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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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Houston's Best Chefs Unplugged

Inside the minds of Houston's best chefs: Top burger guru, dessert queen & more share their reading habits

By Marene Gustin

I have always been an avid reader, a lover of books. There was a time I went to the city library every week, checking out four or five books: Biographies ...


Restaurant Menu

Restaurant menu controversies rear their ugly head: Fonts, size and iPads create problems

By Marene Gustin

I recently saw a cartoon where a waiter was serving a table and said, “May I present you with the wine list and a hand-picked selection of reading glasses?” I ...


Oil Barrel Special Revived

Restaurant revives Oil Barrel Special and makes headlines again: 3-course dinner for the price of crude

By Marene Gustin

Here’s the lede to my recent Food for Thought column: Steve Zimmerman, owner of La Colombe d’Or, the fabulous historic boutique hotel and classic restaurant now known as ...


Food for Thought

'80s redux: Will the drop in the price of oil hurt — or help — Houston restaurants?

By Marene Gustin

Steve Zimmerman, owner of La Colombe d’Or, the fabulous historic boutique hotel and classic restaurant now known as Cinq, made national headlines during the 1980s oil bust by offering ...


Houston's Best Brunch Drinks

Houston's best brunch drinks: Crazy good coffee cocktails are shaking up the breakfast-lunch world

By Marene Gustin

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to entertain more . . . why not think brunch? Hosting a weekend brunch for family and friends can be as elegant or as ...


Houston's Sex Food

Food that spices up your sex life takes off in Houston: New trends are hot, global and erotic

By Marene Gustin

What will you be eating in 2015? Well, whatever it is, it’ll probably be pretty spicy. In the 15th annual McCormick Flavor Forecast things look hot for 2015 — hot ...


World's Worst Mystery Meat

The world's worst best mystery meat: The secret to enjoying . . . Spam

By Marene Gustin

I’m having lunch at home today and I don’t mean I’m going down to the corner and bringing back Whataburger. No. I’m actually cooking lunch, although ...


Best Christmas Restaurants

Houston's best Christmas restaurants: Where to eat right now to be holiday wowed

By Marene Gustin

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . Well, not at my house exactly. There’s a wreath on the window, holiday placemats on the table and a poinsettia ...


Food for Thought

Winter Whites: These great wines are winners — at Christmas or any time of the year

By Marene Gustin

Luckily, no one ever said not to drink whites after Labor Day. Unlike wearing white, drinking white wines in the winter is perfectly respectable. Even the adage of drinking white ...


Insider Restaurant Tips

Insider Restaurant Tips: Houston's meat mecca chef shares his holiday favorites

By Marene Gustin

Some people love the Thanksgiving Day meal so much they need a second round during the holidays. “We usually repeat the meal for Christmas Day,” says restaurateur Johnny Carrabba, “the ...


Thanksgiving Food Secrets

Houston's Thanksgiving food secrets: Making the meal sing has little to do with those overrated turkeys

By Marene Gustin

Thanksgiving Day is about family, friends and food. Lots of food. Most people have their own traditions for the holiday. Maybe you spend hours in the kitchen preparing a feast ...


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 ...


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