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GO-TO SHOPPING GUIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

REDISCOVERING HOME F A L L / W I N T E R 2017

Take a tour through Texas’ hidden gems

INDULGE IN FIVE VARIATIONS OF MAC AND CHEESE

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ICONIC LUXURY, LEGENDARY SERVICE. The Cadillac Escalade.

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REIMAGINING THE WAY YOU LIVE A tasteful mix of lifestyle amenities at your doorstep 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon • Ceron Hair Studio • Clean Juice• DEFINE Body & Mind • Dish Society • Heritage Texas Properties • Isle PediSpa • Jonathan’s The Rub • Lam Bespoke • Minuti Coffee • Old Republic Title • The Lash Lounge • Vine Wine Room

12505 Memorial Drive | Houston, TX | memorial-green.com

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THE DETAILS YOU DESERVE BECAUSE NO TWO GUESTS ARE THE SAME As the centerpiece of CITYCENTRE, Hotel Sorella features unparalleled amenities, elegant design aesthetics, and the sophisticated touches you’ll only experience at Houston’s premier luxury hotel.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award 2016 – #1 in Houston Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels in the USA

800 SORELLA COURT | HOUSTON, TX | 713.973.1600 | HOTELSORELLA-CITYCENTRE.COM

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DE PA R T ME N T S 08 Developing Story

 What’s new at CITYCENTRE, Century Square, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor and Kirby Grove.

12 On the Horizon

 Houstonians are on the hunt for residences that allow for brisk walks through the neighborhood.

16 Making an Entrance

 Upgrade your closet with multipurpose pieces that’ll work in and out of the office.

36 Bath & Beauty

 It’s out with the old and in with the green when it comes to your beauty regime.

39 Expert Eye

 Retire your outdated holiday decor, and spruce up your table with shades of gold, blue and pink.

F E AT UR E S

Rediscovering Home

Explore Texas as if you were a tourist to find some of the most exciting places to eat, drink, tour and stay.

Out of the Box Leave your stomach empty as you make your way to each of the city’s top spots for warm, gooey mac and cheese goodness.

 Check out the most exciting events this fall and winter.

43 Eating Around

 Our restaurant roundup. Plus: whiskey creations to keep you warm.

48 District Dweller

Holiday Gift Guide

 A UH alumna follows her dream to provide affordable, chic clothing for young women in Kings Harbor.

Find the perfect presents for your loved ones this holiday—without the stress.

ON THE COVER Aerial drone shot of Lev y Park Photo by Dan Joyce

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ELEGANCE. OPULENCE. ALESSANDRA. A Valencia Group hotel– Stunning simplicity in downtown Houston’s GreenStreet for the well-traveled and business-savvy.

1070 Dallas Street | Houston, TX | 800.204.5851 | hotelalessandra-houston.com

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W E L C OM E

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EDITORIAL & CRE ATIVE DIREC TOR

Ann Taylor CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS EDITORS

Marianella Orlando Laura Furr Mericas AR T DIREC TOR

Brian Kennedy PRODUC TION MANAGER

Chesney Fuller EDITORIAL STAFF

The Team at DISTRICT

Katrina Buerger Melanie Chin Susan Pohl Courtney Ray Catherine Sdao Hannah Zahner

PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Nicole Vogel SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EDITORIAL & OPER ATIONS

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Anne Reeser S U B S C R IP T I O N S E R V I C E S To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, Midway, CITYCENTRE ONE, 800 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77024 A DV E R T I S IN G IN Q U IR IE S Please contact marketing@midwaycompanies.com

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S WE LEAVE BEHIND the leisure days of summer and rebound from Hurricane Harvey, we look to the next season with a gained appreciation for the city we call home. In this issue of DISTRICT, rediscover Houston by visiting restaurants, bars, landmarks, hotels and entertainment that you may have forgotten or overlooked. The cooler temperatures allow us to go out and explore the ever-growing and changing neighborhoods that surround us. As you turn the pages here, you’ll see why walkability is the new musthave amenity at Avenue Grove, discover which local events will help put your cabin fever to bed, and find where to sip on a seasonal whiskey cocktail. In the mood for fall comfort food? Explore five spins on the classic mac and cheese at restaurants within CITYCENTRE, Century Square, GreenStreet, and Kings Harbor. Or take a look at our restaurant listings by location, many of which will take care of holiday cooking so you don’t have to. Impress out-of-town visitors with our tips for setting a table so beautiful you’ll be asked to host parties every year, and look to our
list of gift ideas when the hard-to-shop-for mother-in-law, fashionista niece, and techie uncle arrive. But don’t neglect selfcare: our lineup of the latest natural beauty products will keep your skin glowing like the star that adorns your Christmas tree. No matter how you spend these following months, we hope DISTRICT helps inspire new traditions, memories, and experiences with your loved ones.

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The luxury hotel experience has finally arrived to the Brazos Valley. With 162 rooms, The George is steeped in an atmosphere of authentic Texas charm. Kick up your boots and turn on a little George.

Where rustic meets refined.

180 Century Court | College Station, TX | 979.485.5590 | thegeorgetexas.com

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Developing Story Communal Table The recent trend of food halls is giving hungry foodies worldwide the chance to choose from an array of eateries conveniently located under one roof. New York City alone is opening four this year, and it’s no surprise that the Space City (which may as well be renamed the new “food city”) is following close behind. Houston’s newest food haven, Finn Hall, will be inside The Jones on Main, promising a full spectrum of drinking and dining options along with a swank, art deco lounge. And in the spirit of communal spaces, WeWork, a respected co-working organization, has chosen The Jones on Main for its very first Houston location. The combination will make the building a destination for shared plates and work spaces in downtown.

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Recovery Mode Though he says he will “never again” ride out a storm like Harvey, he and the rest of the community are committed to rebuilding. So is Felicia Cumby of the highly-anticipated stylish children’s clothing store Dapper Darlings, which was open only 13 days before taking on water. “It was pretty heartbreaking, but our plan is to try and get back into business as quickly as possible,” she says. “Our goal is to open in midNovember, and we are really excited about that. We actually wish we could open tomorrow, but these things take time.” Like many of the business owners in Kings Harbor, Cumby, who owns the store with her husband, Jonathan,

has taken their business online, selling the same adorable outfits and adding new inventory regularly. Others have launched pop-up shops around town all while working to repair and rebuild. On November 10, the community will rally together to kick off its monthly event schedule with a grand celebration dubbed Turn Kings Harbor Blue, which will honor local first responders who helped protect and evacuate residents during Harvey. “It’s really amazing to be part of this event,” Cumby says. “We are all working together to make sure it’s a great event for the community and the people we are honoring.” — Jeff Balke, Laura Furr Mericas

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Hurricane Harvey hit Kings Harbor hard, but the community is bouncing back. Popular Sharky’s Waterfront Grill was one the businesses that took on five feet of water during the unprecedented storm. William Neumann manages the Kings Harbor restaurant, and after riding out the storm was one of the first on the scene, serving as the eyes and ears to the rest of the community. “On Sunday, we waded to the restaurant and finished our preparations knowing it was only getting worse by the minute,” he recalls, adding, “I was relieved once the water stopped rising because I was starting to question my decision to ride this out.”

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Modern Spaces Office decor can sometimes be a little dull, but new GreenStreet tenant Spencer Ogden, a global energy recruitment agency, approaches office design quite differently. “We believe in having fun, bright, and nontraditional work spaces,” says Rachel Spreen, office manager for Spencer Ogden’s Houston location. That includes ping-pong tables, footballs and basketballs in place of stress balls, bicycles, and huge windows for picturesque views of downtown. It even extends to the floor. “Because we like to be nontraditional, turf is the ‘carpet’ of choice,” Spreen explains, adding that the unique feel of GreenStreet and its downtown location helped draw the company there. “This space allowed us to be creative and still keep with the office aesthetic that is Spencer Ogden.”

There are plenty of opportunities to get your shop on in CITYCENTRE, and one of the most unique is chic women’s boutique Hemline. The popular New Orleans brand brings its own style to CITYCENTRE, and with good reason, says Hemline’s Shannon O’Shea. “I chose the CITYCENTRE location for the next Hemline because of everything that it has to offer,” she says. “I love all of the fine dining, entertainment, and shopping.” You never know what you might find at Hemline. “We have limited quantities, so our stock is always changing and we are always on trend for the next season ahead,” explains O’Shea. Their fresh collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories brings a fashionforward look to CITYCENTRE.

