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FEATURES 34 Oil’s Well that Ends Well Lynn Ashby drills into the latest happenings in the “awl bidniss” in our great state.

52 Game On Sports broadcaster Lindsay McCormick is a key player in a male-dominated field.

56 7 Healthy Reasons to Put Meat on Your Menu Is meat your main squeeze, or are plants your persuasion? Here’s why experts say carnivores may have the upper hand.

63 Houston’s Top Dentists We’re exploring your picks for the city’s most skilled and compassionate smile-perfectors. Gum check ’em out!

83 Houston’s Top Family Lawyers When it comes to your nearest and dearest, look to these lawyers who will fight for what’s right.

COLUMNS

TE X A S PUBLISHER Sir McMillen EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Laurette M. Veres Managing Editor Bambi Abernathy

38 The H Texas 2018 Travel Guide Make your ’cation a memorable one with these must-visit destinations.

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Senior Editor Tom Flynn Executive Editor Lynn Ashby Contributing Editor Warner Roberts

18 Society The scoop on the latest charitable events around town.

Profile & Copy Editor Amanda Altman Food & Wine Editor Matthew Abernathy Contributing Writers Amanda Altman Tom Flynn

22 Culture

Marian Jacob

A peak at two post-Harvey exhibits at the Health Museum; The Russian Grand Ballet hits Houston; New reads to curl up with

Rima Jean Carla Menendez Shelby Reininger Robin Villalobos Greg Wettman

24 Community A lifestyle expert shares her best tips for effortless entertaining; Local spray painter Eric Sandlin gives back; Our small-town Billboard Bride gears up for a bigtime wedding.

28 Fashion Jetting off to somewhere fabulous? Here’s how to pack light—with bling in tow.

30 Beauty Perk up your party look with ontrend makeup and skin care that will keep you glowing even the morning after.

Intern Cassidy Irish ART Sr. Creative Director Rick McMillen Creative Director Nicholas Nguyen Webmaster Rima Jean Graphic Designer Kristin Liu SALES Executive Marketing Matthew Abernathy Advertising Director Heather Chancellor Advertising Coord. Bambi Abernathy CORPORATE President Sir McMillen Vice President Bambi Abernathy Finance Manager Marna McMillen Consultant Rick McMillen

4 Editor’s Letter Why our city is stronger than ever.

6 Inside Tallying up America’s new budget. Hint: It’s anything but budget-friendly.

8 Heart of Houston Looking back at the biggest triumphs and losses of 2017.

32 Spa Take sanctuary in the beauty of nature in New Mexico and New Zealand.

92 On the Menu

96 H Marks the Spot

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DEPARTMENTS How to keep those resolutions going; New science on skipping breakfast; Best foods for arthritis; Carry this to get happy; Simple ways to cut breast and cervical cancer risk

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H Texas magazine, Issue #1, Winter 2018, Volume 26, is published quarterly for a total of four issues for $18.95 per year by Bayou City Publishing, 10403 Five Oaks Ct, Missouri City TX 77459. Subscriptions $18.95 per year. Single copies $4.95 plus $3.00 postage and handling. All payments must be in US funds. Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. The contents of this magazine may not be reprinted in any manner without permission from the publisher. Opinions of contributing authors do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Articles and photographs are welcome, but cannot be considered unless exclusive publishing rights are given, affording the publisher full ownership of content. Publisher assumes no responsibility for accuracy of unsolicited manuscripts and any material accepted is subject to possible revision at the discretion of the publisher. Please allow 6-8 weeks for an adderss change to take effect. H Texas is not responsible for missed issues due to an address change. Sales/ Management 832-886-1120 • Fax 281-261-5999 • Toll Free Subscription/Inquires 886-418-5548 • www.htexas.com


HOUSTON’S TOP LAWYERS

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ATTORNEY KEVIN MURRAY IS OUR CITY’S GO-TO FOR CIVIL LITIGATION.

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K EVIN MURR AY practices in all areas of civil litigation with a high concentration in personal injury, real estate, entertainment and employment law. In the past, Murray formed a strategic relationship with KPRC Channel 2 Houston in an effort to inform the general public regarding employment law. Murray is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, The United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and all Texas State Courts. Murray represents individuals who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of individuals who have been killed because of someone else’s negligence. Specifically, Murray represents individuals in the areas of auto accidents, defective drugs, defective products, workplace accidents, maritime accidents, OSHA refinery process safety management compliance, petrochemical and refinery accidents. Murray represents clients in matters involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Chapter 451 of the Texas Labor Code (workers’ compensation retaliation). Murray also provides advice to clients regarding severance agreements, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreements. Murray is a real estate developer and he is currently working on projects in inner loop Houston. His real estate expertise originates from his experiences as a former owner of a mortgage company and former fee attorney for a title company. Further, Murray’s diverse real estate experiences allow him to assist the following clients: property owners and property managers; developers, builders and contractors; realtors and title companies; real estate investment trusts (REITS); residential and commercial property associations; and buyers and sellers in varied transactions and disputes, ranging from multi-million dollar commercial properties to single-family residences. Also, Murray is the executive producer of independent plays and films. Murray currently has several projects in various stages of production.


Skill, Effort,

Strategy & Wisdom The right combination offered by Attorney John K. Grubb & Associates, PC

Houston attorney John K. Grubb is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with an MBA in accounting and finance. Mr. Grubb has received a number of accolades over his 30-plus year career, including the Martindale-Hubbell highest possible “AV” rating for both legal ability and ethical standards. John K. Grubb and Associates have been voted one of the

top-rated Houston divorce attorneys for Harris County by H Texas Magazine since 2012.

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Editor’s Letter #houstonstrong

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S OUR BELOVED CIT Y OF HOUSTON CONTINUES TO RECOVER FROM THE HAVOC OF HURRICANE HARVEY, our own office warehouse has become the new home for the Harvey Relief Hub, now rebranded as the Houston Relief Hub. First the forklift arrived, and then the volunteers followed. Then, supplies by the truckloads! At our humble but spacious warehouse in The Heights, volunteers sort donations, assist those in need and support local relief centers. Thanks to the efforts of Houstonians like Bill Baldwin, Erin Locke, Chris Brombacher, Pablo Vega and Rick Smaile, donation centers like the Houston Relief Hub are still going strong after 90 days in operation. The Harvey Relief Hub started by helping Houstonians find food, housing and other basic necessities, and now, as the Houston Relief Hub, it also supports Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Donations and volunteers are welcome and appreciated, and if you’re in a position to make a monetary donation, please do so at houstonreliefhub.org. We’d like to thank our partners, The Bridal Extravaganza Show, Fisher Lane Builders and The Padgett Group, for making this warehouse space possible. With so many inspiring stories, we could fill a year’s worth of magazines with Hurricane Harvey heroes. I’d like to give a special shout-out to Adam Brackman, owner of New Living and Axelrad Beer Garden. Recently, I heard him recount his many tales of risky flood-water boat rescues during the week after the rain. With no time to eat or sleep, he responded to one social media plea for help after another. The water receded, but Adam didn’t stop there, turning his efforts to residential recovery in the days and weeks following the storm. Here’s to Adam and all the men and women who so selflessly helped others during this trying time. We’d also like to thank the World Series Champion—the Houston Astros—for saving 2017! Thank you for giving hopeful Houstonians something to cheer about. What an amazing display of baseball talent, tenacity and willingness to win. We #EarnedHistory, we sure did!

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Inside When the IRS’ Eyes Began to Cry

T The new budget will set us back a measly couple of trillion dollars. by Lynn Ashby

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HE EVENING NEWS – Here is one of Donald Trump’s daughters—I can’t tell which one, they are all beautiful—standing in front of the White House saying, “I will be traveling across America, and on April 15th will be seeing how happy everyone is to have their taxes cut.” Beautiful, but clueless. April 15 is the deadline for filing our 2017 taxes, last year, under Obama. President Donald Trump’s tax cuts don’t go into effect until 2018. Nevertheless, it’s easy to get confused over the new budget and how it will change our taxes, our medical coverage and the coffee we drink. It’s called America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, and costs $4.1 trillion. Your share is every dime you’ll ever make, plus money earned by your descendants even until the fifth generation. During the last presidential campaign, we were told we could fill out our federal income taxes on a postcard. But do you really want your postal carrier knowing how much you make in light of that crummy Christmas tip you gave him? Anyway, let’s look at the new blueprint: Trump has said he wants to “restrengthen” our military—despite the fact that we spend more on our military than the next six nations combined, upwards of $650 billion a year. Expanding our military has more to do with air bases and naval docks in Congressional districts than defense. The Pentagon today is not so much a war machine as a jobs program. In the 2018 defense authorization bill, Congress called for strength increases, including 8,500 new soldiers, 5,000 new sailors, 5,800 new airmen and 1,000 new Marines. Trump has also

publicly promised a 355-ship Navy and at least another 100 combat aircraft for the Air Force. This is in keeping with his campaign promise to “take care of the generals”—General Dynamics, General Motors and General Electric. Elsewhere, the Department of Homeland Security gets increased spending on border security, and to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, despite promises that Mexico would pick up the tab. You are now a citizen of Mexico. How will we pay for all of this? We won’t. After eight years of screaming about the Obama administration’s deficits and debt spending, this GOP budget will increase the national debt by— hang on—$1.4 trillion. Assuming current programs remain unchanged, the federal debt will swell by an additional $9.4 trillion over the next decade. Our children will understand. Still, the new budget does cut some wasteful spending, like on education, pollution and health. Smokey the Bear is going on welfare: The budget eliminates more than 4,000 jobs in the Department of Interior, and decreases funding for the United States Forest Service. Hey, California, you don’t really need all those trees, do you? It cuts funds to NOAA. Houston, you’ll be happy to know that the budget reduces funding for FEMA. The EPA, that pesky agency that tries to protect us from acid rain, coal sludge in our creeks and air you can climb, will eliminate more than 50 programs and 3,200 jobs. It will cut funding for the protection of endangered species, like conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans. The State Department’s budget will be reduced by almost a third— 29 percent. Here’s something we can all support: The new budget will

reduce funding for the Internal Revenue Service. But according to press reports, “Since 2010, Congress has cut the agency’s budget by nearly $1 billion, or 18 percent, as the IRS processes about 10 million more tax returns.” Its workforce has been reduced by 21,000, or nearly one-quarter. This means when you try to call the IRS for advice and help in filing your own returns, you will be put on hold for like three days. The size of the compliance staff—the pros who go after tax evaders—will shrink by one-third, so a lot of tax cheats will be able to dodge Uncle Sam. Guess who gets to make up the difference? I suppose we’ll never see Trump’s income tax return. We are promised lower federal income taxes, but maybe not. Our first clue was the lobbyists circling above the Capitol. Stealing from other researchers, I find that a law was passed in 2004 giving companies a tax break on income that manufacturers earned from making things in the United States. Starbucks’ lobbyists claimed that it, too, was a producer, because the company roasts coffee beans. Deduction allowed. Then movie studios got the break because they produced films, and tech giants won it next for making computer software. Construction companies got it for making buildings, and so did engineers and architects for designing them. The government initially estimated that the 2004 law would cost a net $27.3 billion from 2005 through 2014. It ended up costing more than $90 billion during that period. Finally, I’m all for cutting out fraud and waste, like weekly golf trips on Air Force One to Mar-a-Lago. I’ll run it by the Trump daughters. H Ashby pays at ashby2@comcast.net


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Heart of Houston Wins and Losses

B We won some, we lost some, but we’ll never lose our spirit. by Warner Roberts

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RIGHT AND SHINY AS A NEW PENNY, 2018 HAS PRESENTED A NEW YE AR FILLED WITH HIGH HOPES AND EXPECTATIONS. But dark memories and struggles of 2017 remain. Yes, in August 2017 we witnessed the worst destruction to our city that we have ever encountered: the horrors of Harvey. We also experienced the heroism of Houstonians, where the true heart of the city was on display. Houston gained the admiration of the nation and the world. The courage and generosity of neighbor helping neighbor has inspired us all. As though a gift from the universe, a guardian angel wrapped its gigantic wings around us, and the Houston Astros won the World Series. Through all the suffering and devastation, spirits soared. #houstonstrong

all manner of escape vehicles? What of the restauranteurs, bakers and individuals who provided tens of thousands of meals for first responders and evacuees forced into shelters, and those who provided clothes and temporary bedding? What about those who could and did provide money, and those who provided toys to comfort the misplaced children and those who came out to entertain them? (We’re looking at you, Spiderman!) There are too many acts of kindness that occurred that can possibly be enumerated, but here’s what we learned: Harvey did something that was inconceivable. It united the hearts and souls of 6 million people in Houston and its surrounding areas.

HEROES AND ANGELS AMONG US Can too many words be written about JIM (MATTRESS MACK) MCINGVALE, who opened his stores to allow evacuated people refuge and a bed on which to sleep? Can too many words be written about J.J. WATT and his fund-raising efforts that started with a goal of $1 million, and landed at a figure around $37 million? Can too many words be written about CARLOS CORREA, who led the drive for the Houston Children’s Charity Relief Fund to provide $500,000 for those in need and to put 5,000 children back in beds? Putting Correa over the top was the last $100,000 donation from the Houston Astros. And what of those who provided boats, canoes and

Busiest person of the year: TILMAN FERTITTA is now the proud owner of the Houston Rockets, proud owner of the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Park Houston, proud owner of Mastro’s Restaurant and the new Willy G’s Seafood; he’s also the star of Billion Dollar Buyer on CNBC and Chairman of the Board of Houston Children’s Charity.

LOOKING BACK AT BIG WINS Sportsperson of the Year: JOSE ALTUVE and J. J. WATT

LOOKING BACK AT BIG LOSSES To the Houston Theater World: FRANK YOUNG, founded Theatre under the Stars in 1968 as an open-to-the-public musical theater company that performed under the night sky at Miller Outdoor Theatre. He led TUTS to become one of the city’s largest performing arts groups. He also founded the National Alliance of Musical

Theatre, a New York-based company in 1986. MAREITTA MARICH was an actress, singer, writer, stage director and television host. Longtime Houstonians will remember that she hosted the television show Midnight with Marietta and operated several live theaters in Houston of which she was principal director. She originated the role of Miss Mona in the first Houston version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She sang with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Nationally, she was best known for the her role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. LORRAINE GEORGE, founder and artistic director of A.D. Players, was a pioneer in Christian theater, Golden Globe–nominated film and stage actress, playwright, author, Bible teacher, radio personality and national speaker. To the Houston modeling world: ELSA ROSBOROUGH, the original Houston model and DALLAS HILL, a well-known model and artist. Loss of a different kind: GREGORY BOYD, artistic director of the Alley Theatre, abruptly left after 28 years. MY PERSONAL RESOLUTION FOR 2018 Remember the book I talked about a few issues ago? It will be published this year by MELANIE JOHNSON and JENN FOSTER of Elite Online Publishing Company. Have you done something good for somebody today?


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Health

88%

Americans who planned to make New Year’s resolutions this past January 1, according to survey data from the Better Sleep Council. Here’s the breakdown of the top goals.

53%

Exercise more/get fit

28% Start a budget

46% Lose weight

27%

Spend more time with family and friends; sleep more

42%

Spend less, save more

19%

Learn a new hobby

31% Get organized

8%

Cut back on alcohol

The survey found that more than half of the respondents won’t do much to make them happen, but the good news is that you don’t have to do that much to make a difference. Start small: If getting fitter is your intention, for example, try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking in a far-away spot or walking during lunch. Want to drink less wine? Good luck with that... 10

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When it comes to replacing a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, dental implants can provide the most natural-looking results. Implant-anchored ceramic restorations, including crowns, bridges, or dentures, are fully customized to blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth. Because they are secured in the jawbone, dental implants feel and function much like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dr. Fawcett integrates CEREC® and GALILEOS® 3D technology for precise surgical planning and full implant design, which helps him to consistently achieve superior outcomes for his patients.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?

If you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even all of your teeth, dental implants may be able to provide you with the freedom, confidence, and outstanding smile aesthetics that so many of our patients already enjoy. During a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Fawcett, you can find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will perform a full oral examination to establish the status of your dental health and review your medical history to determine if dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for you.

WHY CHOOSE DR. FAWCETT FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

In addition to his many impressive credentials, Dr. Fawcett has received extensive training specifically in dental implants. His knowledge and valuable experience allow him to plan and perform every stage of the procedure—including placing implants and creating/ securing final restorations—all within our office using the most advanced technology available. This process is not only convenient and efficient, it helps improve precision,

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predictability and quality from start to finish. From porcelain veneers and dental implants to periodontal care, All-on-4 (“teeth-in-a-day”), and complex full mouth rehabilitation cases, Dr. Fawcett utilizes his expertise in combination with innovative technology and superior materials to create healthy, beautiful smiles for his patients. His attention to detail and dedication to quality are evident in the custom treatment plans he designs to meet the unique dental needs and cosmetic goals of each individual.

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Health Play or Pass:

Pushing Off Breakfast

POP QUIZ: WHICH OF THESE FOODS MIGHT HELP RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS? A. Blue/purple fruit like pomegranates, blueberries and plums

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B. Whole grains such as wild rice and oatmeal

C. Spices like ginger and turmeric

ANSWER: All of the above, found a group of Indian researchers. In their study, published in Frontiers in Nutrition, they add that it’s not just about what you eat—it’s about what you don’t eat, too. They advise steering clear of alcohol, salt, oils, butter, sugar and animal products.

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Pass. Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that prolonged delayed eating could lead to a slew of health issues, including weight gain. Nine healthy adults underwent two separate trials: In the first, they ate three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; they ate the same foods in the second, but from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. People not only packed on more pounds in trial number two, but they had higher cholesterol and decreased energy levels, plus an uptick in hormonal markers related to heart disease and diabetes. On the flip side, there was a spike in the levels of leptin, the hormone that keeps you feeling full, in the early eaters, which researchers speculate helped to prevent night noshing, a common pitfall dieters make. —Amanda Altman


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ACPS surgeons perform more than 6,000 face, breast and body cosmetic surgery procedures a year—a testament to the group’s finesse in blending artistry with surgical precision, advanced technology and research in a caring environment. They offer the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical procedures to improve all areas of the body and face. Their work has been spotlighted in numerous plastic surgery journals and textbooks, and they have been invited to present their expertise at hundreds of plastic surgery conferences in more than 30 countries. Collectively, they

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Health Citrine + Sunstone = NO MORE WINTER BLUES

“It’s a combination of the effect of color—sunny yellow—with the innate properties, mineral components and vibrations of the crystal,” explains crystal expert Judy Hall, who’s also a karmic astrologer, healer and the author of The Ultimate Guide To Crystal Grids (Fair Winds Press, 2017). “Natural citrine has long been prized for its abilities to raise kundalini energy, and restore vitality and optimism to the mind, body and soul. It is a form of quartz, one of the most vibrant and measurably energetic of all crystals. And sunstone, an earthy feldspar, has a spangled appearance that changes according to the direction from which it is viewed; inclusions of goethite, copper or hematite (iron) refract light between the different crystal layers and produce an iridescent effect.” To reap the benefits, try wearing them over the mid-chest area (e.g., on a necklace), or place one in your hip pocket. —A.A.

