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Amy Chien


After deciding she was so over being an architect, Amy pursued her real dream of eating anything and everything. She types out contracts for the Menil Collection with her right hand while she eats with her left (she is a southpaw, after all).

She has tried almost every restaurant, bar, and cafe in Houston, and now she wants to tell you all about them!

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Restaurants Worth A Drive

Destination dining near Houston: These restaurants are worth traveling for

By Amy Chien

Make no mistake: I'm a die hard Houstonian and love everything about this town. For good reasons, three Houston neighborhoods made it to CNN Money's Best Places to ...

Bar Closings

Popular lesbian bar closes, but owners vow to reopen in new location

By Amy Chien

Trying to find a lesbian bar in Houston seems at times like going on the quest for the holy grail. Chances shut down in late 2010 when owner Nick Vastakis ...

Underrated Brunch Spots

Great under the radar Houston brunch and breakfast restaurants: Don't eat another boring breakfast

By Amy Chien

Even with the plethora of Sunday funday restaurants, I flock to the same old eggs benedict/French toast/pancake/bottomless mimosas options every week. One Sunday, I had an epiphany ...

Ultimate Chinese New Year Guide

The best places to celebrate Chinese New Year: The restaurants, drinks and shows you don't want to miss

By Amy Chien

I have a friend who is not only very into astrology, but also into Chinese zodiac signs. She would often say things like "Ah, you are a playful monkey!" It ...

Gay Restaurants & Bars

Houston's gay-friendliest restaurants and bars: New faves and old haunts make the scene

By Amy Chien

We’re lucky in Houston. I can’t think off the top of my head of any bars or restaurants that aren’t gay-friendly (although I’m sure there are ...

Best Bars to Watch BCS

Where to watch college football's biggest game: 5 top bars to cheer on Auburn or Florida State

By Amy Chien

Any sports bar worth its salt will be showing the BCS Championship game Monday night. With a promise of no Heisman Hangover from Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and the ...

Cheapskate's Guide

Cheapskate's guide to a fun time: Eat, drink and party every night of the week for next to nothing

By Amy Chien

Whether you’re a yuppie, a student partying on a string or looking for an early bird special, everyone loves a good deal. Drinks, eats and entertainment can really add ...

Your Halloween Guide

Slut-O-Ween roars: Houston's sexiest Halloween parties, crazy restaurant deals and wild treats

By Amy Chien

Not sure what to do on what Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls calls “the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls ...

A Paris Bar For Houston

New Washington Ave bar aims to channel Paris' night club scene — miniature Eiffel Tower included

By Amy Chien

A bartender at Anvil once told me that you can tell a customer’s personality by where they stand at the bar. If they stand near the entrance, they’re ...

CultureMap Exclusive

A hot taco spot is opening a new Houston restaurant on Westheimer row

By Amy Chien

UPDATE 10/18: La Fendee remains open and owners have told long-time customers they have no plans to close the longtime Montrose restaurant that serves Middle Eastern food and is ...

Personal Trainer For Your Pet

Help Fido shape up: New River Oaks business matches a personal trainer with your pet

By Amy Chien

From the billionaires-funded donut shop to the abrupt shuttering of a neighborhood coffee house, retail changes continue to abound in River Oaks. The latest addition to the scene is River ...

Austin invades Houston again

The Austin-ization of Houston continues: Doc's will soon be in the house

By Amy Chien

Looks like yet another Austin joint will be making the trek to H-Town. Doc's Bar & Grill has announced on its Facebook page that it will be taking over the ...

Partiers Rejoice!

Shake your booty! Austin's favorite dance dive bar is headed to Houston

By Amy Chien

Imagine my excitement this weekend when Barbarella, the much loved Austin dive-y dance club, announced its expansion to Houston. Barbarella will take over Status, a dance club near Midtown, which ...

Drink Up

Houston's top restaurants embrace summer's scorch, break out special cocktail and food pairings

By Amy Chien

There’s something about alcohol-induced comas in the summer heat that really make the South the South. Even though mint juleps are my personal favorite summer (or any-time) cocktail, I ...

Paleo Dining Choices

Houston restaurants join paleo and gluten-free craze with lots of tasty dishes

By Amy Chien

Back in college, there was a girl who people secretly nicknamed Ball of Nerves (referred to as BON from here on out). She was by nature a nervous little creature ...

Drinking on a Dime

Cocktails for less than $1: Crazy cheap drink deals at top Houston restaurants and bars

By Amy Chien

Sometimes you want to go cheap. I mean really cheap. I had my first experience with the famous “Dollar Wells” recently at Cecil’s Pub. It was . . . interesting. I love ...

Hot Bikini Buzz

Bikini Season 101: How to stay sane and love your hot body — no fat questions allowed

By Amy Chien

I know what you’re thinking. “If I have to read one more article about how bikini season is among us, I will kill myself.” Diet fad headlines scream out ...

Cool Restaurant Surprises

New Houston restaurant dishes that wow: Hotter temps means cool dining

By Amy Chien

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve noticed the alarmingly escalating temperatures in our beloved city. As we approach the unbearable mosquito dictatorship that marks a full-blown ...

Downtown's Restaurant Rebirth

Another new downtown bar and gourmet coffee shop are in the works: Pick your new Poison

By Amy Chien

Lovers of dive-bar favorite Poison Girl rejoice: A service industry insider tells us that husband-and-wife team of Scott Walcott and Miriam Carrillo is having a fourth child — bar/cafe wise ...

The Best Party Brunches

The best party brunches in Houston: When the morning after needs to have a groove

By Amy Chien

There are two kinds of people in the world: The kind who cures a hangover with an Advil, and the kind who cures a hangover with a Bloody Mary. Me ...

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