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celebrate the Lone Star state—from hill country wine trails to festive fall feasts

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exas Proud” isn’t just a saying—for many, it’s a daily mantra. With this, our annual Texas issue we decided to take a look at one of our most precious exports—our music. In “Tuneful Texas” (page 31) we are reminded of the many different types of music Texas produces and the amazing talent that falls under the heading, Texas-Born Star. For those who just can’t get enough tunes, we share some great fall music festivals that are sure to make your must-attend list. Texas is becoming quite the place for “spirit entrepreneurs” to launch whiskey, vodka and tequila brands. Did you know that some tequila is aged in wine barrels? “In Good Spirits” (page 41) goes into the basics (and not so basics) of tequila—and we leave you with a musttry recipe. Heritage pride is strong in Texas, but with such rich history there are sure to be a few skeletons in our closets—or ghosts maybe? In “Texas Ghost Busters” (page 22), we take you behind the scenes as we tag along on two Texas paranormal investigations. We accompanied Barry and Brad Klinge (Ghost Lab fame) on their investigation of the Von Minden Hotel and Cozy Theater. Owner Garrett Pettit shared some amazing stories about the buildings and their former tenants—stop by Sengelmann Hall for sweet potato fries and sweet tea, and tell him we sent you. We joined James and Debbie Bowling of Sugar Land Paranormal Research Group along with Diane Ware of the Fort Bend Museum Association on an evening investigation of the Dew House in Missouri City. Whether you’re a local history fan or interested in ghost tours—Diane is on top of both! And you won’t believe the results from our investigations! A special thanks to our paranormal investigators for allowing us to tag along with them— now I can check “ghost hunting” off my bucket list! So, “who ya gonna call?”


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Texas Through furniture


he Bullock Museum and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin present “Texas Furniture From Ima Hogg’s Winedale Collection.” Approximately 40 pieces of furniture, purchased in the 1960s by Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg, highlight Texas pioneer history and appreciation for skilled craftsmanship in the Lone Star state. Miss Hogg was a long-time supporter of historic preservation, making this the most significant collection of 19th-century Texas furniture. thestoryoftexas.com

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he iconic rock-and-roll band, The Eagles, have re-united for the “History of the Eagles” tour. Texans are in luck as they are coming to The American Airlines Center Dallas in October. The Eagles—Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will perform classics including “Hotel California,” “Take it to the Limit,” “One of These Nights,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Best of my Love” and “Take it Easy.” Concert-goers will also enjoy hits from band members’ solo catalogs throughout the evening. eaglesband.com


tradition with a View


fter a $3.5 million renovation—a joint venture with The Plaza Club—The Houston Club now offers a spectacular panoramic view atop One Shell Plaza. Established in 1894, it’s one of the oldest private clubs in the southwestern United States and the first in Houston. The tradition of excellence and comfortable elegance that generations of Houstonians have come to expect continues in its new location on the 49th floor, making it the tallest fine dining establishment in Houston. clubcorp.com/clubs/the-houston-club



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live in the Living Room >> FOR THE CHOCOlate student

expand your Choco-cation


elebrate all things chocolate with the sweetest event in Texas, the Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival 2013 presented by the educational organization, dallaschocolate.org. Attendees will delight in tastings from local chocolatiers and have the opportunity to enhance their chocolate education in specialty classes and discussions hosted by some of the industry’s leading experts. dallaschocolate.org


or nearly two decades the walls of Arlyn Studios in Austin saw the making of countless gold and platinum records by Texas legends from Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson to Barenaked Ladies and Sublime—to name a few. After exciting renovations, they are once again hosting music industry greats, while the newly added Studio C serves as an editing suite for the ever-popular Austin City Limits Live. After success of hosting smaller shows during this year’s SXSW, Arlyn is launching “Live from Arlyn,” a series of intimate live shows from the “living room” of the studio. arlynstudios.com


