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appy 2012! I don’t know about you, but I’m not making any stinking resolutions this year or ever again for that matter. I don’t need to start a new year setting myself up to let myself down. So, instead, I am just going to try to do everything better. NO more jumping to conclusions, or freaking out before I remember to breathe. I’m going to try to be nicer all the time, even when I’m having a bad day. I’m going to eat better and take care of myself for my family and me.
CARLA VALENCIA DE MARTINEZ
Having said that, it’s our green issue, but what exactly does that mean? When we launched our first green issue, it was so much easier to explain. Now there are so many levels and ways to be more conscious of how we use what we use and how we dispose of things. Our writers have done their homework and have summarized everything from your trash and recycling it to what plastics can be recycled and what they are turned into. And what about our food? What is farm-to-table and all the green eating movements? We’ve got that covered too. But that’s not all; did you ever think about the toxins in your mattress or throughout your home? And contractors, listen up, your life span is severely thwarted if you’re a painter. New Living shares what can be done to lessen the toxicity you are exposed to? Lance Scott Walker pays homage to Tim Moloney in this month’s passing of the torch of Wise Guy. As you’re winding down from the holiday season in which we hope you savored your family, I hope you’ll take some time for yourself and give your brain a jolt of green juice with this issue. Cover photographer Gabriella Nissen keeps her studio green.
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ACCOUNTS PAYABLE email@example.com WEB DEVELOPMENT mariohernandezjr. PHOTOGRAPHERS codybess,kimcoffman,kennonevett,jillhunter,jaimelagdameo, gabriellanissen,danielortiz,jackpotts,anthonyrathbun, sofiavanderdys CONTRIBUTING WRITERS susanbynam,michaelgarfield,sarahgish,claytongraves,tracykarp, nadiamichel,sandraramani,gregscheinman,scottward,jenni-rebecca stephenson,lancescottwalker CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS johnlewis,jimallen,christopherrosales,shannono’hara,jackthompson,nicholasbaker,pwlstudios,chrishsieh,forlastnightpics.com: omarmejia,bradsechler,beatrizrodriguez,ericlewis INTERN ellorialindley GREEN INSIDE + OUT Cover shot by Gabriella Nissen Succulent plants and cacti styled by Vernon Caldera
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COMING IN FEBRUARY 2012
table of contents
58 32 people of houston
4 letter from the editor
34 things i love
6 table of contents
36 costume for cocktails 37 retail wrap: check other outfitters
38 EVER GREEN 46 tools, toys + gadgets 47 MENtertainment
48 architecture+design: barrel crate 49 wise guy 50 destination: tazmania
8 houston map
52 002PROFILE: KYLER FIELDS
10 downtown map
54 natural alternatives
12 uptown + galleria map
56 it’s cool to get crockin’
13 party pics
58 DINE WRITE: BISTRO ALEX
14 on our radar
60 chef’s special: pat greer 62 open 63 party pics 64 restaurant listings
65 tracy’s tasty tidbits 68 washington way
72 LOUNGE REVIEW: SUNDANCE CINEMAS
18 museum district
73 3rd annual texas yoga conference |
20 art houses+museums+exhibits
22 FOR ART’S SAKE: LAST HOUSTON DAY’S OF THE BYZANTINE FRESCOES
74 the scene
24 phone shots 25 spacetaker 26 daily toxins 27 gish at the movies
28 NONPROFIT: I AM WATERS FOUNDATION
78 002 nightlife 80 bea here now
30 born cool
81 recording: hollywood floss
31 party pics
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82 party pic/crossword puzzle
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Downtown............................................1 Holocaust Museum..............................2 Galleria...............................................3 Uptown Park.......................................4 River Oaks Park..................................5 Rice Village.........................................6 Highland Village.................................7 Memorial City......................................8 Town & Country Village.......................9 CityCentre..........................................10 Sam Houston Race Park.....................11 Katy Mills..........................................12 Sugar Land........................................13 Zoo ..................................................14 Museum District.................................15 George Bush Intl. Airport...................16 Hobby Airport....................................17 Space Center Houston........................18 Kemah...............................................19 Miller Outdoor Theatre......................20 Contemporary Arts Museum...............21 Houston Museum of Fine Arts............22 Childrenâ€™s Museum............................23 Houston Museum of Natural Science........24 Houston Arboretum...........................25 Houston Theater District....................26 The Woodlands..................................27
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Photography by John Lewis
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EVENT THE FRIENDS OF THE STEHLIN FOUNDATION GALA WHY TO BENEFIT CHRISTUS STEHLIN FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH WHERE THE WESTIN GALLERIA WHEN NOVEMBER 19
Guests, dressed in boots and formal wear, filled the Westin Galleria for The 31st Annual Friends of the Stehlin Foundation Gala. Guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed music by country trio Back at the Ranch, as they checked out the fabulous silent auction items which boasted luxurious vacations. After dinner, guests gave country singer and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack a loud welcome and standing ovation after a very moving performance to “We Hope You Dance,” this year’s gala theme. To kick off the party, Doppelganger, got guests hootin’ and hollerin’ all night long.
Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester
Victoria Erlacher, Phil Cezayirli
Debbie Krienik, Leann Womak, Jeffery Krienik
Lin Smolensky, Nancy White, Donna Lewis
Caroline and Doug Teague
Lauren White, McComb Dunwoody
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foodie By Elloria Lindley
BITE INTO OH-LA-LA’S OH-SOLUSCIOUS TURTLE CUPCAKES AND OTHER DELICIOUS TREATS AT THEIR NEWEST LOCATION AT CITYCENTRE. YOU CAN HAVE THEIR SWEET TREATS ANYWHERE AND ANY WAY YOU LIKE FROM EATING IN AT THE CUTE AND FUN BOUTIQUES TO TAKE-OUT OR DRIVE-THRU WHENEVER YOU’RE ON THE RUN. OOH-LA-LA ALSO DOES CATERING FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENTS. WWW.OOHLALASWEETS.COM
With a nod to the culinary triad of sweet, savory and spirits, Executive Chef Ryan Hildebrand and a stellar lineup of culinary talent have banded together to create Triniti, a progressive American restaurant designed by locally based MC2 Architects. Joining him in the kitchen are Chef de Cuisine Jose Hernandez, Chef Greg Lowry and Chef Matt Lovelace. Triniti’s core menu, which will change seasonally, features what Hildebrand is describing as “progressive, regional American cuisine with California/West Coast sensibilities.” 2815 S. Shepherd Drive.
Photography by Jenny Antill
The beginning of the end starts with you! 2011 marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS, and a chance to create your own panel on the (2015) quilt. The (2015) QUILT is a groundbreaking piece of digital artwork from people all over the world who are fighting for the first AIDS-free generation in 30 years. www.2015quilt.com. The Julia Ideson Library opened last month after a fiveyear, $32 million restoration and expansion. Nestled in the shadows of towering contemporary skyscrapers, the landmark Spanish Renaissance-style Julia Ideson Library, home of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) and part of the Houston Public Library system, has undergone an ambitious, comprehensive restoration and expansion project, providing Houstonians with a greatly enhanced community resource. In addition to drawing individuals interested in the HMRC’s extraordinary collection of books, maps and images, the Ideson Library now provides a breathtaking historic venue for exhibits, meetings and special events. Inspiring indoor research and reading areas and a unique outdoor reading room further secure the Julia Ideson Library as one of Houston’s historic architectural treasures.
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Amazon Grille on Kirby, of the Cordua Restaurants, has a new look and a new menu. One of the few chef-driven fast casual restaurants in the city, Latin culinary pioneer Michael Cordúa has been in the kitchen for the past several months playing with the food he is so passionate about. His creativity has been unleashed carving the menu into beef, fish and chicken – as one might see in Asian dining. But here it’s Cordúa’s way to make choosing even easier. You can find Churrasco steak served with cilantro rice, black beans, maduros and vegetable escabeche – Skinny Fish Tacos, grilled fish served with jalapeño tartar sauce – Chicken Pita B.A.L.T. with smoked bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, basil with cheese pita bread and cilantro dressing – and as at any Cordúa restaurant The Original™ Tres Leches! Made even more approachable in a casual setting. A new vibrant color scheme has the place glowing. 5114 Kirby Drive. 713.522.5888
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H&M ANNOUNCED A SPRING DESIGNER COLLABORATION WITH THE ITALIAN BRAND MARNI. FAMED FOR ITS ORIGINAL PRINTS AND INVENTIVE SPIRIT, MARNI IS ONE OF FASHION’S MOST-LOVED LABELS, AND ITS FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CONSUELO CASTIGLIONI, HAS CREATED A SPRING COLLECTION FOR H&M FOR BOTH WOMEN AND MEN THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF MARNI. AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 8, 2012, IN OVER 250 STORES WORLDWIDE AND ONLINE. WWW.HM.COM Mi Tienda opened its second Houston location at 3800 East Little York Road. 97,000sf of great finds on authentic products and fresh produce, specifically designed with the Latino shopper in mind. Some of the store features include its very own Panaderia, offering 30 varieties of homemade Mexican pastries; an Aguas Frescas bar; a Cocina where customers can order freshly made prepared foods; Tortilleria; and a full-service Carnicería.
Business Lufthansa announced that it will be the first airline to offer scheduled Airbus A380 service to the Lone Star State. The Airbus A380 is the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, burning about 12 percent less fuel than other wide-body jets, and is approximately 30 percent quieter than the current generation of wide-body aircraft. The airline has ordered a total of 17 A380 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery by 2015. This will make Lufthansa the largest A380 operator. Flights are available for booking on www.lufthansa.com.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
Reliant Stadium Texans vs. Tennessee Titans 12pm Toyota Aeros vs. Oklahoma City Barons 5:05pm
Jones HS: RachFest 1- Rach 3, 2:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia-Voyage 3pm
Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 7:30pm
WEDNESDAY Photo by Jeremy Daniel
PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST
Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of UtopiaVoyage 7:30pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm
Now-April 22, Coats for Cubs! at Buffalo Exchange. Bring your real fur apparel, including trims, accessories and shearling, to any Buffalo Exchange and let us know it’s a gift for our Coats for Cubs program. Recommended by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), used furs provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. www.buffaloexchange.com
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 2 & 7:30pm Jones HS: RachFest 2- Rach 1 & 4, 2:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 3pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm HOB Old 97’s 7pm Warehouse The Cab & The Summer Set 6pm
Jones HS: RachFest 1- Rach 3, 8pm
Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 7:30pm HOB Wu-Tang Clan 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 7:30pm Verizon Aaron Lewis 8pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm HOB Janis Joplin Birthday Celebration featuring Kozmic Pearl 7pm Jones HS: RachFest 3- Rach 2, 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 7:30pm
January 19, 26th Annual Marathon Oil Corporation Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards, 6-10pm at the HYATT Regency Hotel in Downtown Houston. www.bryantawards.com
Alley The Toxic Avenger 2:30 & 7:30pm HOB Mason Jennings 8pm Jones HS: RachFest 3- Rach 2, 2:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 3pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 8pm HOB The Kills 8pm Warehouse Awolnation 8pm
January 24, The Rienzi Society Annual Dinner at Rienzi. RienziSociety@mfah.org
Alley The Toxic Avenger 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 2 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Best of Spielberg and Williams 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 3pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012, 3pm | Mistakes Were Made 3pm Wortham HGO: Verdi- La Traviata 2pm
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HOB Dirty Guv’nahs 8pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 7:30pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 7:30pm HOB August Burns Red 6:30pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012, 7:30pm | Mistakes Were Made 7:30pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 7:30pm HOB MUTEMATH 7pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 7:30pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012, 7:30pm | Mistakes Were Made 7:30pm Warehouse The Features 7pm
January 26, Devereux Texas Savor the Hope Gala - A Night of Bond at Hotel ZaZa. www.savorthehope.org
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT ALLEY THEATRE: alleytheatre.org CWMP: woodlandscenter.org HOBBY CENTER: 713.315.2525 thehobbycenter.org HOUSE OF BLUES: hob.com JONES HALL: 713.227.3974 joneshall.org MAIN STREET THEATRE: 713.524.6706 mainstreettheatre.com MERIDIAN: meridianhouston.com MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT): milleroutdoortheatre.com
MINUTE MAID PARK: astros.mlb.com RELIANT PARK: reliantpark.com STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE: 713.527.0123 stagestheatre.com TOYOTA CENTER: 1.866.4HOU.TIX toyotacentertix.com VERIZON THEATRE: verizonwirelesstheatre.com WAREHOUSE LIVE: warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER: 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org
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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? TRY ONE-STOP SHOPPING AT
Toyota Aeros vs. Rockford IceHogs 7:35pm
Hobby Musiqa & HB II: Free of the Ground 7:30pm HOB The Molly Ringwalds 8pm Jones HS: RachFest 1- Rach 3, 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm Reliant Stadium Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam 7pm Warehouse Otenki 7pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 2:30 & 8pm Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 2 & 8pm Jones HS: RachFest 2Rach 1 & 4, 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm Wortham SPA: Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. 8pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 8pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 8pm HOB Bill Burr 7pm Jones Joshua Bell 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. San Antonio Rampage 7:35pm Verizon Tedeschi Trucks Band 8pm Warehouse In Flames 6:30pm
Hobby GEB: The Addams Family 8pm HOB Reckless Kelly & Reverend Horton Heat 7pm Jones HS: RachFest 2Rach 1 & 4, 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm
January 20, 19th Annual Live Racing Season w/ Thoroughbred Meet at Sam Houston Race Park. www.shrp.com
Alley The Toxic Avenger 8pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 8pm Jones HS: Best of Spielberg and Williams 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012, 8pm Wortham HGO: Verdi- La Traviata 7:30pm | Da Camera: Ravi Coltrane Quartet 8pm
Alley The Toxic Avenger 2:30 & 8pm HOB Led Zeppelin 2- A Tribute to Led Zeppelin 8pm Jones HS: RachFest 3-Rach 2, 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm | WITR- Ronnie Levine & Billy Garrett 6pm Reliant Stadium Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam 7pm Toyota Aeros vs. San Antonio Rampage 5:05pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: Farewell Haydn, Hello Mozart 8pm January 21, Don’t Stop Believin’ with TIRR, 9pm-1am at House of Blues. All proceeds benefit Project Victory. ssltirr.contentactive.com/form/eventregistration.asp?id=261
Alley The Toxic Avenger 2:30 & 8pm Hobby TUTS: Bring It On 2 & 8pm HOB Badfish- A Tribute to Sublime 7pm Jones HS: Best of Spielberg and Williams 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Voyage 8pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012, 8pm | Mistakes Were Made 8pm
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museum district By Pixie Ibañez
EXHIBITS EMAIL US AT PIXIE@002MAG.COM
1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons for the Menil Collection, on view thru March 18, is widely regarded by scholars in the field as one of the most important exhibits of its kind in the United States. The group of more than sixty works, many of which were acquired by Dominique de Menil in 1985 from the noted collector Eric Bradley, spans 600 years, from the 13th to the 18th centuries, and encompasses a number of distinct cultures including Greek, Slavic and Russian. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org
5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org
Going Up? on view thru January 29. This exhibition of whimsical metal sculptures by Texas artist Lauren McAdams focuses on two of the artist’s most recent bodies of work, Flying Rings and the Women Series. In Flying Rings, McAdams’ fanciful interpretations of finger rings appear to whiz, fly and zip their way up and down the high-tension cables she has installed. Replete with feet, propellers and wheels, the Flying Rings are full of character. In the Women Series, McAdams continues her exploration into the potential capabilities of different individuals and again shows the viewer her sense of humor. 6. LAWNDALE ARTCENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org
Magical Realism in Photography, on view thru January 14. This exhibit is a collection of photographs that bring to mind the mysterious and beautiful aesthetic found in Latin American Magical Realism. Though some of these images are digitally altered and some are natural photographs, there is a consistent attachment to this aesthetic that begins with reality and then takes its own course. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL www.rothkochapel.org
The Rothko Chapel, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian-born, American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world. 4. BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL MUSEUM www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php
Intimate in scale, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is the repository of the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also a manifestation of the redemptive power of art: The chapel was expressly built to house 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that had been looted from their original home in a small chapel in Lysi, Cyprus.
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This Weird Place, on view January 20. A group exhibit by Lane Hagood, Alika Herreshoff, Cody Ledvina, Lee Piechocki, Anthony Record and Eric Shaw, curated by Sebastian Forray. All six artists engage the unsteady ground between figuration and abstraction using diverse, unique means. Through the flaying of representation through abstraction (and vice versa), both are dissected, and we are allowed a teetering view between revelation and obfuscation. 7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum pays tribute to African-American military history from the Revolutionary War to modern times. During the 1860s, soldiers of the 10th U.S. Calvary were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” for their fierce fighting ability and bravery. 8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org
We Fought, Too – Jewish Soldiers in America’s Wars, on view thru January 31. For centuries, there have been perceptions by Americans that Jews were unwilling or unable to serve in the American military. This view was so widespread that noted authors, particularly Mark Twain, in his 1899 article, “Concerning the Jews,” criticized the American Jews for their lack of patriotism and willingness to serve. The exhibit highlights Jewish soldiers in the Civil War, the Jewish Legion of World War I, World War I, the
Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and tells some of those stories. 9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org
Balancing Act, on view January 28. Get into the act! From teetering toddlers to tightrope walkers, balance is something we all use in our everyday lives. Our body and brain work together to help us stay poised. Put your sense of equilibrium to the test in the new feet- and hands-on exhibit. It will expand your understanding of balance as you participate in active learning experiences, such as balance beams and boards. Discover what keeps spinning tops spinning, gymnasts on track and ice skaters on the edge! 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Cells: The Universe Inside Us, on view January 8. The human body is made up of millions of cells that are constantly working. Cells: The Universe Inside Us gives visitors a chance to see what happens inside their body every day. Walk through a giant cell, perform virtual experiments, make protein shapes with your shadow and more! 11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org
Discovering the Civil War, on view thru April 29. Layers of time and memory obscure the American Civil War in a smoky haze. The real human beings, military and civilian, who lived through these years of travail and sacrifice, are lost to us, but the records they left behind give us a pathway back to the past. The exhibit is divided into 12 thematic areas that combine great original treasures, engaging touchscreen interactive and social media tools, selected to illustrate the breadth of the conflict and to ask, “How do we know what happened?” 12. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org
Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure, on view thru January. The NEW 4-D Experience begins with the stunning visuals of a 3-D movie, and expands the experience with scents, mists, bubbles, lights and more to bring movies to life. Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure: Catch That Robot Butterfly is based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated children’s series. Join your adventurous amigos on Nickelodeon’s high-speed, eye-popping chase from the tropical rainforest to the icy Arctic!
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13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org
Coming Soon: Joel Shapiro, New Installation, opening February 2. Primarily known for his geometric, abstract sculptures that appear to bound across museum walls, floors and sculpture gardens, renowned American artist Joel Shapiro has been working over the past several years on a new body of work where he transforms entire gallery and museum spaces with room-sized installations of colorful geometric shapes and lines that hover in a kind of suspended animation. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs, on view thru April, features more than 100 artworks, most of which have never been shown in the United States prior to this tour. These spectacular treasures – more than half of which come from the tomb of King Tutankhamun – include the golden sandals found on the boy king’s mummy; a gold coffinette that held his stomach; golden statues of the gods; and King Tut’s rings, ear ornaments and gold collar.
