Now that the temperatures are finally creeping up, I'm getting more in the mood for chilled beverages. While perusing recipes for Thai iced tea I ran across a blog post that mentioned the Nigerian Chapman cocktail. Its name immediately suggested to me some intriguing imperial concoction, so I did so ... More >>
Big Men reveals how the world of oil actually turns.
On the rare occasion my spam filter allows an e-mail through from a Nigerian prince who wants to send me $1 million, I chuckle for a moment. Then, I realize the reason these ridiculous e-mails are still in circulation isn't because they are funny, but because some poor suckers out there still fall f ... More >>
Many, many years ago, when I was an adventurous young thang, I worked one summer in Rajgarh, a small town in the Indian Himalayas. I spent a lot of time helping a social services organization conduct field research in woman's health practices. I also ate a lot of goat. In the absence of beef, pork, ... More >>
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 >>
It's here again, that time of year when the kids are let out of school and immediately begin whining that there's nothing to do. Oh, sure, you try and try to make them happy. You can invent a brand-new game with balls and paper sacks and even clean up the damn mess they make when they nearly kill th ... More >>
A beginner's guide to Nigerian cuisine.
Tackling Nigerian cuisine so early in the Here, Eat This series? Why not? Nigerian food is some of the most accessible "ethnic" food out there -- or at least, it will be for anyone who grew up eating Cajun, Southern or soul food. I'm looking at you, Houston. See also: - Here, Eat This: A Beginner's ... More >>
More of your favorite Houston restaurants are coming on board for Menu of Menus every day -- and maybe even some that will be your new favorites after you sample their grub at our grand tasting event on Tuesday, April 9. Since we're carefully curating the selection of restaurants this year, I'm ple ... More >>
The movies to know from Sundance - and the year ahead.
As part of the continued crackdown on counterfeit merchandise websites, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations announced in a release that it seized 89 Internet domain names last week. Of those 89, a whopping 78 were related to Louis Vuitton, the high-end handbag ... More >>
We here at Hair Balls have gotten pretty good at recognizing e-mail scams when we see 'em. For example, we don't give our checking account info to just any Olatunde, Abimbola, or Harry who says he's a Nigerian prince -- we make sure they prove it to us by getting their phone number first. But othe ... More >>
This year leading up to our annual Best of Houston® issue, we're counting down our 100 favorite dishes in Houston. This list comprises our favorite dishes from the last year, dishes that are essential to Houston's cultural landscape and/or dishes that any visitor (or resident) should try at least o ... More >>
Ah, the glamorous life of a Customs and Border Protection agent: waiting around for someone to crap out the kilogram of heroin they've ingested in order to get the junk into the U.S. Most recently on the bowl was Nigerian citizen Sunday Okechukwu Ogbonu, 47, who arrived at Bush Intercontinental Air ... More >>
Free Radicals have won an amazing nine Houston Press Music Awards for Best Jazz, but jazz really doesn't even begin to cover the 16-year-old Houston group's sound. It's so all over the place that the only category that really fits is the oft-misunderstood "world music," especially on the Radicals' n ... More >>
T-Bone Walker heir Don Kesee, one of the area's Houston's most underheralded bluesmen - which unfortunately is saying something, but watch a little bit of the above clip at Navasota's Blues Alley festival - comes into the city for a gig at the Shakespeare Pub. Super Happy Fun Land's SXSW Overflow ... More >>
Our 100 favorite dishes in Houston.
If you like Cajun and Southern food, try this West African restaurant.
Photo by Troy FieldsA plate of doughy fufu and thick egusi soup at Finger Licking Bukateria.Last Friday morning, I was rushing around my nine-by-six kitchen and tearing out the contents of the cupboards like a poltergeist. I was running late for our holiday luncheon at work and still needed t ... More >>
Gained in translationLegend has it that back in that glorious half-season when Randy Johnson was mowing 'em down for the red-hot Astros, Drayton McLane thought up what he believed was a brilliant way to part Astros fans from still more money had one of his famous food-service brainstorms. He ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place - lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducinglisto ... More >>
Ground crawfish powder, one of the "mother" spices in Nigerian cooking.Louisianans like to think they've got the world on a string when it comes to crawfish, with small towns like Breaux Bridge laying claim to titles such as "Crawfish Capital of the World." But there are a few people in Niger ... More >>
Christina Clardy among those convicted.Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>
I was discussing Nigerian restaurants with a friend last night over dinner. "Are there any?" she asked. "In Houston?" I replied. "Of course! Why?" It was a rhetorical question; I knew the answer. Despite making up nearly 2 percent of our city's population, Nigerians in Houston -- and their ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPlantains and scrambled eggs, with plenty of tomatoes.Michelle Ukegbu isn't messing around when it comes to the food at her one-month-old restaurant, Peppersoup Cafe. Her mother opened Houston's first African restaurant, Safari Restaurant, literally right around th ... More >>
Suya Hut serves a slice er, ball of West Africa in Houston.
Photos by Troy FieldsThink of tuwo like a giant, jolly ball of dumplings.Despite Houston's wealth of ethnic food -- and even its wealth of African food -- eating Nigerian cuisine can be intimidating. Unfamiliar words, unfamiliar ingredients and unfamiliar foodstuffs all combine to make for a ... More >>
The big red cock itself.On the way to Jimmy Changa's a few weeks ago, my dining companion and I passed a country-cute little restaurant in Deer Park called Jug and Muffin. Aside from reminding me that I still want to open a pub some day called The Honk and Jiggle, we couldn't stop giggling to ... More >>
Shocking, we knowBe prepared to lose all faith in -- well, if not humanity, per se, at least capitalism and government officials in Nigeria.It appears -- are you sitting down? -- that bribery is sometimes used when American companies try to do business in Russia, Nigeria, Angola and Kazakhstan. Y ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
American soldiers, vérité-style, in Restrepo.
"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 >>
A moment he'll never forgetThe images of Wednesday morning are still fresh on many people's minds. The image of Landon Donovan putting the US ahead in the 91st minute against Algeria, putting the Americans back in the round of 16 for the first time since 2002.Their opponent on Saturday is Ghana, ... More >>
Photos courtesy GCSODaniel Johnson, not a Nigerian with cash-flow problemsAlmost exactly five years ago, we were minding our own business at the Downtown Transit Center light rail stop one evening. A suave and well-dressed middle-aged black man came up to us and introduced himself and spun an out ... More >>
The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good - so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Have something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email it to introducingliston ... More >>
Love is a conflict we all share
Better music than ACL and fewer hippies
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
This group mixes Congolese traditions with bits of styles from around the world
Four of todays rising star pianists perform as a collective and then in solo concerts
Brooklyns Urban Bush Women and Senegals Compagnie JANT-BI join forces in a collaborative dance performance
We were listening to Morning Edition on NPR (FM 88.7) this morning when we heard an interview with Aminatta Forna, author of Ancestor Stones, a fictional chronicle of the lives of five Sierra Leonean women. The author read a passage that detailed a hungry crowd’s reaction when a box of lipstick ... More >>