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Ryan Bellinghausen
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Ryan Bellinghausen

Ryan Bellinghausen is a gay writer and pop culture junkie who was born and raised in Houston. After college, he moved to New York but after four years of living with four roommates, falling on icy sidewalks and overpriced drinks, he returned home to Houston for more space and greenery. Now, when he isn’t exploring Houston, you can find him next to a plate of sizzling fajitas with a margarita in hand.

Vocal Local: Eric Edward Schell

Three years ago, Eric Edward Schell started Pride Portraits, a Houston-based nonprofit photography studio dedicated to giving people a platform to tell their own story. He began taking photos of individuals to show the unification of not being afraid to celebrate pride after the horrific Pulse shooting and he was soon overcome with the outpouring of support his project received. The concept is simple enough: Photograph LGBTQIA+ individuals in front of a Jackson Pollock-like background, painted…

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Brunch of the Month: Eunice

Located in Upper Kirby, Eunice is a Cajun and Creole brasserie headed by chef Drake Leonards. The restaurant is named after Leonards’ hometown and brings the charm and powerful flavors of Southern Louisiana to the Greenway Plaza area. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eunice Restaurant (@eunicerestaurant) on Sep 11, 2019 at 4:15pm PDT When you walk into Eunice, you immediately feel how open and airy it is. Square lanterns, wrapped…

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Full Swing Ahead: Houston's Best Golf Courses

The is a lot to love about golf: being surrounded by the beautiful outdoors, enjoying a relaxing sporting activity, and of course, the after-game cocktail. Houston has more than 150 golf courses around the city that will impress any golf lover. So, whether you are just starting or consider yourself as a Tiger Woods, grab your clubs, start the golf cart and get ready to yell FORE! Memorial Park Golf Course The Memorial Park Golf Course is recognized as one of the best municipal courses in the…

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Veggie Tales: The Best Vegetarian Spots in the City

Texas and meat are pretty much synonymous. You can’t pass a block in Houston without seeing a barbeque joint, Tex-Mex restaurant or burger joint. Therefore, it’s not surprising that our vegetarian friends don’t feel the love they deserve in our great city. Next time you want to go to dinner, put down the ribs and consider going healthy at one of these veggie havens serving healthy, natural cuisine with some of the freshest ingredients the city has to offer. Verdine Verdine is changing the way…

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Brunch of the Month: Verdine

Vegan food gets a bad rap. Sadly, people sometimes equate it to just eating leaves and berries without giving it a try and seeing that you don’t need meat and dairy to be full of flavor. Take Verdine, our September Brunch of the Month, for instance. The Heights restaurant stemmed from the Ripe Cuisine food truck from chef-owner Stephan Hoban. Her philosophy of a “truthful, green dining” and having a 100% vegan eatery has put Verdine on the map as one of Houston’s finest organic establishments…

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Brunch of the Month: A'Bouzy

Calling all champagne lovers – we’ve got your next brunch haven where you will definitely leave feeling a little a’boozy . From the former management of Houston’s Brasserie 19, is A’Bouzy – a chic and trendy restaurant located in River Oaks specializing in refined French bistro cuisine. View this post on Instagram A post shared by a'Bouzy Restaurant (@abouzyhtx) on Apr 1, 2019 at 8:37am PDT The first thing you’ll notice when you pop into…

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Vocal Local: Khaliah Guillory

Don’t sleep on Khaliah Guillory, even though that is exactly the purpose of her new business venture. The self-proclaimed nap enthusiast is making it snazzy to snooze in the middle of the workday with the opening of Nap Bar, a full-service “bar” – think spa and no alcohol – where patrons can rent pods to rejuvenate with a quick catnap. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nap Bar, LLC (@napbarhou) on Apr 23, 2019 at 11:40am PDT Now…

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

In the heart of our bustling metropolis is a 55-acre oasis serving as home to more than 6,000 animals from over 900 species. Of course, we are talking about the impressive Houston Zoo. Located within Hermann Park between the Medical Center and the Museum District, the Houston Zoo is an exciting outing for the whole family and receives more than 2.1 million visitors per year, making it the second most visited zoo in the United States. View this post on Instagram…

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Brunch of the Month: The Classic

Located on Washington – in the space that was once Benjy’s – is The Classic, a modern take on an American diner that mixes mid-century modern aesthetics with simple and delicious dishes. From restaurateur Benjy Levit, the mind behind Houston favorites like Benjy’s and the growingly popular Local Foods, The Classic opened to immense popularity in 2018 and shows no sign of slowing down. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Classic…

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Here's to the Red, White and Houston

The Fourth of July may fall on a Thursday this year, but that won’t stop Houstonians from celebrating our nation’s independence with fireworks, parades and celebrations all around the city. Break out your red, white and blue, and get together with friends and family at one of these patriotic events happening this July 4th. CITGO Freedom Over Texas Eleanor Tinsley Park Thursday, July 4, 4 - 10 p.m. $8 online/$10 door Perhaps the biggest celebration happening in the city, Freedom Over Texas is…

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