15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
Perspectives 177: McArthur Binion, on view January 6. Decidedly minimal, Binion’s work embodies a strong intellect rooted in the expressive capabilities of color and abstraction. His luminous monographs and hybrid paintings are comprised of wax-based crayons pressed onto shaped wood and aluminum panels. The tactility of the painting as well as the integration of paper collage onto its surface offers a complexity to Binion’s process that is deeply devoted to narrative. For this exhibition, Binion has created a new body of work that extends his visual narrative through color and geometric form. 16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org
Founded in 1958, The Jung Center is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the continuing education of the human spirit through psychology, the arts and the humanities. 17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM www.czechcenter.org
The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. 18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM www.wxresearch.org
2011 Winter Weather Camp, December 27-29.
KEY TO SYMBOLS
Parking restaurant shoPPing snacks Free aDMission
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MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM www.1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940 ART CAR MUSEUM www.artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 BLAFFER ART MUSEUM www.blaffer.org 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521 Thru January 5, Born in the Bayou by Dennis Harper GALVESTON ARTS CENTER www.galveston.com 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403 HERITAGE SOCIETY www.heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM www.houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526 MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY www.printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652 MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY www.hbu.edu 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997 ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368 PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662 STATION MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART www.stationmuseum.com 1502 Alabama. 713.529.6900 Thru February 12, Crude by Andrei Molodkin
ARCHWAY GALLERY www.archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Opens January 7, Andiamo! by Shirl Riccetti and guest Peggy Sexton ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 Thru February 24, 2012, Wallpaper as Art: If You Sprinkle When You Tinkle
BERING & JAMES GALLERYwww.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954 BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Thru February 1, Stargazers CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.228.3848 Thru January 31, Must Love Art III CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613 COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 COMMUNITY ARTISTSâ€™ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616 DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440
DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY www.coltonfarbgallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Thru January 7, Truth: Sublime Beyond Words
ANYA TISH GALLERY www.anyatishgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299 Opens January 12, They All Wore Pearls by Neva Mikulicz
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BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200
DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802
AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY + BOUTIQUE www.aerosolwarfare.com 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 832.748.8369
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UNIVERSITY MUSEUM www.tsu.edu/museum 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145
18 HANDS GALLERY www.18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 January 14-29, International Texas Teapot Tournament
DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346 Opens January 19, A Crack in the Evening by Zoe Juniper DOMY BOOKS www.domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669 ELDER STREET GALLERY www.elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889
FOTOFEST www.fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522 G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842 GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547 January 25-29, The Indian Booth GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Opens January 14, Accrochage 2012: Celebrating 21 Years
HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885 HOOKS-EPSTEIN GALLERIES www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951
GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311
INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Opens January 13, John Sonsini: New Paintings
GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru February 11, Shift by Edward Lane McCartney
KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923
GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462
KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175
GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 H GALLERY www.hgallery.org 617 W. 19th 713.417.4888 HANNAH BACOL BUSCH GALLERY www.hannahbacolbuschgallery.com 2501 S. Shepherd Dr. 713.527.0523 Thru January 28, Information Age by Irene Abraham HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600
LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 LAURA U COLLECTION www.lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681 M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 McCLAIN GALLERY www.mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 Thru February 4, Reel to Reel
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McMURTREY GALLERYwww.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MONTROSE ART SOCIETY www.montroseartsociety.com 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402 MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru January 14, Pat Colville, New Work MOTHER DOG STUDIOS www.motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760 NAU-HAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664 O’KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St. @ UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY www.parkersongallery.com 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY www.peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122 POISSANT GALLERY www.poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 POST GALLERY www.postgallery.com By appointment only, 713.622.4241 RECORD RANCH GALLERY www.cactusmusictx.com 2110 Portsmouth 713.526.9272
SPRING ST. STUDIOS www.springstreetstudios.info 1824 Spring Street 713.862.0082 STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555 TALENTO BILINGUE www.tbhcenter.org 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213 THE ARTFUL CORNER www.theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THOM ANDRIOLA www.newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 Thru January 7, Year End Group Exhibition VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816 WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 Opening January 13, Creed #4 by Stephanie Williams WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082 XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846 ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948
REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074 RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY www.rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836 SICARDI GALLERY www.sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313 SPACE125 GALLERY www.haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330
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for art’s sake By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Sofia van der Dys
LAST HOUSTON DAYS OF THE BYZANTINE FRESCOES THE BYZANTINE CHAPEL CLOSES ON SUNDAY MARCH 4, 2012. FOR SPECIAL FAREWELL PROGRAM DETAILS, VISIT WWW.MENIL.ORG OR WWW.BYZANTINEFRESCOESCHAPEL.COM
ET BETWEEN THE SPRAWLING CAMPUSES OF UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS AND THE MENIL COLLECTION (OF WHICH IT IS PART), THE BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL IS A MONUMENT TO A VERY ANCIENT CULTURE AND FANTASTIC STEWARDSHIP. THE BYZANTINE FRESCOES HOUSED INSIDE WILL LEAVE IN MARCH AFTER 15 YEARS IN HOUSTON, COMPLETING A JOURNEY DECADES IN THE MAKING. THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMAIL EXCHANGE BETWEEN MENIL DIRECTOR JOSEF HELFENSTEIN, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR VANCE MUSE AND ME, ABOUT THAT JOURNEY.
How did Dominique de Menil come across the frescoes originally? Dominique de Menil first learned about the frescoes in 1983, when a colleague, a scholar of the Byzantine period, showed her photographs of these 13th-century works of art, which had been taken from their home, a small Greek Orthodox chapel near the village of Lysi on the island of Cyprus. The frescoes by then were with an art dealer in Munich, and Dominique, who recognized the exceptional quality of the work, arranged a trip to view them. Once there, she became suspicious of the frescoes’ true origins and resolved to rescue them. Sure enough, research revealed that the frescoes had been taken from their home when Lysi was looted following the Turkish invasion of 1974. In partnership with and on behalf of the Church of Cyprus, she negotiated to purchase the frescoes, for $520,000. Remember, the frescoes were very badly damaged. Because they had been looted? Yes, thieves had torn them from the walls of the chapel and hacked them into 38 pieces. She paid more for the restoration than she paid for the pieces, right? An additional $530,000 was spent to restore them. How were they originally displayed? Did you have them up on mounts? The Menil and the Church of Cyprus also agreed that the frescoes must be restored to their original spiritual purpose, and exhibited in a consecrated chapel. Dominique commissioned her son, Francois de Menil, a New York-based architect, to design a chapel building to house the frescoes. The design of the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, which opened in 1997, evokes the frescoes’ original home. It is an ideal setting for the frescoes, letting the viewer imagine and experience the spiritual space and power of their original home. The chapel was designed with special panels to allow for the easy removal of the frescoes, to facilitate their eventual return to Cyprus. Did the museum ever have any idea of how long you would have them? The original loan was extended and we are honored to have been able to display
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the frescoes for fifteen years since the chapel opened. More than 400,000 people – Houstonians and also visitors from all over the world – have been able to see and experience the restored frescoes. How involved is the Church of Cyprus in the exchange? Very. It has been a wonderful relationship and partnership, from the rescue and restoration of the frescoes to the opening and consecration of the chapel to this moment, when we prepare for their return. And it has brought us closer to the Greek Orthodox community here in Houston. They’re going to the Makarios Cultural Center first. Do you know how they’re going to display them? Are there plans for that? The frescoes are returning to the Archbishopric of Cyprus, which will decide on their further disposition. A show of very good faith. And a promise kept. This has proven to be a new model of cultural heritage. In fact, the Menil recently hosted a symposium –“Cultural Heritage 2.0”– with experts from the arts, bioethics and other fields, who explored issues of stewardship. You can view that symposium at www.byzantinefrescochapel.org. What will become of the chapel? Working with David Chipperfield Architects of London and Berlin, the Menil has completed a master site plan, which of course includes the chapel. Over the years, whenever possible and practical, we have acquired property around and adjacent to the museum campus, in the interest of preserving the tranquility of this urban oasis and also adding to our green space and, eventually, for the addition of new buildings devoted to art. We are carefully studying how we might “re-purpose” the chapel once the frescoes have left and the space has been deconsecrated. What are your fondest memories of the frescoes as they go away? What are you going to remember most? These are the largest intact Byzantine frescoes in the Western hemisphere, and being able to share them on such a long-term basis has been an enormous privilege. We will miss the beauty and power of the frescoes and the sanctuary of their consecrated setting – and the rare experience they gave visitors to the Menil. Heavy hearts. Yes, but also full hearts. This is a bittersweet moment: we say farewell to the frescoes, while being grateful for the wonder and richness they brought to Houston during their time here.
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THE DESIGN OF THE BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL, WHICH OPENED IN 1997, EVOKES THE FRESCOES’ ORIGINAL HOME.
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By Jenni Rebecca Stephenson
It’s time to start fresh in the new year! Clean out your closets, kick your bad habits and renew your gym membership – or at least, vow to make good use of it, rather than writing it off as your charitable contribution to the fitness industry. As always, January is all about reflection and self-improvement… so among your New Year’s resolutions, consider dedicating more time to exploring your local art scene.
“and everything in between” @ Spacetaker January 13 @ 6pm: Opening Reception On view January 13 March 2 “and everything in between,” a solo exhibition by Houston artist Curtis Gannon, showcases collages and constructions based on the deconstruction of the comic book medium. His various approaches to presentation and reassembly explore the fundamental mechanisms by which comics communicate their message. Incorporating intricate geometric patterns made of overlapping, cut-up and woven comic book pages (including Plexiglas installations), the work highlights the characteristics of American action comics: color, movement, dialogue, dramatic story lines and pop entertainment. Spacetaker ARC Gallery (2101 Winter)- Free! www.spacetaker.org
A Crack in Everything January 19-21, 7:30pm: zoe|juniper performances January 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, 1pm: Local performances zoe|juniper (Princess Grace Awardee Zoe Scofield and Juniper Shuey) create an immersive environment of video, dance, photography and installation extending and expanding upon their touring dance work, A Crack in Everything (ACIE). Using the Greek tragedy The Oresteia to explore the emotional spectrum of justice and retaliation, the installation allows viewers to experience the performance from different perspectives simultaneously, providing insight into the physical and emotive realities of the performers. DiverseWorks ArtSpace (1117 East Freeway)- Free! www.diverseworks.org
Photo by Jim Allen
Inprint presents Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood January 23 @ 7:30pm The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents literary icon Margaret Atwood, author of more than 40 books and internationally celebrated novelist, poet, literary critic and environmental activist. Her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin, received the 2000 Booker Prize, a prize for which she has received five nominations. Her work includes The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride and her most recent novel, The Year of the Flood. The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing. Cullen Theater in Wortham Center (501 Texas Ave.)Tickets $5. www.inprinthouston.org Party Like It’s Mardi! – Music Doing Good Jazz Series January 27: Pre-Show Party @ 7pm; Performance @ 8pm Grab your friends, snag some beads and King Cake, sip a Hurricane and celebrate the grand spirit of Mardi Gras. Music Doing Good director of jazz and trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis gathers his crew of legendary jazz musicians including saxophonist “Preacherman” Mark Gross and jazz all-star drummer Adonis Rose, along with Big Chief Gerard Bo Dollis and Big Chief Smiley Ricks to lead the parade. Don’t hesitate to don your beads and costumes and bask in bold sounds and elation of this rich tradition. All ticket sales benefit the Musical Instrument Aid and Scholarship Fund. Zilkha Hall (Hobby Center)- $25. www.musicdoinggood.com
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D A I L Y Toxins Interview by Lance Scott Walker | Photography by Jack Potts
JEFF KAPLAN | Founder of New Living TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE HOME IS A SPECIAL FOCUS OF YOURS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ONES THAT PEOPLE JUST HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT? People have no idea what chemicals exist in mattresses. You spend a third of your life on a mattress, and the companies that create flame retardants lobby our government, our Congress, to keep these chemicals, like PCBs and flame retardants and formaldehyde, in the mattresses. Because if there’s a law that says every mattress has to have flame retardants in there, and there’s 300 million people in the country, there’s a lot of money in it. It comes from a very antiquated law, from like the ’20s, when Americans would go to bed at night smoking cigarettes. They started requiring it, and now Dow Chemical makes a ton of money. The TempurPedic mattress is like toxic soup. WHAT’S THE SECOND BIGGEST OFFENDER, NEXT TO MATTRESSES? I think household cleaning products, and paints. Things that everyone uses. Everyone has paint on their walls, everyone has cleaning products, everyone has a mattress. Our challenge – what we’re doing is no different than what Whole Foods is doing. People get it. When it comes to eating healthy food that doesn’t have chemicals and pesticides in it, they get that they shouldn’t feed their kids chemical-laden food. They want their kids to eat organic food now. It’s the same methods, but it’s not just about the food. It’s about all these other chemicals that are in our homes. We’re just not trained to think about it. Well, because a lot of people differentiate getting something on you from putting something in you, but if you get it on your skin, you’re getting it in your body. In your body, and even our water – Houston puts tons of toxic chemicals in the water. We have really dirty water, and when you bathe, your body’s absorbing chemicals, like when you drink a glass of water. The challenge with chemicals in our homes is that you don’t see it. Air quality is different. You might get cancer in years because of the exposure, but it’s accumulative. It takes time. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PEOPLE THAT SAY THAT THE SHIFT TO ORGANIC OR LESS TOXIC IS TOO EXPENSIVE? Our mission is to make healthy, green homes affordable and accessible. We’re doing a lot of things to make it happen. The reality is that it takes time for the market to embrace things. One thing that would be awesome to mention is the cost of non-toxic paint. We have our own line of paint, and 2 years ago when we started, the average cost of a gallon of paint was twice what it is today. So the price is coming down. It trickles its way down. The market’s ready, the consumers are on board and are largely educated. The problem is that it’s not just about buying stuff. It’s also about the people that do it. We’ve learned that we have to educate a lot, and we have to train subcontractors and the painters, which is why we have – we’re the only place in town that has certified green painters that have made the commitment to protect the health of our customers’ families and their crews. When we first started, people would come in and buy paint, but then they would go home and give it to their painter and the painter would use all of the other chemicals they would have
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used in the job. All of the toxic primers and adhesives and the caulking, completely defeating the purpose! So that’s when we started certifying painters, and that’s so important. It’s not just about the product. It’s so much about greening the construction industry, and training people on how to use these products. You know, they’re scared. They’re scared of trying new things, and painters... to illustrate the human impact of what we’re doing, the average life span of a painter – and this is according to the World Health Organization – the average life span of a painter is only 54 years old. We’re just putting them in buildings, sealing them up and saying ‘go paint!’ And they get cancer. According to the Environmental Working Group, painters have a 40 percent greater chance of getting lung cancer, and they’re the only trade in the entire construction industry that has a statistically proven higher percentage chance of getting cancer, because they’re the people that are building buildings. They’re on the front line. So what we’re doing is certifying them. We’re working with them. We’re on the ground floor training painters and other contractors how to work with healthy chemicals so people can have healthier homes. www.newliving.net
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gish at the movies YIKES! IT’S 2012…THE YEAR THE MAYANS AND NOSTRADAMUS SAY WILL END IT ALL. I PREFER TO SHINE A POSITIVE LIGHT – THE WORLD AIN’T ENDING, YA’LL – IT’S JUST A NEW BEGINNING FOR US! I AM KNOCKING ON WOOD AND HOPING THAT PART OF OUR NEW WORLD IS A STRONG ECONOMY AND IN MY MAGICAL CRYSTAL BALL, I SEE HOUSTON’S SMALL BUSINESSES LEADING THE WAY DOWN THE GREEN BRICK ROAD. SINCE I FOCUS ON THE FILM FAVES OF NOTABLE HOUSTONIANS EACH JANUARY, THIS YEAR I TURNED TO SUCCESSFUL SMALL BIZ RETAILERS. By Sarah Gish
Thankfully, Denise Welling of Body Mind & Soul sees this year as a spiritually positive one so it’s no surprise that she loves the 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife. “The story is quite simple: a bishop (David Niven) prays for help in building a grand cathedral while trying to satisfy the needs of the demanding patron who is backing the project. An angel by the name of Dudley (Cary Grant) arrives in answer to his prayer, but shows him that what he really wants is not a cathedral, but a deeper relationship with his wife, Julia (Loretta Young). This movie is beautiful to me on so many levels – the most obvious is that you get help from a higher source when you ask for it and that sometimes what you think you want is not what you are truly yearning for.” Danish woman Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) is darn sure she yearns to leave her womanizing husband in Debbie Scholl’s favorite movie, Out of Africa (and who wouldn’t, when cute Denys Finch-Hatton, played by Robert Redford, is waiting for her?!). The owner of FUNdamentally Toys says, “I’m attracted to the movie because of Blixen’s strength and courage and her diplomacy and her passion, all of which are mixed with a deep love and respect for Finch-Hatton. Filmed in Kenya, the photography is breathtaking and the musical score punctuates the intensity of events as they unfold.” “One of my favorite films ever is a documentary called Seamless,” says Chloe Dao, fashion designer and owner of Lot 8 boutique. “It’s about well-known designers, including Proenza Schouler and Doo-Ri Chung, who were competing to win the CFDA award in 2005. I love this film because it shows the nitty-gritty part of fashion and the brutal reality. You can have tons of press and celebrities wearing your clothes and still be in debt. The film shows some of the personal and private struggles of very talented designers that I relate to. It lets me know I am not alone. I would recommend this film to all aspiring fashion designers or anyone who is interested in that industry.” The most surprising film choice I ran across? Lucy Chambers, book maven and Editorial Director at Bright Sky Press, would put on a boxing mask for Jack Black’s hilarious Nacho Libre. It just goes to show you: you can’t judge a book girl by her cover.
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nonprofit By Nadia Michel Photography by Sofia van der Dys
I AM WATERS FOUNDATION FROM THE RUNWAY TO THE STREETS: ELENA DAVIS GIVES HOUSTON’S HOMELESS A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
RAGS TO RICHES Elena Davis has graced the pages of Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar, but life wasn’t always so glamorous for the founder of I Am Water. One of four siblings, Davis was raised in California by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. “We led a very transient lifestyle. I went to a dozen different schools. Food was an issue because we relied on food stamps. My mother was often at work or school, so my older brother Doane always made sure we got something to eat, even if it was just sharing a can of soup.” At age 16, Davis moved to Paris. On her second day, she scored a photo shoot with GermanVogue. “I never stopped working after that,” she says. Avoiding the pitfalls of the supermodel lifestyle, she built a solid career. “I never went to parties. I was afraid to go out at night because of the terrible neighborhoods I grew up in,” she recalls. Eventually, she returned to the US and was able to help her siblings pursue their own dreams. In 2009, Davis founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit foundation that provides safe, transportable water to homeless individuals and shelters. During the summer of 2011, I Am Water delivered 300,000 bottles of water throughout Houston, Ft. Worth and Austin. GIVING WATER, HOPE AND INSPIRATION Access to safe drinking water is a real problem for the homeless, especially during the hot summer months. “If you are homeless, you can’t get the key to the gas station bathroom. If you try to access a faucet or a hose, you might be trespassing,” says Davis. “And the shelters don’t have the funds allocated for take-away water.” Staying hydrated is key when it comes to overcoming difficult situations. “What we are hearing from the shelters is that the homeless who come in and use services are able to go on more job interviews and stay away from the shelter longer because they have three to five of our bottles that they can put in a bag.” Those bottles are labeled with inspirational words: LOVE, HOPE, PEACE and DREAM. “When a homeless person finds out that a bottle of water was made expressly for them, that it wasn’t a castoff or a second-hand thing, with this specially branded package, it makes them feel that somebody on the outside knows that they’re there,” Davis explains. “It has a big impact on how they perceive themselves.”
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THE TRUE FACE OF HOMELESSNESS “The homeless label engenders preconceived notions that they are mentally ill or have been in prison,” says Davis. “We want to shift that perception. They could be anybody.” In fact, 1 in 3 homeless are families, according to I Am Water. Those individuals – including children and single parents – may be less visible but their stories are often compelling. “They are just people, like anybody else. We all have a certain idea of what we want for our life, but then life happens. You can’t always predict whether you’re going to lose a job, or if someone in your family will get sick, or if you are going to become sick and end up spending all of your money and having to sell your house and the life that you had to pay off bills. These are very common stories.” As part of their Image Campaign, I Am Waters has made a habit of photographing the individuals at the shelters it serves. A copy is offered to the subject and another is used in published material to put a face on homelessness. The photos are taken on white backgrounds. “It’s about removing them from their environment. A lot of how we perceive ourselves is based on the cues we get from those around us. When we show them the printed, laminated photographs, it brings out a flood of hopes and dreams,” she says. “It’s very powerful. Some of them haven’t been photographed since they were children.” KEEPING IT GREEN I Am Waters bottles are 100% recyclable. The Foundation provides shelters with recycling services to help reduce waste. But another factor is helping keep litter to a minimum. “As it turns out, we’ve heard from the shelters that the homeless collect the bottles because the words mean so much to them. They peel the labels off and stick them on their wheelchairs, tents and sleeping bags,” explains Davis. The Foundation also minimizes its carbon footprint by bottling all its water locally in Lubbock.
I Am Waters Foundation is a nonprofit organization that relies entirely on private donations to fulfill its programs and has been supported with gifts from $10 to $100,000. To make a donation, go to iamwaters.com/donate/.
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weâ€™ve heard from the shelters that the homeless collect the bottles because the words mean so much to them. they peel the labels off and stick them on their wheelchairs, tents and sleeping bags....
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With the purchase of each Greenzy, a donation is made to The Arbor Day Foundation which goes towards planting trees in our nation’s forests.
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By Pixie Ibañez
RGANIC GOODS ARE POPPING UP IN PRACTICALLY EVERY STORE NOWADAYS. FROM ORGANIC SHOES TO ORGANIC BABY FOOD, THERE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE A PRODUCT THAT HASN’T HAD A GREENER, HEALTHIER, ORGANIC MAKEOVER. IGNITE A PASSION FOR ORGANIC GOODS WITHIN YOUR CHILDREN EARLY ON, AND NATURAL, HEALTHY, ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES WILL SOON BECOME SECOND NATURE. LITTLE PEOPLE CAN ALSO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HOPEFULLY HELP OUR SWEET PLANET HEAL FROM A VERY NASTY BOO-BOO.
