NFL gets ready for a grim period that will probably lead to a lockout. It was a pretty good game, although not quite the all-time classic some post-game announcers were crowing about. We of ... More >>
Photo courtesy UHPDAnn O'Donnell: UH police officer killedIt's a sad day at the University of Houston Department of Public Safety, which for the first time has lost an officer in the line of duty. Ann O'Donnell, who had been with UH Department of Public Safety a little over a year, was kille ... More >>
Much has been made in the past few weeks about the McRib, McDonald's exalted ground pork and barbecue sauce wonder. You may remember it first hitting America's mouths in the early '80s, not selling extremely well, and only coming back every now and then. It returned briefly in 1994 as the "Brontos ... More >>
What: Heavenly honey from a guy that's gone from a figurative worker bee to a literal beekeeper. Kenny Reed started his corporate life as a FedEx courier. He earned a respectable living at a respectable company that most any guy would be thrilled to work for. And he liked it. But one year ... More >>
Tonight at 8: Bevo Gone WildI often think how cool it must have been to have the first fast-food restaurant in a given town. You plunk down your McDonald's, start flipping about a thousand burgers an hour (quantity over quality when you're that busy), and watch the money roll in.And then Bu ... More >>
Marc Brubaker Two Juggalos at ICP's most recent Houston show, October 2009 at Warehouse Live. Tomorrow night, Houston-area fans of Insane Clown Posse will descend on Walter's on Washington for one of the periodic "Gathering of the Juggalos." We'll have a full report on the Faygo-doused eve ... More >>
Photos by Craig HlavatySo about a month ago Aftermath swore off metal shows. Well serious ones that is. Yeah, we hit up Steel Panther, who are in fact metal but that didn't count, seeing that they are hair metal which immediately disqualifies them. Anyhow, High on Fire's packed gig at Walte ... More >>
A handcrafted tour of the best, most obscure places to lean on a stool in Houston.
Er... no comment. OK, maybe one or two...In the world of rock writing, there are just some artists' fans that you can't help but fuck with. While you're alternately enamored and disgusted by their chosen obsession, they exert a near religious fanaticism for their fixation of worship, making them ... More >>
The Smoking GunNewly arrested pranksterThe Smoking Gun continues to stay on top of the effort to out and punish the juvenile a-holes (some of them sex offenders, some of them merely Mom's-basement types) who go around ruining property and people's days with "pranks."The hilarity involves calling ... More >>
Photo by Chris MacGregor Why the hell is your Big Mac so small? Because you live in Houston. Houston is apparently the only US test market for McDonald's new "Snack Wrap Mac," which looks to be a smaller Big Mac in a tortilla. We're sure grosser things have been contemplated before, but ... More >>
They don´t serve nuggets in jail. Trust me on this one.By now, you've probably heard the news about the gem of a lady in Florida (there's a reason Florida has its own tag on FARK, you know...) who called 911 not once, not twice, but three times to report that her local McDonald's had run out ... More >>
Lady with the Little Dog
[Note: Flannel File is an offshoot of Retro Active, focusing on the new hot nostalgia decade - the '90s, of course.] As Retro Active expands its purview from the '80s to the '90s, it's somewhat appropriate that this post remarks on some folks who became massively popular in the '80s but who, oddly ... More >>
You know, F. Scott Fitzgerald was right about American lives having no second acts. I found that to be sadly true yesterday as I sat down at the McDonald's near the bus station off Main and jumped teeth first into an American tragedy. Somewhere in a cold and sterile boardroom at McDonald's headqu ... More >>
Pompeo Batoni: Prince of Painters in Eighteenth-Century Rome," "Traci Matlock and Ashley Maclean: The Much-To-Consider Season," "Will Boone: A Man's House Is His Coffin"
Testing the limits of familial bonds, one nursing-home application at a time
A Houston mainstay becomes a destination for culinary thrill-seekers
Rice Gallery revamps the hippie aesthetic without selling out
Twin tigers light up the screen in Two Brothers
Meet Paris Green -- the newest entry in the next big thing from Houston sweepstakes
In the battle for the Houston Ballet, Trey McIntyre scores an early blow
A new book detailing the "dark side of the all-American meal" could use a little more beef itself
In which our intrepid reporter goes searching for the heart of America on a trailer pad. And finds disappointment, isolation, kindness and a great way to cook himself a turkey.
If feminism is dead, we don't care for its legacy: A choice between lunching or lapdancing