Travel

Finding a Spiritual Motherland in Punta Mita, Mexico

Every journey south of the border feels like coming home.

01/05/2017 By Loreta Kovacic

Essay

Botti, the Philosopher King of Montrose

The epicenter of Greek culture in Houston is found at a Shell station in Montrose.

12/07/2016 By Loreta Kovacic

Essay

The Critic's Notebook: Point of No Return

In a business based on novelty, repeat performances are rare.

12/01/2016 By Alice Levitt

H-Town Diary

Out of Despair, the Gift of Life

After losing her sister, one writer discovers a sense of peace.

11/21/2016 By Karen Abercrombie

Essay

The Critic's Notebook: On Eating Alone

Dining solo doesn't have to be lonely—especially if it's your job.

11/10/2016 By Alice Levitt

Essay

Smith's Opticians, a True Houston Treasure

If the eyes are the window to the soul, there's no more soulful place to frame them than Philip Brown's store in Midtown.

11/01/2016 By Loreta Kovacic

A Weighty Essay

The Critic's Notebook: How to Get Fat

When you eat for a living, it's not easy to keep the pounds off. Here's the secret.

10/20/2016 By Alice Levitt

ESSAY

The Critic's Notebook: Not All Food Is Good

We have the best job ever, but we have to take the bad with the delicious.

10/06/2016 By Alice Levitt

Essay

In Isaan, Following in the Footsteps of a Legendary Fighter

A journey to discover the roots of Muay Thai takes a Houston-based photographer halfway across the world.

09/27/2016 By Max Burkhalter

Open Road

Houstonasia: Traveling Abroad with Your Texas Mom

Once upon a time there was a son who dreamed of taking a trip to Asia with his mother, who did not want to go.

09/19/2016 By Scott Vogel

Essay

In Miami, Missing Houston

Don't take your hometown—or its Mexican food—for granted.

09/15/2016 By Glissette Santana

Essay

Astronaut Peggy's Pool Promenade

A behind-the-scenes visit with the queen of astronauts, Peggy Whitson, at NASA's watery NBL.

09/14/2016 By Loreta Kovacic

ESSAY

A Toast to Summer Mannequins

In Houston, it's not the parks or public places that store our truest treasures—it's the people.

09/02/2016 By Loreta Kovacic

Euro Pop

Eating Out in Houston: Culinary Adventures of a Newcomer

What does a newly transplanted European think of Space City dining?

07/22/2016 By Victoria Haneveer

Real Estate

In the First Ward, the Siren Sound of Freeways Beckons

If no one else wants that overgrown lot, I'll take it.

03/03/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Dr. Red Duke

How Dr. Red Duke Saved My Dad

The legendary Dr. Red Duke saved my father'’s life after a brutal stabbing—and saved my life, too.

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam

H-Town Diary

160 Countries and Counting

Why visit every country in the world? Because they’re there.

08/04/2015 By Bill Wiatrak

The Cyclist’s Guide to Houston

Me, Myself and Bike

Discovering the Houston that drivers never see

07/09/2015 By Kyle Nielsen as told to Sarah Rufca

H-Town Diary

Growing Up a Gamer Girl

To be a gamer and a girl is to inhabit a world packed with traps, landmines and adversaries all its own.

05/31/2015 Illustrations by Dan Page By Maggie Berardo

essay

In Praise of Kitsch

Houston is the town too busy for taste, where the only relevant question is, "Does it look cool?"

05/04/2015 By Cort McMurray