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WALK OF LIFE

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HOUSTONIANS ARE CLAMORING

FOR NEIGHBORHOOD

WALKABILITY IN THE CITY. by MARIANELLA ORLANDO

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 Avenue Grove and Levy Park at Kirby Grove

are built on expanse; C the idea of walking to and

Memorial Green, Century Square, and CITYCENTRE, the trend toward places where people can live, from the store or work work, and shop has proved seems antithetical to the wildly successful. Taylor massive freeway systems believes it has a lot to do crisscrossing the region. Yet with community. “People more and more people are want human connection; pining for a way to reduce we want to be around the their commutes and find action,” she says. “We are alternatives to life on the herd animals.” road. Walking through “Time is the most precious Levy Park feels much like thing we have,” says Ann any other green space, with Taylor, vice president of its tree-lined footpaths Midway. “The prospect of - Ann Taylor and play areas for kids, but sitting in a car and doing an Avenue Grove Resident living literally inside the hour-long commute every park has tangible benefits day is becoming less and less Taylor and her husband appealing.” didn’t have in a traditional Taylor would know firsthand. Earlier this year, she and her husband neighborhood. “We actually do what we thought became residents of Avenue Grove, the luxury lofts we would do,” she says. “We go downstairs and adjacent to Levy Park in Midway’s Kirby Grove walk around the park after dinner, walk over to the development. After years of living in houses, the food trucks to get a smoothie.” couple grew frustrated with the upkeep, whether Between the amenities of Avenue Grove and residing in town or in the hill country, and decided Levy Park—like nearby Kiran’s and MidiCi: The Neopolitan Pizza Company—the convenience and to make the change quickly. “We lived in a 1939 bungalow, and things lack of maintenance that come with this lifestyle, required maintenance,” she explains. “We needed and, most importantly, the lack of a substantial to simplify our lives.” The couple took some time commute, Taylor believes she and her husband to make a concrete decision, but once Taylor’s have truly found their home. husband put their cozy home on the market, they “The more that I connect the dots of my life in one place, the better, because I value my time,” she accepted an offer just five days later. With mixed-use developments like Kirby Grove, says. “We love it; we absolutely love it.” ITIES LIKE HOUSTON

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Making an Entrance

NIGHT MOVES

Take your look a step further with a blowout from Ceron Hair Studio, or a fresh clean shave at 18|8 in Memorial Green.

by MARIANELLA ORLANDO styled by KEAGAN HARLEY photos by AUDRA ODEN

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hen you’re always on the go, jumping from meeting to meeting then heading out for post-work dinner and drinks, you don’t always have time to stop home to spruce up your outfit. Instead, look to versatile statement pieces—slender jackets, minimalistic shoes, and bold accessories—that’ll work both in and out of the office, so you don’t have to change a thing.

H&M Slim-Fit Linen Blazer, $79.99 Give your look a sense of highquality fashion with this slim-fit blazer, perfect during and after office hours.

H&M Premium Cotton Shirt, $29.99 Comfortable and stylish? Have it both ways in this dark blue patterned button-up.

H&M Dark Green Premium Cotton Suit Pant, $59.99 From the boardroom to the barroom, this slender dress-fit pant never skips a beat.

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PR E T T Y L I T T L E T HIN G S Royal Blue Tassel Earrings, $12.50 Complete your outfit with these eye-catching tassel earrings.

H&M White Fitted Jacket, $49.99 Dress up your work attire by tossing on a simple formfitting jacket—and feel free to remove it when taking on the town for happy hour.

A N T HR O P O L O G IE Pink Sleeveless Turtleneck Pullover, $68 A comfortable, yet chic, sleeveless turtleneck is perfect for crisp winters in the Lone Star State.

C H A R MIN G C H A R L IE Dover Bevel Rhinestone Ring Set, $14 These stackable rhinestone rings add just the right amount of sparkle.

CHARMING CHARLIE Black Larissa Metallic Bar Crossbody, $25 Ideal for everyday wear, this versatile handbag can handle running errands—or running in heels.

A N T HR O P O L O G IE Meena Skirted Pant, $118 This stylish dynamic duo adds flare to each step you take with a playful skirt and slimming pant.

H&M Black Sandals, $29.99 With a knotted bow accent, these sophisticated ankle-strap heels add a fun touch to any outfit.

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As our beloved Bayou City bonds together and begins to heal, it is now more invigorating than ever to stop and take in what’s right in front of us. There’s always something to explore, whether it’s the dogand family-friendly Buffalo Bayou Park hike and bike trails, the new Century Square destination in College Station, or a local art gallery in CITYCENTRE. It’s time to fall for Houston all over again.

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Merge Boutique

175 Century Square Dr., 979-571-7275, facebook.com/mergeboutique When owners Dani Jana and Tara Miller first opened their College Station-based boutique in 2010, they vowed to offer fashionistas chic contemporary finds for a price tag no higher than $50. Now, with seven years under their belts and a recent relocation to the new Century Square development, they have stuck by their word, providing budget-friendly clothing, shoes, and accessories for hip shoppers.

756 Houston St., 888-992-4443, 12thman.com The colossal home to Texas A&M’s football team, Kyle Field is an attraction even when the Aggies aren’t playing—but when they are, A&M’s football attendance is huge, ranking third in the nation last season (behind Michigan and Ohio State) and averaging 101,917 fans. Whether you go for the tailgating shenanigans or the crowd’s ballistic spirit, each game is a must-have experience. Catch the Aggies when they play Alabama on Saturday, October 7—maybe you’ll witness a repeat of the unforgettable 2012 game, when the Aggies blindsided the vaunted Crimson Tide with a 29-24 win.

GGIE FANS live up to the prideful slogan: Everything is bigger in Texas. The football team’s following boasts a deep roster of traditions that date back to the 1890s, many of which are must-dos for fall visitors to Bryan-College Station. The most renowned ritual is the classic Midnight Yell Practice, at which both the young and the young at heart gather at Kyle Field at midnight before game day to practice yells that’ll be used during the game. The practice got its start in 1931, when a group of students decided to take to the campus’ YMCA Building to rehearse synchronized roars that could be used to vex opponents; since then, it has evolved to incorporate “yell leaders” to conduct the recitals for over 25,000 fans. Most Aggie supporters also call themselves the “12th Man,” a term coined in 1922 when former team member E. King Gill was asked to suit up for a match against undefeated Centre College in case he would need to sub in due to injuries. Though Gill was never called into the game, his readiness and enthusiasm to support his school stayed with fans. Those who pledge allegiance to their alma mater today offer the same level of support for the 11 players on the field. If fans are not standing by the Aggies at Kyle Field, you can find them walking around the Bonfire Memorial, a monument that honors the lives of students who passed in the tragic collapse of the ’99 Bonfire. Visitors can explore the Memorial’s three sections—The Tradition Plaza, the History Walk and the Spirit Ring—as a way to pay homage to the lost souls, all while showing their respect and dedication to all Texas A&M former students.

The Canteen

Piada Italian Street Food

1025 University Dr., Ste. 109, mypiada.com Chefs at Piada (named after an authentic, thin Italian flatbread) are out to prove to foodies that a plate of basil pesto pasta can be made fresh, fast, and any way you like. Yes, that means you can get creative with your order, adding an array of meats (Italian sausage, meatballs, grilled chicken, and salmon), sauces, and veggies for a personal touch. Choose from pasta, sandwiches, and tossed salads, but don’t leave without trying the Ohio-based café’s “cannoli chips”: crispy cookies topped with powdered sugar and chocolate cream icing.

The Canteen

200 Century Ct., 979-485-5586, cavalrycourt.com/canteen-bar.htm Prepare to be transported to the ’60s at this military-themed bar, which pays tribute to nearby Texas A&M University and its alumni who served during World Wars I and II. The Canteen serves up hand-shaken cocktails and Texas-inspired dishes—think pecan pie, pork belly sliders, and smoked duck breasts—for families, whiskey lovers, and, of course, Aggie fans. For a smooth libation to sip on during games, try the Ruby Red Martini, made of Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, grapefruit juice, and Chambord, a favorite among visitors.

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180 Century Ct., 844-599-3871, thegeorgetexas.com For a nearby escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, look no further than The George. The College Station hotel boasts a perfect combination of luxury, relaxation, and Southern hospitality, from its outdoor resort-style pool to its on-site whiskey bar and eclectic restaurant. The rustic-meets-modern rooms feature stunning views of both the city and Century Square, as well as silky Egyptian cotton linens that may convince you to order room service … all day.

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1070 Dallas St., 866-842-0100, hotelalessandra-houston.com Enjoy a luxury respite, without having to break the bank or hop on an eight-hour flight abroad, at Hotel Alessandra. The 20-story high-rise opens this fall in the heart of downtown Houston, offering an air of opulence from the sweeping views of the city and an abundance of natural light to soaring ceilings and elegant décor. Guests can enjoy one of 223 rooms, 10,000 square feet of ballroom and meeting space, pool, an indoor and outdoor event deck, a cocktail bar, and a Mediterranean restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar 1201 Fannin St., 713-337-7383, petesduelingpianobar.com Karaoke is so yesterday. At Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, the entire crowd joins in singing along to classic tunes played by skilled pianists who take the lead onstage. The players have an impressive repertoire and will more than likely perform your request, but if they can’t, they promise to play something similar. Plan a guys’ night out and enjoy rounds of cold brews—liquid courage just in case the staff compels you to a spontaneous performance.

Foundation Room

1204 Caroline St., 888-667-7797, houseofblues.com Cocktail culture is making a comeback, and bars in the area are hopping on board by whipping up crafty creations, whether it be a classic oldfashioned, a vibrant tiki drink, a refreshing mojito, or a classy cosmo. Located inside the House of Blues, the Foundation Room will make your cocktail dreams come true, especially with their signature Selu Cider. This smooth concoction combines Grey Goose vodka, Disaronno amaretto liqueur, maple syrup, apples, fresh lemon, and pumpkin pie spice: an ideal selection for the fall season.

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1800 Allen Pkwy. and Memorial Dr., 713-752-0314, buffalobayou.org Contrary to popular belief that Houstonians aren’t outdoorsy folks, the 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is always filled with runners and cyclists zooming down Sandy Reed Memorial Trail, dogs frolicking around Johnny Steele Dog Park, kiddos running wild through the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, and skaters zipping around Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. The park, stretching from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street, offers 10 miles of open spaces that’ll make you forget you’re in a city.

Andalucia Tapas

1204 Caroline St., Ste. 161, 832-3196673, andaluciatapas.com Though Texas-size portions are the norm at many restaurants in the city, Andalucia specializes in traditional Spanish small plates that are delicious and made for sharing. You won’t go wrong ordering the table seafood specials like paella de mariscos (a rice dish mixed with calamari, fish, shrimp, clams, and mussels), torta de cangrejo (crab cakes served with a sofrito citrus butter), and salpicon de marsicos (Spanish-style ceviche with shrimp, scallops, and tilapia). Stay for weekendnight flamenco performances that’ll have you convinced you’re in Spain.

