Don't forget: This Sunday is your chance to meet Robb Walsh in person, and even get his John Hancock on his newest book -- The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa -- at the West Alabama Ice House (1919 W. Alabama) starting at 2 p.m. The event is free and features delicious fajitas grilled up by the Houston Chowhounds and root beer courtesy of Saint Arnold. Of course, there will also be adult libations on tap from the Ice House, so come out and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon with Houston's most famous foodie.
Tonight, get your gaping maw around some mudbugs at Khon's, when the bar hosts its Friday Crawfish Happy Hour. With only four weeks left in the crawfish season, Khon's is selling its crawfish for $4 a pound (with corn and potatoes, natch). But the best thing about getting your crawfish at Khon's (2808 Milam) isn't just the laid-back atmosphere and friendly folks behind the bar, it's the excellent assortment of Louisiana beer they keep in stock. After all, you can't have a crawfish boil without some awesome Cajun brews. The happy hour starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until the crawfish are gone.
This weekend, Central Market (3815 Westheimer) will be featuring the foods and wines of Argentina in its fortnight-long series, Passport To Argentina, which runs through May 25. Cooking classes will be taught by world-renowned Argentinean chefs Francis Mallmann and Narda Lepes, and winemakers Susan Balbo, Laura Catena and Sebastien Zuccardi will be on hand with samples of their Malbecs and other Argentine wines. This weekend will also feature grilling demonstrations with Estancia's grass-fed beef just in time for summer.
If you love Italian food and wine, the enormous Italian Expo -- now in its second year -- will be filled with cibo e vino next weekend, May 21 through 23, at the George R. Brown convention center. Tickets are $15 at the door (but children get in for free), which gets you wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, entertainment from area companies like the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and even Italian language classes. And just in case you don't get enough Italian over the weekend, you can also enter for a chance to win a trip to Italy.
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Looking for something interesting to do in downtown over your lunch break? Head down to City Hall (901 Bagby) for the latest Learn at Lunch Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. This series will be featuring Korean food and cultural experiences as well as guest speaker Yun-soo Chgo, consulate general of Korea. The event is free and far better than that sandwich you were going to grab from Subway.