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  • Shop Local at These 6 Houston’s Farmers Markets
    September 23, 2016
    Visiting farmers markets is one of the best ways to meet and talk to the people who grow and produce food locally, but there’s so much more to these markets. Whether they’re big or small, they provide a meeting place where you can shop, support local businesses, meet up with friends and have a little fun. Here we’ve gathered our favorite farmers markets in town. Pay them a visit; you may just discover something new. Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market Houston’s oldest and largest farmers
  • The Pastry War’s Kehlen Selph On Making A Great Margarita
    September 1, 2016
    The margarita is a Texas tradition and Houston has no shortage of restaurants and bars serving this simple but refreshing libation. Just last month Food & Wine named Hugo’s as one of America’s top margarita bars and earlier this year the Food Network named The Pastry War’s frozen margarita as one of the 50 Best Cocktails in America . Kehlen Selph, The Pastry War’s general manager, attributes the margarita’s popularity to its simplicity and balance. “It just tastes so good. It’s refreshing, it’s
  • Boost Your Food And Drink Know-How At These Houston Classes
    August 23, 2016
    Houston has plenty of cooking classes to go around. From Central Market to Sur La Table to various cooking schools around town, there’s something for every taste and budget. But many local restaurants, bars and coffee shops also offer unique classes that will help you become a better cook and gain a deeper understanding of your drinks. Learn about wine, coffee, Indian spices and more at these fun classes we found around town. Pondicheri Want to learn how to cook Indian food? At Pondicheri, Anita
  • A Chat with PJ Stoops, chef at Foreign Correspondents
    August 15, 2016
    It may not be entirely surprising that Bon Appetit named Foreign Correspondents one of America’s 50 Best New Restaurants 2016 this month. Not even a year old, the Heights restaurant has already earned the praise of Houston diners and critics for its interpretation of Thai food and fun, modern atmosphere. Chef PJ Stoops, who spent some time cooking in Thailand, and his Thai wife Apple, have created a menu that highlights the cuisine of northeastern and northern Thailand. Many of the ingredients,
  • A Chat With Bryan And Jennifer Caswell
    August 1, 2016
    When chef Bryan Caswell and his wife Jennifer -- a photographer -- started dating, they quickly discovered that they both had a sweet spot for marine life and the Gulf Coast. After years of talking about doing something to help preserve it, they launched the Southern Salt Foundation in June. Its mission is the “holistic preservation of the Gulf Coast habitats through education, conservation and exploration.” Bryan, whose restaurants include Reef , Little Bigs , El Real and Jackson Street...
  • Learn How To Smoke Brisket Like A Texan At BrisketU
    August 1, 2016
    Smoked brisket is the centerpiece of Texas barbecue and to many enthusiasts the ritual of cooking it can be as pleasurable as eating it. Cooking the perfect piece of meat is tough to master, but like with any other skill you have to start somewhere. If you’ve always wanted to learn about this Texas tradition, BrisketU can help. Unlike the popular, two-day Camp Brisket at Texas A&M each January, BrisketU’s classes are tailored to people who want to learn the basics of cooking a good piece of
  • 7 Menus To Try During Houston Restaurant Weeks
    July 28, 2016
    Photo: Ribeye meatballs at Weights + Measures Have you made reservations for Houston Restaurant Weeks yet? The fundraiser for the Houston Food Bank kicks off August 1 and already diners are narrowing down their choices from the close to 200 participating restaurants. Now in its 14th year, the event is popular because it allows diners to get a taste of Houston’s best restaurants for a little less money and for a good cause. You pay $20 for lunch or brunch and $25, $35 or $45 for dinner at
  • Ziggy Gruber On Houston And Deli Life
    July 13, 2016
    Ziggy Gruber didn’t expect he would be the central character in Deli Man , a 2015 documentary about Jewish delis around the U.S. But Gruber, owner and chef of Kenny & Ziggy’s and third-generation deli man, stole the show. When he asked film director Erik Greenberg Anjou why, “he said, ‘because you’re the biggest character I know.’ And if you see the film, I guess I am a character,” said Gruber. A character he is and one sure to make you smile with his stories and good food. Gruber arrived in
  • Houston’s 7 Must-Try Fried Chicken Spots
    July 5, 2016
    It’s National Fried Chicken Day, and Houston has no shortage of crispy goodness. Now we know that “favorites” is a touchy subject when it comes to fried chicken, so chomp into these H-Town eateries, and don’t hesitate to sound off on hidden gems not mentioned below. Lee's Fried Chicken & Donuts A unique pairing in the Heights has diners lining out the door of Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts. Start with an order of fried chicken done right, slowly prepped over a three day process and turned out at
  • ‘Hops’ Around Houston: Quench Your Thirst At These Local Breweries
    July 5, 2016
    Houston’s craft beer scene has exploded in recent years and it seems like new breweries continue to pop up around town. Since a nice, cold beer goes great with this summer heat, we’ve gathered some of our favorite breweries in Houston and a little further afield. The ones in the city are close enough to each other that you could visit two or three in one day (don’t forget your designated driver). Or you can arrange a local brewery tour with Fresh Tap Tours , Texas Beer Bus or The Wave . Saint
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