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grigio glasses (or any

other bevvy of choice) order to lower your breast cancer risk. But before you think it’s

okay to knock one back every night, one study found that even a single drink can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by 5 percent, and post-menopausal breast cancer risk by 9 percent. Talk about a buzz kill. SOURCE: FRED

HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER

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The decreased chance more than 12,000 women who used an IUD for contraception had of developing cervical cancer—the third most common cancer around the globe. SOURCE: META-ANALYSIS IN THE JOURNAL

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

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Meet Dr. Hourglass

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ILBERTO CORTES, MD, AL SO KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY AS DR . HOURGL ASS, is a top board-certified plastic surgeon in Houston. His practice not only serves the Houston area, but he routinely see patients from all around the world that are seeking his expertise. “The key for a successful and beautiful result is attention to detail,” says Dr. Cortes, who’s known for being highly critical of his own work. For this reason, he has developed unique cosmetic procedures that provide consistent results. Among these procedures: the hourglass tummy tuck, hourglass hips, hourglass butt augmentation, wonder breast lift and wonder breast reduction. He’s not only a plastic surgeon, but also a LipoSculptor.

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Want that perfectly proportioned shape? Dr. Wilberto Cortes will sculpt it.

Dr. Cortes’ practice has expanded over the years by applying a simple principle: provide the best surgical results for his patients. He has earned respect among his peers and admiration from his patients through his outstanding surgical results and patient care. According to Dr. Cortes, “about 40 percent of my practice is from out of town patients.” His philosophy is to ensure the utmost results expected by his patients and provide them the best patient care. Dr. Cortes’ Texas-based office is located in the Galleria area of Houston. He specializes in restoring the women’s hourglass shape and also performs other cosmetic procedures, including facial, breast and body, as well as buttock enhancement, which is one of the most highly demanded surgeries today. To learn more, visit rejuvenusaesthetics.com. TRAVEL 2018

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Health True or False:

Your smartphone makes you smarter. FALSE , says a group of researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. In the study, 800 subjects were asked to respond to a series of computer-based q’s that measured cognitive capacity (how well the brain can store and process data); some were randomly instructed to put their silenced phone facedown on a desk beside them, others in their pocket, bag or in another room altogether. Those who had their cell in a different room performed the best—much better than those with their phone beside them and slightly better than those with their device tucked away. The takeaway: You are smarter than you think.—A.A.

54% WOMEN WHO SLEEP IN THE FETAL POSITION

(curled up on their side), compared to 39 percent of men, according to a study from the Better Sleep Council. Experts regard side-sleeping as best for uninterrupted zzz’s, and researchers found that log side-sleepers (straight arms and legs), in particular, reported the highest quality of slumber. Another dreamy insight: More highly educated people— graduate school plus—were less inclined to snooze on their side. Not as brainy as they think?

Forget the sleeping pill. A pilot study—that was randomized, double-blind and placebocontrolled—in the American Journal of Therapeutics found that Stoneridge Orchards Tart Cherry Concentrate (regular, $9.99, and organic, $11.99; stoneridgeorchards.com for stores) helped a group of insomniacs aged 50 and over sleep an extra 84 minutes per night. —A.A.

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Head (and Neck) First

HOUSTON’S TOP COSMETIC SURGEONS

2018

Dr. Krista Lee Olson, one of our city’s most renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, celebrates 15 years of helping others look and feel their best.

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OARD CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF FACIAL PL ASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND THE AMERICAN BOARD OF OTOL ARYNGOLOGY, Krista Lee Olson, MD, FACS, is known for her compassionate nature and artistic eye. “Because of my intensive training in the facial region, I can provide specialty care in all aspects of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, ranging from face-lifts and rhinoplasty to skin cancer reconstruction,” says Dr. Olson, who graduated from Yale University before completing her doctorate at Baylor College of Medicine and a prestigious fellowship at the University of California at Irvine. “As a woman and working mother, I feel I identify well with my patients. I understand

An unexpected benefit of exercise:

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A PLOS One study found that moving while learning— subjects rode stationary bikes at a light pace—might help you grasp a second language more quickly. ­—A.A.

the value of time, and the desire to achieve a refreshed and natural look.” It’s not difficult to see that Dr. Olson is passionate about her work. “I absolutely love what I do. I see the joy in people’s faces when I correct their facial abnormalities. I see people able

to breathe well through their nose for the first time. I get to see young men and women feel like their lives have been transformed when I enhance their appearance or correct their facial injuries.” To schedule an appointment, please call 713-798-FACE (3223).

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The number of minutes per day you should shave off the time you spend sitting for leisure (in front of the tube, scrolling through Instagram, etc.) for overall health, say researchers at the University of Jyväskylä. The yearlong Finnish study reported that’s one way toward improved markers related to diabetes and heart disease, as well as muscle-mass maintenance. TRAVEL 2018

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Society The Children’s Museum of Houston and Houston’s philanthropic community raised more than $975,000 at the museum’s Miami Vice–themed gala. The fundraiser, which took place at the Corinthian, focused on continuing the development of educational and outreach programs at the museum. Co-chaired by Dr. Devinder and Gina Bhatia and Molly and Matthew LaFauci, the scene captured The Magic City’s exquisite nightlife and palm tree-filled essence. More than 500 guests in white suits, aviators and kinetic colors danced the night away to the sultry sounds of ’80s pop. The museum also displayed a white Ferrari Testarossa, thanks to Valobra Master Jewelers. To keep Houston’s children strong, the museum, in conjunction with the Houston Food Bank, devoted part of the live-auction proceeds to help families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The museum’s Fresh Café and the Houston Food Bank will provide enrichment programs and meals to nearly 4,000 children each week at community centers in affected neighborhoods.

FROM TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: JOHN AND KRISTEN BERGER; GALA

CO-CHAIRS DR. DEVINDER BHATIA AND WIFE GINA WITH MOLLY AND MATTHEW LAFAUCI

Veterans Know Best

LEFT TO RIGHT: LONE SURVIVOR FOUNDATION FOUNDER

MARCUS LUTTRELL WITH STEPHANIE AND JEFF WANIC

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Entrepreneur’s Organization hosted the Veterans Business Battle, the largest veteranfocused business competition in the country. Michael Berry was the emcee, and Marcus Luttrell, founder of Lone Survivor Foundation, addressed the crowd. This unique event allows veterans to compete for significant seed capital to help start a new business or grow an existing small business.

MIAMI VICE PHOTOS BY ALEXANDER’S FINE PORTRAIT DESIGN; VKB PHOTOS COURTESTY OF ENTREPRENEUR’S ORGANIZATION

Miami Vice Gala


Council on Recovery Celebrity guest Rob Lowe joined Brad Sears as well as Patricia and George Joseph, the event chairs, to help the Council on Recovery raise nearly $520,000. The funds will go to programs that help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, addiction and cooccurring mental-health disorders. RIGHT: FILM AND TV ACTOR ROB LOWE

ROB LOWE PHOTO BY STEVEN DAVID PHOTOGRAPHY; BE YOURSELF GALA PHOTOS BY KIM COFFMAN

Be Yourself... The Unveiling Gala It was a night of disguise at Hotel ZaZa during the masquerade-themed Be Yourself…The Unveiling Gala. The Carole and Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center, together with 200 or so guests, raised more than $115,000 as they celebrated 31 years of providing high-quality counseling to underserved and uninsured individuals and families. This year’s Good Samaritan honorees were legendary professional football quarterback Brett Favre and his wife Deanna, and WigOut founder Nancy Riviere. Funds raised from the evening will allow the Center to continue helping thousands of children and families receive the counseling they need to live a mentally, physically and spiritually healthy life.

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KATHERINE AND RYNE PONCIK (FAR RIGHT) WITH THE NIGHT’S ENTERTAINERS. TRAVEL 2018

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Women of Substance Paul-David Van Atta created and produced the Woman of Substance event three years ago to honor his friend, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Warner Roberts asked him to reprise the event as a luncheon, but this time to benefit The Mission of Yahweh homeless shelter for women and children. Together the dynamic duo enlisted Rachel Regan to chair; Taylor-Bradford and her husband to be special guests; First Lady

Barbara Bush to be the First Lady of Substance; and Joanne King Herring, Regina Rogers and Margaret Alkek Williams to be honorary chairs. Twelve outstanding volunteer/philanthropists were honored as Inaugural Women of Substance: Rose Cullen, Deborah Duncan, Carolyn Faulk, Monica Hartland, Penny Loyd, Cora Sue Mach, Trini Mendenhall, Amy Pierce, Sybil Roos, Lisa Simon, Alicia Smith and Sherri Zucker.

FROM TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: GREGG HARRISON, MARGARET WILLIAMS, PAUL-DAVID VAN ATTA, BARBARA TAYLOR

BRADFORD, BARBARA BUSH AND BOB BRADFORD; THE INAUGURAL WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE HONOREES

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Society


PEP PHOTOS BY ISRAEL THOMPSON AND JANICE JONES; HAPS PHOTO BY DAVE ROSSMAN AND MIKE MCKANN; YLF PHOTOS COUTESY OF YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM

Prison Entrepreneurship Program The inaugural event raised upwards of $350,000 for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program’s revolutionary initiative that connects the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs and MBA students with convicted felons. Houston’s own Rudy Tomjanovich—aka Rudy T—engaged the audience with his keynote address, “Never Underestimate the Heart of a Champion.” The crowd was decked out in boots and bling for the rodeo-style celebration—it was tres cowboy chic—complete with armadillo races, a prison art show, a chuckwagon dinner and dancing at the George Ranch Historical Park. LEFT TO RIGHT: GARY AND DEBBIE PACKER

Houston Area Parkinson Society More than 350 supporters helped raise $250,000 for programs critical to serving the city’s Parkinson’s community. Outstanding Event Chairs Hala and Joe Ahmad and Young Professional Chairs Izzy and John Schulte planned a delightful evening with the perfect mix of dinner and dancing, with a focus on the incurable neurodegenerative disease and how we as a community can better serve those suffering from the debilitating condition. LEFT TO RIGHT: EVENT CHAIRS HALA AND JOE AHMAD

Youth Leadership Forum Cofounders and Co-chairs Gray Reed, McGraw Senior Counsel Sofia Adrogué and the Honorable Caroline Baker (295th Judicial Court, Harris County) presented the Youth Leadership Forum for Houston’s youth at Rice University. The motto was “Engage, Educate and Empower—By Service We Lead.” Once again, this year’s Youth Leadership Forum allows students to interact with elected officials, business professionals and community leaders to discuss leadership, success and life. Notable participants included: Mayor Sylvester Turner; First Daughter Ashley Turner; Houston Astros’ pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr.; Senator Sylvia R. Garcia; Retired Brigadier General Tom Kolditz; Marlen Esparza; Jonathan “Baby Jay” Gutierrez; and Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton.

LEFT TO RIGHT: CAROLINE BAKER, SOFIA ADROGUÉ,

MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER AND HOUSTON ASTROS’ PITCHER LANCE MCCULLERS, JR. TRAVEL 2018

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ONE OF 40 PHOTOS THAT DEPICT THE GLOBAL HUNGER CRISIS. OPPOSITE PAGE: THE

RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET’S SWAN LAKE HITS HOUSTON.

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The Health Museum’s Post-Harvey Exhibit

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VEN THOUGH PARTS OF THE BUILDING SUSTAINED DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE HARVEY, The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science recovered quickly and is now featuring two dynamic exhibitions: Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering and 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World–The Photography of Howard G. Buffett. Human Plus offers a fascinating peek into the process of developing brand-new engineering solutions to improve human lives in a range of ways, from brain-machine interfaces, to body replacements, to technologically advanced tools that push human potential beyond all limits. Included in the exhibition: a touch panel that converts music into vibrations for the hearingimpaired; a computer mouse that is controlled by slight movements of the head; and even a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts! Forty Chances reveals Howard G. Buffet’s quest

to document the world-hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign. Through 40 powerful photographs, Buffet, a philanthropist and farmer, depicts his call to action to find solutions for hunger and poverty. The exhibit includes important, life-saving educational activities such as learning the basics of origami gardening, water purification and surviving on food from povertystricken countries. Both exhibitions will be on display at The Health Museum through January 1. For more information, visit thehealthmuseum.org. —Rima Jean

BALLET PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET

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Russian Grand Ballet’s Swan Lake

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HEN THE RUSSIAN GR AND BALLET VISITS

HOUSTON, IT ’S ALWAYS A MUST-SEE PERFORMANCE . Recently, Russia’s brightest ballet stars came to the Stafford Centre

and performed its epic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, including the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans. Composed in 1875, Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried and the beautiful Odette, who has been transformed into a white swan by an evil sorcerer.

The spell can only be broken with an oath of true love, and while the prince is prepared to marry Odette, he is tricked into professing his love to Odile, the black swan and the sorcerer’s own daughter. Combining a timeless score and gravity-defying choreography, the ballet, as

performed by the RGB, is a once-in-lifetime experience for the whole family. To catch the company perform The Nutcracker this winter, check the tour dates at russiangrandballet.com. —R.J.

Fire-Place Reads Curl up with these new books. AMERICA THE GREAT COOKBOOK Edited by Joe Yonan (Hardcover, $40; amazon.com) Featuring a trio of famed Houston chefs—Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Sylvia Casares of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen and Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s—America The Great Cookbook offers an intimate glimpse into the beloved recipes and heartwarming stories of more than 100 top food personalities in the U.S. Shepherd, Casares and Ortega share some of their favorite family recipes, including Chef Hugo’s Stuffed Poblano with Huaxmole Rojo and Barbacoa de Zaachila, which, according to Chef “are perfect for gathering around the table.” This cookbook aims to do more than just help inspire its readers—proceeds from the sale will benefit the charity No Kid Hungry to connect children in need with more than 200,000 meals. “No child should have to face a single day uncertain about when and from where his or her next meal will come,” says the book’s award-winning editor Joe Yonan. —Cassidy Irish

TEXAS SPORTS: UNFORGETTABLE STORIES FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR by Chad S. Conine (Paperback, $19.95; bookpeople.com) As a freelance journalist who has been covering Texas football since the early 1990’s, Conine certainly qualifies as an authority on the history of sports in the Lone Star State. For each day of the year, Conine shares moving stories of Texas athletes and teams in more than twenty-five sports, from high school to professional. Beginning with the University of Texas football team’s first game—an 1893 win against Dallas University Football Club—Conine covers a century of sporting events, including thrilling stories about Nolan Ryan, Earl Campbell, and Babe Didrickson Zaharias. A must-read for sports enthusiasts, Texas Sports is both unforgettable and enlightening.—R.J.

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Community

Throw the Perfect Party

MAKE A STRONG FIRST IMPRESSION. Fresh cocktails and inspired décor help set the tone. Whether you’re entertaining friends, family or outof-town guests, if you greet them with a greattasting cocktail, it elevates the occasion and lends a personal touch for a memorable moment. 24

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SET THE SCENE. A white base is a nofail foundation for any Instagram-worthy tablescape. Start with a collection of basic white dishware, then have fun layering in colorful flatware, tablecloths, napkins and glasses. Flowers are a beautiful addition, and can tie in nicely to themes without being overpowering. Décor should be simple and light—adding pops of color in a tasteful way—and remain in one color family. 
 HAVE A BAR CART AT THE READY. It’s the perfect opportunity to reveal any cocktails on the menu. Make sure to add pops of greenery, fun glassware, personal mementos and my favorite spirit, Cointreau, to create hand-crafted cocktails. For more tips from Knapp, visit houseofharper.com. —Cassidy Irish

PHOTOS BY BRET REDMAN

Houston-based blogger and lifestyle expert Caroline Harper Knapp knows a thing or two about effortless entertaining. Here she shares her best tips for seamlessly adding those little touches that everyone will remember.


The Art of Helping Tragedy often inspires creativity. But local artist Erick Sandlin takes it one step further, using his talent to help others in need. A litigation attorney by day, Sandlin picked up spray painting as a hobby, but his art quickly drew outside attention. Using wood and cotton canvases, Sandlin works exclusively with spray paint, a particularly fickle medium. “I’m just letting the creative process control it instead of trying to force something to happen.” Clearly, his technique is working— his pieces are abstract, mesmerizing and oftentimes don’t look like they were created with spray paint. They’ve been displayed at art shows and in various businesses, churches and galleries around Houston. Hurricane Harvey was a blow to Houston, and to Sandlin personally: “I live in the Heights, and the water flooded up my porch steps and into my backyard, where I paint. When the water

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finally receded, I went into my backyard to paint and reflect on my own personal experience of the past five days.” The piece Sandlin created, splattered with raindrops, captured the emotions, the chaos and the confusion many felt during Harvey. Sandlin sold the original painting to the highest bidder, and then began selling prints; the proceeds of all the sales were donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. He continues to sell prints and give to hurricane relief efforts, and also donates proceeds from the sales of his other paintings to various charities, such as Art for Hope, Heart and Harmony (benefitting health care for the homeless) and Advocate Through Art and Color and Sound (providing care for those with HIV). Find more of Sandlin’s work at ericksandlin.com or purchase prints at ericksandlin.com/harvey. —Rima Jean

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL IN HAND. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE:

“HARVEY”, “THE OLDER I GET, ALL THE SONGS START TO MAKE SENSE”, AND “REDEMPTION AND TAEKWONDO!”

PAINTING PHOTOS COURTESY OF ERIK SANDLIN

“I’m just letting the creative process control it instead of trying to force something to happen.”

KNAPP WITH HER

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The way her husband-to-be popped the question made Billboard Bride Sidnie Dangel feel right at home. ESSENTIALS: HAIR & MAKEUP: SIMPLE

BEAUTY ARTISTRY BOUQUETS: BELINDA

LEWIS AND MICHELLE WOODWARD LOCATION: OAK

TREE MANOR GOWN: VENTURA’S

BRIDAL FASHIONS PHOTOGRAPHY: ANA &

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ET UNDER A MORE-THAN-ACENTURY- OLD OAK TREE , THE NAMESAKE OF THE OAK TREE MANOR BED AND BRE AKFAST, the Bridal Extravaganza team enjoyed a carefree photo shoot, featuring beautiful bride-to-be, Sidnie Dangel. A native Houstonian, Sidnie is planning a spring wedding to her beloved fiancé, Blake Williams. The couple met in college at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Blake is a local, from a small town near the college, and when they met, he really helped Sidnie warm up to small-town life. When it came time to pop the question, Blake had a traditional proposal planned for his big-city gal. Late this past April, Blake was scheduled for his cap-and-gown senior photo session in

Salado, TX. He asked Sidnie to accompany him so they could squeeze in a couple portraits. During the shoot, Blake casually asked the photographer to snap some shots of just Sidnie. As she sat, looking picturesque on a stone ledge next to a lively creek, Blake stepped in and took one knee. From his pocket, Blake removed several slips of paper Sidnie had given him on their first Valentine’s Day together. Each sweet note described something she loved about him and their relationship, and each one brought back a flood of memories. Through her tears, she saw his next offering, a wooden ring box. He popped the question, and without hesitation, her answer was yes. Luckily, the photographer was already on hand to capture the spontaneity of their special moment. Sidnie thought she couldn’t be happier after Blake slipped the ring on her finger, until both of their families appeared from over the hill to congratulate them and share in their joy. This Billboard Bride photo shoot at Oak Tree

BRIDE PHOTOS BY ANA & IVAN PHOTOGRAPHY; PROPOSAL PHOTO BY RUSTY SCHRAMM

Small-Town Proposal


Manor, just on the outskirts of town in Spring, TX, was designed to capture the essence of a smalltown bride. A selective team of experts were onsite to style the shoot. According to beauty stylist Mayra from Simple Beauty Artistry in Houston, “these days brides are looking for whimsical hair with braids and lots of body.” She achieved this look on Sidnie using high-quality, braided hair extensions. Mayra did Sidnie’s makeup to accent her bright-blue eyes. The glamorous gown chosen for the shoot was a billowy ball gown, featuring three-dimensional floral lace appliqués, with an illusion neckline and a cathedral-length train. Hand-picked from the Mori Lee Wedding Dress collection, this gown is available at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions. Floral artists Belinda Lewis and Michelle Woodward created two exquisite bouquets for

our beautiful Billboard Bride. The icing on the cake: The husband and wife team at ANA and IVAN Photography were on hand to expertly capture Sidnie in all her glamour and glory. ­—Laurette M. Veres

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Fashion

Royal Rendezvous

FOR GIRLS: Swap out the glitzy dress for a vibrant romper to go from party time to play time.

