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Delicious pork and won ton noodle soup at Mi Thay Nghiep Ky in Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

If I had to pick my top five noodle soup dishes, won ton noodle soup would definitely make the cut, along with pho, ramen, and bun bo Hue. (I know that’s only four noodle soups—I’m not sure which would be the fifth.) There is something so comforting, savory, and yet so simple about a bowl […]

New Chinatown, Houston

New Chinatown, Houston


Texas Monthly

1. Yes, Lee’s Sandwiches hails from California, but that just means it’s a spot where you can experience Melting Pot America in its myriad glor

Could Lupe Valdez (or Oprah?!) Be The Key to a New Texas?

by R.G. Ratcliffe @ Texas Monthly

The two campaigns have launched—kind of. Both are long shots to have any real effect on the state.

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Greater Third Ward Home Values on the Rise; Houston a Millennial Hub

by Meredith Deliso @ Swamplot

City Council Approves Contracts To Elevate 3 More Meyerland-Area Homes, But Not Without Expressing Some Concerns [Houston Chronicle] Caldwell Cos. Developing 330-Unit Multifamily Complex in Spring [Realty News Report] Construction Could Start This Spring on Housing Development at Fifth Ward Superfund Site [Houston Public Media; previously on Swamplot] What You Can Get for Houston’s Average […]… Read More

Travel to Vung Tau, Vietnam: Where to find the best noodle soups

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

During this particular trip to Vietnam, my family and I took a road trip to Vung Tau, a beach town not far from Saigon but is made to seem far because of traffic. You can find very affordable vacation packages through travel agents in Vietnam (or at least that’s what my family tells me). On […]

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Why There Are So Many More Animals on Planes Over the Holidays

by Doyin Oyeniyi @ Texas Monthly

Not all of them are trained service animals.

The post Why There Are So Many More Animals on Planes Over the Holidays appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Houston as low as ₫18,430,300

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Houston as low as ₫18,430,300


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Saigon House

Saigon House


Visit Houston

Contemporary yet casual, Saigon House is a new Vietnamese café with a fusion twist located in Houston’s booming Midtown neighborhood. For convenience, there are a variety of made-to-order options for guests on the run including freshly pressed juices, smoothies and slushies and iced Vietnamese coffee. Additionally, counter service of made-to-order spring rolls and banh mi’s will be available. The full menu draws inspiration from traditional Vietnamese cooking with a blend of creativity. Traditional vermicelli and lomein bowls are kicked up a notch with the addition of seasonal vegetables and a more local nod to protein selection. Try the Shaken Tofu, a crispy battered tofu tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce, served atop rice and fresh spinach. After guests enjoy a meal, it’s just a short walk outside for the Main Street light rail and just a short stroll from the new Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Saigon House is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Adventurers Explore Both Sides of Border in 1,200-mile Journey Along the Rio Grande

by Kathy Blackwell @ Texas Monthly

Over three installments, we follow a film team as they—by bike, horse, and canoe—document how a physical wall would affect the area, water, and its people.

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Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

The best pho/Vietnamese beef noodle soup in Saigon is at Pho Le

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

You would think it’s easy to find an excellent bowl of pho in Ho Chi Minh City. (It’s not.) You’d think there’d be a pho shop on every corner. (There practically is.) But as many times as I’ve been to Saigon, I had yet to taste a bowl of steaming beef noodle soup that I […]

This Company Is Making Human-Grade Cat Food

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

While you’re dining at the hottest vegan restaurant and shopping for your Whole 30 diet, are you watching what your cat eats with the same level of care? One company wants to reinvent cat food for the better. And as the proud human of two felines, I couldn’t wait to try it out. Delivered right to your […]

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The First Sign of Changes Coming to the Soon-To-Be Searsless West Oaks Mall Is Now Standing in Front of the Former Macy’s Parking Lot

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

A Swamplot reader sends this photo of new signage fronting Hwy. 6 along the vacant Macy’s parking lot at West Oaks Mall. The space left behind by the former anchor tenant — which closed its doors last year — will be turned into a new store called The Outlet at West Oaks that will specialize […]… Read More

