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Author: Paula Nino Kehr
  • Photo by Robert J. Lerma Credit: Robert J. Lerma
    February 21, 2018
    Houston’s barbecue scene has been booming in recent years, with barbecue joints of all stripes – mom-and-pop shops, chef-driven restaurants, and trucks – serving up tasty smoked meats to the delight of barbecue fans. Houston barbecue is further enriched by its deep cultural influences. From Cajun to Korean and Mexican, Houston’s diversity can be seen in its ‘cue. Pay a visit to Ray’s BBQ Shack in the Third Ward, where pitmaster Ray S. Busch dishes out...
  • cacao & cardamom Credit: cacao & cardamom
    February 1, 2018
    It only makes sense that National Chocolate Lovers Month is February. After a month of devotion to clean eating and healthy living, we firmly believe in February as the month to treat yourself. From artisanal chocolatiers to European-style chocolate shops, we’ve rounded up Houston’s best bets for chocoholics. The Chocolate Bar Uncle Darryl’s chocolate cake is a favorite at this Montrose institution with fans claiming it has a perfect frosting to cake ratio. The toffee bits...
  • Houston Eats Conference Credit: Houston Eats
    January 22, 2018
    Drive around Houston and you may see a Korean restaurant right next to a taco joint, or a Halal restaurant neighboring an eatery selling Salvadoran pupusas. Look at local menus and you may find Southern cooking mixed with cooking from Korea or Vietnam. Houston’s rich cultural influences are easily seen in its food, and that’s what Houston Eats! – a two day conference at the University of Houston – will explore this coming Feb. 2 and 3. “The conference is a...
  • Cotechino recipe
    December 14, 2017
    Many cultures around the world like to ring in the New Year with traditional dishes thought to bring good luck or blessings in the year ahead. In Italy, that dish is Cotechino Sausage with Lentils, often served at midnight on New Year's Eve. Coltivare will serve the traditional “good luck” dish during the holidays but you can also make chef Ryan Pera’s recipe at home. Find the Cotechino sausage in the butcher’s case at Revival Market. Coltivare Cotechino Sausage...
  • Sammys Wild Game
    July 14, 2017
    Love a good hot dog? You’re not alone. Americans consume 818 hot dogs every second in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Found at baseball games, on street carts, at eating contests, the hot dog holds a special place in our national consciousness. Houston has no shortage of places that serve reliably good franks. To commemorate National Hot Dog Day on July 23, here are five to get you started. Good Dog The food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant with locations in the...
  • Eight Row Flint Margarita Credit: Eight Row Flint
    June 29, 2017
    Have plans for Fourth of July weekend yet? For those of you still looking for something to do on America’s birthday or just not into cooking and grilling this weekend, check out these fun food and drink happenings around Houston. There’s plenty to taste and drink. Happy Fourth! And for ideas on way to celebrate, click here . Red, White & Boom At Levy Park Head over to Levy Park to get a taste of Fort Worth chef and TV personality Tim Love’s cuisine this weekend. The...
  • Dolce Neve Gelato Credit: Dolce Neve Gelato
    June 23, 2017
    Summer is officially here and with the rapidly rising temperatures in Houston, what better way to cool off than with a scoop of ice cream or a refreshing ice pop? We’ve rounded up some of Houston’s top spots for frozen treats, including several newcomers that have set up shop in town within the past year. Read on to find out where to calm your cravings for something cool and sweet. Dolce Neve Gelato This Austin import founded by siblings Marco and Francesca Silvestrini, and her...
  • Ramen Tatsu-Ya Credit: Ramen Tatsu-Ya Facebook Page
    June 12, 2017
    Summer is just getting started, which means that we’re still in for much hotter days in Houston. When it comes to food, grilled meats and salads make great dishes for the rising temps but there are also plenty of cold dishes that are perfect to combat the summer heat. Here we’ve rounded up five refreshing bites and drinks served around Houston that’ll hit the spot and help you cool off on hot summer days. Chilled noodles The Houston outpost of Austin’s popular noodle...
  • Brock Wagner
    June 7, 2017
    When Brock Wagner opened Saint Arnold Brewing Company in 1994 there were no microbreweries in the city and craft beer was virtually unknown to most locals. But years of putting out good beer, building community, and educating customers paid off as Saint Arnold, Texas’s oldest craft brewery, steadily grew into the Houston institution that it is today. The brewery, which moved to its current location on the edge of downtown in 2010, draws thousands of locals and visitors each week to tour...
  • Wine & Food Week
    June 2, 2017
    Food and wine aficionados rejoice! Starting June 5, The Woodlands becomes food and wine central as it hosts Wine & Food Week — a weeklong extravaganza where more than 10,000 visitors convene to enjoy tastes of local food and wines from around the world. Now in its 13th year, the festival brings together local chefs, food and wine lovers in a wide range of events through June 11. From a soiree of bold wines, craft beer, cigars and poker for the guys to exclusive wine tastings for the...
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