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HEN THERE ARE a number of awe-inspiring monuments in front of you, sometimes a brief mental snapshot isn’t enough to do it justice. Take a memorable photo, and share the creativity—because if it’s not on social media, did it really happen? We’ve listed five hot spots downtown where a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Get a boost of motivation at BUFFALO BAYOU PARK, where several sculptures spell out words we should all be reminded of— Explore, Reflect, Listen, Emerge, and Pause. Wander around the park’s 160 acres to locate these art installations, which may (or may not) be right in front of your eyes. While a popular location for the best Fourth of July fireworks show, ELEANOR TINSLEY PARK also provides the most compelling views of the city skyline (without a crowd)—certain to get you a lot of Facebook likes.

Another location that can elicit Houston pride online is MOUNT RUSH HOUR: large statue heads of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin, situated off of I-10 E, which garners attention from tourists but can be overlooked by locals. DISCOVERY GREEN further proves that Houston has no shortage of photo ops, thanks to sculptures like the Synchronicity of Color Rubik’s Cube-esque piece and a large bronze heart, where amateur and professional photographers put their Instagram accounts on the map. When all is said and done, though, GREENSTREET may lead the pack for buzzworthy photos. Amid the urban greenspaces, visitors can spot faux sheep perusing the open-air levels. Snap a pic with these furry friends and share with #GrazeTheRoof for a post your followers will go wild for.

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Hotel Sorella

800 Sorella Ct., 713-973-1600, hotelsorella-citycentre.com Help your body get the rejuvenation it needs at Hotel Sorella, a favorite spot for staycationers. Located at CITYCENTRE and just four miles from Terry Hershey Park, the posh hotel provides easy access to fine dining, lavish shopping sprees, and vibrant entertainment without the need to ever have to get into a car. Ease your mind at a rooftop pool that’s lined with private cabanas and is only steps away from both an open-air courtyard and the Monnalisa bar. Make sure to cap nights here with live performances.

The Tasting Room

797 Sorella Ct., Ste. 118, 832-690-4480, bowlandbarrel.com/houston Bowl & Barrel takes traditional tenpin to the next level with exclusive modern amenities that’ll help you strike out competitors—or at least enjoy fun to spare. The boutique bowling alley features 14 lanes in addition to a fullservice American restaurant (ask about the fried quail and buffalo chicken meatballs), four beers on tap, signature cocktails, and a small list of wines by the bottle. With hours from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends, bring a large group and stay for the late-night revelry.

Voted #1 hotel in Houston by Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2016

Studio Movie Grill

822 Town & Country Blvd., 713-461-4449, studiomoviegrill.com In the mood for dinner and a movie without having to leave your seat? At the recently remodeled Studio Movie Grill, you can enjoy eight screening rooms equipped with in-theater dining and a full-service bar that offers more than the typical nachos, popcorn, and pretzels. Choose from a variety of American fare, such as gourmet burgers, quesadillas, wings, and chicken tenders, and pair it with a house margarita.

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818 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 100, 281-822-1500, tastingroomwines.com/city-centre Known for its impressive list of Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian wines, The Tasting Room also creates unforgettable gourmet dishes that won’t last long enough to be leftovers. Impress the table with grilled oysters and the cheese and charcuterie board, then feast on your own order of grilled salmon, flavored with jam made of Knob Creek Apricot Bourbon and accompanied by an almond-cauliflower couscous medley.

800 Sorella Ct., 713-827-3545, radio-milano.com A sophisticated Italian restaurant-bar located inside Hotel Sorella, on the second floor of Radio Milano, Milano Bar creates some dozen artisan craft cocktails. You won’t go wrong ordering the Mike Honcho off of the bar’s newly created menu; the refreshing cocktail incorporates mezcal, port wine, lemon juice, and cinnamon for a flavor that’s fruity, citrusy, and has a bit of a kick.

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HERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL about highinventory stores that make time pass by without you ever noticing—we blame it on the lighting. And with the holidays right around the corner, find any excuse to meander through aisles of products at stores in CITYCENTRE. At WEST ELM, a national retailer offering posh furniture and accessories, you’ll be inspired to refurbish your entire home with comfy sectionals, fresh linens, and abstract paintings. Set a budget to avoid buying the entire store, because you’ll definitely be tempted to. Spruce up your house even more with exclusive artwork from both locally based and worldrenowned painters at MUIR FINE ART GALLERY, or kill some time admiring the ever-changing display of exhibits. Want to see Texas-inspired works? Ask about artist Sim Bull’s Texas stage flag hearts, which are simple yet unique. Master all of those saved Facebook recipes at SUR LA TABLE, where you can update your kitchen with the best appliances. The store is packed with gadgets you never knew you needed: vegetable sheet cutters, dog-shaped wine charms, doublewall cappuccino mugs. The shop also offers cooking classes where you can learn how to make seasonal desserts, vegetarian dishes, and Thai cuisine. When you want to take a break from the kitchen, head to PAPER SOURCE for DIY workshops to let your Pinterest dreams run wild. The paper goods boutique hosts monthly modules, from crafting original wedding invitations and cake toppers to making your own party décor and stationery kits. Take home your creations and use them for your next big event.

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YOUR GUIDE TO HOUSTON’S ULTIMATE MAC AND CHEESE

By Mai Pham Photography by Cooper Ricca

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as digging into some ooey, gooey mac and cheese. But with so many options out there, how do you find the best? This fall, DISTRICT has done the (ever-so-hard) research so that you don’t have to. From classic Gouda to gluten-free to chef’d-up lobster, here are five takes on mac and cheese that will help you get your comfort on.

STOVETOP OR OVEN?

“We cook our sauce in a double boiler so no cheese hits the flame. The heat coming off the water helps really blend the cheese, and then you pour the sauce over the pasta.” —Jonathan Levine, Jonathan’s The Rub chef/owner

Smokey Mac and Cheese with Bacon

Jonathan’s The Rub, Memorial Green 12601 Memorial Dr, 713-4650-8200, jonathanstherub.com

For a tried-and-true classic, look no further than chef Jonathan Levine’s smoky mac and cheese with bacon. A staple on his menu for more than eight years, it’s his top-selling side dish of all time. Though he won’t give away all of his secrets, Levine offers, “We use a five-cheese blend of smoked Gouda, Parmesan, pecorino, and a couple of other cheeses.” The mix is blended with cream and butter on the stovetop and added to cavatappi pasta, with crispy bacon on top. Creamy, dreamy, and with bacon? Seconds, please. DISTRICT FALL / WINTER 2017 25

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Quinoa Mac and Cheese Bellagreen, CITYCENTRE 801 Town & Country Blvd., 713-464-5557, bellagreen.com

The quinoa mac and cheese at Bellagreen may be gluten-free, but it’s certainly not guilt-free, as you’ll still be digging your fork into loads of cheesy goodness. The mac has enough flavor and texture to make you forget that it’s completely free of wheat. Made with quinoa and corn elbow pasta from Ancient Harvest, it’s served in a bowl big enough for two. The kitchen also adds extra mozzarella for a velvety texture, along with Parmesan and cheddar to balance the flavors. You’ll come back to this mac time and again.

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BEST CHEESE?

“For the best ooey-gooey creaminess, a mixture of aged cheddar and low-moisture mozzarella is best because of the fat content. Some cheeses, when melted, tend to separate and get granular. When you combine these two, you get more creaminess.” —Sam Beier, Raffa’s Waterfront Grill executive chef

Gouda Mac and Cheese

Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, Kings Harbor 1660 W Lake Houston Pkwy, Ste 103, 281-360-1436, raffas.net Chef Sam Beier’s Gouda mac may sound simple, but this is the kind of mac-tastic dish you order when only a top-notch version will do. Made of a four-cheese blend of smoked Gouda, whole milk mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and mild cheddar, the sauce cooks in a double boiler until ultra-smooth. Prepared ahead of time, it is added to ridged elbow pasta just before serving, so you won’t want to stand on ceremony when it comes to the table: dive right in for maximum creamy impact.

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Lobster Mac and Cheese

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III Forks, GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St, Ste 129, 713-658-9457 3forks.com/houston While a lot of people think visiting a steak house is all about the steak, true foodies know that it’s as much about the sides. At III Forks, the small plate that looms largest is the signature lobster mac and cheese. Executive chef Billy Caruso combines sautéed onions, shallots, and garlic with smooth béchamel, melted Gruyère, and mascarpone, pours it all over orecchiette, then tops it off with chunks of lobster tail and bread crumbs for a decadent, delicious delight.

FRIED CHICKEN OR FRIED FISH?

“Fried chicken is the best entrée to accompany a side of mac. The salty, crunchy crust of the fried chicken and the soft and creamy mac and cheese work perfectly and complement each other so well.” —Billy Caruso, III Forks executive chef/proprietor

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Shrimp and Andouille Mac and Cheese McCormick & Schmick’s at GreenStreet 1201 Fannin St, 713-658-8100, www.mccormickandschmicks.com

McCormick & Schmick’s gives its shrimp and andouille sausage mac and cheese the treatment it deserves: as a standalone entrée. Only available during lunch hours, the hearty plate features a sauce of Parmesan, white cheddar, fontina, and Gruyère, which is mixed with rigatoni and topped with a generous amount of baby shrimp and andouille sausage. Bread crumbs are added as the finishing touch, and the entire dish gets baked in the oven for a crispy flourish to a creamy coup de cuisine.