Coming To Netflix: David Chang Gets Ugly Delicious

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

David Chang, the man behind Momofuku and subject of the first season of Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero’s Mind of a Chef, is back on screens. Ready for his new show, Ugly Delicious? Premiering on February 23, the eight-episode series follows Chang as he travels, eats and hangs out with notable food personalities like Jessica Koslow, […]

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Houston Home Listing Photo of the Day: The Corner Pocket

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

16506 Dawson Mill Ct. [HAR]… Read More

We Dig The Ludlow’s Guide To Eating In NYC’s Lower East Side

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

If there’s one thing New York City hotels all need, it’s a friendly, concise, expertly curated guide to the neighborhood’s best eats. Lower East Side mainstay The Ludlow is handing out these cool little maps to make sure you end up exactly where you want. Here’s the map’s legend — check out all these great […]

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Radio Saigon lures Vietnamese to Houston

Radio Saigon lures Vietnamese to Houston


Houston Chronicle

Over the last decade, Vu and her husband, Duong Phuc, Radio Saigon Houston KREH 900 AM co-owners, have taken a strong foothold in the Houston Vietnamese media market with programming that mixes talk shows with news and music. The station's presence is also credited with helping spur Vietnamese migration from the West Coast to the Houston area. The station's growth with the Vietnamese-language radio format also illustrates a thriving and expanding Vietnamese community in Houston with an appetite for programs in their native language. Word about Houston's attractive market has spread in part due to the connection made by Radio Saigon Houston's simulcast news program that airs in Orange County, Calif., San Jose, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Vu said. Radio Saigon Houston has helped spread the rags to riches stories of some of Houston's most successful Vietnamese entrepreneurs, said Danny Nguyen, co-founder and president of the Vietnamese American Houston Chamber of Commerce. There's a lot more opportunities in terms of investment and development in Houston, said Nguyen, a commercial real estate developer and investor. In the Houston area, Vietnamese make up the largest group of Asians at nearly 62,000, according to the latest U.S. Census figures. [...] many parents take their children to Vietnamese language classes on the weekends. Radio Saigon Houston's programs feature a range of guests — mechanics, immigration lawyers, real estate agents and school officials. The couple was honored with the Asian American Journalists Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 for their work. Internet-based and ethnic media are the fastest growing media today, said Sandra Ball-Rokeach, a professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Rita Clements, The Power Behind a Governor, Dies at 86

by R.G. Ratcliffe @ Texas Monthly

The former First Lady of Texas was more than just a hostess. She was a political partner for Governor Bill Clements.

The post Rita Clements, The Power Behind a Governor, Dies at 86 appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Roasting Agave & Eating Tacos: A Oaxacan Adventure With Mezcal Unión

by rmartin @ Food Republic

People talk about Oaxaca like it’s a mystical place. Like on your first night there you’ll experience some hint of magic and it’ll guide your journey and you’ll go home feeling not so much refreshed but changed. Maybe the world will be a little clearer. Maybe you’ll see in the Technicolor of the craft-made spirit […]

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Cottage Industry: Katie Kime Turns Bungalow into a Colorful Office

by Lauren Smith Ford @ Texas Monthly

How the Austin home and fashion designer used prints, patterns, and vibrant hues to create her dream headquarter space.

The post Cottage Industry: Katie Kime Turns Bungalow into a Colorful Office appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Christmas 2017: What’s on my holiday menu this year?

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Our family celebrates Christmas, and that’s less than a couple of weeks away. My, how time flies. Following the likes of my post on our Thanksgiving menu last month, I thought I’d share with you what I’ll be making in our kitchen for this year’s Christmas dinner. Since the hubs and I hosted his family […]

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Capturing a West Texas Winter Wonderland

by Lauren Smith Ford @ Texas Monthly

"It was one of those rare moments." Photographers who were there for the snow among the cacti share their favorite images.

