Willy Wonka

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Alice Cooper Once Made a High Schooler's Dream Come True

    Note: This story was written by Kathy Cano-Murillo and comes to us from our sister blog in Phoenix, Up on the Sun. Once upon a time in Phoenix, in the fall of 1980, my high-school journalism teacher, Mrs. Finerman, was standing before the class, her voice thick with Willy Wonka mystery. "This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    The 10 Best Places for Desserts in Houston

    Sometimes you just want something sweet and when you get that sugar craving, you have to satisfy it right then and there. Baking cookies or brownies takes too long and that small piece of chocolate you have in your pantry just won't do it for you. But, there are multiple places around town serving u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Last Shot @RODEOHOUSTON's Social Media Scavenger Hunt

    This year the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will not only feature entertainment from Usher, Maroon 5, and Keith Urban amongst other top performers, but it's also been awarding prizes through a Twitter-based scavenger hunt. It's like finding the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. With the Twitter ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Edible Jewelry In Need of A Sophisticated Makeover

    The United States, they say, is a "first world" country. And yes, our nation is indeed in many ways a booming nexus of industrialized capitalism and advanced technology. With regards to the development of edible jewelry, however, we are primitive at best. And this very much concerns me. In my yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2013

    Top 5 Grocery Products I Wish Existed In Real Life

    In a world that contains dulce de leche Cheerios, peppermint patty-flavored coffee creamer and vegan mayonnaise, it's hard to imagine needing, let alone wanting, greater variety in foodstuffs. Yet still I do. Here are my top products I wish actually could be bought in a supermarket. 5. Cashew Butte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    5 Fictional Foods That I Wish Were Real

    As a child, I dreamed of diving head first into Roald Dahl's famous chocolate river. As an adult, I still do. Every. Single. Day. Here are five other Fictional Foods That I Wish Were Real (in no particular order because truly, I want them all):

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    The 10 Worst Holiday Cover Songs Ever

    It's the thought that counts, right? Because they had the common decency to make original garbage, this list pardons holiday atrocities like New Kids on the Block's "Funky Funky Christmas" and "Last Christmas" by Wham! The ten "artists" on this list couldn't even be bothered to wrap their own turds ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Upcoming Events: Put That Ugly Christmas Sweater to Good Use

    Coming up this Tuesday, December 4, Haven and Cove will be kicking off the Christmas season with a Champagne dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. The three-course dinner created by chef Randy Evans will feature a passed tasting of raw dishes from Cove to start. Courses include duck confit with roasted beets ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    My Trip to Napa Valley: Part I

    I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Napa. It's like an alcoholic's wine lover's Disneyworld; a dream land filled with picturesque landscape, a fantastic crisp breeze and some of the world's best wine at your fingertips, ripe for the taking. And the food scene; well, it's TDF. I was lucky enough t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    You Know You're a Texan If...12 Ways to Know for Sure

    We Texans are a proud folk. We think of our state as its own little country and love to point out we are the only state in the union not annexed -- we signed a treaty -- and that affords us a certain let's call it swagger. A lot of people don't care for it, but it's all in good fun (mostly). The t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    The Memes of Texas Are Upon You: 30 Takes On Lone Star Life

    A while back we gave you the "Success Kid" meme as it applied to Houston. Today we set our sights broader -- the subject is all of Texas, and the memes are more diverse. But, of course, we have to start out with the Kid. Can't get enough of this chubby-cheeked fella:

  • 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 29, 2011

    The 5 Dirtiest Lines from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Like a lot of kids, I grew up watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory all year round -- but especially during the holidays. The movie is, to me, the best adaptation of a Roald Dahl book so far (just barely ahead of Matilda, of course). Gene Wilder plays the manic Willy Wonka with that perfect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Five Things I'd Rather Do With a Guinness (Other Than Drink One)

    ​While it may seem blasphemous to speak ill of a beer on this day, the most high and holy of drunken holidays, I simply cannot stand Guinness. I want to love it, I really do. A proper Guinness pour--billions of tiny bubbles rising slowly through the blackness--is truly food porn at its fines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Chicken Soup for Many Souls

    The crew from Carmelo's.​Judging by the turnout for yesterday's 10th Annual Chicken Soup Cookoff, Houstonians like their soup. The event, held at Congregation Emanu El, consisted of 40 vendors ladling out soup to what must have been over a thousand people. "This is the biggest it's ever been, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    Thanksgiving 2010: The Post Where We Get All "Thanky"

    Thank you. Thank you very much.​As we prepare to gorge ourselves today on turkey (Cajun fried is the choice here), stuffing, pumpkin bread, and perhaps something green (maaaaybe, but probably not), I want to first thank all of you who stop in and read the stuff on the blog here, not just my st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Top Five Food-Themed Children's Books

    ​With a glut of adult food memoirs on the market, it's easy to forget that some children's book rank among the best culinary literature. Here are my Top Five Food-Themed Children's Books. 5. Stone Soup (Marcia Brown). A wonderful lesson in collective cooking, Stone Soup recounts how visiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Sundae Sunday: Marble Slab Creamery

    ​In response to a past Sundae Sunday post, a reader suggested I try Marble Slab Creamery. I had never visited Marble Slab, having incorrectly written it off as a copycat of a similar franchise I visited throughout my youth. (Turns out the marble slab came before the cold stone.)

