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Table of Contents COLUMNS
32 The Born Experience
4 Editor’s Letter
Our great state has birthed some memorable figures—some great and some we’d like to forget.
Laurette shares some memories of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and her plans to create new ones.
6 Inside Lynn Ashby covers deadly plastic bags and an interfering Texas Legislature in this latest column.
TE X A S PUBLISHER Bambi Abernathy EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Laurette M. Veres Senior Editor Tom Flynn Executive Editor Lynn Ashby Contributing Editor Warner Roberts Copy Editor Sue-Ella Mueller Food & Wine Editor Matthew Abernathy Contributing Writers Amanda Altman Tom Flynn
8 Heart of Houston
A salute to leaders and legends of Houston.
DEPARTMENTS 10 Health & Wellness 36 Best of On the Menu Take a look at some of our faves including recipes by celebrity chefs and more.
Nutrition tips and news.
16 Society The scoop on the latest charitable events around town.
46 Fives Across the Board One long weekend at Rancho Valencia easily proves why the resort continuously nabs high marks in nearly every travel publication.
20 Culture Book reviews; Houston’s hottest happenings.
Nicole Grippo Ruotolo Robin Villalobos ART Sr. Creative Director Rick McMillen Creative Director Nicholas Nguyen SALES Executive Marketing Matthew Abernathy Advertising Director Heather Chancellor Advertising Coord. Bambi Abernathy CORPORATE President Bambi Abernathy Finance Manager Marna McMillen Consultant Rick McMillen
22 Community 52 Imagine—Culinary Perfection A delicious invitation to the 13th Annual Landry’s Iron Chef Competition.
58 Kicking the Habit, Kicking the Pain With prescription opioids causing more problems than they solve, it’s hard to know where to turn for relief from serious pain.
65 Houston’s Top Dentists We’re exploring your picks for the city’s most skilled and compassionate smile-perfectors. Gum check ‘em out.
90 Houston’s Top Cosmetic Surgeons From knowledge and skills to experience and bedside manner, the whole package comes into play when selecting the best surgeon to help you look and feel better than ever.
The love story of Alejandro and his beautiful bride, Blanca.
24 Beauty Running short on time? Cleansing cloths are a great go-to.
26 Fashion Dive into this year’s Pantone spring color: Living Coral.
28 Spa Three of our favorite spas in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
30 Destination We trekked to Alabama for the weekend to experience the Gulf Coast’s newest amusement park.
94 Eat Out Bisou in River Oaks—you’re going to want to wrap your lips around this one.
96 H Marks the Spot Tranquillity Park.
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CHAPTER 7 AND CHAPTER 13 BANKRUPTCY RADI M. RASHID is the founder of the
Rashid Law Firm, a practice located in Houston that’s exclusively dedicated to bankruptcy law. Since 2009, Mr. Rashid has provided the best legal services to his clients, and he does not look at his law firm as a business. Instead, he looks at his practice strictly as a law firm with trying to minimize thoughts on generating extra income as much as possible without minimizing his clients’ legal rights in any way. Mr. Rashid says, “Being a bankruptcy lawyer is an honor. This has led to clients being extremely satisfied, and vice versa.” He has represented clients in more than 2,500 different bankruptcy proceedings and has filed over 850 different bankruptcy cases under chapter 7 and chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code.
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Editor’s Letter HANG ON: It’s going to be a wild ride!
’ VE LOVED THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO SINCE MOVING HERE AND HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES SURROUNDING THE ANNUAL EVENT. A group of us Aggies chartered a bus to the event for a surprise date night in my college days. As a young single, I got my first glimpse of some big stars at HLSR concerts (Garth Brooks in 1993—yeah!). My good friend Chad used to let my single girlfriends and me crash his suite and experience the luxury side of rodeo. And who doesn’t love scooting around the packed dance floor in The Hideout? When I became a parent, I discovered a different side of rodeo. The educational component I’d always glossed over came to life for my family and me. Watching chicks hatch and seeing bunnies and bees are really just the beginning. The first time I walked through Fun on the Farm, I was so amazed at the thought-provoking layout. From planting seeds to harvesting and selling your goods at the store, children are learning true life lessons! Although my children are still too young to fully comprehend money, one son recently reminded me what he did with the two dollars
he earned: he bought a snack with one and put the other in the bank. Mutton Bustin’ has long been a fan favorite at The Junction area in the carnival grounds and kids still compete there several times everyday. Several years ago, it was added to the lineup inside NRG during the rodeo—Mutton Bustin’ went mainstream! I became obsessed with watching 5and 6-year old kids, hanging on for dear life, ride the wily, wooly, bouncing muttons through the arena. These lucky, little cowboys and cowgirls are selected through a lottery to compete on the main stage. I was so thrilled to receive the message that our twins’ numbers were selected! We are looking forward to Rodeo Houston this year in a way we never have before. Just when I thought the family rodeo experience couldn’t get any better, it did! If you can’t make it to the show, Mutton Bustin’ rides are posted on the web.
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ISLE 4 – CUCUMBERS, TOMATOES, CARROTS, K ALE . Why is kale such a hot item these days? Every yuppy and Gen X recipe features kale. Yuk! I’d rather suck rocks. One thing they all have in common is that customers put the veggies in these little translucent plastic bags. They are handy, and certainly beat wrapping your lettuce in a damp towel. But plastic bags can be a nuisance, or even deadly, which brings us to the Texas Legislature. It seems that some Texans don’t like those plastic bags, and want to outlaw them, at least in their area. West Texas ranchers say their horses and cattle eat plastic bags that blow into the pastures, and die. Galveston residents who depend on tourism, say plastic bags clutter the beaches and hurt business. The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles seem to love a good plastic bag for lunch, making the turtles even more endangered. Other towns just don’t like the clutter of bags clogging sewers, hanging from trees making their towns look blighted, or in some cases even more blighted. So they passed local ordinances banning the bags. Fort Stockton in West Texas approved a ban. The Galveston City Council unanimously backed an ordinance to ban those bags at stores. So did Laredo and Austin. Houston and San Antonio were taking steps in that direction. All told, about 11 Texas cities have banned the bags. Statewide, they have been prohibited in places like California and Hawaii. But Texas is going in the opposite direction. Our Legislature passed a statewide law that, in effect, prohibits local governments from prohibiting the bags.
Laredo merchants took note of this state law and sued. The city of Laredo argued it imposed the ban to avoid spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean disposable bags from the sewer system. Now the Texas Supreme Court has ruled Laredo can’t impose a ban on plastic bags. This ruling by the Texas Supreme Court not only tosses out the Laredo ban, but will soon do the same to other cities’ ban ordinances, and end efforts by Houston, etc. to enact similar bans. Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the decision and warned cities with existing bans to reconsider. “I hope that Laredo, Austin, and any other jurisdictions that have enacted illegal bag bans will take note and voluntarily bring their ordinances into compliance with state law,” he said in a statement. “Should they decline to do so, I expect the ruling will be used to invalidate any other illegal bag bans statewide.” That’s pretty clear. Who would want to mess with Texas’ mess? Merchants, as mentioned, and Big Oil. You see, those bags are petroleum products, and with California and Hawaii already opting out of plastic bags, who knows how many other states will follow? But that industry doesn’t make state laws, does it? Of course the oil and gas biz gets what it wants from the Texas Legislature. But there is another, and most disturbing, movement afoot: our state lawmakers telling local governments what to do, because our legislators know what’s best for us. If the good people of Galveston want to clean up their beaches, what business is it of some lawmaker in Pampa or San Augustine? Why should a legislator from a Dallas suburb care about horses in Fort Stockton? Again, you must be new in town. Follow the money.
Check the campaign donations of those who voted for the statewide ban on bans. This long-distance meddling also follows a hypocritical power grab by our top state leaders. They love to exercise their power. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick got involved in a Houston referendum on gay rights (it wasn’t called that, but it still lost). Governor Greg Abbott endorsed one Republican candidate for the state legislature over a more moderate one, who won. The governor once called these local rules “a form of collectivism.” The Republican-controlled legislature has even passed laws dealing with local governments’ ordinance on Uber, Lyft and cutting trees. Okay, all this time you have been wondering about plastic bags. The popularity of these bags began to snowball from the mid-1980s onwards. It is estimated that the number of plastic bags discarded worldwide is about 1 trillion annually, and an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone. While the average consumer in China uses only two or three plastic bags a year, U.S.: about 300. Waterways and drains can be clogged by plastic bags and have been linked to severe flooding. Wonder if we should stop blaming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, especially if they are filled with kale.H
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Heart of Houston A Salute to Leaders & Legends
TILMAN FERTITTA, CEO of the restaurant empire, Landry’s, Inc., recently provided Houston with its first AAA Five Diamond Award for his Post Oak Uptown hotel. This prestigious rating has only been earned by 89 hotels nation-wide, making Post Oak Uptown one of three in Texas and the only one in Houston to have earned this rating. Last year the Fertitta Center was opened at the University of Houston, and he was honored by induction into the University of Houston Athletic Hall of Honor. Recently, in his role as Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Houston, he welcomed new UH head football coach, Dana Holgorsen. Fertitta is the Chairman of the Board of Houston Children’s Charity and the Chairman of the Board of the Houston Police Foundation, where he has hosted, with his family, the “True Blue Gala” in his home for 11 years. LESTER AND SUE SMITH have been called the “King and Queen” of Houston philanthropy. They may hold the record for producing the largest single fundraiser in Houston for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. 8
Lester serves as a trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, he is on the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Museum and the Board of Directors of the National Prostate Cancer Foundation. He also serves on the Houston Board of Visitors at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine is a proud reminder of their legacy. J.J. WATT of the Houston Texans and the 2018 AFC Defensive Player of the Year raised $40 million for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Saint Bernard Project (SBP) is one of four non-profits that received funds from Watt. Recently, SBP hosted its first fundraiser in Houston, “Answering the Call,” chaired by BRIDGETT KALAI and ALICIA SMITH with major Honorary Committee members, such as TILMAN FERTITTA, JOANNE KING HERRING, HANNAH and CAL MCNAIR, SIDNEY and JEFF SHELLEBARGER, LETICIA and STEPHEN TRAUBER, MARGARET ALKEK WILLIAMS, and JENNIFER and DAVID DUCOTE. Rocket coach, MIKE D’ANTONI and wife LAUREL were honored and offered a “Rocket’s Coach for a Day” auction item that brought in $40,000. The highlight of the evening came when MARGARET WILLIAMS, along with RANDA and CHARLES WILLIAMS donated $500,000 to make the final tally for the evening $900,000. SBP announced that as of December 31, 2018, it was on track to complete its 100th home and plans to remain in Houston for the next five years. Funds raised during this event will continue Hurricane Harvey recovery relief efforts. MARGARET ALKEK WILLIAMS, the Houston super-star of
philanthropy and public service, can be credited throughout any year with contributing her time, energy and resources to a myriad of charitable causes.
LEADERS AND LEGENDS LOST BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN...
BARBARA AND GEORGE H. W. BUSH both left us in 2018, just a short seven months apart. No two people could have done more for our community, for our nation and for the world than the Bushes. Their legacy of leadership, friendship and love will live forever. BOB MCNAIR was a legend in business, civic service, professional sports and philanthropy—a giant in our community. Houston will be forever grateful that he is the man who brought the Houston Texans to Houston. CAROL CHANNING, actress, dancer, singer, comedienne, icon of Broadway theatre, was unique in the world. H Have you done something good for somebody today?
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by Warner Roberts
JIM CRANE is the man who bought the Astros, Houston’s oldest professional sports team, and has, after eight years, turned it into one of the city’s best assets—winning the World Series in 2017. Spurred by the popularity of the Astros, the downtown area of Minute Maid Park has seen a healthy revitalization. Jim Crane’s next project? Saving the Houston Open at Memorial Park by revamping the golf tournament to be held in October of 2020 and returning the premier PGA event to Houston. The $40 million needed to accomplish this project will be raised by private funds.
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Don’t hold the cheese, please! A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that consuming the saturated fats found in dairy—and that includes everything from cheddar to cream cheese to that ghostspiked jack you can't get enough of—doesn’t increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers assessed nearly 3,000 healthy adults over a 22-year period, and found that participants with higher levels of the dairy-related fatty acids in their blood had a 42 percent lower risk of stroke and heart Jean disease. It’s almost too goud(a) to be true. —Rima
I have a gluten sensitivity and have adopted a gluten-free diet. Why do foods like glutenfree oats and cereals still upset my stomach?
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The first thing to consider is that you may have additional food sensitivities. Cereal grains like oats are common foods that the immune system adversely reacts to. Current research has clearly indicated that gluten breaks down the integrity of the intestinal barrier for
those with gluten sensitivities. When the gut barrier is compromised (often referred to as “leaky gut”), food particles can pass through the barrier wall and enter into the circulation where the immune system will regard the undigested food particle as a “bad guy,” creating a new food sensitivity.
Furthermore, the undigested food particle is a protein made up of a chain of amino acids. In a handful of identified foods, a small portion of this amino acid chain mimics a similar chain found in gluten. This similarity can be close enough for the immune system to react as if it were gluten, even
though you consumed gluten-free oats. Other foods that have been identified in laboratory research to potentially cause a similar glutenassociated crossreaction include: dairy, yeast, oats, millet, corn and rice.
» Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, is an advisor and a consultant on the clinical consulting team for Cyrex Laboratories (joincyrex.com). Dr. Larson holds a doctorate of naturopathic medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a doctorate of chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is also a certified clinical nutritionist and a strength and conditioning specialist. WINTER 2019
I just heard about a new way of eating tailored to your specific genetic makeup. Can it really help with disease prevention?
nutrigenomics is an emerging science—there is still a long way to go before we can draw any definitive conclusions as to its effectiveness. Cost is another factor to consider, and nutrigenomics should not be used as a predictor of disease, diagnoses or a short-term fix. Plus, there are privacy concerns surrounding the access to DNA testing. If you’ve tried countless diets on your own with little or no results, consulting with a registered dietician for now, to devise a plan that focuses on your family history, individual needs and goals, can work just as well, too. » Nutrition expert Leslie Dantchik, MS, is the author of the health blog alphabitesnyc.com. The longtime Pilates and exercise enthusiast has a master’s in applied physiology and nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University.
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They say that you are what you eat, but now, some believe we should eat based on who we are. Although the idea of using food as medicine has been around for centuries, nutrigenomics takes it into the 21st century by revolutionizing the future of how we eat. With the breakthrough of the human genome, nutrigenomics studies the relationship between your genes and diet and the impact it has on your health, especially regarding the prevention or treatment of disease. But it’s not as easy as picking up a book and following a pre-set plan. The first step is finding a reputable company that specializes in DNA nutrigenomic testing. A blood or saliva test will detail specific genetic markers that will help determine what you should be eating and drinking. One caveat, however, is you must work with an experienced clinician who can accurately analyze these results, formulate a diet, and teach you how to choose, prepare and cook foods in ways that fit your genetic profile. Even though you may be more apt to stick to a diet specifically designed for you, remember that
Are there any adverse effects of fish oil supplements?
The American Heart Association recommends consuming at least two servings a week of fatty fish, such as tuna, wild salmon, halibut and sardines. These fish are just some of the excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat necessary for normal growth and development with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Not a fish fan? Fish oil supplements may be a good alternative to reap the benefits. Some of the science-backed benefits include: an increase in good cholesterol and a decrease in triglycerides and blood pressure; protective properties from certain cancers; possible relief from rheumatoid arthritis; and an improvement in symptoms of depression as well as cognitive function and brain power. Omega-3s have also been shown to lower the risk of kidney stones and alleviate the severity of some skin ailments.
Recently, however, conflicting research has surfaced. A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that longterm intake of fish oil in rats increased chances of developing serious liver diseases. Another showed a possible increased risk of prostate cancer. Although these results seem alarming, itâ€™s difficult to draw definitive conclusions in isolating the effects of fish oils without looking at other health factors (and without further research). Before taking any supplement, always consult with your doctor. The typical recommended dosage is no more than three grams a day, unless otherwise directed, as it may interfere with clotting and lead to an increased risk of bleeding. Since supplements are not regulated, make sure to read labels carefully and only buy from reputable sources. â€”L.D. WINTER 2019
What exactly is “alkaline” water? Is it really better for my body than the regular stuff?
Water is a necessary part of our diet, as critical as your intake of essential vitamins and minerals. It comprises more than two-thirds of our body weight and plays a vital role in our bodily makeup and functions, including digestion and temperature regulation. And because we naturally lose water through breathing, sweating, urinating and bowel movements, health experts agree that proper hydration is key for optimal health.
The latest trend to help replenish these fluids is alkaline water. If you can recall basic chemistry, the pH scale measures whether water-soluble substances are acidic (< 7), neutral (7) or alkaline (> 7). Pure drinking water is considered neutral, while alkaline water has a higher pH as a result of changes to the chemical and gas composition. Proponents of this super-charged water suggest that benefits range from slowing
the aging process and neutralizing stomach acid to boosting postexercise recovery, the immune system, bone health and your overall energy level. Sounds impressive, but the science has yet to back up these claims. Plus, this fancy water comes at a higher price tag, whether it’s delivered in a bottle or through a pricey do-ityourself ionizer. Alkaline water in moderation is generally regarded as safe, but remember that too much of anything
can have potential adverse health effects, especially for those on certain medications or with kidney issues, and can cause nausea, vomiting and muscle twitching. Bottom line, don’t buy into the hype—at least not until long-term research provides some real proof. If you’re looking to quench your thirst and rehydrate, a tall glass of plain H2O is all you need to do the trick! —L.D.
