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Grey clouds threaded with lightning marked another evening of intermittent rain when I met Natasha Terrell at the French Quarter's Le Richelieu Hotel on Chartres Street. We were on a mission: to find out just how tall her grandmother's tales were.   Terrell grew up on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain and had always figured the older woma...

The Italian-American Marching Club's St. Joseph's Day Parade is Saturday, March 9, starting at 6 p.m. at Chartres and Canal streets. The parade marches through the French Quarter and Central Business District, with men passing out flowers in exchange for kisses or throwing beads from the new Rolling Cannoli float. After the parade, which ends on Co...

We barely got a chance to say goodbye to Barter, the just-closed restaurant on McKinney Avenue from brothers Patrick and Michael Halbert, and already we are saying hello to its replacement: Italian restaurant Patrizio.   A manager at the Patrizio in Highland Park Village confirmed that it would be relocating after its closure on February 28....

by JJ Velasquez   Steve Swindell said his business grew 47 percent from 2013 to 2014, but it was not long ago the Kyle restaurant owner had to go back to the drawing board. Swindell opened Panhandler's Pizza in Kyle in 2011, a buffet featuring Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. But he later realized it was not the right business model, he s...

Last June, in the midst of a European heat wave, I slowly made my way down through Italy over the course of three weeks. It was my first visit, and the food I tried in every town rendered me speechless. Until you eat Italian food in Italy, you just can't understand the magic and power of Italian ingredients and cooking traditions.   I have t...

At the Original Fiorellas' Cafe, tradition is everything. Though it sits in a nondescript strip mall on Franklin Avenue, the bright red and white awning with the signature script is an easy giveaway of what's in store.   Brothers Kelly and Calcie Fiorella opened the Gentilly restaurant in early 2016, pledging to honor their father's French Q...

Wine&Food Week, giunta alla sua dodicesima edizione, è l'evento culinario per eccellenza di Houston. Ogni anno attrae oltre 10.000 visitatori provenienti dall'intera area metropolitana, la quarta più grande d'America.   Extraordinary Italian Taste e Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, sono state protagoniste di numerosi eventi di...

by Connor Hyde Located at the corner of Louetta Road and separated by noisy traffic and developing shopping strips, a quaint lunch bistro adapts to the diversity of Houston by offering a blend of home style Italian entrees tangled with southeast Texas spice.Native Houstonian John Gentempo opened Cipresso Restaurant and Grille, at 11910 Louetta Roa...

When Ryan Mank moved to Albuquerque in 2012 he noticed that there was no resource for the martial art of classical fencing. There was a sport/modern fencing club. "But sport/modern is vastly different from traditional/classical," he says. "Nor is a club a school," he adds.   Ryan is an experienced, board certified instructor in the tradition...

Avo has a one-of-a-kind setting deep in its Uptown neighborhood, where the courtyard dining room, flickering candles and overarching trees make the space feel like a town square (with a retractable roof when the weather doesn't cooperate). Still, the really distinctive draw is chef Nick Lama's contemporary ideas for high-end Italian cuisine.  ...

Kari and I both have loved going to Bari's for great Italian food for years. It's a local staple in Kari's life and she even has a sister who will drive an hour from Mansfield just for their delicious rolls.   But we realize that perhaps not everyone is as familiar with Bari's as we are! So, this week we decided to take on a Flower Mound ins...

Especially for first place winners, Nathaniel Pittman and teammate John Wright who walked away with $300 prize money. (Bravo, Ragazzi!) Fourteen teams took to the courts at Haynes Park in Rio Rancho on April 18 and 19 and gave each other a run for the money.   Some were new players who practiced hard for weeks before. Others were veterans of...