Sometimes The Substitute is Better than the Original

Houston has finally gotten into the 21st century with food trucks. Not as much as any other major metropolis, but at least we’re getting better. When I am working downtown, though, it seems you cannot just walk to a food truck. You have to get in your car and drive. Why? My cynical guess is money and pull from Downtown Houston restaurant owners is keeping them out. But for a Mayor who claims to be […]

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How to Pair Wine and Chocolate

Tis the season to answer Hallmark’s clarion call and spend our hard-earned money on their crap. Like lovesick little rats following a corporate piper we pay premium prices for already dead flowers, bad cattle call dinners, jewelry, and of course, chocolate. All supposedly in honor of some Christian martyr, and since no one really knows which Valentine we are pretending to honor, that should probably read “some Christian martyrs, and the made-up legends that surround […]

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HOT Valentine Gifts for the Wine Lover

It is the day before Valentine’s Day and you haven’t a clue what to give your wine lover. Perhaps we can help. When someone contacted us about tasting the Fifty Shades of Grey “White Silk” and “Red Satin” blends I was skeptical. I had not read the books. I was avoiding all the hype. From the title alone, I surmised that the book was about a 50-plus dame who suddenly sheds inhibitions at the hands […]

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Spotlight: Executive Chef Daniel Bell

Soho Kitchen and Lounge Executive Chef Daniel Bell started in food service when he was just 16 years old.  Two years later he was cooking. He was also a promising tennis player, until a devastating shoulder, then a hip injuries changed all that. Had he gone on toward Wimbledon, foodies would have missed out on Chef Bell’s culinary creations. Bell has been Chef for three of Madeleine Griffin’s restaurants to date — first at Madeleine’s Wine […]

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I Found Out on Facebook….

There are lovers and haters of Facebook. For the haters, it can be more than you ever wanted to know about your adult child who hints he is destitute and then sends out an “I’m having a kick-ass party” status two hours after you sent him “gas money” and has posted pictures of said party on the night he allegedly needed the gas to get to work. It can also provide you more than you ever […]

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Hot Chocolate Pudding and Cold Scrambled Eggs

It seems like I was always an angry child. Not the throw-fits-in-the-grocery-store kind of angry. Not the slam doors or pull-off-the-wings-of butterflies angry. Although I did a little of the former — a couple of times, and got smacked for doing it. No my anger turned itself on me in the form of headaches — stabbing, killer headaches that constantly felt like someone was ramming an ice pick into my head. My mother gave me […]

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Tristan Risk Up for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards

There is an art to taking off one’s clothing. While you might think it all falls under “stripping,” Tristan Risk is not a stripper. Pin-up queen, actress and model; “Little Miss Risk” is a performance artist with the Vancouver troupe “Sweet Soul Burlesque.” She is also a nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the 2014 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards for her portrayal of Beatress Johnson in the Soska Sisters and Twisted Twins Productions’ horror film, American Mary. Beatress, in […]

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ACT NOW to be Part of a 2014 Wine Documentary!

Wil Fernandez needs $20,000.  Since he announced his Vintage 2014: The stories behind the vines documentary project, he has gotten pledges for over $8,000 of that through Kickstarter. But a crucial deadline approaches. Timing is critical, or as we say in the legal contracts world, “Time is of the essence.” For this project to get off the ground, Wil and his team need to raise another $12,000 in pledges in just 7 days.  Now I […]

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Sneak Peek: Soho Kitchen & Lounge in Seabrook

They say you cannot replace a good hairdresser or bartender. That also goes for a good restaurateur. Restaurateur extraordinaire Madeleine Griffin and son Christopher Janoušek have a new venture near Houston, Texas. It’s called Soho Kitchen and Lounge. Set up in the former Coffee Oasis location at 4950 NASA 1 in Seabrook, SoHo Kitchen and Lounge is now in the process of Madeleine’s magical renovations. She tells us a wrap-around bar and open kitchen concept […]

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