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Thursday, June 13, 2024 — Houston, TX

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Nourish without guilt at Green Seed Vegan

(09/07/12 12:00am)

Vegan is in vogue and Green Seed Vegan is a new, hip hangout for the foodie looking for fresh, raw and different vegan spins on oldschool classics. The menu includes clever names and health-conscientious options with an emphasis on glutenfree, raw and dairyfree ingredients. Tucked away in the Third Ward on the corner of Almeda and Wheeler streets, Green Seed Vegan attracts all types: athletes coming from across the street at Peggy Park, after-school children coming for a healthy snack, people vouching to start healthier lifestyles and vegetarians looking for cheaper alternatives to Ruggles Green and Whole Foods. The restaurant has a cafe-style vibe: Customers order at the high-stooled counter and can seat themselves either outdoors or indoors at tables that fit the overall "green" theme with their grass centerpieces. Compared to vegan options at other Houston restaurants and specialty grocery stores, Green Seedis affordable. Sandwiches and paninis are priced between $6 for the "pb&p" which is layered with caramelized plantains, spinach and nut butter, and $7 for others, such as the "zen" which boasts lemongrass garbanzo tempeh with arugula, carrots, cilantro, jalapeno and lemongrass aioli. Collard or brown rice wraps can be substituted for seed bread and sides can be added for an extra $1-2 for those craving cauliflower nuggets or kale chips (dehydrated, not fried). Other highlights on the menu include the "rawritto" which is wildly different from a classic burrito with its seasoned coconut meat, zucchini bacon and sunflower sprouts. The menu sounds intimidating and almost too healthy for those who do not wear Teva sandals or hair bandanas, but the options are equally exciting and flavorful for those with palates more ac-customed to meat and potatoes. The dessert menu has ice cream, cheesecake and other classic sweets, though maybe not in the exact way mom used to prepare them. The cheesecake of the day last Tuesday was Raw Blackberry Basil and the soft-serve ice cream options were Cacao+Vanilla and Persimmon Mintade. The waitstaff at Green Seed are knowledgeable about the ingredients used and are good at recommending options for those of us intimidated by a plethora of choices. Local ingredients abound, there are more elixer and juice choices than one can find at Central Market and it all comes at very reasonable prices. Make a visit to try maca root in your smoothie or to see what a burger named "fungus amongus" would taste like. Bring both your vegan and carnivorous friends and discover the fun and eclectic atmosphere of this new restaurant just north of campus.

Words on the Street: Stutter aside, Shields sparks discussion

(04/13/12 12:00am)

David Shields is a novelist, though some would prefer to say he writes manifestos or nonfiction. In his own words, his writing is described as "meditations on reality." Shields seems to fit into a genre of his own. His works include the New York Times best-seller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography and Handbook for Drowning: A Novel in Stories. Frequently piecing together worldly observations with personal memories and life experiences, his work is redefining the way people think about and ?view nonfiction.

?"Bacon Fat" goes straight to the heart

(04/05/12 12:00am)

Contrary to this year's Mavis C. Pitman Exhibition's title, "This and That and Bacon Fat," the Visual and Dramatic Arts Gallery, tucked inside the Rice Media Center, lacks any evidence of bacon or its fat. While lacking in some of its title's labeling, the exhibition, which features the works of visual and dramatic arts majors Claudia Casbarian, Christine Cooper, Ivan Perez and Elliot SoRelle, does inspire viewers with its collections of some of "this" and some of "that."

Words on the Street: Rae Armantrout and Christian Wiman share their love of poetry

(03/15/12 12:00am)

Poetry hides in the basement of downtown Alley Theatre. The Nehaus Stage, an underground treasure with limited seating and a stage that is flush with the floor, offers an intimate setting for audience members. On Feb. 27, the theater showcased a night of poetry, featuring Rae Armantrout and Christian Wiman.

'Krapp' muses age, neglect

(02/23/12 12:00am)

Audience members nestle onto a brown leather couch, sit perched on pillows strewn across the floor or stand just inside the hanging black curtains that separate the stage from the Duncan College Commons as they await the start of Duncan Theatre + Arts' rendition of Krapp's Last Tape. On stage is a man sitting pensively across from a tape recorder. The audience has entered Krapp's den.

