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  • The Hay Merchant Credit: Julie Soefer Photography
    December 1, 2016
    In a city as diverse as Houston, you’re bound to come across unique and unusual foods. From pigs feet and fish heads in Chinatown to menudo (tripe) or goat’s head in Mexican restaurants, there are many unique foods to explore in town. Of course what’s unique or adventurous to one person may not be unique or adventurous to another but read on for some unusual dishes to try. Do you dare? Chapulines and Insect Vending Machines Insects as food may be a hard sell but many...
  • The Houston Dairymaids Credit: The Houston Dairymaids
    November 22, 2016
    Are you entertaining this holiday season? Or maybe bringing a dish to someone else’s dinner party? A good cheese plate is a good addition to any holiday party and you can make it more interesting by including Texas cheese makers. While most Texas cheesemakers are near Dallas and in Hill Country, Houstonians can find these cheeses close to home at the Houston Dairymaids , a cheese shop in the Houston Heights that specializes in Texas artisan cheeses. Dairymaid Shannon McCracken guided us...
  • Thanksgiving
    November 14, 2016
    Don’t want to do all the cooking this Thanksgiving? Many Houston restaurants are ready to lend a hand with Thanksgiving to-go menus ranging from complete meal packages to appealing sides and desserts. Because, hey, you deserve to rest a little, too. Read on for our favorite Thanksgiving to-go menus and make sure to order fast; some places have deadlines as early as Nov. 15. George Ranch Historical Park’s Thanksgiving old-fashioned cobblers have built a loyal following and...
  • Bubble Tea Credit: Gong Cha USA
    November 7, 2016
    Houston is a city with seemingly endless choices for bubble tea, the Taiwanese drink in which brewed tea is mixed with milk or fruit juices and served with tapioca balls or fruit jellies. But even with the abundance of shops already in town, new bubble tea shops continue to open. Even Rice University has its own, student-run supplier of bubble tea, East-West Tea , which launched earlier this year. So while you won’t wrong with standbys such as The Teahouse , I Heart Boba or Star Snow Ice...
  • Parts Unknown
    October 26, 2016
    It’s no secret that Anthony Bourdain visited Houston this past summer to film an episode of his CNN travel and food show, “Parts Unknown.” For all of us who've been eagerly waiting to watch it, the episode finally aired on CNN October 30. During his Houston tour, Bourdain visited Plant It Forward Farms , Udipi Café, Keemat Grocers, Himalaya , La Grange , and Burns Original BBQ . “Houston is completely different than I kind of thought and maybe you kind of...
  • Sylvia Casares Credit: Sylvia Casares
    October 24, 2016
    For a little more than a year, Houston’s “Enchilada Queen,” Sylvia Casares, has been pouring her culinary secrets into a cookbook that she hopes will shine a positive spotlight on Tex-Mex cuisine. Tex-Mex food “is so misunderstood and maybe it doesn’t have a great reputation but I really believe it’s because people who have tasted it a) don’t really know what they’re getting, and b) maybe what they’re getting really wasn’t so...
  • Lola breakfast plate Credit: Lola
    October 4, 2016
    Craving a hearty dose of comfort food? These Houston diners, some of which have been around in Houston since the 40s, serve classic, no-frills American fare at cheap prices. From huge, cooked-to-order breakfasts and blue plate specials to every type of pie you could imagine, hungry patrons will find something to satisfy every craving at these Houston classics. Avalon Diner Go to this Houston institution for its eggs, sausage and pancakes, challah french toast and old-fashioned milk shakes and
  • Ryan Pera Credit: Julie Soefer
    September 29, 2016
    Photo Credit: Julie Soefer Three years ago, when chef Ryan Pera turned 41, he made a decision to get healthy. He lost 50 pounds and made going to the gym and exercising a part of his daily routine. Now Pera, who owns Revival Market , Coltivare and Eight Row Flint with Morgan Weber, is melding that passion for fitness with efforts to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, a program dedicated to helping end childhood hunger. Pera and nine members of his team across the three
  • Westchase Farmers Market Credit: Westchase Farmers Market
    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...
  • Pastry War Margarita Credit: Julie Soefer
    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....