The post Capturing a West Texas Winter Wonderland appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Hot and Sour Soup Recipe (Suan La Tang)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Simple and satisfying soups are commonly served with other dishes to make a multi-dish Asian meal but you don’t always have to follow convention! When autumn’s chill recently set in big time, I decided to make a pot of hot-and-sour soup for lunch. It was a main dish bowl of soup, the star of the...

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Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

12 Bite-Sized Snacks To Eat Instead Of The Tide Pod Challenge

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

The latest trend in YouTube fame is the Tide Pod challenge! Sadly, this is exactly what it sounds like: chowing down on tiny pouches of poisonous cleaning product. Remember kids, just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t turn the pods in question into something edible. Let late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel explain: We get it — […]

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Former KHOU anchor is headed into real estate

by lilyjangrealestate_r7m52d @ Lily Jang Real Estate

“I’ve been telling stories for a long time … and a *home* is where everybody’s story begins,” the post read. “I’ve had the privilege to live my American Dream in ways I never imagined. It would be my honor to help you with yours.” READ MORE

The best bowl of Vietnamese cake soup/banh canh is at Banh Danh Long Huong near Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Before ringing in the new year with a healthy vegan recipe, telling you about my recent snowboard trip to Whistler, and filling you in on our Christmas plans, I was narrating my last travel to Vietnam where I finally found the best bowl of pho in Saigon. During this vacation, my family and I also […]

Saigon Travel And Services - Travel Agencies - Houston, 77072-2536, TX

Saigon Travel And Services - Travel Agencies - Houston, 77072-2536, TX


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Houston Saigon Travel Llc - Houston, 77072-2531, TX

Houston Saigon Travel Llc - Houston, 77072-2531, TX


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Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

Don't look for nightlife in Saudi Arabia: alcohol, dancing, movies and mingling with the opposite sex are all prohibited.

Comment of the Day: Those Little Extras That Make All the Difference

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

“Compared to the price of raising the house, also adding a spare rowboat in the garage is very, very cheap.” [diggity, commenting on Comment of the Day: Still Stranded] Illustration: Lulu… Read More

Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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Cheap Flights from Houston George Bush Intcntl to Ho Chi Minh City - KAYAK

Cheap Flights from Houston George Bush Intcntl to Ho Chi Minh City - KAYAK


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At Maison Marou Saigon, An abundance of amazing artisanal gourmet chocolate made from locally grown cacao

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

I got sidetracked with the holiday season being in full swing and left off in the middle of my Vietnam trip. I’d written about my great experience with Back of the Bike food tour, and today, I’m sharing with you the best place in Ho Chi Minh City to get delicious gourmet artisanal chocolates. Maison […]

Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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Jamaica Beach Home Listing Photo of the Day: The Heat

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

16707 Bahama Wy. [HAR]… Read More

Sichuan Magic Dust Popcorn Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Since late November, my friend Andrew Janjigian and I have made a total of about 55 batches of this popcorn. It’s his recipe, which he shared with me after I wrote about MSG in pho. When he realized that I was open to tinkering with monosodium glutamate in cooking, he sent the recipe to me....

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Nelson’s BBQ

by Daniel Vaughn @ Texas Monthly

With a sandwich like the Nasty Nate and impressive barbecue, this one-man show in San Antonio has earned a loyal following.

The post Nelson’s BBQ appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Recipe: Healthy vegan Southwestern quinoa bowl

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Happy new year, and welcome to 2018! I don’t really make new year’s resolutions because I believe self-improvement is something on which one should constantly work—I guess you could say I believe in year-round resolutions—but for most people, a new year marks new beginnings, a newer and improved version of yourself. This means many resolutions […]

The Best Thing in Texas: Shea Serrano Fans Are Sending a Whole Bunch of Copies of His Basketball Book to Soldiers Deployed Overseas

by Dan Solomon @ Texas Monthly

The generous spirit of the Houston-based writer—and his online army of fans—continues to impress.