FOR BOYS: Trade your little one’s shirt and velvet pants for a fun printed shirt and his favorite jeans—and voilà!

HEADBAND Charlotte Russe Faceted Stone Tiara Headband;

Tights; $10, oshkosh.com. SHOES OshKosh B’Gosh Aretha T-Strap;

HAT Zara Wooly Fabric Newsboy Cap; $7, zara.com. COAT Janie and Jack Wool Coat; $68, janieandjack.com. MANDARIN COLLAR SHIRT Zara Textured Weave Shirt; $26, zara.com. SHIRT Monsoon Mason London Scene Long Sleeve Shirt; $39, monsoonlondon.com. PANTS Janie and Jack Velvet Pants; $42, janieandjack.com. BOOTS Deer Stags Sammy Chelsea Boot; $30, nordstrom.com. JEANS Gap Kids Slim Jeans in Indestructible;

$26, shoes.com.

$35, gap.com.

$7, charlotterusse.com. NECKLACE Claire’s Rose-Gold Pink Floral Gem Statement Necklace; $13, claires.com. DRESS Mini Ruby Velveteen Miranda Dress; $62, miniruby.com. JACKET Cat and Jack Navy Girl’s Jacket; $20, target.com. ROMPER Janie and Jack Blush Flower Dot Romper; $40, janieandjack.com. TIGHTS OshKosh B’Gosh Cable Knit

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MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY PHOTOS BY BIGSTOCK

While you might not be on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s guest list, there’s a good chance you’re still headed somewhere fabulous this season. Take inspiration from the couple of the moment with these finds fit for a prince…and future princess. No need to pack an entourage of suitcases, though—here’s how to keep your luggage light with bling in tow.


FOR WOMEN: Take one stunning statement piece and a few classics to pair with it for a casual change. Switching out the jewels for a fun scarf and the iconic Chelsea boot is a great way to take your cocktail dress for a day on the town.

HAT Philip Treacy Rose Sinamay Asymmetric Headpiece; $2,086, harrods.com. BROOCH Monet Crystal Medal Brooch; $47, johnlewis.com. EARRINGS Monet Glass Crystal Teardrop Clip-On Earrings; $45, johnlewis.com. DRESS Clyde Aline Shift Dress; $350, aliceandolivia.com. RING Oscar de la Renta Pearly Sun Statement Ring; $133, bergdorfgoodman.com. COAT Gerard Darel Gabor Peacoat; $805, bloomingdales.com. SWEATER J.Crew Womens Cardigan Sweater with Cosmic Embroidery; $57, jcrew.com.

GLOVES Gucci Quilted Leather Gloves; $600, net-a-porter.com. SCARF Kate Spade Caviar Silk Square Scarf; $78, katespade.com. PUMPS Ted Baker London Peetch Embellished Textile Pumps; $245, lordandtaylor.com. BOOTS Genuine People Black Leather Chelsea Boots; $259, genuinepeople.com. BAG Niels Peeraer Doctor Bag S; $780, reebonz.com.

FOR MEN: Dressing up and then down while traveling can be tricky for menswear, so use a statement coat to create a showstopping look. Swap out the slacks for chinos, a cardigan and a scarf for a sophisticated switch-up. All of these pieces can be interchanged to take you from night life to day while keeping your carry-on manageable.

HAT Christys’ London The Homburg Fur Felt Hat; $149, christys-hats.com. SCARF Filippo Silk Neckerchief in Cranberry-Navy; $68, elizabetta.com. JACKET Zara Floral Jacquard Blazer; $199, zara.com. SHIRT Paul Smith Men’s Tailored-Fit White Cotton Contrast-Cuff Shirt; $175, paulsmith.com.

SLACKS Dolce & Gabbana Medal Applique Skinny Trousers; $865, modesens.com. CUFF LINKS Burberry Equestrian Knight Cuff Links; $195, nordstrom.com. WATCH Relic Men’s Rylan Diamond Accent Leather Watch; $60, kohls.com. PANTS Zara Chino Trousers; $40, zara.com. WALLET Dolce and Gabbana Military Medal Bifold Wallet; $340, harrods.com. SHOES Paul Smith Ankle Boots; $243, dante5.com. SWEATER Orvis Double Breasted Wool Sweater; $179, orvis.com. —Robin Villalobos

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PUMP UP THE VOLUME. If you want to restore fullness and firmness without injectables, try the latest and greatest, the volume-enhancing La Prairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler. Use it in both the a.m. and p.m. for best results ($590; lapraire.com).

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GET SELFIE READY. Higher-resolution smartphone cameras are everywhere, so make sure to prep your pores. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores illumination was created with plastic surgeons to make your pores (and pimples) nearly undetectable while imparting a subtle dewy glow. Top it off with the brand’s Your Skin But Better CC AirBrush Perfecting Powder Illumination with SPF 50+, also made with hydrolyzed collagen and silk to deliver anti-aging benefits ($29 and $35, respectively; itcosmetics.com).

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PUCKER UP. Keep your lips primed and moisturized—and prevent lipstick bleeding—with Face Atelier Lip Putty ($25; faceatelier.com).

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COME ON STRONG. A strong lip and a strong brow are what’s trending this winter. Our picks: Clarins Paris Joli Rouge in Litchi contains moisturizing mango oil and organic marsh samphire ($29; clarinsusa.com), and Chanel Crayon Sourcils is a soft, easy-to-use brow pencil ($29; chanelusa.com). Last but not least, we love MAC Viva Glam Sia, a bright-red shade designed in collaboration with singer/songwriter Sia that will be available in February and benefit HIV and AIDS ($17; maccosmetics.com).

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BAT AN EYE. Create super-long lashes that transform your look with the water-based Mirenesse Supreme Secret Weapon 24HR Mascara ($35; mirenesse.com).

Post-Party

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CLEANSE AND DETOX. Always wash your face before you hit the sheets to prevent clogged pores that can lead to breakouts. BLAQ Dual Sided Charcoal Wipes for All Skin Types are formulated with activated charcoal to remove makeup on one side; another textured side exfoliates and tones for flawless skin with little effort ($13; blaq.com).

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TAKE COVER. Need to cover pesky dark circles, especially the morning after a late night out? The pigments in Mally Beauty H3 Concealer are designed to neutralize discoloration. The buildable formula—available in five hues—features hydrating, anti-aging actives ($29; ulta.com).

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GET LIT. Unwind with the Commodity Home Candle in Book. The earthy, woodsy scented candle is unisex, paraben-free and soy-based with a burn time of up to 60 hours ($55; sephora.com). —Carla Menendez

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Spa

A Natural Feeling From New Mexico all the way to New Zealand, take sanctuary in the beauty of nature.

THE BEARTH SPA

El Mangroove, Costa Rica elmangroove.net Strong, meandering trees stand in the entrance and define the majestic beauty that is El Mangroove. The Bearth Spa is one you won’t forget. Entering the peaceful paradise, you’ll notice that the walls are made of bamboo, inviting the outdoors inside. Spirit-soothing treatments using natural products are emphasized throughout the spa. The highlight is the outdoor

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massage area nestled below a canopy of treetops: You take a wooden zig-zag path over fields of tall grass to the private massage huts that transport you straight to Africa. It feels so authentic, you won’t flinch seeing monkeys swinging from the trees as you drift in and out of euphoria. H TEXAS RECOMMENDS:

The Volcanic Soothing therapeutic massage, which uses the warmth of volcanic stones. —Vicki Dill

EL MANGROOVE PHOTO COURTESY OF EL MANGROOVE

GREEN WITH ENVY


NEW HEIGHTS THE LIVING SPA

Taos, New Mexico elmontesagrado.com/taos-spa-resort-amenities The luxury resort and spa El Sagrado is picturesquely located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is just off the main square in Taos, NM. Offering all the modern spa amenities but with a New Mexican touch, the couple’s massage room is adorned with a high ceiling and private bath and shower. Here, you are pampered by some of the best therapists in the area; when your treatment is over, enjoy a refreshing coconut water in the outdoor garden.

LIVING SPA PHOTO COURTESY OF EL MONTE SAGRADO; MUD PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMAYA REGENCY HYATT; KAURI CLIFFS SPA PHOTO COURTESY OF KAURI CLIFFS

H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: the Sagrado High Desert. It starts with a body

scrub that features a blend of wild-crafted, indigenous plants, (cedar, sage and ginger). Then, you are wrapped in an ancient sea clay mask. After a quick shower, enjoy a gentle buttercream massage. —Laurette M. Veres

SACRED SPACE TAMAYA MIST SPA AND SALON

Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico tamaya.regency.hyatt.com Created by the Santa Ana Pueblo tribe and managed by Hyatt Regency, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa upholds the culture and history of New Mexico’s native people. Get pampered at the award-winning Tamaya Mist Spa and Salon, aptly named for the area’s soft morning mist. My masseuse left Houston more than 30 years ago and has never looked back! H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: Ancient Drumming

begins with an application of mud from the Jemez Mountains infused with red chiles. As the mud soaks in, the therapist drums away stress with flax seed–filled muslin bags. The treatment ends with a warm oil massage. —L.M.V ISLAND SWEETHEART KAURI CLIFFS SPA

Matauri Bay, New Zealand kauricliffs.com In the shadow of the Totara forest, the Kauri Cliffs Spa overlooks a fern-fringed stream. Relaxation begins on the long walkway leading to the spa. Suites are fully appointed for couple’s and single treatments. The spa offers an exclusive range of unique experiences with the finest holistic therapies and natural, indigenous products. H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: the Manuka Honey

Healing Cocoon. Take in the healing effects of New Zealand’s manuka honey—used as a scrub, scalp massage and body massage here for antiaging and cell stimulation. —L.M.V TRAVEL 2018

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Oil's Well That Ends

Well ...maybe. One thing’s for sure: There’s a new meaning to the term “Spindletop.” by Lynn Ashby


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UT I’M NOT IN THE OIL BUSINESS,” I PROTESTED. Glenn McCarthy, aka Jett Rink, leaned over his desk, in front of a huge blowup of a Time magazine cover hanging on the wall behind him featuring—one guess—Glenn McCarthy. “Son,” he said. “We’re all in the awl bidniss.” He was right, of course, at least in Texas and particularly in Houston. Oh, sure, we like to say that we are diversified with NASA, the Port of Houston and the Texas Medical Center (indeed, the Methodist Hospital System is the singlebiggest employer in town), but it’s still about oil and gas, and when that industry sneezes, like in fracking, the Houston economy comes down with double pneumonia. But what happens when the music stops? Nothing lasts forever, as the steel industry told Pittsburg, clothing and furniture told North Carolina and when Kodak said goodbye to Buffalo. As for coal, sorry, West Virginia. There will always be an energy business, but it may not be with oil derricks, gas pipelines, the Petroleum Club and OPEC. Even the Houston Oilers have left town. Energy is abandoning dead dinosaurs and turning to other forms of feedstock far more rapidly than even the experts forecast. Here are just a few examples I have plagiarized from researchers:

• In China, solar capacity more than doubled this past year. Just think: In a few years the Chinese may be able to see their toes. What about nuclear power? Like coal, the nukes may be in retreat. Electricity generated by wind, solar and hydroelectric sources in March and April 2017 exceeded power provided by nuclear plants for the first time in more than 30 years, when nuclear plants were still coming into the power mix, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A BUMPER CROP There is another major item to consider about Houston’s future in the petroleum game. During our lifetime, we shall continue to see cars, trucks and planes, but what will fuel them? Maybe not gas nor diesel. Detroit and its European competitors are betting on electricity. (Of course, electric cars don’t generate their own electricity. That comes from oil, gas, coal or corn stalks.) General Motors, America’s largest car maker, announced in October plans for 20 new all-electric models, including two within the next 18 months as of press time. Ford followed by announcing that it would add 13 electrified models over the next several years, with a five-year investment of $4.5 billion. Tesla has begun delivering its Model 3 to customers, and has backorders through the end of 2018. The following year, 2019, looks even better. All Volvos will be hybrids or 100 percent electric beginning in 2019. This comes from Volvo’s CEO who admitted he had been wrong to resist clean technology, and that his customers expect better. CEO Hakan Samuelsson also said his company is moving toward all-electric power trains. Volkswagen, another European car maker that has poo-pooed new engine types, plans to phase out the internal combustion engine. The company will roll out two SUVs, a sedan and a hatchback that are battery powered in 2019. Renault, the French carmaker, has announced that half its models will be electric or hybrid by 2022.

During our lifetime, we shall continue to see cars, trucks and planes, but what will fuel them? Maybe not gas nor diesel.

• The amount of solar energy installed on the world’s power grids increased 50 percent year over year in 2016, according to a report by the International Energy Agency or IEA. • Between March 2016 and March 2017, wind power increased by 16 percent and solar power by 65 percent. That growth is expected to continue this year, with wind power projected to increase another 8 percent and solar generation for utilities jumping 40 percent. • While renewables, mostly wind and solar, accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. energy consumption, natural gas use has risen in the past decade. In 2016, natural gas use was about twice that of coal, according to the Energy Department.

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Guilty as Charged A MAJOR DRAWBACK TO ELECTRIC CARS, AND THUS A PLUS FOR THE HOUSTON ECONOMY, IS THAT THEY REQUIRE CONSTANT CHARGING, AND THAT CAN BE A REAL PAIN IN THE CRANKCASE. Right now, you may need an overnight charge to drive off the next morning. Even at a commercial charging station, a charge can add an hour to your trip. There are two kinds of chargings: Level 1 is an AC outlet of between 1 and 1.5 kilowatts of juice—like powering your lamp or PC. That will give your Ford Focus a range of 115 miles, but takes 30 hours to fully charge. Level 2 is a professionally installed 240-volt outlet, the same kind used by your electric clothes dryer or oven, cutting the charge time to about 5.5 hours. Even more powerful are fast chargers that can fire up that same Ford Focus to reach a 90-mile range in 30 minutes. Tesla has a gizmo that will give its cars a 300-mile range in 75 minutes. Better ranges and shorter charging times are on the way, but currently, so to speak, you wouldn’t want to drive your Focus to Marfa unless you bring along an extremely long extension cord.

Elsewhere, six new models are on the way, including long-range cars from Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. Note the abundance of European car companies getting in on the clean-air act. But many of their potential customers aren’t Europeans at all. They’re Chinese. These statistics send mixed messages, with solar usage going up as well as the number of electric cars, but, on the other hand, gas guzzlers are still here, so what are we to think? The Big Mo is for reusable energy, while the future of cars and trucks seems to be running on something other than the traditional combustion engine. What is Houston to do? First, don’t panic, we still love our oil biz. Petroleum remains the fuel used most in homes and businesses, and petroleum consumption has increased every year since 2012. Second thing to do: panic. As we have seen, natural gas consumption has increased mightily, but coal is dead. Act accordingly. Another idea: Texas has a forest of oil derricks scattered over the land. We put wind-driven propellers on the derricks, and watch the money flow in. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “Spindletop.” One more idea: Solar, wind, hydropower and other sources combined for a global increase in renewable capacity of 6 percent last year. Renewables made up 24 percent of total electricity output, with 70 36

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percent coming from hydropower dams. Get that last part—hydropower dams? Hydro power increased by 14 percent from a year earlier. Thousands of Houston homes, including mine, were flooded because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built and maintained the Dams That Didn’t Dam. Hook up those useless levies and locks and floodgates to hydropower generators, then splice them onto our power grid. We can have free electricity while we bob for our furniture. SUN STROKE OF LUCK Pilgrim, welcome to your new home, but Houston and Texas didn’t begin the day you stepped off the United flight from Cleveland. Our economy started with small farms and ranches. Southerners brought the cotton industry and slaves to Texas in the 1840s and later. During the Civil War unfenced ranchland and a lack of cowboys allowed cattle to run free and reproduce. When Johnny Reb came home, he saw an ocean of cattle–about 7 million–and a northern market. Cattle drives kept the Lone Star State in business until Spindletop. It’s been oil and gas ever since. Cotton, cattle and oil. If timing is everything, Texas was lucky because in each case, one industry petered out just as another one arrived. So what’s next? Let’s examine one of the major suspects that might reduce Houston to a third-world economy:


Texas wind power is seen as a profitdriven leader for America.

the sun, specifically solar energy. It’s booming. Solar energy installed on the world’s power grids increased 50 percent year over year in 2016 (see page 33). One reason for this huge jump is the decreased cost of what the sun charges. Last year Dubai reported receiving bids on a segment of its desert solar farm of less than 3 cents per kilowatt hour—that compares to customers in the United States paying 12 cents per kilowatt hour. It won’t be long until power, that is electricity, will run our AC and the warehouse freezer will be getting cheaper and cheaper. WIND AT OUR BACKS—AND BUCKS Now I’d like to say a few words about Texas. It produces the most wind power of any U.S. state, accounting for 12.63 percent of the electricity generated in Texas in the 12 months ending October 2016. The wind biz in many parts of Texas is very large. Farmers and ranchers may lease their land to wind developers, creating new revenue. Wind power has created more than 24,000 jobs for local communities and the state. Texas wind power is seen as a profitdriven leader for America. We’ve got windmills in the Panhandle, and along the Gulf Coast. Wind turbines are on the windswept high plains of the Llano Estacado, Lubbock County. The Roscoe Wind Farm, near the town of Roscoe— wherever that is—is the largest wind farm in Texas. While there are upwards of 10,700 wind turbines currently operating in Texas to generate electricity, there are still 80,000 windmills operating in Texas for pumping water. This shows the growth potential still left for windpower generation. The wind boom here was boosted by new rules and quicker transmission construction, the latter being a major part of the mix. I mean, we can generate all the electricity, we want in Pecos but it has to get it to Dallas. This brings us to an

odd situation. Starting in 2008, the wind powerdevelopment boom in Texas outstripped the capacity of the transmission systems. Until 2008, the growth in wind power “piggybacked” on existing lines, but had almost filled to capacity. As a result, in winter the West Texas grid often had such a local surplus of power that the price would fall below zero. Free electricity for everyone! Incidentally, wind power has a long history in Texas. After building his house, or sometimes before, a Texas pioneer would erect a windmill. West Texas State University (now Texas A&M South of Amarillo) began wind energy research in 1970, and led to the Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) in 1977. It has been the go-to source of major information about wind energy for Texas ever since. Our major concern in all of this is the usual: What’s in it for us? We have already discussed some possibilities, but it might be a good idea to sell your ExxonMobil stock, along with any investments in the coal industry. Buy shares in manufacturers of windmills, electric cars and dams that work. Natural gas has no smell. An odor is added so we can run away when we detect that gassy smell. Electric cars make no noise, thus pedestrians can’t dodge the oncoming Tesla. Invent a moderately loud sound that will, by law, be installed in every electric vehicle. Consider moving to a house along the Houston Ship Channel. You see, with no oil refineries there, there will be no smog pouring out of smokestacks, and Houston will be free of air pollution. However, remember that President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal cuts funding for clean energy research by 70 percent, slashing it from $2.1 billion to only $640 million. So get ready for major changes in the Houston economy, and don’t say you weren’t warned. But right now, Son, we’re all in the awl bidness. H

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Four luxury hotels within the Mayakobu Resort seamlessly blend the beauty of Mother Nature with the most alluring amenities known to man, making for one unforgettable stay. by Marian Jacob

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ERCHED ON THE MAJESTIC CARIBBE AN SHORES OF MEXICO’S RIVIER A MAYA , the Mayakoba Resort offers four exclusive luxury hotels surrounded by natural forests full of wildlife, freshwater lagoons and crystalline beaches. The newest is the long-awaited Andaz Mayakoba-Riviera Maya, a welcome addition to round out this spectacular master-planned retreat. Mayakoba—which literally means “village of water”—prides itself on sustainability and protecting the natural environment, while creating a luxurious escape to what feels like another world. Wake up to bird calls from more than 200 species, and experience nature right from your room.

