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Food is the Great Equalizer #BattleOfTheBeans

It started as a 'Battle of the Beans,' with Houston touting our shiny new Anish Kapoor sculpture and Chicago acting Illinois-ed that their Cloud Gate would no longer be the only bean on the block. However, the two cities quickly came to terms when they realized their perfect pairing as two of America's favorite foodie cities. With literally hundreds of world class restaurants, scores of articles in magazines like Food & Wine and Bon Appétit, and 40 James Beard 2018 semifinalists between them…

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7 of the Best Tex-Mex Restaurants in Houston

Craving Tex-Mex? You won’t be disappointed in Houston. For more than 100 years, the cuisine has held a special place in the city’s culinary scene, making it one of the first items visitors seek out when they are in town. Want to know where to find the best puffy tacos, nachos, fajitas and margaritas? Read on for our top picks. Armando Palacios’ Upper Kirby namesake is as famous for its upscale Mexican fare as it is for its see-and-be-seen clientele. The iconic restaurant has been a style staple…

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5 Ways to Get Outdoors in the Nation’s Fourth Largest City

Houston is one of the fastest growing big cities in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean residents can’t escape city life. Houston ranks first in total park acreage among U.S. cities with more than one million residents, so rest assured you will never have to travel far within the region in search of fresh air. Here are a few ways Houstonians can enjoy the outdoors: The Houston Parks and Recreation Department operates 370 developed municipal parks and over 220 green spaces, together encompassing…

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Houston Hidden Gems

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. This bustling center is…

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July 4th Weekend Itinerary

Coming to Houston with the family for July 4th Weekend? Or just that special someone? We've put together a great suggested itinerary for your holiday experience. Of course, you should mix and match activities to suit your tastes. And for a full list of July 4th celebrations in the area, click here. *denotes a CityPASS attraction SATURDAY July 2 MORNING: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.* Located in the heart of Houston's Museum District, the MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex featuring gallery…

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10 Things to Do After Your Meeting in Houston

By John Egan So, the workshops at your conference have wrapped up, the trade show floor has cleared out and that must-attend industry happy hour is over. Now what? If you’re in Houston for a meeting, there’s plenty to keep you occupied after your business day has ended or even if you’ve got time on your hands during the day. Here are just 10 options among many. If you’re near the George R. Brown Convention Center, check out Discovery Green. The 12-acre urban oasis, adjacent to the convention…

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8 Reasons the Houston Convention District Is So Attractive for Meetings

by John Egan If you’re hunting for a place to host a meeting, the 60-city block Houston Convention District should rank high on your list. Heck, we think it should be at the very top. Ric Campo, chairman of Houston First Corp., which runs the George R. Brown Convention Center, says the Convention District is evolving into “a vibrant neighborhood, not just a meeting place.” Here are eight reasons you should seriously consider the Convention District “neighborhood” for your next meeting. With…

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10 Reasons Why Houston Is Perfect for Meetings

by John Egan From 2013 to 2014, the Houston area gained more than 150,000 new residents. But it's not just residents flocking to Houston. Close to 15 million people, many of them meeting attendees, visited Houston in 2014. "You could spend 365 days in our city and still not experience everything we have to offer. Showing visitors a good time is what we do," Houston Mayor Annise Parker says. So, what makes Houston a magnet for meetings? Here are 10 reasons. Houston sits in the central…

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10 Reasons to Check Out The Houstonian’s Glamorous Gym

by John Egan Looking to get in a 3-mile run before or after your meeting in Houston? Then you might want to check out - and check into - The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. Recently anointed by CNNMoney as one of the 12 coolest hotel gyms in the US, the fitness center at The Houstonian would suit even the likes of professional athletes. "The gym at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is anything but ordinary, even by luxury standards," wrote Hayley Bosch, an editor for the Forbes Travel Guide…

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16 World Cup-Worthy Facts and Figures About Houston

by John Egan The U.S. women's soccer team captivated the country with its commanding victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Members of the winning team included three players on the Houston Dash women's professional soccer squad: Meghan Klingenberg, Carli Lloyd and Kealia Ohai. Houston now can claim three world-class soccer players. But Houston can claim other big dots on the world map as well. After all, if you're seeking a place to host a conference, meeting or event, don't you want to…

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