An Early Dinner Keeps the Doctor Away Yet another reason to nix the late-night noshing: In addition to keeping acid reflux and weight gain at bay, eating an early dinner might reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancers by 20 percent, according to a study in The International Journal of Cancer. Researchers found that the key is to schedule your evening meal before 8 p.m. (or at least two hours prior to bedtime). Whatâ€™s more, they discovered that the longer the interval between your last meal of the day and bedtime, the better. â€”R.J. WINTER 2019
Society Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) Over 350 supporters helped raise more than $300,000 for programs that are critical to serving the Houston Parkinsonâ€™s community. HAPS also announced a newly established award named in honor of the late President George H. W. Bush. The award was inspired by the humanitarian legacy the 41st President created in 1990 by signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: PETER AND CALIA
HBU Spirit of Excellence Gala
Fashion X Houston at River Oaks District Over 1,500 guests attended this three-night fashion forward event which included instore promotions and evening runway shows. Shows highlighted collections from emerging and established designers from Houston and beyond, including Project Runway winner and local favorite, Chloe Dao. Proceeds from each night were donated to several local charities. BELOW: MODELS WALK THE RUNWAY
Houston Baptist University (HBU) hosted its Spirit of Excellence Gala, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McNair and Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr., at The Post Oak Hotel. Guests had the privilege of listening to keynote speaker, Chip Gaines. Chip and his wife Joanna are the co-founders of Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand, and authors of New York Times bestseller, The Magnolia Story. Not only did this night reflect the class and elegance of Houston, but $658,434 was raised for scholarships. ABOVE: CHIP GAINES WITH DR. ROBERT SLOAN
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JDRF Kick Off Soirée JDRF Houston Gulf Coast Chapter kicked off the 20th anniversary of its annual gala, Promise Ball at 51fifteen. The chic dining space, housed in the swanky Saks Fifth Avenue, Galleria, and supplemented by on-theme, platinum-colored balloons, set the scene for friends and supporters alike to enjoy plenty of wine and bites from the restaurant’s chef-driven menu, all while raising funds for diabetes research. The 20th Anniversary Platinum Promise Ball will be held on April 27, 2019, at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. FROM TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: DEE DEE AND AARON
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Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show The League partnered with Elizabeth Anthony to present chic and seasonal pieces from Alberta Ferretti, Veronica Beard, Prabal Gurung, Temperley London, Giambattista Valli and more. Junior League members took to the runway in outfits carefully handpicked by show producer Ursaline Hamilton. Since 1925, the Junior League of Houston Tea Room has been the training ground for its volunteers to be educated in the discipline of service. LEFT TO RIGHT: ALICIA WHITLEY AND TRENETTE ALLEN
Society On November 15, Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village officially opened its doors to guests and visitors. To celebrate the occasion, the hotel hosted an exclusive enchanted forest-themed Gala in the Woods, featuring live performance art and memorable culinary experiences. More than 400 guests were greeted with a bang by the nationally-regarded Prairie View A&M Marching Storm Drumline. Aerial acrobats, contortionists, living sculptures, stiltwalkers, jugglers, electric violinist Omar Phoenix and DJ Bradley David provided entertainment throughout the event. Celebrations ended on a high note, with a laser show by three-time laser jockey world champion Tim Walsh. Executive Chef Jorge Petterson’s culinary creations included a raw seafood bar, carving and risotto stations, a taco
bar, and a variety of desserts, accompanied by signature smoked cocktails and an ice luge. ABOVE: ENTERTAINERS AT THE HOTEL OPENING
Fierce & Fabulous Soiree Over 400 guests attended the 14th Annual Fierce and Fabulous PetSet Soiree held at The Post Oak Hotel. Club PetSet Young Professionals partied until 1 a.m. The evening honored Susan and Dan Boggio and was chaired by Tena Lundquist Faust, Tama Lundquist and Tatiana Sierra. The gala netted a record $500,000 for the animals. LEFT: CO-CHAIRS TENA LUNDQUIST FAUST AND TAMA
LUNDQUIST WITH HONOREES SUSAN AND DAN BOGGIO AND CO-CHAIR TATIANA SIERRA
Meadowlake Pup Parent’s Night Out Who let the parents out?! Meadowlake Pet Resort and Training Center invited pup parents, sans fur babies, for a night out to enjoy its recently opened Galleriaarea facility. The posh, pet-focused soirée showcased the 19,000 square foot venue and included guided tours highlighting Meadowlake’s services. RIGHT: PEGGY REID AND JANET ODOM
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Grand Opening Gala at Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village
A Royal Social– “The Social Book” The Social Book, a comprehensive calendar of Houston fundraising events, unveiled the 2019 edition at its annual launch party. The Social Book‘s owners Scott Evans, Jeff Henry and Sami Shbeeb welcomed more than 600 guests to celebrate the grand occasion of its 24th anniversary edition. The Social Book partnered with events company Kat Creech Events for a “royal” night filled with food, song and merriment. VIP guests attended a private reception honoring The Social Book’s 2019 “Houston Treasures” honorees, which were introduced on-stage by celebrity socialite and television personality Warner Roberts, founder and creator of “Houston Treasures.” FROM TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: GINA GASTON AND WARNER
ROBERTS; ANNE CARL, ALICIA SMITH AND KIM MOODY;
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Conversations for Change Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, The Vintage Contessa, hosted a fabulous birthday bash at Tootsies for A Shopping Event with Real Conversations Changing Our World. The event was not only glamorous, but encouraged global change. Festivities included an exclusive vintage Chanel and Hermes jewelry trunk show benefitting Crime Stoppers of Houston followed by a Styling Social Justice podcast where Donae and her co-host Rania Mankarious discussed personal style, travel and LGBTQ rights with guest Fady Armanious, creative director of Tootsies. LEFT TO RIGHT: DONAE CHRAMOSTA, FADY ARMANIOUS
AND RANIA MANKARIOUS
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LONG, TALL TEXAS TRUTHS AND TALES
New books coming from Texas authors TELL NO ONE By Barbara Taylor Sissel (Paperback, $14.95; amazon.com) Texas novelist Barbara Taylor Sissel’s newest release, Tell No One, hits newsstands May 14. As the author of ten books, she draws on her experience of being raised in various places across the U.S. and her page-turning thrillers focus on family at the heart of the crime and this one is no exception. In Tell No One, Caroline Corbett, abandoned at a young age, wants nothing to do with her father who vanished from her life almost 30 years ago, but a dying wish from her beloved aunt changes everything. Her failing marriage and personal troubles are pushed aside as she begins a desperate search to look for him. The search soon uncovers a host of disturbing clues, a shattering truth is exposed and confronting the truth could prove life shattering.
Thirty-five years ago, Houstonian Bartee Haile began writing a column titled "This Week in Texas History" for small-town and suburban newspapers. As a masterful storyteller, he has now penned more than 1,800 columns—the longest-running feature of its kind ever—and authored five books. His newest book, Texas Entertainers: Lone Stars in Profile, published by The History Press, is due to be released March 25. In keeping with the old adage “everything is bigger in Texas,” the Lone Star State has produced a staggering number of stars. Haile, known for his fascinating tomes, has done it again as this book highlights the best of Texas entertainers from Buddy Holly to Ginger Rogers, from Joan Crawford to Jimmy Dean. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a fun “entertaining” history lesson, this book is for you.
TEXAS SINGULARITIES: PRAIRIE DOG LAWYERS, PEG LEG STAGE ROBBERIES & MYSTERIOUS MALAKOFF MEN By Clay Coppedge (Paperback, $21.99; amazon.com) Reporter, feature writer, columnist and book author Clay Coppedge has traveled the great state of Texas for years in search of local and state history. If you are looking for Texas trivia to impress friends at your next gathering or simply have a love of all things Lone Star State history, this book has you covered. Not just for bookworms or future historians, Texas Singularities: Prairie Dog Lawyers, Peg Leg Stage Robberies & Mysterious Malakoff Men has six sections from “The Great Pretenders: The Real Texas Jack” to “The Criminal Element: Billy the Kid’s Texas Vacation” for a collection of fun and distinctive Texas lore. The book jacket says it all, “Unaccountably strange. Unmistakably Texan.” 20
TEXAS GRAPHIC BY BIGSTOCK; RODEO PHOTO COURTESY OF RODEOHOUSTON
TEXAS ENTERTAINERS: LONE STARS IN PROFILE By Bartee Haile (Paperback, $21.99; arcadiapublishing.com)
Houston’s Hottest Happenings You won’t want to miss these events. FIT JAM WEEKEND February 22–24 fitjamweekend.com A three-day weekend event of fitness and fellowship for women of all backgrounds, ages and fitness levels. Take control of your health and fitness at this energetic, empowering and educational experience. Founder Dominique Jones says, “Fit Jam Weekend is a unique way to get people moving and motivated to continue with a workout routine that feels more like fun and less like hard work.” Bonus: For unique health, fitness and beauty products by local vendors, visit the Rock-N- Shop Expo Lounge. HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO February 25–March 17 rodeohouston.com Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) began in 1932, it has become the world’s largest livestock show in the world. Committed to the youth of Texas, HLSR has presented nearly 19,000 scholarships since the first scholarship was awarded in 1957. The 20-day event held at NRG Stadium is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup, the Downtown Rodeo parade, the Rodeo Run featuring 10K and 5K walk/ run, and the World’s Championship Bar-BQue Contest. The show features rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, shopping, sales, livestock auctions and so much more. Bonus: Fan-favorite Deshaun Watson of the of the Houston Texans was named the 2019 Grand Marshal. TOUR DE HOUSTON March 17 houstontx.gov/tourdehouston Now in its 11th year, the Tour de Houston is an annual fundraising bike ride event that benefits the Houston’s Reforestation Program. View the city via comfortable bike routes that wind through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. Bonus: From leisure riders to cycling enthusiasts, the Tour de Houston is the perfect event for everyone with three ride length options. TACO PALOOZA! March 24 For more information call 832-947-8603 Tacos are not just for Tuesdays! Free to the public, this one-day event features gourmet street tacos from the best food trucks in the city,
a taco eating contest, arts and crafts, giveaways and more! Located in South Houston off the Gulf Freeway. Bonus: Dance away to live music all day long.
ABOVE: THE HOUSTON
RODEO IS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL MEMORIAL PARK March 29–31 artcolonyassociation.org Celebrate 48 years of fine art, at one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events, spotlighting 300 artists. Personally meet the artists, view original works and purchase world-class art at this three-day festival at Memorial Park benefiting local non-profit organizations. Fun for the entire family, the event includes live music, local food vendors and food trucks, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and other activities. Bonus: An exhibition of student artwork of the top 30 finalists from the middle school art competition will also be featured. HOUSTON BARBECUE FESTIVAL April 14 houbbq.com Attention barbecue lovers—rain or shine the 7th Annual Houston Barbecue Festival is back for a full day of all things barbecue featuring Houston's best barbecue joints all in one place, for one price! The festival's mission is to recognize the talent, hard work and dedication of the pitmasters that make Houston barbecue great. And for your drinking and listening pleasure, a bar spotlighting craft beers is available plus live music by Folk Family Revival. Bonus: The venue is paved and ramps are available at grade changes for a stroller- and wheelchair-friendly day. WINTER 2019
Blanca and Alejandro’s romantic engagement was a dream come true for this Houston couple By Laurette M. Veres • Photography by Ivan Garcia
HE LOVE STORY OF ALEJANDRO AND HIS BEAUTIFUL BRIDE , BL ANCA , IS A TIMELESS ONE , BUT THEIR ENGAGEMENT WAS ONE-OF-A-KIND. Alejandro arranged a unique surprise trip to Austin, a thrilling hydroplane ride, and a candle lit dinner on the water. If this enchanting story sounds too good to be true, there was one hitch. The plane had mechanical issues, so ultimately, they didn’t fly. However, the crew made sure the couple had their candle light dinner. As they departed the plane, Blanca was surprised to see an easel featuring photos of their life together. They flipped through pictures, telling their story from the first day they met through present day. The final picture had a caption that asked, “Are you nervous yet? Imagine how I feel.” Blanca turned to see Alejandro down on one knee, the brilliant Austin sun setting behind him in the distance. There on the banks of Lake Travis, he asked her to be his bride and she said yes. When the couple attended the Bridal Extravaganza to kick off their wedding planning, it was Alejandro who suggested Blanca sign up for the Billboard Bride promotion. Blanca says she never wins anything, but she took a chance and we’re sure glad she did! Her dazzling smile lit up the Houston skyline as the face of the Bridal Extravaganza; inviting future brides to plan, shop and wed. For the Billboard Bride photo shoot, Blanca’s mother accompanied her to Ventura’s Bridal Fashions to select just the right gown. “I’m glad I took my mom with me,” says Blanca of this special mother-daughter moment. “It was
the first time I tried on a wedding dress.” The selection at Ventura’s is extensive. “Mrs. Ventura brought out a variety of gowns; some were heavy, some were light, some were all blinged out. When I tried on the dress you see here, everyone said, that’s the one!” LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Featuring a picturesque arbor overlooking a charming pond, 15 Acres is a beautiful location set against acres of green meadows. In truth, 15 Acres is actually 18 acres. Three are dedicated to weddings and events while the namesake 15 acres are devoted to a wildlife preserve for songbirds. Native birds of all types can be seen and heard frolicking and chirping to their hearts content. This verdant and versatile venue hosts weddings from 50-400 guests. The east-facing covered patio, overlooks the pond and protects your event from the sun, unwelcome rain showers or even the occasional cold snap. Elegant or rustic, a spacious ballroom with floor to ceiling windows, awaits your unique vision for your reception. There is even a groomsmen’s cabin equipped with a pool table, card table, TV and bar. “Everyone has a different idea of what their wedding should be,” says Stephanie Jacobson, owner of 15 Acres. “We built the main building so it could house anybody.” Couples can transform this blank slate into their own ideal: rustic, country or glamorous. FASHION LADY Lorie Speich, Bridal Stylist at Ventura’s Bridal Fashions, says some brides want straight and sexy, some want a very soft and romantic look.
Some brides dream of a fancy ball gown. It’s an individual, very personal style, for each bride. “Whatever makes her look and feel beautiful; it is her day and it’s all about her,” she says. Blanca’s personalized bridal look is from Allure, one of the top designers in the store. The beaded gown features a high neckline. “What really makes this dress so fabulous is the sassy back and the jersey net underneath which is very comfortable. She’s able to move, she’s able to dance, she’s able to sit,” says Lorie.
brides, we go over their wedding plans, I send tips so they are prepared in advance and they know what to expect and how they can get the best pictures on their wedding day. Things happen really fast and, before you know it, the wedding is over. I want to make sure they are really happy with the results and the expectations are set.” His family owned studio includes his wife and daughter working by his side, seamlessly on the wedding day. Brides are responding well to this offering.
TIMELESS BEAUTY For Blanca’s bridal coif, Mayra Malik, owner of Simple Beauty Artistry, chose a timeless up-do. “She has a beautiful razor-back gown so we went with clean lines, nothing really flowing. We want to make sure to feature all the detail on the dress,” she says. Mayra chose a bold lip with a bit of shimmer to bring out Blanca’s eyes. “A nice pop of color really brings that extra glam that every bride is looking for now,” says Mayra. Simple Beauty Artistry is an on-location or in-studio hair and makeup company offering traditional and airbrush makeup, spray tanning, hair services and lash extensions. They are also the creators of Lash to Lashes, 3D Siberian mink lashes which give a pop to your eyes. These soft, reusable lashes last for up to twenty wears. You can wear them for all your pre-wedding events, your pictures and on the wedding day. “They look absolutely amazing,” says Mayra.
FLORAL MASTERPIECE When selecting a bridal bouquet, it’s important to keep the comprehensive theme of the event in mind. Andrew Hopper from Blooms Design Studio created this floral masterpiece. “Seeing a dress first plays a big part in my overall vision for the bride,” says Andy.
PICTURE PERFECT Ivan Garcia of Ivan Garcia Studio knows good pictures are the result of preparation. “With my
GET THIS LOOK: Ventura’s Bridal Fashions Ivan Garcia Studio Blooms Design Studio Simple Beauty Artistry Magnolia Rose Company 15 Acres
The next Bridal Extravaganza is July 13-14, 2019, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. BridalExtravaganza.com
STYLE FOR MILES Shamira Preston, owner and principle designer of Magnolia Rose Company, a service planning and design firm, created this distinctive look exclusively for the Billboard Bride shoot. Mixing one-of-akind, vintage pieces with some modern pieces, she created a fabulous fall look. OUR BILLBOARD BRIDE’S ADVICE Blanca and Alejandro have been planning their wedding for more than a year. “We are finalizing things this month and keeping our fingers crossed that all goes well,” said Blanca. Her advice to future brides is to consider the advice and suggestions from different people, keep your fiancé involved and talk everything over with him. H
Her advice to future brides is to consider the advice and suggestions from different people, keep your fiancé involved and talk everything over with him.
Beauty A . PERFECT WIPE FOR:
WASHING YOUR FACE
Swipe Right Whether you just don’t want to lug a full cosmetic bag, or you’re just running short on time, cleansing cloths are a great go-to. There’s a wipe that subs for facial cleanser, body wash, makeup remover, shampoo— even antiperspirant. Read on for some of our favorites.