Words on the Street: Ian Schimmel

(02/02/12 12:00am)

English Professor Ian Schimmel jokes about the inquisitive looks he receives whenever prompted to show his Rice ID card. As Rice University's "writer-in-residence," his job description is a vaguely romantic title for a job that entails a great deal of work. Schimmel is teaching ENGL 301: Introduction to Fiction Writing, serving as moderator for the literary magazine R2 and writing what he hopes to be his first novel.

Words on the street: Worst case scenario

(01/18/12 12:00am)

Dramatic images of the sun exploding and our entire universe being swallowed by a giant, gaping black hole collide with the less extreme: We could forget to turn the toaster off and find our breakfast burnt from negligence or sleep through an alarm on the morning of an all-important job interview. Worst-case scenarios are a constant focus in our lives, culture and society, and not only for the pessimists among us–or those following the Mayan calendar. The Lawndale Art Center has kick-started a new monthly "Speakeasy" discussion group to provoke conversation on contemporary cultural issues with this year's inaugural meeting tackling the theme of "Worst Case Scenario."

Athletic facilities approved

(01/11/12 12:00am)

With the start of a new semester come plans for a new athletics facility on the south side of campus. The Rice University Board of Trustees approved the $44.5 million project, which includes renovations to the current football stadium and the addition of a new two-story training complex for athletes, at its December board meeting. The Board did not allocate any university funds for the project, meaning all $44.5 million is expected to come from donors and fundraising.

Houston Poetry Slam excites, holds roots at Rice

(02/25/11 12:00am)

Just across from the Preston light rail stop, Martell's Video Lounge stands sandwiched between the former site of GrumBar, windowed law offices and the neon flashing lights of Clark's dance club. Above the hushed sidewalks of a tranquil Friday night in Houston, there's a buzz of excitement on the second floor of 308 Main Street downtown. Last Friday, February 18, poets gathered to spectate and perform at the 2011 Houston Grand Slam Final in the small red carpeted loft on Martell's second floor. The Grand Slam Final was the last event of Houston Super Slam Week which began February 12 and included four nights of poetry bouts at across the city. The week was a celebration of a unique art form, highlighting Texas slam poets, and culminated in the final selection of a Houston team which will travel to Boston, Mass. this August to compete in Poetry Slam, Inc.'s National Poetry Slam.

Class project greens Brochstein

(11/05/10 12:00am)

Customers familiar with the morning routine at Salento Cafe in the Brochstein Pavilion were served their habitual cup of joe with a distinct change when the "Green the Brochstein" kickoff event took place this past Monday. Baristas dawning green bowler caps and matching scarves advertised coming changes to the Pavilion through the new "Green the Brochstein" initiative, a student-led effort to make the cafe more environmentally conscious. The event, which was organized by a group of members of the class ENST 302: Environmental Issues: Rice Into the Future, was created to gauge consumer demand for more environmentally friendly offerings and organic food items at the cafe. Surveys were created to see if the added expense may be cost-effective in the long run. The event included special promotions such as free samples of a new sandwich, an opportunity to meet the head chef of Salento and discounted coffee for customers who brought their own reusable mugs.

Rec Center sports LEED silver certification

(07/30/10 12:00am)

Visions of gold and silver medals swim through the minds of many hardworking athletes, avid sports enthusiasts and Olympic hopefuls zipping through their daily workouts. But aspirations of personal achievement and athletic success aren't the only reasons sports lovers are dwelling on silver at the new Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. The Recreation and Wellness Center has recently been recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building certification system as having achieved silver status.The news of the certification status came in mid-May, making the Recreation and Wellness Center the third building at Rice to achieve certification, following the Rice Children's Campus building and the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. According to Susann Glenn, Rice's manager of communications for Facilities, Engineering and Planning, the Recreation and Wellness Center, like all new buildings at Rice, was designed with the intention of meeting silver qualifications at minimum. Glenn described the building as looking somewhat "lantern-like," with an abundance of large windows and translucent Kalwall, an insulating fiberglass material that allows sunlight to penetrate a room while preventing entrance of excess heat and glare that would come with traditional windows. Materials like Kalwall have allowed the facility to utilize natural daylight instead of artificial lighting, offsetting electricity expenses and reducing environmental impact.