GET APPOINTED Stay in the presidential suite at the Andaz, enveloped in tropical scenes of serene lagoons and lush greenery, or behold the Fairmont’s hypnotic waterfront views and superbly cultivated gardens. Lose yourself in the Rosewood’s ultracomfort service and white-sand beaches, or rent a villa at the Banyan Tree with your own private plunge pool and garden terrace. GET BUSY Start off the day with a farm-to-table breakfast buffet at Cocina Milagro at the Andaz, overlooking the pool, or enjoy a good book while swinging in one of the hanging-egg wicker chairs. Set up tee time at El Camaleón, a world-class golf course designed

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by PGA legend Greg Norman and home to the PGA Tour OHL Classic. Like a chameleon, the surrounding vistas change from mangroves and cenotes to sand dunes and white beaches. Take a ride in a golf cart tram through the winding roads of the exotic forests to El Pueblito, El Corazón de Mayakoba (the Heart of Mayakoba). Here, you can shop at boutiques filled with handmade textiles and pottery, take a cooking class at El Pueblito Cooking School or eat lunch at La Fondita. In between meals, enjoy a refreshing fruity drink at Bang Teng Thai or coffee at El Cafecito. On Sundays, they hold Mass at Santa Cruz Chapel, which is followed by the weekly farmers’ market. Mayakoba offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking through meandering nature trails, bird watching for those rare and unique species, honing your archery skills on the four-target range, or taking a guided kayak tour through the Mayakoba waterways. GET FED You can also take a leisurely tour of the entire resort via the Mayakoba Connection ferry service. Stop by each of the hotels to enjoy a meal and live music from the myriad restaurant options: tasty tostadas and tequila from Olla Ceviche at Andaz; authentic Thai cuisine from Saffron at the Banyan Tree; sushi from Agave Azul at the Rosewood; or golf club standbys and Latin wines at Koba on El Camaleón. GET REJUVENATED The 24-hour butler service at the Rosewood, with personalized room service and housekeeping, is the ultimate way to relax. Use the Rosewood Mayakoba app to request services for those special moments. Think: a romantic bubble bath, an intimate dinner or even a helicopter ride over the Kulkulcan Pyramid in Chichen Itza.

For rejuvenation and spiritual healing, opt for treatments rooted in ancient Mayan rituals, such as the Mayan Clay Purification treatment at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont, or a fresh honey body scrub and massage at the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa. The spa at the Andaz has six treatment rooms and two hydrotherapy areas dedicated to your relaxation, as well as a full-service salon to keep you looking as great as you feel. H

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ALABAMA, USA

BIRDIES, BOATS AND BREWS

North Alabama is a golf and beer lover's dream. by Greg Wettman

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Bronner managed the retirement systems of Alabama. He felt strongly that the state’s pension fund would stay healthy if its investments were diverse, and believed that building and operating a group of championship golf courses would be a sound investment. Somehow he convinced legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones to come out of semi-retirement to design the courses for this huge undertaking. The original courses opened in 1992 and 1993, with seven locations and 324

holes of first-class championship golf. It became known across the golf world as the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail (RTJGT), and has since expanded to 26 courses in 11 locations around the state. These courses were designed to challenge the world's best golfers while still providing an enjoyable and memorable round for beginners and casual golfers. Five of the locations are in Northern Alabama, between Birmingham and Huntsville. These courses are particularly spectacular because

they incorporate the beauty of the many lakes and rivers in the area as well as the stunning Southern Appalachian Mountains. Elevated tees and greens with gorgeous panoramic views are common on these courses. Here are the details on two of the can’t-miss courses: SILVER LAKES Located near Gadsen, AL, Silver Lakes is one of RTJGT’s premier locations, with 36 holes of forests, wetlands and grasslands. There’s a short course and three championship nines named Backbreaker,

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F WORLD CL ASS GOLF, BE AUTIFUL L AKES AND RIVERS, AND DELICIOUS CR AF T BEER ARE THINGS THAT INTEREST YOU, PUT NORTH AL ABAMA ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. The folks in this area take the tourism industry very seriously and have made it a prime destination for Houstonians wanting to take an affordable but luxurious vacation.


Mindbreaker and Heartbreaker. Surrounded by the Appalachian foothills and Lee’s Lake, they each provide their own unique challenges and beauty, and feature dramatic elevation changes. All 36 holes boast Champion ultradwarf putting surfaces. HAMPTON GROVE This location outside Huntsville has two championship courses: the Highlands and the River course. It also features an 18hole links-style short course. The Highlands course was renovated in 2008 and restored

to its original Scottish links design; longwaving grasses frame rolling terrain and many fluctuations in elevation. The River course is mostly flat as it winds its way along the Flint River, and has the distinction of being the only RTJGT course with no bunkers. Before thinking that might make it an easy course to score on, take note that it has water on 16 of the 18 holes! The course features massive oak trees, including an enormous, 250-yearold black oak behind the 18th green, touted as the third oldest in the state.

Green fees along the RTJGT average $50; during peak season, the highest fee at most courses is $64. MORE GOLF HEAVEN There are other great courses to play in North Alabama that are not on the RTJGT. Twin Bridges Golf Club in Gadsen is a 6,800-yard layout set along the Coosa River featuring Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. This course is enrolled in the Audubon’s Silver Signature Sanctuary program, which integrates natural resource conservation

with economic progress and community education. It has a beautiful clubhouse atop a bluff overlooking the river, and houses a fully stocked pro shop and clubhouse grill. After golf, head over to Local Joe’s at Little Bridge Marina. Relax indoors or outdoors and enjoy some of the best smoked barbecue anywhere. Get the ribs! Heading north, about halfway between Gadsen and Huntsville, is Guntersville. It’s nestled along scenic Lake Guntersville, home to Guntersville State Park. Alabama has six state parks

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with lodges and golf courses. The lodge and convention center at this location is outstanding in every way: It sits atop a foothill overlooking the lake, and each modern room has its own balcony with incredible views, not to mention the amenities of a fine hotel. The dining room and cocktail lounge are also excellent. Across the road is The Eagle’s Nest Course at Lake Guntersville State 44

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Park. This unique course sits on top of Taylor Mountain and offers golfers majestic mountain scenery. It has many elevation changes throughout the course; the fairways are wide but tree-lined, and welcome strolling deer from time to time. Also located in Guntersville is a course that is a true masterpiece called Gunter’s Landing. Some of the views from the tees will take your

breath away, as they overlook the mountains and the Tennessee River. The elevation changes are dramatic, and some of the par-3s are over gorges. The staff goes the extra mile to make your golfing experience one you won’t forget. About 10 miles from Guntersville, in Union Grove, AL, is a treasure known as Cherokee Ridge Country Club. This beautiful tract features a 17-acre lake on the front nine and an 80-foot waterfall cascading into Lynn’s Creek on the back 9. The lush fairways are Bermuda, and the greens are bentgrass. The signature par-3 fifth hole features five separate tees with bulkheads on the lake— it’s a photographer’s

dream. Cherokee offers lodging at the newly renovated sevenbedroom Lake House overlooking the course and the lake. This Cape Cod–inspired facility has all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, conference room, bar and living rooms. The huge back patio overlooking the lake has barbecue pits, rocking chairs, cozy tables and chairs. It will accommodate 15 to 20 guests for group gatherings, family reunions or just a weekend getaway. WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE North Alabama has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and streams in North America, including the Tennessee River

LAKE PHOTO BY BRIAN WEIS

North Alabama has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and streams in North America, including the Tennessee River and Lake Guntersville.


and Lake Guntersville. Lake Guntersville is Alabama’s largest lake— it’s 75 miles long and covers 69,000 acres— and was created by the building of Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River. Surrounded by mountains and foothills, the scenic views on this lake are stunning. Free boat ramps and private marinas dot the lake’s perimeter, and so do great places to eat and drink. One of the best is Somewhere on the Lake in Guntersville. This place is a beach bar that’s nowhere close to a beach. Not only does it have a fun atmosphere, but it offers an excellent menu featuring a wide variety of entrées from grouper to prime rib. The lake is widely known as one of the best bass fishing spots in the nation. Large-mouth bass are the main draw for anglers but the lake also has an abundant supply of other fish including brim, crappie and catfish. Boating, camping, kayaking, hunting and eagle

watching are also popular activities on and around the lake. The Tennessee River runs from the northwest corner of Alabama down through the heart of north Alabama and back up to the northeast corner of the state. It has been dammed up to form several lakes, and provides recreational activities as well as commercial transportation use. Flint Creek is a major tributary along the river, and is utilized for many water sports near its confluence with the river because of the vast width of the creek and calm waters that are created by the sheltering geography. BEER BLAST The North Alabama Craft Brew Trail was unveiled in 2016 by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association to invite beer enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of eight craft microbreweries. Each microbrewery offers tours of the facility and awesome taprooms,

where their unique beers can be sampled and purchased. Back Forty Brewery in Gadsen is one of the first breweries to open in the area, and is currently the largest producer of alcoholic beverages in the state. Owner Jason Wilson is a walking encyclopedia of beer. The tour here is amazing: Back Forty uses almost only locally grown ingredients in its beer, and recycles the grain used in production through local cattle companies and bakeries so the hamburger patties and buns served in the taproom are “coming home.” The brewery produces a beer called Cart Barn that’s the official beer of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and is available at all their locations. Yellowhammer Brewery in Huntsville is another mandatory stop. General manager and part owner Ethan Couch has built one of the best taprooms anywhere. In addition to the wide variety of award-winning beers offered, in 2015 the

brewers paired the brews with popular former food truck Earth and Stone Wood-Fired Pizza to open a brickand-mortar version at Yellowhammer’s new location. The result is a beer and pizza lover’s dream. Yellowhammer’s T-Minus Kolsch is a tangerine Kolsch named in honor of Tang, and is the official beer served at Huntsville’s U.S. Space and Rocket Center nearby. The center is an official NASA visitor center and home of Space Camp. It provides a great experience while in Huntsville. North Alabama offers these great destinations and more. There is a Wine Trail, a Barbeque Trail, a Birding Trail and a Hallelujah Trail featuring historic churches more than 100 years old. H

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NEBRASKA, USA

THE BADLANDS OF NEBRASKA

Hike and make camp at a piece of American history. by Shelby Reininger

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HEN YOU HEAR THE TERM “BADL ANDS,” you probably envision the barren, rocky terrain and the unique rock formations portrayed in movie westerns, most often associated with South Dakota. But similar “badlands” terrain also exists in the far-northwestern part of Nebraska. Although this corner of Nebraska is known as the Oglala National Grasslands, the abundance of eroded sandstone has revealed a hidden treasure: the natural wonder of Toadstool Geologic Park. Named for its magically balanced, unusual rock formations resembling mushrooms, this park includes a campground and picnic area that’s open 24-7.

A HIKE AND A HISTORY LESSON Toadstool Park offers a one-mile scenic loop hike that’s best experienced in the earliest hours of daylight. I decided to go for the longer three- to six-mile hike that features several geological points of interest. I started my hike from an area known as the Hudson-Meng Bison Kill. There’s a visitor and research center there dedicated to the farmers who, in 1954, accidentally found the largest cache of fossilized bison bones on record. I was greeted by two friendly Nebraska Parks and Recreation rangers delighted to show me the path. We set out on a long walk through open pastures, with occasional colored markers to help hikers stick to the trail. On this hike, you’ll need to keep an eye out for cattle because they “own” the land here. After the first mile, the elevation of the

trail starts to descend as you make your way down to where the three-mile Bison Trail begins. In the depths of this terrain, you can clearly see where millions of years of water and wind have created the unusual rock formations the park is known for. These “toadstools” were created by the uneven erosion of the harder sandstone rock layers and the softer layers of clay, sometimes resulting in a larger rock perched atop a clay pedestal. Among the toadstool formations you’ll also find fossilized remains of tortoises, rhinos, saber-tooth cats, threetoed horses and camels that were overtaken and buried by windblown volcanic ash 12 million years ago. SETTING UP CAMP AT THE FORT Western Nebraska not only has a varied geologic landscape, it has a rich historical significance as well. Just 23 miles south of

Toadstool Geological Park, you’ll find Nebraska’s premier state park, Fort Robinson. As its name implies, Fort Robinson was operated as a military stronghold from the early days of the Old West until after World War II. Many original buildings have survived and remain in use at the park today; others have been reconstructed. Fort Robinson was the site of the 1879 Cheyenne Outbreak, and the death of famed Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. Over the years, the fort was repurposed as a cavalry remount station, a K-9 dog training center, a POW camp and a beef research station. Finally, in 1962, It was established as a state park. These vast parklands span more than 22,000 acres of breathtaking pine ridge scenery, featuring comfortable lodgings, scenic camping and hiking; they're also home to several native buffalo and longhorn herds. The

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State Historical Society operates a museum and many restored or reconstructed exhibit buildings to represent Fort Robinson’s history. The University of Nebraska operates the Trailside Museum, which lets guests explore the unique geology and natural history of the region. Of all the ways to spend a day at the fort, the most authentic experience may be a horse-drawn tour through the pine ridge forests. You might also choose to enjoy a refreshing early morning horseback ride, book a nature tour aboard the Fort Robinson Express or opt for an openair Jeep ride. When the weather gets too warm, you can always head for the indoor pool and sundeck. There are several options for overnight lodging from midApril until September: There’s the original 1909 enlisted men’s quarters repurposed as cabins, the Officer’s Barracks halls and even a modernized campground complete with restrooms, showers, running water and picnic tables. H

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Located along some of Jamaica’s most stunning beaches, the Royalton Negril Resort and Spa is a hideaway you won’t soon forget. by Matthew Abernathy

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N A RECENT WEEKEND GETAWAY, MY WIFE AND I DISCOVERED A HIDDEN GEM ON THE WEST COAST OF JAMAICA . The Royalton Negril Resort and Spa is nestled on one of the Caribbean’s most idyllic settings along a stretch of seven miles of the most beautiful beaches imaginable. The Royalton Negril is an all-inclusive experience (they call it “All-In Luxury”), and we were blown away at the attention to detail put forth. (For starters, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes that included chilled cocktails and cool eucalyptus wash cloths after a somewhat arduous trip from the airport in Montego Bay.) The resort features 407 elegantly appointed yet modern suites, as well as worldclass, reservation-free dining, a top-tier spa, a splash park for the kids and a fitness center with all the bells and whistles. There’s no shortage of daily entertainment, and the nightly shows don’t disappoint. (More on those later.) A DREAMY START The resort is made up of three distinct sections— the Resort, the Diamond Club and the adults-only spot called The Hideaway at Royalton Negril—with the goal of personalizing your stay. Being that my wife and I were looking for a romantic getaway, we opted for The Hideaway. When we arrived at our room, we were greeted by our own personal butler who showed us around. Right away, I fell in love with the bed, which the butler explained was the resort’s very own handcrafted DreamBed—dreamy indeed! The rooms come equipped with Wi-Fi (there’s connectivity throughout the resort), and there’s also complementary long-distance phone calls to North America if you need to stay in touch with your loved ones back home. Once we settled in, it was time for a bite to eat. We were delighted by the outdoor dining

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experience at Ocean Point Bistro. The food was excellent—we ordered the Chef’s tasting menu filled with delectable, fresh seafood and local fare. The staff was attentive, and the atmosphere on the bay was breathtaking. To finish off the night, we stopped by the popular Martini Mix; when you visit, you must try the espresso martini. NATURAL BEAUTY The next morning, we hit up the buffet at the Gourmet Marche. The restaurant offers a wide variety of both international and local favorites to please even the most discerning of palates. They even have a good selection of healthy options, and a designated section for the kiddos. After our a.m. fuel session, we hopped on a bus to one of the most beautiful regions of the island that proved to be one of the highlights of our entire trip. We traveled off the beaten path and through the deep countryside and into the heart of Westmoreland, which includes the renowned Mayfield Falls. The picturesque area comprises several widely spaced cascades and all-natural pools (folklore purports healing powers of these pools). The property is approximately 14 acres of exotic plants and wildlife, and our guides took the time to explain almost everything that we encountered along the way. With one mile of river and numerous cascades along the way, comfortable water shoes are a must At the end of the tour, we were treated to an authentic Rastafarian lunch of curried chicken and dirty rice—it was a real treat. A MEAL TO REMEMBER Later that evening, after a short rest in our room, we attended the C/X Culinary Experience. This seven-course meal was truly unique in both the ambience and the delicious food. Each course was presented by the executive chef with wine pairings and musical selections. To round out the evening, we decided to attend one of the resort’s nightly entertainment venues. Magical Michael—inspired by Michael Jackson, of course—was the show of the night; it was lively and energetic, making for a fun night out. 50

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A BITTERSWEET GOODBYE With one day left, it was time for some muchneeded relaxation at The Royal Spa. The spa has an amazing hydrotherapy circuit, along with a full roster of treatments, including full-body massages, couples massages, body wraps and other therapeutic practices such as authentic shiatsu and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi. Now we were relaxed and ready for our next outing at the iconic Rick’s Cafe. After a short bus ride, we were greeted at the front door of a very unassuming entrance; once we entered, we were left speechless! Overlooking the bay on the far west end of Jamaica, the cliffs at Rick’s are known for some of the most beautiful, uninterrupted sunsets in the world. It’s a must when visiting Negril. The café was the first public bar and restaurant of its type on the West End Cliffs, offering an alternative to the majestic seven-mile beach. The night was just getting started, though, and we were off to Hunter’s Steakhouse. The open-kitchen eatery made it the ideal place to watch as the chef and his crew cooked our aged beef steaks to perfection. We capped off the evening at the XS Disco Bar, where we knocked back creative cocktails and danced until the wee hours of the morning. If you get the chance to visit Royalton Negril, make sure you have more than a few days to explore this side of Jamaica. I wish we would have had more time to discover the rest of the area, as we truly enjoyed every minute we spent in paradise, along the seven miles of bliss. H ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: THE WRITER WITH HIS WIFE,

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GameOn In a male-dominated industry, sportscaster Lindsay McCormick proves she’s got what it takes to get to the finish line.

