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    Top Five: Ways to Improve Your Cooking, Right Now

    Read cookbooks, be wary of recipes. I know far too many people who think they can't cook. For some reason, food has this aura of secrecy and magic, as if only the initiated can make it work. Even among people who go through the act of heating ingr...

    @ Eating Our Words by Nicholas L. Hall on May 13, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Openings & Closings

    It's been a week of changes for Houston restaurants -- menu changes, chef changes, location changes -- and some of those changes include at least one shocking closure. That closure was Caffe Bello, which quietly closed its doors on Monday. The Montr...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 13, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    Comment of the Day

    I've started going to Revival Market weekly for local milk and eggs, as well as their magnificent bacon. They have the best parmesan cheese I've ever tasted. And last trip I got some "Heights Honey" which is just unbelievable. I'm so in awe of the pl...

    @ Eating Our Words by Cathy Matusow on May 12, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
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    Discount Dining - Zushi Sushi

    My first visit to Zushi was a few years ago when it first opened. With so many choices for sushi in Houston, Zushi then fell off my radar. Last week CBS Local Offers featured a $30 for $15 voucher to Zushi, and I used it as an opportunity to refresh ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Minh T Truong on May 12, 2011 @ 6:01 pm
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    10 Houston Restaurants Every Out-Of-Towner Should Visit

    Texas barbecue done right at Gatlin's. On Wednesday afternoon, I mused that some day I hoped for visitors to Houston to feel as excited about our dining scene as I was about New York City's. The sheer breadth and depth of ethnic and regional cuisi...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 12, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    Independence Beer Dinner at Grand Prize Bar

    Chef Philippe Gaston This past Monday evening, I attended a beer dinner held in conjunction with this year's Texas Beer Fest, hosted by Grand Prize Bar and sponsored by Independence Brewing Company, with pairings created by Chef Philippe Gaston. A...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mary Jane Poorman on May 12, 2011 @ 4:31 pm
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    Chef Chat, Part 2: Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex in City Centre

    Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Bistro Alex Yesterday, we caught up with Chef Juan Carlos Gonzales of Bistro Alex and talked about his background and some of the standout dishes in his restaurant. Today we ask him about his involvement in the Toque 5...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mai Pham on May 12, 2011 @ 3:15 pm
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    DEFCON Dining: Giacomo's Cibo e Vino

    A couple of weeks ago, I walked you guys through a DEFCON 3 dining event. Fortunately, there are a whole lot of restaurants that fit the DEFCON 3 specs, and many of them are pretty good. Even more fortunately (for me, at least), DEFCON 3 isn't an eve...

    @ Eating Our Words by Nicholas L. Hall on May 12, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
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    Vosges > Snickers

    Lately, I've been curbing my consumption of sweets significantly by buying expensive chocolate. How does this work? Quite easily, as it turns out. The pressure to buy two Snickers bars for $1 at the gas station can be overwhelming when you're stress...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 12, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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    Happy Hour Scene: The Usual

    The Place: The Usual 5519 Allen @ T.C. Jester 281-501-1478 www.theusualpub.com/specials.htm The Deals: Discounted wells and domestics from at least 4 to 10 p.m. during the week - check website for details. The Scene: The last time I went to The Us...

    @ Eating Our Words by Glenn Livet on May 12, 2011 @ 12:00 pm
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    Top Ten Ways to Ensure Crawfish Boiling Success

    You're all G'ed up and educated about boiling crawfish, and now you're staring down your impending 300-pound boil for friends and neighbors. Here are a few last-minute considerations to guarantee success. 10. The right venue is key. And, by right ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jason Bargas on May 12, 2011 @ 11:00 am
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    My First: Banh Mi at Les Givrals

    On my friend's advice I ordered the Banh Mi #1 (Thit Nuong Pate) for $3, and I added the Bo Bia summer rolls--pre-rolled and wrapped--for another $3.25; with my bottled water, the grand total was $8.48 for what turned out to be a large amount of food...

    @ Eating Our Words by Christina Uticone on May 12, 2011 @ 10:00 am
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    Revival Market: More Than Just Basics

    It's hard to decide what I like more about Revival Market right now: The fact that I can do normal, weekly shopping at the store, picking up fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy along the way, or the fact that I can indulge in some unexpected goodies ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 12, 2011 @ 8:00 am
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    Comment of the Day

    Huh? I disagree with all of the above (except maybe #4, since restaurants can get higher quality meat than I can). These are all some of the simplest foods you can make. Plus, when you make them yourself, you can avoid all the extra grease and salt t...

    @ Eating Our Words by Cathy Matusow on May 11, 2011 @ 6:17 pm
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    Wine Time: Rainbow Lodge

    Missing from this photo of Rainbow Lodge's spectacular grounds: you, your friends, wine and meatballs. Looking for an inexpensive happy hour alternative tonight? The Rainbow Lodge is holding its monthly "Sip and Stroll" wine event on the patio fr...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mary Jane Poorman on May 11, 2011 @ 6:00 pm
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    National Eat What You Want Day!

    Or should we just call it National CFS Day? There seems to be a "day" for everything, from International Talk Like a Pirate Day to Weights and Measures Day and everything in between. Today is Eat What You Want Day. Yes, I'm telling you now, after ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mary Jane Poorman on May 11, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
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    On Beards and Becco: Coming Down from New York City

    Crispy-skinned salmon atop cauliflower and ramps at Becco. I first visited New York City 17 years ago, for one day. I saw Times Square, the United Nations building, stayed in a ratty hotel, ate at a TGI Friday's and had my pocket cut, my wallet an...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 11, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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    Health Department Roundup: Mobile Edition

    The first-ever Haute Wheels Houston food truck festival is Saturday and Sunday at the HCC Southwest campus. (If we were in PR, we would've written that the festival is "rolling into H-town!!") There will be beer and wine for sale, so you won't have t...

    @ Eating Our Words by Blake Whitaker on May 11, 2011 @ 3:00 pm
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    A Long Time Coming: Reviewing Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

    I could eat Sylvia's mesquite-grilled corn all day long. For the amount of [well-deserved] press that Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen gets on our blog, you'd think that the longtime Houston restaurant would have been reviewed in print ages ago. At leas...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on May 11, 2011 @ 2:00 pm
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    A First Dinner at (New) Mai's

    Lotus Root Salad By the time I heard about Mai's , it no longer existed. As a relative newcomer to Houston, I asked a colleague to recommend a good Vietnamese restaurant. "Mai's is terrific," she said. "I mean, was terrific. [Pause]. It burned dow...

    @ Eating Our Words by Joanna O'Leary on May 11, 2011 @ 1:00 pm
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