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1- Mini Bobble designed by Karim Rashid. www.waterbobble.com 2- Glob paint kit, natural botanical paints. www.globiton.com 3- Leakey Collection beads for learning natural material beads. www.leakeycollection.com 4- Greenzy Peat doll. www.greenzys.com 5- Kiss My Face obsessively natural kids toothpaste. www.kissmyface.com 6- Miracle-Gro kids 3-in-1 gardening set from Peachtree Playthings. www.toysrus.com 7- Aussan Natural baby care products. www.aussannatural.com 8- Kamik 100% recycled sweet pea rain boots. www.kamik.com
Photography by The Photo Boutique
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EVENT THE LITTLE BIRD LUXURY CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE 1735 POST OAK BOULEVARDWHEN OCTOBER 20 The Little Bird has landed in Houston, and the who’s who of Houston fashion showed up to celebrate the grand opening of the luxury consignment boutique offering coveted designer fashions, handbags, shoes and accessories. Owner Keele Loyd proudly introduced Houston women to her new uptown boutique. While trying on Chanel, Fendi, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin, guests enjoyed bites from Masraff’s, The Little Bird’s Post Oak neighbor. Proceeds from the event benefited MD Anderson Cancer Center, an establishment close to Keele’s heart due to her overcoming cancer with the help of the facility.
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Tracy Larner, Erica Levit, Lane Schultz
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1 MINIE SINGH age 24 sign Virgo origin Indian occupation Software Consultant/Bolly Aerobics Instructor
2 STEPHEN LEWIS age 42 sign Aquarius origin Spring, TX occupation Financial Advisor and Wine Maker
people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun
3 JUDDETH MORGAHN MILLER age 23 sign Aquarius origin Born and raised Houstonian
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1. MINIE SINGH •WHERE IS YOU FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Betsey Johnson. •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Lace. •WHAT’S THE MOST MEMORABLE THING YOU’VE DONE IN HOUSTON? Met the love of my life. •WHAT’S IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU JUST CAN’T LET GO OF? Hello Kitty lunch box. 2. STEPHEN LEWIS •WHERE IS YOU FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? HEB, I can hang out there for hours. •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? More Texans drinking more wine. •WHAT CELEBRITY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET STYLE TIPS FROM? Cary Grant. •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My faith in God. 3. JUDDETH-MORGAHN MILLER •IF YOU COULD ONLY WEAR ONE COSMETIC PRODUCT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? AHH! The horror! Haha. Mascara. Eyes are the windows to the soul. The least we can do is dress them up, right? •WHAT CELEBRITY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET STYLE TIPS FROM? Rihanna. She’s so free in what she wears. I love that. •WHAT’’S IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU JUST CAN’T LET GO OF? My favorite pair of gold Steve Madden peep-toe baby heels. They chic-up everything. •WOULD YOU RATHER COOK, DINE OUT OR GET TAKEOUT? Cook! I’m all about the social life, but I love to cook for my friends and family.
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things i like love By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Gabriella Nissen
DE PETRA’S JEWELS CONTINUE TO MAKE ME SWOON! PLUS THEY REPURPOSE LEATHER SCRAPS AS WELL AS USE RECYCLED METALS. I LOVE HOW MUCH THIS LOCAL BRAND HAS GROWN – THEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ANTHROPOLOGIE! BUT IF YOU WANT MORE EXCLUSIVE PIECES, MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. DE PETRA ART AND JEWELRY, 713.296.9696. WWW.DEPETRA.COM
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LOVE Goodbyn Bynto boxes! They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are perfect to pack your lunch and go. No more bags. It takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you like your Ziplocs like I do. Goodbyn.com
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Nothing like a simple, classic watch to keep me on time in 2012. Timex.com
How cute are these pup lovepup collars? It’ll be hard to pick one…thank goodness I have 2 dogs! 25% of all proceeds donated to no-kill shelters. Available at Kuhl-Linscomb and www.lovepupdesigns.com
I LOVE KNOWING WE MADE THIS. OUR SUPER RICH COMPOST DIRT TOOK A YEAR TO BREAK DOWN, BUT NOW IT’S MAKING MY HERBS AND VEGGIES THRIVE. I am obsessed (or should I say Pascual is?) with WubbaNub Infant Pacifiers. They are super cute and easy for him to hold. Pop the whole thing in a small mesh bag into the washer and wash to reuse. We have a bunch! Available at Longoria Collection and Kuhl-Linscomb.
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Anthropologie - 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. 713.973.0561 Zara - 5085 Westheimer Rd. 713.439.0995 Cotton Club - 3941 San Felipe 713.522.9101
costume for cocktails
This pattern is more snowflake, snow bunny than Cosby. Perfect for the winter season or the slopes! Pattern sweater @ Anthropologie
Styling by Beatrice Allen Photography by Gabriella Nissen Illustration by Alex Rosa
A good denim or chambray shirt is a versatile piece everyone should own. It can instantly take an outfit from conservative to edgy. Denim shirt @ Cotton Club
It’s a new dawn, It’s a new day, It’s a new lIfe for me and I’m feelIng
THE HOLIDAYS HAVE COME AND GONE BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD SQUANDER YOUR FESTIVE OUTLOOK. WITH A FEW EYE-CATCHING PIECES, YOUR OUTFIT GOES FROM STANDARD TO DOUBLE-TAKE WORTHY.
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The fit on this ankle-length jean is ideal. The material is thick enough to not feel like it’s painted on thin/tight. That sausage casing feel is the worst! AG Stevie Jeans @ Anthropologie This clutch is a party in itself, plus the perfect statement piece. Antik Batik @ www.antikbatick.fr Unleash your inner “Gaga” with these surprisingly comfortable pieces of art…shoes. Leifsdotter wedge @ Anthropologie
THE SHAPE REMINDS ME OF DAGGERS AND THE DEEP COLOR IS EQUALLY FIERCE. Earrings @ www.gilt.com
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retail wrap photography by Jill Hunter
FAVORITES Place for coffee: Neither one of us drinks coffee (gasp!) but if we did – Coffee Groundz, because they are next door! City to shop: Los Angeles and Singapore. Travel destination: Singapore. Flower and where to get them: Hydrangeas. You can’t beat the price selection from Central Market. Wine: We love French white wine and for red, Pinot Noir from Oregon is awesome.
check other outfitters OWNERS fiona boyd + tommy bumps 2507 BAGBY, HOUSTON, TX 77006 | 713.521.5880 | WWW.CHECKOTHEROUTFITTERS.COM
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? Tommy has had a passion for fashion since his childhood. He moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta and finally to Houston where that passion was further fueled by his involvement in the local hip-hop community. Meanwhile my career as a market analyst with a strong entrepreneurial spirit led me to this path. In 2009 we were both in our early 30’s and at a crossroads in life. Following the sale of my family business in 2010, we were fortunate to have the time and resources to pursue the dream of opening our own store, calling upon Tommy’s keen fashion sense and my business expertise. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU? Things that are different or outside of the box (as in “check other”). The name “Check Other” describes individuality and creativity and represents open-minded individuals who are above the cutting edge when it comes to fashion. We are inspired by surrounding ourselves with like-minded people. A sense of progression rather than regression keeps us motivated. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER STORES? Our goal is to offer unique items – things that you will not find in a department store or, in some cases, not even in the United States. One brand we offer is a Singapore-based line – we choose the designs and personally bring them back to the States.
We also embrace our community by hosting events such as album listenings or film/video screenings. We also offer local artists’ music in our shop and most of our artwork is from local artists. Giving back to the community is also important for any business. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ITEMS IN YOUR SHOP NOW? Anything from Pink Dolphin! We were the first store in Texas to carry this California-based line. Very different designs from the everyday. Other favorites would be some colorful backpacks from Sprayground and throw pillows from Acrylik. We also love the Vestal line of sunglasses and watches.
5 TIPS FOR ACHIEVING YOUR OWN STYLE/DESIGN 1. Number one rule is you have to be comfortable – physically and mentally – or you are just not going to pull it off. 2. Incorporate new pieces with vintage. 3. Work within your budget. 4. Spend money on key foundation pieces, such as jeans, that you can incorporate into several styles. 5. If you have trouble defining your style, consider others’ styles and use different elements.
WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? Exclusive streetwear brands. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS NEW THIS SEASON THAT IS GOING TO BE BIG? Denim jackets are coming back with a vengeance. Trends for men are letterman jackets and baseball/raglan tops. For women we are seeing more wraps and casual knee-high boots as opposed to the standard black leather/suede. Questions answered by Fiona Boyd.
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green Intro by Carla Valencia de Martinez Story by Nadia Michel Photography by Gabriella Nissen Thank you to New Living & Succulent plants and cacti styled by Vernon Caldera
GREEN HAS BECOME SO MUCH MORE THAN SEPARATING YOUR PLASTICS, ALUMINUM, GLASS AND PAPER. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I GET CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT PLASTICS CAN BE RECYCLED AND WHAT THEY ARE TURNED INTO. AS WELL AS, WHAT HAPPENS TO MY TRASH? HOW MANY PLASTIC BOTTLES WE USE AND WHAT HAPPENS TO THAT? WHAT ABOUT WATER, WILL WE RUN OUT? WHAT CAN I DO TO CONSERVE AND SUSTAIN SO THAT THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE FOR MY SON? THERE’S SO MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE AND EASILY; IT’S JUST A MATTER OF EDUCATING YOURSELF AND MAKING SMALL LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS. BY NO MEANS ARE WE COVERING EVERYTHING HERE, LOOK AT IT AS A 101 GREEN GUIDE. If you have any tips you want to share, email me at email@example.com. We’d like to share a few throughout the year.
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TALKIN’ TRASH AND CASH ON AVERAGE, EACH HOUSTONIAN PRODUCES 6.2 POUNDS OF SOLID WASTE EACH DAY ADDING UP TO MORE THAN A TON OF TRASH PER PERSON, PER YEAR. MOST OF THE TRASH GETS HAULED AWAY TO LANDFILLS WHERE IT’S BURIED. TO BUILD A LANDFILL, A HUGE HOLE IS DUG AND THEN LINED WITH CLAY OR HUGE SHEETS OF PLASTIC. WHEN A LANDFILL IS FULL OF TRASH, LAYERS OF SOIL AND CLAY SEAL IT INSIDE. “IT COSTS THE CITY $26 A TON TO DISPOSE OF TRASH AT A LANDFILL,” SAYS MARINA CORYAT, PUBLIC INFORMATION MANAGER AT HOUSTON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT. NOT TO MENTION THE YEARS IT TAKES FOR TRASH TO DECOMPOSE AND THE TOXINS THAT SEEP INTO THE GROUND.
TIP Why not use compostable bags for all your non-recyclable, non-compostable trash?
1,301,789 Diverting trash to recycling facilities saves the city money. “During Fiscal Year 2011, the department received $1,301,789 in revenue from recycling commodities and avoided $2,707,250 in disposal costs,” Coryat explains. That’s because the Solid Waste Management Department receives a profit from the sale of items such as paper and plastics.
2.6 HOUSTON, THE LARGEST CITY IN TEXAS (BY POPULATION), ONLY RECYCLES 2.6 PERCENT OF ITS WASTE. IN CONTRAST, THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO (CA) RECYCLES APPROXIMATELY 69 PERCENT. (BASED ON A 2008 STUDY BY WASTE NEWS CITED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES JULY 29, 2008.) EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO CATCH UP.
A WHOPPING 36 PERCENT OF SOLID WASTE IN TEXAS COMES FROM PAPER. APPROXIMATELY 20 PERCENT COMES FROM LAWN/YARD CLIPPINGS. PLASTICS ONLY MAKE UP EIGHT PERCENT AND METALS MAKE UP FIVE PERCENT.
20,000 THE TEXAS RECYCLING INDUSTRY EMPLOYS ABOUT 20,000 WORKERS STATEWIDE. THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY ADDS APPROXIMATELY $2.9 BILLION TO THE TEXAS ECONOMY EACH YEAR.
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• Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour. Most of them are thrown away. • Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year!
Number 1 Plastics= PET or PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) Found in: Soft drink, water and beer bottles; mouthwash bottles; peanut butter containers; salad dressing and vegetable oil containers; ovenable food trays. Recycled into: Polar fleece, fiber, tote bags, furniture, carpet, paneling, straps, (occasionally) new containers. Number 2 Plastics= HDPE (high-density polyethylene) Found in: Milk jugs, juice bottles; bleach, detergent and household cleaner bottles; shampoo bottles; some trash and shopping bags; motor oil bottles; butter and yogurt tubs; cereal box liners. Recycled into: Laundry detergent bottles, oil bottles, pens, recycling containers, floor tile, drainage pipe, lumber, benches, doghouses, picnic tables, fencing. HDPE is a versatile plastic with many uses, especially for packaging. It carries low risk of leaching and is readily recyclable into many goods. Number 3 Plastics= Vinyl or PVC Found in: Window cleaner and detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging, wire jacketing, medical equipment, siding, windows, piping. Recycled into: Decks, paneling, mudflaps, roadway gutters, flooring, cables, speed bumps, mats. PVC is tough and weathers well, so it is commonly used for piping, siding and similar applications. PVC contains chlorine, so its manufacture can release highly dangerous dioxins. If you must cook with PVC, don’t let the plastic touch food and never burn PVC, because it releases toxins. Number 4 Plastics= LDPE (low-density polyethylene) Found in: Squeezable bottles; bread, frozen food, dry cleaning and shopping bags; tote bags; clothing; furniture; carpet. Recycling: LDPE is not often recycled through curbside programs, but some communities will accept it. Plastic shopping bags can be returned to many stores for recycling. Recycled into: Trash can liners and cans, compost bins, shipping envelopes, paneling, lumber, landscaping ties, floor tile. LDPE is a flexible plastic with many applications. Historically it has not been accepted through most American curbside recycling programs, but more and more communities are starting to accept it.
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Number 5 Plastics= PP (polypropylene) Found in: Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles, caps, straws, medicine bottles. Recycling: Number 5 plastics can be recycled through some curbside programs. Recycled into: Signal lights, battery cables, brooms, brushes, auto battery cases, ice scrapers, landscape borders, bicycle racks, rakes, bins, pallets, trays. Polypropylene has a high melting point, and so is often chosen for containers that must accept hot liquid. It is gradually becoming more accepted by recyclers. Number 6 Plastics= PS (polystyrene) Found in: Disposable plates and cups, meat trays, egg cartons, carry-out containers, aspirin bottles, compact disc cases. Recycled into: Insulation, light switch plates, egg cartons, vents, rulers, foam packing, carry-out containers. Polystyrene can be made into rigid or foam products — popularly known as Styrofoam™. Evidence suggests polystyrene can leach potential toxins into foods and has long been on environmentalists’ hit lists for being notoriously difficult to recycle. Most places still don’t accept it, though it is gradually gaining traction. Number 7 Plastics= Miscellaneous Found in: Three- and five-gallon water bottles, “bulletproof” materials, sunglasses, DVDs, iPod and computer cases, signs and displays, certain food containers, nylon. Recycled into: Plastic lumber, custom-made products. A wide variety of plastic resins that don’t fit into the previous categories are lumped into number 7. A few are even made from plants (polyactide) and are compostable. Polycarbonate is number 7 and is the hard plastic that has parents worried these days, after studies have shown it can leach potential hormone disruptors. PLASTI C BAGS Avoid using new plastic bags by using reusable totes. Used plastic bags can be used for trash or other household needs. If you still have some you need to dispose of, look for special containers at your local grocery store. Most of them offer a bag recycling service.
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facts GLASS • Glass is 100 percent recyclable in a true closed-loop system; there are no waste by-products. • By recycling one ton of glass, we save the energy equivalent of nine gallons of fuel oil.
• Glass manufacturers plan to use fifty percent of recycled material in the production of new glass bottles by the end of 2013. This step will save enough energy to power 45,000 households for a year, and keep 181,550 tons of waste from landfills each month.
Every 3 seconds a baby is born. In that time, 140 cans were born.
Keep it clean. Be sure to keep out any contaminants, such as metal caps, lids or neck rings, ceramic and wire caps from beer bottles, and light bulbs. Contaminants damage furnaces during the recycling process.
The average employee consumes 2.5 beverages a day while at work. Aluminum can be recycled and reused indefinitely without a decline in material performance or quality.
TIPS Rinse with water, but don’t worry about labels; those will burn off in the recycling process.
Know your local glass recycling rules. Most glass that is collected at the curb allows for all colors of glass bottles to be recycled mixed. At a drop-off center, however, glass may be separated by color for collection.
Recycle glass containers only. Check to make sure it’s a glass bottle or jar, such as food jars, tea and soda bottles, and beer and wine bottles. Do not include for recycling any non-container glass such as drinking glasses, ceramic coffee cups, Pyrex, mirrors, etc.
Every day, Americans use more than 100 million steel cans. About 566 steel cans are recycled every second. Recycling steel cans saves 74 percent of the energy that would be used to produce from virgin materials.
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KEEP SHOWERS UNDER FIVE MINUTES. Remember to turn water off while brushing your teeth. WASH ONLY FULL LOADS OF DISHES OR CLOTHES. Replace older model showerheads and older faucet aerators with new low-flow ones, and install water conservative toilets.
“AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT WATERING THE SIDEWALK!” SAYS WRIGHT.
It may seem like the sweltering heat of summer is nothing but a sticky, distant memory, but water is still a scarce resource. “Even though temps are cooler, we should not let our guards down. Because climatologists have predicted we are not out of a drought, water conservation is still in effect. We are some two feet below normal rainfall. Most folks water less, but we still want folks to use the water conservation schedule for other activities,” says Alvin Wright, Public Information Officer for City of Houston Public Works & Engineering Department. ThaT means Turning on The hose or sprinkler before 8am or afTer 10pm on sundays and Thursdays (even-numbered addresses) or saTurdays and Wednesdays (odd-numbered addresses). THE AVERAGE HOUSTON HOUSEHOLD USES BETWEEN THREE TO SIX THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER A MONTH. “If we all do a little bit, we can save about 200 gallons of water per day,” says Wright. “One of my favorite things we have at our Water Conservation Center is a rain barrel made from a trash can fitted with a spigot at the bottom and a drain pipe hole on top. Now is the time to do that kind of thing because of the rainy season,” Wright says. 42. january 12 | www.002mag.com
Inspect toilets for silent leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank. If colored water leaks into the toilet bowl before it is flushed, water is being lost due to a worn flapper. Changing the rubber flapper can save you significant $$$.
by Susan M. Bynam
WHAT IS MEANT BY GREEN BUILDING AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT OUR ENVIRONMENT? Green Building, aka green construction or sustainable building, refers to a structure and using a process that is environmentally responsible and resourceefficient throughout a building’s life cycle, from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and demolition. GREEN BUILDINGS ARE DESIGNED TO REDUCE THE OVERALL IMPACT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT ON HUMAN HEALTH AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT BY: -Efficiently using energy, water and other resources -Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity and -Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation GREEN BUILDING PRACTICES AIM TO REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BUILDINGS, SO IT IS KEY NOT TO BUILD IN SPRAWL, I.E., BUILD BY SPREADING IN A DISORDERED FASHION. Buildings account for a large amount of land. According to the International Energy Agency, existing buildings are responsible for more than an estimated 40% of the world’s total primary energy consumption and for an estimated 24% of global carbon dioxide emissions. So, regardless of the amount of grass you might put on your roof and the amount of energy-efficient windows you use, if you build in sprawl, you’ve just defeated your purpose.
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GOALS OF GREEN BUILDING AND PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT GREEN BUILDING TAKES ADVANTAGE OF RENEWABLE RESOURCES, SUCH AS BY: • Using sunlight through passive solar, active solar and photovoltaic techniques • Using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens and for reduction of rainwater run-off • Using packed gravel or permeable concrete instead of conventional concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of groundwater. ALTHOUGH THE PRACTICES EMPLOYED WITH GREEN BUILDING ARE CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND DIFFER FROM REGION TO REGION, THERE ARE FUNDAMENTAL PRACTICES THAT TEND TO PREVAIL: • Energy Efficiency: To reduce operating energy use, high-efficiency windows, insulation in walls, ceilings and floors, and implementing passive solar building design increase the efficiency of the building design. • Water Efficiency: The protection and conservation of water throughout a
building’s life can be accomplished by designing for dual plumbing that recycles water in toilet flushing. Wastewater may be minimized by utilizing water conserving fixtures such as ultra-low flush toilets and low-flow showerheads. • Materials Efficiency: Building materials typically considered to be green include lumber from forests that have been certified, renewable plant materials like bamboo and straw, and other products that are non-toxic such as baked earth, clay, flax, linen and seagrass. • Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement: Buildings rely on properly designed ventilation systems. Choosing construction materials and interior finish products with zero or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) improves indoor air quality (IAQ). • Operations & Maintenance Optimization: Ensuring operations and maintenance personnel are part of the project’s planning and development process will assist in retaining the green criteria designed at the onset of the project. • Waste & Toxics Reduction: During the construction process, one goal should be to reduce the amount of material going to landfills.