YES OR NO TO BREAD CRUMBS?

“I prefer bread crumbs. When you bake it (as we do in our kitchen), it creates this crispy crust on top, which provides a nice contrast with the gooey cheese inside.” —John Umanzor, McCormick & Schmick’s sous chef

THE PERFECT PAIR Dishes That Couple Incredibly Well with a Side of Mac and Cheese Honey Fried Chicken The General Public CITYCENTRE, 797 Sorella Ct Ste 118, 832-690-4450, thegenpublic.com Chicken and waffles is so yesterday. The General Public’s honey fried chicken with mac and cheese is love at first bite, with its crispy, sweet, and spicy flavor from a dash of cayenne and a stick-to-your fingers honey glaze.

Boneless Beef Short Rib Season’s 52 CITYCENTRE, 842 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, 713-464-5252, seasons52.com

Hand-Battered Mini Corn Dogs Lucky Strike Greenstreet, 1201 San Jacinto St, 713-343-3300, www.bowlluckystrike.com

Slowly braised until it’s melt-in-your-mouth tender, Seasons 52’s boneless beef short rib, served alongside stone-ground cheddar grits, heritage carrots, and horseradish crema, is a thing of beauty. Pair it with the truffle mac and cheese for a true masterpiece.

Popcorn and hot dogs may be great for a ballgame, but when bowling, you want nosh that’ll help you strike gold. Enter the hand-battered mini corn dogs; served with stone-ground mustard, the shareable plate also happens to pair perfectly with a spare order of Lucky Strike’s mac and cheese bites.

Double Bone Smoked Chop Foundation Room Greenstreet, 1204 Caroline St, 832- 667-7794, www.houseofblues. com/houston/fr

Swordfish Steak Eddie V’s Prime Seafood 12848 Queensbury Lane, CITYCENTRE 832-200-2380, eddiev.com

Big and beautiful, the double-bone smoked chop at The Foundation Room is a sight to behold. Served with a Parmesan potato stack, roasted pepper BBQ, apple fennel slaw, and blood orange emulsion, it’s the ideal main act to follow an opener of truffle mac and cheese.

Broiled with jumbo lump crab, avocado, cilantro, and red chiles, Eddie V’s swordfish steak is already a wonderful meal. When you want to feast, however, do what any food-loving Texan would do: add a side of their delectable mac and cheese for a taste of childhood dinners.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Five Personalized Collections for Your Loved Ones this Season by MARIANELLA ORLANDO

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INDECISIVE HUBBY 1 C A R A ME L IL BISONTE L E AT HE R WA L L E T $145, J. CREW, CITYCENTRE

2 D E R BY S H O E S $39.99, H&M, CITYCENTRE

3 A ME R I C A N C R E W M O L D IN G C L AY $18.50, 18|8 FINE MEN’S SALON, Memorial Green

4 A ME R I C A N C R E W F O R MIN G C R E A M $18.50, 18|8 FINE MEN’S SALON, Memorial Green

5 C A N VA S & L E AT HE R C O L L E C T IO N DOUBLE FL AP B R IE F C A S E $495, ALLEN EDMONDS, CITYCENTRE

6 CR AF THOUSE BY F O R T E S S A 4 - PIE C E C O C K TA IL SHAKER SET $24, SUR LA TABLE, CITYCENTRE

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THE TECHIE 1 ROSE GOLD USB CORD F O R IPH O NE $6.90, FOREVER 21, GreenStreet

2 URBAN EARS B LU E T O O T H W IR E L E S S HE A D PH O NE S $100, URBAN OUTFITTERS, CITYCENTRE

3 IN S TA X B U NN Y S E L F IE L E N S $8, URBAN OUTFITTERS, CITYCENTRE

4 S ILV E R TA S S E L IPH O NE CHARGER K E YC H A IN $12 ,CHARMING CHARLIE, CITYCENTRE

5 R E F U R B I S HE D P O L A R O ID C A ME R A $149, URBAN OUTFITTERS, CITYCENTRE

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2 VO LU S PA JA P O NI C A E MB O S S E D VO T I V E G IF T S E T $40, ANTHROPOLOGIE, CITYCENTRE

3 C A PR I B LU E L U C I A C A ND L E $26, ANTHROPOLOGIE, CITYCENTRE

4 ADOBE POP POM TOTE $39, CHARMING CHARLIE, CITYCENTRE

5 NE C K L AC E $44, ANTHROPOLOGIE, CITYCENTRE

6 MI A B OX $39.95, Z GALLERIE, CITYCENTRE

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1 The Art of Mixo logy $16.95, Z GALLERIE CITYCENTRE

2 MARBLE + BR ASS INL AY C HE E S E B OA R D $59, WEST ELM CITYCENTRE

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When it comes to giftgiving it’s the thought that counts most. So why not put a little extra oomph in the small presents this year, whether it’s a gag gift or a sweet surprise.

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3 S T O NE I S L A ND K NI T B E A NIE $124, SOCIAL STATUS CITYCENTRE

4 S ILV E R MIR R O R E D B R ID G E L E S S S U N G L A S S E S $9.90, FOREVER 21 GreenStreet

5 JAC K BY B B DA KO TA $90, BEVELLO CITYCENTRE

6 A D IDA S X B A I T: E Q T S U PP O R T 93/ 16 $180, SOCIAL STATUS CITYCENTRE

7 W INE A MB E R R O U ND C R O S S B O DY $40, FREE PEOPLE CITYCENTRE

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R OYA L S TA NDA R D C O S ME T I C T O T E $15.95, JENNIKA'S, KINGS HARBOR

H A R RY ' S S H AV E S E T $25, J. CREW, CITYCENTRE

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BAT H & B E AU T Y

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Mistral Rock Formation Bar Soap, $8, Anthropologie, CIT YCENTRE

» Lather up and truly cleanse with this French-milled, hand-wrapped soap made with flora- and fruitbased ingredients. Choose from soothing scents like Rose Quartz (fresh roses and peonies, geranium, and sandalwood) or Moonstone (honey-blended bergamot, orange and vanilla) to freshen your day.

NATURAL STATE Go green with your beauty routine.

by A N A S T A S I A H A N S E N photo by A U D R A O D E N styling by K E A G A N H A R L E Y

Finding cosmetic items that don’t resemble a complicated chemistry textbook can be an overwhelming process. But with the growth of the organic beauty movement, your bathroom sink can begin to reap the natural benefits you expect from your kitchen cabinet. Rejuvenate your skin with these products oozing with vitamins, antioxidants, and allnatural ingredients that you can feel great using—and actually pronounce.

Frank Body Coffee Scrub, $18, Urban Outfitters, CIT YCENTRE

» Energize your skin with a refreshing coffee scrub, a natural exfoliant perfect for buffing away dry, flaky skin as cooler temperatures kick in. The coffee blend promises to leave skin revitalized (and smelling great!) with natural ingredients, from grapeseed oil and brown sugar to jojoba beads and coconut.

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Elf Makeup Mist & Set, $4, Forever21, GREENS TREE T

» Finish off a look with a quick spritz from the vegan skincare line Elf. With touches of aloe, green tea, and cucumber, this refreshing mist keeps makeup in place and moisturizes the skin throughout hours of activities.

COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte, $36, Sephora, CIT YCENTRE

» Face the sun fearlessly with this lightweight sunscreen packed with antioxidants and organic ingredients, including rose hip oil, shea butter, and cucumber. This nongreasy cream absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a matte appearance perfect for daily use.

Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Crème, $62, Shannon McIntire Skin Care, K ING S HARBOR

» Say goodbye to unnatural fillers with this moisturizing crème that replenishes the skin with organic Japanese green tea, aloe vera, chamomile, and grapeseed. Ideal for sensitive skin types, all ingredients are soothing and play an important role in hydration.

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E X PE R T E Y E

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1. Eucalyptus Bundle, $19, West Elm 2. Blue Mid-Century Glass Vases, $24–$44, West Elm 3. Air Fern, $6 each, West Elm 4. Mango Wood Salt Keeper, $25, Sur La Table 5. Pink/Gold Abstract Brushstroke Salad Plate, $12, West Elm 6. Pewter Metal Charger, $39, West Elm 7. 4-Piece Linear Gold Coasters, $39, West Elm 8. 20-Piece Gold Flatware, $140, West Elm 9. Acacia Wood Servers, $20, Sur La Table 10. Bormioli Rocco Premiere Wine Glassware, $30; Wine Glass, $5 each, West Elm 11. 4-Piece, Gold-Rimmed Stemless Glassware, $32, West Elm 12. Acacia Wood Appetizer Bowl, $6, Sur La Table

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Spotlight on Service: Casa de Esperanza

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OUNDED IN 1982 IN HOUSTON by Kathy Foster, a nun and social worker, and Bill Jones, a child life specialist, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños has become a transformative charitable organization that aids children and families affected by unstable and dangerous living conditions, including poverty, abuse, hunger, HIV/AIDS, and more. The local organization is a lifeline for many, providing safe housing to children in need and helping family members address the problems at hand so that they may possibly be reunited with children later down the road—provided such a reunion is both safe and healthy. The organization offers assistance free of charge, never collecting funds related to the care of a child in need. “I’ve been a part of Casa de Esperanza for over 20 years now, and it’s a hands-on organization dedicated to the protection of children and their families,” says Tom Koch, a veteran ABC13 morning news anchor

and Casa de Esperanza master of ceremonies and auctioneer. “I fell in love with the people behind Casa de Esperanza, and so many volunteers latch onto it because of those incredible individuals.” Brenda Koch, Tom’s wife and fellow Casa volunteer, says that the group’s genuine investment in the community is what has kept her, her two daughters, and her husband around as volunteers all these years. “It’s the kind of place that makes you look at your own family and realize how truly blessed you are,” she says. “This group works together so children are receiving the things that many of us take advantage of every day, like clothes to wear, dinner at the table, a place to sleep at night...” On Feb. 10, 2018, the Casa Young Professionals will host their annual Chili Cook-off at Kirby Ice House. With team registration opening up in November 2017 at casahope.org, the group is hoping to top the $70,000 they raised last year to help even more families in need.

