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Juneteenth and Emancipation Park: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph

Not only is the official start of summer just days away, but also one of the most important days in U.S. History - Juneteenth. Juneteenth - short for June 19 - officially marks the end of slavery in Texas. Did you know that Texas was the first state to consider Juneteenth a formal holiday? It all began back in the 1860s after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by former President Abraham Lincoln. Although signed, the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t affect slaves in Texas unless they…

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Houston Hotels with Must-Try Restaurants

You're peering into the open refrigerator door staring at cold leftovers, again. Yes, you've mastered a few recipes that have you feeling like a top chef, but maybe it's time to shake things up. Head to one of the hotels listed below for some great lodging accommodations, beginning with a better-than-home-cooked-meal at these chef-driven restaurants. After dinner, who knows? Maybe a dip in a rooftop pool, or a much deserved spa treatment? Maybe you'll bring along that cooped-up furry friend of…

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Must-Try Soul Food Stops in Houston

Southern by nature, spicy by virtue, and delicious by all standards. Soul food is the ultimate comfort food. The depth of flavors in the seemingly innocuous ingredients is an art form that few can master. Ham hocks, chitterlings, smothered oxtails and mac and cheese, catfish, okra and lima beans round out some of the usual soul food suspects. To bring out the best in Houston soul food, enjoying soul food with friends and family is a must. In fact, families run a number of Houston soul food…

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Sticky’s Chicken Brings Filipino Flare to Wings

Attention wing lovers! Interested in combining a little Asian fusion with a traditional American favorite? Well look no further than Sticky’s Chicken. Owned and operated by Patsy and Benson -a brother and sister team- this restaurant was once a popular food truck that officially opened its brick and mortar location back in December 2019. Immigrants from the Philippines, the journey to American citizenship began with their grandfather and military veteran Ceferino Vivares enlisted in both the…

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