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RAVE Cupcakes is expanding its selection to include vegan, glutenfree and sugar-free cupcakes. Vegan eliminates dairy and eggs by substituting soy-based tofu cream cheese and vegetable oil, and are available in red velvet. Gluten-free options are available in chocolate with chocolate or vanilla frosting, while sugar-free cupcakes are available in vanilla with chocolate frosting.  These special selections are available every day at both Houston-area CRAVE locations. cravecupcakes.com


celebrate texas vines


ith more than 200 wineries, Texas has become the third largest wine producing state in the nation. Texas Hill Country Wineries has dubbed October as, Texas Wine Month and hosts a special wine trail in celebration with wine tastings, pairings and music venues. More than 35 unique wineries speckle the area, each with its own personality, style of winemaking and breath-taking scenery. Tickets for the wine trail are on sale with $5 of each ticket sold going to Susan G. Komen in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. texaswinetrail.com

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mickey gilley

shoots the breeze with prime living


Is the rumor true that you are opening a new Gilley’s club in Pasadena? Yes, and hoping to break ground before the end of the year—this will be our sixth club. I am working with Pasadena officials on building the new club across from the Pasadena convention center where it will serve as an anchor for future development. The outside is going to look like the old Gilley’s—think back to “Urban Cowboy” and how it looked in the movie and that’s what we’re aiming for. Some of the greatest music legends played at the original Gilley’s and we’d like to bring that back to Pasadena.


What is one thing you always have on you? I always wear a Mickey Mouse watch. I have several and love them!


Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis. I probably wouldn’t have been in the music business if not for him. He was one of the finest piano players you ever came across.


What is something you would do every day if you could? That’s easy, I’d play golf. I used to be on the golf course every day.


Where is your favorite place to eat? I love Cracker Barrel, especially their fried catfish, greens and sweet corn. Also, I can’t pass up pork chops and biscuits, especially when the biscuits are covered in Golden Eagle syrup.


Mickey Gilley

What is your choice of beverage—beer or wine? I don’t care for wine, but I like Bud Light, especially when I’m eating Mexican food. Otherwise, I like a vodka tonic.


What is something still on your bucket list? Seeing my new Gilley’s club in Pasadena open and being a part of the first opening act. I also have a vision to have a “cousins” station on satellite radio—with Reverend Swaggart, Jerry Lee and myself!

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point of interest

bat viewing in texas Houston



here’s something almost poetic about it. Right around dusk, they come, like a cloud expanding out from under Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge. Chirping fills the air like one more soundtrack, making the Texas capital a spot unlike any other in the Lone Star state. The colony of nearly two million Mexican free-tailed bats makes a home under the bridge every year. Call it odd, call it beautiful, seeing the bats head out each night for feeding is one so beloved, spectators pack the bridge mid-March through early-November to watch it. The bats started this tradition in the 1980s, after the



city renovated the bridge, creating crevices that are narrow, but deep and perfect for bat homesteading. The females begin their northern migration in March seeking a place to roost and give birth. By August the evening sky is filled with the youngsters, just old enough to fly, joining their mothers in the dinnertime hunt. It’s estimated these two million Austin bats eat between 10,000 and 20,000 pounds of insects each night, making them not only a terrific tourist attraction, but incredible environmentalists. You can watch them from the bridge, but the Austin American-Statesman Bat Observation Center, on the southeast side of the bridge, offers stunning views from a safe locale. Although their

Mason Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve: The Nature Conservancy, Thursday-Sunday from mid-May through mid-October, hosts a nightly discussion. This viewing spot offers access to one of the 10 largest bat populations in the world. masontxcoc.com/attractions-rec/ 111-bat-cave-reserve

Caprock Canyons State Park Clarity Bat Tunnel: Nearly a half million bats call this abandoned railway tunnel home. Friday night guided tours provide not only a bat spectacle, but also amazing views of the Llano Estacado. tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/ birds-bats-more

nightly feeding time changes a little with the seasons, dusk is usually a safe bet. Late summer tends to provide the best bat viewing, but you can catch the spooky spectacle through early November. batcon.org

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Waugh Drive Bat Colony: A quarter-million Mexican freetailed bats, year-round bayou city residents, emerge each night to feed. Bat Family Nights are held Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day. houstontx.gov/parks/batpage.html

my life

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shark whisperer jim prappas


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I havea green thumbwhen it comestoanimals.

