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Marene Gustin

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Marene Gustin writes about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts and even Lone Star politics and crime for magazines, newspapers and Web sites nationwide. She has more than 20 years experience as a print, television and Internet journalist. Her humorous Food for Thought column on CultureMap combines the inside scoop on Houston dining with perspectives you won't find anywhere else.

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Turducken Fever

Inside the Turducken cult: The real history of how a damn Frankenstein bird took over the holidays

By Marene Gustin

“It’s like the perfect storm of your top three edible birds!” cries Dean Winchester after chomping down on a Pepperjack Turducken Slammer. If you’re a fan of Supernatural ...


Houston's Secret Cocktails

Houston restaurants up their drink game: Secret cocktails and hard liquor for Thanksgiving

By Marene Gustin

Planning your Thanksgiving Day menu? Sure, you’ll want some wine to go with the turkey and fixings, maybe a Beaujolais Nouveau if you’re a fan of the new ...


Best Foodie Websites

Online foodie dreams: The best websites for food lovers looking to give

By Marene Gustin

OK, Halloween is over, the costumes are put away and you’ve eaten all the candy. Well, at least the good stuff, no one likes those hard candies. So maybe ...


Halloween Candy Wine Pairings

The perfect wine pairings for Halloween candy: Who says treats can't be classy? Make that Snickers sing

By Marene Gustin

Planning a little boo bash this week? A soiree with spooky spirits, or maybe you’ll just sit home alone, in the dark, watch a horror movie marathon and eat ...


Foodie Nightmare: Pumpkin Craze

Foodie nightmare: The pumpkin craze is completely out of control, but there still are some worthy dishes

By Marene Gustin

I blame Starbucks. Really, wasn't it the first to trot out the pumpkin spice latte as a seasonal drink? And now things have gotten out of hand. Today we ...


Scary Chef Secrets

Foodie Halloween: Houston's top chefs reveal their scary secrets and most tantalizing treats

By Marene Gustin

Tony’s head chef Kate McLean — the recent winner of the Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge — is mostly found in her chef whites, but this month she’ll ...


Restaurant Closing Shocks

Foodie shock waves: Houston restaurant closings and openings that are changing the city

By Marene Gustin

I am rereading a fascinating book called The Ice Box Murders. First published in 2003 it is now available as an eBook on Amazon. It was written by locals Hugh ...


Major Restaurant Troubles

Five major Houston restaurant problems — and how to fix them

By Marene Gustin

It takes a lot to have a successful restaurant, particularly in Houston where almost everyone is a foodie and the competition for dining dollars is fierce. But there are few ...


Grossest Movies Ever

The grossest food movies of all time: It's a new definition of horror

By Marene Gustin

I think we can all agree that Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey can be added to the list of our favorite food movies. Beautiful stories, incredible food cinema, they justly ...


Dining Solo At Top Restaurants

Dining solo at Houston's top restaurants: A party of one is no shame in this foodie city

By Marene Gustin

Dining out alone has definitely lost any stigma it once had. According to this article from the Today show more than half of eating occasions are now solo ones. Frankly ...


Restaurant Pet Peeves

The biggest restaurant pet peeves: From portion sizes to drink sins, it's enough to drive a diner batty

By Marene Gustin

I came upon this article by food writer Kevin “The Mighty Rib” Shalin about his Top 10 restaurant pet peeves. I can’t say I’ve really had a problem ...


High-Tech Restaurant Trend

Houston restaurants jump into hot technology trend: Twins Peaks & fine dining spots want you to plug in

By Marene Gustin

The City of Houston has several, at libraries and other facilities. You’ll also find them at car dealerships and increasingly at grocery stores like Kroger (Disco Kroger has one ...


Houston's Secret Menus

Houston's secret menus: How to get what you really want from top restaurants

By Marene Gustin

A recent Whataburger run started out like this. Me: And I want some of that chicken finger gravy for my fries. Him: Will they sell me that without buying the ...


Pie & Cake Restaurant Fight

Pie and cake restaurant fight has Houston chefs and foodies choosing sides

By Marene Gustin

Pie, pie me oh my. Nothing tastes sweet, wet, salty and dry all at once, o’ well it's pie. Apple! Pumpkin! Minced an' wet bottom. Come to your place ...


Restaurant Weeks' Tipping Debate

Houston Restaurant Weeks' tipping debate: And why most waitresses & waiters love the event (no, really)

By Marene Gustin

So how many restaurants have you sampled this month? Houston Restaurant Weeks is in full swing. One of the greatest things to happen on the Houston dining scene, this fundraiser ...


No Reservations Controversy

The No Reservations restaurant controversy: Is it good or bad for business — and foodies?

By Marene Gustin

No Reservations isn’t just the name of an Anthony Bourdain TV show. It also seems to be a growing trend among some restaurants. I don’t have a problem ...


Houston's Perfect Eggs

Houston's most perfect eggs: New Menil cafe chef reveals his hard-won secrets

By Marene Gustin

Ah, the egg: A perfect meatless protein found in almost every home and available to eat in a multitude of ways. The American Egg Board claims that one large egg ...


Cajun Charity

Cajun chain joins restaurant do-gooders changing Houston's late-summer dining scene

By Marene Gustin

 There’s more than one reason to eat at Ragin’ Cajun and its fancier sister LA Bar these days. Oh sure, there’s the crawfish and shrimp cooked in the ...


Sauce Up A Great Meal

Eating naked isn't all it's cracked up to be: How to really sauce up a great meal

By Marene Gustin

To sauce or not to sauce? A really good quality steak, properly cooked, should stand by itself. A nice Akaushi or Black Angus filet mignon really needs nothing more than ...


Foodie Fish Shocker

Foodie fish shocker: Why top restaurants are abandoning the ocean wild for . . . farming

By Marene Gustin

Have you seen the story on Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji fish market? CBS Sunday Morning first ran it back in March but reran it recently. It totally made me hungry ...


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