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ON’ T LET LINDSAY MCCORMICK’S APPE AR ANCE FOOL YOU. She might be small and blonde—and a woman—but the host of Super Bowl XLIX is a sports authority to be reckoned with. “I grew up in a huge sports family,” explains the sportscaster, who also covered the most anticipated fight of the decade, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. “My entire family is obsessed with sports. So for me it was like, either learn to love it, or hate your life.” A native Houstonian, McCormick became involved in sports and cheerleading at an early age. Her grandfather was drafted to play football for the Washington Redskins, and both he and McCormick’s brother went on to work for NASCAR. McCormick attended Auburn University in Alabama, where she got involved with the campus news station. When

the resident sports anchor went out of town one weekend, McCormick was asked to cover the Auburn football games. She immediately fell in love with it. “When he came back to town, I refused to let him have his job back,” McCormick admits with a laugh. One weekend, McCormick was on the sidelines covering

Auburn play LSU, and ESPN’s College Gameday was in town and saw her in action. “They offered me a job as an intern with ESPN SportsCenter, and that was how, at 20 years old, my career started.” McCormick’s expertise isn’t limited to football, either: She’s covered basketball—she was the sideline reporter for the

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quarterfinals of ESPN’s The Basketball Tournament—as well as boxing, covering the Timothy Bradley vs. Jessie Vargas fight, among others. McCormick contends, “I’ve had my fair shake with just about every sport, except baseball.” However with the Astros’ World Series championship win, she hopes to add it to her repertoire. Her resume is impressive: McCormick was the stage host for Super Bowl Sponsor SAP alongside Marshall Faulk in San Francisco and served as NBC’s Sunday Night Football Social Host; she’s hosted the 2012 NFL Draft for CBS Sports, The Fan on Comcast SportsNet and was a panel analyst for Rip City Live. She also appeared on ESPN.com’s Streak for the Cash and ESPN College Pick’em and MTVU’s The Dean’s List.

BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING With McCormick’s success in a male-dominated industry, there’s no avoiding the question of how she, a woman, made it to where she is today. “When I started 10 years ago, there were only a handful of women reporting sports. Erin Andrews was just getting started, Suzy Kolber had been there for some time, Linda Cohn…these were all women I looked up to, and they paved the way for other women to come into the field.” Even with the help of these trailblazers, McCormick concedes it wasn’t easy. “I would go into these interviews knowing I had a lot to prove. I was going up against all of these men, and I had to prove my sports knowledge. The first question I would get was, ‘Why

“I grew up in a huge sports family. My entire family is obsessed with sports. So for me, it was like, either learn to love it, or hate your life.” would our audience believe you?’” McCormick chuckles at the memory. “In hindsight, it was a huge insult, but at the time I thought it was normal. I felt I had to work twice as hard to prove to an audience that I knew what I was talking about.” The boxing world, she reveals, has even fewer female broadcasters. “I’m hoping I can help change that over time.” TRAVEL 2018

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sports have the ability to do that.” A BRIGHT FUTURE McCormick can currently be seen in the romantic comedy The Bounce Back, available on Amazon Video and iTunes, playing a talk show host opposite Shemar Moore. She is also working on an augmented reality sports game for ePlay with fellow sports commentator and NBA champion and former Houston Rocket Robert Horry. “He was one of my favorite athletes growing up, and I’m so excited to work with him on this.” As for whether she’ll be spending more time here in Houston? “I hope so. I go back and forth between here and California, but maybe I can finally learn some more about baseball by hanging out with the ‘Stros…” H

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME Despite her jet-setting lifestyle, McCormick recently bought a home in Houston in her childhood neighborhood, where her parents still live. She was in H Town, in fact, during Hurricane Harvey. “I drove out to stay with my parents when it happened. Our entire neighborhood got flooded. We stayed up for two nights straight in parkas holding buckets, trying to keep the water from coming into our home.” Hurricane Harvey was a tragedy, and one that many Houstonians are still dealing with. “It’s amazing to see how the city has bounced back,” McCormick says. “And I think the Astros have a lot to do with that. Their win helped the city shift their focus from a tragedy to something that binds us together. I love how


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7 Healthy REASONS TO PUT

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Does meat deserve its bad rap? We asked health and medical experts to break it down. by Joanna Powell

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ONFUSED ABOUT WHETHER ME AT IS GOOD OR BAD? Welcome to the club. Veganism has increased an astonishing 500 percent in three years; meanwhile, meat-loving paleo followers (those who eat only foods prehistoric man supposedly could have hunted or gathered) are equally vocal. So the meat debate can be a head spinner. On one hand, carnivores preach that eating animal protein is essential to vigor and longevity. They point to the Plains Indians, who survived on bison meat—and had the highest number of centenarians in history. Yet vegetarians hold up the Seventh Day Adventists, who eschew meat and are some of the longest-living people in the world. The discussion intensified in 2015 when a red flag was raised by the World Health Organization (WHO), which released a report linking processed meats such as sausage, bacon, ham and certain deli varieties to cancer. Even scientific studies don’t offer clarity. While some research suggests that carnivores risk increased heart disease and cancer, other experts point out that many of these studies included people who smoke, drink too much, eat too much sugar and processed foods, or don’t exercise.

No doubt, there are very real risks involving meat, not the least of which are health concerns as well as the ethical issues regarding the treatment of animals raised in feedlots. And climate scientists have long warned of the harmful effects of livestock farming on the environment. But from a medical and wellness perspective, substantial arguments exist for a diet that contains meat—in moderation, of course! Let us count the ways.

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PACK A PROTEIN PUNCH

Known as the “building blocks” of life, proteins (which break down into amino acids) affect every cell of your body. We need relatively large quantities of it to stay healthy. And unlike carbs and fat, the body doesn’t store protein, so it has no “tank” to draw from when it’s running low. Not getting enough protein results in muscle shrinkage, weakness and a host of other maladies. There are nine “essential” amino acids that the body does not produce and needs to acquire through food. Meat provides all of these lifesustaining components, while most plant sources do not. Moreover, at an average of 30 grams of protein per four-ounce serving (chicken is one the highest at 36 grams), meat is the protein king.

IS THE GRASS REALLY GREENER? Most of the beef Americans consume has been raised on a diet consisting mainly of corn and soy, which can be inflammatory, breed E. coli bacteria and take a heavy toll on the planet. Even though grass-fed meat can be twice as expensive, many experts say it’s worth ponying up for. It contains less total fat, which means fewer calories ounce for ounce, as well as more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, notes dietician Lauren Kelly. “Meat is a complete protein containing all the amino acids,” notes dietician Lisa DeFazio, MS, RD, “and the body can utilize it immediately.”

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END YOUR ENERGY CRISIS

Feeling sluggish and drained? Maybe you need a burger, not another cup of coffee. Some studies indicate that up to 39 percent of the U.S. population may be suffering from a B12 deficiency. Meat is the only significant food source of vitamin B12, which plays a leading role in the body’s strength and vitality. In fact, B12 provides such an energy punch that injections of it have become trendy among celebrities and sleep-starved executives. TRAVEL 2018

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IRON IT OUT

Animal foods are also a rich source of the mineral iron, another major energy stoker that can be heightened by eating meat. “Since iron is

“Protein, along with fiber, helps you feel satiated for longer and this combination can promote a healthy weight.” necessary for transporting oxygen in your bloodstream, signs of a deficiency could be fatigue and difficulty catching your breath,” notes Lily Nichols, a registered dietitian and a Pilates studio owner. As a Pilates instructor, Nichols notes, “This has obvious implications for those of us who practice Pilates!” To bring your A-game to the studio, pair lean cuts of meat with high-fiber, low-glycemic vegetables to feel the power boost. Foods containing vitamin C (like citrus fruits,

red bell peppers, kale and broccoli) help your body absorb iron.

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SPEED WEIGHT LOSS

High-protein, low-carb diets have been repeatedly proven to be one of the most effective means of losing weight and keeping it off. In the 2010 Diet, Obesity and Genes (DIOGenes) study, regarded as the world’s largest diet study, a high-protein, low-glycemic

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IGH-PROTEIN FOODS OF TEN COME WITH UNWANTED FAT AND CALORIES RIDING THEIR COAT TAIL S. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Making smart choices will allow welcome nutrients while shutting out fatty hangers-on. As a rule of thumb, the lowest calorie animal foods are also the leanest. You can also make the meat you choose leaner by trimming off visible fat before you cook it and using low-fat cooking methods like baking, broiling, grilling and roasting. Otherwise, here are the butcher’s best bets.

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Organic turkey One of the leanest meats on the market, whitemeat turkey sans skin has only 152 calories and 36 grams of protein per four-ounce serving. “But you can have a little dark meat, too,” says dietician Lauren Kelly. “Dark meat has higher levels of nutrients such as iron, and while it’s a little more caloric and higher in fat, the difference isn’t significant enough to avoid it, if you enjoy it. Choose skinless, though, to stay away from unhealthy fats.” Go for organic, which doesn’t contain hormones and antibiotics, and tastes better. Ditto for chicken and other poultry.

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“Vitamin B12—found primarily in animal foods—is a crucial nutrient for energy production,” says nutritionist Lauren Kelly, MS, RD, CDN, “If you aren’t consuming enough of it, you may feel more fatigued and listless.” People who follow a vegan or egg-free vegetarian diet, she adds, should consider adding a vitamin B12 supplement. The best food sources of B12? Beef liver, which contains nearly 1,200 times the Recommended Daily Value, comes in second (clams, with 1,400 times the DV, are the winner).


diet came out on top—and had the lowest dropout rate. Why so efficient? “Protein facilitates weight loss because it increases satiety and boosts our metabolism,” says Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD, who’s considered the founder of the paleo movement. Protein can also promote lean muscle mass and fire up thermogenesis, according to a 2008 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, about 30 percent of protein calories are burned off during digestion alone! Digesting carbohydrates torches only five to 10 percent. “We know that Americans consume too much carbohydrate, which not only can promote hunger and weight gain, but also inflammation and increased risk for chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes,” says Kelly. “Protein, along

with fiber, helps you feel satiated for longer and this combination can promote a healthy weight.” And meat and poultry are some of the best sources of protein around.

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CRUSH CRAVINGS

Along with a feeling of satiety not provided by grains and vegetables, animal protein can also put the brakes on hunger for longer periods between meals, reducing cravings for sugar and other unhealthy foods. “Protein foods are naturally very filling and help regulate the appetite,” says Nichols. “If you’re the type of person who is hungry very soon after eating, you may not be getting enough protein (or fat, for that matter).” Protein also targets our neurological reward system,

Bison According to the USDA, four ounces of lean bison contain only 124 calories and two grams of fat, while the same amount of beef chuck has 260 calories and 16 grams of fat. Bison, which is more often grass-fed than cattle, packs optimum nutritional benefits and is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fats.

MEATS TO AVOID? “Among the worst would be processed meats (i.e, deli meat, hot dogs, bacon, sausage),” warns Lauren Kelly. “They have been associated with an increased risk for cancer as well as heart disease.”

thwarting brain chemicals that make us feel good and want to eat more food, even when we’re not hungry, explains nutrition expert JJ Virgin, author of The Sugar Impact Diet (Grand Central Life and Style, 2014).

“Stick with leaner sirloin or filet mignon. and try to get grass-fed for a healthier fat and overall nutrition profile.”

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Beef No need to ditch the occasional juicy steak! Just swap T-bone and prime rib for leaner cuts. Nutritionists recommend (in order of leanness) sirloin tip, top round, eye of round, bottom round or top sirloin. Choose cuts that are graded “choice” or “select” instead of “prime,” which usually have more fat. “Stay away from cuts with white marbling, such as that found in porterhouse, prime rib and rib eye,” advises Kelly.

Six cuts of pork meet the USDA guidelines for “lean,” which translates to less than 10 grams of fat per serving. In fact, pork tenderloin is actually leaner than skinless chicken breast. The healthiest cuts are all taken from the loin or leg (usually made into ham); look for “loin” or “chop” in the name.

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“When we’re low in protein, cravings take over and crack the whip in search of a quick fix,” she says. Including protein—such as meat and poultry—at every meal will help increase satiety and keep cravings at bay.

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BUILD BRAINPOWER

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the evolution of more complex, smarter brains. Can eating meat make the modern-day brain sharper? Yes, thanks to its high B12 content, which in addition to helping energize you (see #2), also increases brain power. “Animal protein is the main food source of vitamin B12, which is an important nutrient for neurological function,” says Kelly. Plus meat is filled with omega-3 fats, which have anti-aging effects on the brain, from cognition and memory to mental health and Alzheimer’s prevention, according to a 2015

study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Although the best source of omega-3 fatty acids is oily, wild fish, such as salmon and tuna, they’re also found in pastureraised animals.

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GET GORGEOUS HAIR AND NAILS

Yes, meat can help make you slim and healthy, but the benefits don’t stop there. Experts say getting more animal foods in your diet might even save on salon visits. “Protein is important for your hair, nails and skin,” says DeFazio. “In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein, which your body uses to build and repair tissue.” When someone’s hair changes, it is often linked to diet, notes DeFazio. “Meat and fish will arm the body to make keratin, a fibrous protein that builds hair and nails,” she says. “Omega-3 fats in the diet help make hair shine.” Beautiful! H

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E AT MAY BE BACK ON THE MENU, BUT THAT DOESN’ T ME AN YOU SHOULD ESCHEW YOUR SAL ADS AND GR AIN BOWL S FOR BURGERS, BACON AND STE AK . For one thing, studies have shown that vegetarians generally eat fewer calories, weigh less and have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than carnivores. Even if you don’t go cold turkey on meat, eating less of it is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer, according to the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. While paleo fans and barbecue buffs may disagree, the mainstream American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than six ounces of lean meat, poultry and seafood per day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests shifting from protein sources such as meat, poultry and eggs (which men and teen boys in particular consume in excess), to more seafood and plant sources like the ones here. Note: Quinoa, soy and hemp are complete proteins, containing all the essential amino acids.

EDAMAME One cup contains 17 grams of protein—about the same as ¾ cup cottage cheese.

TOFU One-half cup of this bean-curd food contains 10 grams of protein—about the same as a serving of Greek yogurt. QUINOA One cup contains 8.14 grams of protein—about the same as a large piece of beef jerky. BEANS One cup contains 16 grams of protein—about the same as two slices of Swiss cheese. But note: Green beans have far less protein than other legumes—just 1.8 grams per cup. GREEN PEAS One cup contains 7.9 grams of protein—about the same as a cup of milk.

HEMP SEEDS Two tablespoons contain about 7 grams of protein—about the same as two pieces of smoked salmon. Tip: Sprinkle hemp hearts on cereal, salad or smoothies. NUTS One ounce (24 almonds, 18 cashews or 14 walnut halves) contains 4 to 9 grams of protein—about the same as an extra-large egg.

NUT BUTTER Two tablespoons contain 8 grams of protein—about the same as a shrimp.

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HOUSTON’S TOP DENTISTS

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SCOTT YOUNG, DDS Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry AT THE OFFICES OF SCOTT YOUNG, DDS YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER PATIENT; you are treated as a prominent guest from

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the moment you walk in. Dr. Young’s practice is based on a foundation of providing personal attention to every guest. Personalized treatment plans ensure your comfort at every level of service including sedation dentistry, a serenity suite for relaxation, pillows, blankets and noise cancellation headphones. “It is my goal that our patients—our guests—have no anxiety while they are under our care. We utilize advanced technology such as the 3D CT scan for planning and placement of implants,” says Dr. Young. “For those who are a little more apprehensive about visiting a dentist, we have sedation dentistry available.”

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A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Young focuses on cosmetic and implant dentistry while offering the full spectrum of dental services including teeth whitening, implant supported prosthesis and full smile makeovers. Dr. Young has completed all core courses at LVI for Advanced Dental Studies. In addition, Dr. Young holds fellowship status with the American Dental Implant Association and was named a Super Dentist® in Texas Monthly. “With the most advanced dental technology, a warm and knowledgeable team, and all the amenities necessary to help you feel relaxed and comfortable, our office is the place to receive five-star cosmetic dentistry treatment along with the smile you’ve always wanted,” says Dr. Young.

SCOTT YOUNG, DDS 6769 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. G The Woodlands, TX 77382 832-610-3119 • woodlandsdentistry.com


TERRI ALANI, DDS

Cosmetic, Implant & General Dentistry DR. TERRI ALANI AND HER TEAM OF SMILE EXPERTS MAKE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF HER PATIENTS A PRIORITY. Her experience in

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esthetic dentistry has created thousands of naturally beautiful smiles. "The lab used in fabricating these natural looking crowns and veneers plays a key role in achieving the desired result and our boutique lab is amazing!" Our office focuses on metal-free dentistry ranging from nautral looking fillings to all porcelain crowns. Invisalign and Zoom whitening are also offered. Veneers are done with minimal prepping so the patient usuallly does not need to be numbed. Each patient has unique needs and Dr. Alani and her staff can relate well to their concerns. She strives

to educate the community through her Channel 11 Great Day Houston segments as well her interviews on Channel 2, Fox and Channel 13. She co-hosts What's up Doc?, a new medical show featured on Houston Live TV. "We know how important aesthetics are to our patients and our attention to detail is one of our strengths." Routine blood pressure readings as well as oral cancer exams are part of a very comprehensive evaluation that focuses on the overall health of each patient. Dr. Alani states, "The mouth is the window to the rest of the body. We understand the intimate connection between oral health and overall health and what you can do to protect yourself."

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Eric Noser, DDS 281-596-0500 Michael Reece, DDS 979-846-6515 drreece.com Jon Rollo, DDS 713-621-4424 George Saliba, DDS 713-528-3362 dentalillusions.com Bruce G. Slatton, DDS 713-688-2200 bruceslattondds.com Palmira Rosa Testa, DDS 713-521-3131 riveroaksdental.com Scott Young, DDS 832-610-3119 woodlandsdentistry.com

COSMETIC, ENDODONTICS, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC Savita S Brenner, DDS 713-682-7233 htownsmiles.com

COSMETIC, ENDODONTICS, GENERAL, PEDIATRIC & PROSTHODONTICS

COSMETIC & IMPLANT James Long, DDS 281-693-6400 cosmetic-dentist-katy.com

COSMETIC, FAMILY & IMPLANT RESTORATION

Tomy Nguyen, DDS 281-679-9372 westhoustondental.com

Shellie Reagan, DDS 281-401-8200 championsdentistry.com

COSMETIC & SEDATION

COSMETIC, GENERAL & IMPLANTS

Larry W. Tilger, DDS, PA 281-480-6600 tilgersedationdentistry.com

COSMETIC, ENDODONTICS & GENERAL Brodley Deering, DDS 713-527-0027

COSMETIC, ENDODONTICS, GENERAL & ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Philip Nauert, DDS 713-668-9119 contemporary-dental.com

Krupa Patel, DDS 713-863-1520

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Wesley Zboril, DDS 979-885-4856 sealydentalcenter.com

Amjad Sheikh, DDS 713-863-1520

R. Nab, DDS 713-520-0555 thegalleryofsmiles.com

Lauren Nguyen, DDS 713-484-8484 smilesbeyond.com

COSMETIC, ENDODONTICS, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Terri Alani, DDS 713-621-5141 texastoothlady.com Chinazor Ogbuehi, DDS 713-721-4500 Terrence C. O’Keefe, DDS, PC 281-496-6878 drokeefe.com

COSMETIC, GENERAL & ORTHODONTICS Hamilton Calder, DDS 281-376-4533 Brian Kilgore, DDS 713-984-9887


BILL K. SO, DDS, PA

Westway Park Dental ONE OF HOUSTON’S TOP DENTISTS, BILL SO, DDS, PA, KNOWS A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT SERVICE.