Decadent cuisine, aww-inspiring puppies, family fun, live music ... whatever activity you’re looking for, CITYCENTRE, Century Square, GreenStreet, Kings Harbor and Levy Park at Kirby Grove have you covered during the coming fall and winter months. Houston is back in business, so go ahead and start marking your calendar! by L A Y N E L Y N C H



TUE SDAY TUNE S GREENS TREE T ―――

Savor a leisurely lunch atop a bean bag every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music on the lawn. As you nosh on a Korean Caffé Bene pastry, it’ll be all the more difficult to head back into the office.

WELLNE S S WEDNE SDAYS GREENS TREE T ―――

Get in body-rockin’ shape this year with a complimentary workout on the lawn from 6:30 to 7 a.m. Challenge yourself to boot camp fitness that’s tough but transforming. Participants earn $1 off at Salata for their hard work.

LIVE MUSIC GREENS TREE T ―――

Make the most out of Thursday and Friday evenings with a lineup of local, emerging musicians ranging from all backgrounds and genres. Every week from 5 to 8 p.m., the lawn hosts a new artist at this audible gathering—a pastime only improved with dinner at III Forks.

LIVE AF TER 5 IN THE COUR T YARD CIT YCENTRE ―――

Take in live music with friends while feasting on authentic Italian gelato and lounging on Adirondack chairs in the courtyard between Fellini Gelato & Caffè and Urban Outfitters, every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

PAR ACHUTE PL AY TIME CIT YCENTRE ―――

Skip the usual Friday morning day care, and bring

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the little ones to the CITYCENTRE plaza, where they can jump, play, sing, dance, and revel in a 20-foot rainbow parachute from Gymboree Play & Music. Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, the fun lasts from 10 a.m. to noon every third Friday, March through October. We promise they’ll sleep soundly during nap time.

LIVE MUSIC IN THE PL A Z A CIT YCENTRE ―――

Enjoy covers of boisterous jazz, classic country, and pop hits in the plaza every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., March through October, and 6 to 9 p.m. November through February.

GROOVE S ON THE GREEN CENT URY SQUARE ―――

Bring your best dance moves to The Green every second Saturday at Century Square. Exact times vary based on the Aggies’ football schedule. But the foot-stompin’ tunes, finger-lickin’ food and family-friendly fun? Those you can count on every time.

ROCK THE PL A Z A CIT YCENTRE ―――

Turn off your Spotify playlist, and head on out to CITYCENTRE to hear the real thing. With live bands ranging from jazz to Caribbean and classic rock to country, music lovers of all stripes will find their toes tapping at Rock the Plaza from 7 to 10 p.m.

SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE CIT YCENTRE ―――

Wind down the weekend with inspirational music every Sunday evening, from Grammy-nominated Wayne Watson. Head to the plaza from 5 to 8 p.m., March through October, and 3 to 6 p.m. in November and December.

October  L AMBORGHINI FE S TIVAL 10/ 15 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Car aficionados will be clicking their boots together at the sixth annual Lamborghini Festival from 3 to 7 p.m. With more than 50 models to swoon over, collectors and admirers revel in the sights and sounds of this luxurious, upscale event.

THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD 10/ 19 –10/ 2 8 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Knock out that holiday shopping early and put purchases toward a charitable cause with the Holiday Shopping Card. Obtain a card online at victoryhouston.org, or at participating retailers, by donating $75 to the American Cancer Society, then gain savings of 20 percent at nearly 700 stores around the city, including a handful at CITYCENTRE. Want to get a head start? Join the official kickoff party at Madewell on Friday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., where wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music will be provided.

FRIDAY FLICKS ON THE L AWN 10/ 20 • GREENS TREE T ―――

Cheer on the all-female paranormal professionals in the Ghostbusters reboot as they kick butt and rid the world of ghouls. Catch a free screening of the film at 8 p.m. Be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy on GreenStreet’s lawn, and snag a spot early to beat any crowds.

CHILD ADVOCATES SUPERHERO FUN RUN 10/ 2 1 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Bring the family and come dressed as your favorite hero at the fifth annual Child Advocates Superhero Fun Run, starting at 8 a.m. The race, which benefits Harris County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates program, is open to runners (and walkers) of all ages, including 1K and 5K courses.

ARTUMN FEST 10/ 2 8 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Celebrate the fact that it ’s finally fall with a day full of creative craf ts at CIT YCENTRE . Stop by the plaza from noon to 7 p.m. for live music , family-friendly activities, and ar tistic vendors in one festival-like atmosphere. And don’t forget to snap a pic in front of backdrops by Ar ts by Aaron for the per fect Instagramable moment .

HALLOWEEN TRICK-OR-TREAT 10/3 1 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Leave your neighborhoods behind and descend upon new terrain with the family this spooky holiday from 5 to 7 p.m. Let the kids run wild to gather up candy before heading to the Monster Mash dance party to hear some DJ-spun tunes.

November  CANSTRUCTION 1 1 /4 –11 / 11 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Cans are the building blocks of artisan sculptures and wondrous sights at this homemade event, sponsored by b4 hand sanitizer. Area architects, building engineers, and construction companies piece together these works to help benefit the Houston Food Bank.

GREATER HOUSTON BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVE 1 1 /9 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Pull up your sleeves to help give back this November. The Greater Houston Blood Center is hosting a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where just one donation can help save up to three lives. Now that’s making a difference!

THIRD ANNUAL TURN KINGS HARBOR BLUE 1 1 / 10 • K ING S H ARBOR ―――

Honor the local law enforcement who gave so much to our community during one of its darkest hours at the third annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue from 6 to 9 p.m. Live music, comfort food and gratitude run aplenty at this free event honoring those who persevered during and after Hurricane Harvey.

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FASHION FIGHTS HARVEY 1 1 / 1 1 • K IRBY GROVE ―――

Conscious Couture is repairing hearts, rebuilding wardrobes and restoring business in the wake of Harvey. Join celebrity stylist J. Bolin for a luxury resale event benefitting Houston women who were impacted the storm on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. to shop for a cause. Visit conciouscouture.com for more details.

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FRIDAY FLICKS ON THE L AWN 1 1 / 17 • GREENS TREE T ―――

Relive your favorite holiday movie all over again in Home Alone, as Kevin McCallister fights off Harry and Marv in the most mischievous ways. Chairs, blankets and company are welcome at this datefriendly event on the lawn at 8 p.m.

GLISTEN HOLIDAY LIGHTING 1 1 / 19 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Get in the Christmas spirit a month early without having to listen to the same 10 holiday songs. Bring the whole gang to CITYCENTRE and celebrate by sledding in the plaza, caroling holiday classics, sipping ciders, devouring holiday cuisine, crafting ice sculptures and watching the treelighting debut.

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JINGLE ON THE GREEN 12 / 2 • CENT URY SQUARE ―――

Kick off the holidays at Century Square from 1 to 4 p.m., where your little ones can take pictures with Santa and partake in a variety of in-store seasonal activities.

POP SHOP HOUSTON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL 2017 12 / 1–12 /3 • GREENS TREE T ―――

Stumped on what to get your loved ones this Christmas? Stop by this season’s largest art market for both vintage and handmade, locally crafted pieces that’ll certainly impress. The event will also host art exhibitions, craft workshops, live music, free demos and sample tastings from neighboring eateries.

RUDOLPH RUN 12 /9 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Who said Santa only eats cookies? Don your favorite red suit and elf gear, and race in the seventh annual Rudolph Run starting at 7:45 a.m. There are 1K, 5K and 10K options, and when it’s all over, feast on savory egg-filled breakfast tacos from Pines Presbyterian Church.

HT X BOSS BABES 12 /9 • GREENS TREE T ―――

Support business women across the Houston area at this winter pop-up market, where local vendors will showcase a variety of goods, from beauty care to tasty treats to entertainment, that’ll make buying presents for your loved ones a breeze this year.

MOONLIGHT MOVIES: HOLIDAY EDITION 12 / 13 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Kevin McCallister is back at it again in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Bring chairs or blankets for added comfort during the free showing at CITYCENTRE. Head to citycentrehouston.com for a complete screening schedule.

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HOLIDAY AT THE HARBOR 12 / 16 • K ING S H ARBOR ―――

The holidays are the season of giving, and Kings Harbor is partnering with L3 Foundation, a nonprofit that aids children with cancer. The event will host a gift card drive and, in turn for giving, will provide an appearance from Santa, live music, hot chocolate and more from 2 to 6 p.m. Afterwards, snuggle up with your loved ones to catch an outdoor viewing of beloved holiday movie Elf.

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NOON YEAR’S EVE 12 /3 1 • CENT URY SQUARE ―――

Send 2017 off with a countdown to noon and a bubble blowout on The Green from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The whole family can enjoy the early New Year celebrations—because we all know most of us struggle staying awake until midnight.

BUBBLES & BUBBLY NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBR ATION 12 /3 1 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Start the New Year festivities early at CITYCENTRE, where you can count down to noon with bubbles for the kids. The celebrating lasts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., then picks back up at 9 p.m. and runs through 1 a.m. for the adults. The late-night party will provide confetti cannons, rooftop fireworks and top hits as guests eagerly await that midnight kiss.

