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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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A Royally British Day in Houston

The day of the Royal Wedding has arrived! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially trying the knot, and since you're reading this, we'll guess that you weren't able to make the hop across the pond to celebrate with the newlyweds and their nine million closest friends. Fret not, for you can have your own royal British day in Texas' largest city. Care for a Spot of Tea, My Darling? One of Houston's finest boutique hotels offers a proper high tea fit for a queen (or, newly married princess.)…

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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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Houston in 24 Hours: Sharon from L.A.

With so many ways to enjoy Houston, it can be difficult to figure out how to make the most of your time in the city. Today, we're sharing how Sharon from Los Angeles spent her time seeing some of Houston's best. Who is Sharon? She's a total foodie, loves travel, has a penchant for taking Instragam-worthy photos. Also, she was the winner of our L.A to H-Town sweepstakes (sidenote: her response to our congratulatory e-mail was "ARE YOU SERIOUS???"). FIRST THINGS FIRST We obviously have a huge BBQ…

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Picnicking in Houston's Great Outdoors

The azaleas are in full bloom all over Houston, which means hibernation is over and it’s time to enjoy being outside. After one of the coldest winters in recent memory, we’re in need of some fresh air picnicking. With so much great food in Houston, what better way to savor it than the great outdoors? Levy Park Want a spot to spread out with your family? Look no further than Levy Park. Complete with a splash pad, climbing walls and numerous jungle gyms, families can spend a full day at the park…

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Influential Women in Houston

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re recognizing the contributions of the incredible women of Houston who enrich our lives and make the lights of our city shine a little brighter. In this four-part series, we’ll highlight the accomplishments of Houstonians in various industries, from culinary to fashion, medical to aerospace. What do you get when you cross a degree in chemistry with top honors at the acclaimed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco? Houston’s Chef Erin Smith –…

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Good Ol' Texas BBQ? Think Again.

It’s no secret that LA’s got an excellent food scene, and Houston’s right there with you. Believe it or not, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the country, which means we’ve got A LOT of good eats to choose from. Take, for example, our BBQ. Bet you thought you knew what good ol’ Texas BBQ looked like. Well, think again… Once you hit Houston city limits, don’t expect to see cowboy hats and horses (though we have plenty of that, too)! Instead, you’ll find a global city filled with…

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Where To Get Thanksgiving Provisions Houston-Style

Don’t want to do all the cooking this Thanksgiving? Houston restaurants are ready to lend a hand with Thanksgiving to-go menus ranging from complete meal packages to appealing sides and desserts. Because, hey, you deserve to rest a little. Read on to find out where to stock up on Thanksgiving provisions and make sure to order early since most places have deadlines as early as Nov. 14. George Ranch Historical Park’s old-fashioned cobblers have built a loyal following in town. Prepared by in-house…

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Alison Cook’s 2017 Top 100 Houston Restaurants Unveiled

Houston Chronicle food critic, Alison Cook, released her top 100 restaurants picks for 2017. The much anticipated list, now in its seventh year, includes the best restaurants in town and makes for a great dining guide for Houstonians and visitors alike. This year, the list includes 16 newcomers, including chef Hugo Ortega’s downtown restaurant, Xochi, which took the top spot held by the now closed Oxheart in previous years. Also this year, Cook numerically ranked the top 30 restaurants on the…

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10 Reservations To Make During Houston Restaurant Weeks

If you’ve been waiting to try a new restaurant in town, August is a good month to do it. The start of the month marks the start of Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), a five-week-long extravaganza of specially priced menus in the city’s top restaurants, all benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Get that belly ready to eat at one of the participating 250 restaurants in Houston and its surrounding areas, which offer two- and three-course menus at set prices. Lunches are $20, brunches are $22, and dinners…

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