The post The Best Thing in Texas: Shea Serrano Fans Are Sending a Whole Bunch of Copies of His Basketball Book to Soldiers Deployed Overseas appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Case Keenum and Nick Foles: The Texas Quarterback Face-off

by Dan Solomon @ Texas Monthly

The University of Houston legend has come into his own. His biggest challenge is that Nick Foles may have too.

The post Case Keenum and Nick Foles: The Texas Quarterback Face-off appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

Oroblanco Grapefruit Salad Recipe (Goi Buoi)

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Within the past seven days, I’ve made this salad twice. It’s that good. The first time was the day after Thanksgiving at my parents’ house. When I arrived, I notice in their entryway a basket full of oroblancos, a type of sweet grapefruit with a short season. My brother Dan brought them from Visalia, a...

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Swamplot Sponsor: Just Buyers Houston

by Swamplot @ Swamplot

Today’s sponsor is Just Buyers Houston, a real estate firm that represents — you guessed it — buyers only. Thanks for supporting Swamplot! Appreciation calculations for Houston’s most popular neighborhoods have been published at JustBuyersHouston.com. In the 10-year ranking, the Westbury area (77035) showed the highest level of appreciation in price paid per square foot […]… Read More

Discover: Saudi Arabia

by @ Wikitravel

In Saudi Arabia, you can try authentic apple-flavored Budweiser. (Non-alcoholic, of course.)

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

American Airlines Will Award Passengers Miles for Enduring the Inconveniences Of Air Travel

by Dan Solomon @ Texas Monthly

The company’s ”iSolve” system will allow flight attendants to deliver miles to inconvenienced customers before the plane even lands.

The post American Airlines Will Award Passengers Miles for Enduring the Inconveniences Of Air Travel appeared first on Texas Monthly.

How To Dine At Noma’s Last Available Reservation For As Little As $10

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

There’s just one last table available at Noma’s re-opening night on February 15! And it could be yours for as little as $10. Noma is partnering with Omaze to offer a trip for you and a guest to Copenhagen to dine at one of the world’s best restaurants. But it gets better! Return the next […]

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Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Homemade Hoisin Sauce Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Love hoisin sauce with pho and in other Asian dishes? Make it yourself! I didn’t think it would be easy, but for the sake of excellent pho and the desire to offer a gluten-free hoisin recipe in The Pho Cookbook, I experimented for about two weeks to come up with an excellent recipe. Now, you...

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Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Flynn McGarry has cooked at some of the country’s top restaurants like Alinea, Alma and Eleven Madison Park, created supper clubs and hosted numerous pop-ups in Los Angeles and New York City all before the age of 17. Now at 19 years old, McGarry’s back in the headlines, this time to star in the documentary Chef Flynn. […]

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Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Hanover’s Apartment Tower Now Digging into Its New Digs Across Kirby from Whole Foods

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

Excavators are now moving dirt around on the corner of Kirby and oak-lined Steel St. where a 39-story apartment tower dubbed Hanover River Oaks is planned. Hanover bought a 1.6-acre portion of the former Kirby Court Apartments along Steel St. in 2016; funding issues had left the project in limbo for most of the prior year. […]… Read More

Christine Ha tries the spicy ramen challenge

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

I recently reached 70,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and thanks to all the fans who made it so! This video of me trying the spicy ramen challenge was released a while ago, but it was one of the crucial videos that helped me gain viewers. People have since charged me with doing the double-spicy […]

Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

Apartments near Houston Saigon Plaza in Houston, TX | Apartments.com

Apartments near Houston Saigon Plaza in Houston, TX | Apartments.com


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We simplify the process of finding a new apartment by offering renters the most comprehensive database including millions of detailed and accurate apartment listings across the United States. Our innovative technology includes the POLYGON™ search tool that allows users to define their own search areas on a map and a Plan Commute feature that helps users search for rentals in proximity to their office.

Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

Knife Sharpening and Maintenance Tips

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

Folks, working with a new blogging system is confusing. I made a mistake with part of this post. For a Japanese knife buying guide, see my 2017 Gift Guide for Curious and Obsessive Cooks. For this post, I’m focusing on how I keep my all of my knives in ship-sharp shape. Read on! Since I’d invested...

