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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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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 ...


Houston's Best Summer Foods

Houston's best summer foods: These underrated delights stave off the food coma

By Marene Gustin

When I was little the taste of summer was mostly about ice-cold watermelon slices, Mom’s yellow mustard potato salad with cold fried chicken and Creamsicles. Now it’s about ...


Dogs & People Food

Gourmet people food and ice water are great for dogs — no matter what the Internet alarmists say

By Marene Gustin

This week's column has been hijacked by my dog. Hi. Fernando the Chihuahua here. I am writing because of the viral post circulating on social media that claims giving ...


Houston's Best Brunch Spots

Houston's Best Brunch spots: Top restaurants make breakfast and lunch a gourmet party

By Marene Gustin

Before moving to Houston, I'd probably been to a nail salon and valet parked but they certainly weren’t regular things. But they are now. As is Sunday brunch ...


Foodie School Lessons

Going to Foodie School: The best restaurant summer classes — from hot date hookups to grilling lessons

By Marene Gustin

Last week the Whataburger across the street was closed for remodeling. I thought I might starve to death. Not really, there were plenty of dining options. The First Monday of ...


Taking On Punky Food Writers

Old school Houston restaurants take a stand against young punk food writers: Bringing back the classics

By Marene Gustin

After my recent rant on old school eats Vallone’s posted a blog about its French onion soup. The meat stock is cooked for four days and although it sounds ...


Perfect Foodie Summer Plans

Your perfect foodie summer plan: The best books, food trucks, beer, food porn and crazy strong garlic bread

By Marene Gustin

The inside of my boho bag smells like garlic. The reason for this was a lunch at Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino where I ate a delicious plate of tortelli ...


Lost Restaurant Dishes

Great lost restaurant dishes that need to be brought back: Kill the gourmet mac and cheese for these

By Marene Gustin

While dining on some delicious baked oysters at Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen the other day, I began to think about why some classic dishes are found on a ...


Food for Thought

Liquid gold: Best places for chile con queso — the national snack food of Texas

By Marene Gustin

In honor of Cinco de Mayo — a Mexican holiday co-opted by white, yuppie Americans as a day to drink massive amounts of tequila — let’s all raise a corn chip ...


Horrid Restaurant Trend

New York restaurant trend of charging for bread absolutely stinks: Houston's best free bread rocks

By Marene Gustin

So, this is happening. At least in New York. According to this New York Times article, free bread and water are becoming a thing of the past at some New ...


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