GREEN CERTIFICATION AND LEED
• A certified green structure is one that is built specifically to help save the environment and is certified by one of the “green” organizations such as the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). • Homes and buildings that are green-certified use eco-friendly materials that are efficient in the consumption of energy, such as solar panels, recyclable materials and even composting toilets. • Although the cost of building a certified green home is 20-30% more than building a regular home, a certified green home saves energy and money, is durable and good for overall health, and will likely sell for more if placed on the market. • LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system, developed by the USGBC in March 2000. • LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operation and maintenance solutions.
• LEED promotes sustainable building and development through a set of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. • LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
sustainable site development water savings energy efficiency materials selection indoor environmental quality
• LEED is flexible enough to apply to all building types – commercial and residential.
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by Susan M. Bynam | Photography by Jack Potts
ALTHOUGH NOT IMMENSELY POPULAR IN HOUSTON, LOCAL FOOD (AKA THE LOCAL FOOD MOVEMENT) IS CLEARLY NOT A NEW CONCEPT AND IS GAINING MOMENTUM HERE. HOUSTONIANS ARE GROWING LOCAL, BUYING LOCAL AND SELLING LOCAL ON A MUCH LARGER SCALE. THE INTEREST IN HOUSTON HAS GROWN AS MORE AND MORE CHEFS AND RESTAURANTS HAVE BEGUN TO PROMINENTLY FEATURE AND USE LOCAL FOODS.
ristina Carrillo-Bucaram, founder of Rawfully Organic, a nonprofit organic, raw and local produce co-operative in Houston, feeds over 350 families each week and focuses on the benefits of eating diets high in raw fruits and vegetables while making organic food affordable for all. Kristina answers a few of our most pressing questions. WHAT EXACTLY IS LOCAL FOOD? “Eating local can mean something different to everyone. For some, eating local can mean eating from a food source grown not more than 2 hours away from where you live. For others, it simply means seasonal food that comes from a community source such as a farmer, neighbor or even your backyard. Eating local doesn’t always mean that you are eating organic, Kosher or sustainable; however, it supports the local economy in which one resides.” • Local food is a collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies, such that sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place. • Eating locally benefits people because it not only saves on fuel costs from having items imported from other states or countries, but it also allows one to eat fresh, be creative, while preserving community connections. • Local grown food may include the use of harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides and commercial factory farming methods. Sustainable agriculture involves healthy food production that does not harm the environment, provides fair wages to farmers and uses methods that support farming communities. Organic produce is free of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics. • It is best to search for food that is all local, sustainable and organic; if you can’t find all of these options together, the next best options are sustainable and/or organic.
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WHAT IS THE FARM-TO-TABLE CONCEPT? “Farm-to-table means that the food that you consume goes straight from the farm where it is picked to your kitchen table. This typically means the food is picked the same day that you bring it to your kitchen to pre-
pare it. This becomes critical because the second that you pick a fruit or a vegetable from its bed or from a tree, it begins to lose its vitality. You want to eat the food at its peak of life so that you can reap its benefits. Fresh food not only tastes better, but it also provides nutritional benefits that are not found in processed foods that are packaged and distributed months later.” • Farm-to-table refers to a movement concerned with producing locally and delivering that food to local consumers. • The Farm-to-Table Movement, by ensuring that food stays in the area in which it was grown or made, reduces the carbon footprint of restaurants and individuals who buy local, but it also has a positive impact on the local economy; by cutting out the middlemen, restaurants are more likely to be able to pay farmers a fair wage. • The farm-to-table concept encourages one to “know thy farmer.” A farm-to-table chef is likely to have visited the land where produce, for example, has been grown. • It is through the connection to the land and the people who work the land, that the Farm-to-Table Movement is able to provide a sustainable outlook for the future of food. “More and more people are seeing the benefit of eating locally, organically and sustainably in Houston! Farmers Markets are not only seeing more involvement from their local communities, but also community co-operatives that directly source a variety of local, organic and bulk items at wholesale prices, like Rawfully Organic (www.rawfullyorganic.com). People are beginning to see that buying seasonal items is not only healthier, but they’re exciting purchases that give them more variety in their diets throughout the year! Individuals get to interact with their food sources and they get to meet others who are interested in the same lifestyle. The benefits are endless!”
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HEY! THAT MIGHT NOT BE TRASH AFTER ALL! CHRISTMAS TREE So long, Yuletide. The City offers a Christmas tree recycling service. Just remove tinsel, lights, ornaments, plastic tree stands and plastic water bowls from the trees. The mulch from the chopped-up trees is used in City landscaping projects. Tree donors receive a free tree seedling. Find your local drop-off site or collection date at www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/christmastree_ recycling.html.
YOUR OLD YOGA MAT Got a fancy new mat for Christmas? Recycle Your Mat turns old mats into lining material for laptop bags or donates them to a community yoga program. (www.recycleyourmat.com)
COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONICS CompuCycle has partnered with the City to recycle electronics equipment to be refurbished, components re-used and any e-waste environmentally responsibly recycled. (www.compucycle.net)
Recycling your old fridge or freezer helps keep harmful materials out of landfills, and you won’t have to remove the Freon, which some other programs require. (800.414.5072 or www.jacoinc.net)
YARD TRIMMING RECYCLING The City encourages citizens to reuse grass clippings as composting or mulching material. Grass clippings, small branches and leaves must be put in compostable bags, not weighing more than 50 pounds, and placed at the curb 3 feet away from the automated container for separate yard trimming collection. Small branches may be put in bundles as long as each bundle is less than 4 feet in length, 18 inches in diameter and not weighing more than 50 pounds. Yard trimmings mixed with paper, plastic or any other type of waste will not be collected.
WOOD WASTE As part of its regular heavy trash pickup, wood waste is sorted from the heavy trash and converted into usable products such as compost, soil amendments and boiler fuel.
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS OLD REFRIGERATOR ACO Environmental will pick up your old fridge, freezer or room air conditioner FREE of charge even if it’s not working, and will recycle 95% of its components.
CO-OP’S Rawfully Organic Co-Op Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram firstname.lastname@example.org www.rawfullyorganic.com | 713.898.2689 Tuesday’s Location Houston Arboretum, 4501 Woodway, 77024 – Pick-Up Time: 4pm to 7pm • Thursday’s Location, Nottingham Forest Club, 325 Kickerillo Drive, 77079 – Pick-Up Time: 4pm to 7pm • Saturday’s Location, 3400 Bissonnet, 77005 – Pick-Up Time: 10am to 12:30pm
The City of Houston Building Materials Reuse Warehouse accepts donated construction materials from builders, supply companies, remodelers, contractors and individuals. These materials are made available at no charge for use by any nonprofit organization. The Warehouse benefits the community by providing storage space for excess
Sugar Land SweetCity Co-op Sweetcity_coemail@example.com Ann, 832.788.9068 Wednesdays 4-6:30pm Central City Co-op and Partner Co-ops www.centralcityco-op.com Wednesday, 2515 Waugh Dr. 9am-6:30pm FARMER’S MARKETS Rice Houston Farmer’s Market www.houstonfarmersmarket.org – Tuesdays, 3:30-7pm, Rice University Campus off University Blvd.
Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market www.urbanharvest.org – Wednesdays, 11am-2pm, City Hall, 901 Bagby. Spring Branch Farmers Market www.springbranchfarmersmarket.com – Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30pm at the corner of Wirt and Westview. Kingwood Farmer’s Market firstname.lastname@example.org 3-7pm in Kingwood’s Town Center Park. Eco-Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 4-8pm at CityCentre central plaza, 801 Town & Country Blvd.
building material that would otherwise be dumped in local landfills. (281.814.3324 or email@example.com)
HAZARDOUS WASTE Drop off your household hazardous waste (leftover paint, anti-freeze, fluorescent lights, batteries) at one of Houston’s two Environmental Service Centers. Also, a new program has been put in place to give away any still-usable product (paint, chemicals, etc.) to Houston residents on Fridays. So if you’re not too picky about that new paint color…(713.551.7355)
ALL ABOUT RECYCLING Even the EPA encourages consumers to reduce consumption of goods that require waste disposal! This saves natural resources, reduces toxic waste from production and disposal, and saves money for communities, businesses and consumers. Stainless steel water bottles are recommended as alternatives to disposable plastic containers. They are durable, do not leach into the water and eliminate the problem of waste. Using reusable totes and choosing unpackaged, fresh produce are all good ways to reduce waste. If you MUST dispose of that Costco apple container – which could also double as impromptu Christmas ornament storage – this guide will help you do it right.
LaStrada’s Farmers’ Market Thursdays, 10am-2pm, 322 Westheimer. Georgia’s Local Farmer’s Market www.georgiasmarket.com, Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm, 12171 Katy Freeway. Midtown Saturday Market www.tafia.com/mfm.html 8am-noon, Tafia Restaurant, 3701 Travis. Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market www.urbanharvest.org – Saturdays, 8am-noon, 3000 Richmond at Eastside.
Sugar Land Saturday Farmers Market firstname.lastname@example.org, 8am-noon, 4350 Austin Parkway. Onion Creek Saturday Heights Farmers’ Market www.whiteoakfarmersmarket.com 8am-noon, 3106 White Oak Blvd. Discovery Green Farmer’s Market www.discoverygreen.com Sunday, Noon-4pm. Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Highland Village, Sunday, 9am-1pm, 2706 Suffolk.
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POWERBAG RECHARGEABLE BACKPACKS If you find yourself running out of battery power for your smartphone, cameras and other devices, check out the line of backpacks and messenger bags from Powerbag. It’s pretty much a charging system disguised in a cool-looking bag. Each bag comes with a built-in, lightweight, rechargeable and removable battery. It can connect up to four devices at a time using the included pre-routed connectors (1 micro, 1 mini, 1 Apple) and one USB port. The bag itself recharges by plugging into any standard wall outlet with the included AC Adapter. The battery inside the bag is powerful enough to charge a smartphone up to six times and can even top off most eReaders and tablets. MyPowerbag.com | $139.99
ZEROCHROMA SMARTPHONE CASES Chances are you got a new iPhone or tablet for Christmas. I suggest wrapping it up again but in a protective case to prevent damage. Some newer case models do more like by propping up the device for easier viewing. ZeroChroma makes cases for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7. They do a nice job of protecting the device and allow you to use them in lap, table and angle modes. The cases have an ingenious rotating theater-stand that folds flat. Some of the rotating stands rotate up to 15 different angles for hands-free movies, FaceTime, gaming, email and everything else you do on your gadgets. Each case has an anti-slip rubber edge and stand tip to prevent slipping even if the surface isn’t level. Zerochroma.com | $25-50
TRAVEL VEST BY SCOTTEVEST Traveling with many gadgets can be cumbersome and a headache when you get to the airport x-ray machine. Things have gotten a bit easier for me lately after wearing the new Travel Vest from Scottevest. I simply take off the vest and send it through the x-ray machine with my gear inside. The Travel Vest is very lightweight, wrinkle- and water-resistant and comes in styles for men and women. The key is the mostly-stealth pockets, 24 in all. These vests can hold everything from iPads to water bottles. The company’s patented Personal Area Network (PAN) system provides a network of hidden conduits to connect wires to devices while they are in your pockets. One of the most useful are the Collar Loops – specially positioned loops that hold your earbuds in place while making sure they don’t get tangled around or chafe your neck. The sunglasses pocket ensures my glasses don’t get crushed when I sit down and the attached cleaning cloth is a smart idea. The Travel Vest for Men comes in three colors – navy, black and khaki. Women have their own Travel Vest that has 17 pockets and comes in red, black and gray. Scottevest.com | $125
Michael Garfield is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 10am-12pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. 46. january 12 | www.002mag.com
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Zero emissions, zero tailpipe and 100% electric (meaning no gas required) equals no pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. The Nissan LEAF (Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car) features one-of-a-kind technological advances making LEAF unique in noise reduction, safety and performance. In Houston you can find several public charging stations already. For more information and to schedule a test drive, please visit www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/reservation.
Low carbon, High life
This sturdy little wonder holds your iPad, iPhone or tablet in three different positions for maximum viewing comfort. Available in there different colors. Amazing how a simple object can make your life a little easier! Find it at www.stumpstore.com.
This scent is quite addictive. Made out of beeswax, vegetable and soy wax, this candle is earth-friendly. Create a unique and sensual atmosphere for your room. www.malinandgoetz.com
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STILL NOVO DESIGN BARREL CRATE architecture + design
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We love Still Novo Design’s barrel crate. Made of recycled oak from discarded French wine barrels, every stave is individually sanded back to its original wood and creatively reinvented. As no one barrel band is ever the same, each piece might show natural imperfections, slight variations in color, grain & dimensions, all adding to the uniqueness of every item. The design allows you to contain, store and easily carry bottles of either beer or wine (dimensions vary accordingly) or it’s a great organization tool for your recyclable bot-
tles. Plus, the crates can be stacked one on top of the other. StillNovo says. “We love the fact that we are able to help the environment by recycling the raw material and to turn it into an object of ‘practical elegance’ at the same time.” We couldn’t agree more! www.etsy.com/listing/59285557/ the-barrel-crate-recycled-wine-barrel
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Lance Scott Walker
By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Christopher Rosales
(CA. LATE 1970’S) ON THE FIRST DAY OF SECOND GRADE AT PARKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN GALVESTON, WE SECOND-GRADERS SHUFFLED PAST THE CARPETED, TEMPORARY WALLS HANGING FROM THE CEILING INTO OUR HOMEROOM AND WERE WELCOMED AT THE DOOR BY OUR TEACHER. Strike that. After we’d all filed in and wiggled up into our seats, the young lady who had welcomed us walked to the blackboard at the head of the class and wrote two names up there, pointing to one of the two and informing us that she was, in fact, not our teacher. No. Our teacher, she told us, was out. And she was going to be out. She didn’t know how long. She was our substitute teacher, and was maybe going to be so for a while. She said this with a smile and both hands clasped firmly together in front of her. I remember that! We didn’t know what to think. And so we move to this ever-floating page, where for the past few years you have been accustomed to seeing TIM MOLONEY’S handsome face and byline in the top corner. The horror: Now you see mine. The circumstances leading to me taking over this page all took place in the last couple of months, so I don’t
recall them (the circumstances) as well as I recall instances from the second grade (like the time that huge cabinet fell on top of me in homeroom and I spent the rest of the day in the nurse’s office being spoon-fed Parker Elementary’s excuse for a Thanksgiving-themed meal). No, I don’t recall exactly that which led to me taking the reins from Tim Moloney for Wise Guy, but I do so (take the reins) reverently. See, Tim is responsible for me writing in the first place. Long ago, he got me started. Another story, another time (or not) ... but the point is that I owe him quite a bit in the way of wit and wisdom. You read him; you get that. That begs the question: What exactly is Wise Guy? “It’s whatever you want it to be,” he told me. Actually, he didn’t even tell me that. That was just the message he left on my voice mail during the epic game of phone tag we played prior to this. So here we are. At some point during that aforementioned second grade year, our real teacher actually did show, if only for a visit. Hair all done up, she swung into the classroom on crutches, dragging a broken leg behind her. We second-graders didn’t really know what to say. What do you say? “Nice almost being taught by you; sorry about your leg.”? She never did return that school year, but just like meeting a distant cousin or a long lost (but never removed) relative, we second-graders felt a connection. I remember more about her from that one visit than I do about our substitute, who was there until summertime. Somehow, you can never eclipse the original. You just have to do, in every sense of the word. So basically, you can blame everything on/credit everything to Tim from here on out. This is still his classroom. I’m just the substitute.
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destination By Sandra Ramani Photography provided by The Brandman Agency
TOWN & COUNTRY
THE NAME “TASMANIA” CONJURES UP IMAGES OF UNEXPLORED WILDERNESS AND WHIRLING CARTOON DEVILS, THINK AGAIN. WHILE IT’S TRUE THAT AUSTRALIA’S ONLY ISLAND STATE IS A NATURE-LOVER’S PARADISE (ONCE PART OF ANTARCTICA, THE DRAMATIC LANDSCAPE FEATURES EVERYTHING FROM WHITE SAND BEACHES TO MOUNTAINS AND RAINFORESTS, PLUS PLENTY OF RARE PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE), THE AREA IS ALSO HOME TO GROWING CITIES, GOURMET DINING AND A NOTED WINE INDUSTRY. INSTEAD OF JUST HEADING OUT TO THE NATIONAL PARKS, VISITORS TODAY ARE STICKING AROUND TOWNS LIKE HOBART TO STROLL THROUGH GALLERIES AND BOUTIQUES, SIP DRINKS OVERLOOKING THE HARBOR AND GET BLOWN AWAY AT MONA, ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE MUSEUMS IN THE WORLD. ABOUT A ONE-HOUR FLIGHT FROM MELBOURNE, AND LESS THAN TWO HOURS FROM SYDNEY, TASMANIA OFFERS CULTURE AND HISTORY BACKED BY STUNNING VIEWS.
HOBART A bustling whaling and port town in the 1800s, capital city Hobart is today a vibrant city with a surprising amount of cool among the colonial charm. The 19thcentury sandstone warehouses have been transformed into chic galleries and cafes, many overlooking the still-in-use harbor. There are leafy parks to stroll through, markets to browse and, if you’re lucky, one of the famous festivals taking place. (For a calendar of festivals, which celebrate everything from music, food and art to the island’s Antarctic connections, visit www.discovertasmania.com.) Check-in: In 2002, two low-slung 19th-century former jam factories along the waterfront were transformed into The Henry Jones Art Hotel, a funky, friendly place that’s also considered one of the most notable hotels in Australia. The 56 rooms boast reminders of the building’s history – from exposed beams and brickwork in some to a glass-encased original stone wall in some of the suites – along with over 300 rotating pieces of contemporary art by Tasmanian artists. The bar serves local wine and beer (try a bottle of Moo Brew, from just outside town) to the sounds of live music, and the restaurant highlights local produce in its refined menus. www.thehenryjones.com
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WHAT TO DO From the Henry Jones, it’s a short, sunny stroll along the piers to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where the excellent exhibits shed light on the region’s environmental history, the indigenous Aboriginal culture and the colonial-era art scene. The trendy Salamanca neighborhood, famous for its 300-plus stall Saturday market, is also nearby. The shops and galleries here are brimming with locally made artisan furnishings, ceramic and glassware, handicrafts, soft woolens. Pop into Wursthaus Kitchen, named one of the top gourmet stores in Australia, to pick up treats like Tasmanian white truffles, local cheeses and terrines for a picnic on Mount Wellington or at one of the vineyards in the Coal River Valley. Above all, don’t miss a visit to MONA, the recently opened high-tech Museum of Old and New Art perched on a point outside of town. (Direct ferries are available from the piers.) Visitors from all over the world are making trips here just to explore the acres of paintings, installations, video art, antiquities and more; then enjoy the on-site working vineyards, restaurants and great lawn strewn with bean bags. www.mona.net.au
FREYCINET PENINSULA For a taste of Tasmania’s stunning natural wonders, head to the Freycinet Peninsula on the island’s east coast, about two and a half hours from Hobart. There you’ll find pink granite mountains, sandy dunes, a world-famous beach and plenty of exotic marine and bird life – plus one of Australia’s newest luxury hotels.