Dr. So proudly served his country for 12 years in the United States Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008 and 2010. Back in Houston now, Dr. So is dedicated to ensuring the best dental care for his patients. Having stepped away from his patients for long periods of time for army duty deployments, he felt leaving the army was necessary in order to make his patients top priority—what he strives for since he began his career—although he will always be honored to have served the country for the time he did. By successfully completing continuingeducation classes, Dr. So remains at the forefront of advancements in dental healthcare. He specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry, including Zoom Whitening, Invisible Braces, veneers, crowns, fillings and dental checkups. His office is equipped with the latest in dental technology, such as digital x-rays, which are beneficial in educating his patients. In addition, Dr. So is certified in intravenous sedation to allow patients further relaxation during procedures. “My primary concern is for the health and well-being of my patients. I want them to feel relaxed and comfortable from the beginning of their treatment and into recovery,” says Dr. So. “Our team works hard to build relationships with our patients so that they feel comfortable, not only in the dental chair, but also with the decisions they make regarding their dental healthcare.” Dr. So received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and his Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He is currently a director on the Board of Houston Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of a number of national and local dental organizations.

WESTWAY PARK DENTAL 4410 Westway Park Blvd., Ste. 600 Houston, TX 77041

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COSMETIC, GENERAL & PROSTHODONTICS Lisa Klimowski, DDS 281-497-5558 mymapleleafdental.com

ENDODONTICS Jose M. Bisquerra, DDS 713-461-1166 houstonendodontics.com Dina Bramipour, DMD, MS 281-855-3380

COSMETIC, GENERAL & SPORTS Charles E. Campbell, DDS 281-479-0852

Tod Bruchmiller, DDS 281-655-0063 endohouston.com Shiwei Cai, DDS 281-203-0503 springendo.com

COSMETIC, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Randy Mitchmore, DDS, MAGD 713-592-9300 lifesmiles.us

COSMETIC, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & PEDIATRIC Steven Chumbley, DDS 281-376-0911 hilldentalgroup.com

Ronald C Campbell, DDS 281-693-3200 katyendo.com David A. Cervante, DDS 713-218-7811 Craig Curd, DDS 713-461-1166 houstonendodontics.com Marianna Delgado, DDS 832-644-8585 mdendodontics.com Samuel O. Dorn, DDS 713-500-4223 db.uth.tmc.edu

COSMETIC, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & PERIODONTICS

Greg Ellis, DDS 936-760-2222

David Fisher, DDS 281-367-6465 lovethatsmile.com

Manish Garala, DDS 713-795-0208 sggendo.com

COSMETIC, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS & PROSTHODONTICS Andres Ramirez, DDS, MS 713-622-0123

Ricardo Garza Jr, DDS, MS 281-693-3200 katyendo.com Joshua C. Gorman, DDS 281-655-0063 endohouston.com Mark N. Haddad, DDS 832-376-6252 gcendo.com

COSMETIC, GENERAL, ORTHODONTICS, PEDIATRIC & IMPLANTS Matthew Strepka, DDS 281-758-1555,

Jeffrey Hanzon, DMD 713-795-0208 Dico Hassid, DDS, MS 713-271-9100 bayoucityendodontics.com Ron C. Hill, DDS, MSD 713-626-8343 southwestendo.com Claudia I. Holt, DDS 713-218-7811

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Kevin H. Izu, DDS 281-494-9033 fortbendendo.com

Ivi Sanguinetti, DDS 281-421-5950 singing-dentist.com

Peggy Martin, DDS 281-461-6700 endodonticassociatesofclearlake.com

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Brad Mize, DDS 281-681-0100 woodsendo.com

Shawn Adibi, DDS 713-486-4444 utdentists.com

James C. Morrison Jr, DMD 281-855-3380 moberidentalapecialists.com

Don L. Allen Jr, DDS 281-204-8100 millforestdental.com

Terry Ott, DDS 713-218-7811 endoassociates.org

Kimberly C Andersen, DDS 281-298-0999 kimandersendds.com

Saqib Qamar, DMD 281-316-2411 clearlakeendo.com

Ernie F. Anderson, DDS 281-205-9162 ernieandersondds.com

Kevin Sameti, DDS 281-416-4024

Nikola Angelov, DDS 713-486-4000

Paul Satchell, DDS, MS, PA 281-550-0993 paulsatchell.com

Vesna Arezina, DDS 281-646-8888

James Spradley, DDS 281-373-5537 spradleyendodontics.com David Wan, DDS, MS 281-647-6687

Paola Argaez, DDS 713-352-0116 pearlywhitespearland.com Craig Armstrong, DDS 832-251-1234 craigarmstrongdds.com John R Ayre, DDS 281-689-5266

FAMILY Tim A. Crist, DDS 281-873-6942 cristfamilydental.com Carlee A. Reiler, DDS 713-436-0200 reilerdds.com

Janice Lorene Babin, DDS 281-497-0111 jbabindds.com Cory W Bailey, DDS 281-469-3282 northwesthoustondentist.com Amy E. Baker, DDS 979-849-3521

FAMILY & COSMETIC James A. Johnson, DDS 713-988-0536 houstontxfamilydentistry.com Satvi Pinnamaneni, DDS 281-758-0060 cypresslakesdental.com Lara Regis, DDS 832-365-7007 Lakendra Sakeena, DDS 281-778-3200 siennasmiles.com

Jenellie Balingit, DDS 281-485-7767 Timothy Barkley, DDS 281-374-9490 timbarkleydds.com John D. Barras, DDS 713-993-9814 johnbarrasdds.com Juliana Barros, DDS 713-486-4564 utdentists.com Mark W Bartosh, DDS 713-780-3427


DAVID K. DENNISON, DDS, MS, PhD Periodontist DR. DENNISON WELCOMES PATIENTS TO A PRACTICE WHERE CARING AND COMPASSION COMBINE WITH EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO

DR. DAVID K. DENNISON 3100 Richmond, Ste. 509 Houston, TX 77098 713-523-9040 • gums-houston.com

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2018

PROVIDE THE BEST IN DENTAL CARE. With the support of his hand– picked, knowledgeable team, Dr. Dennison creates excellence in both patient care and clinical results. Building a relationship of trust with each patient, he realizes that every individual has unique needs and concerns. If you are not happy with your smile, are missing teeth, or are concerned about health matters, Dr. Dennison will educate you so that you have a complete understanding of your condition and are informed about options for treatment. Life Changing! Fifty percent of the adult population is missing at least one tooth. Dr. Dennison was one of the first to offer solutions for replacing missing teeth in hours. He says, “New implants therapies such as the All-On-4 technique can change your life.” This technique uses strategically placed implants to support a prosthesis which replaces your teeth. Dr. Dennison provides periodontal therapy to give you healthy teeth and gums and state-of-the-art implant therapies to restore your smile utilizing in-office sedation to control anxiety during treatment. Dr. Dennison’s treatment can help you change your life, rejuvenate your smile or just be healthy. Dr. Dennison remains dedicated to advancing his own expertise as well as educating others about the latest technologies and techniques in order to provide optimal patient care. He works closely with dentists throughout the Houston area to provide the most comprehensive care possible. He is the founder of the University Dental Study Club of Houston, a branch of the nationally recognized Seattle Study Club. Dr. Dennison says, “The ultimate goal of University Dental Study Club is to provide an innovative venue for continued learning that will enhance the excellent care we currently provide our patients.” Dr. Dennison is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He is a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

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Ashandra Batiste, DDS 713-960-4090

Anne Marie Carpenter, DDS 281-497-5001 annecarpenterdds.com

A. Scott Benoit, DDS 713-529-3069 drbenoitdds.com

Elizabeth A. Carrillo, DMD 281-955-8017

Garrett Bethke, DDS 281-492-6064 katyteeth.com

Nedith Casquete, DDS 713-340-1192 pearlanddentalspa.com

Melanie Bibb, DDS 713-869-0334

Cynthia R. Castille, DDS 281-332-5561

Mandeep Birring, DDS 713-669-1999

Charles Chew, DDS 281-879-5800

Stacey Block, DDS 281-558-5700

Mimi M. Chow, DDS 832-831-9211

Kerry M. Bloom, DDS 713-795-0130 kerrybloomdds.com

Philip Cimo, DDS 713-984-1004

James Cusato, DDS 281-370-2804

Juan Femandez, DDS 281-252-0055

Samaneh Daftarian, DDS 281-213-8666

Ricki L. Finstad, DDS 713-468-7676 rickifinstad.com

Sarosh F. Dastoor, DMD 281-890-4867 precisionperio.net Deanna Davis, DDS 281-403-7625 rockycreekdentalcare.com Gerese Davis, DDS 832-813-8742 portofinodental.com Ronada R. Davis, DDS 713-797-0846 ddsassociates.com

Cynthia Flanagan, DDS 281-488-6900 flanagansmiles.com Miriam J. Folta, DDS 713-407-3000 Mark Frnka, DDS 713-665-3636 Rudy Fulton, DDS 409-935-2111 texasdentalhealth.com Nicholas Gamarata, DDS 281-440-1050

Phillip J Cimo, DDS 713-464-1887

Bianca A. Davis-Sanchez, DDS, MS 281-261-3332

Marie Claire Trediri, DDS 979-258-3491

Rhonda Davison, DDS 281-859-9878

Heather Feray Bohan, DDS 281-357-5002 tomballsmiles.com

Casey L. Clements, DDS 936-447-6900

Mark Dickens, DDS 713-218-9911

Russell R. Boone, DDS 281-482-3331 friendswooddentist.com

Christi Clifford, DDS, PA 281-486-0440 christiclifforddds.com

Holly Dothing, DDS 281-491-9177

Esteban Garza, DDS 281-866-0442 championsdental.com

Henry Branard Bowman, DDS 713-961-9894

James D. Condrey, DDS 281-499-3541 ftbenddental.com

Francis Dunlap, DDS 713-468-5227 drfrankdunlap.com

Robert Gatewood, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com

Jake H. Duong, DDS 281-286-3410

Deborah J. Gennero, DDS 281-578-6200 drgennero.com

Douglas W. Bogan, DDS 713-467-3458 dentistsattcv.com

William A. Boyd, DDS 713-686-4885 Dina Bramipour, DMD, MS 713-355-7373 moberidentalapecialists.com Eileen Brightwell, DDS 713-455-7923 birghtwelldental.com Larry E. Brunson, DDS 281-488-2483 dcadentist.com Heather Bryant, DDS 832-717-3000 Derek Budman, DMD, FAGD 832-886-0033 plantationdental.net Nicholas Camarata, DDS 281-440-1050 championsdentist.com Daniel Cantu, DDS 713-223-5200 houstondental.net

Anne-Laure Convert, DDS 713-784-4430 Mark H Copas, DDS 281-351-9584 copasdental.com Edwin Cordray, DDS 713-526-2904 dentiq.net Cynthia Corral, DDS 713-518-1411 Samuel E. Cress, DDS 281-565-4100 samcress.com Tim A. Crist, DDS 832-MY-TEETH drtimacristdds.com Martin Cuellar, DDS 713-444-2755 Fay Cumberbatch, DDS 281-231-9630 David C. Cunningham Jr, DDS 281-363-0470

Scott F. Eccles, DDS 713-783-3355 Juan Echeverri, DDS 713-956-8767 echeverridentalcenter.com Eric J. Ellis, DDS 281-991-1361 4smiling.com Ken Ellis, DDS 713-641-6247 Thomas A Ellisor, DDS 979-297-6438 Dany E Elraheb, DDS 281-334-5109 dentalonepartners.com Soroush Esfandiari, DDS 713-667-9311 holcombedental.com Elizabeth Farahbod, DDS 713-552-0777 Joseph Favor, DDS 713-784-8404

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Sharon Garner, DDS 713-789-4300 Glenn A. Garrison, DDS 281-997-2001 pearlandcosmeticdentistry.com

Richard Gervais, DDS 713-772-2111 richardegervaisdds.com Kathy T. Gibson, DDS 713-644-9209 kathygibsondds.com Roberto K. Giles Toro, DMD 936-441-4455 Jonathan R. Glass, DDS 281-376-9246 councilldental.com Adina M. Gobron, DDS 713-681-0886 idealfamilydentist.com Hector M. Gomez, DDS 281-969-5099 Michael Gonzalez, DDS 281-469-0838 michaelgonzalezdds.com Greg K. Gor, DDS 281-240-2545 olymicdental.net


COLIN LATHROP, DDS Cosmetic Dentistry

CRAFT—AND HIS PATIENTS—THAN DR. COLIN LATHROP. “I’ve

worked every job in a dental office, from janitor and lawn maintenance to dental assistant to associate dentist,” says Dr. Lathrop, now a graduate of the University of Texas School of Dentistry and the owner of Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, which offers comprehensive care for the entire family. At Lathrop Dental Center, the focus is on the individual— and doing what’s best for overall well-being. “I realize that my patients do not really enjoy the thought of having dental procedures completed, which is why I go the extra mile to

ensure a comfortable experience,” says Dr. Lathrop. “We use the least-invasive procedures as often as possible, by investing in the highest level of equipment and technology.” They also offer IV sedation to make things as painless as possible. In a nutshell: “We make dentistry easy.” And the proof is in the pudding. “We look at a lifetime plan for optimal dental health. We are upfront and honest with our patients about how well their teeth are doing today and how we can maintain or improve them, so that in 30, 40 or 50 years, they will keep their own teeth and be proud of them.”

LATHROP DENTAL CENTER 5929 FM 1463, Ste. 130 Katy, TX 77494 832-437-3849 • lathropdentalcenter.com

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2018

YOU’LL NEVER MEET A DENTIST MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT HIS

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Bobby Gene Gortemiller, DDS 713-462-0434 instyledentalgroup.com

Charles R. Hoopingarner, DDS 713-784-8235 drhoop.com

Stephen Gould, DDS, PA 713-683-6655

Amanda Hoover, DDS 281-334-5354 thelakesdentalcenter.com

Holly Gregory, DDS 281-446-9157 Kenneth W Griffin, DDS 281-363-3308 Timothy A. Gutierrez, DDS 832-200-1273 Selma Guttin, DDS 713-641-1118 Raouf Hanna, DDS 713-332-9839 drhanna.com Bennett Hansen, DDS 281-495-9080 M. King Hardy, DDS, PA 281-446-7353 humbledental.com Thomas C Harrison, DDS 281-492-6064

Sierra Hornberger, DDS 979-849-5771 Kenneth C Hsieh, DDS 713-690-2555 Adrienne Y Hwang, DDS 713-465-6665 tcdentalhouston.com Olga M Iglesias, DDS 281-719-8465 Joseph Ilustre, DDS 713-956-8767 Thomas C. Inman Jr, DDS 713-468-8386 docsinman.com Anthony G. Isaac, DDS 713-228-9411 Rhonda F. Jacob, DDS 713-365-0141

Nelson R Lawnin, DDS 713-333-8500 Carol E Lazell, DDS 713-528-4054 Franc Lee, DDS 281-491-8088 leedentistry.com Kenneth A Lepow, DDS 713-937-0050 Alexander Linares, DDS 713-664-8533 Pamela Liu, DDS 713-926-1212 Robert Lockhart III, DDS 832-448-1300 Celina Longoria, DDS 281-213-8700 longoriadds.com Joseph Longoria, DDS 713-802-1943 Brian J Lord, DDS 936-539-2121 simsdentistry.com

Leon Jeffries, DDS 281-463-3003

Stephen P. Lukin, DDS, FAGD 281-265-9000 lukinfamilydentistry.com

Lance Jue, DDS 281-277-9200 sugarlanddentalspa.com

Craig Mabrito, DDS 713-528-0567 mabrito.com

Jennifer R Jupio, DDS 713-690-8439

Daisy L. Macasieb, DDS 979-297-3882

Stephen Kash, DDS 281-651-9494

Robert Markoff, DDS 281-242-5959

Audra L Hiemstra, DDS 281-389-2720

Jeff Keh, DMD 281-396-4635 katyfamilydentalgroup.com

Brian Martinez, DDS 713-523-6848 smilesofmidtown.com

Stephen Higgins, DDS 713-678-8428

Augustine Kim, DDS 713-464-6970

Mark Martinsen, DDS 409-938-1700

Anthony Hill, DDS 281-376-0911 hilldentalgroup.com

Rick Kline, DDS 281-265-7645 smiletexas.com

Bernard Mathy, DDS 713-981-5593

Carol M Heath, DDS 281-232-2075 Cornelia Henry-Trejo, DDS 713-785-9599 dentalimplantsathouston.com Jennifer Hermstein, DDS 281-204-8100 millforestdental.com Edward Fred Heyne III, DDS 713-784-2952 tanglewood-dds.com

Gary Hill, DDS 281-469-8925

Abdoul R Koroni, DDS 713-946-8200

Mark Hiller, DDS 713-524-7303

Daniel D Krenz, DDS 713-290-0001

James P. Hinson, DDS 713-952-6266

Michael Landry, DDS, FAGD, ABAD 281-370-8786 houstonsmilespa.com

Frederick Hirt, DDS 281-338-1235

John Lauten, DDS 713-728-9000 meyerparkdental.com

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Mary Matt, DDS 713-270-1007 cosmeticdentisthouston.net Chi Mba, DDS 281-778-9261 chifamilydental.com Michael S. McAllister, DDS 281-332-1366 Georganne McCandless, DDS 281-789-4339

Patrick J. McClellan, DDS 713-229-8100 downtownhoustondentist.com Thomas C. McCulloch, DDS 281-332-7010 clearlakedentalcenter.com Kelly M McElmurry, DDS 281-479-4867 Anna McMurtrie, DDS 713-664-8533 Cheryl L Mecca, DDS 281-486-9440 Evan Melamed, DDS 713-937-0050 lepowdental.com Mary B. Mellard, DDS 281-550-5757 Roger Mendoza, DDS 281-449-1053 G. Stewart Mill, DDS 281-376-2323 James D. Moers, DDS 713-524-8800 moersdental.com Timothy J. Molloy, DDS 281-482-7252 friendswoodsmiles.com Michael Moore, DDS 281-486-9222 mooreclearlakedentist.com H. Steve Morgan, DDS, MS 713-977-0147 Scott Mosby, DDS, PC 281-359-6672 mosbydds.com Valeria Musetti, DDS 281-646-8888 kingslanddentalgroup.com Clarence Musslewhite, DDS 713-827-8200 Scott Musslewhite, DDS 713-272-8200 Andrew Nalley, DDS 281-681-9600 woodlandsdental.com Anne-marie Hoa Nguyen, DDS 713-917-0907 Johnny K Nguyen, DDS 281-564-3500 Joseph H Nguyen, DDS 281-894-4194 drjosephdds.com


SCOTT COLEMAN, DDS, AAACD, MAGD, FADFE A SMILE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

It communicates your personality. It tells the world how you’re feeling. It says how confident you are. At Coleman Dental, we can create the smile you have always wanted. The kind of smile that lights up your face as well as the room. The kind that lets you speak volumes Without uttering a word. What’s your smile worth? Contact us today.