Need to run out right after gym class? Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes wash sweat and grime away sans a trip to the locker room. Antioxidant-rich cottonseed oil and vitamin E keep even übersensitive skin in check without stripping it of its natural moisture ($5 for 25; walgreens.com). B. PERFECT WIPE FOR:
REMOVING MAKEUP With a hectic schedule, long-wearing makeup is a lifesaver, but washing it off can be a drag. Solved: Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Cloths remove dirt and makeup without irritation while conditioning lashes and brows, thanks to a sugarcanederived ingredient ($18 for 25; biossance.com). C . PERFECT WIPE FOR:
FRESHENING UP DOWN THERE Sweaty workouts mean…you might feel a little less than pristine. The Honey Pot Company Personal Sensitive Wipes maintain pH balance and don’t irritate delicate skin, since they’re infused with probiotics, antioxidants, aloe and cucumber ($10 for 30; target.com). D. P E R F E C T W I P E F O R :
DE-GREASING HAIR IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues mimic the idea of blotting papers, but for your mane. The black charcoal powder absorbs excess oil and leaves a light, fresh scent on strands. Stash them in your desk drawer, glove compartment and gym bag for instant touch-ups ($18 for 16; sephora.com). E . PERFECT WIPE FOR:
PREVENTING SWEAT AND ODOR Never be caught without deodorant again. LA FRESH Travel Lite Unisex Antiperspirant Wipes protect from wetness and stankiness ($20 for 50; lafreshgroup.com). F. P E R F E C T W I P E F O R :
No time to rinse off after your lunch break workout? Dirty Boy Bamboo Face & Body Wipes allow you to wash up on the go. With natural antifungal properties, these biodegradable bamboo softies will help you clean up and cool down ($7.99 for 30; rebelsrefinery.com). G . PERFECT WIPE FOR:
APPLYING FRAGRANCE Test-drive 10 different scents to find the one with Pinrose Best Travel Perfume Ever! Kit. There’s enough juice on the wipes to cover everywhere you dare to wear it—wrists, neck, décolletage, etc. It goes without saying that they’re a great alternative to hauling a perfume bottle around ($24 for 20; sephora.com).
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No Sweat! It’s Houston, y’all! Even in February there’s a chance of humidity! When the heat hits, try these alternatives to save face:
DITCH THE CREAM. UVA/UVB face creams seem too heavy? Switch to a lightweight facial mist or gel moisturizer with SPF.
TAKE A LOAD OFF…YOUR HAIR. Sweaty hair stuck against your neck is never a good (or comfortable) look. Opt for cooler styles—pun 100 percent intended—like the double pony (one at the crown of your head and another one at the nape of the neck); a halo braid (braiding hair around your hairline, then pinning it in place) or a high ballerina bun.
STAY IN LINE. Swap out eye shadow for a deep-midnight blue liner—the leader of the color pack truly knows no bounds. One swipe across the upper lash line adds the right amount of color for the season. Not only is it totally on trend, it won’t budge in the heat. PROTECT YOUR TRESSES. Just like your skin, winter can wreak havoc on your hair. Restore moisture with an oil treatment and remember to schedule regular hair appointments for trims—it’s important all year long. —Nicole Grippo Ruotolo WINTER 2019
Above the Reef Dive into this year’s Pantone spring color: Living Coral
for her SUNGLASSES Glance Eyewear 52mm Cat Eye Sunglasses; $14, nordstrom.com. EARRINGS Lizzie Fortunato Napoli Earrings; $165, shopbop.com. BAG Sandro Paris Pépita Bag; $385, us.sandro-paris.com. BIKINI TOP AND BOTTOM Mara Hoffman Abigail Vertical Stripe Bandeau Bikini Top and Lydia Vertical Stripe High Waist Bikini Bottom; $140 and $145, respecitvely, everythingbutwater.com. JUMPSUIT Mara Hoffman Muriel Tie-Waist Jumpsuit; $137, matchesfashion.com. TOP PatBO Leaf Print Ruffle Sleeve Wrap Top; $395, shopbop.com. JEANS Zara Mixed Netting Jeans; $50, zara.com. SHOES Christian Louboutin Pacha Tasseled Velvet Espadrille Slides; $495, net-a-porter.com.
for him SUNGLASSES Matsuda Sunglasses (Iron Man 3); $14, kingarthursexchange.com. T-SHIRT Ted Baker Diver print cotton Primal T-shirt; $85, tedbaker.com. SWIMMING TRUNKS Paul Smith Men’s Navy ‘Prawn’ Print Swim Shorts; $75, paulsmith.com. JACKET adidas Tourney Warm-Up Track Jacket; $100.00, urbanoutfitters.com. BRACELET 4Ocean Coral Reef Bracelet; $20, 4ocean.com. SANDALS Suicoke Red Suede MOTO-VS Sandals; $255, ssense.com. SWEATER Paul Smith + The Chemical Brothers for Hingston Studio Red ‘Born In The Echoes’ Sweater; $250, paulsmith.com. PANTS Goodfellow & Co Dusty Red Men’s Slim Fit Hennepin Chino Pants; $23, target.com.
Just in case a head-to-toe, living coral look is too overwhelming for you, pair the cheery color with these hues to make it stand out.
—Robin Villalobos WINTER 2018
Paradise F O U N D
We’ve picked three of our favorite spas in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE Laniwai Spa at Aulani Resort & Spa Ko Olina, Hawaii disneyaulani.com
H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: Couple’s deep tissue
massage. You may need this to make it through Mickey’s character breakfast. —Laurette M. Veres
THE CROWN JEWEL Grande Spa at Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa Montego Bay, Jamaica jewelgrande.com The Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort and Spa is a welcome addition to the luxury line up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. A tone of relaxation is set the minute you step into the Grande Spa. The two-story building is square shaped with open-air walkways surrounding a fresh herb garden. Lemon grass, mint and rosemary scents waft through the air. These are just a few of the ingredients you’ll find in the drinks and treatments. Other amenities include a smoothie bar, co-ed steam and sauna, spin room, weight room and a heated mineral pool. A Caribbean first, this spa showcases a pink Himalayan salt room and uses salt stones in reflexology treatments. The mineral pool is also said to offer special healing. The outdoor pools provide pre- and post-relaxation options. H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: Golden Quartz Sand
Treatment. Also a Caribbean first, this treatment is intended to provide the same healing benefits as sand at the beach. Heated sand is spread over the MLX quartz table and is covered with a light cloth. When you lay down, the sand envelops you, creating a sense of weightlessness. Himalayan sea salt stones are used to provide a relaxing massage. When it’s over, your body tingles with delight. —L.M.V. 28
LANIWANI SPA AND GRANDE SPA PHOTOS BY LAURETTE M. VERES; MAHEKAL PHOTO COURTESY OF MAHEKAL
We know Disney is the Magical Kingdom, but after a couple days of standing in lines, sometimes, you just need to escape all things Mickey. Laniwai Spa at the Aulani Resort and Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, is the answer. Your experience begins by selecting a smooth rock with a message that you will release into the circle of water. Islanders believe that the large crystal suspended over the pool will send your intention into the universe. (Mine said listen; my partner’s said dream.) Then, enter the outdoor relaxation area where you can experience two Jacuzzis, a reflexology stone walkway, a circle of six outdoor showers, and hot and cold baths. Inside, don’t skip the steam and sauna. There’s a number of treatments you can choose from including a family massage. As a special treat, end your spa time by mixing your own bath salts and take a little bit of Laniwai home with you.
TOES IN THE SAND Revive Spa, Mahekal Beach Resort Playa del Carmen, Mexico mahekalbeachresort.com The Revive Spa is Mayan-inspired with no visible corners allowing continuous energy flow. Welcome a state of relaxation with a special Mayan greeting involving incense and chanting. The spa itself encompasses 2,500 square feet of utter bliss with the highlight being the Jacuzzi in the center of a huge palapa-style roof featuring a fiber optic ceiling, reminiscent of glowing stars. Instead of doors, hanging shells sing as they signify entrance to the men’s and women’s dressing areas. From traditional and tropical remedies, the Mayan culture is celebrated in the Zen-like setting. Want to hear wafting waves as you enjoy your massage? Treatments are also available beachside. H TEXAS RECOMMENDS: Massage Angels Veil
with Crystal Quartz treatment. This relaxing massage uses heated quartz stones to provide ultimate relaxation. —L.M.V.
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F YOU ’RE A ROLLER COASTER ENTHUSIAST, PACK UP THE CAR AND HE AD E AST TO AL ABAMA’S OWA (PRONOUNCED OH-WA AH) PARK , HOME OF THE ROLLING THUNDER . The park’s paramount ride starts with a vertical 100 plus foot climb followed by, of course, a 100 plus foot drop— straight down! From there, riders reach speeds of 55 miles per hour as they are looped, barrel rolled, dipped, twisted and pushed around hairpin turns. Rolling Thunder is just one of over 20
amusement park rides ranging from kiddie to, “Nope, not riding that ever again!” It’s not just about rides, however. The OWA complex is an amazing vacation concept with The Park at OWA and the adjacent Downtown OWA, a village of specialty shops, restaurants and bars. A Marriott TownePlace Suites also operates on the complex, offering visitors an opportunity to stay for more than just a day trip. Future plans include a luxury RV resort, water park, more hotels and conference space. Upon entering the complex, the first thing we notice—everything
is new and clean. Attention to detail is displayed everywhere, from the highly trained and safety-focused staff, to the layout of the meticulously clean downtown streets. There are elaborate fountains and waterworks around every corner that light up at night creating perfect settings for evening strolls and family photos. OWA is selfcontained. When you stay at the Marriott, all the attractions are within walking distance. However, because it’s located on The Foley Beach Express, you’ll want to save a day to take the short drive down and experience
the beautiful white sand beach shoreline. OWA is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, descendants of the original Creek Nation. The project is built around a 14-acre lake, which is the inspiration for the name as OWA means “big-water” in the Muscogee Creek Language. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is building a legacy of world class destinations, with OWA being among the newest ventures. H
Named “Attraction of the Year” by Alabama’s Tourism Department ( tourism.alabama.gov), general admission to the park is $34.99 for adults, $27.99 for juniors (48” and below) and seniors (65 years and older). Plan your trip at visitowa.com.
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Our great state has birthed some memorable figures— and some we wish to forget, too. by Lynn Ashby
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HAT DO SAM DONALDSON, NOL AN RYAN AND DWIGHT EISENHOWER HAVE IN COMMON? No, they were not brief members of the Trump cabinet. They were all born in Texas. So were Debbie Reynolds (El Paso), Joan Crawford (San Antonio) and Tommy Lee Jones (San Saba). Actually, the entertainment industry is filled with our former neighbors: Carol Burnett (San Antonio), Gary Busey (Goose Creek), Cyd Charisse (born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo), Spanky McFarland (Fort Worth), Steve Martin (Waco). And what would the musical world be without Texans? Willie Nelson (Abbott), Trini Lopez (Dallas), Selena (Lake Jackson). And although Larry Hagman (Fort Worth) didn’t sing, his mother Mary Martin (Weatherford), did. Who can forget our favorite singing Longhorn, Janis Joplin (Port Arthur) or the Big Bopper, aka Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. (Sabine Pass). We also have Beyonce (Houston), Ernest Tubb (Crisp) and Tommy Tune (Wichita Falls). Ragtime composer Scott Joplin (Texarkana) was reintroduced to millions in The Sting. Speaking of films, Humphrey Bogart never did say, “Play it again, Sam” in the 1942 film Casablanca. The line, “Play it once, Sam,” was from Ingrid Bergman. Sam was played by Dooley Wilson, who was born in Tyler. Notice that you never see Sam’s fingers on the keyboard. That’s because he was a drummer. The military has more than its quota of Texans. While Admiral Chester Nimitz (Fredericksburg) commanded the Pacific Fleet in World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower (Dennison) commanded all Allied troops in the European and African Theater. An interesting story about Ike. He thought he was born in Abilene, Kansas, where he grew up, and put down Abilene as his birthplace on his application to West Point. When Ike became a famous five-star general, a lady in Dennison thought she remembered babysitting little Ike at the Eisenhower home there. (I’ve visited the house, a tiny, humble place.) Ike was surprised to learn he was a native Texan.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
An interesting story about Ike. He thought he was born in Abilene, Kansas, where he grew up. When Ike became a famous five-star general, a lady in Dennison thought she remembered babysitting little Ike at the Eisenhower home there. Ike was surprised to learn he was a native Texan. The most decorated soldier in World War II was Audie Murphy (Kingston). He could also be listed in the Hollywood category because, after the war, he made more than 40 movies and a TV series. This military thing is traditional, according to the Western Monthly Magazine in October, 1838: “…the Texians being entirely a military people, not only fought, but drank, in platoons.” Nobel laureate John Steinbeck, in Travels With Charley observed: “Among other tendencies to be noted, Texas is a military nation. The armed forces of the United States are loaded with Texans and WINTER 2019
President George W. Bush
President Lyndon B. Johnson
often dominated by Texans. Even the dearly loved spectacular sports are run almost like military operations. Sectional football games have the glory and despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.” While it is interesting to learn that so many famous people hail from the Lone Star State, it is also interesting to learn that most of the founders of Texas came here from other places. Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin were born in Virginia. William B. Travis and James Bonham came from South Carolina. James Bowie was from Kentucky. The Alamo defenders came from 20 states and six countries. There were only 11 native Texians at the Alamo and they couldn’t speak English. Twenty-two of the defenders just appeared, and no one knows where they were born. At San Jacinto, the Texas Army came from 24 states, 11 countries, and Texas. The only native 34
Texians were 30 Tejanos from San Antonio. “A scene singularly wild and picturesque presented itself to our view. Around 20 or 30 campfires stood as many groups of men: English, Irish, Scots, Mexicans, French, Germans, Italians, Poles, Yankees, all unwashed and unshaved, their long hair and beards and mustaches matted, their clothes in tatters and plastered with mud. A more savage-looking band could scarcely have been assembled.” Some things never change. All these newcomers give fresh meaning to the bumper sticker; “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as soon as I could.” This also includes Dr. Michael DeBakey (Lake Charles), Walter Cronkite (Saint Joseph, MO) and Roger Clemens (Dayton, OH). Getting back to those who were born here, the Texans have rather dominated the evil media, especially the TV news. We have Dan Rather (Wharton). Then there are Bob Schieffer (Austin) and Scott Pelly (San Antonio). Lou Dobbs is not
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from Childress, but from “Childress County.” When it comes to athletes, we can’t list them all. Nolan Ryan (Refugio), Ben Hogan (Stephenville), A.J. Foyt (Houston), most of the NFL, Roger Hornsby (Winters), “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias (Port Arthur) and a newly pardoned Jack Johnson (Galveston). Incidentally, Johnson fits into a sub-category: BOI. That’s Born On the Island (of Galveston). The BOIs are very proud of that, although most are descendants of Jean Lafitte. Only two U.S. Presidents were born here, Ike and Lyndon Johnson (Stonewall). Since Jim Hogg, most of our governors were Texan-born. George W. Bush was an exception (New Haven, CT). In other areas, we have Dr. Denton Cooley (Houston), former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (El Paso), H. Ross Perot (Texarkana), Katherine Anne Porter (Indian Creek), Howard Hughes (Houston), painter Robert Rauschenberg (Port Arthur) and Gene Roddenberry (El Paso).
Who was the first white female to be born in Texas? It could be Mary James Long, or maybe not. On December 21, 1821, Jane Herbert Wilkinson Long gave birth to Mary James on Bolivar Peninsula, and throughout Jane Long’s life she claimed to having given birth to the first white baby in Texas and was called “The Mother of Texas.” However, censuses between 1807 and 1826 reveal a number of children born in Texas to Anglo-American mothers prior to 1821. Stephen F. Austin is called “The Father of Texas,” and he once romanced Jane Long. Hmmmm. Finally, also born in Texas were Bonnie and Clyde (Rowena and Ellis County, respectively), and Barrow and David Koresh of the Waco siege fame (Houston). Let’s assume they forged their birth certificates. H
On the Menu and fondly known as Dinner Club
Husband and wife team Tom Flynn and Laurette Veres have been hosting, cooking, creating recipes and entertaining guests in their home for years. Here, some of our faves including recipes by celebrity chefs and more.
SPRING 2014 ROASTED BONE MARROW WITH PARSLEY SALAD CROSTINI Bone marrow is a healthy, nutritious fat (think avocado). The bones are typically cut into circles about an inch-and-a-half thick or visit your favorite meat market and the butcher will cut them on request. For the salad: 2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL 1 TABLESPOON LEMON JUICE 1 CUP FLAT-LEAF PARSLEY, CHOPPED 1⁄3 CUP SLICED SHALLOTS 1 TABLESPOON CAPERS, CHOPPED SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE For the marrow: 8 BONE MARROW PIECES SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE CRUSTY WHITE BREAD, TOASTED 1. Whisk the oil and lemon juice together. Place the parsley, shallots and capers in a bowl. Add the oil mixture and then toss and season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least 30 minutes. 2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange the bones on the sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and season again. 3. To serve: Place 2 bones on each plate with a couple of pieces of toast. Add some parsley salad and pour the marrow drippings from the baking sheet over the bread. 36
FALL 2014 GRILLED LAMB CHOPS WITH BLUEBERRY–JUNIPER SAUCE The unique combination of plump, juicy blueberries and piney, citrusy juniper berries stands up well to heat and pairs perfectly with luscious, tender lamb. This dish is sure to be a standout at your next get-together. For the sauce: 1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL 1 TABLESPOON BUTTER ¼ SHALLOT, MINCED 2 TABLESPOONS HONEY 1 TABLESPOON WHITE BALSAMIC VINEGAR 1 CUP BLUEBERRIES, SMASHED 4 JUNIPER BERRIES 1 DRIED CHIPOTLE CHILE 6 MINT LEAVES, CHOPPED For the lamb: 2 POUNDS FRENCHED LAMB CHOPS OR LOIN 2 TABLESPOONS OIL 2 TEASPOONS SALT ½ TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER ½ TEASPOON CORIANDER 1 ⁄8 TEASPOON GROUND CAYENNE ¼ TEASPOON WHITE PEPPER 1. Make the sauce: In a saucepan over medium, soften the shallot in the oil and butter. Add the honey, vinegar and blueberries, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. 2. In a spice grinder, or using a knife, finely chop the juniper berries and chile. Add to the sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes then finish with the chopped mint. Remove from the heat. 3. Make the lamb: Lightly rub the chops or loin with the oil. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and dust each side of the lamb with the spice blend. Grill the chops on medium-high for 3½–4 minutes per side. 4. Allow the lamb to rest for a few minutes before plating. Serve the chops with the sauce drizzled along the plate.
