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7 Tasty Twists on Crawfish in Houston

by John Egan Sure, you can savor boiled crawfish at any number of fine joints in Houston, and we wouldn't discourage you from doing that. But any number of local restaurants put their own spin on mudbugs. Here are seven distinctive crawfish dishes you should sample in the Bayou City. Wild Cajun's crawfish egg rolls At Wild Cajun, East meets West (or maybe that should be South) in the form of crawfish egg rolls. These Vietnamese-influenced creations represent just one of the many offerings at…

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Houston Gears up for Free Press Summer Fest

You know summer is near when talk of Houston's blowout music festival, Free Press Summer Fest, is mentioned. The annual two-day music festival held at Buffalo Bayou's Eleanor Tinsley Park is approaching its seventh annual event June 6 and 7 with more than 150 national and local acts on six stages. This year's installment will lead with heavy hitters like Weezer, Skrillex, Band of Horses, Belle and Sebastian, Mastodon and The Decemberists. A star-studded cast of local standouts fills out each…

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Travel+Leisure Readers Serve up Top Rating for Houston Food

By John Egan Eat your hearts out, America. Houston is the country's No. 1 city for foodies, according to readers of Travel and Leisure magazine. In praising the sizzling fare in Houston, Travel+Leisure trumpeted: "The business-travel hub staged a Texas-sized upset this year, winning the food category by offering an irresistible combination of refined tastes and downhome comfort." The magazine says its readers ranked Houston the top US food city in three categories: burgers, brunch and…

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Where to watch Mayweather v. Pacquiao in Houston

What are you doing May 2? Odds are you will be one of the millions worldwide watching the Mayweather v. Pacquiao boxing match at 8 pm CDT. The match is expected to break pay-per-view records and could generate over $270 million in revenue for pay-per-view alone. Billed as "The Fight of the Century", Mayweather and Pacquiao will settle their longstanding rivalry at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. So how can you watch the match in Houston without the $89.99 pay per view fee? We recently…

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Texas Renaissance Festival named “Best Cultural Festival” by USA Today

For decades, The Texas Renaissance Festival has been a cherished part of the fall season for Houstonians. But more recently, the festival has become one of the most famous of its kind, drawing patrons from around the country. Now, the readers of USA Today have named Texas RenFest the "Best Cultural Festival" in the U.S. The USA Today list is comprised of 20 cultural events, selected based on travel-worthiness, chance to broaden horizons, and ability to introduce people to try new things and…

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San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment Opens This Weekend

Where can you see battle reenactments, story telling, chuck wagons, indigenous Texas animals, traditional and modern Texas music, and even military camels? Right here in Houston! On Saturday, April 18, check out the free San Jacinto Day Festival in La Porte, right at the foot of the San Jacinto Monument. Just 25 miles southeast of downtown Houston, the world's tallest memorial column sits commemorating one of the most important battles in United States history. The Battle of San Jacinto…

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Air New Zealand Launching New Service to Houston

Continuing a streak of new international air service into the Bayou City, officials with the Houston Airport System and Air New Zealand on Wednesday announced new nonstop flights between Bush Intercontinental Airport and Auckland. Houston is the carrier's first new destination city in more than a decade. Air New Zealand will begin the new service in December, serving Bush with up to five nonstop flights each week. The announcement marks the 11th new international carrier to serve Houston in…

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A Live Chat with Buffalo Bayou's Anne Olson

In anticipation of Buffalo Bayou Park's grand opening celebration Saturday, June 20th, Visit Houston's Facebook fans participated in a Live Chat to ask park expert Anne Olson about the project. Check out the Q&A below, and find out more about Buffalo Bayou's renovations and the grand opening event at BuffaloBayou.org. Q: Happy to hear there are new bike-friendly renovations along the Bayou! Are there any places to park bikes? Yes! There are several locations where bike racks are installed…

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Save the Date! Dine Out, Fight AIDS

On April 30, Houston diners can be a part of the fight against AIDS simply by choosing to eat at one of the 40-plus Houston restaurants participating in Dining Out for Life. The participating establishments have all agreed to donate a portion of their sales to AIDS Foundation Houston, which earns a huge portion of its operating expenses from this event. "I have been amazed about how the top restaurants in Houston have been so supportive of this event. Everyone at every price point can…

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Astros Opening Day Features Festival, Food, and Fun

Earlier this week marked the beginning of green fields, hot dogs, wooden bats, and a barrage of orange and navy. Yes, it's baseball season again in Houston! The Astros always know how to ring in this unofficial holiday each spring. From a street festival to new quirky ballpark menu options, Opening Day never disappoints. This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Houston Astros. The team is the oldest major league baseball club in Texas, formerly known as the "Colt .45's" before being…

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