COLEMAN DENTAL 7575 San Felipe, #135 Houston, TX 77063

HOUSTON’S TOP DENTISTS

2018

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Joseph Noble, DDS 281-497-1141 Marvin Olim, DDS 281-492-6546 olimassociates.com Karl E Oppermann, DDS 281-358-2711 Glenda Owen, DDS 713-622-2248 Christopher Pagano, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com Gregory Palmer, DMD 713-375-1777 gregorypalmerdmd.com Megha L Patel, DDS 281-769-8805 Doroty Paul, DDS 713-977-1010 dorothypauldds.com Jennifer L. Perez, DDS 281-265-9090 Suzanne Y. Plum, DDS 281-558-1144 plumdental.net

Sue Richardson, DDS 713-796-9600 shesmydentist.com

Mark Lee Speck, DDS 713-528-6684 speckdds.com

Jon Van Slate, DDS, FAGD 713-783-1993 drvanslate.com

Amy L Ridall, DDS 281-495-5050

Rachel Speck, DDS 713-528-6684 speckdds.com

Beatriz Vargas-Oshaben, DDS 713-465-4155

Mary Frances Riley, DDS 713-622-1707 maryrileydds.com Bryan P. Ritchey, DDS 713-461-5770 John Roane, DDS 281-370-1620 Kate Roberts, DDS 979-345-1023

Marc Spector, DDS, FAGD 281-565-8880 marcspecotrdds.com Alan D. Stanton, DDS 713-668-8383 Jack J. Stephens, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com

Thomas M. Robertson, DDS 713-464-1544

Thomas Swonke, DDS 713-795-0608 houstonmedicalcenterdental.com

Timothy J. Rodgers, DDS 281-471-3066

George Syros, DDS 281-419-5818

Victor Rodriguez, DDS 281-280-9380 victorrodriguezdds.com

Paul G Talosig, DDS 936-681-8336

Luz M Rojas, DDS 713-928-2774 Anna Maria Salas, DDS, MS 713-481-4885

Rafiei Poria, DDS 281-378-3331 distinctdentalhouston.com

Adriana Salinas, DDS 713-979-3670

Eddie Pruitt, DDS 281-893-9175 eddiepruittdds.com

Walter Satterfield, DDS, MAGD 281-363-1571 docsatterfield.com

Billy Puckett, DDS 832-649-7344

Sandra M. Schell, DDS 281-993-0009

William C. Quinn, DDS 936-756-6867

Russell H. Schlattman II, DDS 281-444-2660 rschlattmandds.com

Chad C Taylor, DDS 281-888-7057 Stephen Taylor, DMD 281-469-7469 Mary K Tholen, DDS 832-548-5000 Steven Michael Thompson, DDS 281-444-4562 Nathaniel Tippit, DDS 713-465-1860 tippitdental.com Chris K To, DDS 281-980-8478 drtotaldental.com

Frank H. Vu, DDS 281-693-5900 Allen A. Walker, DDS 281-391-2446 allenwalkerdds.com John Walker, DDS 713-465-6786 memorialcitydentist.com Karen Walters, DDS 713-790-1111 simplymakingsmileshouston.com Jean Weber, DDS 713-526-6634 Marielsa A Weidanz, DDS 713-988-5858 Jesse G. Welch Jr, DDS 713-486-4259 db.uth.tmc.edu/directory/bios/ jesse-g-welch Amanda L Wolf, DDS 713-692-2400 Stephen Wolters, DDS stephenwoltersdds.com Logan D Wood, DDS 936-539-2211 Kathy P Yamakawa, DDS 281-353-6300 Charles S Young, DDS 281-419-0076

David D Tran, DDS 832-932-5584

Martin Young, DDS 281-491-3626 subtlesmiles.com

Teresa Scott, DDS 281-655-9175

Honglan Tran, DMD 713-464-7900 facebook.com/matricedental

Anthony A Zamany, DDS 713-266-5900 advanced-endodontics.com

Patricia Serna, DDS 713-973-0118

Lee T Tran, DDS 713-790-1111

Carrie Shrader, DDS 713-522-6366

Ngoc Tran, DDS 713-473-7223

Tiffany Ransom, DDS 281-440-3113

Bruce Smith, DDS 713-529-4364 brucesmithdds.com

Steve Truitt, DDS 713-682-7233

Armando E Reid, DDS 713-490-8888

Benjamin Smith Jr, DDS 281-280-8111

Jolie N Relyea, DDS 281-256-3838

Osman N Soliman, DDS 281-446-2153

Soheila Radan, DDS 713-467-4000 empiredentalcenter.com David C. Rainwater, DDS 281-484-3675 rainwaterdentistry.com Rudy Ramos, DDS 713-973-9591 Jessica Ransom, DDS 281-403-7625

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Isabel Vahedi, DDS 281-565-4321 apollonia-dental.com Kaushal Vakil, DDS 281-394-9600 crsmileskaty.com

Erica Baker, DDS 281-298-2503 Chris Blume, DDS 281-970-4000 activelifedentistry.com Rick L. Clemmensen, DDS 281-537-2531


SATVI PINNAMANENI, DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry ORAL HEALTH IS A CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, SAYS DR. SATVI PINNAMANENI. Known by her patients as Dr. P, she’s an advocate of comprehensive dentistry, focusing on not just the cosmetic aspect of the restorations, but the functional longevity. “My staff and I treat patients in a calm and anxiety-free environment. We strongly believe that allows us to achieve the highest success rate for the procedures we perform. We offer multiple sedation options, as well as ample time to listen and address patients’ questions and concerns,” says Dr. P, a strong proponent of continuing education. Dr. P’s dedication to providing highquality care with the latest advances in dentistry, combined with her compassionate chair-side manner, are just two of the many reasons patients trust her and travel to Houston to see her.

CYPRESS LAKES DENTAL 26281 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 700 Cypress, TX 77429

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2018

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Ronald Crabtree, DDS 281-347-1960 katydentist.com

Jorge Marquis, DDS 281-656-2200 marquisdds.com

Wendy Swantkowski, DDS 281-293-9140 wendyswandds.com

Raymond Dao, DDS 281-566-2811

Louis McDonald, DDS 281-550-9054 mcdonalddental.com

J. Derek Tieken, DDS 281-334-4944 tiekensmiles.com

Brett McRay, DDS 832-830-8226 houstonwestchasedentists.com

Jennie Q Tran, DDS 281-464-9901 bayoucitydental.com

M. Mehrinfar, DDS 713-706-3368

Kevin Tran, DDS 281-464-9901 bayoucitydental.com

Varghese John, DMD, DICOI, FMII 281-494-5600 sugarlandcosmeticdentist.com

Robert Waheed, DDS, PA 713-622-0123 caringdentistryofhouston.com

Jimmy Pinner, DDS 713-462-0442 jimmypinnerdds.com

William Wambaugh, DDS 281-367-3348 dentistinthewoodlands.com

William A. Stellenwerf, MD, DDS, PC 281-359-9100 kingwooddental.com

Duc "Duke" Ho, DDS 281-395-2112 welchdentalgroup.com Melissa Dupree, DDS 713-807-9877 midtowndentistry.com Kevin Freeman, DDS 713-839-0900 freemancosmeticdental.com Gina Garner, DDS 281-825-4980 gkgdentistry.com Matthew Guerre, DDS 713-781-2800 cosmeticdentalhouston.com Chet Hawkins, DDS 281-488-4242 myclearlakedentist.com Tom Hedge, DDS, FACE 713-668-7137

Aliasgar Mogri, DDS 281-256-3222 Brett Murphey, DDS 281-681-9600 woodlandsdental.com Mathew Naftis, DDS 713-682-7939 dr.naftis.com Hanh Nguyen, DDS 713-923-2252 Hannah Nguyen, DDS 713-771-5689 hannahdds.com

Tom Hernandez, DDS 281-580-2225

Gregory Oelfke, DDS 713-988-0492 oelfke.com

Adrienne Yoon Hwang, DDS 713-465-6665 tcdentalhouston.com

Purvi Pandya, DDS 281-251-7770 pravadental.com

Helen Jafari, DDS 713-523-9655 houstoniandental.com

Gary Ricketts, DDS 281-256-3222

Frances Jones, DDS, MAGD 713-655-1633 drfrancesjones.com

Ronald G. Ritsco, DMD, MS, PA, FACE 713-528-0377

Dean Lankford, DMD 713-333-8500

Heather Robbins, DDS 832-830-8226 houstonwestchasedentists.com

Bailey Lee, DDS 281-491-8088 leedentistry.com

Hans Schleicher, DDS 713-932-0441 schleicherdental.com

Todd H Leiker, DDS 281-363-0500

J. Alan Sexton, DDS 713-993-9777 ahoustonsmile.com

Ellen Lim, DDS 713-850-9699 dentistlim.com Edgar Mafla, DDS 832-616-5350 innovativedentistryfc.com

Ned Shimizu, DDS 281-531-0710 wedesignyoursmile.com Bill K. So, DDS, PA 713-690-1900 westwayparkdental.com

Ashley E. Marcks, DDS 713-790-1111

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Justin Washington, DDS, MPH 713-757-1948 Steven Wolfson, DDS 713-789-1225 tanglewoodsmiles.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC & FAMILY David Citek, DDS 713-943-2506 davidcitekdds.com Rick Friedrichs, DDS 281-351-0005 tropicaldentist.com

Natalie Wood, DDS 281-876-2226 wooddentalgroup.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC & IMPLANTS GENERAL & FAMILY Kwang Cho, DDS 281-678-8344 autumnfamilydentistry.com

Duncan Foulds, DDS 281-265-6565 meridianmedicaldental.com

GENERAL & ORTHODONTICS

GENERAL, COSMETIC & ORTHODONTICS

Mauricio Arguello, DDS, MS 713-664-6611 bracesinhouston.com

Raymond Marcus De Guzman, DDS 713-518-1411 bayoucitysmiles.com

Gloria H. Giraldo, DDS 713-465-4155 smilesonrisa.com Brian Pratt, DDS 936-582-1122 lakeconroedental.com

GENERAL & PEDIATRIC Joon Kim, DDS 713-631-3700 rbfdental.com

GENERAL & PROSTHODONTICS Richard Reinitz, DDS 281-485-6005 reinitzdental.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY & AESTHETIC Winston Faltine, DDS 713-376-7444 mirabellasmiles.com Aaron Glick, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com Elsa Mammen, DDS 281-713-4990 gracefulsmilesdentistry.com


JON VAN SLATE DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA General Dentistry

PASSION FOR CREATING HEALTHY, BEAUTIFUL SMILES DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF ONE OF TEXAS’ LEADING COSMETIC DENTISTS, JON VAN SLATE. In his 26 years of private practice, hundreds of patients have trusted Dr. Van Slate’s skill in treating their complex cosmetic concerns, from porcelain veneer restorations to full mouth reconstruction. A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Van Slate is a Fellow with the Las Vegas Dental Institute, where he has continued to train on an annual basis for more than 18 years. He is one of the few Texas dentists formally trained in neuromuscular dentistry, which uses computer technology to detect proper jaw relations—a revolutionary way used to treat and correct jaw function when treating TMD problems, snoring/ sleep apnea issues and full mouth reconstruction. Additionally, Dr. Van Slate has completed a comprehensive TexMax program in dental implants, as well as courses in Myo-Functional Therapy, which helps treat and train patients with speech problems and breathing issues. In recognition of his dental talents and expertise, Dr. Van Slate has been featured in several magazines and on two editions of Houston Extreme Makeover on Fox 26 News.

JON VAN SLATE, DDS, FAGD, LVIF 1011 Augusta Dr., Ste. 201 Houston, TX 77057

HOUSTON’S TOP DENTISTS

2018

713-783-1993 • drvanslate.com

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GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY & IMPLANTS

GENERAL, PEDIATRIC, COSMETIC & FAMILY

Patrick Vuong, DMD 832-645-5055 smileavenuefamilydentistry.com

Sarah Amidi, DDS 713-434-1200 pearlandsignaturedentistry.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY & PROSTHODONTICS Mohammad Moridnia, DDS 281-934-1010 brookshiresmiledental.com

Travis Cook, DDS 713-434-1200 pearlandsignaturedentistry.com Anh Ngo, DDS 713-334-7333 aimdental.net

Justin R Brock, DDS 281-392-1130 katycofs.com

J. Enrique Tabarini, MD 713-436-0148 shadowcreekoms.com

Roger P. Byrne, DDS, MS, MD 713-266-1999

Thomas M. Weil, DDS 713-783-5560 pineypointoms.com

M. James Clark, DDS 281-367-2001 texasoralsurgery.com Michael Eklund, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com

ORTHODONTICS John Freeman, MD, DDS, PA 281-599-9445 yourfacedoc.com

IMPLANTS GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY, PROSTHODONTICS & ORTHODONTICS L. Mauricio Rodriguez, DDS 281-488-1227 premierdentalgroup.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY, PROSTHODONTICS & PERIODONTICS

Emeka Abazie, DDS 713-721-4500 stjudesmile.com Giancarlo Romero, DDS, MS 713-664-1661 houstondentalimplantcenter.com Richard Rowntree, DDS, MAGD 281-358-6330

Cory Logan, DDS 713-942-8598 corylogandds.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC, PROSTHODONTICS & AESTHETIC Carolina Frangie, DDS 281-493-2936 houstondentalesthetics.com Alberto Saba, DDS 281-493-2936 houstondentalesthetics.com

Steve Koo, MD 713-783-5560 pineypointoms.com Victor M. Manon, DDS 281-358-2997 nehoustonoms.com

Audrey Boutros, DDS 713-218-8338 boutrosortho.com Ralph Brock, DDS 281-829-9000 brockorthodontics.com Heather Brown, DDS 713-665-4455 drheatherbrown.com Michael A. Crist, DDS 281-895-7600

IMPLANTS & ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Paul Metz, DDS, MD 713-464-2833 oralsurgeonhouston.com

Carin E. Domann, DDS 713-465-3400 townandcountryortho.com

Jason Hullett, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com

Oscar Muniz-Luciano, DMD, MD 281-419-3223 shadowcreekoms.com

Randolph K. Ellis, DDS 281-485-6003 ellisorthodontics.com

Blake Maida, DDS, MD 713-457-6337 hosaoms.com

Jackie Neagle, DDS 936-539-2980 neagleoralsurgery.com

Morton Fairleigh, DDS, MS 281-469-3769 drfairleigh.com

Dieter Moya, DDS 713-457-6337 hosaoms.com

Michael O'Shell, DDS 713-784-4200 memorialoms.com

Norman D. Farley, DDS 281-292-4272 getitstraightnow.com

ORAL SURGERY

Charles M. Repa, DDS 281-364-9933 texasoralsurgery.com

Kim Forrest, DDS, MS 281-392-4571 forrestortho.com

Anu Hullett, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com

Brian Schaulin, DDS 281-992-1153 drbrianschaulin.com

Yesenia Garcia, DMD 713-436-1241 gorthodontics.com

Chad R. Seabold, DDS, MD 713-981-0000 uptowndentalimplants.com

Carl Gullick, DDS 281-859-6555

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Alex G. Bachoura, DDS 281-256-8400 cypressoralsurgery.com

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William Jordan, DDS 281-242-2848 fortbendoralsurgeons.com

Vijay Bhagia, DDS, MS 281-286-8945 spacecenterortho.com

Paul A. San Marco, DDS 281-893-1060 northhoustonendo.com

Lindsey Tilger, DDS 281-480-6600

Mike Ghattas, DDS 713-664-1337 dental-designers.com

GENERAL, COSMETIC, ORTHODONTICS & IMPLANTS

Mark E. K. Wong, DDS 713-486-4253 med.uth.edu

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Shelley Seidel, DDS, MD 713-464-2833 oralsurgeonhouston.com

Dennis Halford, DDS 281-980-8351 halfordorthodontics.com


GEORGE SALIBA, DDS & BASIL MOUKARIM, DDS Dental Illusions

SALIBA AND DR. BASIL MOUKARIM HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AS HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS. The goal at Dental Illusions is to educate and inform the patient, giving them options and empowering them to make the right treatment choice for their needs. Dr. Saliba and Dr. Moukarim, as well as their professional staff, use the latest in dental materials, high tech equipment and modern techniques. They strive to consistently deliver high-quality dentistry with integrity and great customer service, in a friendly, compassionate and inviting atmosphere. Even with expertise in minimally invasive laser

procedures and advanced aesthetic techniques, loyalty has come from relationships built with families and individuals through the years. “No matter how impressive credentials may be, what matters most to patients is compassion and quality,” says Dr. Saliba. “When it comes down to it, we’re a family dental practice providing a warm and welcoming environment,” Dr. Moukarim adds. While they enjoy creating complete smile make-overs, which have amazing outcomes, they focus just as much attention on the fundamentals of dental health. The doctors are skilled in procedures such as implant dentistry,

DENTAL ILLUSIONS 13303 Champion Forest Dr., Bldg. 5 Houston, TX 77069 281-444-1755

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Invisalign, sedation dentistry, laser dentistry, cosmetic smile make-overs and full-mouth reconstruction. In addition, Drs. Saliba and Moukarim regularly see people that have not had treatment in many years, have problems getting numb, have severe phobias of the dentist and those with advanced dental problems. No matter what the procedure, Drs. Moukarim, Saliba and their staff at Dental Illusions are committed to banishing dental phobias and creating an outstanding, relationship-centered practice. The doctors also do not believe that you should have to pay to find out what's wrong. They offer free consultations.