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Six Ping Opens Fourth Outpost in Saigon Houston Plaza

Six Ping Opens Fourth Outpost in Saigon Houston Plaza


Houston Press

Six Ping Bakery, the popular Chinese bakery known for its fun-shaped Super Kawaii breads and playful cartoon character cakes, has opened a fourth location in Saigon Houston Plaza (10613 Bellaire Boulevard) near the corner of Wilcrest and Bellaire. It’s a testament to the bakery’s popularity and domination in the Chinese...

Saigon Pagolac: A Houston, TX Restaurant.

Saigon Pagolac: A Houston, TX Restaurant.


Thrillist

Saigon Pagolac: A Houston, TX Restaurant.

Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

Five Finds: Design, Style, and Travel Highlights

by Lauren Smith Ford @ Texas Monthly

A designer's Victorian renovation project in Taylor and a secret room at Hotel Emma make our debut list of best discoveries across the state.

The post Five Finds: Design, Style, and Travel Highlights appeared first on Texas Monthly.

Comment of the Day: Still Stranded

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

“My first thought is that raising a home might protect the physical property, but it doesn’t remove it from the path of floodwaters. A flooding event could still strand a family, potentially putting them in a life-threatening situation from which others would have to rescue them. Tax roll aside, is this the right thing to […]… Read More

Our Latest, Greatest Instagram #FRavorites

by Food Republic @ Food Republic

Surely you’ve noticed by now that we’re big fans of Instagram, so much in fact that we couldn’t stop photographing our food unless it was a life-threatening emergency. Despite groans from your dining companions when you forbid them from digging into their entrée before you snap it at just the perfect angle (sorry, we’ll get out […]

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Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Justin Timberlake Served (And Ate) Insects At His Album Launch

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Pop singer Justin Timberlake is a woodsman now, everyone! If the album art for his latest release, Man of the Woods (out February 2nd), didn’t tip you off immediately, the menu for yesterday’s launch party in New York City should do the trick. The AP reports that partygoers enjoyed “ants coated in black garlic and […]

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Chris Shepherd's foodie tour of Vietnam