ABOUT A ONE-HOUR FLIGHT FROM MELBOURNE, AND LESS THAN TWO HOURS FROM SYDNEY, TASMANIA OFFERS CULTURE AND HISTORY BACKED BY STUNNING VIEWS
Opened in June 2010, the 20-suite Saffire Freycinet takes “allinclusive” to a whole new level. Modern and organic, with a curved wood beam roof and floor-to-ceiling views of the Hazards Mountains and Great Oyster Bay from nearly every spot, the dramatic resort aims to provide the ultimate getaway with package rates that include gourmet meals (including multi-course tasting menus
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4 1. The Henry Jones Art Hotel | 2. HJ Standard Suite | 3. Saffire Aerial 4. Saffire Suite External | 5. The Hazards, Coles Bay
5 that change daily), nightly pre-dinner drinks, spa credits and a mini-bar that’s regularly replenished with bottles of wine and high-end snacks. Guests can also choose from a list of included activities, like vineyard tours, guided walks and a trip to a working oyster farm (complete with fresh samples and Champagne), or explore the nearby national park on their own with a hike to picture-perfect Wineglass Bay. Worth the extra price is a thrilling boat ride past some of the area’s most dramatic scenery – including, fingers crossed, some up-close whale and seal sightings. www.saffire-freycinet.com.au
GETTING THERE With flight times hovering around 15 and a half hours, Qantas Airlines’ new flights between Sydney and Dallas-Fort Worth are among the longest offered on 747s in the world, but don’t let that put you off – thanks to Qantas’ legendary onboard service, the trip goes by in a flash. Economy travelers enjoy ergonomic seats with extra lumbar support, frequent meal and snack service, and personal TVs with hundreds of hours of entertainment. Upgrade to Premium Economy for wider seats, in-seat laptop power and Business-class touches like pre-flight champagne and noise-canceling headphones. Go for the full Business Class and it’s a world of Skybed seats, complimentary pyjamas, multi-course meals and priority airport lanes. In all classes, though, travelers are treated to genuinely friendly, attentive service – which, these days, is a perk in itself. www.qantas.com
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002 profile with greg scheinman
Photography by Jack Potts
Greg Scheinman is an Associate at Insgroup Inc., the 4th largest independent insurance agency in Houston. Greg also plays host to some of Houston’s most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs and risk-takers on his PBS television talk show, Profile with Greg Scheinman, which airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on Houston PBS Ch.8 (email@example.com).
kyler fields THE GROUND UP
YLER FIELDS HAS BUILT THE GROUND UP FROM…WELL, LITERALLY, THE GROUND UP. A COMPANY WHERE “SUSTAINABILITY” ISN’T SIMPLY A CATCHPHRASE, THE GROUND UP IS COMPRISED OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOIL, ROCKS AND PROTECTING THE EARTH BY KEEPING IT NATURAL. BASED UPON A “GREEN IS GOOD” VALUE SYSTEM THE GROUND UP PRODUCES ONLY THE HIGHEST-QUALITY, HEALTHY SOIL STRUCTURE THAT ENCOURAGE YEAR-ROUND BARE-FOOT BEHAVIOR. PROFILE WITH GREG SCHEINMAN SAT DOWN WITH THE ECO-ENTREPRENEUR BEHIND THE GROUND UP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS HOUSTON - BASED BUSINESS THAT IS DOING A LOT MORE THAN JUST KEEPING YARDS GREEN.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET THE IDEA FOR THE GROUND UP? I went to UT with a goal to do international business and felt early on that I was an entrepreneur, got MBA at RICE in 2000. I then got involved in the HR integration business and it took me to Europe where I got to learn a lot about conservation. Energy is very expensive there, people live in smaller homes, and they care about their foods being local and fresh. It was eye-opening compared to American culture and I embraced it, the whole notion of organic. I met my now wife in Spain, and she was running an organic spa. So when we moved back to Houston I had the idea for what is now The Ground Up. HOW DID YOU TAKE THE GROUND UP FROM IDEA TO EXECUTION? This came together in a crazy fashion. There was a company that was operating on a great piece of land, had the equipment and the ability to do what I envisioned. However, it needed re-training and an investment into making the high-quality products we wanted to make. I compare it to a chef wanting to open a restaurant and he finds a space with a kitchen. It may not be the best space initially but with renovations, vision and great execution it becomes a top restaurant. That’s essentially what we’ve done. I saw something in this space, was able to make a deal and we’ve run with it. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? I’m motivated by a combination of heart and opportunity. One of the best parts of this job is that I’m able to be outside. Talk about being “down to earth,” this job is that to a “T” and I get to do that every day. The connection with the earth is amazing; once you allow that to happen and embrace it, it’s very special. When you do things that can help benefit society, then that by nature will be an area of growth from a business standpoint and long-term economically and socially, it’s the right move. WHY DID YOU BELIEVE THIS WAS GOING TO WORK? There wasn’t a company that was creating really high-quality soils. Soil is not “sexy,” but it’s incredibly important. I felt strongly that thru effective and impactful branding and marketing, I could make The Ground Up successful. Education is everything and that’s what I work on now more than anything. Beneficial microbes are what feed your plants. High-quality soil is alive. If you have that then you don’t need fertilizers and harmful elements in your soil; the water holding capacity goes thru the roof. In terms of having a beautiful city or yard, conserving water, it starts with healthy soils and compost. Once people hear the real story then they realize how much value our products have in their lives.
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HOW DID YOU GET COMPANIES TO BUY IN TO YOUR VISION AND YOUR PRODUCTS? The first customers we targeted were commercial contractors, big landscape companies. For the first 3 months I could barely get anyone to talk to me. I don’t ever really compute failure so I kept going back, being nice, working to educate prospects – and at this point 75% of the top landscaping companies in our area are buying from us. HAS THERE BEEN A TIPPING POINT WHERE YOU REALLY STARTED TO SEE MOMENTUM FOR THE COMPANY? Well, we only started in May of 2010 and by February people had already started to come around and think about buying our products for spring. We got involved with some very high-profile projects, like Discovery Green, and that was a real tipping point where products started taking off for us. SO WHERE ARE YOU GROWING AND EXPANDING? This summer we built a 5,000sf bagging facility to rollout our products to retail to meet demand. We’ve been doing just as we did with our commercial roll out and going retailer to retailer. I made a list of an initial 20 retailers and we’re in 19 already. Retail is where I’m really excited. We’ve had a tremendous drought and expect to experience more of this. Our focus is to continue to educate Houston as our products can save Houston and people a ton of water and enable them to have great-looking lawns and not be polluting at the same time. WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT? This is a very capital intensive business for one and I think every new business owner thinks about finances a lot. I also worry about having a drought year after year. I obsess about continued education and expanding the product line because both of those elements have a direct impact on our growth. But, at the same time I’m so humbled by all that’s transpired and there have been so many before me who have taken me under their wing, that have pathed the road and helped ensure that we’re successful.
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Dolphin Organics baby shampoo and wash
Assortment of HappyBaby organic superfoods, available at Whole Foods.
VitaCare Multicare Toothpase
SURE, YOU’RE WONDERING – BABY FOOD AND VODKA? WE ROUNDED UP THE LATEST IN ORGANIC AND NATURAL PRODUCTS AND IT JUST TURNED OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE ITEMS WE FOUND HAPPENED TO BE ORGANIC SPIRITS AND BABY PRODUCTS. GO FIGURE.
VitaCare Multicare Mouthwash
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Roux Maison Laundry Detergent
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Assortment of Sol Bliss all natural fruit purees, available at Whole Foods.
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get crockin’ It’s Cool to ___________.
Photography by Jaime Lagdameo
ROCKPOTS ARE SO HOT THESE DAYS, THEY’RE COOL! THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE EASE OF COOKING IN A CROCKPOT COUPLED WITH THE COMFY, HOMEYNESS OF THE FINAL PRODUCT THAT MAKES IT SUPER POPULAR FOR TODAY’S BUSY FAMILIES, EVEN THOSE WHO WANT TO EAT GREEN AND HEALTHY. DO start out with something simple but you can expand beyond stew to soups, desserts or even baking. Recipes are aplenty—any woman’s or food magazine will have them and several websites are devoted to crockpot cooking, e.g., Crockin’ Girls (www.thecrockingirls.com) and Skinny Crock Pot (www.skinnycrockpot.com).
DO choose a crockpot the appropriate size for your family. Sizes can range from 3.5 quarts to 7 quarts.
DO INVEST IN A BOX OF REYNOLDS SLOW COOKER LINERS. THEY’LL SAVE YOU FROM FEELING LIKE A SCULLERY KNAVE! DO cut vegetables into bite-size pieces. Often they take longer to cook than meat.
DON’T lift the lid! Every time the lid is lifted, you lose half the cook time.
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SOME QUESTIONS NOVICES HAVE: Is a crockpot safe to leave alone? Yes, that’s one of the main appeals. Just be sure it is not touching walls or other appliances. Do I need to brown meat before putting in the crockpot? It’s not necessary but browning reduces the fat content and enhances the flavor. How can I use a crockpot with my long hours at work/school? Many new models of crockpots come with built-in timers. Put your ingredients in cold and set the timer to start (no longer than 2 hours later for most foods, no more than 1 hour for chicken).
DON’T use frozen foods without thawing first. They can damage ceramic pot liners.
DON’T let the cooked meal sit for more than 2 hours either.
Is it safe to eat food cooked at such a low temperature? Crockpots cook at 200-300 degrees on low or high; bacteria is killed at 140 degrees.
DO read the recipe thoroughly. Some recipes call for adding ingredients or stirring while cooking; be in the know beforehand so that you minimize opening the lid. DO TASTE AND SEASON. IF MORE ARE NEEDED, SPICES CAN BE ADDED NEAR THE END OF COOKING – THAT MINIMAL LID LIFT!
ROOT BEER PULLED PORK 1 two-pound pork tenderloin 1 12-oz. bottle root beer BBQ sauce Buns Put the tenderloin in the crockpot; pour root beer over it. Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 7 hours, until pork can be shredded. Drain well. Stir in BBQ sauce. Serve on buns. Makes 8 sandwiches.
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KNOCKING YOUR SOCKS OFF ONE DISH AT A TIME!
1. scallops & shrimp | 2. duck waffle | 3. bistro alex interior 4. executive chef rolando soga | 5. bar area
By Beatrice Allen Photography by Shannon O’Hara
800 SORELLA COURT | CITYCENTRE HOUSTON inside the hotel sorella HOUSTON, TX 77024 713.827.3545 | www.bistroalex.com
MENU SELECTIONS petite salads • CREOLE CAESAR SALAD, crisp romaine lettuce, spicy creole Caesar dressing, fried green tomato croutons $8 • THE BISTRO, field greens, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, black pepper brioche croutons, ripped herbs & sweet sherry vinaigrette $8
small plates • SHRIMP & TASSOS PINCHOS, crispy bamboo skewered shrimp & ham, golden pineapple slaw & crystal hot sauce butter $13
entress • CRAB CAKE, 100% blue jumbo lump crab, roasted poblano aioli, sweet pequillo pepper coulis $38 • GRILLED BLACK ANGUS FILET OF BEET, roasted garlic yukon gold potato mash, caramelized onions & mushrooms, truffle mushroom butter, port reduction $36 • BLACKENED GULF FISH & JUMBO LUMP BLUE CRAB , creamy smoked corn maque choux, buttered jumbo lump blue crab $27 • DUCK FOIE GRAS, Truffle risotto, quail egg, cranberry demi, foie fondue a $29
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LTHOUGH THEY’VE BEEN ON THE BLOCK FOR TWO YEARS, THE FARE AT BISTRO ALEX JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER EACH SEASON. LITERALLY, THAT IS. THEIR MENU IS EVER-EVOLVING WITH WHAT’S AVAILABLE OR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE SEASON. WHILE MANY TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITES REMAIN ON THE MENU, NEW DISHES THAT BECOME RECURRING FAVORITES GRACE THE PAGE WITH THE CHANGE OF WEATHER.
Perched at the chef’s bar overlooking the kitchen, you get a bird’s-eye view of all the details that go into preparing your meal. It’s limited seating with an interactive touch, with chefs preparing flatbread, steaks and more right before you. They make every process look so simple. What we thought would be a standard order-what-you-want meal turned into a 6-course menagerie of outstanding dishes. Each different, complexity ranging from mature to basic.
I did. It has more of a tomato base flavor with familiar spices. The turtle factor is very mild so any fear you may have should be squelched. The broth of the soup is so familiar, like something you’ve had at home, that you must taste it alone for that nostalgia. The gumbo is a recipe I would pay for. Rather than having that “dirt” flavor that some enjoy, this has been finetuned to a rich mild Creole spice with their homemade andouille sausage and steamed white rice. I could eat bowls of this any day!
We started with a trio of their soups: the ideal honey apple butternut squash, their famous turtle soup and the unrivaled Gumbo Ya-Ya. This is how you really get to taste a range of what they are capable of in this kitchen. The honey apple butternut squash, prepared that very morning, was my favorite and not anything that I expected. Just from the name alone I thought it would be somewhat sweet. Wrong! The texture is incredibly creamy, smooth and fluffy, almost whipped in nature at times. The taste is pure savory comfort. It’s the kind of “curl up on the couch in front of a fire” comfort. Had I not been served all three soups, I probably would’ve NEVER ordered the famous turtle soup but I’m glad
After soup we were served two of their flatbreads: the mature homemade Andouille sausage and Tasso ham along with the more basic Backyard burger. Now in terms of mature and basic, I mean the combination of elements put together to create the overall flavor. The ham and sausage are both made on site – up to three days process for the sausage and two weeks to get their Tasso ham just right. They have a pancetta that has been curing for a month! The sausage and ham version is a true labor of love. And it’s worth all of that labor and more. I don’t usually eat ham but this Tasso is phenomenal. Paired with grilled green onion, baby arugula, shaved manchego cheese and spicy mustard, this flatbread
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3 is a gem on the menu. Compared to their Backyard burger, this one is a more adult flatbread. This doesn’t make the Backyard Burger any less delicious though. It’s a wonderfully well thought-out basic pairing that is made impressive with bold additions. Buttery ground sirloin, bold smoked gouda, grilled Texas 1015 onions and surprising BBQ chip pieces are topped with shredded romaine and dressed with cayenne ketchup and pickled okra mayo. It’s literally a burger pizza. The best burger you never thought of. The addition of such bold items as gouda, chips and their version of ketchup and mayo turn this basic flatbread into a fan favorite. Not sufficiently full, our next surprise dish was their old-school Creole shrimp and grits. Two shrimp, head attached are served atop a mound of roasted jalapeno Andouille grits, blue heron goat cheese, all in a spicy shrimp veloute. Removing the shrimp head is actually quite easy due to the tender nature. The shrimp with the grits and goat cheese in the spicy sauce is what I thought was as rich as I could handle. Then I had their seasonal star, duck debris and butternut waffle. This dish puts a WHOLE new spin to rich. Sitting atop a butternut squash waffle, they place coffee-braised duck “debris” with old-fashioned cranberry jam, Swiss chard and, on top, a sunny-side-up duck egg. A chicory coffee ganache and a foie gras fondue swirl around the waffle round out the dish. Now what I was served is not nearly what you are seeing in the picture. I got a quarter of that waffle and three bites into this taste bud-tantalizing, tongue enveloping dish, I had to put my fork down. My body would simply not accept one more bite. The moment you cut into the egg and the yolk covers the duck and oozes into the waffle that is already soaking up the ganache and fondue, you’ve created a sweet and savory knockout. It’s mind-blowing, amazing indulgence beyond your wildest dreams. Only a mad man could’ve dreamt up such combination! And we weren’t done yet…
For our last dish, we were served an ideal prime rib-eye in a chicory coffee ganache with Maytag blue cheese Lyonnaise Potatoes. The meat had the perfect crisp crust achieved by searing it on a flaming hot cast iron skillet. The ganache adhered to the meat so the flavor was all encompassing with each bite. What is in theory a heavy dish is somehow lighter than what we had anticipated. The preparation of the meat is phenomenal. Knowing full well I wouldn’t be able to recreate such beauty, even after getting a summarized tutorial, I enjoyed this to the last bite. Our meal couldn’t end on a sweeter note than a medley of white chocolate bread pudding, almond cake with macerated blueberries, pumpkin cheesecake, a coffee marshmallow and a chocolate soufflé. Though our meal wasn’t ideal for the average diner, this was the most unique way to convey to you what this masterful group is capable of producing in the kitchen. It is beyond genius. For a restaurant that can take you through the seasons, Bistro Alex is here to make sure you have an unforgettable meal.
Hours: BREAKFAST Sun-Sat 6:30am-10am LUNCH Mon-Sat 11:30-2pm DINNER Sun-Sat 6pm-10am BRUNCH Sunday 11am-9pm
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the chef’s special Photography by Kennon Evett
pat greer green thing
RESTAURANT YAYA’S RAW & PAT GREER’S KITCHEN CUISINE RAW, VEGAN 412 W. CLAY ST., HOUSTON, TX 77019 713.807.0101 | WWW.PATGREERSRAWVEGANKITCHEN.COM
knife sharpener FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? Van Loc’s dry Veggie Bunnnnns. BEST BREAKFAST? Green Smoothie: 1-2 bananas, 4-6 leaves of kale, good size slice of fresh ginger, whatever citrus is available, 1 quart of water and blend, blend, blend. It gives an amazing amount of energy. When eating out and seeking respite: Pondicheri – The atmosphere is delightful and makes me smile. The Shakti Tisane AND the Chai are the best! I like the paratha with some fruit and a bit of the saffron yogurt. I feel nourished when I am there. BEST BRUNCH? Who has time for brunch in the food business? WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Love…it speaks volumes about what can be in food we consume as nourishment…for our bodies and souls. It is the first ingredient in all of our food and what I hope and pray people know. WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Knife sharpener.
WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? When I am ungrateful and cat piss. FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Ones with GREAT names. FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? My granddaughter makes exquisite pies…she wins my vote every time! She has a Pies for Peace campaign every year and donates the money to her favorite charity. Cherry and apple are my favorite AND I will consume ANYTHING she prepares. ON WHAT MAGAZINE COVER, OTHER THAN 002’S, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED? Parabola. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? Anyone who takes the time, energy and love to prepare me a tasty morsel or dish. H.C. makes a great pot of black bean soup. Baby Barnaby’s – walk in and you are family. Yaya’s salad at Ruggles Green on W. Alabama.
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WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD? Small red potatoes and brussels sprouts with olive oil, black pepper and sea salt. DO YOU USE A RECIPE OR WING IT? I read LOTS of recipes, seeing what people put together continues to intrigue me. I did decide to use one for a kracker one time. I was in a small kitchen and had to turn completely around from my book to my ingredients. During one turn, the page turned and the last ingredient I used was in the recipe on the new page in what I thought was the same place. So, unknowingly, I continued on thinking, “wow, this is weird…guess I will stay with it cause a chef created it and published it.” It is now one of our best-selling krackers, Spinach Flat Bread. IS THERE A FOOD YOU WON’T EAT? Organ meats, ewwwww! Once upon a time, the wife of an employee sent breakfast tacos to us (we were working 20-hour days). I was so happy that someone sent real food, I grabbed one, threw on some hot sauce, took a huge bite, continued working, chewed away and slowly discovered it was liver. Everyone I worked with got a huge kick out of it…I was not happy. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE NEXT FOOD TREND? Simple vegetables. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR HOME REFRIGERATOR? Lard – it’s a long story. AT HOME, WHAT DO YOU KEEP ON HAND TO SERVE DROP-IN GUESTS? Kale, apples, pecan butter. DO YOU ANTICIPATE PUBLISHING A COOKBOOK? In the works. One of my inamorato’s daughters is encouraging me to take the years of class-teaching recipes off of my computer and get them in a book. I am slowly working towards it; I have a name and looking for illustrations. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? A customer brought their petulant adolescent with them to the farmers market to make their food purchases. The angel proceeded to loudly proclaim how gross, disgusting, horrible, bad, weird everything her mother offered her was. My jaw hurt from clenching my teeth.
yayapat greer’s kitchen goodies
FAVORITE SANDWICH Slow Dough Bread; perfect avocado; juicy, red, tomato; very thin slivers of red onion; my Dijon Daze sauce; sea salt OR peanut butter and banana with cacao nibs. FAVORITE ICE CREAM MIX-IN/TOPPING Peanut butter and chocolate over frozen bananas and pineapple. FAVORITE TRUCK FOOD Don’t have one. FAVORITE PICNIC SPOT On a flat rock in Colorado, in the summer, with the sun shining and a breeze gently rustling the trees.
