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Houston Ice Houses: Find Your New Favorite

Ice houses have a special place in Texas history. In the early 1900s, nearly every Texas town had one of these establishments, which sold ice blocks for home ice boxes. But with the advent of electrical refrigerators, ice houses evolved into small convenience stores of sorts, and eventually became neighborhood gathering places where patrons could stop for an ice cold beer and conversation. While many ice houses have disappeared, Houston still has a number of these establishments – some old, some…

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Houston's Most Instagram-Worthy Restaurants

Have you had enough Instagram envy this summer? Well, it ends now! It’s your turn to set out on an adventure and capture some of Houston’s most photogenic restaurants and bars. Present Company opened its’ doors to the city in July of 2018 must to the delight of the most avid Instagram users! Orange couches, light blue tables, chandeliers. Every corner of this restaurant will force you to take out your phone and capture at least one element of this new Houston hotspot. Walk in and allow the…

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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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Even After The Storm, Houston Chefs Continue To Help Rebuild

Eat, Drink and Help Houston Chefs Rebuild After Harvey As soon as the rains from Hurricane Harvey stopped, Houston chefs sprung into action to feed Houstonians who needed it. In those moments after the storm, Houston’s food community became one big restaurant working feverishly to provide comfort through meals, delivering them in Houston and beyond to cities also affected by Harvey. From first responders to medical staffs to volunteers to families displaced by the hurricane, chefs from all types…

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Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market Returns For Fall

It may not feel like fall in Houston but fall is indeed upon us. Which means that Houston’s City Hall Farmers Market is back for the season starting Wednesday, September 20. The market, operated by Urban Harvest, is the perfect spot to grab lunch and catch a midday break in downtown Houston. Open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday through mid-December, the City Hall Farmers Market features more than 40 vendors offering prepared foods, artisanal bread, fresh produce, honey, and more. If…

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Chef Hugo Ortega Wins 2017 James Beard Best Chef Southwest Award

Chef Hugo Ortega is bringing a James Beard medal to Houston. After six nominations for the prestigious James Beard Awards, Ortega was named Best Chef Southwest 2017 last night at a black-tie gala in Chicago. “Oh my goodness, what a moment,” Ortega said upon taking the stage at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He dedicated his award to “the great city of Houston,” his family and staff and concluded by saying: “What can I say? America is beautiful and I’m living the dream.” Ortega, whose authentic…

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