BEST OF 2016 FIDEOS-STYLE PASTA PAELLA Chef John Hamme, one of Alabama’s top chefs, joined Laurette and Tom in their home and shared his pasta paella recipe that’s sure to please any palate. The stock recipe (all Hamme’s) is so delicious that some of the guests were sipping it out of coffee mugs. For the stock: 1 POUND CHICKEN WINGS (LEGS OR QUARTERS) 2 ONIONS, JULIENNED 3 STALKS CELERY, JULIENNED ½ GARLIC BULB, PEELED AND THINLY SLICED 1½ POUNDS JUMBO SHRIMP, PEELED, DEVEINED AND SHELLS RESERVED 4 OUNCES TOMATO PASTE 2 BAY LEAVES 15 BLACK PEPPERCORNS, CRACKED 2 POUNDS SMOKED PORK NECK BONES OR HAM HOCKS 1 GALLON LOW-SODIUM CHICKEN BROTH ½ GALLON WATER For the paella: 5 CUPS STOCK (FROM RECIPE ABOVE) 2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL 2 CUP FIDEOS NOODLES OR 8 OUNCES ANGEL HAIR PASTA , BROKEN INTO 1-INCH PIECES 5 LOBSTER TAILS , HALVED 2 MEDIUM SPANISH ONIONS, JULIENNED 3 GARLIC CLOVES, THINLY SLICED 1 SHALLOT, JULIENNED 2 GREEN BELL PEPPERS , JULIENNED 1 RED BELL PEPPER, JULIENNED 1 YELLOW BELL PEPPER, JULIENNED 1 (7.9-OUNCE) PACKAGE MILD SPANISH CHORIZO ½ CUP WHITE WINE ¹⁄8 TEASPOON HOT SMOKED PAPRIKA 1 POUND BLACK MUSSELS 1 POUND SMALL CLAMS 1. Make the stock: In a large pot over high, brown the chicken on all sides, then caramelize the vegetables starting with the onion. Add the shrimp shells and sauté slightly. Add the tomato paste and cook to slightly caramelize. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns, bones, broth and water. Slowly bring to a simmer and cook for 4½ hours on low. Strain, reserving the liquid. 2. Make the paella: Heat the stock in a separate saucepan until lightly boiling. (Note: While assembling paella, never stop stirring the contents. Two cooks are a big help, one to add the ingredients and one to stir.) 3. Meanwhile, warm the oil in a 13-inch paella pan. Add the pasta and toast until golden brown, about 5–6 minutes. Remove the pasta and set aside. 4. Sear the lobster (meat side down) and reserved shrimp, then remove and set aside. Add the onions, then the garlic, shallots and peppers. Add the chorizo and sauté a moment longer.
5. When the vegetables are half-cooked, add the wine and deglaze the pan, scraping the browned bits from the bottom. Return the pasta to the pan. Sprinkle in the paprika and add 2 cups hot stock, stirring constantly. Add the remaining stock 1 cup at a time, continuing to stir, working the starch out of the noodles. As you add the last cup of stock, test the noodles for doneness; they should still be somewhat firm. 6. Add the shrimp and lobster back into the pan, then the clams and mussels. Cover the pan and finish cooking until the mussels open. 7. Preheat the oven to broil. 8. Remove the lid from the paella and place the pan under the broiler until the top is crispy and the pasta begins to curl.
FALL 2013 PICKLE JUICE BRINED FRIED CHICKEN It started as a simple quest—develop a good fried chicken recipe. The quest turned into our very own Tom Flynn’s obsession: Make H-Town’s best fried chicken. Mission complete! This recipe has been tested, tweaked and reviewed to receive outstanding accolades and classified: For H Texas readers only.
For the stock: 8 POUNDS CHICKEN WINGS 2 ONIONS, SLICED 2 CELERY STALKS, SLICED 1 CARROT, SLICED 1 GARLIC BULB, HALVED 4 SPRIGS PARSLEY 10 CUPS WATER ½ TEASPOON DRIED BASIL ½ TEASPOON DRIED THYME 4 TEASPOONS SALT 1 TABLESPOON CRACKED BLACK PEPPERCORNS 40
For the brine: 9 CUPS STOCK (FROM RECIPE AT LEFT) 1 CUP DILL PICKLE JUICE 2½ TABLESPOONS SALT 1 TEASPOON CORIANDER SEEDS ½ TEASPOON MUSTARD SEEDS 1 BAY LEAF 1 LARGE ORANGE, QUARTERED 1 SMALL LEMON, QUARTERED ½ HEAD GARLIC, HALVED ½ BUNCH THYME 2 WHOLE CHICKENS, CUT INTO PIECES For the breading: 2 QUARTS FLOUR 2 CUPS CORNMEAL 1 CUP CORNSTARCH 2 TEASPOONS PAPRIKA 2 TEASPOONS SALT 1 TEASPOON GROUND CELERY SEEDS 1 TEASPOON CHILE POWDER 1 TEASPOON GARLIC POWDER 1 TEASPOON ONION POWDER ½ TEASPOON PEPPER ½ TEASPOON GROUND CAYENNE 1 TABLESPOON OLD BAY SEASONING 1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. 2. For the stock: Arrange the chicken in a single layer on baking sheets and top with the onions, celery, carrot, garlic and parsley. Bake for 45 minutes. 3. Remove from the oven and place all the ingredients in large stockpot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Strain the liquid into a large bowl and chill. Discard the wings and veggies. (Tip: The wing meat is delicious. Don’t let it go to waste, separate it from the bones and make chicken salad.) 4. When the broth is chilled scrape the fat off the top. 5. For the brine: Combine all the ingredients except the chicken in large stockpot. Bring to a boil and simmer on high for 15 minutes. Strain and cool liquid to 40°F. Once cooled, place the chicken in the brine and marinate in the fridge for 24–48 hours. 6. For the breading: Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl then equally divide the mixture into separate bowls. Set aside one bowl of breading mixture; you will coat the chicken twice and the second coat is easier with a fresh patch of breading mix. 7. Fry the chicken: Preheat a deep fryer to 360°F. Preheat the oven to 200°F. Place a wire rack on baking sheet. 8. Remove the chicken from the brine and drop into the breading mixture. Coat, shake off excess mixture and set aside for 30 minutes. Repeat with all pieces. 9. Drop the chicken in the reserved breading mixture and immediately into the deep fryer. Fry until golden brown. Remove, place on the wire rack and put in the oven until ready to serve. Repeat until all the chicken is cooked. Chicken can hang out in the oven for more than 1 hour.
SUMMER 2018 ROASTED GRAPE BRUSCHETTA The summer edition of On the Menu titled “Flight of Fancy” paired wines with each course to create fond memories for all. For this tasty appetizer, Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve Sparkling Wine and Chateau Trocard Monrepos was the perfect pairing. 4 CUPS RED GRAPES 1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL 1 TEASPOON CHOPPED THYME 1 TEASPOON SALT ¼ TEASPOON PEPPER 1 TABLESPOON BALSAMIC VINEGAR ½ CUP GOAT CHEESE 24 SLICES BAGUETTE, LIGHTLY TOASTED ¼ CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS, TOASTED HONEY FOR GARNISH THYME SPRIGS FOR GARNISH 1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat a baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside. 2. Place the grapes, oil, thyme, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and toss. Transfer to the baking dish and roast in the oven, stirring occasionally until the grapes begin to wrinkle, about 50 minutes. 3. Remove from the oven and drizzle on the balsamic vinegar. 4. To serve, spread the goat cheese on the bread, top with the grapes, walnuts and a sprig of thyme. Finish with a drizzle of honey. WINTER 2019
TRAVEL 2016 HERB-ENCRUSTED RACK OF LAMB, BARBECUE CHIP–ENCRUSTED CHILEAN SEA BASS, AND CORN AND BACON MAQUE CHOUX Corn and Bacon Maque Choux topped with Herb Encrusted Rack of Lamb and Sea Bass, all by Food Network Star, Vegas’ bad boy of cuisine, Chef Jeff Henderson.
For the lamb: 1 (6-BONE) RACK OF LAMB, TRIMMED AND FRENCHED SALT AND PEPPER FOR RUBBING CAJUN SEASONING FOR RUBBING 2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL 1 CUP ITALIAN BREADCRUMBS 1 TABLESPOON MINCED ROSEMARY 1 TABLESPOON DIJON MUSTARD 2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
You might not think that a small Texas town could school you, Julia Child-style, but. think again! We love that the recipes from the Blair House Inn take the intimidation—but not the flavor—out of classic cuisine. Our recommendation: Bookmark this recipe for the holidays! 1 TABLESPOON UNSALTED BUTTER 1⁄3 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR, PLUS 1 TABLESPOON, DIVIDED 3 LARGE EGGS 6 TABLESPOONS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR 1½ CUPS HEAVY CREAM 2 TEASPOONS PURE VANILLA EXTRACT 1 TEASPOON LEMON ZEST ¼ TEASPOON SALT 2 TABLESPOONS BRANDY 2–3 FIRM, RIPE BARTLETT PEARS, PEELED, QUARTERED, CORED AND SLICED CONFECTIONERS' SUGAR (OPTIONAL) CREME FRAICHE (OPTIONAL) 1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 10-x-3-inch round baking dish, and sprinkle the bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon sugar. 2. Beat the eggs and 1⁄3 cup sugar in a bowl on medium-high, until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, mix in the flour, cream, vanilla, zest, salt and brandy. Set aside. 3. Arrange the pear slices in the baking dish. Pour the batter over the pears. Bake until the top is golden brown and the custard is firm, about 35–40 minutes. 4. Serve warm or at room temperature sprinkled with confectioners' sugar and creme fraiche, if desired.
For the sea bass: 1 (3-POUND) CHILEAN SEA BASS FILLET 3 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL, PLUS MORE AS NEEDED SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE 8 OUNCES BARBECUE KETTLE CHIPS 2–3 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL
For the maque choux: ½ POUND THICK-CUT SMOKED BACON, DICED 10 FINGERLING POTATOES, QUARTERED 1 LARGE CARROT, SMALL DICED 2 TABLESPOONS UNSALTED BUTTER, PLUS MORE IF NEEDED TABLESPOONS MINCED GARLIC YELLOW ONION, DICED CELERY STALKS, DICED GREEN BELL PEPPER, DICED YELLOW BELL PEPPER, DICED JALAPEÑO, SEEDED AND DICED BABY PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS, STEMMED AND QUARTERED 5 EARS CORN, KERNELS REMOVED 1 BUNCH SWISS CHARD OR COLLARD GREENS, CUT INTO 1-INCH PIECES ¼ CUP CHICKEN STOCK SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE PARSLEY SPRIGS FOR GARNISH
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1. Make the lamb: Liberally season the lamb with salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning. 2. Heat the oil in large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Sear the lamb on all sides until golden. Remove from the heat and set aside for 1 hour. 3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 4. Combine the breadcrumbs and rosemary in a bowl and set aside. 5. Rub the fat cap of the lamb with the mustard and garlic, then pack with the breadcrumb mixture. 6. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 118°F–120°F, slightly past medium-rare. Let rest for 15 minutes and cut into individual chops.
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SUMMER 2015 PEAR CLAFOUTI
7. Make the sea bass: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the fillet into 6 pieces and remove the skin and lingering bones. 8. Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet over mediumhigh. Working in batches, sear the fillets until the bottom sides are brown and crispy. Meanwhile, season the top sides with salt and pepper. 9. Remove from the heat and set aside to rest on a paper towel–lined plate, crispy side up. 10. Place the chips in a food processor and grind to a breadcrumb texture. Using a pastry brush, paint the seared sides of the fillets with oil and top with the chip crumbs. 11. Transfer the fillets to a sheet pan and bake for 12–15 minutes, or until desired doneness. Remove from the oven and set aside.
12. Make the maque choux: Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high until caramelized. Add the potatoes and carrots and cook until they begin to brown. 13. Add the butter, garlic and remaining vegetables. Cook for 8–10 minutes, stirring often until desired doneness is achieved. Add the chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. 14. Plate it Perfectly: Neatly place 1⁄3 cup maque choux in the center of each plate. Serve with the sea bass and lamb chops. Garnish with parsley.
For the green beans: ½ POUND BACON 3 TABLESPOONS HERB BUTTER 1 CUP JULIENNED ONIONS 2 CUPS HARICOT VERT, TRIMMED, HALVED AND BLANCHED SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
SUMMER 2018 BLACKENED REDFISH WITH BEURRE BLANC AND SOUTHERN GREEN BEANS WITH HERB BUTTER The classic French sauce Beurre Blanc is rich as can be, thanks to a heavy dose of butter and cream. Literally translating to “white butter,” it’s balanced here by aromatic shallots and acidity from white wine and lemon juice. For the herb butter: 1 STICK BUTTER 3 ROASTED GARLIC CLOVES ¼ CUP CHOPPED PARSLEY ¼ CUP CHOPPED THYME ¼ CUP CHOPPED CHIVES For the beurre blanc: 2 SHALLOTS, ROUGHLY CHOPPED 6 PEPPERCORNS 2 BAY LEAVES 4 SPRIGS THYME ½ CUP LEMON JUICE 1 CUP WHITE WINE 1 CUP HEAVY CREAM 2 STICKS BUTTER, CUBED AND AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
For the redfish: 2 TABLESPOONS BUTTER 1 POUND REDFISH 1 TABLESPOON BLACKENED SEASONING MICROGREENS FOR SERVING 1. Make the butter: Cream together all the ingredients in a bowl. Transfer the mixture to parchment paper and roll into a log. Chill in the fridge until firm, about 1 hour. 2. Make the beurre blanc: Place the shallots, peppercorns, bay leaves, thyme, lemon juice and wine in a pot. Simmer over low until reduced by three-quarters. Add the cream and reduce by half. Remove from the heat and begin adding the butter. (Note: Add the butter to taste; the goal is to mellow the acidity with the butter.) Once complete, strain and keep warm. Remember that butter can break with too much heat. 3. Make the green beans: Cook the bacon in a pan over medium until the fat renders and the bacon is slightly browned. Add the herb butter and onions and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the beans and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat once warmed through. 4. Make the fish: Melt the butter in a skillet over high. Coat the redfish with the seasoning and sear for 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 2–3 minutes. 5. To serve, ladle some beurre blanc in the center of a plate, top with the redfish and green beans. Garnish with microgreens.
SPRING 2016 GUAJILLO GLAZED BRUSSEL SPROUTS This Guajillo sauce is so simple to make and so tasty. It’s also quite versatile; it makes a great wing sauce, so we suggest doubling the batch for another day. Recipe courtesy of Chef Michael Collins. 4 DRIED GUAJILLO PEPPERS 3 TABLESPOONS HONEY 1 LEMON, JUICED SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE VEGETABLE OIL FOR FRYING 1 POUND BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CLEANED AND HALVED 1. Cover the peppers with boiling water in a bowl and soak for 15 minutes. When soft, remove and discard the stems and seeds. Reserve 1 cup steeping water.
2. Combine the peppers, honey, lemon juice and reserved water in a blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pass through a fine sieve to strain and let cool. 3. Warm the oil in a deep fryer or high-walled pot to 350°F. Working in batches, fry the Brussels sprouts for 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. 4. To serve, drizzle the Guajillo sauce over the sprouts.
SPRING 2016 SWEET TEA VODKA ARNOLD PALMER Wash everything down with this easy-to-make warm-weather cocktail. 4–6 ICE CUBES 4 OUNCES SWEET TEA VODKA 4 OUNCES LEMONADE Place the ice cubes in a highball glass. Add the vodka and lemonade. Stir to combine and serve. WINTER 2019
FIVES ACROSS THE BOARD One long weekend at Rancho Valencia easily proves why the resort continuously nabs high marks in nearly every travel publication thanks to its exceptional service and values. The most amazing part? You wonâ€™t need a passport to lodge in your very own casita. by Nicholas Nguyen WINTER 2019
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WOULDN’ T BL AME YOU IF YOU WOKE UP AT R ANCHO VALENCIA AND THOUGHT YOU SOMEHOW MIGHT BE AT A LUXURIOUS RESORT IN THE MEDITERR ANE AN OR SOUTH OF THE BORDER . The picturesque, green grounds and hacienda-style suites combined with the balmy southern California weather has that transformative effect on the place. The resort has topped the lists for hotels and spas in Forbes, earning the coveted five-stars for the last five years, while simultaneously garnering the AAA Five Diamond award. The sprawling resort located in Rancho Sante Fe is just a quick half-hour drive from San Diego, making excursions into the city easy when the
mood strikes. But believe all the hype—Rancho Valencia is the place you wish that you could call home, so why would you ever want to leave? Here are five reasons to book your next getaway at Rancho Valencia.
THE ACCOMMODATIONS AND STAFF GO ABOVE AND BEYOND.