HOUSTON’S TOP DENTISTS

2018

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Scott Huang, DDS 832-539-6388 scottandjane.com Brad Jennings, DDS 281-497-7920 drjenningsortho.com John Karotkin, DDS 713-783-8888 advanceorthodonticshouston.com William Keep, DDS 281-358-8551 kimbroughortho.com James F. Krivan, DDS 713-464-8905 memorialvillageortho.com Sheela Kudchadker, DDS, MS, PA 713-436-8877 pearlnadorthodontics.com Mark Kurchak, DDS 281-955-7612 Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS 281-342-6311 drm-smiles.com James Martinez, DDS 281-320-0220 cypressbraces.com Holly McIver, DDS, MSD 281-220-8444 kingwoodorthodontics.com Liana E. Medina, DDS, MS 281-394-9300 medinabraces.com Eli Moheb, DDS 713-468-9009 radiantorthotx.com Kendra Pratt, DDS 281-367-0050 terramontorthodontics.com Larry Radney, DDS 281-486-5081 radneyscottortho.com Gustavo Salas, DDS, MS 281-589-6100 ashfordorthodontics.com Meredith R. Scott, DDS, MS 281-486-5081 radneyscottortho.com

Don T. Speck, DDS 713-668-6878 Harold C. Stevenson III, DDS 281-693-1333 stevensonandhanisorthodontics.com Vladimir Tabakman, DDS 281-752-4222 Elgin Wells, DDS 713-436-5858 4braces.com

Mack E. Coker, DDS, MS, PC 281-444-4704 mecoker.com

Kasia J. Lindhorst, DDS 713-461-1509 smiles-for-kids.com

J Gregory Condrey, DDS, MS 281-491-5544 drcondrey.com

Julie Longoria, DDS 713-360-6432

David Dennison, DDS 713-523-9040 gums-houston.com

Vincent Luan, DDS 281-238-4746 Amy Luedemann-Lazar, DDS 281-394-7040

PEDIATRIC Elsa Alfonzo-Echeverri, DDS 713-956-8767 echeverridentalcenter.com Scott Andersen, DDS 281-292-4242 woodlandspediatricdentistry.com Craig K. Brown, DDS 281-376-2706 pdsmiles.com Maria Calcina, DDS 281-463-4333 claydental.net Rita M. Cammarata, DDS, PA 713-666-7884 kids-teeth.com

Tepphanie Thach, DDS 281-778-4008 wavesoffundental.com Lisa Trevino, DDS 281-444-3999 cornerstonekidsdental.com James West, DDS 713-464-1651

Robin Stratmann, DDS 281-446-0424 neopds.com

Sandhya Harpavat, DDS 713-333-8500

Melonie Rachel Dutton, DDS 409-945-8080 melanieduttondds.com

PERIODONTICS

Sheryl Hunter-Griffith, DDS 281-870-9270 kidshealthyteeth.com

Jeff Shao, DDS 832-663-9191 Aurora Sordelli, DDS, MSD 281-759-2929 asordelli.com

Laji J. James, DDS 281-870-9270 kidsdentistofhouston.com

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Kenneth Lubritz, DDS 713-789-7676 periohoustonlubritz.com Michael McGuire, DDS 713-783-5442 periohealth.com

Anna Munne, DDS, PA 713-795-4666 healthgums4all.com Susana Paoloski, DDS 713-461-0033

Ivette Diaz, DDS 713-574-8841

Steven Hogan, DDS 713-785-3058

Deborah Hohn, DDS 281-427-5118 drhohn.com

PEDIATRIC & ORTHODONTICS

PEDIATRIC, SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

Natalie Harrison, DDS 713-785-3058 houstonspediatricdentist.com

Bret Dyer, DDS 281-980-2344

Sharon Minott-Warren, DDS 713-636-9734 bellaireperiodontics.com

Henry Delclos, DDS 281-265-4177

Bret Ibarra, DDS 281-484-7732 houstonkidsdds.com

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Faisal Khan, DDS 832-222-8687 gppdental.com

Hamid Atabakhsh, DDS 281-367-6453 William F. Braden, DDS 281-480-1898

Kip Saunders, DDS 281-292-1833 periocenter.com Eric Todd Scheyer, DDS 713-783-5442 periohealth.com Stephen Watson, DDS 281-491-5655 drwatson.cc Thomas E Wright III, DDS 409-945-6888 drtomwright.com

Crystal Brady, DDS 713-644-9209 PERIODONTICS & IMPLANTS Lauren Brownfield, DDS 713-790-0288 drbrownfield.com John T Burdine, DDS 713-688-5200 drburdine.com

Gayle Bradshaw, DDS, MS 281-419-4655 bradshawperiodontics.com Eric Choudhury, DDS 713-771-9308


Aldo Sordelli, DDS, MSD 281-759-2929 asordelli.com Thomas Wright III, DDS 281-481-6039 drtomwright.com

PERIODONTICS & PROSTHODONTICS Pedro M Trejo, DDS 713-785-4867

PROSTHODONTICS

Alexandra Garcia, DDS, MS 713-960-0505 dralexandragarcia.com Matthew D. Gemp, DDS 713-960-9623 uptowncosmeticimplantdentistry.com Neal B. Gittleman, DDS 713-469-3365 hpadoctors.com Sergio M. Ortegon, DDS 713-380-9988 implantreconstructivedentistry.com Jonathan Penchas, DDS 713-322-6666 midtowndentistry.com Stuart Rimes, DDS, MS 281-313-1565 rimesdds.com Xavier E. Saab, DDS 713-533-8888 totalimagedental.com Roberto Velasco, DDS 713-960-9623 uptowncosmeticimplantdentistry.com

IVI SANGUINETTI, DDS, PA

TERRENCE C. O'KEEFE, DDS, PC

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetics, Implants & General Dentistry

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PRACTICE has been helping his patients achieve beautiful smiles through dedication to quality and detail. With expertise in Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Restoration as well as all phases of General Dentistry, Dr. O’Keefe maintains his place on the cutting edge of dental technology. With a reputation of excellence, Dr. O’Keefe provides knowledgeable care and excellent customer service. An avid golfer and sports fan, Dr. O’Keefe also enjoys helping in the community by donating his time to Boys and Girls Country.

office of Dr. Ivi Sanguinetti DDS, PA, is where it’s at. With more than two decades of experience in the dental field, Dr. Sanguinetti, a graduate of the University of Texas Houston dental branch, specializes in making your smile gorgeous through cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, veneers, crowns on implants and All-on-4 implant dentures. “I love to get to know my patients. It's not just a procedure we're doing, but a unique person who needs treatment,” says Dr. Sanguinetti, aka "the singing dentist," who's known for her calm, positive demeanor.

TERRENCE C. O’KEEFE, DDS, PC IVI SANGUINETTI, DDS, PA

11757 Katy Freeway Ste. 200

6920 Garth Rd.

Houston, TX 77079

Baytown, TX 77521

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HOUSTON’S TOP FAMILY LAWYERS

Nothing is more priceless than family. When it comes to matters of the law, finding the right attorney for your loved ones is of utmost importance. These family law specialists fuse years of experience in the field with true compassion for their every client. Trust them to fight for your nearest and dearest. Every effort has been made to verify information for the professionals listed. Any omissions or inaccuracies are unintentional and H Texas magazine cannot be held liable. If your legal professional does not appear on the list, that does not mean that he or she is not the best professional for you.

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MARCELA HALMAGEAN M Halmagean PLLC Attorney at Law

MARCELA HALMAGEAN IS DISTINGUISHED AS ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE ATTORNEYS IN HOUSTON. “I’m

innovative, creative, daring, and I do my homework,” she says. Her success is attributed to her long term professional relationship with Stephanie Clarke Davis, of Counsel, as well as her close client communication, full availability, and aggressive representation. Her practice is focused on family, business, and commercial litigation. She is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector. During her professional tenure, Halmagean worked for large corporations representing corporate entities in legal matters including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract, and partnership disputes. However, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates. For example, Halmagean tried and won jury trials where she successfully represented fathers in their pursuit for modification of custody. In one case, her client was awarded sole managing conservatorship of his child; in the other, the father won custody of his three children. Halmagean has practiced law for 19 years during which she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of emotional support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice they’re paying for. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.” M HALMAGEAN PLLC 1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280 Houston, TX 77057

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LARRY CHAMBERLIN Family Law & Mediation

THE ART OF MEDIATION IS TO FIND THE THINGS MOST IMPORTANT TO EACH PARTY, HELP THEM TO ACHIEVE IT AND TO DISSUADE EACH FROM HARMFUL MISTAKES.

Having over 25 years of experience in litigation helps Larry Chamberlin expose wishful thinking that simply would not hold up in a court of law. Fair and equitable results is always the aim. In addition to being a stellar mediator, Chamberlin is a respected litigator, known for advocating his client’s position by use of numerous repertoires; he knows that some cases require finesse while other require forcefulness. He is well-known among his peers for effective skills, handling contested cases since 1988. Board Certified in Family Law, he is also well seasoned in providing estate planning, probate, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Larry Chamberlin knows the law, is highly articulate, and can make all the difference in the world. “I explain my clients’ legal options and their consequences. I listen to understand their needs and desires. If they are unrealistic, I help formulate a reasonable alternative. I help articulate their experience.” Before earning his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, where he was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988, Mr. Chamberlin received a Masters of Arts in International Business Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a member of Mensa and in 2006 while in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.

CHAMBERLIN LAW & MEDIATION 3724 FM 1960 Road W., Ste. 222 Houston, TX 77068 281-580-2222 • larrychamberlin.net

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DOUGLAS R. YORK Family Law

YORK, WITH 17 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY LAW, are known for hands-

on, personal, and aggressive representation of clients, and for in-depth knowledge of all the complex legal and financial issues that can arise in divorce. Whether the issue is divorce, child custody and support, modification of custody and support agreements, adoption, or appellate

work, Doug York brings unparalleled experience to the case. Doug York was a policeman for 18 years before he decided he could help people more as a family law attorney. He demonstrates the passionate commitment of a skilled police officer in his law practice—always willing to go to trial, if necessary, to achieve his client’s goals. But he is also thoroughly acquainted with almost every conceivable issue

DOUGLAS R. YORK 3355 W. Alabama, Ste. 100 Houston, TX 77098 713-479-5555 • douglasyork.com

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that can arise in a divorce case, whether it is a difficult financial question, an issue of hidden assets, a complex custody problem, a foreign divorce, or a case that needs to be appealed to a higher court. “We see clients at a difficult time in their lives,” says Doug York. “But we know we can make things better right away by putting our skills and experience to work for them.”

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THE YORK LAW FIRM AND DOUGLAS R.


TRAVERS & TRAVERS Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation PROVIDING SUPERIOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW MATTERS, Travers & Travers is a family of family lawyers.

These dynamic lawyers are family law leaders throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties. From divorce, complex property cases, and custody disputes to mediation and appellate practice, Travers & Travers is experienced in all aspects of family law. Travers & Travers is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mack and Sherrie are Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers. Sherrie is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: SHERRIE HAUSSNER TRAVERS, ALLISON TRAVERS

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2018

HAMILTON AND ANNILEE TRAVERS REED.

TRAVERS & TRAVERS 20501 Katy Freeway, Ste. 124 Katy, TX 77450 281-492-2166 • katylawyer.com

MARY E. RAMOS Family Law AT THE HELM OF THE RAMOS LAW GROUP, PLLC, WHICH SPECIALIZES IN ALL ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW, MARY E. RAMOS IS KNOWN AS THE

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GLADIATOR OF FAMILY LAW. From adoptions, divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 12 years of experience. Together with her seasoned associates, Julie Rosete and Lindsey Lewis, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.

RAMOS LAW GROUP PLLC 1214 Miramar St. Houston, TX 77006 713-225-6200 • ramosfamilylaw.com

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CATHERINE HERRINGTON HALE Family Law and Civil/Probate Litigation CATHY HALE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE HERRINGTON LAW FIRM and

has represented hundreds of clients since 1998 in family law and civil/probate disputes. She is committed, along with her team of associates and paralegals, to providing quality legal representation to her clients and obtaining the best outcome through mediation, arbitration or trial. Clients often note her passion for the law, respect in the legal community and accessibility of her firm. At The Herrington Law Firm, you will receive personal service and experienced advocates in the courtroom. THE HERRINGTON LAW FIRM, PC 10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440 Houston, TX 77043

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DANIEL LEE Family Law IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CLIENT’S BEST INTEREST FOR DANIEL LEE.

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With more than nine years of trial experience in commercial litigation, personal injury and family law, Lee is strategically positioned to create a vantage point for his every case. He strives to lower his client’s stress level not only with competent representation, but also with a compassionate approach to a highly emotional situation. Not your typical family law attorney, Lee is also a real estate investor and a successful restauranteur. He utilizes his business acumen in applying a successful formula to all his cases and to anticipate issues business owners face in a divorce. No matter how complex or contentious your divorce, child custody or child support case, Lee always works hard to obtain the best results in negotiations and in the courtroom.

C.Y. LEE LEGAL GROUP, PLLC 1305 Prairie St., Ste. 300 Houston, TX 77002 832-632-4639 • leelegalgroup.com


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Forget the drive-thru—it’s time to get your gourmet burger on. by Tom Flynn

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T SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE IS JUMPING ON THE GOURMETBURGER BANDWAGON THESE DAYS. Bernie’s seems to have hopped on the gourmet-burger school bus. A replica of Big Yellow frames their kitchen, and everyone from kindergartners to the principal ride on the menu. The scholastic burger names make the menu a little hard to follow; it’s even harder to make a socially acceptable dinner choice. As a mature male, I cannot bite into a Preschooler, Kindergartner or First Grader—all burger names on Bernie’s menu—especially in today’s political climate. I shied away from The Principal during my school years, because I was the Class Clown and often in Detention (more burger monikers). I finally decided to relive my glory days and put my hands around the Cheerleader (burger). We’ll see if anyone will notice. There are some unique ingredients on their burgers: Slow-roasted garlic tomatoes, tipsy onions (caramelized in Jack Daniel’s), fried jalapeños, chipotle aioli and chili are options. My Cheerleader came out on a plain white plate; no paper wrapping, dressed only in a bun. This hot little dish was fired up with fried jalapeños, pepper jack cheese and jalapeño ranch; the garlic tomatoes cooled her down and gave her a little depth. I barely made my move before she ran to my wife’s side of the table, laughing at me (maybe crying), and then disappearing into my wife’s belly. It’s all right. I got to hang out with the fries. Everyone has their cliques, and I hung with the truffle-laced Parmesan set. They were nice, but I wondered if it would be more fun to chill with

the green chile–cheese and smoked-bacon fries. But the most fun of all might be the Lunch Lady: These fries are covered in slow-cooked beef, gravy, cheese curds, white cheddar and green onions. The Detention burger is Bernie’s signature dish. Two cheeseburger patties with all the fixings are sandwiched between two baconfilled grilled-cheese sammies. This concoction definitely needs its own room and some serious supervision. In high school, this monster was named Bubba. He stole my lunch money, not to mention the cheerleader I was maybe gonna ask out someday. Now he just bullies bellies and dares them to finish him. It may sound odd, but my wife and I split a Cheerleader (our first time), and the truffleParmesan fries came along for the ride. Both were good, and there was plenty of food. The beer and wine are cheap. Our bill was around $35, including several adult beverages that cannot be served on or near a high school campus. The Heights location has a nice patio and bar. The service was good and the solid-gold classicrock music finished off the ambiance. So if you’re missing the school atmosphere from 1987, you can listen to Pour Some Sugar on Me and order up a Cheerleader, just like the old days. H

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On the Menu BEEFSTEAK TOMATO SALAD GO BIG AND GO THICK BUTTERY RIB EYES ROBARD’S GREEN BEANS CANDIED-BACON FRENCH TOAST Serves 4–6

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Elegant Robard’s in The Woodlands packs a flavorful punch—and now you can, too. By Tom Flynn Décor and coordination by Shelby Reininger & Jade Lewis, linens from EB, Inc.

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HE WOODL ANDS HAS IT GOING ON. The master-planned community has always been known for big trees, great homes (at great prices) and excellent golf courses, and as the area has grown, a mall filled with quality retailers. Then the Woodlands Waterway opened with high-end shops and entertainment venues. But where could you get a good steak? Robard’s Steakhouse sits on the 18th green of the Panther Trail golf course. A salute to Howard Robard Hughes Jr., they have the finest dry-aged meat, an impeccable wine list and artwork featuring Hughes, a Houston legend. During a recent visit, they invited me to the kitchen and taught me how to recreate a Robard’s meal at home. The team at Robard’s dry-ages the choicest meats in-house, their oven heats to 1600°F, and the experienced waitstaff provide topnotch service as guests enjoy their two- to three-hour meals. Although these details make it near impossible to recreate the exact experience at home, Chef Sammy showed me how to get close with the help of a good cast-iron skillet and a few thick-cut steaks from H-E-B. Don’t forget to pair your rib eye with its trusty partner, the potato, served any way you like it. H


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CRUMBLES COMPLETE THIS GARDEN FRESH SALAD; LAURETTE AND CINDY DIG IN

BEEFSTEAK TOMATO SALAD For the dressing: 1 EGG YOLK 1 TABLESPOON DIJON MUSTARD 1 TABLESPOON MINCED WHITE ONIONS 1½ TEASPOONS MINCED GARLIC 1 TABLESPOON SUGAR 2 TABLESPOONS WATER 3 TABLESPOONS BALSAMIC VINEGAR 1½ CUPS SALAD OIL DASH SOY SAUCE 1 TEASPOON KOSHER SALT ¼ TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER For the salad: 2 BEEFSTEAK TOMATOES, SLICED ½ RED ONION, SLICED ROQUEFORT OR BLUE CHEESE CRUMBLES TO TASTE MICROGREENS TO TASTE CHOPPED HERBS FOR GARNISH 1. Make the dressing: Combine the egg, mustard, onions, garlic, sugar and water in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Set aside. 2. Assemble the salad: Layer the tomatoes and onions on a plate. Top with a thin layer

of microgreens and sprinkle with the cheese crumbles. Drizzle on the dressing and serve garnished with the chopped herbs.

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GO BIG AND GO THICK BUTTERY RIB EYES 4 (10-OUNCE) RIB EYES, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 4 TABLESPOONS BUTTER 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Liberally season the steaks with salt and pepper. 2. Melt the butter in a cast-iron skillet over high until the pan begins to smoke. Add the steaks and sear for 2 minutes per side. 3. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 130–140°F. Remove from oven and allow the steaks to rest on a plate for 10 minutes. 4. Warm the skillet over medium and sear the steaks for 10 seconds per side. Serve immediately.

ROBARD’S GREEN BEANS 12 OUNCES GREEN BEANS, RINSED AND TRIMMED 1 TABLESPOON BUTTER ½ TEASPOON CHOPPED GARLIC ¼ TEASPOON CHILE PASTE 2 TABLESPOONS CHICKEN BROTH PINCH SALT 1. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 1 minute. 2. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-high. Add the garlic, chile paste, broth and salt. Stir to combine. Add the beans and toss/stir until the beans are tender. Serve immediately. 94

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CANDIED-BACON FRENCH TOAST For the bourbon-cherry syrup: ½ CUP BOURBON ½ CUP DRIED CHERRIES 1 CUP SUGAR 1 CUP APPLE JUICE ½ CUP MAPLE SYRUP ½ TEASPOON ORANGE ZEST ½ TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER For the candied bacon: 8 SLICES APPLEWOOD-SMOKED BACON 2 TABLESPOONS DIJON MUSTARD 2 TABLESPOONS BROWN SUGAR ½ TEASPOON DRIED THYME ½ TEASPOON RED PEPPER FLAKES For the French toast: 2 EGGS 1½ CUPS MILK ½ TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT 1/8 TEASPOON GROUND NUTMEG 1/8 TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON 1 LOAF FRENCH BREAD, CUT INTO 2-INCH SLICES 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER ROQUEFORT OR BLUE CHEESE CRUMBLES FOR GARNISH

1. Make the syrup: Cook the bourbon and cherries in a pot over medium until the cherries soften, about 3 minutes. Flambé by tilting the pan toward the fire and letting the bourbon ignite. (The fire will burn off the alcohol, but leave the flavors in tact.) Once the flames have vanished, add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. 2. Make the bacon: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil and place a baking rack on top. Arrange the bacon on the rack in a single layer. Brush on the mustard and sprinkle on the sugar, thyme and pepper. Bake until the bacon is fully cooked and slightly crispy, about 25 minutes. 3. Make the French toast: Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl. Working in batches, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium in a large skillet. Dip the bread slices in the batter and cook in the pan until golden brown; flip and cook the other side. Remove from the pan and repeat until all bread is cooked. 4. To serve, place 1 piece French toast on a plate, top with 1 slice bacon and drizzle on the syrup. Lean a second piece of toast on top and add more bacon and syrup. Top with the cheese crumbles and serve hot.

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Opened in 1949 (among others); they also endowed the Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 1946, the widowed Ella gave even more lavishly to establish a Fondren Library at what was then called Rice Institute. The facility, designed by renowned architect John F. Staub (1892–1981), opened in 1949. Today it functions as a research library, holding considerably more than a million volumes, as well as housing archival materials and serving as a federal depository for government documents. The descendants of Walter and Ella, meanwhile, continue to benefit the Houston community through the Fondren Foundation, established in 1948. —Clifford Crouch

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