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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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Waiter Wars

Waiter Wars: Server shortage has Houston restaurants scrambling for good help as pros jump around

By Marene Gustin

There’s a plethora of places to eat getting ready to open right now, from Grant Cooper Concepts' SaltAir Seafood Kitchen to Hunky Dory, and most of them have hung ...


Food for Thought

Food fight pits junk food-obsessed Ag commissioner against advocates for healthy school lunches

By Marene Gustin

I remember when school lunch was an apple and a tuna salad sandwich in a brown paper bag that mom sent me out the door with. But times and tastes ...


Chef Pet Peeves

Chef pet peeves: How diners annoy some of the best restaurants in Houston

By Marene Gustin

“What annoys me most is when we create a dish with several flavor profiles and the guest wants to completely reconstruct the dish, asking the server if we would take ...


Food for Thought

Delicious photos: How to take food pics that don't ruin everyone's appetite — or totally annoy your neighbor

By Marene Gustin

You do it. You know you do. Everyone does, it seems. I’m talking about taking photos of your food with your iPhone and posting them on social media. It ...


Food for Thought

Houston's wild April Fools restaurant: Owner's been fighting a sign war — and over pouring — for decades

By Marene Gustin

Khyber North Indian Grill on Richmond Avenue in Upper Kirby turned 21 this April Fools' Day. If it were a person, it now would be legally able to drink the ...


Food for Thought

The Craziest Easter Drink Ever: You've never seen Peeps used like this before (not suitable for children)

By Marene Gustin

We certainly don’t need any April showers after the recent rain we’ve had, but we do need two things for April: Peeps and gin. Sunday, April 5 is ...


Ice Cream Wars

Ice Cream Wars: Blue Bell launches another new flavor as its competitors risk brain freeze with wild choices

By Marene Gustin

So Texas’ little creamery up the road has a new flavor of ice cream. Blue Bell Creameries just launched Milk & Cookies, a dessert that combines those two popular flavors — chocolate ...


Hot New Brunch Trend

Houston's hot new brunch trend is shaking up the city's restaurant scene: Eat bolder on the weekends

By Marene Gustin

So. Sunday morning. You finally roll out of bed, grab that first cup of Joe and maybe spread out the Sunday Times and switch on CBS Sunday Morning. (Best TV ...


Houston's Best Pot Pies

Houston's Best Pot Pies: Those frozen boxed horrors & Boston Market cannot compare to inventive chef visions

By Marene Gustin

Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing; No. Just hell no. I like a good meat pie as much ...


Food for Thought

Look Better Naked on National Margarita Day — that's just one of many ways to celebrate classic drink

By Marene Gustin

Let us all raise a glass of tequila on Sunday for that is National Margarita Day. A day to celebrate the classic drink of Tex-Mex and Mexican food, a concoction ...


Best Foods Bucket List

Bucket list of world's best foods includes Houston restaurants: What would you choose?

By Marene Gustin

Have you ever read a description of a dish, a restaurant or an ingredient and thought, ‘man, I’d love to try that?’ ” Then 1,000 Foods to Eat Before ...


Food for Thought

Death meals become a hot topic among foodies: When the last supper is a game

By Marene Gustin

According to the Bible, Jesus’ last supper contained wine and bread. Not bad. There’s some scholarly debate as to whether or not it was a Passover meal, which means ...


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 ...


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