The resort offers three styles of luxury living in luxe casitas that are furnished with Spanish-style furniture and décor. I stayed in a suite, but families could opt for a 3,500 square-foot luxury villa or a
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private hacienda that has its own kitchen, perfect for larger groups of families and friends that wish to stay together. Still, and I use the term loosely, the “average” suites can make you feel like royalty with a huge bed, spacious seating area, a gargantuan bathroom equipped with a separate shower and tub, walk-in closet, an outdoor patio and your very own fireplace. Every night after dinner, as soon as I stepped into my casita, the fire was already lit and waiting for me to kick off my shoes and plop down on an armchair to relax with my Kindle. It’s these little details that make it clear why the resort is so highly rated. There were many other first-class touches that gave me the impression that I wasn’t just at any other hotel or resort. When housekeeping stopped by while I was out, they would neatly wrap up my charging cords, securing them with a velcro strap. Every morning, a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice waited on a ledge by the front door. The mini-bar was completely complimentary, stocked with snacks and beverages. I truly felt spoiled!
IT’S A SPA LOVER’S DREAM COME TRUE.
The Spa at Rancho Valencia is separate from the main building and the casitas that dot the property. Once you’ve passed through the checkin area, it’s like being transported all over again, perhaps to Italy to bask in the sun by the pool, surrounded by olive and palm trees, complete with cabanas and food and drink service. It’s also
where many of the resort’s fitness activities are housed (more on that next). After checking in and hanging out in one of the tranquil waiting areas stocked with healthy treats, teas and juices, I was more than ready for my hot stone massage. As I’m writing this story in a stiff office chair, I wish I could book another appointment; I felt completely rejuvenated and blissed out after my treatment. Friends of mine opted for other treatments that showcased the gamut of services offered. One had a facial and a body scrub to slough off dull skin to reveal a glowing layer underneath. Another tried one of the spa’s custom wellness “rituals” that included aromatherapy, a facial massage and guided meditation. Out-of-the-box treatments like that showcased why the spa has become so popular.
THE WORKOUT CLASSES ARE PLENTY AND COMPLIMENTARY!
At the spa complex, there is a gorgeous yoga pavilion that’s Instagram-worthy thanks to a floating platform in the center of a pool. Pilates lovers will love the fully-equipped studio with classes for all levels. If getting drenched in sweat is your thing, try the spin studio across the way. As stated above, the classes are complimentary for guests—yes, you read that right. Be sure to sign up for a session or two during your stay to not only feel relaxed, but also accomplished, especially if you happened to binge on the minibar offerings on the first night like I did.
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large, chic dining room while the Pony Room has a saloon-like bar and outdoor seating for lunch and dinner. Both have seasonal menus with a Mediterranean slant. On the afternoon I arrived, I had a late lunch that consisted of poached eggs and avocado toast topped with sprouts. It set the tone for the rest of my dining experience—simple food with a sophisticated touch.
During my stay, I learned that Rancho Valencia is also considered a world-class tennis resort. They had just installed red clay courts, an uncommon feature in the U.S. but recognizable for fans of the French Open. The distinctive clay courts provide more support for softer landings. Guests have access to complimentary court time as well, and private lessons can be arranged. I had the privilege of taking a lesson and running drills with Robin White, a two-time U.S. Open Champion.
GUILT-FREE FOOD WITH FRESH, LOCALLYSOURCED DINING OPTIONS TO WHET YOUR APPETITE.
Rancho Valencia’s unique and heightened attention to details make it a great destination for couples and honeymooners. Everything is so thought out at the resort, and the atmosphere is romantic. That’s not to say that the resort isn’t family friendly. There’s a dedicated family pool and plenty of lawn games and activities outside the Pony Room for all ages to enjoy. Tennis lessons are also available for children. Plus, with San Diego in close proximity, the resort makes an excellent home base for day trips to La Jolla Beach, Sea World or the San Diego Zoo. Just picture a long day ending with a soak in a large tub or cozying up to a fire in your casita. And of course, for any wellness fanatic, the luxurious place is a great blend of relaxation while keeping up with your exercise and nutrition goals. No matter the purpose for your vacation, make a play for Rancho Valencia and you’re sure to score it fives across the board. H
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CLAY TENNIS COURTS FEEL GREAT ON THE JOINTS; THE PONY ROOM IS A GREAT EVENING SPOT FOR COCKTAILS AND SHAREABLE PLATES
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Rancho Valencia has two main, on-site eateries. Veladora serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a
THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
Imagineâ€” Culinary Perfection
A delicious invitation to the 13th Annual Landry's Iron Chef Competition Story and photos by Rick McMillen
OHN LENNON’S ICONIC SONG , “IMAGINE ,” HAS BEEN FOREVER A METAPHOR ENGR AINED IN MY CONSCIOUSNESS EXEMPLIF YING PERFECTION. Granted, the ballad’s lyrics have virtually no mention of food, but the consistent reference of believing, then experiencing the refinement of all things being perfect is incredibly beautiful. Why this reference? Landry’s Inc. The only reason you might not have heard of Landry's and the company's incomparable impact to the entertainment and food industries is if you've been in a coma for the past 25 years! So, prior to giving an insightful collection of some of the finest dishes prepared by many of the top chefs from the Landry’s Corporation, allow me to share my background for understanding and experiencing culinary perfection. Over the past few years, I have ventured from San Diego to Rome, to Barcelona to New York, back to Madrid and on to New Orleans with another twenty stops intertwined along the way. Each of these trips was made with the intention of experiencing the succulent foods of each culture and I am happy to report that I have never been disappointed. I've had the opportunity to taste foods that have pleased, inspired and filled me with culinary nirvana. When I was invited to stay at the incredible San Luis Resort and Spa in Galveston, and spend
Following two days of exhaustive competition, eight category winners and one overall winner were announced. The 2018 Overall Winner of the 13th Annual Landry's Iron Chef Competition is Key West Key Lime Pie (left) by Andy Siedel, Executive Chef, Strip House Downtown NYC. Photo courtesy of Landry's Inc.
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Tuna + Hamachi two days observing, experiencing and tasting the creative genius of Landry’s top chefs from many of their 600 plus restaurants, I jumped at the opportunity. I felt blessed to be in the kitchen of the fabulous Galveston Island Convention Center, with its state-of-the-art facilities that most of us could only dream of! Imagine—31 chefs selected to represent their restaurant and/or region and compete for the honor of becoming the winner of the 13th Annual Landry’s Iron Chef Competition. Not only does the title and the obvious prestige that comes with it launch their careers into infamy, their winning dish becomes a featured item at most of the Landry’s famed restaurants! Let’s be clear, while they are afforded complete freedom, their dish must be capable of meeting the strict standards that made this
The chefs must understand the weights, measurements and volume of each dish, the associated ingredient costs used in the recipes and the actual hard costs for an individual serving. They must also have a projected menu price. Finally, their plating and presentation must be phenomenal! mega corporation successful. The chefs must understand the weights, measurements and volume of each dish, the associated ingredient costs used in the recipes and the actual hard costs for an individual serving. They must also have a projected menu price. Finally, their plating and presentation must be phenomenal! Imagine—standing elbow to elbow with these chefs watching the entire creative process unfold as the kitchen fills with succulent aromas. Make no WINTER 2019
Imagine—getting the opportunity to taste each of these remarkable dishes. mistake, however, the air also permeates with the stress of winning and the added pressure of performing in front of their competitors and peers. Imagine—getting the opportunity to taste each of these remarkable dishes ranging from savory appetizers to succulent main courses to desserts that can never be accurately described! Imagine—doing this for two days, enjoying the comradery of the chefs, the insights of many top Landry’s executives and then walking onto the sandy beach, allowing the warm, salty breeze of the gulf waters to envelop your senses, as you realize that you have just experienced an unparalleled culinary feast! So, while you’re drooling over the dishes I have selected for your food fantasies, imagine if you will, that each and every time you wish to treat yourself to culinary perfection that a trip to your favorite Landry’s restaurant will guarantee perfection to your discriminating pallet! H 56
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KICKING THE HABIT, KICKING THE PAIN
With prescription opioids causing more problems than they solve, itâ€™s hard to know where to turn for relief from serious pain. These alternative therapies can help! by Joanna Powell
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WHETHER IT’S A B R U TA L B A C K A C H E , WRECKED KNEES O R D E B I L I TAT I N G ARTHRITIS, CHRONIC PA I N A F F L I C T S A S TA G G E R I N G 1 2 6 MILLION AMERICANS.
Until about 25 years ago, if you were one of the unlucky sufferers, you would have endured this misery with few options for relief. Researchers found that pain was vastly undertreated until the 1990s, when drug companies stepped up to fill the void. A new class of painrelief medicine was developed–most notably OxyContin, a synthetic form of morphine–and the opioid use exploded. A massive PR campaign contended the new opioids were not addictive; the argument being that “pain cancelled out feelings of euphoria” in the patient. Doctors began prescribing OxyContin and other opioids right and left–sometimes with some shady incentives from big pharma. For many, it felt like a miracle. “My life was miserable before opioids,” says one long-time pain sufferer. “And honestly, it never occurred to me to abuse them.” But as opioid use skyrocketed in the early 2000s, so did misuse. Addiction, it turned out, was a problem. And we now know that painkillers often create many, if not more problems, than they solve, with some studies showing they’re not effective in the long run. Over time, it turned out, many patients found that the more drugs they took, the worse their pain became.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE OPIOIDS Technically, opioids are a class of drugs that
include powerful pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine, morphine and fentanyl, as well as the illegal drug heroin. They act on opioid receptors in the brain to reduce the sensation of pain by interrupting signals from the nerves. While they’re generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, with extended use they hold pain at bay for shorter periods of time, often causing patients to increase doses. Moreover, because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, misuse is common: Recently deaths from opioid overdoses have reached an all-time high, killing more people in the last two years than died in the entire Vietnam War. Now that we’ve reached a full-blown opioid crisis, many physicians—and patients—are backing away from narcotic pain meds, for good reason. “I’m not saying that opioids should never be used,” notes Tor Wager, PhD., professor of psychology and neuroscience. “But they aren’t nearly as good as a solution as we thought they were. Studies show a variety of potential harm including increasing inflammation and increasing longterm pain.” With opioids on the chopping block, what are the options for chronic pain patients? No one wants to revert to those tough-it-out times before medications. Fortunately, there are a number of effective non-opioid remedies. While none carry the immediate relief of popping a pill, many experts believe that complementary therapies can help
reduce or eliminate the need for opioids altogether. Below, a look at some of the more effective options.
PHYSICAL THERAPY (PT)
W H AT I T I S : The longtime gold standard for regaining mobility after injury or surgery, PT can also significantly reduce chronic pain through therapeutic exercise tailored to the patient. The tools of PT, which include manual therapy, exercise and education, “can have a mediating effect on pain,” explains licensed physical therapist Lise Stolze, MPT. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines state that physical therapy and exercise “may actually work better” than opioid painkillers for managing chronic pain.
opioids like endorphins to produce an analgesic effect. At the same time breathing and relaxation techniques can help the patient to control feelings of pain.” T I M E R E Q U I R E D : It varies from patient to patient, but expect to attend sessions two or three times per week for four to six weeks with a goal to eventually work independently.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
W H AT I T I S : A talk therapy that’s used to treat phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety and is now increasingly used as
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Physical therapists begin by finding movements that improve function but don’t aggravate symptoms, then build strength and confidence in the patient to enhance function. “It is a first step in reducing fear of movement,” says Stolze. “In addition, exercises release natural WINTER 2019
No longer considered an exotic practice, a recent survey found almost 3.5 million Americans said they'd had acupuncture in the previous year. an antidote to chronic pain. CBT teaches patients to take control of how they interpret negative thoughts and to change their behavior accordingly. In addition to talk therapy sessions, patients may be given homework assignments, such as keeping track of the feelings associated with their pain throughout the day in a journal. W H Y I T W O R K S : Pain
isn’t all in your head. On the other hand, researchers say, it’s not all in your body either. That’s where CBT comes in. “We now understand that pain is not simply a biological phenomenon—rather pain is strongly influenced by psychological (mood, ability to cope) and social factors (work, stress),” says Roger Chou, MD, a pain specialist at Oregon
Health and Science University. “In order to effectively manage pain, it is critical to address psychological contributors to it.” People react to pain in different ways, notes Wager, who runs the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder. For example, imagine someone being stung by a bee at a picnic. For one person, it might be no big deal. For another, they might never go on a picnic again. It’s a matter of how their brain processes the pain. “CBT works to reduce the fear and anxiety surrounding the pain, reducing avoidance and getting people to go back to moving and accept that it’s okay to hurt sometimes,” explains Wager. “Even though someone has hurt their neck or
back, it doesn’t mean that moving is going to injure them more. By overcoming fear to confront pain actually seems to help normalize a person’s system and reduce pain for a lot of people.” Bottom line: “Everything in your mind is reflected in your brain systems and nerve chemistry,” explains Wager. “Therefore psychological therapy can have a physical effect.” TIME REQUIRED:
CBT works far more quickly and effectively than other types of talk therapy–which makes it a more efficient and affordable alternative. Often patients are able to adjust their levels of pain in just a few individual or group sessions.
W H AT I T I S : In this 2,000-year-old Chinese healing art, thin needles are inserted into points
in the body to balance the flow of energy (chi) believed to move through strategic pathways (meridians). No longer considered an exotic practice, a recent survey found almost 3.5 million Americans said they'd had acupuncture in the previous year. Although scientific research is mixed, a large groundbreaking 2012 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concluded that there is firm evidence that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain. WHY IT WORKS:
Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate nerves and muscles, which may in turn boost your body's natural painkillers. Some experts suggest that acupuncture reduces pro-inflammatory markers, or proteins, in the body. A 2018 study presented at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM) summit found that
when acupuncture was used in the emergency department of a suburban Milwaukee hospital, it reduced pain by approximately 50 percent, a better result that is often achieved with narcotics. Stress and anxiety levels were cut even more drastically. “Acupuncture has been a life saver for me,” says Betty Girard, a chronic arthritis sufferer in York, PA, “It has reduced my joint stiffness and keeps the pain bearable.” TIME REQUIRED:
W H AT I T I S : In the
growing number of states where it’s now legal (cannabis is legal in 11 states but don't get any crazy ideas— it's not legal here in the Lone Star state), medical marijuana generally includes oil, tinctures, sprays, creams, suppositories, patches, edibles and “flower,” (what was formerly known as smoke-able pot), from the marijuana plant. Patients get a “marijuana card” (with a doctor’s prescription) which allows them to purchase cannabis at a dispensary. For some people, CBD oil (which doesn’t contain THC, the element in cannabis that makes you “high”) can provide pain relief. But adding the full spectrum of THC is most effective. “You can push a chair across the floor, which
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While more research is needed to understand exactly how marijuana works on pain, it’s believed that it affects some of the same areas as opioids—the receptors that perceive pain. It may also boost serotonin levels, which can help relieve anxiety, depression as well as pain. In any case, evidence shows that as few as three puffs of cannabis a day can result in less pain, better sleep and increased appetite, a boon especially for chemo patients. Is it safe? “People may get a little dizzy if
there’s too much THC in their dose,” says Dr. Dorn, who advocates non-smoking forms of intake. “But marijuana is not addictive, despite what people think, and is certainly a safer alternative than opioids.” TIME REQUIRED:
When smoking, the effects kick in within minutes. Edibles and other forms can take up to an hour to take effect.
W H AT I T I S : A practice whereby we clear the mind’s chatter by focusing on a single point of reference, such as breathing, bodily sensations or a word or phrase. Also called mindfulness meditation, the goal is turning away distracting thoughts and being completely in the present. W H Y I T W O R K S : One
of the core principles in mindfulness is to acknowledge
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Initial evaluation and treatment may take 60 to 90 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour and may require one or two treatments a week in the beginning. In general, it's common to receive six to eight treatments. For some types of pain, such as bursitis of the knee, acupuncture can be effective in as few as three sessions.
is like using CBD,” says Joseph Dorn, MD, DMD, chief medical officer with the Medical Marijuana Treatment Clinics (MMTC) of Florida. “But if you add rollers to the chair it will roll across the floor more smoothly and easily. The rollers are like what the THC does.”
something that might be hateful without judging it or fearing it, explains Wager. By learning to simply notice pain and accept it, “it really helps people to keep it from growing and expanding,” he says. “By retraining the brain with a mindfulness practice, we’ve seen a really dramatic reduction in both pain and other negative emotions.” According to a 2015 study in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that mindfulness meditation reduces pain by activating the areas of the brain associated with the self-control of pain. Other studies have shown a 40 percent
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This checklist from Roger Chou, MD, can help you spot the warning signs of opioid addiction in yourself or a loved one.
reduction in pain with meditation. T I M E R E Q U I R E D : The basics of meditation can be learned in a single, 20-minute training session, though you do get better at it with time. It’s recommended that you practice every day.
P I L AT E S A N D PA I N :
We know Pilates gives us a flatter tummy, a stronger core and can help heal a wide range of physical ailments. But Pilates is also one of the top exercises doctors recommend for managing chronic pain. Research shows that
it’s especially effective for back pain, most notably in the lower region. A small study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies found that people with a history of neck pain experienced significant relief after a six-week Pilates program. Pilates instructor Juliet Harvey is also a licensed massage therapist. While she treats pain patients with both massage and Pilates, she says that Pilates is often more powerful. “With Pilates, I’m giving people the tools to fix themselves,” instead of relying on, say, a once-a-week massage, she says. “Once you take control over making your body stronger with Pilates, you’re going to be truly better.” WHY IT WORKS:
“Pilates provides many options to exercise ‘out of gravity’ to prevent aggravating pain,” says Stolze, who is a Pilates instructor as well as a physical therapist. “The goal initially is to simply move without making the pain worse. Once fear of movement subsides, the patient can do some home mat exercises. When exercise becomes more regular in their life, patients with chronic pain can start to feel the analgesic effects of exercise.“ From people who have pain from poor
postural habits to those who have developed muscle imbalances, Pilates can realign the body and most certainly reduce pain, suggests Stolze. “The rhythm of movement with breathing can create a meditative environment and allow patients to reduce the focus on their pain and enjoy the sensation of movement for perhaps the first time in a long time.” Every Pilates instructor has stories of clients who triumphed over injury, illness and pain. But Harvey points to her “poster child,” a woman who came to her studio in so much pain she could barely walk. “She was planning to get a hip replacement because her pain was so severe,” recalls Harvey. Once she started coming twice a week to Pilates, she was able to hold off the hip replacement for 13 years. “It was so powerful to see her go from being in so much pain she could barely move to saying, ‘I can walk around town. I’m doing great!’” TIME REQUIRED:
It depends on the condition, but most people start to feel some relief after a single session. Significant pain reduction can take many months, however. PS
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2 . You’re unable to cut down on opioid use.
