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    Andalucia Tapas & Taverna

    The cavernous restaurant, in the Downtown Pavilions at 1201 San Jacinto St., Suite 161, is part of Morocco native Youssef Nafaa's Bella Restaurants chain, which includes Cava Bistro, Mia Bella Trattoria, CoCo Crepes, Saffron and Cielo Mexican Bistro....

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on December 22, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
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    Giant Watermelon Radishes

    "The salad came on a glass plate with one cobalt-blue edge. It was topped with a huge slice of what I am guessing to be a radish. The oversize vegetable slice was lime-green on the edge... The radish, or whatever it was, didn't taste like much of any...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 22, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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    Bartender Chat - Nick Leone of Komodo's

    That night, we were drinking vodka and soda, but we asked Leone what his favorite drinks were to make. He told us he has the best upside-down pineapple shot in Houston. Most bartenders we meet hate making the upside-down pineapple shot, so we were sh...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on December 22, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    How To Make The Perfect: Fudge

    My mother is known for many things, but chief among them is her famous Christmas fudge. Each year, lucky friends and family make out with a tin or two. And until my grandfather passed away last year, she would always make an enormous gift basket for ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 22, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
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    The Shameless Chef: Happy Holiday Uncookies

    ? Happy Holidays! And no, that's not just political correctness talking; there happens to be plenty of holidays besides Christmas in December, including St. Stephen's Day and the Emperor's Birthday. Whatever you're celebrating, you'll enjoy these sim...

    @ Eating Our Words by John Seaborn Gray on December 22, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
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    First Look at Canopy

    The Gin Blossom at Canopy ? Another new restaurant, another Sunday brunch "preview" in its opening days. This time, we landed at Canopy, Claire Smith's latest culinary endeavor (her most well-known being Shade, on 19th Street in the Heights). And ...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 22, 2009 @ 11:16 am
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    My Organic Dirt Patch: Egyptian Onions

    Sherman warned me that these onions are quite prolific and will take over your garden if you aren't careful. That's the least of my worries. I am still trying to convince my spouse that this dirt patch will not be an eyesore for very long. The onions...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 22, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Where Are We Drinking?

    This intimately melancholy and desperate scene looks straight out of a Hunter S. Thompson book, if Thompson lived in Houston and drank Lone Star. Can you guess in what shell of civilization we were drinking this week? Leave your best guess i...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 22, 2009 @ 8:00 am
  • STAG'S HEAD PUB'S JAILBIRD

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    STAG'S HEAD PUB'S JAILBIRD

    The Stag's Head Pub (2128 Portsmouth, 713-521-2333) is a warm, comfortable place to celebrate a friend's getting out of a cold, uncomfortable place with some inappropriately heavy Monday-night drinking. Mike (new nickname: Short Timer) had spent the ...

    by Glenn Livet on January 21, 2010
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    1905 Pizza Bar

    Chris Reyes owns Olives Martini Bar & Grille in Sugar Land's Town Square. When the space two doors down became available after a sandwich place went out of business, Reyes snapped it up and opened 1905 Pizza Bar (2228 Texas Dr., 281-325-1011). "We ca...

    by Paul Galvani on January 21, 2010
  • Tasty Tentacles - Octopus a la Plancha at Ibiza

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    Tasty Tentacles - Octopus a la Plancha at Ibiza

    The sight of the octopus a la plancha ($10) at Ibiza (2450 Louisiana, 713-524-0004), with its long tentacles reaching over the edge of the plate, may be somewhat disconcerting for some. The thinner ends of the tentacles are extremely crispy, since Ch...

    by Paul Galvani on January 21, 2010
  • Comfort Food on Steroids - The new Two Saints neighborhood eatery is knocking them dead with grilled-cheese sandwiches.

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    Comfort Food on Steroids - The new Two Saints neighborhood eatery is knocking them dead with grilled-cheese sandwiches.

    The grilled cheese sandwich at Two Saints Restaurant on Memorial came on thick-sliced, toasted artisan bread. The complex yeasty texture and crunchy crust created lots of "nooks and crannies" that made for very interesting toast. The cheese was fu...

    by Robb Walsh on January 21, 2010
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    Beer, Pizza and Monster Truck Racing at Spaghetti Western

    The pizza menu has "the good," a veggie pizza, "the bad," a sliced meatballs, pepperoni and Italian sausage pizza, and "the Blondie," a chicken pizza with chipotle alfredo sauce. You know which one we got: "the bad." We'll eat anything that has meat...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jason Kerr on December 21, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
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    Beer Nerds Rejoice

    Fort Worth-based Ben E. Keith Beverage, the nation's third-largest beer wholesaler, has partnered with other distributors to launch what will surely become every beer nerd's homepage. GreatBrewers.com seeks to "bridge the gap between the world's grea...

    @ Eating Our Words by Mike Morris on December 21, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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    Donut Patrol: Dim Sum Sesame Rolls

    While sesame balls are usually filled with sweetened red beans, the order we got at Ocean Palace was mixed. Some of the sesame rolls were filled with red beans and some were filled with sweetened yellow beans. I think I like the lighter, tarter yello...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 21, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
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    Wine of the Week - Texas Hills Vineyard

    Texas Hills Vineyard opened in 1999, which grows all the grape varietals except for the Sauvignon Blanc (it doesn't grow very well in Texas). And because the vineyard doesn't have its own Sauvignon Blanc, it features one from California. The vineyard...

    @ Eating Our Words by Jane Catherine Collins on December 21, 2009 @ 4:10 pm
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    Kitchen with a Revolving Door

    Igor is the guy who told the waiter to tell me the veal foreshanks he was serving for osso bucco were hind shanks and that the black, slimy lettuce in my salad wasn't old, it just reacted to the balsamic vinegar that way. Igor didn't last long either...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 21, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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    Gingerbread Architecture at Caroline Collective

    This has been a year for non-traditional gingerbread houses in Houston. The gingerbread dog houses at Voice kicked off the season earlier this month, and Caroline Collective all but finished it off with its first annual Gingerbread Build-Off. The co...

    @ Eating Our Words by Katharine Shilcutt on December 21, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
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    Manchego & Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    One of our favorite holiday foods is mashed potatoes. It is one of those versatile dishes that we season differently every year. We thought adding some manchego and roasted garlic to our mashers could work. And as it turns out, the dry tanginess of m...

    @ Eating Our Words by Geri Maria Harris on December 21, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
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    Purple Kohlrabi

    I mixed a little grated kohlrabi with grated watermelon radish and mayonnaise to a make a one-serving salad, it was pretty damn good. But there are lots more interesting recipes out there. Kohlrabi, cabbage-and-apple slaw, sounds like a good combinat...

    @ Eating Our Words by Robb Walsh on December 21, 2009 @ 11:01 am
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