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“Restaurant: Impossible” Episode Featuring Habanera & The Guero Airing Tonight

Posted: May 21, 2020 at 12:26 pm   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

Habanera & The Guero at 9902 Gulf Freeway, which is owned by Vanessa Lomeli and Ben Downing, received a $10,000 makeover from Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible“, as well as from craftspeople and fans recruited to help. Tonight, the resulting episode — the first of “Restaurant: Impossible” season 17 and entitled “Fixing a Family in […]

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Chef Hori at Kata Robata

Houston 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists Prominent in New Texas Region

Posted: February 26, 2020 at 10:07 am   /   Chefs You Should Know, Featured, Houston in the Spotlight, News

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2020 Restaurant and Chef Awards. It seems that Houston’s culinary professionals reaped the benefits of Texas being named its own region for the James Beard Foundation Awards. This is the first time the Lone Star State and California are standalone regions for award consideration.  The […]

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Enchiladas Rojo at Habanera & The Guero

Houston Mexican Restaurant Is Receiving A “Restaurant: Impossible” Makeover

Posted: January 20, 2020 at 3:55 pm   /   Featured, Houston in the Spotlight, Houston Restaurants to Know, News

Habanera & The Guero at 9902 Gulf Freeway, and owned by Vanessa Lomeli and Ben Downing, has earned many fans over its five-year tenure, including the Houston Chronicle restaurant critic, Alison Cook, who first reviewed it (under its prior name, Habanera & The Gringo) in 2015. From 2016 through 2018, Cook also placed it on her […]

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Chef Chris Shepherd's Korean Braised Goat & Dumplings

A Houston Celebrity Chef is Soon Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Posted: November 29, 2019 at 4:11 pm   /   Houston in the Spotlight, News

Local celebrity chef and owner Chris Shepherd of Houston restaurants One Fifth, UB Preserv and Georgia James recently published his first cookbook, Cook Like a Local. He’s now getting an opportunity to share it with a national audience. On Tuesday, December 3, Shepherd is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and demonstrating a dish from the […]

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Film Featuring Cambodian-Owned, Houston-Area Donut Shops Wins Award

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 9:16 am   /   Food & Drink Festivals, Houston in the Spotlight, News

According to a new short documentary, as many as 95-percent of the doughnut shops in Texas are likely owned and operated by Cambodians. For the approximately one million of those lucky enough to escape the brutal Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979, it represented a way to earn a living in the United States. […]

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