Category Archives: 29-95

Writing I have done for 29-95, the Houston Chronicle’s web and print entertainment section.

Neapolitan-style pizza comes to West Houston

Pizza Margherita at Pizaro’s It’s hard to explain the fanatical attraction of Neapolitan-style pizza. For Americans raised on spongy-crusted, fast-food pizzas smothered in gaudy toppings, the subtlety and nuance of Pizza Napoletana can be hard to grasp. It doesn’t look … Continue reading

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Tagliatelle alla Bolognese at Giacomo’s

Tagliatelle alla bolognese at Giacomo’s The diversification of Italian cuisine as it gained popularity and spread throughout the world after World War II is well-documented. For example, “Italian-American” cuisine is best represented by the iconic “Spaghetti and meatballs” which, although … Continue reading

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CFS Challenge: Barbecue Inn vs. Triple A Restaurant

Barbecue Inn Houstonians have a lot of choices when it comes to comfort food. Unfortunately most of the family-run cafes and diners have been pushed out by ubiquitous corporate boxes like Chili’s, Cracker Barrel and Cheddar’s. But a few traditional … Continue reading

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Retsina: Greek Wine of Flavor and History

Kourtaki retsina One of the great pleasures of traveling is the ability to literally walk in the footsteps of ancient peoples. For me, a favorite destination is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, where you can climb through the Propylaea (gate) … Continue reading

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Ful and Falafel at Cafe Lili

Cafe Lili – Falafel appetizer Fava beans are one of the oldest staple crops of the Middle East. First documented some 5000 years ago, references to fava beans can be found in Pharaonic Egypt as well as the Bible. As … Continue reading

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