January  LIFE TIME ATHLETIC COMMITMENT DAY 5K 1 / 1 • CIT YCENTRE ―――

Don’t wait for change in 2018; honor those resolutions right away with the Commitment Day 5K fun runat 10 a.m. This morning run is perfect for those aiming to embrace new healthy habits; register online at commitmentday.com.

February  CENTURY SQUARE CINEMA 2 / 15 • CENT URY SQUARE ―――

Lie out a blanket and enjoy a Valentine’s Daythemed movie under the stars at 7 p.m.

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The Canteen

180 Century Ct., College Station 979-485-5638 • thegeorgetexas.com Paying homage to the year of the Whiskey Rebellion, 1791 Whiskey Bar by Yellow Rose Distilling is The George hotel’s flagship whiskey bar, offering the finest selection of whiskey and bourbon in the Bryan–College Station area.

200 Century Ct., College Station 979-485-5586 • cavalrycourt.com Community tables, an outdoor courtyard, and fire pits make The Canteen the place to kick back with friends, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just getting together to cheer on the Aggies. Gourmet gastropub fare includes Canteen fries—topped with applewood-smoked bacon, chives, and duck fat hollandaise—or 15-hour braised pork belly sliders, with fried quail egg, escabeche, and apple-IPA mustard seeds. Hand-shaken cocktails and plenty of craft beers help keep the party going.

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1791 Whiskey Bar by Yellow Rose Distilling

166 Century Ct., Ste. 104, College Station • berryhillbajagrill.com Looking for awesome fish tacos? Look no further than Berryhill, where the tempurafried fish, red cabbage slaw, and creamy sauce are as good as any you’ll find in Baja. Equally great is the menu of Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, taco plates, and fajitas, along with self-serve chips and a fresh salsa bar.

Blaze Pizza

143 Century Square Dr., Ste. 101, College Station • 979-704-5028 • blazepizza.com Gourmet, build-your-own thin-crust pizzas are the name of the game at Blaze, where you can order from a list of signature pies or build your own. Just choose your crust (including gluten-free and high rise), sauce, and toppings, then add a healthy

and house-ground burger patties (chuck, American kobe, chicken, turkey, lamb, vegetarian-friendly), but it’ll be worth it.

Mess Waffles, Etc.*

170 Century Square Dr., College Station • facebook.com/messwaffles Creative waffles take center stage at Mess Waffles, Etc., the first brick-and-mortar location of the popular food truck, with menu highlights like chicken and waffles, gourmet mac and cheese, and various dessert waffles, including “The Best Brownie in Town.” Mess also provides gluten-free and vegan options, along with coffee and a wide variety of drinks.

Mo’s Irish Pub*

144 Century Ct, Ste.102, College Station facebook.com/heysugarcandy Satisfy your sweet tooth and revisit your childhood at a new take on the retro candy store. Hey Sugar in Century Square serves up old-fashioned soda, ice cream and just about every candy imaginable.

1025 University Dr., Ste. 101, College Station • mosirishpub.com/cs When all you’re craving after a long day is a pint, head to Mo’s Irish Pub for great beer and cheer. Beer tastings, live music, and pub grub like shepherd’s pie, cheese curds, and mac and cheese—not to mention a festive Irish atmosphere—are the hallmarks of a great pub, and Mo’s has them in spades.

Hopdoddy Burger Bar

Piada Italian Street Food*

143 Century Square Dr., Ste. 103, College Station • 979-272-2337 • hopdoddy.com Quality and freshness are the claims to fame at Hopdoddy, an Austin-based gourmet burger joint where just about everything, from the bread to the housechurned ice cream, salad dressings, sauces, and hand-cut fries, is made in-house. You may have to wait in line for the fresh produce from local farmers

1025 University Dr., Ste. 109, College Station • mypiada.com Fresh, tasty, and affordable, Piada specializes in healthy street-food wraps known as piadi: stone-grilled flatbreads that are hand-rolled to order and filled with ingredients like roasted sweet corn and tomatoes, fresh avocado, arugula, mozzarella, pancetta, and more. The fast-casual spot also offers a selection of gluten-free salads and pastas, which can

be custom-made to your specifications.

Poppy*

180 Century Ct., College Station thegeorgetexas.com Located within Bryan–College Station’s new luxury hotel, The George, Poppy—a nod to President George H. W. Bush’s family nickname—is a restaurant pavilion and expansive porch with excellent views of Century Square’s outdoor plaza. From the kitchen, an appetizing menu of Texas favorites offers cuisine everyone can enjoy.

Porters*

180 Century Ct., Ste. 100, College Station Experience fine American cuisine at the hands of executive chef Bill Greenwood at this 6,000-square-foot contemporary eatery. Featuring a Southern menu that incorporates ample smoke, Porters serves hand-cut steaks and chops from a walk-up butcher, as well as an extensive menu of craft beer, classic cocktails, and a sommelier-curated wine list.

Sharetea*

1099 University Drive, Ste 105, College Station • 1992sharetea.com Serving up specialty milk tea dinks, a diverse range of refreshing fruit teas and ice blended slushies, Sharetea is your go-to spot for refreshment. Sharetea’s drinks are made from carefully selected ingredients and shipped directly from Taiwan, bringing unmatched authenticity from the origin of pearl milk teas.

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salad, dessert, or fountain drink, and you’re good to go.

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Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream*

143 Century Square Dr., Ste. 105, College Station subzeroicecream.com At Sub Zero, you can watch your ice cream be made right in front of you (perfect videos for sharing). Start with a base of original whole milk, low-fat, custard, yogurt, lactose-free, vegan, or sugar-free, then choose from 18 mixable flavors and endless toppings—and watch it all get frozen with a whoosh of liquid nitrogen.

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Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café*

143 Century Square Dr., Ste. 103, College Station • sweetparis.com After much success in Rice Village and CITYCENTRE, Sweet Paris brought its popular French-inspired treats to Bryan-College Station. Choose from a selection of sweet and savory crêpes, waffles, and paninis. In need of a warming pick-me-up? Try their spiced chai latte or Mayan hot chocolate.

Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery

1099 University Dr., Ste. 113, College Station 936-257-6005 • cookiedelivery.com For all your warm cookie cravings, call Tiff’s Treats Cookie Delivery. Addictive and delicious classic varieties include chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, all of which Tiff’s will bake and deliver warm to your door—alongside brownies, ice cream, Tiffwich ice cream sandwiches, and Tiffblitz shakes.

Zoës Kitchen

1099 University Dr., Ste. 115, College Station 979-314-1175 • zoeskitchen.com Simple, tasty, and fresh are the mottos at Zoës Kitchen, which specializes in healthful Mediterranean cuisine. Ingredients such as chickpeas, quinoa, farro, and cauliflower reign supreme on this menu, which features spreads, power bowls, salads, and kabobs. Family meals and takeout are encouraged.

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801 Town & Country Blvd. 713-464-5557 • bellagreen.com For healthy and wholesome fare, head to Bella Green, Houston’s first Certified Green Restaurant. All produce is local and organic, and meats are free of hormones, antibiotics and steroids. Dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian items are clearly noted, making your dining choices—salads, tacos, pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts—supereasy and guilt-free.

Bowl & Barrel

797 Sorella Ct., Ste. 118 832-690-4480 • bowlandbarrel.com Rollicking times and great nosh collide at Bowl & Barrel, a boutique bowling alley and gastropub where you and your friends are invited to dine in style. Fun bites to share include the gigantic pretzel, meatballs, and a meat-and-cheese board. A thick-cut burger, 18-inch pies, and the “Dog Pile”

of six mini butcher shop dogs are also recommended. Beer by the barrel, wine by the bottle, and craft cocktails complete the experience.

Brio Tuscan Grille

12808 Queensbury Ln., Ste. 100 713-973-9610 • brioitalian.com Everything is big and bold at upscale Italian restaurant Brio. Order the beef carpaccio to start and finish with a delicious pasta dish. The patio is lovely, and the happy hour menu, which offers drinks and appetizers for around $5 or less, is fantastic.

Chipotle Mexican Grill 12888 Queensbury Ln., Ste. 142 713-343-0521 • chipotle.com Build your own gourmet burritos and tacos, with fresh ingredients and meats that are hormone- and antibiotic-free.

Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen

800 Town & Country Blvd. 713-461-1300 • cycloneanaya.com Make sure to order a tasty margarita or tequila cocktail before sitting down to dine on some of the city’s best Mexican at this Houston stalwart. Start off with some great chips and salsa, then order anything from fajitas and enchiladas to chiles rellenos and flautas. Happy hour is a weekday must, with half-price margaritas and inexpensive bites.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood 12848 Queensbury Ln., Ste. 200 832-200-2380 • eddiev.com For one of the best steak and seafood experiences around, indulge in an evening at Eddie V’s. The crab cakes are sinfully delicious, and the steamed Chilean sea bass is something you won’t forget. Steaks, like the off-menu tomahawk, are also mouth-watering, and happy hour is a big scene.

Fellini Gelato & Caffé

794 Sorella Ct., Ste. 128 281-888-6261 fellinihouston.com For a small piece of la dolce vita, find your way to this authentic Italian sidewalk coffee shop. When in a hurry, enjoy the European-style standing-room bar for coffee and a fresh pastry. Or relax and unwind while sipping on Lavazza Gran Riserva espresso and noshing on shared plates, salads, pastries and paninis. Come evening, indulge in wine, beer or Italian spritz cocktails.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

12848 Queensbury Ln., Ste. 101 713-463-3730 • grimaldispizzeria.com For authentic, New York-style coal-oven brick pizza, this is the real deal. Start with a freshly made, hand-tossed pizza dough, then select a sauce—red, white or pesto—and top it off with toppings such as artichoke hearts, meatballs, spicy chicken sausage, anchovies and grilled chicken. The restaurant also offers authentic Italian cannolis and a huge New York cheesecake.

