Williams-Sonoma Inc.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Testing Williams-Sonoma's Make Your Own Butter Kit

    Eager to tap into the metro yeoman hipster market, Williams-Sonoma now offers a line of "DIY" kits for smoking salmon, making your own nut milk, fermenting your own mead, etc., etc. These kits are, unsurprisingly, fairly expensive and the end-product, of course, highly subject to user error. You're ... More >>

  • Film

    July 10, 2014
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    March 11, 2014

    Kool-Aid as Lipstick and Other Alternative Uses for Food

    "Life hacks" is the term most often used by websites like Buzzfeed and Pinterest to refer to something that makes life easier. Use a soda tab to hang paintings! Separate egg yolks with a plastic bottle! Store cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack! While these are all perfectly fine ideas, we're ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Top 5 Super Bowl Snacks You Should Buy Online

    For many, including this writer, the Super Bowl is as much as about food as it is about football. And while snacks from the grocery store are just fine for most any gathering, sometimes I like to add a little swank to my Super Bowl feast. Here are five stellar gourmet snacks to order for your party: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Five Breakfast Dishes for Christmas Morning

    It's hard to sit down to a nice breakfast on Christmas morning if you have children who want to tear into their presents as soon as they lay their eyes on that Christmas tree. But, with a scrumptious and enticing breakfast, you just might be able to pull their eyes away from the presents for a secon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    It's Time To Make Your Very Own Panettone

    Each country has its own traditional dishes and desserts for Christmas and the holidays. The French make Thirteen Desserts of Provence, Germans make Christstollen, Brits make Christmas pudding and Italians make panettone. This sweet bread originated in Milan (or so the story is told) and has become ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Dear Santa Claus, Please Send Me a Kegerator and a New Knife Set: Denizens of Houston's Culinary World Share Their Wish Lists

    It's that time of year! Children are writing Christmas wish lists and mailing them off to Santa at the North Pole, hoping that he'll deliver what they ask for come Christmas morning. Some of that magic goes away as you get older, but there's no reason we can't keep making wish lists for the holidays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: 5 Indulgent-But-Worth-It Gourmet Food and Drink Presents

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    2013 Holiday Gift List: Molly Dunn's Top 10 Presents For Foodies

    The holidays are upon us, and that means it's time to show your buddies you care by buying them things they probably don't need. But there's no reason to shell out for an expensive ugly Christmas sweater that he'll never wear, or a tchotchke that will sit idly at the back of her closet, when you cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    The Fluffernutter Sandwich: What You Need To Know

    In about a week's time we'll have the opportunity to observe National Fluffernutter Day, which celebrates that gloriously sticky sandwich made from marshmallow cream and peanut butter. When I was a wee thing, my mom and I constantly battled over my preference for Flutternutters over the admittedly m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    Waffle Iron: The Solution For Evenly Cooked Grilled Cheese

    Nothing beats a good grilled cheese sandwich, especially on a rainy day or when the air conditioner is turned up too high. Unfortunately, I haven't always been successful making my own grilled cheese sammies at home. No matter how much (or little) I grease the pan or butter the bread, something go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Our Top 5 Online Food Gifts for Christmas

    Deciding what to send your loved ones living in other states is a difficult task. But, there are online companies that will ship delicious food all over the country and your friends and family are sure to love them. Here is our top five list of online food gifts you can send across the country for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Holiday Gift Don'ts: 5 Useless Gifts Nobody Wants

    Every week this holiday season, we'll be posting our favorite food-centric gift ideas. Earlier this week, we featured Useful Kitchen Tools Under $30. To further help everyone avoid that awkward "Hey, didn't I get you that last year?" re-gifting moment, now we're sharing 5 Holiday Gifts That Nobody A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Top 5 Old Songs Ripe for Hipster Updates

    After having grown up in a pop-music culture that every day grows more adept at rehashing, re-imagining and (let's be frank) flat-out stealing sounds from those who came before, today's indie bands are no strangers to aping their influences. And unlike post-punk and grunge before them, this class do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    The 5 Best Discount Kitchen Items to Buy at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls

    I love Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table as much as the next person, but I don't always love their prices. Wandering around the two stores and gawking at the beautiful displays can easily occupy my entire afternoon. But as soon as I'm through, I head to T.J. Maxx or Marshalls to get my actual kitchen ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 9, 2012

    Keep Cool and Caffeinated

    Houston's ten best iced coffee crinks

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Top 5 Kitchen Appliances

    When I walk into Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table, it's hard for me to not want to buy everything I see. Especially those silly gadgets like the whipped cream canister ... I have to remind myself that even though it's super cool, it's a waste of money. There are some kitchen appliances that may seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Need Father's Day Gift Ideas? We've Got You Covered

    Father's Day is right around the corner. If you enjoy procrastination as much as I do, then you haven't gotten a gift yet, either. But don't fret! Whether your dad's a master griller, an aspiring molecular gastronomist or a total wino, we have plenty of gift ideas for him. Gourmet Spices & Sauces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Last Minute Shopping: The 10 Best Online Retailers (Not Named

