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TLC: Tender Loving Chili

It may be surprising to some that Texas’ state food isn’t barbecue, tamales or seafood, but chili. And although we can debate whether chili should have beans or not – it shouldn’t – there is nothing more satisfying than thick, savory bowl. So, grab a spoon and dive into a bowl at these joints while the Houston weather is still a little chilly. James Coney Island Founded in 1923, James Coney Island – or JCI as the fanatics call it – is Houston’s oldest hotdog restaurant and is still beloved to…

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New Year, New You

It’s the beginning of the new year and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to work off that holiday weight and rediscover your summer body that peaced out sometime mid-Fall. However, trade in the basic push-ups and treadmill for these LGBTQ-friendly gyms and ideas to add fun and flair to your fitness. Define Founded by a local Houstonian, Define employs expert trainers to not only build strength, but a better well-being through mind and body. With locations all of Houston, Define offers a…

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Vocal Local - Kari Burt

There’s a very 1980’s, brick-wall-stage-background misconception about earning your place in standup comedy requiring a minimum experience of several years. This outdated flavor of gatekeeping has long been the tool of the majority to claim ownership over a thing so nebulous, so ever-changing as comedy. While the old guard gives way to younger models, comedy is constantly evolving to keep pace with our constantly-evolving world. Newcomers like Kari Burt who hit the ground running are part of a…

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Brunch of the Month: Batanga

Just nestled in the heart of the Market Square area of Downtown Houston is Batanga, a hip Latin American restaurant from restauranteur Brian Fasthoff. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant boasts something for everyone with weekly happy hours, live music, salsa dancing and the largest outdoor patio in all of Downtown Houston. The best seat in the house is by far out on the large patio with umbrellas of every color floating above life fireworks. The art installation is so scenic you won’t know which…

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Thirst Trap: A Guide to Winter Beverages

From Scotch to rye to Bourbon, whiskey is the ultimate wintertime beverage. The cozy bodily warmth that follows a hearty glass of whiskey makes it pretty easy to understand why George Bernard Shaw once dubbed it, “liquid sunshine.” Houston’s multi-million-dollar hospitality industry pairs with its bubbling bar scene like a classic Scotch and a grilled steak. With winter upon us for a few more months, some of the best boozy joints are just around the corner. Housed in the historic Houston…

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Ice Queens

It’s true, when you think of Houston, you don’t often think about ice-skating. However, for ten years downtown’s Discovery Green has been transforming it’s Kinder Lake into an ice rink fit for a queen. Rainbow on Ice, an annual LGBTQ celebration on January 11, will put that theory to the test. Rainbow on Ice is in its tenth year of inviting the LGBTQ community and families to string up their skates and take a few laps around the rink. Although the icy fun is open to the general public through…

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