Grub Burger Bar

799 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 200 713-827-7157 • grubburgerbar.com Grub Burger Bar is the epitome of the modern-day diner, with its buns baked daily, burgers made with a house-ground-chuck–and–brisket blend, and over-sized onion rings. Offerings include basic burgers, decked-out specialty burgers, turkey

burgers, tuna burgers and a rotating special of the month. Before you leave, a gourmet milkshake—you can get it spiked with alcohol—is mandatory.

LifeCafé at LifeTime Athletic

815 Town & Country Ln. 713-464-1200 • lifetimefitness.com Need something before or after your workout? LifeCafé offers smoothies, salads, wraps and grab-and-go options to support an active lifestyle.

Milano Bar

800 Sorella Ct. • 713-827-3545 radio-milano.com Milano Bar eludes a sexy, retro speakeasy craft-bar feel, from the staff donning Prohibition-style outfits to the gleaming dark woods and retro design. Infused liquors, freshly squeezed juices and a fine selection of whiskeys, bourbon, absinthe and other spirits offer a full complement to the menu of creative craft cocktails.

Monnalisa at the Hotel Sorella

800 Sorella Ct. • 713-973-1600 hotelsorella-citycentre.com Stop for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at this gorgeous bar inside the Hotel Sorella. With a large fireplace and spectacular views of the hotel’s brightly lit pool, this place will make you feel like you’re in Miami. There are also plenty of hidden alcoves, a dance floor and live music several nights a week.

RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant

799 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 234 713-331-2792 • rasushi.com Sleek, contemporary décor, a great sound system and modern Japanese cuisine make RA Sushi a great choice for date night or an evening with friends. Cocktails are well composed and delicious, with a great happy hour and Sunday Funday specials.

Radio Milano

800 Sorella Ct. 713-827-3545 • radio-milano.com The contemporary Italian menu at executive chef Jose Hernandez’s Radio Milano offers an excellent selection of small plates, pizzas, pastas, entrées and desserts. You won’t go wrong ordering the mushroom cappuccino soup, the tuna crudo with avocado mousse or the lobster and uni tagliatelle. Of note: Hernandez started out as a pastry chef, so his desserts are not to be missed.

Red Mango

801 Town & Country Blvd. 713-463-3830 redmangousa.com Visit Red Mango for a healthy dessert of frozen yogurt filled with protein, active cultures and, of course, deliciousness. The non-fat, low-fat and gluten-free delights can be spruced up with toppings of your choice, such as fresh fruit, cheesecake bits or Cap ‘N Crunch cereal.

Sal y Pimienta

818 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 105 832-849-0097 salypimientakitchen.com Uruguayan ex-pat Gianfranco Percovich has created a South

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American steak house that would do his homeland proud, offering up more than a dozen cuts of organic beef and pork, and an extensive wine list to accompany them. Not a carnivore? There’s also plenty of seafood, pasta and salads on the menu.

Salata

840 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Ste. 101 832-538-0170 • salata.com Build-your-own salads and wraps are the name of the game at Salata, where meals are made to order right in front of you from the ingredients that you choose. It’s simple, really: decide if you want a wrap or a salad, pick all the vegetables you want, add a protein, select a salad dressing, and voilà! It’s a great spot for healthconscious foodies and those with dietary restrictions.

Seasons 52

842 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., Ste. 116 713-464-5252 • seasons52.com Seasons 52 makes it easy to indulge and not feel guilty. Everything on the menu is 790 calories or less, which includes salads and entrées such as grilled salmon and strip steak. Drinks are powerful: get a martini made with infused vodka or enjoy one of the 52plus wines by the glass, selected by Master Sommelier Georges Miliotes.

SWEET

801 Town & Country Blvd. 713-647-9338 • ilovesweet.com If the large case of colorful French macarons isn’t enough to entice you, SWEET dessert shop also offers cake truffles, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, pastries and a myriad of other sweet, irresistible treats that are just begging to be eaten. Gluten-free options are also available.

Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café

797 Sorella Ct. 832-770-9086 • sweetparis.com The second installment of the French-inspired crêperie, Sweet Paris dishes out sweet and savory selections that are unforgettable. Try the Bonne Maman berry jam crêpe with sweet cream, or the ham and gruyère option; both wonderful with a cappuccino. Sweet Paris also offers breakfast crêpes—like the Alaskan, filled with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

822 Town & Country Blvd. 713-730-3013 • texasdebrazil.com For a belt-busting Brazilian rodizio experience, Texas de Brazil is a great choice. The all-you-can-eat menu boasts an extensive salad bar as well as a dizzying array of meats, all brought to your table and sliced onto your plate until you’re ready to say stop. Don’t miss the lobster bisque or the caipirinha cocktails.

The Capital Grille

840 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., Ste. 118 713-463-5051 • thecapitalgrille.com Excellent service, an award-winning wine list and a menu of fine steaks make Capital Grille an excellent choice when you want a fine-dining experience. The lobster mac and cheese is legendary, the seafood tower decadent, and dry and wet aged steaks, such as the 22-ounce, bone-in rib eye Delmonico Steak, always make for a great night.

The General Public

797 Sorella Ct., Ste. 118 832-690-4450 • thegenpublic.com Adjoined to Bowl & Barrel, The General Public offers anything but standard bowling alley fare. Expect gourmet classics from hearty burgers and sandwiches to decadent seafood dishes. Shared plates are ideal for large groups, while an impressive menu of craft cocktails keeps things festive.

The Tasting Room

818 Town & Country Blvd., Ste. 100 281-822-1500 tastingroomwines.com With a large patio that often features live music, The Tasting Room is the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of vino at the end of the day. There are plenty of by-the-glass options that you can try, then buy to take home. A menu of charcuterie and cheese plates, wood oven-fired pizzas and other wine-friendly offerings completes the experience.

Yard House

800 Sorella Ct., Ste. 116 713-461-9273 • yardhouse.com Yard House is the quintessential American pub, with an extensive beer selection, along with wine and cocktails when you want to change things up. The menu features classic American bar food—wings, pizzas, tacos, sliders and more. There’s an awesome happy hour with half-price pizzas, Monday through Friday, along with reverse happy hour, Thursday through Sunday.

Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill

797 Sorella Ct., Ste. 102 713-984-8383 • zayedsgrill.com Zayed’s Mediterranean Grill is your go-to eatery when you want a hearthealthy, wholesome meal. From traditional grilled kebabs to delicious house-made spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush, Zayed’s offers delicious, low-carb and gluten-free options to satisfy the entire family— and largely bypasses the trans fats in favor of extra-virgin olive oil.





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III Forks Steakhouse

1201 San Jacinto St., Ste. 129 713-658-9457 • 3forks.com Steaks are the name of the game at III Forks, where the USDA Prime steaks win over hearts daily. Whether you opt for the bone-in rib eye or a traditional filet, III Forks ensures a superlative dining experience. We also recommend the beef sliders, which are elevated to perfection with their caramelized onions and pillowysoft potato buns.

Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar

1201 Caroline St., Ste. 161 832-319-6673 • andaluciatapas.com From patatas bravas to empanadas, grilled octopus to baked goat cheese, Andalucia offers a selection of hot and cold Spanish tapas that will please the most discerning of palates. Midweek happy hour features $3 and $4 tapas specials; Friday and Saturday nights bring live flamenco

performances. Don’t forget to order a pitcher of the house sangria.

Caffé Bene

1201 Fannin St., Ste. 125 713-255-2363 • caffebeneusa.com Founded in South Korea in 2008, this coffee has made its way to GreenStreet. Try a specialty coffee and save room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss the fresh waffle sundaes, gelato, honey breads and bingsu, the Korean version of shaved ice topped with fruits, condensed milk and syrup.

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Guadalajara Del Centro 1201 San Jacinto St., Ste. 141 713-650-0101 guadalajarahacienda.com For a festive, upscale Mexican-food experience, Guadalajara is your stop for margaritas, fajitas, enchiladas, specialty fish dishes and more. The house guacamole is a must-try, and happy hour specials make this a downtown after-work hot spot from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

1204 Caroline St. 888-402-5837 • houseofblues.com Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez offers a bold, tasty menu of American classics, including a build-yourown certified Angus beef burger, a large selection of hand-stretched flatbreads, pulled pork sliders, chicken wings, applewood bacon– wrapped meatloaf, lobster mac and cheese and much more. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. daily, and a children’s menu is available.

Lucky Strike

1201 San Jacinto St., Ste. 321 713-343-3300 bowlluckystrike.com Work up an appetite bowling; then ease your hunger pangs with a menu designed for sharing. Dishes like grilled jerk skewers, coconut shrimp, fresh guacamole, soft pretzel dippers, crispy tacos, mini burgers and wings by the pound are fun and tasty.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

1201 Fannin St., Ste. 121 713-658-8100 mccormickandschmicks.com You can’t go wrong at McCormick and Schmick’s, whether you order seafood or steak. For an appetizer, try the delicious mussels. Lunch specials are generously portioned and well priced, and the happy hour, Monday to Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m., offers plenty of specials for less than $5.

