July 31st, 2012

The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe: Can Man Live On Bread Alone?

The Sunflower Bakery has long been one of my go-to providers of the artisan bread and pastry. It was knea-deep in the carefully baked dough craze before everyone started bragging about their supplies from Kraftsmen and Slow Dough. That’s back in the last millenium. Whereas Slow Dough prizes the pretzel and Kraftsmen bolsters the baguette and bagel, Sunflower holds the challah, balla.

Like some of its newer competitors, Sunflower Bakery, too, offers more than the traditional baked goods. It stands to reason that the baker would know what best to put on their loaf. That’s foreseeing the potential in its entirety.

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— Richard

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June 27th, 2012

Pleasure Pier: Galveston’s Gulf Straddling Amusement Park

I usually try to shy away from the ol’ cell phone photo, but who would have thought I had a reason to pack up the DSLR on my trip to Galveston. Who wants shots of dried, brown kelp and green-ish beaches? The fact that Galveston’s Pleasure Pier was on the docket of activities had flown over my head… But even then, how interesting could an amusement park on a pier be?

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— Paul

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May 25th, 2012

Photo of the Week: Image Association

Let me start off by apologian’ (Kanye Speak) for the hiatus here on the The Loop Scoop. We’re sorry.

It’s beach season. If the weather isn’t proof enough, just voyage south on I-45 between Friday and Sunday. That’s four lanes of Mjölnir, folks. What’s Mjölnir? Oh, it’s just Thor’s immovable hammer.

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This picture by Candace Garcia got me thinking. So, today we’re playing Image Association. As cute as it is, my mind went elsewhere.

“Bullet With Butterfly Wings” – Perhaps more interesting than the association, is the fact that Billy Corgan had hair.

Fear and Loathing in Las VegasStephan took to driving with the top down, which prompted him to send me this. Clearly I’ve underestimated Stephan’s penchant for crazy.

Check out the rest of Candace Garcia’s photostream:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/candacegarcia/
Add your photos to our pool to be chosen for the Photo of the Week here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1312627@N25/pool/

— Richard

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December 1st, 2011

NEWScoop: Dirty Sand, Cougar Brand, a Coaching Hero, the Life of a Zero, and a Refrigerator FAIL

If I Want Dirty Sand, I’ll Go to Galveston, Thank You Very Much
The Lupe Tortilla on 59;  just in front of Academy, has removed its dirty, bits of glass box in favor of expansion. There’s a facebook page in protest. No one cares. It seems most patrons are in agreement—to Galveston it is… Visit SwampLot for more.

Cougar Brand on Burger, in Beer
Some local bars you may or may not have checked out (Baker St. Pub & Grills and Watson House of Ales), will be sprucing up with sporty specials on Saturday. What for? Why, because Houston’s own Cougars will be hitting Southern Miss in the mouth at 11AM for the Conference USA Championship. It’s Cougar Red beer and a “UH” charred burger. How’s that for alumni support… Visit 29-95 for more.

Man Down, Man On
One basketball coach in Hitchock did not hesitate when he noticed his team’s bus driver slumped at his post. In a flash of lightning, he grabbed the wheel like a rebound off the boards. Wound it correctly and kept the bus within the paint. Score… Visit KHOU for more.

Suspect Goes the Wrong Way in Life and Evasion
One man was not going to be pulled over by police officers for a simple traffic violation. He was on parole, probably heading for Se Wa Teneo, if I had to guess. In this case the man kept driving, eventually going the wrong way up Airline and then north bound on the south bound feeder of I-45… Visit KHOU for more.

Houston Robbery Suspect, a Student of Professor Henry Jones Jr.
A man robbing an ATM in the middle of the night, fled the scene as local authorities were tipped by an automatic alarm. He ran, but he could not hide. It seems he tried the old “hiding in a refrigerator to escape danger” trick, made famous by Indiana Jones. The lesson to learn? Refrigerators protect from atomic blasts, but not from the scent detection of HPD’s finest noses… Visit KHOU for more.

— The Loop Scoop

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August 23rd, 2011

NEWScoop: Coyotes and Sharks, Liars and Thieves? Ah, Forget It.

Amnesia, Cause to Celebrate Birthday Twice
Houston celebrates 175 years of L-I-V-I-N. The birthday festivity is to happen April 30th. Houston celebrates 175 years of L-I-V-I-N. The birthday festivity is to happen August 30th. Visit AmnesiaHouston for more on this story.

