The murky Gulf Coast doesn't exactly conjure images of the Mediterranean, but being the foodie city that it is, Houston sure puts its footprint on the region's staple fare. Greek-style chargrilled octopus? Houston has it. Street eats from lamb gyro and falafel to za'atar spiced flatbreads? Houston has it. Impossibly smooth, oh-so dreamy hummus? Houston has that, too. The Bayou City's finest Mediterranean restaurants have it all. If you're ready to delight your taste buds, here's where to find the best Mediterranean food in Houston. Al Quick Stop Don't be fooled by its no-frills exterior. This neighborhood bodega has been a Montrose staple for more than 30 years, adding a second outpost in the Heights last year. Work your way through its stable of Mediterranean street eats: shawarma and pickles wrapped in warm pita with a slather of zippy garlic sauce; beef and lamb gyro in bowls, wraps or piled high on top of fries with a drizzle of hot sauce and tzatziki; and a silky … [Read more...] about Where to get your Mediterranean food fix in Houston
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The trajectory of filmmaker Joanna Hogg's career has been a stately procession to prominence, an unhurried pace that matches the rhythms of her work. Hogg's breakthrough came in 2019, when Martin Scorsese executive produced her fourth theatrical feature, The Souvenir , after he stumbled upon her second, Archipelago . Before that, she had a difficult time getting a foothold on screens outside her native Britain. Maybe her films seemed too British to play abroad, in the same way that those of Yasujiro Ozu—one of her key influences—were deemed perhaps too Japanese to travel. At the same time, Hogg's lifelong ambivalence about British social realism put her on a rockier path than contemporaries like Andrea Arnold and Lynne Ramsay, who used the kitchen sink drama as a launching pad for their careers. Beginning with The Souvenir , Hogg adopted a self-reflexive mode of storytelling. That film and its sequel told the loosely autobiographical story of Julie Harte, a film student in … [Read more...] about ‘The Eternal Daughter’ gives Tilda Swinton the dual role of her career
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 15 RAMAPO, N.Y. (AP) — Multiple injuries were reported Thursday when a school bus crashed into a house and another vehicle in a suburb north of New York City. The crash happened just before 9 a.m. in the village of New Hempstead in Rockland County, according to Ramapo Police Sgt. Andre Sanchez. Video broadcast by television news stations and photos posted on social media showed a yellow school bus resting against a house alongside an overturned car. A path of torn up ground and broken tree limbs stretched up a hill behind the bus. The impact appeared to have crushed the engine compartment on the bus and torn away part of the home's siding. News reports said several children and the bus driver were taken to hospitals for treatment. Police did not immediately release details on the severity of their injuries. … [Read more...] about School bus crashes in New York suburb; injuries reported
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 On a rural two-lane road 24 miles southwest of Austin, there's a blue and white pickup truck parked in front of a large silo that sits outside a 9,000-square-foot industrial building with brown metal siding and brick flourishes. This unassuming building is the home of Desert Door Distillery . On weekend afternoons, the distillery's expansive patio is overflowing with people sipping drinks, listening to live music and enjoying bites from a food truck parked on the property that deals in meals made with wild game. How did a remote Texas distillery located in the unincorporated community of Driftwood ( population: 106) become a hot hangout? It has plenty to do with the smoky spirit that's the speciality of Desert Door Distillery: sotol, which happens to be booming in popularity right now . What is sotol, anyway? Sotol is a distilled spirit made from the … [Read more...] about Desert Door Distillery: A Texas sotol powerhouse in a town of 106
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.