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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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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The Original Rib Shack Red 2012 Red Blend

Don’t let the Pinotage in the nose turn you away from this Red Blend (60% Pinotage 40% Shiraz) from South Africa’s Western Cape. The back label says “It’s a guy thing” but we think they are just talking about grilling meats.  We paired this with a juicy bacon cheddar burger on a poppy seed bun.  Dark berries and smokey oak will have you reaching for seconds. SRP $9.99 from Douglas Green (DGB)  Tasty! And great […]

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Central Market Cooking School: Korean Updated

Bleary-eyed on a Saturday morn – after an evening of downing craft beer donut holes accompanied with an intoxicating and vigorous chocolate stout glaze and enjoying other fine brews from Brews Brothers in Galveston – I was wishin’ and hopin’ that the trek from Clear Lake to Upper Kirby to attend Central Market Cooking School’s Korean Updated at 10 am would be worth my while to get out of bed. Little did I know that […]

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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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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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Celebrate Champagne Day: October 25, 2013

Kleenex. Xerox. Band-Aids. These were once brands names that are now used generically, to mean facial tissue, copies and adhesive bandages. But Champagne is not one of those words. Now in its fourth year, Champagne Day, set for Friday, October 25, 2013, seeks to remind the world that Champagne is not just a type of wine; it is a distinctive region in France. “Mais non!” you say. “I have tasted Champagne from California!” Perhaps you […]

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