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  • hugo ortega Credit: hugo ortega
    March 15, 2017
    Chefs Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s , Xochi , and Backstreet Cafe and Jianyun Ye of Mala Sichuan Bistro will represent Houston at the James Beard Awards this May. The two chefs made the final list of nominees in the Best Chef Southwest category of the renowned culinary industry awards. This is the sixth time that Ortega is nominated for the awards and the first for Ye. Houston had a big showing in the first round of nominations last month with six chefs named as semifinalists in the Best Chef...
  • shay mcelroy's irish pub Credit: VHT Media gallery
    March 13, 2017
    (Pictured above: McElroy's Irish Pub ) Houston knows how to throw a fun St. Patrick's Day party! Midtown’s Biggest Saint Paddy’s Day Don't miss one of Houston's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Popular hosts Irish Cowboy, 3rd Floor, and Pub Fiction team up to celebrate with green beer and live music on 45,000 square feet of party space. The celebration includes DJs, live music, pub food, and crawfish throughout the weekend. McGonigel’s Mucky...
  • the rink
    March 10, 2017
    Spring break has finally arrived, but knowing how to best fill those free days can sometimes be a little daunting. We’ve taken the legwork out of planning your week by creating your list of places to go. Here is spring break, Houston style. Avenida Houston and Discovery Green Downtown's entertainment hub will be busy this spring break, with free activities taking places every hour . Some of our favorites happening during spring break include a live ice carving, roller skating at The...
  • Local Foods Downtown
    March 8, 2017
    Super Bowl LI might be over, but the afterglow shines on and Houstonians are the ones to enjoy a wave of new businesses, many opening up shop Downtown. In the months leading up to the big game, the Central Business District exploded with a dozen new restaurants and bars, many of which center around the bustling Avenida Houston district. Wondering what you might’ve missed? We’ve rounded up the latest additions. Bayou & Bottle The first Texas venture for Richard Sandoval...
  • Moody Center for the Arts Credit: Moody Center for the Arts
    February 27, 2017
    Designed by acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan to bring together the Rice community and the Houston public and enable innovative artistic work to flourish, the $30 million, 50,000-square-foot Moody serves as an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines, a flexible teaching space and a forum for creative partnerships with visiting national and international artists. Open and free to the public, the Moody is dedicated to trans-disciplinary
  • sweet paris
    February 24, 2017
    Chorizo and egg tacos, fresh French crepes and creme, chicken and waffles...hungry yet? Houston has some of the best breakfast restaurants in the country. We pulled together a list of some of our favorite spots around town to create the ultimate H-Town breakfast guide. Sweet Paris Crêperie & Cafe This Rice Village hotspot offers breakfast fans an authentic taste of France. The menu is the result of careful collaboration with French chefs experimenting with non-traditional ingredients...
  • jci chili
    February 23, 2017
    February 23 is National Chili Day! Texas is known for its traditional take on the spicy beef and chili pepper stew. Chili was even made the official state dish by the Texas Legislature. But leave it to Houston to take the traditional and turn it into something deliciously different. From chili mac and cheese to python snake chili and nationally acclaimed chili dogs, Houston has all your chili bases covered. We put together a list of the best chili creations around Houston. Time to hunker down
  • mardi gras galveston
    February 21, 2017
    Laissez les bons temps rouler! You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Houston’s strong cajun influence shines as Mardi Gras festivals, parades, happy hours, and freshly baked king cake take over the town. Grab your krewe and check out our list of the best ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston. Festivals and Parades Though it’s just outside Houston, Mardi Gras! Galveston is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, attracting more...
  • hidden gems
    February 20, 2017
    Guest written by Adam Winters Did you know that Houston is the most populous city in Texas, and the 4th most populous in the US? “Houston”, also the first word spoken from the moon, is of course home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center where all flight controls for manned space missions take place. Needless to say, this incredibly big city, which is almost the same size as the island of Oahu, is one of the biggest hubs in the country for all kinds of activities and interests....
  • San Jacinto Monument
    February 20, 2017
    Newcomers flood into Texas from every corner of the country, every reach of the globe, every day. With such an infusion of humanity, ignorance of local history can be forgiven. But not for long. Perhaps most surprising to newcomers is that Texas was an independent nation first, a state second. Yes, Texas was its own republic for nine years before it became America’s 28th state in 1845. (Texas declared its secession from the U.S. in 1861 to join the rebels of the Confederacy, but...
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