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ZAMMY’S MOBILE GRILL find them on twitter @zammysmgrill CUISINE A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING We had the pleasure and joy of having this mobile grill parked outside our offices for a week straight of goodness. This bight chartreuse/neon green (I’m horrible with colors, folks) kitchen on wheels is hard to miss. And honestly you shouldn’t miss out on this grill either. OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM GYROS, TACOS, JALAPENO POPPERS, QUESADILLAS, TO HOMEMADE KOFTA KABOB, WITH THIS MOBILE GRILL YOU’LL FIND A FAVORITE. We dream (and drool) over their fish tacos. They are the BOMB! Beer-battered, fried fish or shrimp is sandwiched in your choice of corn or flour tortillas, with a cabbage blend and your choice of habanero or ancho mayo. It’s simple but the frying is perfection and the outcome is pure – a crispy, tangy goodness. The best fish taco to come out of a truck hands down. It’s a hefty size so if you want, split it into two with the extra tortilla. Or just get two! Other notables from this truck are their falafel and gyro the kofta kabob. Both are served inside a pita with lettuce, tomato and special sauce. Patience is a virtue with this truck as all orders are made the moment you order. The wait is definitely worth it! french fries
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BLACK FINN AMERICAN GRILLE
LOCAL FOODS www.houstonlocalfoods.com
www.blackfinnhouston.com | 910 BAGBY ST. | 713.651.9550
2424 DUNSTAN | 713.521.7800
CUISINE AMERICAN CLASSICS+REGIONAL FAVORITES
CUISINE SLADS, SOUPD, SANDWICHES W/ LOCAL INGREDIENTS
DRIVING AROUND MIDTOWN YOU MIGHT HAVE NOTICED THIS RATHER EXPANSIVE NEWCOMER TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. NOT ONLY DOES THIS SPACE OFFER A DINING ROOM BUT lobster mac n cheese ALSO A GRILLE ROOM, SALOON AND PATIO, EACH OFFERING INDIVIDUAL COMFORTS. The dining room outfitted in photography and work from local artists is ideal for family dinners and business. Looking for full dining but in a more relaxed bar-like setting then the Grille is for you, with booth and bar seating. Should you need to hide out in a booth and work, outlets and Wi-Fi is available. The Saloon merges social dining, sports and business. Check out the game while you dine anytime early or late, or use the space for happy hour or special events. The patio offers a comfortable setting no matter the weather (heaters for cold weather) with local musicians providing acoustic sets Friday and Saturday evening. Open until 2am and it’s dog friendly! No matter the mood, Black Finn offers four dining experiences to suit you. And your options don’t end with the particular rooms; their menu offers a vast array of delights from flatbread, burgers to enchiladas, filets, pastas. Whatever you are craving, you’ll find relief here. Their Ginger Tuna is a tangy, citrus delight of sushi grade ahi steak with stir-fry vegetables and a smashed rice cake with a citrus soy. Looking for a cure, the Hangover Burger combines ham, a fried egg, cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion on top of a burger for fast “relief.” For indulgence, try the Iron Skillet Mac–NCheese Surf or Turf. A blend of cheeses, cavatappi pasta, bacon, tomatoes and toasted bread crumbs are mixed with your choice of lobster, red chili chicken or barbeque pulled pork. For a dining experience catered to your mood and need, Black Finn has it all.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY NEIGHBOR BENJY’S, this counter-style service spot woos you with locally sourced fare with a flair for quality as said neighbor. The location that used to call Antone’s home (and has kept their name in the concrete at the entrance) has been transformed into a clean, industrial haven. Green and blue dot the mostly white space with metal touches. An array of white light fixtures hang above a wall dotted with banquettes. It might be kismet that their menu flows nicely with the décor. Their menu comprised of sandwiches, soups, salads and sides offers light options with a couple more substantial items (hello, crispy chicken sandwich with buttermilk dressing) thrown in. Sandwiches come with two sides or a cup of soup. This menu is ideal for lunch or those looking for a meal that is neither overdone nor overly dressed. We stopped in for lunch and, while the area across the street is under construction, there is still plenty of parking, which is always a perk in the Village. I suspect the lot will be a lot tougher to maneuver once word spreads about Local. After checking out the menu, I went with the Gulf shrimp and blue crab sandwich with green goddess dressing and the avocado soup. The avocado soup also features of potato and leek. I’ll warn you on the “cup.” Let’s just say , if I got a cup, I don’t want to know what a bowl is! It’s more like a large, bulbous cup. I can’t complain though because this soup was so awesome, I was DELIGHTED to have leftovers. A piping hot green bisque-like soup is topped with some of their homemade chips. It’s a beautiful blend of all three components with not one being overly obvious. My sandwich came out on this toasty mini-baguette type bread, full of crap, shrimp, shredded lettuce, a bit of pickled red onion, all dressed in a subtle green goddess dressing. I felt ribeye like I was indulging even though in reality my meal was quite light. And for this locally sourced deliciousness, that was a plentiful serving and exceptional quality at a mere $12. I’d say that is a steal.
Photography by Nicholas Baker
Photography by Jack Thompson
By Beatrice Allen
Photography by Jack Thompson
Photography by Kim Coffman
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EVENT KEY TO THE CURE KICKOFF 2011 WHY TO BENEFIT CANCERFORWARD: THE FOUNDATION FOR CANCER SURVIVORS WHERE SAKS FIFTH AVENUE WHEN OCTOBER 19 Houston’s 13th annual Key to the Cure Kickoff 2011 charity shopping weekend held at Saks Fifth Avenue is turning out to be quite the party, with a guest list chocka-block full of the freshest faces of Houston and boldface players of the social and charity scene. This year’s cocktail party featured libations, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and Saks’ newest fashion trends. Vignettes honoring the 2011 Houston Forward Movers were staged throughout level one of the store. Guests also bid on travel, dining and men’s, women’s and home fashions at the silent auction.
Steven and Joella Mach
Cabrina and Steven Owsley
Carol DeArman, Victoria Christian
Tony Gonzales, Rosie Meyers
Macy and Mayes Middleton
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restaurant listings houston | sugar land | the woodlands
american *17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.aldenhotels.com
51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.963.8067 www.51fifteen.com AMERICAS •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 •2010 West Gray. 832.200.1492 www.cordua.com ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com AVA KITCHEN+WHISKEY BAR 2800 Kirby. 713.386.6460 www.avaalto.com BARNABY’S 5 Houston locations www.barnabyscafe.com
COURSES | At the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu
QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com
HONG KONG DINER "Now Dim Sum" 909 Franklin St. 713.236.1688 www.hongkongdinerhouston.com
UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 www.uptown-sushi.com
CROSSROADS | HOB 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837 www.houseofblues.com
RDG | Bar Annie 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com
KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 www.kamscuisine.com
ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakehouston.com
DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com
RELISH 3915 San Felipe. 713.599.1960 www.relishhouston.com
KONA GRILL [japanese+american] •501 Westheimer. 713.877.9191 •16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.7000 www.konagrill.com
ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com
DANTON’S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8889 www.dantonsseafood.com
RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557 www.rugglesgreen.com
KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 www.kubos-sushi.com
BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD •12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 • 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.874.1800 www.eddiev.com
SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com
FELIX 55 5510 Morningside. 713.590.0610 www.felix55.com
THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com
FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.com GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com
BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com BLACK FINN AMERICAN GRILL 1910 Bagby., #100. 713.651.9550 www.blackfinnamericangrille.com BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston www.cafe-express.com CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com CINQ | at La Colombe d’Or 3410 Montrose Blvd. 713.469.4750 www.lacolombedor.com
THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com WHICH WICH 711 Louisiana St. 713.222.2999 www.whichwich.com YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com ZELKO BISTRO 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691 www.zelkobistro.com
GOODE COMPANY TX BARBECUE 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 www.goodecompany.com
les givral’s kahve
LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] 801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 www.lesgivrals.com MAI’S [vietnamese] 3403 Milam. 713.520.5300 www.maishouston.com NIT NOI [thai] 8 Houston locations www.nitnoithai.com
AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com
MARIPOSA inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext.2166 www.neimanmarcus.com
BLUE FISH SUSHI 550 Texas. 713.225.3474 www.thebluefishsushi.com
MCCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 • 791 Town & Country Blvd. 713.465.3685 www.mccormickandschmicks.com NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com
CONVEY SUSHI 803 Congress. 713.518.7219 www.conveysushi.com FISH [sushi] 309 Gray St. 713.526.5294 www.fishhouston.com
breakfast+coffee+ diners+juice bars 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089 ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com ARAYA artisan chocolate 2013 W. Gray St. 832.967.7960 www.arayachocolate.com
NORI SUSHI BISTRO 700 Town and Country Blvd. 713.467.0400 www.norisushibistro.com
AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com
PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 www.pagodabistro.com
CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 www.brasilcafe.net COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com
asian HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com
CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com
RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234, CityCentre 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com
DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com
RED PIER [asian fusion] 2701 Milam St. 713.807.7726 www.theredpier.com
DOWN HOUSE 51801 Yale St. 713.864.3696 www.downhousehouston.com
STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com
EMPIRE CAFÉ 1801 Yale St. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net
SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com
FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060
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Tasty Tidbits By Tracy Karp Tracy Karp photography by Sofia van der Dys
chicken = eggs
DURING THE HOLIDAYS, MOST PEOPLE TEND TO SET ASIDE THEIR HEALTHY DIETS AND GIVE IN TO THE DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS THEY HAVE DEPRIVED THEMSELVES FROM ALL YEAR LONG. I KNOW, IN MY PAST EXPERIENCE, THIS CYCLE WOULD “TRIGGER” SEEMINGLY UNCONTROLLABLE CRAVINGS, AND THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WOULD BE DEDICATED TO “GETTING BACK ON TRACK.” I WOULD READ COUNTLESS ARTICLES, ALL OF WHICH SEEMED TO HAVE LOGICAL TIPS FOR CREATING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. THE PROBLEM, FOR ME, WASN’T UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGES THAT NEEDED TO BE MADE, BUT RATHER, MAKING THOSE CHANGES MYSELF. THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT I “COULDN’T, SHOULDN’T, AND WOULDN’T EAT,” THE HARDER IT WAS TO RESIST INDULGING IN THOSE “FORBIDDEN” FOODS. ONE OF THE GREATEST ASPECTS OF REVAMP-
Basic Omelet 3 eggs, butter, 2% milk, onion, mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese, seasoned salt 650 calories 50 grams of fat 13 grams of saturated fat Tweaked Omelet 4 egg whites & 1 egg, light butter, skim milk, onion, mushrooms, spinach, low-fat cheddar cheese, seasoned salt 370 calories 27 grams of fat 7 grams of saturated fat Health Nut Omelet 6 eggs whites, butter-flavored Pam, 2% milk, onion, mushrooms, spinach, fat-free cheddar cheese, seasoned salt 205 calories .5 grams of fat .1 grams of saturated fat This same concept of modifying ingredients for healthier alternatives can be used when creating mixed drinks. Basic Margarita on the Rocks Tequila, lime juice, triple sec, simple syrup, fresh lime, sugar-salt, ice 290 calories
ING TRADITIONAL RECIPES INTO HEALTHIER INTERPRETATIONS IS NOT HAVING TO EVER WORRY ABOUT A “FORBIDDEN FOODS LIST” AGAIN. THINK OF IT THIS WAY: ALL RECIPES START WITH BASIC INGREDIENTS. IT IS THE PREPARATION OF THOSE INGREDIENTS THAT DETERMINES WHETHER THE ITEM IS CONSIDERED HEALTHY OR UNHEALTHY. FOR INSTANCE, THE CHARTS BELOW COMPARE OMELETS WITH VIRTUALLY THE SAME INGREDIENTS PREPARED
Basic Skinny Margarita Tequila, lime, triple sec, salt, ice 185 calories Health Nut Margarita Tequila, lime, club soda, ice, Truvia 130 calories Food does not have to be an all or nothing experience. By tweaking or completely revamping a recipe, anyone can find his/her happy medium without losing the essence of the original desire.
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FUEL KITCHEN+HEALTH BAR 1005 Waugh Dr., #C www.fuelhealthbar.com
THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net
HARRY'S RESTAURANT The Globe on Your Fork! American, Greek, & Latin Cuisine 318 Tuam @ Bagby 713.528.0198 www.harrysrestaurantcafe.com This Houston institution serves breakfast and lunch daily. Open 7 Days A Week
THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 www.thefruitpalette.com
INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.3737 www.kraftsmenbaking.com KRAFTSMEN CAFE 611 West 22nd St. 713.426.1300 www.kraftsmencafe.com MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5135 www.morethancakes.com
TINY BOXWOOD’S •3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 •3636 Rice Blvd. 713.667.3402 www.tinyboxwoods.com
cajun+creole +southern THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 2712 Blodgett St. 713.521.2920 www.thisisithouston.com TREEBEARDS 5 Houston locations www.treebeards.com ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.8328 www.zimmslittledeck.com ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com
CHUTNEY’S INDIAN 1010 Lamar. 713.571.2010 www.chutneyshouston.com
ARGENTINA CAFE 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877
KIRAN’S 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 www.kiranshouston.com NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 West Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.narinsbombaybrasserie.com PONDICHERI 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.522.2022
BERRYHILL [texmex] 10 Houston locations www.berryhillbajagrill.com BISTRO BAR [puerto rican] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre 713.973.1601 www.houstonsorella-citycentre.com BULLRITOS 5 Houston locations www.bullritos.com
ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 www.arcodoro.com ARTURO BOADA CUISINE 6510 Del Monte. 713.782.3011 www.boadacuisine.com
GUADALAJARA HACIENDA [mex] 4 Houston locations www.guadalajarahacienda.com IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 www.irmassouthwest.com LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 www.lasventanas.net
SHIVA 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 www.shivarestaurant.com
FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 17 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com
cafe piquet CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 Dine-In/Catering www.cafepiquet.net
LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 5709 Woodway Dr. 713.229.8369 www.latinbitescafe.com LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com
NINFA’S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com
PIATTO RISTORANTE 2 houston locations www.piattoristorante.com
DECCO CAFE 5120 Woodway Dr. 713.963.8273 www.deccocafe.com
OCEAN’S [cevicheria] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744 www.oceansceviche.com
RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com
EL GRAN MALO [mex] 2307 Ella Blvd. 832.767.3405 www.elgranmalo.com
RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com
EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 www.elmeson.com
RUBY TEQUILA’S 2616 Louisiana. 713.522.7829 www.rubytequilas.com
LE MISTRAL [french] 1400 Eldridge Parkway. 832.379.8322 www.lemistralhouston.com
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com A Warehouse Full of Food, Friends, Families and Fun! Great Kids Menu! Large and Small Groups Welcomed. Open 7 Days A Week. Deliveries and Catering Available.
EL PATIO [mex] 6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 www.elpatio.com
SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com
OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114 www.oporto.us
TONY MANDOLA’S 1212 Waugh. 713.528.3473 www.tonymandolas.com
EL REY [cuban-mex] 4 Houston locations www.elreytaqueria.com
TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 www.tacosagogo.com
PHILIPPE REST+LOUNGE [french] BLVD. Place. 713.439.1000 www.philippehouston.com
TRATTORIA IL MULINO 945 Gessner Road. 832.358.0600 www.ilmulino.com
EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233 www.tacotote.com
THE LEMON TREE [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 www.thelemontreeonline.com
THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com
VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com
EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com
TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com
BRASSERIE 19 [french] 1962 W. Gray. 713.524.1919 www.brasserie19.net
SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com
BRASSERIE MAX + JULIE [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com
CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com
SUGAR BABY’S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com
FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com
SWEET CityCentre. 713.647.9338 www.sweethouston.com
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AMAZON GRILL 5114 Kirby Dr.. 713.522.5888 www.cordua.com
CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 4 Houston locations www.cycloneanaya.com
RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com
THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 www.thebuffalogrille.com
ASHIANA 12610 Briar Forest Dr. 281.679.5555 www.ashiana.cc
MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com
BISTRO LE CEP [french] 11112 Westheimer. 713.783.3985 www.bistro-lecep.com
THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com
CHAMA GAÚCHA [brazilian] 5865 Westheimer. 713.244.9500 www.chamagaucha.com
OCTANE COFFEE+WINE LOUNGE 3402 N. Shepherd. 281.974.1693
TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 www.taftstreetcoffee.org
BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE CityCentre. 713.973.9610 www.brioitalian.com CANDELARI’S 14545 Memorial Dr. 281.497.0612
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FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com tintos
XUCO XICANA [mex] 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com
mediterranean +greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com
PINK’S PIZZA 4 houston locations www.pinkspizza.com PIOLA 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 www.piola.it STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800 www.starpizza.net
MEDITERRANEAN TREATS firstname.lastname@example.org www.etsy.com/shop/mediterraneantreats
MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.com MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosaplaceforsteaks.com PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com
niko niko’s NIKO NIKO’S •2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 •301 Milam @ Market Square. www.nikonikos.com PHOENICIA DELI [lebanese] •12151 Westheimer. 281.558.0416 •1001 Austin St. 832.360.2222 www.phoenicia-deli.com
pizza ALTO PIZZERIA 2800 Kirby Dr. 713.386.6460 www.avaalto.com BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com
BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com
BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 www.benihana.com
CARRABBA’S 2335 Highway 6. 281.980.4433 www.carrabbas.com
BROOKLYN CAFÉ •4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.7488 •3091 College Park Dr. 936.273.8880 www.thebrooklyncafe.com
CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744 www.cupcakecafeoftexas.com
CAFFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 900. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com
GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com
DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422
JAPANEIRO’S [sushi+latin] 2168 Texas Dr. 281.242.1121 www.japaneiro.com
DIMASSI’S [ethnic] 1640 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.363.0200 www.dimassisbuffet.com
steak+chops FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 www.flemingssteakhouse.com
CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881
TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.com YELAPA PLAYA MEXICANA 2303 Richmond Ave. 281.501.0391 www.yelapatime.com
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 6213 Richmond Ave. 713.789.2333 www.ruthschris.com
LA MADELEINE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400 www.lamadeleine.com
GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive. 281.363.4745 www.genghisgrill.com
NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net
HONEY BEE HAM + DELI 4747 Research Forest Dr. 281.364.9200
PERRY’S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.com
PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com
THAI COTTAGE II 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. 281.313.0707 www.thai-cottage.com
SHULA’S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com
THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com
SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325 www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com
WASABI [sushi] 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899
STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com
WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com
GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com
MASA’S SUSHI 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688 www.sushimasahouston.com P F CHANG’S 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.203.6350 www.pfchangs.com SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 www.sweetbellaitalian.com THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com
to go: By www.urbanspoon.com
Houston saw 750 new restaurant openings in 2011 and we’ve sorted through Urbanspoon data on all of them to tease out Houston’s Hottest New Restaurants of the year. Criteria included input from local foodie bloggers, up (and down) votes, diner reviews, and overall profile view volume. The result is a group of 10 restaurants that have received the most attention by Houston’s food lovers. There is something on the list for everyone, and while there are plenty of American-style, meatcentric establishments, you can also find Houston’s best French restaurant (BRASSERIE 19) on the list. The list includes restaurants serving entrées under $10 (COAL BURGER) to high-end impress-the-in-laws, once-a-year extravagance (LUCA & LEONARDO RISTORANTE). Enjoy unique flavor combinations and luxury presentation with a modern pub feel at SORREL URBAN BISTRO or the stunning dining room at THE BIRD AND THE BEAR. Looking for more lavish settings, try FELIX 55 and their impeccable wine parings. MI COCINA serves up gluten-friendly Tex Mex to The Woodlands. For the completely relaxed experience, head to THE SHACK, order up some beer, seat your self outside and order up Squeal Fest – a sandwich of pulled pork topped with sausage, bacon and chicharones.