Mia Bella Trattoria

1201 San Jacinto St., Ste. 161 832-319-6675 miabellarestaurants.com Get your romance on at this charming Italian trattoria, where dishes like the capellini de mare (seafood angel hair pasta), ossobuco di capretto and fettuccine scampi always get rave reviews, as does the delicious deepfried calamari. Brunch is excellent: try the eggs Mia Bella (the restaurant’s version of Eggs Benedict) with a mimosa.

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Salata

1201 Fannin St., Ste. 123 713-275-1088 • salata.com Downtown favorite Salata provides a fresh selection of all-you-can-choose vegetarian ingredients (the base salad or wrap is just $7 or $8, with a supplement for proteins such as chicken or shrimp) and its delicious gluten-free dressings.



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The Berry Bar

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 503 281-312-2861 • facebook.com/theberrybar Stop by The Berry Bar for refreshment or a healthy dessert—this is the place for fresh juices, fun tapioca drinks, smoothies and self-serve frozen yogurt with build-your-own toppings.

Chimichurri’s South American Grill

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 106 281-360-0015 • chimichurrisgrill.com Upscale, high-quality South American cuisine is what you’ll find at Chimichurri’s, where the signature dish is Argentinian churrasco steak, grilled to perfection and then basted with chimichurri sauce. Other must-try items include the Peruvian ceviche, empanadas and Argentinian chorizo.

Raffa’s Waterfront Grill

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 103 281-360-1436 • raffas.net For a wonderful romantic evening, head to Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, where Executive Chef Sam Beier will wow you. Don’t-miss items include the crab cakes, the Madeira-braised pork osso bucco, the crispy-skinned pan-seared branzino (often a special) and the braised lamb shank served over butternut squash risotto.

Sharky’s Waterfront Grill

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 104 281-360-0660 • sharkyswaterfrontgrill.com Enjoy a casual seafood meal at Sharky’s Waterfront Grill. The extensive menu offers shrimp, gumbo, fresh salads and signature “Shark” burgers made with certified Angus beef, not to mention killer shrimp tacos.

Zammitti’s Italian Ristorante

1660 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Ste. 101 281-361-7499 • zammittis.com Zammitti’s offers traditional Italian fare with a waterfront view. The extensive menu features comforting Italian dishes such as veal scallopini, chicken marsala, housemade lasagna, pasta alfredo and specialty pizzas and calzones. The Zammitti family makes all of these dishes with care, using generations-old Italian recipes.





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Kiran’s

2925 Richmond Ave. 713-960-8472 • kiranshouston.com Kiran’s dishes out a delectable menu of South Asian classics, including scratch-made sauces and chutneys, house-made breads and to-live-for sea bass, lobster and lamb dishes. An extensive vegetarian menu, a 300-label wine list, expertly crafted cocktails and a lavish Saturday afternoon tea service round out the offerings.

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza

2925 Richmond Ave. 713-360-7943 • mymidici.com Launched in California, MidiCi serves up amazingly soft, thin-crust, wood-oven-blistered pies in just 90 seconds. The restaurant uses only high-quality, non-GMO, natural ingredients—including tomatoes and flour that are both imported from Italy. And it’s not all old-world tradition: try the purple kale salad and Nutella calzone for more modern taste sensations.—Mai Pham and Megha Tejpal





Memorial Green * denotes coming soon

For a complete directory, visit memorial-green.com.

Clean Juice*

12505 Memorial Dr. 980-781-5456 • cleanjuicebar.com As the only USDA-certified organic juice bar in North America, Clean Juice brings a blend of quality juices, smoothies, acai bowls and cold-pressed juices to Houston at Memorial Green. Launched by two University of Houston alumni, the soon-to-open shop is sure to offer a friendly and healthy environment perfect for light bites and nutritious meals.

Dish Society

12525 Memorial Dr., Ste. 145 713-467-3474 • dishsociety.com For family-friendly, farm-to-table goodness that won’t break the bank, Dish Society offers meals at any time of day, whether it be breakfast, dinner, or brunch on weekends. Enjoy a 1,300-square-foot patio, full bar, and house favorites such as the brussels sprouts salad, citrus quinoa-stuffed avocado, Nutella French toast, and Gulf shrimp and Gouda grits.

Jonathan’s The Rub*

12505 Memorial Dr., Ste. 145 • jonathanstherub.com Famous for its modest, just-plain-delicious American and Italian cuisine with ample portions, Jonathan’s The Rub can satisfy the heartiest hunger. The lobster sliders, 20 oz. bone-in rib eye, and eggplant parmigiana will all make you swoon.

Minuti Coffee*

12505 Memorial Dr., Ste. 105 • minuticoffee.com With coffee made from beans roasted in Italy, Minuti pours authentic Italian caffe. Cool offerings include the Dippio Cubano (Italian espresso with raw sugar), chai latte, and Vietnamese iced coffee, along with a selection of freshly baked goods like scones and pistachio muffins that make perfect on-the-go snacks.

Vine Wine Room*

12525 Memorial Dr., Ste. 190 • vinewineroom.com In this charming and intimate setting—with couches and a homey, come-as-you-are vibe—patrons nosh on pizza and charcuterie plates while relaxing over a wonderfully curated wine list overseen by friendly wine stewards.

2925 Richmond Ave. kiranshouston.com 713.960.8472

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IN THE NAME OF WHISKEY by JEFF BALKE

Texas may not have a frostbiting, cold-nose winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t savor a delicious whiskey cocktail to warm up your insides during the cooler months. Whiskey Neat 1791 Whiskey Bar by Yellow Rose Distilling, CENTURY SQUARE 180 Century Ct., 979-485-5638 thegeorgetexas.com

Old 43 Yard House, CITYCENTRE 800 Sorella Ct., Ste. 116, 713-461-9273, yardhouse.com

» If you are in a high-end bar backed by a distillery like Yellow Rose, it’s best not to overcomplicate things. Go for a couple fingers of their Premium American Whiskey, perfect for after dinner.

» At the versatile Yard House, we favor the Old 43. A combination of Woodford Reserve bourbon, the Spanish liqueur Licor 43, citrus agave, and orange bitters, it’s both smooth and refreshing.

In Fashion The Capital Grille, CITYCENTRE 840 West Sam Houston Pkwy. N., 713-463-5051, thecapitalgrille.com

Mia Bella Sour Mia Bella Trattoria, GREENSTREET 1201 San Jacinto St., Ste. 161, 832-319-6675, miabellarestaurants.com

» Capital Grille’s spin on the old-fashioned includes Russell’s Reserve 10 Year Small Bourbon, Grand Marnier, and black walnut bitters. The cocktail is served over an orange ice cube (or sphere) with a cherry on top. .

» A nice choice for dinner or brunch, the Mia Bella Sour combines Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup.

On the Rocks Chimichurri’s South American Grill, KINGS HARBOR 1660 West Lake Houston Pkwy., 281-360-0015, chimichurrisgrill.com » When you’re having a steak, a nice whiskey on the rocks is a fine complement. Try the Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a couple of cubes of ice after a night of beefy indulgence.

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STStyle YL EStatement STATE MENT Pretty Little Things owner Nikole Davis

A passion for fashion celebrates five years in the Kingwood community.

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local Texas girl, Nikole Davis always knew she was business-minded, but wasn’t quite sure where that drive would take her. She received a degree in education from University of Houston; but during a retail summer internship, Davis realized she wanted to open a boutique of her own. After months of searching for the perfect store location, she and her mother took a “pity party lunch” at Sharky’s in Kings Harbor when she noticed the empty storefront across the street. “We saw it and thought, what about this space?” Davis recalls, “and so we called and it all fell together!” In August 2012, Pretty Little Things opened its doors to the Kingwood community. As a boutique owner, Nikole spends a lot of time getting to know her customers so she can personalize orders. “It’s hands on. When I’m there I know who I’m shopping for to give that individual touch,” says Davis. “It’s fun to feed off the community.” For example, she can shop for certain colors of the local high schools to ensure her items make a statement. When buying pieces for the store, Davis does her best to ensure that everyone can find something unique. “When I was in high school, I didn’t want to wear what other people were wearing. Clothing is a way to express your personality,” emphasizes Davis. “I try to carry that into the store because we’re in a community.” A typical order at Pretty Little Things contains only six to twelve items of each style. Each day there’s at least three to four new styles added to the racks. And once the item sells out, Davis rarely orders it again. “It’s great because people can come in weekly and not see

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the same items or be afraid to match everyone at the event they’re going to,” says Davis. Inside the store you can find, well, lots of pretty things! By buying in small quantities, Davis can stay atop of the fashion trends. Right now, she’s loving bold earrings (especially those with tassels!), jumpsuits, dainty necklaces, and unique sleeves with ruffles or a statement bell shape. This fall, you can expect to see plenty of bright tees and distressed jeans on the racks, as well as two-piece matching shirt and short or skirt combos. One of the most popular Pretty Little Thing items is a graphic ballcap for a casual look. A few days after Pretty Little Things celebrated its fifth birthday, Hurricane Harvey hit and Lake Houston flooded the Kings Harbor complex with over five feet of water. Quickly rebounding from the shock of losing nearly all her inventory, her fixtures and her store, Davis relocated Pretty Little Things to a temporary popup location in Humble, where it will remain until the Kings Harbor storefront reopens. “Although everything has changed, opening the popup allows people to get a piece of normal back,” says Davis, who still maintains a full staff of eight on payroll. “Everyone wants to support and give back. Neighbors are always just stopping in to see us.” Davis continues to drive her business forward while planning her annual fall party and prepping for Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and the upcoming holiday seasons. “Kings Harbor has been so good to us,” says Davis, looking forward to her return. Future goals for the store include expanding its presence online, maintaining sales growth and throwing a big grand reopening party with the other local business owners in Kings Harbor.

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