Arctic Panzer Wolf

Eerily quiet over here. Last week was a busy one with the juggernaut that is OTC in town, but things were going pretty smoothly until that last day. Sometimes you’re cruising along on one of those halcyon days, then suddenly…

Koninginnedag

Today, Amsterdam is awash in a sea of orange as the Dutch celebrate Queen’s Day as they have for over 100 years. Making this one extraordinary, however, is the abdication of Queen Beatrix and the accession to the throne of…

Bayou City Beer

It was a momentous day for Houston beer on Saturday, matched only by the severity of the torrential downpour that blew through town. The last few years have seen the proliferation of both food trucks and breweries in our fair…

Flip ‘n the Bird

Because who wants chicken from a Filipino food truck? Not that they don’t make it, and not that it wouldn’t be excellent, but when you’re going to splurge on fantastic food truck fare like that from Flip ‘n Patties, why…

Houston International Festival

According to recent reports, the Bayou City is now the most diverse in the United States, and the Houston International Festival has been celebrating that diversity for 43 years. The weather was perfect for the first of two iFest weekends,…

High Fidelity

There’s a scene in the movie High Fidelity where a customer comes in asking if the record store has “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for his daughter’s birthday. Barry (Jack Black) tells the customer no, because “well, it’s…

In de Wildeman

Amsterdam, Netherlands http://www.indewildeman.nl/ Bourdain visited during a layover. Google anything related to craft beer in the Dutch capital and In de Wildeman will invariably be listed. The Flying Dog Brewery in Maryland even saw fit to brew a special In…

Brouwerij de Molen

Bodegraven, Netherlands Walking the cramped streets of a city like Amsterdam is an apt microcosmic metaphor for the tightly packed European geography, especially those countries bordering the North Sea. Citizens grow up speaking the languages of their neighbors: Dutch, French,…

Brooklyn Brewery

Probably one of the most iconic New York breweries and, since it’s available in at least half the country, probably one of the better known in all of US craft beer, right up there with Stone and Dogfish Head, the…