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Houston, Texas & beyond

April 25, 2019

Cash only places are my favorite because they usually promise to be worth the hassle of stopping by a Wells Fargo ATM. That's right folks, Restaurante Monte Cristo in Houston's Second Ward is cash only! Unlike many places in the encroaching "East Downtown...

April 22, 2019

From the very first page Oyinkan Braithwaite's novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer, is fast-paced and fueled by anxiety, resentment and suspense. Just shy of 230 pages, Braithwaite's tale of sisters in crime is a unique work of fiction that, at its core, contem...

April 18, 2019

This week's Taqueria Thursday post is a special edition of Taco Truck Chronicles! Find out why El Taconazo is the perfect drive-in-and-eat-off-the-trunk-of-your-car spot!

April 15, 2019

As I read my way through Sadie by Courtney Summers, I began to think of other stories I'd read about young women and girls faced with difficult lives, families, and choices. I have chosen three read-alikes with similar young female characters who are faced with ada...

April 11, 2019

Believe it or not, chips and salsa is a Tex-Mex tradition. Though salsa has its roots in ancient mesoamerica, its current incarnation as a dip took years of agricultural and cultural evolution. With that being said, do not expect to be served chips and salsa at Taqueri...

April 8, 2019

Sadie is a story of a girl on a mission. She has run away from home in search of the man who killed her younger sister. Sadie is a strong young woman who has suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of her mother's boyfriend, Keith, and her own mother, Claire.

April 4, 2019

If you're looking for a quiet restaurant with a huge menu to choose from, then visit Doña Chela's during the week and you'll be pleasantly satisfied.

April 2, 2019

Land's writing is gripping as she describes the physical and emotional labor involved in balancing the facts of her life with cleaning the houses of people who do not know or care that she exists, just that she does a good job. I shared in her desperation and hopel...

April 1, 2019

My favorite part of Mason Park has always been walking the path along Brays Bayou towards 75th Street to catch a glimpse of the downtown skyline. It is here where you are reminded where you are: just shy of 6 miles from the city's center and walking alongside one o...

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