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Eating What Your Ancestors Ate: Combating Obesity Through Heritage

Posted on · Many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and/or lose weight. In 2009, a Department of Health and Human Services report found that 71 percent of African Americans in Houston were obese. To combat that, a non-profit organization called Oldways has created an African Heritage Diet Pyramid, a healthy eating model designed specifically for African Americans. […]

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of 2013 in Houston News

Posted on · As 2013 comes to a close we take a look back at The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news in 2013. We’ll look at the interesting stories in: politics, food, arts and culture and sports. Our discussions include: Politics: A mayor’s race that wasn’t as close as many thought, the rise of […]

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Feeding Hungry Houstonians: Not Just a Holiday Issue

Posted on · While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children. We discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, and throughout the year with Agency […]

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Small Businesses, World AIDS Day and Did the Patriots Cheat? Houston Matters for Mon., Dec. 2, 2013

Posted on · Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this was a big weekend for holiday shoppers. It was also a big weekend for small businesses in Houston. That’s because Small Business Saturday encourages customers to shop local. So today, we’re taking a look at how small businesses are faring in Houston. Are they thriving or dying out? How […]

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Don’t Ruin Your Turkey: Thanksgiving Meal Advice from the Pros

Posted on · In case you haven’t been paying attention-surprise! – Thanksgiving is on Thursday. Many of you have already flooded the grocery stores and started prepping for your Thanksgiving meal, which may include anything from sweet potato casserole to pumpkin pie. But, let’s face it: The turkey is the real star of the show. And unless you […]

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The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston

Posted on · And the folks behind My Table magazine have published a third edition of The Ultimate Food Lover’s Guide to Houston. We’ll talk with editor Teresa Byrne-Dodge about the guide, and about the seemingly ever-growing array of restaurants, bakeries, butchers, fishmongers, markets and pubs in Greater Houston.

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Nov. 14, 2013

Posted on · Back in the early 1980s, about six or seven percent of Houstonians did not affiliate themselves with any religion. Today, that number has nearly doubled. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider what this trend means for established religious institutions in Houston, and the services they provide, now and in the future. We’ll welcome your […]

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New Magazine Illustrates Gulf Coast Culture Through Food

Posted on · There are plenty of publications out there covering food in Houston – from restaurant openings to food trucks to recipes. But a new quarterly publication called Sugar and Rice hopes to take writing about food in Greater Houston and turn it on its head – to not just write about food, but to illustrate life […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

Posted on · There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched […]

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Dress Codes in Houston

Posted on · A pair of Houston area McDonald’s restaurants in recent weeks have displayed signs encouraging customers to pull up their pants. It got us thinking: How do Houstonians feel about dress codes? We know some schools employ uniforms, some swanky restaurants may require jackets, many offices prefer business casual attire, but may dress down on Fridays. […]

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50 Restaurants That Define Houston Dining

Posted on · Houstonia Magazine recently published its list of the 50 Restaurants That Define Houston Dining. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin went to one of the restaurants on the list — Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar in The Heights — with writers Katharine Shilcutt and Robb Walsh to learn why they chose the restaurants they did and what kinds of eateries […]