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From people who have pain from poor postural habits to those who have developed muscle imbalances, Pilates can realign the body and most certainly reduce pain,
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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 continuing-education 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 was a director on the Board of Houston Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of a number of national and local dental organizations.
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WAYDE FAWCETT, DDS Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implants WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES IN GENERAL DENTISTRY IN HIS HOMETOWN FOR OVER 34 YEARS , with a special focus on cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and full smile makeovers. One of the most popular procedures he offers is Teeth-In-One-Day, a groundbreaking alternative that allows patients to receive dental implants and a full set of new teeth all in the same day. “We provide dentistry that changes people’s lives, and in doing so, we change our own, “ says Dr. Fawcett. “Our commitment to quality governs every aspect of our work and ensures that we always exceed our clients’ expectations.” In 2007, Dr. Fawcett was among 157 dentists to be honored with
the title “Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD),” considered to be one of the most respected designations in the profession. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Fawcett received the prestigious Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a distinction held only by 274 of the ADG’s 39,000 members, recognizing his commitment to continuing education, community service and mentorship. Clients of Dr. Fawcett appreciate the personal attention, warmth and genuine concern he shows each individual. His fun-loving personality and compassionate chairside manner have nurtured long-lasting relationships and loyal patients from all over the world.
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SERVICES: Teeth-In-One-Day • Implants • Cosmetic Dentistry • Full Mouth Rejuvenation • Smile Makeovers • Porcelain Veneers & Crowns • Porcelain Bridges & Partials • Sleep Dentistry • Gum Disease & Hygiene Programs • TMJ /Neuromuscular Dentistry • Sleep Apnea EDUCATION: University of Texas Dental School, Houston, TX ACCREDITATIONS: Master of the
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GUY M. LEWIS, DDS Cosmetic Dentistry
THE TEXAS CENTER FOR COSMETIC DENTISTRY SPECIALIZES IN THE ARTFUL RESTORATION AND RE-CREATION OF SMILES. Our unique field of
focus—a concentration in partial and fullmouth reconstruction through the use of finely-tailored crowns, veneers, and dental implants—has remained our passion and highest proficiency since we helped pioneer the industry three decades ago. Recognized as one of the best cosmetic dentists in the world, founder Dr. Guy Lewis is among the originators of the long-standing American Association for Cosmetic Dentistry, the central education and propagation body for a field whose accredited members number only 300 globally—and for good reason. We excel at the advanced and often exacting task of building a beautiful, natural-looking smile: the remarkable dovetailing of art and science, ingenuity and experience, and intuition and skill that many attempt but few master. Whether finessing a subtle shift in a smile’s aesthetic or addressing the most complex of reconstructions, TCCD’s meticulous diagnostic approach, compassionate service, elegant facilities and artisan-level quality continue to define the standard for excellence in this industry. We are rewarded in turn with a legacy of smiles from local and international clientele who expect nothing less than exceptional.
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DAVID K. DENNISON, DDS, MS, PhD Periodontist DR. DENNISON WELCOMES PATIENTS TO A PRACTICE WHERE CARING AND COMPASSION COMBINE WITH EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE TO
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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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COSMETIC S. Christian Bahm, DDS 713-622-3240 Brad Barker, DDS, LVIF 281-391-4209
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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.”
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.
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SATVI PINNAMANENI, DDS
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry ORAL HEALTH IS A CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, SAYS DR. Satvi Pinnamaneni.
Known to her patients as Dr. P, she is an avid advocate of comprehensive dentistry. She focuses on not just the cosmetic aspect of the restorations, but also the functional longevity. “My staff and I treat patients in a calm and anxiety-free environment. We strongly believe that this allows us to achieve the highest success rate for the procedures we perform. We offer multiple sedation options, and ample time at each visit that allows us to listen to and address patients’ questions and concerns,” says Dr. P. Being a strong proponent of continuing education, Dr. P is dedicated to providing high-quality care using the latest advances in dentistry. This dedication combined with her cheerful and compassionate chair-side manner are just two of the many reasons patients travel to Cypress to seek her care.
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ALLEN WALKER, DDS Cosmetic Dentistry
THAT ALLOW ME TO CARE FOR THEIR SMILES! What an honor to
live, work and fellowship with all the families in the Katy area. Katy is a community of dental professionals that support one another to provide excellence in patient care. It is my privilege to serve this area doing what I love with fellow like-minded professionals. Katy is a small town with a tradition of taking care of people, big and small.
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We take that responsibility seriously and have a family approach to dental health. A special thanks to all of our patients serving overseas in our military and their families here at home. Last but not least, is my wife and family that listen to my boring stories and serve as a constant reminder of how blessed I am. Allen Walker In God We Trust.
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Kevin Sameti, DDS 281-416-4024
Craig Curd, DDS 713-461-1166 houstonendodontics.com
Paul Satchell, DDS, MS, PA 281-550-0993 paulsatchell.com
Marianna Delgado, DDS 832-644-8585 mdendodontics.com
James Spradley, DDS 281-373-5537 spradleyendodontics.com
Samuel O. Dorn, DDS 713-500-4223 db.uth.tmc.edu
David Wan, DDS, MS 281-647-6687
Greg Ellis, DDS 936-760-2222
Manish Garala, DDS 713-795-0208 sggendo.com
Tim A. Crist, DDS 281-873-6942 cristfamilydental.com
Ricardo Garza Jr, DDS, MS 281-693-3200 katyendo.com
Carlee A. Reiler, DDS 713-436-0200 reilerdds.com
Joshua C. Gorman, DDS 281-655-0063 endohouston.com
FAMILY & COSMETIC
Mark N. Haddad, DDS 832-376-6252 gcendo.com
James A. Johnson, DDS 713-988-0536 houstontxfamilydentistry.com
Jeffrey Hanzon, DMD 713-795-0208
Satvi Pinnamaneni, DDS 281-758-0060 cypresslakesdental.com
Paola Argaez, DDS 713-352-0116 pearlywhitespearland.com Craig Armstrong, DDS 832-251-1234 craigarmstrongdds.com John R Ayre, DDS 281-689-5266
Cory W Bailey, DDS 281-469-3282 northwesthoustondentist.com Amy E. Baker, DDS 979-849-3521 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
Dico Hassid, DDS, MS 713-271-9100 bayoucityendodontics.com
Lara Regis, DDS 832-365-7007
Ron C. Hill, DDS, MSD 713-626-8343 southwestendo.com
Lakendra Sakeena, DDS 281-778-3200 siennasmiles.com
Ashandra Batiste, DDS 713-960-4090
Claudia I. Holt, DDS 713-218-7811
Ivi Sanguinetti, DDS 281-421-5950 singing-dentist.com
A. Scott Benoit, DDS 713-529-3069 drbenoitdds.com
Garrett Bethke, DDS 281-492-6064 katyteeth.com
ENDODONTICS Peggy Martin, DDS 281-461-6700 endodonticassociatesofclearlake.com
Dina Bramipour, DMD, MS 281-855-3380
Brad Mize, DDS 281-681-0100 woodsendo.com
Tod Bruchmiller, DDS 281-655-0063 endohouston.com
James C. Morrison Jr, DMD 281-855-3380 moberidentalapecialists.com
Shiwei Cai, DDS 281-203-0503 springendo.com
Terry Ott, DDS 713-218-7811 endoassociates.org
Vesna Arezina, DDS 281-646-8888
Janice Lorene Babin, DDS 281-497-0111 jbabindds.com
Kevin H. Izu, DDS 281-494-9033 fortbendendo.com
Jose M. Bisquerra, DDS 713-461-1166 houstonendodontics.com
Nikola Angelov, DDS 713-486-4000
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Shawn Adibi, DDS 713-486-4444 utdentists.com Don L. Allen Jr, DDS 281-204-8100 millforestdental.com Kimberly C Andersen, DDS 281-298-0999 kimandersendds.com Ernie F. Anderson, DDS 281-205-9162 ernieandersondds.com
Mark W Bartosh, DDS 713-780-3427
Melanie Bibb, DDS 713-869-0334 Mandeep Birring, DDS 713-669-1999 Stacey Block, DDS 281-558-5700 Kerry M. Bloom, DDS 713-795-0130 kerrybloomdds.com Douglas W. Bogan, DDS 713-467-3458 dentistsattcv.com
CELINA M. LONGORIA, DDS General Dentistry
CATERS TO THE NEEDS OF THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND IS WHERE “BEAUTIFUL SMILES ARE CREATED.” With a comprehensive practice that provides everything from general dentistry to full-mouth cosmetic rehabilitation, Dr. Celina Longoria works to educate her patients on decisions that affect their oral health. “I listen to my patients’ needs and desires and spend ample time with them to help them make appropriate decisions. This is extremely important for a successful outcome for my patients,” says Dr. Longoria. “In our fast-paced world, the genuine care and time that the staff and I provide to each patient is unique and I am proud that we provide this type of service.” Dr. Longoria and her outstanding team of dental professionals protect, restore and enhance smiles with thorough oral hygiene
LONGORIA DENTISTRY 15210 Spring Cypress, Ste. G Cypress, TX 77429 281-213-8700 • longoriadds.com
and preventative treatments, full–scale restorations including crowns, bridges and tooth colored restorations, as well as fabulous aesthetic enhancements like veneers and Opalescence Boost Whitening. “My office combines advanced dental technology with clinical and cosmetic dentistry to create confident, dazzling smiles,” she says. “A flawless, healthy smile can transform your life and I want to be part of that transformation.” Dr. Longoria is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Greater Houston Dental Society and Texas Women’s Dental Association. Dr. Longoria states, “I know that you have many options when selecting dental care, and I sincerely value your decision to entrust your smile to me.”
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LONGORIA DENTISTRY IS A UNIQUE DENTAL PRACTICE THAT
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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
713-783-1993 • drvanslate.com
HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS 2019
MINA TABATABAI, DDS Pediatric Dentistry AS A HOUSTON NATIVE, DR. MINA TABATABAI IS HONORED AND EXCITED TO BE NAMED AS ONE OF HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS. At the age of 15, Dr. Mina
decided she wanted to be a pediatric dentist and create a fun atmosphere where children felt comfortable visiting the dentist. She is a proud alumni of the University of Houston Honors College and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Pediatric Dental Residency Certificate at Howard University. She fulfilled her goal of providing outstanding dental care and sharing her positive spirit with her patients by establishing Minali Dental. Her colorful office is filled with toys, games, and technology to help make the experience more pleasant for each of her patients. Gentle, personalized, and quality dental care is the mission at Minali Dental. As a mother of two sweet boys, Dr. Mina understands parent's concerns and strives to ensure everyone is wellinformed before each procedure. Dr. Mina practices conservative dentistry by treating every child as if they were her own. Parents are comforted because they are welcome in the treatment rooms and children see the same dentist at each visit. Conscious Sedation and Nitrous certified, Minali Dental has the resources to ensure a safe and healthy experience. Upon their first visit, patients become part of the Minali Dental family. MINALI DENTAL 7700 Fulton St., Ste. A Houston, TX 77022
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832-422-5792 â€˘ minalidental.com
HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS 2019
Heather Feray Bohan, DDS 281-357-5002 tomballsmiles.com
Christi Clifford, DDS, PA 281-486-0440 christiclifforddds.com
Francis Dunlap, DDS 713-468-5227 drfrankdunlap.com
Robert Gatewood, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com
Russell R. Boone, DDS 281-482-3331 friendswooddentist.com
James D. Condrey, DDS 281-499-3541 ftbenddental.com
Jake H. Duong, DDS 281-286-3410
Deborah J. Gennero, DDS 281-578-6200 drgennero.com
Henry Branard Bowman, DDS 713-961-9894
Anne-Laure Convert, DDS 713-784-4430
William A. Boyd, DDS 713-686-4885
Mark H Copas, DDS 281-351-9584 copasdental.com
Dina Bramipour, DMD, MS 713-355-7373 moberidentalapecialists.com
Edwin Cordray, DDS 713-526-2904 dentiq.net
Eileen Brightwell, DDS 713-455-7923 birghtwelldental.com
Cynthia Corral, DDS 713-518-1411
Larry E. Brunson, DDS 281-488-2483 dcadentist.com
Samuel E. Cress, DDS 281-565-4100 samcress.com
Heather Bryant, DDS 832-717-3000
Tim A. Crist, DDS 832-MY-TEETH drtimacristdds.com
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 Marie Carpenter, DDS 281-497-5001 annecarpenterdds.com Elizabeth A. Carrillo, DMD 281-955-8017 Nedith Casquete, DDS 713-340-1192 pearlanddentalspa.com Cynthia R. Castille, DDS 281-332-5561 Charles Chew, DDS 281-879-5800 Mimi M. Chow, DDS 832-831-9211 Philip Cimo, DDS 713-984-1004 Phillip J Cimo, DDS 713-464-1887 Marie Claire Trediri, DDS 979-258-3491 Casey L. Clements, DDS 936-447-6900
Martin Cuellar, DDS 713-444-2755 Fay Cumberbatch, DDS 281-231-9630 David C. Cunningham Jr, DDS 281-363-0470 James Cusato, DDS 281-370-2804
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 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
Cynthia Flanagan, DDS 281-488-6900 flanagansmiles.com
Deanna Davis, DDS 281-403-7625 rockycreekdentalcare.com
Miriam J. Folta, DDS 713-407-3000
Gerese Davis, DDS 832-813-8742 portofinodental.com Ronada R. Davis, DDS 713-797-0846 ddsassociates.com Bianca A. Davis-Sanchez, DDS, MS 281-261-3332 Rhonda Davison, DDS 281-859-9878 Mark Dickens, DDS 713-218-9911 Holly Dothing, DDS 281-491-9177
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Mark Frnka, DDS 713-665-3636 Rudy Fulton, DDS 409-935-2111 texasdentalhealth.com Nicholas Gamarata, DDS 281-440-1050 Sharon Garner, DDS 713-789-4300 Glenn A. Garrison, DDS 281-997-2001 pearlandcosmeticdentistry.com Esteban Garza, DDS 281-866-0442 championsdental.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 Bobby Gene Gortemiller, DDS 713-462-0434 instyledentalgroup.com Stephen Gould, DDS, PA 713-683-6655 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
GLORIA H. GIRALDO, DDS
Smile Sonrisa Dental DR. GLORIA H. GIRALDO HAS DEDICATED HER LIFE AND LOVE TO DENTISTRY. She earned her general dentistry degree in 1992 in Bogotá, Colombia. After practicing in her native country, she moved to Chicago with her husband where she obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. To further pursue her vision to improve dental health in the community, they relocated to Houston in 2009 to start her practice. With hard work and a passion to educate her patients, she created a concept of a true patient-dentist connection and opened Smile Sonrisa Dental, a welcoming, friendly office environment equipped with advanced dental technology. The carefully assembled staff is there for you and your family from your child’s first trip to future orthodontic care to preventative exams for years down the line. Whatever your dental needs, the friendly, bilingual and familyoriented team can help you achieve a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. Dr. Giraldo's mission is to help people attain a healthy smile through outstanding service, an exceptional team, and above all, by creating extraordinary, lasting relationships. Offering not only general dentistry for adults but also dentistry for kids, cosmetic dentistry, implants, periodontics, endodontics and orthodontics. Dr. Gloria Giraldo and her group of experienced dentists are confident that patients will receive quality care for all their oral health needs—where you become part of the Smile Sonrisa family.