Save the Dogs, Howl at the Coyotes
Tommy, a pomeranian and native Houstonian, was attacked in Memorial Park by what appeared to be a coyote. It is assumed that the coyote mistook Tommy for a gopher or a rabbit due to its size and fluff factor. After narrowly escaping the attack, Tommy retired to his big soft pillow where he continues to lick his wounds, both physical and emotional. Visit Click2Houston for more on this story.

We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat
Shove over, Discovery Channel. Texas has landed its very own Shark Week worthy story. A father and his 9 year old son hooked a 7 foot shark off the coast of Galveston this past weekend. And just when BP assured us that it was safe to go back in the water… Visit Click2Houston for more on this story.

Sticking Feathers Up Your Butt Does Not Make You a City Worker
A confused man in Galveston has been roaming the streets checking imaginary water line ruptures. He’s been gaining access to private residences, disguised as a city employee. Be aware, a jump suit and baseball cap, do not government personnel make. Ask for cred. Visit MyFoxHouston for more on this story.

Thieves Are Scrappy for Sprinkles
Things are nutty. They always have been, don’t let anyone tell you differently. Thieves have been known to steal the copper from AC compressors, it seems now they have moved on to the adamantium in sprinkler heads. Metals are high priced in 2011, get what you can, when you can. Visit KHOU for more on this story.

KerriPaul / Richard

— The Loop Scoop

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January 25th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Oak Ridge Boys, Art and Wine Wednesday and Young Empires

We’re dissolving two of our favorite columns, Your Regular Scoop of Houston and Procrastinator’s Plan, and giving them a new look this year. Gone is the single serving of events in Houston. Here is a five-times-a-week battery of things to do. We will publish a few events every morning. If we’ve missed something let us know with an email to contact@theloopscoop.com or tweet at us @TheLoopScoop.

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— The Loop Scoop

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November 16th, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 11.16.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: Rick Lee and the Night Owls, The Spirituality of Vulnerability, Houston’s Farmer’s Market, Patrice Pike and an Irish Session, Zumba at Discovery Green, Robert Ellis & The Boys at Fitz, Harry Potter Midnight Madness, Sean Reefer & The Resin Valley Boys at the Continental Club, Foam Raiser with Saint Arnold and the Orange Show, Art Crawl 2010, Head to Froberg’s, Men’s Rugby: West Houston vs. Galveston, College Rugby: Rice vs. University of Dallas, and Real Pirates at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

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— Richard

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November 9th, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 11.9.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: DJ Sun at Onion Creek, Greetings from Houston, Madame Butterfly, Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab, Cinema Arts Festival Houston, Die Fliedermaus, B-52’s at the Grand, Head to Froberg’s, Men’s Rugby: HARC vs. BARC, College Rugby: Rice vs. Baylor, Antidote Third Anniversary Party, Real Pirates, and the Eyeopener Tour

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— Richard

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November 2nd, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 11.2.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: Greetings from Houston, Madame Butterfly, Robert Ellis and the Boys, Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab, Richard III at the University of Houston, Die Fliedermaus, New Orleans Night, Appleseed Cast and Analog Rebellion at Fitzgerald’s, Head to Froberg’s, Autumn Bazarr and Crafts, Rice Rugby vs. SHSU Rugby, Shady Tavern Chili Cook-off, Real Pirates, Ctrl+Art+Create, East Meets West – A Spiritual Dialog, and the Eyeopener Tour

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— Richard

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September 21st, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 9.21.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: Pop Up Art Show, Bernar Venet’s Monumental Sculptures, Runaway Sun at the Mucky Duck, the Smashing Pumpkins, Greetings from Houston, Brennan’s Ex-Crab-Aganza, Dialogues of a Disparate World, Great Israeli Opera Voices, Nobody Need to Know the Price of Your Saab, Red Buds Annual Membership Drive and Date Auction, Beyond the Frames with Vladimir Frumin, Saint Boniface’s Last Days, Exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center, Dante Marioni’s Glass Works, Bay Area Rugby vs. Galveston Rugby,  Rice Rugby Round Robin Tournament, UH Football vs. Tulane, and a Blood Driver for Pauline Droogleever

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— Richard

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