Chris Shepherd's foodie tour of Vietnam


Houston Chronicle

James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, whose menu at Underbelly restaurant is inspired by Houston's melting pot of cuisines, recently traveled to Vietnam. Vietnam's largest city, formerly known as Saigon, can be overwhelming with its sights, sounds and buzzing motorbikes - especially for culinary-curious, first-time visitors from Texas. First there were snails - tiny ones cooked in coconut milk, large ones cooked in chiles and garlic - at Oc Co Truoc, a makeshift restaurant in a small alleyway set up with a few charcoal grills and little chairs. [...] in quick succession, we met a captivating woman selling three different types of rice porridge on a street corner and encountered another woman, outside Ho Chi Minh's April 30 Park, who was making a toasted rice paper filled with ground pork, ground shrimp, herbs and quail egg. Somewhere along the way - between grilled pork cheeks wrapped in mustard-green leaves and a visit to Kim Salon for a $7 hair/face wash - Calvin got a serious look on his face and said, It's open now. There was a trip to Quoc Ky near the chaotic Ben Thanh Market, where I had a bowl of pho that was perfect in every way - imagine your favorite bowl of pho, then add a roasted peanut element to it. A short flight from Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc is a small island on the southwest coast of Vietnam, with beautiful white-sand beaches and a growing number of resorts. Specifically, I wanted to visit Red Boat, a small-batch fish-sauce company that uses high-quality anchovies caught right off the coast. [...] we met with Red Boat owner Cuong Pham, who left Vietnam in 1979 to come to the U.S. After working in the tech industry for years, he decided to make a change and come home. Over a lunch of grilled squid and roll-your-own raw sardine spring rolls at Song Xanh restaurant, he told us why. (The anchovies are salted right after they're caught to stop them from spoiling.) For the transfer to land, we met the fishing vessel, employees put a wooden plank in between the two boats, then slid massive buckets filled with little black anchovies across. Link also took us to Cafe Duy Tri, one of the oldest cafes in Hanoi, where he showed us a coffee that's famous in the region: coffee beans that are eaten by a weasel, then excreted by the weasel and harvested. Apparently, the weasel only eats the best beans, and then the acid in its stomach breaks down the outer coating of the bean, releasing a natural chocolate flavor. Cha Ca, or fish pieces marinated in turmeric and sautéed at your table with green onions, dill and cilantro, then wrapped in rice paper with more herbs and peanuts. Cruising on the bay, we were surrounded by gorgeous green water and giant limestone islands, and enjoyed checking out a pearl farm and exploring a cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Before dinner, there was a mini cooking class where employees showed us how to make crispy spring rolls, which we ate later along with Goi Ga (chicken and cabbage salad), shrimp with coconut curry, and a beef and enoki mushroom soup. The flavorful pork broth bristled with crunchy wontons, roasted pork, sweet chile purée, and lots of fresh herbs and lettuce. Hoi An also is home to the wonderful Banh Mi Phuong, a little eatery that offers several different types of banh mi: roasted pork, chicken, bacon, cold cut and omelet, and additional combos. Nam Hai was so beautiful that we spent a lot of time there; we had a spa day, and ate several meals at the resort's ocean-view Vietnamese restaurant, which served a dish specific to the Da Nang region: Mi Quang, turmeric-scented rice noodles with pork, shrimp, herbs, shaved banana flower and chilies in a fish sauce-scented pork broth. Panko-dusted fish wrapped with lettuce and herbs, braised pork with coconut sticky rice, mango salad, green papaya salad and lots of fresh fruit for dessert.

Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

Arabella Condo Tower Now Showing Off Its Colors and Contours

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

Snapshots from the scenic Robbins Brothers jewelry store parking lot on the West Loop show how much progress has been made on the 34-story Arabella (formerly Arábella) condo tower next to the Target parking lot on San Felipe. Construction on the bumpy building began in 2015 on a portion of the former Westcreek Apartments at […]… Read More

Amazon Will Not Be Delivering HQ2 to Houston

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

Despite campaigns that included coordinated office light displays and banner flybys over the company’s current headquarters in Seattle, none of the Houston proposals to house Amazon’s new campus made it past the first round. The company announced this morning that 17 U.S. cities plus northern Virginia, Toronto, and Montgomery County, Maryland would be finalists for […]… Read More

Ex-KHOU anchor Lily Jang announces new real estate venture

by lilyjangrealestate_r7m52d @ Lily Jang Real Estate

Former KHOU morning news anchor Lily Jang announced on Instagram that she is starting a new career with Lily Jang Real Estate, April 7, 2017. READ MORE

Alexis and Hunter Pence’s Eastwood Gamer Cafe Looking Ready for Swordplay

by Dan Singer @ Swamplot

Replica weaponry is now up on the white brick building at 1318 Telephone Rd. ahead of coffee shop Coral Sword’s planned opening in the space next month. Backed by former Houston Astro and self-professed video- and board-gamer Hunter Pence along with his wife Alexis, the venue will include communal gaming areas, a private podcast and […]… Read More

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic


Food Republic

Of all the places to find good Vietnamese food across the United States, two particular hotbeds stand out — Houston, Texas, and the wide swath of Orange Co

Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Introducing Texas Monthly Audio Books

by Tim Taliaferro @ Texas Monthly

A new partnership with Penguin Random House turns classic Texas Monthly stories into audio versions.

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Blind MasterChef cooks in the Underground kitchen

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Back in October, I was invited to collaborate with Alvin Schultz of MasterChef fame and cook at the Eat Drink Experience Underground. The Underground is a supper club based in Houston where each event is an intimate dining affair with a highly creative, themed tasting menu. For this particular collab, we did a brunch-themed tasting […]

Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

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