SMILE SONRISA DENTAL 2406 Gessner Dr., Ste. A Houston, TX 77080
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713-465-4155 • smilesonrisa.com
HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS 2019
Cornelia Henry-Trejo, DDS 713-785-9599 dentalimplantsathouston.com
Lance Jue, DDS 281-277-9200 sugarlanddentalspa.com
Craig Mabrito, DDS 713-528-0567 mabrito.com
Michael Moore, DDS 281-486-9222 mooreclearlakedentist.com
Jennifer Hermstein, DDS 281-204-8100 millforestdental.com
Jennifer R Jupio, DDS 713-690-8439
Daisy L. Macasieb, DDS 979-297-3882
H. Steve Morgan, DDS, MS 713-977-0147
Stephen Kash, DDS 281-651-9494
Robert Markoff, DDS 281-242-5959
Scott Mosby, DDS, PC 281-359-6672 mosbydds.com
Jeff Keh, DMD 281-396-4635 katyfamilydentalgroup.com
Brian Martinez, DDS 713-523-6848 smilesofmidtown.com
Augustine Kim, DDS 713-464-6970
Mark Martinsen, DDS 409-938-1700
Rick Kline, DDS 281-265-7645 smiletexas.com
Bernard Mathy, DDS 713-981-5593
Edward Fred Heyne III, DDS 713-784-2952 tanglewood-dds.com Audra L Hiemstra, DDS 281-389-2720 Stephen Higgins, DDS 713-678-8428 Anthony Hill, DDS 281-376-0911 hilldentalgroup.com Gary Hill, DDS 281-469-8925 Mark Hiller, DDS 713-524-7303 James P. Hinson, DDS 713-952-6266 Frederick Hirt, DDS 281-338-1235 Charles R. Hoopingarner, DDS 713-784-8235 drhoop.com Amanda Hoover, DDS 281-334-5354 thelakesdentalcenter.com
Abdoul R Koroni, DDS 713-946-8200 Daniel D Krenz, DDS 713-290-0001 Michael Landry, DDS, FAGD, ABAD 281-370-8786 houstonsmilespa.com John Lauten, DDS 713-728-9000 meyerparkdental.com Nelson R. Lawnin, DDS 713-333-8500 Carol E Lazell, DDS 713-528-4054
Mary Matt, DDS 713-270-1007 cosmeticdentisthouston.net
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
Chi Mba, DDS 281-778-9261 chifamilydental.com
Anne-Marie Hoa Nguyen, DDS 713-917-0907
Michael S. McAllister, DDS 281-332-1366
Johnny K Nguyen, DDS 281-564-3500
Georganne McCandless, DDS 281-789-4339
Joseph H Nguyen, DDS 281-894-4194 drjosephdds.com
Patrick J. McClellan, DDS 713-229-8100 downtownhoustondentist.com
Joseph Noble, DDS 281-497-1141
Thomas C. McCulloch, DDS 281-332-7010 clearlakedentalcenter.com
Marvin Olim, DDS 281-492-6546 olimassociates.com
Sierra Hornberger, DDS 979-849-5771
Franc Lee, DDS 281-491-8088 leedentistry.com
Kelly M McElmurry, DDS 281-479-4867
Karl E Oppermann, DDS 281-358-2711
Kenneth C Hsieh, DDS 713-690-2555
Kenneth A Lepow, DDS 713-937-0050
Anna McMurtrie, DDS 713-664-8533
Glenda Owen, DDS 713-622-2248
Adrienne Y Hwang, DDS 713-465-6665 tcdentalhouston.com
Alexander Linares, DDS 713-664-8533
Cheryl L Mecca, DDS 281-486-9440
Christopher Pagano, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com
Pamela Liu, DDS 713-926-1212
Evan Melamed, DDS 713-937-0050 lepowdental.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 Leon Jeffries, DDS 281-463-3003
Robert Lockhart III, DDS 832-448-1300
Mary B. Mellard, DDS 281-550-5757
Celina Longoria, DDS 281-213-8700 longoriadds.com
Roger Mendoza, DDS 281-449-1053
Joseph Longoria, DDS 713-802-1943
G. Stewart Mill, DDS 281-376-2323
Brian J Lord, DDS 936-539-2121 simsdentistry.com
James D. Moers, DDS 713-524-8800 moersdental.com
Stephen P. Lukin, DDS, FAGD 281-265-9000 lukinfamilydentistry.com
Timothy J. Molloy, DDS 281-482-7252 friendswoodsmiles.com
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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
AESTHETIC DENTISTRY ASSOCIATES Cosmetic, Implant and Sedation Dentistry HAS BEEN SERVING THE GREATER HOUSTON community by
providing a full range of general dentistry services with an emphasis on cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry. The doctors at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates are committed to patient comfort and care. “Before we begin the journey to improved health and happiness with our patients, we must first do what is all too often missing in the patient experience: listen!” says Dr. Umansky. “By investing in the latest technology, we not only provide our patients with the treatment they need, but are also fully invested in our relationship with our patients to deliver the care they deserve.” Aesthetic Dentistry Associates has developed a special focus on sedation dentistry. Dr. Umansky explains, “Drs. Nikmard, Goldsmith and I are all certified to provide both oral and intravenous sedation. This gives our patients confidence that the procedures we perform—whether it's a full-arch replacement of teeth in a single day with the All-on-4® system, a smile design
with porcelain veneers or a routine cleaning—can all be done with a customized approach to patient comfort.” EDUCATION AND ACCREDITATIONS: ANDREW GOLDSMITH, DDS Marquette University School of Dentistry; General Practice residency at the University of Colorado; Diplomate in the International Organization of Implant Dentistry; Fellow in the International Academy of Laser Dentistry; Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry JOHN NIKMARD, DDS University of Texas San Antonio Dental
School; General Practice Residency at the Long Beach Veteran's Administration Hospital DAVID K. UMANSKY, DDS University of Texas Dental Branch Houston; Master in the Academy of General Dentistry LEFT TO RIGHT: DR. NIKMARD AND DR. GOLDMISTH
AESTHETIC DENTISTRY ASSOCIATES 6818 Atascocita Rd. Humble, TX 77346 281-446-4700 • aestheticdentistryassociates.com
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FOR MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS, AESTHETIC DENTISTRY ASSOCIATES
HOUSTON'S TOP DENTISTS 2019
Rafiei Poria, DDS 281-378-3331 distinctdentalhouston.com Eddie Pruitt, DDS 281-893-9175 eddiepruittdds.com Billy Puckett, DDS 832-649-7344 William C. Quinn, DDS 936-756-6867 Soheila Radan, DDS 713-467-4000 empiredentalcenter.com
Anna Maria Salas, DDS, MS 713-481-4885
Stephen Taylor, DMD 281-469-7469
Amanda L Wolf, DDS 713-692-2400
Adriana Salinas, DDS 713-979-3670 Walter Satterfield, DDS, MAGD 281-363-1571 docsatterfield.com
Mary K Tholen, DDS 832-548-5000
Stephen Wolters, DDS stephenwoltersdds.com
Steven Michael Thompson, DDS 281-444-4562
Logan D Wood, DDS 936-539-2211
Sandra M. Schell, DDS 281-993-0009
Nathaniel Tippit, DDS 713-465-1860 tippitdental.com
Kathy P Yamakawa, DDS 281-353-6300
Russell H. Schlattman II, DDS 281-444-2660 rschlattmandds.com Laura Schott, DDS 281-304-2877
David C. Rainwater, DDS 281-484-3675 rainwaterdentistry.com
Teresa Scott, DDS 281-655-9175
Rudy Ramos, DDS 713-973-9591
Patricia Serna, DDS 713-973-0118
Jessica Ransom, DDS 281-403-7625
Carrie Shrader, DDS 713-522-6366
Tiffany Ransom, DDS 281-440-3113
Bruce Smith, DDS 713-529-4364 brucesmithdds.com
Armando E Reid, DDS 713-490-8888 Jolie N Relyea, DDS 281-256-3838 Sue Richardson, DDS 713-796-9600 shesmydentist.com Amy L Ridall, DDS 281-495-5050 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 Thomas M. Robertson, DDS 713-464-1544 Timothy J. Rodgers, DDS 281-471-3066
Benjamin Smith Jr, DDS 281-280-8111 Osman N Soliman, DDS 281-446-2153 Mark Lee Speck, DDS 713-528-6684 speckdds.com Rachel Speck, DDS 713-528-6684 speckdds.com 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 Swonke, DDS 713-795-0608 houstonmedicalcenterdental.com 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
Chad C Taylor, DDS 281-888-7057
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Chris K To, DDS 281-980-8478 drtotaldental.com David D Tran, DDS 832-932-5584 Honglan Tran, DMD 713-464-7900 facebook.com/matricedental
Charles S Young, DDS 281-419-0076 Martin Young, DDS 281-491-3626 subtlesmiles.com Anthony A Zamany, DDS 713-266-5900 advanced-endodontics.com
Lee T Tran, DDS 713-790-1111
GENERAL & COSMETIC
Ngoc Tran, DDS 713-473-7223
Erica Baker, DDS 281-298-2503
Steve Truitt, DDS 713-682-7233
Chris Blume, DDS 281-970-4000 activelifedentistry.com
Isabel Vahedi, DDS 281-565-4321 apollonia-dental.com Kaushal Vakil, DDS 281-394-9600 crsmileskaty.com Jon Van Slate, DDS, FAGD 713-783-1993 drvanslate.com Beatriz Vargas-Oshaben, DDS 713-465-4155
Rick L. Clemmensen, DDS 281-537-2531 Ronald Crabtree, DDS 281-347-1960 katydentist.com Raymond Dao, DDS 281-566-2811 Piyuse Das, DDS 281-915-3271 clearlakedentalcare.com
Frank H. Vu, DDS 281-693-5900
Duc "Duke" Ho, DDS 281-395-2112 welchdentalgroup.com
John Walker, DDS 713-465-6786 memorialcitydentist.com
Melissa Dupree, DDS 713-807-9877 midtowndentistry.com
Karen Walters, DDS 713-790-1111 simplymakingsmileshouston.com
Kevin Freeman, DDS 713-839-0900 freemancosmeticdental.com
Jean Weber, DDS 713-526-6634
Gina Garner, DDS 281-825-4980 gkgdentistry.com
Marielsa A Weidanz, DDS 713-988-5858 Jesse G. Welch Jr, DDS 713-486-4259 db.uth.tmc.edu/directory/bios/ jesse-g-welch
Matthew Guerre, DDS 713-781-2800 cosmeticdentalhouston.com Chet Hawkins, DDS 281-488-4242 myclearlakedentist.com
VLADIMIR TABAKMAN, DDS, MS Orthodontist and Diamond Invisalign Provider TABAKMAN is on a mission to change lives with orthodontic
treatment by giving people a smile they’re proud to show off and the confidence that comes with it. With two locations, Houston Orthodontic Specialists offers personalized, cutting-edge care to patients—from kids to adults—with a focus on exceptional customer service, a family-friendly atmosphere and stunning results. It’s recommended to have your child’s first orthodontic checkup by age seven. Dr. Tabakman’s dedication to his field and patients shows. He’s been voted among the top orthodontists in Houston by H Texas magazine every year since 2007. He’s also an awardwinning Invisalign provider for his breakthrough orthodontic treatments with the system of clear aligners.
Dr. Tabakman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of Houston and obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Detroit Mercy. Since graduating, Dr. Tabakman hasn’t stepped back from education as he’s a believer in the importance of lifelong learning—for medical professionals in particular. He continues to attend conferences, take classes and publish his own research in scientific journals. His practice is informed by the latest research and he incorporates proven, innovative technology in order to ensure the absolute best results for his patients. Outside of his work and volunteer efforts, Dr. Tabakman can be found spending time with his wife, daughter and son, traveling, playing sports and just enjoying life.
HOUSTON ORTHODONTIC SPECIALISTS
5001 Bissonnet St., Ste 105
1510 Eldridge Pkwy, Ste. 114
Bellaire, TX 77401.
Houston, TX 77077
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AS A LEADING ORTHODONTIST IN HOUSTON, DR. VLADIMIR
Tom Hedge, DDS, FACE 713-668-7137 Tom Hernandez, DDS 281-580-2225 Adrienne Yoon Hwang, DDS 713-465-6665 tcdentalhouston.com Helen Jafari, DDS 713-523-9655 houstoniandental.com Frances Jones, DDS, MAGD 713-655-1633 drfrancesjones.com Dean Lankford, DMD 713-333-8500 Bailey Lee, DDS 281-491-8088 leedentistry.com Todd H Leiker, DDS 281-363-0500 Ellen Lim, DDS 713-850-9699 dentistlim.com Mitchell C. Mactier, DDS 713-766-9600 WestUFamilyDental.com Edgar Mafla, DDS 832-616-5350 innovativedentistryfc.com Ashley E. Marcks, DDS 713-790-1111 Jorge Marquis, DDS 281-656-2200 marquisdds.com Louis McDonald, DDS 281-550-9054 mcdonalddental.com Brett McRay, DDS 832-830-8226 houstonwestchasedentists.com M. Mehrinfar, DDS 713-706-3368 Aliasgar Mogri, DDS 281-256-3222 Brett A. 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 Gregory Oelfke, DDS 713-988-0492 oelfke.com Purvi Pandya, DDS 281-251-7770 pravadental.com An Pham, DDS 281-915-3271 clearlakedentalcare.com
GENERAL & FAMILY Kwang Cho, DDS 281-678-8344 autumnfamilydentistry.com
Mauricio Arguello, DDS, MS 713-664-6611 bracesinhouston.com Gloria H. Giraldo, DDS 713-465-4155 smilesonrisa.com
Ronald G. Ritsco, DMD, MS, PA, FACE 713-528-0377
Brian Pratt, DDS 936-582-1122 lakeconroedental.com
Hans Schleicher, DDS 713-932-0441 schleicherdental.com J. Alan Sexton, DDS 713-993-9777 ahoustonsmile.com
Duncan Foulds, DDS 281-265-6565 meridianmedicaldental.com
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Gary Ricketts, DDS 281-256-3222
Heather Robbins, DDS 832-830-8226 houstonwestchasedentists.com
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GENERAL, COSMETIC & ORTHODONTICS Raymond Marcus De Guzman, DDS 713-518-1411 bayoucitysmiles.com
GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY & AESTHETIC Winston Faltine, DDS 713-376-7444 mirabellasmiles.com
GENERAL & PEDIATRIC Joon Kim, DDS 713-631-3700 rbfdental.com
Aaron Glick, DDS 281-320-2000 houstontexasdentist.com Elsa Mammen, DDS 281-713-4990 gracefulsmilesdentistry.com
GENERAL & PROSTHODONTICS Ned Shimizu, DDS 281-531-0710 wedesignyoursmile.com
Richard Reinitz, DDS 281-485-6005 reinitzdental.com
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Patrick Vuong, DMD 832-645-5055 smileavenuefamilydentistry.com
Bill K. So, DDS, PA 713-690-1900 westwayparkdental.com Wendy Swantkowski, DDS 281-293-9140 wendyswandds.com J. Derek Tieken, DDS 281-334-4944 tiekensmiles.com Jennie Q Tran, DDS 281-464-9901 bayoucitydental.com Kevin Tran, DDS 281-464-9901 bayoucitydental.com Robert Waheed, DDS, PA 713-622-0123 caringdentistryofhouston.com William Wambaugh, DDS 281-367-3348 dentistinthewoodlands.com Justin Washington, DDS, MPH 713-757-1948 Steven Wolfson, DDS 713-789-1225 tanglewoodsmiles.com
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David Citek, DDS 713-943-2506 davidcitekdds.com Rick Friedrichs, DDS 281-351-0005 tropicaldentist.com Varghese John, DMD, DICOI, FMII 281-494-5600 sugarlandcosmeticdentist.com Jimmy Pinner, DDS 713-462-0442 jimmypinnerdds.com William A. Stellenwerf, MD, DDS, PC 281-359-9100 kingwooddental.com Natalie Wood, DDS 281-876-2226 wooddentalgroup.com
GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY & PROSTHODONTICS Mohammad Moridnia, DDS 281-934-1010 brookshiresmiledental.com
GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY, PROSTHODONTICS & ORTHODONTICS L. Mauricio Rodriguez, DDS 281-488-1227 premierdentalgroup.com
GENERAL, COSMETIC, FAMILY, PROSTHODONTICS & PERIODONTICS Mike Ghattas, DDS 713-664-1337 dental-designers.com
ANGELA TRAN, DDS, MS Orthodontics DR. TRAN IS A NATIVE HOUSTONIAN WHO GRADUATED FROM DUCHESNE ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART. After receiving her
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Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University, Dr. Tran earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery graduating Summa Cum Laude from The University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio. She went on to earn a Master of Science and her Orthodontics Specialty Certificate from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. Dr. Tran is a board-certified orthodontic specialist who treats children, teens, and adults. Her treatment philosophy integrates state-of-the-art technology set in a warm and welcoming environment. She provides traditional braces, clear braces, Invisalign, as well as options to shorten treatment times.
EMBRACE ORTHODONTICS 1398 Eldridge Parkway, Ste. 210 Houston, TX 77077 281-920-0455 • orthoembrace.com
THOMAS M. WEIL, DDS STEVE L. KOO , DDS Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery PINEY POINT ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY, RENOWNED AS THE CITY’S PREMIER PROVIDER OF DENTAL IMPLANTS, OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN CARE FOR THE TEETH, MOUTH AND FACE. With more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Thomas Weil and Dr. Steve Koo are highly qualified to perform all types of oral and maxillofacial surgery. At Piney Point, patient needs are paramount. The staff is committed to providing the best possible care and the office is equipped with the latest technology, including cone beam and advanced digital imaging. It’s no wonder they’ve been selected as Top Docs in both H Texas and Houstonia.
