When people think about food from the former Soviet Union, the first two ingredients that come to mind are dill and sour cream. But there is much more to the diverse cuisines of the USSR and former Soviet Satellites and Houston has the Russian, Polish, Czech and Bosnian eateries to prove it. Let's ... More >>
The next time someone who's too "cool" to "get" the Beatles asks what makes them so important, ask that person what's so great about his or her nose. First, if you're lucky, you'll be treated to an entertaining look of befuddlement. Then, when you're done being amused by that, avoid launching into a ... More >>
As of this Sunday, I'll be a Montrosian (?) again. For the past year, I've been living Downtown and have really loved every minute of it. I learned so much about my city, rode my bike and walked everywhere, admired our beautiful skyline nightly, experienced great new watering holes and cafés ... More >>
The world's great cuisines converge here.
You may be saying, "Rocks Off, how can you guys be doing a summer concert tips blog when it's almost July?" Well, imaginary naysayer who just had an imaginary conversation with us, here in Houston summer lasts until the trannies off Pacific Street start wearing two pairs of Spanx, which is ... More >>
Now THAT was a USA World Cup squadThe 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is finally here. Thirty-two teams made it to the big dance to see just who is the best in the world. Realistically though, only a handful of teams have a shot of winning the cup. It's all going to come down to matchups ... More >>
My gorgeous Bosnian friend Tanya Bozic and her daughter Anika joined us for Thanksgiving dinner. Tanya brought a homemade poppy seed cake for dessert. She also brought us a gift -- a bottle of Biljana Makedonski Hot Ajver, her favorite commercial variety. The bottle says "homemade" on the out ... More >>
Who loves the sun?
An Italian cowboy takes over Barbara Davis Gallery
They've fought for justice for nine years, but time is running out
Morrissey's mad love among Mexican-Americans
It's time to try a tiny bit of truffle
Where have all the Turkish restaurants been? Hiding in plain sight as "Mediterranean" cafes.
Michael Moore goes threshing about on guns and fear
A Muscovite Moulin Rouge in a westside strip mall? Welcome to The Russian Bear
Gogol Bordello combines Balkan folk traditions with a theater of anarchy
"Made in USA" gives patriotism a twist
No Man's Land cracks wise hoping the world will wise up
Galveston's Hayes Carll sets aside sin long enough to come up with Flowers & Liquor
The industry's initial reaction to Welles's masterwork should serve as a lesson to WorldFest filmmakers
We Hardly Knew Ye.
June 10 - 16, 1999
A restaurant aims to conquerHouston with Austrian open-faced sandwiches
Unlike many that claim the homey name, Europa is no bogus bistro
It's table tennis, not Ping-Pong. And now Houston's would-be Olympian can play every day.
A chubby little Slav learns there's more to life than Tito