HOUSTON’S HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANTS – 2011 •BlackFinn American Grille •Brasserie 19 •Coal Burger •El Real Tex-Mex Café •Felix 55 •Luca & Leonardo Ristorante •Mi Cocina •Sorrel Urban Bistro •The Bird and the Bear Bistro
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If you haven’t caught the Wave, here’s what you should do. With traffic conditions, construction and road closures from special events, it is best to call about 20 minutes before you are ready for a pickup to see how long it will be before a bus is outside. email@example.com
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THE WASHINGTON CORRIDOR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION provides business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals with the opportunity by way of a forum to educate, equip and empower their businesses by networking and communicating their needs within the boundaries of the WCBA and its community. WWW.WCBA-HOUSTON.COM
THE WASHINGTON CORRIDOR HAS SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITIONED INTO ONE OF THE MOST ENERGIZING ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING DISTRICTS OF THE MOMENT IN HOUSTON. •RAIA’S ITALIAN CAFÉ AND MARKET HAS BEEN THRIVING UNDER ITS NEW OWNER TERRY POLOVINA, WHO BOUGHT FORM THE RAIA FAMILY. RAIA’S CONTINUES TO OFFER ALL YOUR FAVORITE TRADITIONAL DISHES WITH A FEW TWIST AND SURPRISES. •THE CORRIDOR IS THE AREA TO BE IN NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE NEW AND UP AND COMING THINGS THAT IT OFFERS BUT BECAUSE OF THE OLD GEMS THAT HAVE LASTED IN THE CONSISTENTLY CHANGING AREA. •A FEW MONTHS AGO, MAYOR ANNISE PARKER AND VARIOUS CITY DEPARTMENTS MET WITH WASHINGTON AVENUE STAKEHOLDERS TO DISCUSS PARKING SOLUTIONS ON STREET AND OFF STREET, OR WASHINGTON AVENUE. THE MAYOR AUTHORIZED THE INSTALLATION OF NEW SIGNAGE ALLOWING OFF STREET PARKING ALONG WASHINGTON AVENUE AND THE INSTALLATION OF NEW SIGNS ALLOWING PARKING ALONG WASHINGTON AVENUE ONLY DURING OFF PEAK HOURS. CONTINUED EVALUATION IS BEING DONE TO IMPROVE PARKING ALONG THE CORRIECO-SHUTTLE DOR. •REV LAUNCHED THE REV ECO-PASS, A NEW ECO-FRIENDLY CARD ALLOWING CUSTOMERS TO RIDE WITH GREATER EASE.THE PREPAID TRANSPORTATION CARD CAN BE RELOADED WITH FIVE OR TEN RIDES. THE ECOPASS USES CAPTURECODE’S PAAS (PLATFORM AS A SERVICE) TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS CARDHOLDERS TO SCAN A 2-D BARCODE WITH IN-VEHICLE IPHONES. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO RECEIVE THE BARCODE VIA E-MAIL, THEREBY ELIMINATING THE USE OF PLASTIC CARDS OR PAPER COUPONS. WWW.GOREVGO.COM •ALTHOUGH NOT DIRECTLY OFF THE MAIN CORRIDOR DRAG, FINISH STRONG SPORTS IS PUTTING ON THE RHYTHM AND BLUES HALF MARATHON ON FEBRUARY 19. DROP AT 6426 WASHINGTON AVENUE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE 920 Studemont St. 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com
KEEP IT CLEAN CARWASH 3700 Washington. 713.426.3877 www.keepitcleancarwash.com
ANDY’S 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423
KWIK KAR 2710 Washington. 713.869.9008 www.kwikkarofhouston.com
AMERICAN TITLE-HEIGHTS 5225 Katy Frwy., #510. 713.864.5335 www.americantitleheights.com
ROCKEFELLER HALL 3620 Washington. 713.869.3344 www.RockefellerHall.com
AT&T 920 Studemont, #700. 713.802.9950 BEDROCK CITY 4602 Washington, #A. 713.862.0100 www.bedrockcity.com CAMERA CO-OP 801 Durham Dr. 713.522.7837 www.cameracoophouston.com CHASE 4720 Washington, #A. 713.802.0100 CRICKET 4922 Washington. 713.862.8775 FIRESTONE 1502 Washington. 713.224.1733 www.FirestoneCompleteAutoCare.com
INTEGRITY BANK 4040 Washington. 713.335.8700 www.ibanktx.com I SOLD IT HOUSTON 4720 Washington. 713.426.4266 www.isoldithouston.com IVISION 920 Studemont, #800. 713.862.0500 www.ivisionhouston.com JAMES CRAIG FURNISHINGS 4500 Washington, #100. 713.741.2266 www.jamescraigfurnishings.com
SSQQ DANCE STUDIO
AEON THEATRIX 1824 Spring, #222. 1-888-669-AEON (2366) www.aeontheatrix.com
KATIE & CO. 4500 Washington. 713.802.1345 www.katie-co.com
BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com BEER ISLAND 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670 BERRIPOP FROZEN YOGURT 3939 Washington. 713.861.7171 www.berripop.com BIG STAR 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com
SSQQ DANCE STUDIO 1431 W. 20th. 713.869.0777 www.ssqqdance.com
BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 www.brcgastropub.com
STATE FARM INSURANCE 22 Waugh Dr. #340. 713.426.4440
BRIXX BAR 5110 Washington. 713.864.8811
THE AMISH CRAFTSMAN 5555 Washington. 713.862.3444 www.amishcraftsmanfurniture.com THE RESERVE SUPPLY CO.
2205 Washington. 713.750.9582 www.reservesupplycompany.com T-MOBILE 4720 Washington. 713.868.5866 www.t-mobile.com URBAN CLEANERS 9200 Studemont, #200. 713.880.9910 WABASH ANTIQUE & FEED STORE 5701 Washington. 713.863.8322 www.wabashfeed.com
WEST END CLEANERS 4918 Washington. 713.864.2365 www.westendcleaners.com
BUFFALO WILD WINGS 3939 Washington. 832.356.2980 www.buffalowildwings.com CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com CANYON CREEK CAFÉ 6603 Westcott St. 713.864.5885 www.onioncreekcafe.com CATALINA COFFEE 2201 Washington. 713.861.8448 www.catalinacoffeeshop.com CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 COPPA 5555 Washington. 713.426.4260 www.copparistorante.com
DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com
360 SPORTS LOUNGE 4601 Washington. 713.677.0398 www.360sportslounge.com
DARKHORSE TAVERN 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 www.dhtavern.com
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WABASH www.wabashfeed.com | 5701 WASHINGTON AVE. | 713.863.8322 BUSINESS ANTIQUES & FEED STORE | HOUSTON’S ORGANIC GARDENING HEADQUARTERS
“A LITTLE BIT OF COUNTRY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY.” DID YOU KNOW, NESTLED OFF THE HUSTLE BUSTLE OF THE CLUB AND FOODIE SCENE OFF WASHINGTON YOU CAN GET A CHICKEN FOR YOUR ROOST? EVEN A ROOSTER FOR YOUR ROOST? A MINIATURE HORSE, PEACOCKS, WILD TURKEYS RABBITS AND MORE? WABASH ANTIQUES AND FEED STORE IS THE CITY’S ORGANIC GARDENING HEADQUARTERS OFFERING PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES THAT PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. EVERYTHING FROM FEED, SEED TO EXOTIC LIVESTOCK TO A GARDEN CENTER, HARDWARE STORE AND A MULTITUDE OF OTHER HOME NECESSITIES (HELLO, BEER). THEY SPECIALIZE IN FERTILIZERS, PESTICIDES AND PEST CONTROLS TO INSURE AGAINST THE DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES OF CONVENTIONAL PRODUCTS THAT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY CARRY A MASSIVE ARRAY OF CAT AND DOG FOOD, INCLUDING HARD TO FIND ORGANIC BRAND. PLUS THEIR OUTDOOR CENTER HAS BULBS, LOCAL VEGGIE SEEDS AND ARTSY DECORATIONS. VISIT THEM TODAY AND LOSE YOURSELF AMONGST THEIR LIVESTOCK WHILE ENJOYING A PIECE OF HOUSTON’S PAST.
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PATRENELLA’S 813 Jackson Hill St. 713.863.8223 www.patrenellas.net
EL TIEMPO CANTINA 5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 www.eltiempocantina.com
PIZZITOLA'S BAR B CUE 1703 Shepherd Dr. 713.227.2283 www.pizzitolasbbq.com
FITZGERALD’S 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838
PORCH SWING PUB 69 Heights Blvd. 713.880.8700 www.porchswingpub.com
FIVE GUYS 3939 Washington. 713.426.5558 www.fiveguys.com FOX HOLLOW 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117 HICKORY HOLLOW 101 Heights Blvd. 713.869.6300 www.hickoryhollowrestaurant.com
HUGHES HANGAR 2811 Washington. 281.501.2028 www.hugheshangar.com KING FU SALOON 5317 Washington. 713.864.0642 www.kungfusaloon.com LAURENZO’S 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzos.net LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE 4601 Washington. 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com LIBERTY STATION 2101 Washington. 713.640.5220 LUPE TORTILLA 1511 Shepherd. 713.231.9040 www.lupetortilla.com MANOR ON WASHINGTON 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net MAX’S WINE DIVE 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737 www.maxwinedive.com NOX 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com PAGODA BISTRO & BAR 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400
RAIA’S 4500 Washington. 713.861.1042 www.RaiasItalian.com REBEL’S HONKY TONK 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040 www.rebelshonkytonk.com REIGN LOUNGE 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 ROOSEVELT 5219 Washington. 713.869.8779 SALT BAR 4216 Washington. 713.868.5155
W GRILL 4825 Washington. 713.861.9933 www.wgrilltogo.com WASHINGTON DRINKERY 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617 www.washavedrinkery.com ZOES KITCHEN 4000 Washington. 713.861.9637 www.zoeskitchen.com
health+beauty BAYOU CITY SMILES 4000 Washington, #201. 713.518.1411 www.BayouCitySmiles.com BLISS DAY SPA 701 Shepherd Dr. #100. 713.864.8787 www.blissdayspa.biz
SAM’S CAFÉ 920 Studemont. 713.861.1109 SANCTUARY LOUNGE 2420 Washington. 713.861.7300 www.sanctuaryhouston.com SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR 2412 Washington. 713.398.8442 www.SawyerParkHouston.com
CROSSFIT H-TOWN 1919 Silver. 281.989.8740 www.crossfithtown.com
SOMA 4820 Washington. 713.861.2726 www.somasushi.com
www.joyyogacenter.com MEMORIAL HEIGHTS DENTAL 920 Studemont, #500. 713.869.0600 www.ddsforyou.com MEMORIAL PARK VISION 5535 Memorial Dr. #1. 281.888.9256 www.memorialparkvision.com MERCER SALON 5555 Washington, #R. 281.888.9810 www.mercersalon.com SATORI SALON 3616 Washington. 713.869.2444 www.satorisalons.com SAWYER DENTAL 1919-3A Taylor St. 713.864.3993 WASHINGTON AVE PILATES 2203 Washington. 281.352.5791 www.wapilates.com WEST-END PILATES
EL REY TAQUERIA 910 Shepherd Dr. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com
TQLA 4601 Washington. 281.501.3237 www.tqlahouston.com
WEST-END PILATES 4219 Koehler. 832.867.1059 www.westendhoustonpilates.com
home MEMORIAL BY WINDSOR 3131 Memorial Ct. 713.864.7602 www.windsorcommunities.com ROSE TEAM REALTY
PANDORA 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220
EI8TH 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500
WASHINGTON SPOTS...WASHINGTON SPOTS...WASHINGTON SPOTS...WASHINGTON SPOTS...WASHINGTON
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STAR PIZZA II 77 Harvard St. 713.869.1241 www.starpizza.net
CURA YOGA "Infrared Heated Studio" 1824 Spring. 713.839.9642 www.curayoga.com
TAPS HOUSE OF BEER 5120 Washington. 713.864.0650 www.tapshouseofbeer.com
DESSANGE PARIS SALON 5535 Memorial Dr. 713.457.8800 www.dessangetexas.com
ROSE TEAM REALTY 4720 Washington, #B-1. 713.880.8444 www.intownhouston.com
THE COUNTER 4601 Washington. 713.966.6123 www.thecounterburger.com
DESIGN DENTAL GROUP 4500 Washington, #700. 713.869.0334 www.Design-DentalGroup.com
SABINE STREET LOFTS 150 Sabine Street. 713.221.3400 www.SabineStreetLofts.com
THE DUBLINER 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300
EGMA’S SALON 4620 A Washington. 713.880.8319
TEXAS REAL ESTATE & CO. 2420 Washington. 713.337.1410 www.txreco.com
THE LOT 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com
EXPERT NAILS 4120 Washington. 713.864.5525 JOY YOGA CENTER 4500 Washington, #900. 713.819.9390
URBAN LIVING 5023 Washington. 713.868.7226 www.urbanliving.com
FOR ADVERTISING JASON BROWN firstname.lastname@example.org ALEX PEREZ email@example.com
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ma cine club+lounge review By Clayton Graves Photography by Daniel Ortiz
sundance cinemas a new kind of adult theatre 510 texas ave. | houston, tx 77204 | www.sundancecinemas.com
NOOO, GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER, PEOPLE. WHAT KIND OF MAGAZINE DO YOU THINK WE’RE RUNNING HERE? SUNDANCE CINEMAS, LOCATED AT BAYOU PLACE DOWNTOWN, IS WHERE GROWN-UPS GO TO WATCH MOVIES. LET THE KIDDIE TABLE HEAD OVER TO THE MEGAPLEX, BECAUSE WE LIKE OUR MOVIES SERVED WITH BISTRO-STYLE GRUB, LOCAL CRAFT BREWS, AMAZING SOUND/PICTURE QUALITY AND A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE, I.E., NO SCREAMING TODDLERS, CAPTAIN TEXT MESSAGE OR MR. TINY BLADDER. WELL, THAT LAST PART MIGHT NOT BE COMPLETELY ACCURATE, BUT SUNDANCE IS DEFINITELY SETTING A NEW STANDARD FOR MOVIE LOVERS AND ENTERTAINMENT SEEKERS ALIKE. Sundance Houston is the third installment of the movie theatre extension of Robert Redford’s Sundance Group. “Houston is a thriving cultural center and I am particularly excited to have found such a perfect home for Sundance in this city,” says Redford. Sundance takes pride in showcasing vibrant, emerging artists and filmmakers, and Houston was chosen over many other cities for our reputation of supporting the lovely right-brainers. After a $2.25 million dollar renovation of the old Angelika Theatre space, this eight-screen cinematic masterpiece is Houston’s new home for independent and specialty films. However, you shouldn’t consider this an art house theatre, given the fact that it took over five years to develop the plush, ergonomically perfect theatre seats for which your posterior will forever thank you. And a pleasant twist, you actually reserve those seats online or at the box office. With a little planning, you’ll never have to sit in the neck-breaking front row again. Take that, over-priced chiropractor! “What differentiates Sundance are the amenities and stress-free user experience. The idea is to create a calm, unique setting so people truly enjoy their night out,” says Nancy Gribler, VP of Marketing. You’ll agree when you take in the overall décor, which utilizes earth tones, wooden textures, brown leather couches and even brushed metal marquees to point you in the right direction. Inside each theater you’ll find dual seating with a cleverly built middle console/table to enjoy some top-notch movie fare. The design keeps everything feeling warm n’ cozy even though it’s a massive space. The lobby has its own pre/post-movie socializing area where you’ll also find a bevy of nontraditional movie watching edibles. The concession stand serves up gourmet hot dogs, specialty pastries, Dublin Dr Pepper and Pelegrino, for example. That’s a big step up from stale popcorn and a possibly already
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robert redford opened box of Twizzlers. Adjacent to the concession stand is The Sundance Bar. A full-service watering hole that will mix any cocktail your heart desires and doesn’t skimp on its support of Texas brewers, St. Arnold’s, Southern Star and Shiner to name a few. Is it starting to click why we have a theatre in the bar section of the magazine? The food menu includes specialty pizzas with unique toppings like shrimp ceviche and Mom’s meatloaf; sourdough grilled cheese; BBQ chicken quesadillas and Chambord chocolate brownies. It’s a one-stop shop for dinner, drinks and a movie. Supporting all things local is a top priority for Sundance. There is a mini-art gallery that rotates local artists every three months and the theatre has been chosen as one of the locations for the 2012 Houston Arts Society Film Festival. “We’re proud to be affiliated with such a great group of local organizations that serve the arts and members of the community,” said Redford. In that spirit, on January 26, 2012, Sundance Film Festival USA will have a special screening in Houston. A film and a filmmaker are plucked mid-festival from snowy Park City, Utah, and sent to Houston for a special presentation of their film, including a Q&A session. “Houston has given us such a warm reception since the moment we announced our opening and we couldn’t be happier to be here,” says Mrs. Gribler. Houston 1, the rest of the country, 0. P.S – Don’t worry about parking. Sundance will validate up to three hours at the Theatre District Parking Garage. Nice.
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NEXT MONTH IS THE 3RD ANNUAL
TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE.
The grass roots event is put together by Jennifer Burgermeister of CuraYoga and Roger and Alvina Rippey of YogaOne gets better every year and 002houston magazine is proud to be a sponsor. There is no better time to get back into your practice, try Yoga out if you’ve always wondered about it or just enjoy some comraderie with the local yoga community.
Internationally-acclaimed Desert Dwellers will headline the concert SATURDAY night and a Friday night Bhakti Bash featuring Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band from New Orleans, the Bhakti House Band from Dallas and Houston’s very own Tyagaraja M. Welch.
University of Houston’s state of the art Recreation and Wellness Center on the UH Main Campus just minutes from downtown. The conference will have yoga presentations, classes and lectures for 3 full days and 2 rocking’ evening concerts with top local and national musicians.
Other presenters include Les Leventhal from YogaTree SF, Dana Flynn from Laughing Lotus (NY and SF), Cat McCarthy, Michele Hebert, Christina Sell, Teresa Murphy and a host of local Texas and national talent.
Photography by Aaron M. Sprecher
FEBRUARY 17-19, 2012
Photography by PWL Studios
Kula Yoga Project in New York, and a whole being wellness program with Hemalayaa Beyl (who has appeared numerous times on national TV with the likes of Oprah and Dr. Oz).
FRIDAY will consist of intensive study with acclaimed yoga teachers, including Master Teacher and author Ana Forrest, David Regelin (creator of Multi-Intenso and Vesica Practice) from
Students under 27 receive a 50% discount on all tickets (current student ID required at check-in).
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EVENT RESTORATION HARDWARE GALLERY EXTRAVAGANZA WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE HIGHLAND VILLAGE WHEN NOVEMBER 10 Over 1,700 of Houston’s tastemakers, influencers and society mavens gathered to celebrate the grand opening of RH The Gallery at Highland Village and RH Baby & Child, Restoration Hardware’s next-generation retail concepts. The grand affair included a special musical performance by international artist Lykke Li, gourmet hors d oeuvres by Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello, fresh bellinis from Cipriani NY and music by DJ Michael Smith. Restoration Hardware donated $10,000 to the nonprofit Houston Cinema Arts Society.
Joyce Echols, Ursaline Hamilton
Carlos Alberini, Gary Friedman
Dr. Aashish Shan, Roseann Rogers
Dominique Sachse, Nick Florescu
Jay and Allie Fields
Maryiam Afshari, Haidar Barbouti
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EVENT FUEL KITCHEN AND HEALTH BAR SOIREE WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE 1005 WAUGH DR. WHEN NOVEMBER 10 Houstonians are foodies at heart, and when news spread that Fuel Kitchen and Health Bar was opening they flocked to show their support for all things great. Guests noshed on light bites from their revolutionary menu and mingled with other fellow foodies over complimentary drinks.
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Events / Photo Credit FUEL KITCHEN GRAND OPENING Photography provided by The Hucksters PR 002MEDIA FETE Photography by Eric Lewis, Beatriz Rodriguez & Brad Sechler for lastnightpics.com SUNDANCE CINEMAS GRAND OPENING Photography by Omar Mejia for lastnightpics.com UNA NOTTE IN ITALIA Photography by Daniel Ortiz BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE Photography by Omar Mejia for lastnightpics.com
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EVENT 002MEDIA FETE WHY THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY WHERE HUGHES HANGAR WHEN DECEMBER 1
002houston supporters descended upon Hughes Hangar for the official launch of 002Media, the new print, development, design and web company. Guests and potential new clients mingled with the creative minds responsible and learned more about the variety of design and printing services being offered. Partygoers strolled though the swanky new “it” place while sampling complimentary cocktails infused with TRU Organic vodka.
CHECK OUT ALL THE PARTIES IN HOUSTON @ 002MAG.COM The grand opening for Sundance Cinemas was a successful and stylish production. Over two nights, more than 1,400 guests gathered for the spectacle. Both nights began with cocktails and bites from Sundance Bar and Bistro, cookies from Michael’s Cookie Jar and other purveyors who will regularly be featured at the snack bar. Local craft beer, wine and special cocktails where poured, designed to complement the films on screen. Robert Redford, who was filming on location during opening, appeared on screen to welcome Houstonians and promises a trip to H-town very soon and announced that Houston will be the site for one of the screenings during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival USA.
EVENT SUNDANCE CINEMAS GRAND OPENING WHY BENEFITING THE HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY & MFAH WHEREBAYOU PLACE DOWNTOWN WHEN NOVEMBER 21
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One of the year’s most anticipated events once again rocked the house. The affair was a fun-filled evening benefiting Family Services of Greater Houston. The all-male “celebrity” runway revue showcased some of the most uomini splendidi (gorgeous men) in Houston who glided down the catwalk with undeniable swagger dressed in the finest Festari for Men fashions. The show was followed by a lively auction, which included fabulous trips to Italy, Aspen and South Africa! The crowd then danced the night away to DJ Gino and enjoyed a popular late night bar featuring specialty tequilas by Riazul.