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Friday: The (Very Wet) Vans Warped Tour At Sam Houston Race Park

    Photos by Marc BrubakerTyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects​Vans Warped Tour Sam Houston Race Park July 2, 2010 As they always have, teenagers get a bad rap these days. In our minds, any kid who was willing to brave the dirty side of Hurricane Alex on Friday afternoon to see their favorit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Warped Tour Extra: Houston Fans Sure Love To Throw Things

    Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshow​Kids these days must like throwing shit. Judging by what we saw at the Vans Warped Tour Friday afternoon, it seems to be second or third to smoking dope and being sexually active. Don't worry about that, though; Trojan Condoms was out in force giving u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Game Time: Tennessee Whiskey -- Jack Daniel vs Willie Wonka

    caption goes here​Having just returned from vacation literally about eight minutes ago, today's pearls of wisdom will not be sports-related (sports resumes in this space tomorrow). In my best efforts to derive some sort of synergy out of the 18-hour odyssey I just endured (Elkhart, IN to Houst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Movies That Make Us Hungry

    Big Night​It's really freaking hot outside, in case you hadn't noticed. And when it's really freaking hot, we get really freaking lazy (more so than usual) and we want to watch movies. Lots of them. In succession. Trouble is, movie theaters are crazy-expensive and this summer's movie lineup ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Blaggards Do Ireland: First Stop, The Guinness Factory And Phil Lynott Statue; Three Encores At First Dublin Gig

    Houston Celtic rockers - "stout" Celtic rockers - the Blaggards are back on Texas soil after a weeklong tour of Ireland, where the band mixed sightseeing with a few gigs here and there. Rocks Off asked bassist Chad Smalley if he'd share a few of the band's experiences on the Emerald Isle with us and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Aftermath: Snoop Dogg Smokes Out House Of Blues

    Photos by Marc Brubaker / Click here for a slideshow​Snoop Dogg is one of a handful of artists who have carte blanche when it comes to drug use, if you still wanna call the green business "drugs" in the sense that heroin or crack cocaine are drugs. Keith Richards can still rep coke when he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    A Tour of Kegg's Candy Factory

    ​ We were driving down Westpark the other day in the office park no-man's land of Houston when we noticed the Kegg's candy factory. The marquee read "Daily Tours." We didn't know much about Kegg's, so we called the factory when we got home. The young lady who took our call, Brandy, informed us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2009

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Photo by Robb WalshI can't write this column on an empty stomach. It's difficult to maintain your trademark acerbic wit when all you can think is, "I would literally murder somebody for that hamburger / pizza / pastry / whatever insane but incredible dish from Feast we've featured this week." ... More >>

  • Film

    July 10, 2008

    Going Down to the Center of the Earth

    Brendan Fraser falls into deep, deep hole

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Machinist and Truck Drivers

    The College Question

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    February 8, 2007

    Mustache Ride

    In the latest WarioWare, you can pick your friend's nose.

  • Film

    March 2, 2006

    Get Down with Dave

    Chappelle returns with a raucous Block Party

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2006

    What the Dr. Ordered

    A children's classic gets a much-needed Tune-up

  • Home Entertainment

    November 10, 2005
  • Film

    August 11, 2005

    Working Blue. And Brown.

    Inside the dirtiest joke ever told is a nugget of unadulterated joy

  • Film

    July 21, 2005

    Bad News

    One more awful remake strikes out

  • Film

    July 14, 2005

    Chocolate Kisses

    Thanks to Depp and Burton, Willy Wonka just got weirder

  • Culture

    May 26, 2005

    Excess Hollywood

    In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, '05 may be a pleasant surprise.

  • Dining

    December 30, 2004

    Le Grand Cheesecake

    The Vegas version of Venice, or Vienna, or someplace

  • Calendar

    September 4, 2003

    Multimedia Marathon

    Downtown Stomp Around kicks off the visual arts season

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003

    Family Circus

    The Greatest Show on Earth stops in H-town

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    Dreaming the Impossible Dream

    The 411 on Alex DiSaggio's Wonka-style 420 Fest

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002
  • Film

    August 8, 2002

    Island of Bad Sequels

    Rodriguez blows his best movie yet

  • Film

    December 21, 2000

    A Box of Chocolat

    Lasse Hallström makes clashing ideologies as easy to swallow as gooey treats

  • Dining

    November 11, 1999
  • Music

    May 8, 1997

    Greed is Good

    Veruca Salt would like it all. If not now, then eventually.

  • Music

    December 26, 1996
  • Culture

    July 18, 1996

    Sweet Stuff

    Paul Kittelson's giant candy proves a summer treat

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