PINEY POINT ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY 2450 Fondren, Ste. 320 Houston, TX 77063
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832-924-3799 • pineypointoms.com
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GENERAL, COSMETIC, ORTHODONTICS & IMPLANTS Cory Logan, DDS 713-942-8598 corylogandds.com
GENERAL, COSMETIC, PROSTHODONTICS & AESTHETIC Carolina Frangie, DDS 281-493-2936 houstondentalesthetics.com
Dieter Moya, DDS 713-457-6337 hosaoms.com
Charles M. Repa, DDS 281-364-9933 texasoralsurgery.com
Yesenia Garcia, DMD 713-436-1241 gorthodontics.com Carl Gullick, DDS 281-859-6555
Brian Schaulin, DDS 281-992-1153 drbrianschaulin.com
Anu Hullett, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com
Chad R. Seabold, DDS, MD 713-981-0000 uptowndentalimplants.com
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Shelley Seidel, DDS, MD 713-464-2833 oralsurgeonhouston.com
Alex G. Bachoura, DDS 281-256-8400 cypressoralsurgery.com
J. Enrique Tabarini, MD 713-436-0148 shadowcreekoms.com
Justin R Brock, DDS 281-392-1130 katycofs.com
Thomas M. Weil, DDS 713-783-5560 pineypointoms.com
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Roger P. Byrne, DDS, MS, MD 713-266-1999
Mark E. K. Wong, DDS 713-486-4253 med.uth.edu
Sarah Amidi, DDS 713-434-1200 pearlandsignaturedentistry.com
M. James Clark, DDS 281-367-2001 texasoralsurgery.com
Travis Cook, DDS 713-434-1200 pearlandsignaturedentistry.com
Michael Eklund, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com
Anh Ngo, DDS 713-334-7333 aimdental.net
John Freeman, MD, DDS, PA 281-599-9445 yourfacedoc.com
William Jordan, DDS 281-242-2848 fortbendoralsurgeons.com
Emeka Abazie, DDS 713-721-4500 stjudesmile.com
Steve Koo, DDS 713-783-5560 pineypointoms.com
Giancarlo Romero, DDS, MS 713-664-1661 houstondentalimplantcenter.com
Victor M. Manon, DDS 281-358-2997 nehoustonoms.com
Michael A. Crist, DDS 281-895-7600
Richard Rowntree, DDS, MAGD 281-358-6330
Paul A. San Marco, DDS 281-893-1060 northhoustonendo.com
Carin E. Domann, DDS 713-465-3400 townandcountryortho.com
Paul Metz, DDS, MD 713-464-2833 oralsurgeonhouston.com
Randolph K. Ellis, DDS 281-485-6003 ellisorthodontics.com
Oscar Muniz-Luciano, DMD, MD 281-419-3223 shadowcreekoms.com
Morton Fairleigh, DDS, MS 281-469-3769 drfairleigh.com
Jackie Neagle, DDS 936-539-2980 neagleoralsurgery.com
Norman D. Farley, DDS 281-292-4272 getitstraightnow.com
Michael O'Shell, DDS 713-784-4200 memorialoms.com
Kim Forrest, DDS, MS 281-392-4571 forrestortho.com
Alberto Saba, DDS 281-493-2936 houstondentalesthetics.com
Lindsey Tilger, DDS 281-480-6600
IMPLANTS & ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Jason Hullett, DDS 713-439-7575 sworalandimplant.com Blake Maida, DDS, MD 713-457-6337 hosaoms.com
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Vijay Bhagia, DDS, MS 281-286-8945 spacecenterortho.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
Dennis Halford, DDS 281-980-8351 halfordorthodontics.com 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
CLEAR LAKE DENTAL CARE & IMPLANT CENTER Comprehensive Dentistry WHETHER A PATIENT NEEDS ROUTINE CARE OR FULL MOUTH REHABILITATION, DR. DAS AND DR. PHAM use the latest techniques and technology in order to provide the best possible patient experiences. Extensive education and experience in implant and sedation dentistry makes it possible for the team at Clear Lake Dental Care to offer life changing solutions to patients. “Sedation dentistry allows us to help so many people that have postponed dental care because of their fear and anxiety,” says Dr. Das. “Our greatest reward is to hear how a new smile has changed our patient’s life.”
CLEAR LAKE DENTAL CARE & IMPLANT CENTER 202 W. Medical Center Blvd. Webster, TX 77598
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281-972-6742 • clearlakedentalcare.com
MITCHELL C. MACTIER, DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentistry DR. MACTIER AND HIS TEAM WELCOME YOU TO EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE THEY OFFER! It's not often that you'll find such a
warm, welcoming dental office whose goal is to exceed your expectations. Dr. Mactier is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Dentistry here in Houston. He is recognized as being a highly skilled, compassionate dentist with a heart for service. Call today to experience the difference.
WEST U FAMILY DENTAL 3173 W. Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77025
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713-766-9600 • WestUFamilyDental.com
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Meredith R. Scott, DDS, MS 281-486-5081 radneyscottortho.com
Sheryl Hunter-Griffith, DDS 281-870-9270 kidshealthyteeth.com
Jeff Shao, DDS 832-663-9191
Bret Ibarra, DDS 281-484-7732 houstonkidsdds.com
Aurora Sordelli, DDS, MSD 281-759-2929 asordelli.com Don T. Speck, DDS 713-668-6878 Harold C. Stevenson III, DDS 281-693-1333 stevensonandhanisorthodontics.com Vladimir Tabakman, DDS 281-752-4222 houstonortho.com
Laji J. James, DDS 281-870-9270 kidsdentistofhouston.com Faisal Khan, DDS 832-222-8687 gppdental.com Kasia J. Lindhorst, DDS 713-461-1509 smiles-for-kids.com
Crystal Brady, DDS 713-644-9209
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Lauren Brownfield, DDS 713-790-0288 drbrownfield.com
Gayle Bradshaw, DDS, MS 281-419-4655 bradshawperiodontics.com
John T Burdine, DDS 713-688-5200 drburdine.com
Eric Choudhury, DDS 713-771-9308
Mack E. Coker, DDS, MS, PC 281-444-4704 mecoker.com J Gregory Condrey, DDS, MS 281-491-5544 drcondrey.com
Aldo Sordelli, DDS, MSD 281-759-2929 asordelli.com Thomas Wright III, DDS 281-481-6039 drtomwright.com
Julie Longoria, DDS 713-360-6432
David Dennison, DDS 713-523-9040 gums-houston.com
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Vincent Luan, DDS 281-238-4746
Bret Dyer, DDS 281-980-2344
Pedro M Trejo, DDS 713-785-4867
Elgin Wells, DDS 713-436-5858 4braces.com
Amy Luedemann-Lazar, DDS 281-394-7040
Deborah Hohn, DDS 281-427-5118 drhohn.com
Mina Tababatai 832-422-5792 minalidental.com
Elsa Alfonzo-Echeverri, DDS 713-956-8767 echeverridentalcenter.com
Tepphanie Thach, DDS 281-778-4008 wavesoffundental.com
Scott Andersen, DDS 281-292-4242 woodlandspediatricdentistry.com
Lisa M. TreviÃ±o, DDS 281-444-3999 cornerstonekidsdental.com
Craig K. Brown, DDS 281-376-2706 pdsmiles.com
James West, DDS 713-464-1651
Angela Tran, DDS, MD 281-920-0455 orthoembrace.com
Maria Calcina, DDS 281-463-4333 claydental.net Rita M. Cammarata, DDS, PA 713-666-7884 kids-teeth.com Henry Delclos, DDS 281-265-4177 Ivette Diaz, DDS 713-574-8841
PEDIATRIC & ORTHODONTICS Robin Stratmann, DDS 281-446-0424 neopds.com
PEDIATRIC, SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS Sandhya Harpavat, DDS 713-333-8500
Melonie Rachel Dutton, DDS 409-945-8080 melanieduttondds.com PERIODONTICS Natalie Harrison, DDS 713-785-3058 houstonspediatricdentist.com
Hamid Atabakhsh, DDS 281-367-6453
Steven Hogan, DDS 713-785-3058
William F. Braden, DDS 281-480-1898
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Kenneth Lubritz, DDS 713-789-7676 periohoustonlubritz.com Michael McGuire, DDS 713-783-5442 periohealth.com Sharon Minott-Warren, DDS 713-636-9734 bellaireperiodontics.com Anna Munne, DDS, PA 713-795-4666 healthgums4all.com Susana Paoloski, DDS 713-461-0033 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
Sarmistha Banerjee, DDS, MS 713-977-0147 George W. Cobb Jr, DDS, FACP 281-440-8440 houstonprosthodontist.com 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
LISA M. TREVIÑO, DDS, FAAPD, DABPD Pediatric Dentistry AT CORNERSTONE, WE TAKE PRIDE IN PROVIDING OUR VERY BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.
Caring for their unique needs comes naturally to us, after all, we’re parents too! From lasers to orthodontics, your child is sure to get the latest and greatest there is to offer. Call today!
CORNERSTONE KIDS DENTAL 17059 Stuebner Airline Rd. Spring, TX 77379 281-444-3999 cornerstonekidsdental.com
BRETT A. MURPHEY, DDS
IVI SANGUINETTI, DDS, PA
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
DR. BRETT MURPHEY AND HIS SKILLED TEAM HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE ENVELOPE AND LEADING THE WAY IN COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. Patients
include prominent figures, models, entrepreneurs and businessmen and women from all over the world with two things in common. They know that their image is critical to their self-confidence, success and perhaps most importantly, they are looking for a dentist to listen to their needs and earn their trust. At Woodlands Family Dental, techniques are focused on bringing out your brightest and most beautiful smile.
WOODLANDS FAMILY DENTAL Two locations in The Woodlands
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR PERSONAL ATTENTION AND A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR NAME, the
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.
281-681-9600 • WoodlandsDental.com IVI SANGUINETTI, DDS, PA 6920 Garth Rd. Baytown, TX 77521
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281-421-5950 • singing-dentist.com
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Taking positive steps to battle self-doubt and build self-confidence can lead to a healthier, fuller lifestyle. However, choosing to undergo medical procedures to enhance your physical and mental well-being can be a difficult decision. Lucky for us, Houston is home to some of the best physicians and wellness experts in the world. But narrowing down that list can take meticulous research. Who do you trust with your life? To help make your life easier, H Texas has taken the guesswork out of where to start. Here, we proudly present this yearâ€™s Top Health and Beauty Professionals, selected based on their experience, track record, skills and, of course, your feedback.
THE AESTHETIC CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERY Plastic Surgery
WITH SEVEN PLASTIC SURGEONS HOLDING MORE THAN 300 AWARDS COLLECTIVELY, THE AESTHETIC CENTER FOR PLASTIC SURGERY (ACPS) IS ONE OF THE MOST AWARDED COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY GROUPS IN THE NATION. The practice was named the
“Best Aesthetic Practice” in Texas and the nation’s five-state South Central region winner at the 2016 My Face My Body Awards in Beverly Hills, CA, based upon the evaluation of an elite international judging panel. 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 are responsible for upwards of 332 medical presentations and published works.
ACPS’s newly expanded surgery center and spa features a state-of-the-art private surgery center and the upscale Spa and Rejuvenation Center. Here, you can bask in the ambience of the spa’s modern Italian decor, while relaxing and renewing in the Serenity Room before and after receiving one of the spa’s many doctor-approved nonsurgical treatments. This cozy oasis is the perfect spot to slow down, sip some herbal tea, put your feet up, or simply close your eyes and take in the peaceful scents and scenery. For more information or to book a service, visit mybeautifulbody.com.
STANDING, LEFT TO RIGHT: PAUL F. FORTES, MD, FACS, FICS; OLIVIER DEIGNI, MD; KRISTI L. HUSTAK, MD; AND ROLANDO MORALES JR, MD
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SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT: GERMAN NEWALL, MD, FACS, FICS; HENRY A. MENTZ, MD, FACS, FICS AND CHRISTOPHER K. PATRONELLA, MD, FACS, FICS
THE AESTHETIC CENTER FOR
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12727 Kimberley Ln., Ste. 300
4400 Post Oak Parkway, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024
Houston, TX 77027
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PAUL VITENAS, JR., MD, FACS Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery
WITH A FOCUS ON NATURAL RESULTS, DR. PAUL VITENAS HAS SPENT THE LAST THREE DECADES BUILDING HIS AWARD-WINNING, HOUSTON-AREA PRACTICE, BASED ON THE ‘FINE ART OF NATURAL COSMETIC SURGERY.’
One of the country’s most notable plastic surgeons, Dr. Vitenas is known for his meticulous attention to detail and his elegant, organic-looking results for the breast, body, and face. His goal to provide a superior level of surgical results, service, and care throughout each patient’s cosmetic surgery journey has made Dr. Vitenas one of the top trusted plastic surgeons. He creates a safe, welcoming space that ensures each client stepping into Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery will feel relaxed and comfortable in their decision to choose an aesthetic enhancement. For distinct, natural-looking proportion and contour, there is no substitute for Dr. Vitenas’ level of experience, understanding of human anatomy, and his artistic eye for beauty. With more than 2500 online reviews and testimonials, and one of the largest before and after portfolios in the world, Dr. Vitenas is sought out by patients not only from Texas but from around the globe. Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your own, complimentary consultation and to find out for yourself why so many patients choose Dr. Vitenas to achieve their desired aesthetic goals.
VITENAS COSMETIC SURGERY 4208 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77027
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281-484-0088 • www.drvitenas.com
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DR. RAVI SOMAYAZULA Plastic Surgery
SURGEONS IN HOUSTON, DR. RAVI SOMAYAZULA HAS BECOME ONE OF THE GO-TO EXPERTS FOR BREAST AND BODY PLASTIC SURGERY, AS WELL AS NON-SURGICAL PROCEDURES. Over the last decade, Dr. Ravi’s dedication to excellence has been discovered by many patients from around the world, which is why he has so many 5-Star Google Reviews, making him one of today’s most sought-after plastic surgeons. Dr. Ravi’s practice is set apart from his peers by his emphasis on patient education and a gentle, calming bedside manner. He understands that superior cosmetic surgery is a process, beginning with an in-depth consultation and highly personalized treatment
plan. Using state-of-the-art techniques, precision, and an innate understanding of both anatomical and aesthetic proportions, Dr. Ravi works intently to achieve the best results. The goal at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics is to provide excellent results in a warm, caring environment that is responsive to each patient’s unique goals and needs. If you are considering an aesthetic procedure accompanied by compassionate care and natural-looking results, look no further than Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ravi to discuss your personal goals.
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AMONG THE MOST TRUSTED BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC
BODY BY RAVI PLASTIC SURGERY & AESTHETICS 9230 Katy Freeway, Ste. 520 Houston, TX 77055 281-242-1061 • bodybyravi.com
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…Sealed with a Kiss You’re going to want to wrap your lips around this one by Matthew Abernathy
ISOU, OR ‘KISS’ IN FRENCH, IS THE L ATEST ADDITION TO THE CLÉ GROUP, WHICH WAS FOUNDED IN 2014 BY FOUR SE ASONED HOSPITALIT Y VETER ANS. Current award winning venues include, Clé Day & Night, Spire and Bisou with more planned for this year, as well as an expansion into the Dallas market. Bisou opened in October 2018 in the upscale and classy River Oaks District (next to Steak 48). Inside is contemporary chic, bright, and romantic with beautiful flowers atop each table. There are several large tables, perfect for accommodating parties of up to 10 friends. The chef at Bisou is Master Chef Frédéric Perrier. In March 2015, Chef Frédéric was inducted into the exclusive Maitres des Cuisiniers as a Master Chef—one of the most respected honors in the industry with just over 300 chefs in the world being given the title since its inception some 60 plus years ago. (For those in Sugar Land and the surrounding Fort Bend County area, you may remember his restaurant, Aura.) We headed to Bisou for Sunday brunch and had a blast. The atmosphere was amazing, the food was delicious, the service was well-executed and the live jazz player was terrific. This place is perfect for date night or a get together with friends and cocktails. Thanks to the knowledgeable staff, we had the most fun I’ve had in quite some time while dining out. The cocktails are as delicious as they are aesthetically pleasing—you’ve got to try the Mint to be Melon—and the Last Kiss! Looking for dinner, cocktails and entertainment? Check out Bisou after 8 p.m. when the crowd really picks up and it becomes more of a bar/club-type setting. The atmosphere and decor are all A plus, plus. You can tell when you walk in, it’s a place to
see and be seen in Houston. But more so than that, the food is amazing. The dinner menu is diverse and well-designed with starters like the Escargot and Bone Marrow that’s prepared in a shallot compote, pickled mustard seeds and topped with fried parsley. Another favorite starter on the dinner menu is the Crispy Smoked Rabbit Mac and Cheese Croquettes that are finished with a carrot top pesto, old fashioned mustard and creme fraiche. For the main course, we suggest the Fresh Horseradish Crusted Double Boned Pork Chop served with creamy white cheddar grits and sauteed greens. The Seared Texas Flounder served with a decadent lobster risotto, butternut squash and finished with a herb vinaigrette is delicious. They also have a fine selection of juicy steaks to choose from—we suggest the
16-ounce Dry Aged Ribeye served with seasonal local vegetables and your choice of buttery mash potatoes or fries. To top it off, choose from one of four finishing sauces. We chose the gorgonzola horseradish. This is the perfect venue for a girls’ night out, bachelorette/bachelor party, bridal shower or really, any type of celebration. I recommend arriving ‘dressed to impress’ to fit right in. The DJ plays great music which gets louder and livelier as the night goes on. Bottle service is delivered in a fun and entertaining way. If you have a group, be sure to try their shareable cocktails—yum! Lastly, if you’re celebrating a birthday or any special occasion, be sure to order a bottle of Veuve, club style with all the sparklers! It will be sure to ‘wow’ your guests and the place to be ‘seen’ will be yours for the taking! H
BISOU 4444 Westheimer Rd., Ste. A-120 Houston, TX 77027 713-955-3855 bisourestaurant.com
H Marks the Spot Tranquillity Park
ESTLED NE ATLY BET WEEN WALKER AND RUSK STREETS AND SURROUNDED BY THE HIGH RISE OFFICE BUILDINGS OF DOWNTOWN HOUSTON, lies a beautiful, tranquil green space with rolling hills and sparkling fountains that provides many Houstonians a serene environment to relax, play and enjoy the outdoors. Tranquillity Park, as it is known, was built in 1979 to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July of 1969. Notably, differing in spelling, Tranquillity Park, takes its name from the Sea of Tranquility, the lunar mare where Apollo 11 touched
down. In fact, Neil Armstrong’s first words from the moon were, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of that historic moment. While you may not be able to visit the moon or, even closer to home, the Johnson Space Center, to commemorate the anniversary, perhaps you can visit the park and check out the bronze plaques that outline the important role that NASA and many Houstonians played in the landing of the first man on the moon. For a list of the many events hosted at Tranquillity Park including the Children’s Festival and International Festival, go to visithoustontexas.com. —Matthew Abernathy
PHOTO BY FRANCISCO J. SALAS
Take a Giant Leap in this Park to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
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