EVENT UNA NOTTE IN ITALIA WHY TO BENEFIT FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER HOUSTON WHERE OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL WHEN NOVEMBER 4
CHECK OUT ALL THE PARTIES IN HOUSTON @ 002MAG.COM Guests on the first evening were given rein of the entire 11,000sf restaurant, with a progressive dinner that took guests through each room to sample menu items and cocktails. Benefiting The Ronald McDonald House, the philanthropic crowd later convened in the dining room for a seated four-course dinner, while admiring the vibrant photography which celebrates the people and places of Houston, as well as the motorized statue of an oil derrick which provided a unique focal point. Following dinner, guests were invited into the heart-thumping Saloon, where a myriad of delectable dessert favorites were served and the bar was fully stocked and fully open to all. The party continued until midnight when the last BlackFinn Greyhound was served. EVENT BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE MIDTOWN WHEN NOVEMBER 10
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BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS LUCKY STRIKE LANES L F 1201 San Jacinto. 713.343.3300 www.bowlluckystrike.com MAINSTAGE B LM 2016 Main St. 713.751.3101
downtown C&F DRIVE INN B 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704 CHAPEL SPIRITS B 534 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.chapelspirits.com CHAR BAR B F 305 Travis. 713.222.8177 DIVE LOUNGE @ Aquarium L 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY B 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 www.myspace.com/1820bar ETTA’S LOUNGE L LM 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611 FLYING SAUCER B 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 www.beerknurd.com
MOLLY’S PUB B 509 Main. 713.222.1033 www.mollyspubs.com PBR HOUSTON A COWBOY BAR B 500 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.pbrhouston.com PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR B 1201 Fannin. 713.337.7383 www.petesduelingpianobar.com RESERVE 101 B 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 www.reserve101.com SAM BAR | inside Alden Hotel C 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 www.aldenhotels.com SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ B LM 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299 www.sambucarestaurant.com
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SHARK BAR B 534 Texas. 281.300.1568 www.sharkbartx.com SHAY MCELROY’S B 909 Texas Suite A. 713.223.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
HOUSE OF BLUES B LM 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.blues www.hob.com/houston JAZZ @ THE MAGNOLIA B LM 1100 Texas St. 713.221.0011 JET LOUNGE L LM 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 www.thejetloungehouston.com LA CARAFE W 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 LONE STAR SALOON B 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616 LUCIE’S FABULOUS LIQUORS Bl 500 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.luciesliquors.com
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SKYLINE BAR & GRILL B 1600 Lamar. 713.739.8000 STATE BAR & LOUNGE B+L 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 www.thestatebar.com THE BREWERY TAP B 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537 THE B.U.S. BAR SB 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287 THE DIRT B 1209 Caroline. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com TOC BAR C 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 www.tocbar.net VENUE C+L 719 Main. 713.236.8150 www.venuehouston.com
galleria+uptown BAR 12•21 @ MORTON’S L F 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 www.mortons.com BELVEDERE L 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 www.belvedereinfo.com BLVD 610 LOUNGE B+L 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 www.blvd610.com CLUB 26 TEN C F 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000 www.myspace.com/club26ten PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com PLANETA BAR-RIO C 6400 Richmond. 832.251.3178 REMINGTON BAR B F St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.stregis.com/houston RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com ROXY C 5351 W. Alabama. 713.850.0703 www.clubroxy.com THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181 THE TASTING ROOM W •1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 •2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 www.tastingroomwines.com WILD WEST C 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 www.wildwesthouston.com WINETOPIA W 6363 San Felipe St. 832.858.1149 www.winetopiatx.com
heights 6TH STREET BAR & GRILL B F 2701 White Oak. 713.880.5999 ANDY’S B F 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423 BEER ISLAND B L W 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670
BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com
CONTINENTAL CLUB B 3700 Main. 713.529.9899 www.continentalclub.com
RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 www.richsnightlife.com
BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston
DOGHOUSE TAVERN B 2517 Bagby. 713.520.1118
SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B F 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040 www.saintdanes.com
CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ B F 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BARLM 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com
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DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE L 114 Gray. 713.526.3423
SHOT BAR B 2315 Bagby. 713.526.3000 www.shotbarhouston.com
STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston
FITZGERALD’S B LM 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838 www.fitzlivemusic.com
EPIC LOUNGE L C 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531
THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com
FOX HOLLOW L F 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117 www.foxhollowhouston.com
ESCOBAR L C 2905 Travis. 281.701.4248 www.escobarhouston.com
THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com
PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700 www.porchswingpub.com
FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com
UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge
PROHIBITION B L 5175 Westheimer. 281.940.4636 www.craftofcocktails.com
GLITTER KARAOKE B 2621 Milam. 713.526.4900 www.glitterkaraoke.com
WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. 713.526.9985 www.whiskeycreekhouston.com
THE CORKSCREW 1308 W. 20th St. 713.230.8352 www.houstoncorkscrew.com
HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com
WONDER BAR B L 2416 Brazos. 281.974.5083 www.wonderbarhouston.com
JUNCTION SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768
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KHON’S WINE W 2808 Milam St. 713.523.7775 www.khonsbar.com
611 B 611 Hyde Park. 713.528.1582
13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com 3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282 BAR MUNICH B sb f 2616 Louisiana. 713.523.1008 www.barmunich.com BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM B F 2400 Brazos. 713.528.9192 www.brbhouston.com CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com COMMUNITY BAR B 2703 Smith St. 713.526.1576
KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LITTLE WOODROW’S SB F 2306 Brazos. 713.522.1041 NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. 713.526.2220 www.art-bar.net PUB FICTION SB F 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 www.pubfiction.com RED DOOR C L 2416 Brazos. 713.526.9383 www.reddoormidtown.com REPUBLIKA L 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225
ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com ANVIL+REFUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com AVANT GARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com BLUR BAR B 710 Pacific St. 713.529.3447 www.blurbar.com BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR W F 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com
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BOONDOCKS B C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar
POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar
BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com
RED LION PUB B 2316 S. Shepherd. 713.782.3030 www.redlionhouston.com
CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com
ROEDER’S PUB B 3116 S. Shepherd. 713.524.4994 www.roederspub.com
CECIL’S B 600 W. Gray. 713.524.3691
RUDYARD’S B F 2010 Waugh. 713.521.0521
CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 www.cezannejazz.com
SHERLOCK’S B F 1952 W. Gray. 713.521.1881
ETRO LOUNGE B 1424-A Westheimer. 713.521.3876 www.etrolounge.com GRAPPINO DI NINO M 2817 W. Dallas. 713.528.7002 GRIFF’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912 www.griffshouston.net GUAVA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 www.guavalamphouston.com J.R.’s B 808 Pacific. 713.521.2519 LOLA’S DEPOT B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342 MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com MONTROSE MINING CO. B 807 Pacific. 713.529.7488 NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 713.528.4920 PJ’S SPORTS BAR B 614 W. Gray. 713.520.1748 www.pjssportsbar.com
SIDEBAR @ GRAVITAS B 807 Taft. 713.522.0995
SONOMA WINE BAR W 2720 Richmond. 713.526.9463 www.sonomahouston.com SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com THE FLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 www.barflathouston.com THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827 www.theharphouston.com THE NEXT DOOR B L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712 THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com THE TAVERN SB F 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5152 www.thetavernongray.com VELVET MELVIN PUB B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798 VINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200 www.vintageloungehouston.com ZIMM’S B L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK B L 601 Richmond. 713.527.8328
museum district MONARCH LOUNGE Hotel ZaZa L 5701 Main 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com
outer loop 300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com DENIM BAR B F 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com FIREHOUSE SALOON C LM 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 www.firehousesaloon.com HUSH C 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 www.hushonline.com THE DERRICK TAVERN B LM 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 www.thederricktavern.com THE TASTING ROOM W CityCentre. 281.822.1500 www.tastingroomwines.com VINE WINE ROOM W 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 www.vinewineroom.com YARD HOUSE B F 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre. 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com
HUDSON LOUNGE L 2506 Robinhood. 713.523.0020 www.hudsonlounge.com
KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com
KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858
LOBBY LOUNGE B L InterContinental Hotel 2222 W. Loop South. 713.627.1132
LITTLE WOODROW’S B 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com
LIZZARD’S PUB B C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610
SALENTO WINE CAFE W F 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com
LUMEN LOUNGE L 5000 Kirby, Houston, TX 77098 281.807.7567
SIMONE ON SUNSET W 2418 Sunset. 713.636.3033 www.simoneonsunset.com
MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com
THE GINGER MAN B 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 www.gingermanpub.com
MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.6399 www.mezzaninelounge.com
THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S B F 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 www.benjys.com
MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118 www.mugsyshouston.com
oaks + kirby BAR MALATESTA B 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 BIG WOODROW’S B F 3111 Chimney Rock. 713.784.2653 www.bigwoodrows.com BLANCO’S B 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072
RON’S PUB B 1826 Fountainview. 713.977.4820 www.ronspub.com SAM’S BOAT B 5720 Richmond. 713.781.2628 SIGNATURE LOUNGE L 5959 Richmond. 713.636.2087 www.signatureloungehouston.com
BLVD LOUNGE B F 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111
SPOTLIGHT KARAOKE B 5901 Westheimer. 713.266.7768 www.spotlightkaraoke.com
ARMADILLO PALACE B F 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 www.thearmadillopalace.com
CAPONE’S B LM 4304 Westheimer. 713.840.0010 www.caponeshouston.com
STEREO LIVE 6400 Richmond. 832.251.9600 www.stereolivehouston.com
BAKER STREET PUB B LM 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 www.bakerstreetpub.com
CHAMMP’S SB F 1121 Uptown Park. 713.627.2333 www.champps.com
THE BAR B InterContinental Hotel 2222 W. Loop South. 713.627.7200
BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com
COVA W •5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 •5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com
THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com
BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9691 ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com
CRU W 2800 Kirby. 713.528.9463 www.cruawinebar.com DOWNING STREET B L 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com
THE RAILYARD B 4200 San Felipe. 713.621.4000 www.railyardhouston.com THE RED ROOM L 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com
UNDER THE VOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282 W XYZ BAR B 5415 Westheimer. 713.622.7010
warehouse district EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 LUCKY’S PUB SB F 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 www.luckyspub.com THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 WAREHOUSE LIVE LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 www.warehouselive.com
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Bea Here Now By Beatrice Allen
I get older, time goes by faster. It’s alarming. And I get more forgetful. Not by choice, just by “flightness.” It’s hard to maintain your mind in the moment when you’re thinking to the future. Things that need to be done, bills that need to be paid this moment, today, tomorrow, next week – it becomes all-consuming. And the fact that I can mentally check out some times doesn’t help either. At present time I’m writing about food, texting about Christmas presents and balancing my budget at the same time. It’s also time for lunch. It seems like only moments ago I was enjoying my mini-bagel and Fage. Eureka! I think I just found this girl’s resolution. No more forgetting someone’s name because I was thinking about, Oh, I like her shoes. No more waiting until the day of a party to buy a present. Or waiting to writing thank you notes. No more waiting the week before deadline to eat at four restaurants. If it happens or I am aware of it in the moment, it shall get done in the moment. Life is fleeting and I’m ready to live it now, today at THIS moment. This month I dined on French fare, fast food, an athlete’s breakfast, a divine sango and an Italian favorite.
WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS… Brasserie 19 1962 W. Gray 713.524.1919 www.brasserie19.com A night at Brasserie will not only ensure outstanding people-watching but also equally divine dishes. With the change in chefs has come a slew of new additions to the menu. After attending the annual 002houston Cover Contest exhibit at Deborah Colton gallery, we dropped in around 9pm on a Friday. Although inside was packed to the gills, the evening happened to be pleasant so rather than wait, we sat on their delightful patio. It’s just as charming as the inside. To start we had the daily soup which was a tomato bisque and the hand-cut steak tartare. For our entrée, since there was a chill in the air, their Friday special of braised beef bourguignon was ideal. The beef fell apart, making for chunky bits mixed with onion, carrot and mushroom all peppered in a rich complex broth. If you are there on a crisp Friday evening, this is your stew. A DANCE OF FLAVORS. Samba Grille 530 Texas 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com On a visit for an 8-course tasting and Sundance Cinema movie date, I found this amazing soup. It’s a combination of rich, velvety delicious flavors, lobster and corn. This lobster corn bisque sango includes a
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piece of butter-poached lobster, white corn choclo and cilantro oil. It is the most beautiful marriage of corn, lobster and cilantro. Not one overpowers the others, rather they meld together to form this intoxicating bisque that dances in your mouth. No joke – I wanted to skip all courses and stay on this one. That’s not to say all the other courses weren’t outstanding. Their scallop sashimi tiradito is amazing as is their suckling pork. ATHLETE’S FUEL Island Grill 5709 Woodway Dr. 713.334.4036 www.islandgrillhouston.com Casual but substantial dining is what they serve up. It’s no wonder there’s a constant flow of people, even at 8am. Breakfast done simple and right is their Iron Man plate. Eight egg whites are scrambled with turkey, served with wheat toast, a spicy salsa and a side of fruit. I like to cover mine in both the salsa and Cholula. It’s the ideal start to any morning. If you are on the juice train, which I am, this is THE original juice and smoothie bar in Houston. GUILTY PLEASURE Wendy’s® www.wendys.com It’s been a long time (last September) since I’ve indulged in fast food. Being
that there is no “right” decision when it comes to where and what to eat, we went with quite possibly the only place my husband will order from: Wendy’s. And thankfully for his choice, it was awesome. The spicy chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mayo was minimally spicy for me but the chicken was clean, white meat. I was able to eat the entire thing without pulling any “odd” pieces out. Don’t skip on the fries. Since they redid their recipe and include sea salt they’re equally delicious. A meal I wasn’t too pleased to have to indulge in turned out to be 100% satisfying. Pizzeria Dolce Vita Enoteca 500 Westheimer Rd. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com Here you see three of my favorite menu items. The shaved brussel sprouts and radish with Percorino Romano are my way of getting some veggies in with this meal. They are shaved so thin they hardly resemble their bulbous nature. Their hefty meatballs are a hearty dish even without the pasta topped with arugula sprigs and sprinkles of cheese. I need to learn to ask for more marinara. I love to scoop it up with one meatball leaving too little for the other two. A good partner to the meatballs is their calabrese pizza. Essentially it’s a pepperoni pizza but with their spicy Italian sausage. This thin crust delicacy is a favorite of all. Even if you aren’t drawn to pepperoni pizza normally, this is one you won’t soon forget.
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YOU HAVE A BAND [THE FABULOUS recording PINECONES] THAT YOU PLAY WITH SOMETIMES WHEN By Lance Scott Walker YOU PLAY LIVE. DO Photography Anthony Rathbun YOU GET TO DO A LOT OF PRACTICING WITH THEM? I use the band for more festival environments and high-profile shows. I’m always preparing two different sets. I have a DJ set and then I have the band set, so if it’s like Summerfest or ACL, I’m gonna bring out the band and practice on what we need to do and have extra songs just in case the crowd’s not feeling the direction we’re going in at that moment. We try to mix it up with blends and mashups of like The White Stripes or Green Day or Weezer... you know, just to have fun with those types of festivals that allow for that audience. For the DJ set, which are more kind of like the cool people who really just go to shows to be on the scene – they’re not really there for the music – we have the songs that appeal to that audience as well.
or he can’t yell at you. You just have to adjust. There’s been a lot of times when people thought that was just supposed to go like that, but... it really wasn’t supposed to go like that, we have to adjust on the fly. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU BETTER, TOO. Because you prepare for that. Whatever’s thrown your way, you gotta be good. You gotta be professional enough to handle that. YOU’VE GOTTEN SOME BUZZ OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, WITH THE BLOGS WRITING ABOUT YOU, XXL AND THE SOURCE... HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT? BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE. YOU’RE WORKING AS HARD NOW AS BEFORE YOU GOT ANY ATTENTION. I think it’s seeing my older cousins lose focus. I don’t know if it was 2000 or 2001, but my older cousins were on a small label called Unified Entertainment, and I saw them get to that radio status, and then once they got on the radio, just on the radio in Houston, they stopped working. They would go to the clubs and they would sit in the trailer and I remember back then it was The Roxy or Coco Loco, and they would stay in the van. Fans were trying for autographs and I was like ‘man, what are you guys doing? You’re blowing your opportunity.’ I mean, not knowing it, I’m just there, observing it, but looking back I’m like ‘man, y’all really blew an opportunity.’ I mean, looking back now, XXL is nothing compared to the radio. I gotta keep going until I can do this for a living. I still have a day job, so I have to make sure I’m doing everything in my power to make this happen for me and my team, so I’m doing it for a living. When I see XXL... most people think ‘ah, I made it.’ You haven’t made anything.
DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE GOT A DIFFERENT ENERGY WHEN YOU PLAY WITH A BAND VERSUS PLAYING WITH A DJ? Nah, not at all! You would think so because live energy also brings just that different level of energy, but I mean, I still do push-ups and I’m still on the floor with the DJ, I’m still trying to jump on something, I’m trying to crowd surf in a mosh pit. For me, I don’t have a drop-off. It’s just... what do you prefer? It’s hard at small venues to get the band to sound as good as the big venues, so it’s kind of like... I don’t wanna bring out this band and then no one can hear the words or the music the way it’s supposed to be heard. But it’s like... go to the DJ set and have the same energy, it’s not a drum or anything else. It’s just already mixed music. DO YOU FIND YOUR RHYTHMIC SENSIBILITIES OF THE WAY YOU RAP CHANGES AT ALL WHEN YOU’RE PLAYING WITH A BAND AND YOU’VE GOT THAT NATURAL SHIFT IN THE TEMPO RATHER THAN HAVING IT LOCKED IN LIKE A RECORD? Right, of course, as you know, when the drummer’s off or the drummer goes slower than what the record is played, because the way they quantize and everything’s ready to go, you have to make up for that. So if the drummer’s off, you can’t just stop and yell at ’em,
DO YOU HAVE A DAY JOB THAT PROVIDES A NICE BALANCE, WHERE YOU CAN WRITE A BIT WHILE THERE? Not really! I mean, I’m a school teacher by day, so not really. I’m dealing with kids from 9-5. They really test your limit, and you know, maybe on my off period – maybe – but that’s just 40 minutes. Maybe get an idea, or surf the net to do something, but, no, it’s a 40-hour job and then I come and have to really get into that zone, so I have to work that much harder. WHAT AGE KIDS DO YOU TEACH? 7th and 8th, Special Education and middle school. IT’S AMAZING YOU FIND ANY TIME TO WRITE AT ALL. It’s crazy, but when you get off, after they give you the run and they wear you down, it’s like ‘okay, this is more of a reason why I want to do music full time!’ WHAT’S YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? I’m gonna put out some mixtapes, and then I’m gonna put out an album in the summer. My birthday is August 4th, so I wanna put out an album in the summer. It’ll be just under a year for a new album, so I’ll put out a new album on my birthday. Other than that, I’m gonna put out some mixtapes and then go to South by Southwest. So I wanna make sure that I’m doing videos and I’m doing music every month to get to the fans, whether it’s a 5-track mixtape or videos to accompany those... I wanna get more involved with my videos and more music to the fans.
You have to work 10 times harder because now if you put out a song and it’s wack: ‘why did he deserve XXL?’ So you have to work harder in this day and age. Someone’s always around the corner to take your spot. You can take my spot, but I’m just gonna be right there battling for it. I’m not just gonna hand it off. www.hollywoodfloss.com
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EVENT PICNIC IN THE PARK WHY TO BENEFIT SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES WHERE DISCOVERY GREEN WHEN NOVEMBER 11 Guests filled Discovery Green during a night out on the town celebrating the annual SEARCH Homeless Service’ Picnic in the Park. Klockwork, a 70s-inspired ensemble, provided outdoor entertainment. Sitting on blankets and lawn chairs, attendees sampled a variety of fabulous fare and beverages from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Arcodoro, El Tiempo and Phoenicia Specialty Foods, just to name a few. Proceeds from Picnic in the Park will directly benefit SEARCH Homeless Services’ mission to help men, women and children move from the streets into stable jobs and affordable housing.
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OO2CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Lock of hair 6. Iraqi port 11. Green grazing spot 14. Make merry 15. Woodwind instruments 16. U.N. workers’ grp. 17. Green destination for Dorothy 19. Blue-green tree often decorated for Christmas 20. Green fruit that ripens to yellow 21. Put back in office 23. Pinocchio’s downfall 24. Handbook 27. Fibula’s neighbor 28. Completes 30. Sorrow 32. Lushes 33. Giggle 35. Greek vowels 37. Green part of a rainbow cone 39. Happen again 40. Had a pizza delivered
41. Tire changer’s need 42. Scour 44. Green around the gills 48. Made a choice 50. Good-bye, from Julio 52. Where Carnival is celebrated 53. Saw-tooth mountains 55. Bishops’ headdresses 57. That lady 58. Green peace offering 61. Samovar, e.g. 62. City in Arizona or New Mexico named for an evergreen tree 63. Banish 64. Beast of burden 65. Took without permission 66. More gracious DOWN 1. Bass complement 2. Stay 3. Made level 4. Florence’s evening 5. Street talk 6. Physique, slangily
7. Disney subsidiary 8. Evening affair 9. Nerve network 10. So far 11. Rescue craft 12. Evokes 13. Main arteries 18. Gigglers 22. Obeys 25. Makes angry 26. Pursuer of a lost cause 29. Decal 31. Throw a Molotov cocktail 34. Ostrich relative that lays green eggs 36. Japanese sash 37. Speaker’s platforms
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38. Small sewing cases 39. Weapons decorated to the hilt 41. Biblical horn blower 43. Gambler’s milieu 45. Tranquil 46. It may be vicious 47. Legit 49. Globules 51. Ambulance attachment 54. Came down to earth 56. Prepare for takeoff 59. Remote control abbr. 60. Compass dir.
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