    ​For a decade now, online retailers have increasingly grown their sales to the point they now rival traditional brick and mortar establishments. Let's face it, it's just easier to shop online if you have a computer, an internet connection and a desire to avoid crowds. You can sit there with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Everybody will be kung fu watching at Jenni's Noodle House.​Starting today, Molina's Cantina is hosting a month-long celebration in honor of its 70th anniversary. In fact, Mayor Parker proclaimed today "Molina's Cantina Day" to mark the occasion, something which Molina's is celebrating with fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    7th Annual Urban Harvest Tomato Fest

    Urban HarvestTomato Fest​To me, tomatoes are one of summer's quintessential foods. I think of a crisp salad with juicy, ripe tomatoes or fresh sliced tomatoes with just a sprinkle of sea salt. There is so much to do with this versatile fruit and, of course, the best tomatoes can be found at yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Rebecca Lang on Quick-Fix Southern Food and Hand Modeling

    ​Rebecca Lang is a writer and cooking instructor based in Athens, Georgia. She travels the country teaching classes at cooking schools (and also at such places as Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods and Central Market), and appears regularly in cooking segments on the nationally syndicated show Dayti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Williams-Sonoma Butterscotch Babies

    ​My lovely sister Margaret recently sent me a Butterscotch Babies baking mix. She knows that while I usually bake from scratch, I'm a sucker for gourmet mixes. In spite of my unreliable oven, I've had good experiences in the past with other Williams-Sonoma packaged mixes; for example, the gian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    A Talk by Shubhra Ramineni, Author of Entice with Spice

    ​Shubhra Ramineni was born in India and moved here as a small child. In Houston, her mother made Indian food with local ingredients. Shubhra went on to college and graduate school and is now a busy young professional and new mom. But she still wanted to cook uncomplicated Indian food in her ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads

    ​Hey punk, Father's Day is in two days! You don't have a present yet, do you? Well, fear not because Eating Our Words is here to keep you from looking like an ungrateful slacker child. Here are a few ideas for the foodie father: "Half Full" Glasses from Sur la Table (1996 West Gray) These c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Top Ten Kitchen Essentials

    A while back, Katharine Shilcutt wrote about her top 10 must-haves for her kitchen. Well, not everyone has the same kitchen needs, so here's a little different perspective. We find that a lot of specifics, like mixing/prep bowls, can be overcome by having mismatched dishes, and we are even guilty of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    The 10 Essential Kitchen Gadgets

    Whether you're stocking a kitchen for the first time (finally kicking your grown kid out of the house? good for you!) or simply taking stock of what you already have, we've put together a list of the 10 essential gadgets that no kitchen should lack. While most of the 100 commenters disagreed with u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    The 10 Most Useless Kitchen Appliances

    YOU DON'T NEED THIS.​We talk a lot on this blog about eating. We talk a lot about cooking. We also talk a lot about booze, food porn and the "less polite" bodily functions (in case you're wondering, the "more polite" bodily functions include yawning and sneezing, but only if it's a cute sneeze ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Artisan Teas from John Harney

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Whereas English Breakfast Tea is usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon, with a little Keemun added to the more expensive versions, Harney & Sons English Breakfast is made with all Keemun tea. The flavor is clean and bright, with a fruity aroma. What a treat this is in the mor ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 30, 2008
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    August 29, 2008

    Shubhra’s Texas Peach Lassi

    Photo by Robb Walsh This quick and easy Indian yogurt drink is ideal for the end of summer when sweet, juicy Texas peaches are arriving at the farmers' markets straight from the Hill Country. This drink is quite versatile -- it can be served for breakfast, along with appetizers, as a dessert, or ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    “The Absence of the Subject”

    Michael Somoroff masters addition by subtraction

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: The IKEA Catalog Gives Me a Complex

    Oh great, the 2008 IKEA catalog is out…just in time to remind me how hideously tacky, uncoordinated, and non-Swedish the Pop Rocks’ house is. Seriously, am I the only one who feels woefully inadequate whenever she looks at the IKEA advertisements, full of their bright rugs, multicolored plates, ... More >>

  • Film

    August 31, 2006

    Trust the Man

    Stale romantic comedy has neither romance nor comedy

  • News

    March 23, 2006

    Hustle Time

    Damon Jones has traveled from UH to all around the NBA chasing stardom and a sound bite

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2005
  • Calendar

    December 2, 2004

    Hollywood Holiday

    Judith Owen and Harry Shearer spread some Christmas cheer, L.A.-style

  • News

    July 22, 2004

    Got It, Flaunt It

    Those campaign donations aren't buying yard signs and pamphlets

  • Music

    February 12, 2004

    Norah Jones

    Feels Like Home (Blue Note)

  • Music

    January 23, 2003


    Other People's Songs (Mute)

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Dining

    March 21, 2002

    Houston, One Plate at a Time

    Cooking show host Rick Bayless

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001

    Non Mall Shopping Adventures

    Shopping adventures

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Culture

    April 19, 2001

    Dinner and a Morass

    The Alley's four-course meal of middle-age angst grows stale

  • 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

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Where Will They Be?

    A look at the rock scene in 2020

  • Dining

    September 23, 1999

    The Buzz

    Chic, minimal decor. Healthy food. An urban attitude. And it's where?

  • Dining

    July 29, 1999

    Warm and Welcoming and Good Margaritas

    El Tiempo makes you want to forgive its mistakes

  • Calendar

    September 5, 1996
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