State Rep. Jason Villalba Pleads Once Again for Sriracha to Bring Operations to Texas

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Rep. Jason Villalba is once again trying to bring the troubled Sriracha plant to Texas.
In January, we told you about Texas state representative Jason Villalba and his quest to convince Huy Fong Foods, Inc. to move to our fair state. At that time, complaints from the city of Irwindale, California, where the plant that makes Sriracha is located, threatened to force the company to halt production of the addictive red hot sauce because of the fumes that were purportedly affecting citizens in the community.

Villalba got wind (so to speak) of the issue, and sent a letter to David Tran, chief executive officer of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., inviting him to move the plant to Texas: "As a public official and a corporate attorney for small businesses, I am extremely troubled by excessive government interference in the operations of private, job-creating businesses like Huy Fong Foods. You have worked too hard and have helped too many people to let government bureaucrats shut down your thriving business."

Huy Fong, Sriracha and Villalba are back in the news this week, as the Irwindale City Council passed a resolution deeming Huy Fong Foods "a public nuisance."

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The Most Underrated Restaurants in Houston...According to You

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Recently, we stumbled across CultureMap's article about the most overrated restaurants in Houston. In it, Eric Sandler called out Uchi, Underbelly, Mark's, Mai's, Haven, The Breakfast Klub, Torchy's Tacos, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Houston's and Reef as restaurants whose "execution doesn't quite match their rhetoric or commensurate level of hype."

Ouch.

As one might expect, the article created a lot of hubbub, but it also got people talking and engaged in infantile intelligent online conversations. While we're choosing to stay mum on what we might consider overrated restaurants in Houston (Why can't we all just get along?!), it got us thinking: What would Houstonians consider to be the most underrated restaurants in town? Which hidden gems do folks wish would get their proper due?

No, really, tell us!

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State Representative to Sriracha CEO: Relocate to Texas

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Rep. Jason Villalba wants to bring the troubled Sriracha plant to Texas.
By now we've all heard about the ongoing saga of the Huy Fong Sriracha plant, which was forced to temporarily shut down part of its production due to complaints from nearby residents about fumes emanating from the plant. We've moaned and groaned and wrung our hands, fearful that we might be deprived of the spicy red sauce on which we've grown so dependent. And we've whined a lot. Could California be losing a great thing?

The Texas state representative for House District 114, which encompasses part of northern Dallas, isn't content to sit back and wait for the Sriracha shortage to grip the nation. Instead, he's gotten proactive, inviting David Tran, chief executive officer of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., to move the plant to Texas.

On Tuesday, Rep. Jason Villalba sent a letter to Tran in which he wrote, "As a public official and a corporate attorney for small businesses, I am extremely troubled by excessive government interference in the operations of private, job-creating businesses like Huy Fong Foods. You have worked too hard and have helped too many people to let government bureaucrats shut down your thriving business."

Amen to that!

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Connor Barwin Wants You at the Houston Web Awards (w/ VIDEO)

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Today's the last day to submit your nominations for the best and brightest in Houston's online community. You have until 5 p.m. this afternoon to nominate in over 30 categories for the 2012 Houston Web Awards sponsored by Houston Press.

Then all that's left to do is come on June 28 to the House Of Dereon when we present the second annual Houston Web Awards to the winners. All the cool kids are going to be there. No, really. Cool kids like Houston Texan Connor Barwin and local rap legend Bun B will be presenting awards to the winners.

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Write for Eating Our Words

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It's that time again. Eating Our Words is in the market for some new bloggers. We're looking for writers with interests along these lines: restaurant news and gossip, local dining discoveries, special events like wine dinners, classes and pop-up brunches, home cooking, interesting grocery story finds, gardening, and food in pop culture. Bloggers are expected to provide photographs with their entries. Does this sound like the gig for you? Send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to Catherine dot Matusow at Houstonpress.com.

Wanted: Spring 2012 Journalism Interns!

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Calling all journalism students! The Houston Press is recruiting undergraduate journalism and communications students for its Spring 2012 internship program.

By "student," we do not mean "a student of life;" we mean "currently enrolled in college student." There's no cash offered with this gig, only college credits. Don't bother applying if this doesn't apply to you.

Still interested? Read on!

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Wanted: Spring 2012 Journalism Interns!

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Calling all journalism students! The Houston Press is recruiting undergraduate journalism and communications students for its Spring 2012 internship program.

By "student," we do not mean "a student of life;" we mean "currently enrolled in college student." There's no cash offered with this gig, only college credits. Don't bother applying if this doesn't apply to you.

Still interested? Read on!


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Food Interns Wanted

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The Houston Press is looking for interns with excellent writing and/or photography skills to contribute to Eating Our Words and our other dining coverage.

Interns must be enrolled in college presently; this program is for course credit only. You must be able to work at least 12 hours per week, although there's some flexibility during finals.

Interested? Send writing samples and/or photos to intern coordinator Olivia Flores Alvarez at olivia.alvarez@houstonpress.com.

Write for Eating Our Words

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Hey, guys.

We know you're out there doing it - you're eating. You're visiting new restaurants, exploring holes in the wall, trying recipes, coming up with your own, comparing grocery store prices, searching for deals on wine, watching food TV, reading about food trends, gossiping about which restaurants are closing and which chef has a coke problem.

Want to share your knowledge and experience? Become a blogger for Eating Our Words and write about all of the above except the rumored cocaine use! If you're interested, send a cover letter, resume and three clips to Catherine dot Matusow at Houstonpress.com.


Write for Eating Our Words

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Calling all chefs, home cooks, restaurant scenesters, Food Network watchers, taco truck aficionados, Bellaire explorers, farmers' market crawlers, people lamenting the departure of Robb Walsh and everyone in between. Think you know what Eating Our Words needs? Like to write? Here's your chance. We're looking to expand our roster of freelance bloggers. Send a cover letter, resume, clips (if you have them) and an idea or two to Eating Our Words editor Cathy Matusow, Catherine dot Matusow at houstonpress.com.

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