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o two days are ever alike for Jim Prappas, director of biology at Landry’s restaurants. He is responsible for all the animals and their exhibits in the restaurants. Prappas says he’s more like the “director of anything animal-related”—from designing exhibits to developing training programs for Landry’s field biologists to seeking opportunities to educate the public and support wildlife conservation efforts. We caught up with Prappas at one of his projects known as “The Tank” at Landry’s Las Vegas property. “The Tank” has been named one of the most extreme pools in the world. So, what’s all the fuss? Well, it’s one of the few places in the world where you can swim next to sharks—not an unusual occurrence for Prappas. Prappas remembers childhood trips to Florida where he learned to crab and clam alongside his grandfather—and his interest in wildlife grew. “Being a biologist is my passion. When you become a biologist you’re driven by a love for animals and nature.” As one of his duties, Prappas ensures Landry’s involvement in education and conservation. “Educating people has to be captivating, which is how we got involved with OCEARCH,” Prappas says, explaining Landry’s latest partnership for shark research and conservation. OCEARCH catches, tags and releases sharks all over the world to learn about their migration and breeding habits. In a joint project with Landry’s, they are designing an eighth grade curriculum that teaches physics through the movement of sharks. However, education doesn’t stop there—the organization designed a shark tracker (and yes, there’s an app for it!), where tagged sharks are named and tracked in real time. Keep an eye on the tracker for “Landry”—a shark to be named in honor of Prappas’ ground-breaking work. “In my job, I participate in things that I would otherwise never get to do—like being on the boat when they’re tagging great white sharks.” Landry’s exhibits marine life from all over the world with sharks hailing from Australia, Jakarta and the U.S. “We have a little bit of everything,” says Prappas.

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‘Over the Moon’(pies) Story | bruce farr

When it was announced that the last cream-filled little loaf had just rolled off the conveyer belt, a collective, countrywide wail went up. The grief didn’t subside until news that the beloved Twinkie had been purchased by investors who would fire up the bakery ovens and get back to business. A similar near-hysteria might have gripped us if— instead of Twinkies—it had been MoonPies. Affectionately dubbed “the workingman’s lunch” (with an RC Cola to wash them down) when they were created at Tennessee’s Chattanooga Bakery in 1917, this lunar confection could probably claim an even more impressive place in American history than its Twinkie cousin.



The round, chocolate-dipped, marshmallow-filled cookie “sandwich” was after all invented to fill the bellies of hard-scrabble, Great Depression era coal miners who needed something tasty, compact and filling to take with them into the mines. MoonPies fit the bill. Indeed, throughout their

nearly century-long run, MoonPies continually seem to have figured as players in iconic American events. Beyond the coalfields, they turned up as much-welcomed edibles in packages to World War II GIs; they were dubbed the official snack cake of NASCAR races in the late 1990s; and during

Did you know? Where did the name MoonPie originate? Roughly a hundred years ago, an enterprising bakery salesman from Chatanooga Bakery, asked a representative from a coal mining company store what the miners would ideally like to bring along for lunch down in the pits. “Something big,” he answered. “How big?” the salesman persisted. One of the miners present lifted his hands and framed a full moon on the rise. “About that big!” was his reputed reply.

New Orleans Mardi Gras, they’ve become part of a tradition in which millions of the saucer-shaped snacks are tossed from parade floats to the noisy throngs of onlookers. Then, on New Year’s Eve in Mobile, Ala., the city once eschewed a descending ball in favor of lowering a giant MoonPie to announce the New Year. Today, nearly a million MoonPies are produced every day and their enduring popularity has spawned a cadre of MoonPie flavors and spinoffs. The Mini MoonPie helps satisfy smaller appetites, and the MoonPie Peanut Butter and MoonPie Crunch have given the hungry minions a whole new piece of MoonPie heaven.

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merican snackers have experienced close to a century of ‘MoonPie mania.’ We Americans were reminded of our improbable love affair with snack foods when, last year, a death knell was sounded for the historic Hostess Twinkie.


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What are the three main ingredients of the original MoonPie? A. Marshmallow, graham crackers, chocolate covering B. Fruit filling, graham crackers, chocolate covering C. Cream filling, graham crackers, chocolate covering D. Cream filling, chocolate cookies, chocolate covering


In 1951, a popular hit song by “Big Bill” Lister celebrated the MoonPie. What was it called? A. “When the MoonPie Comes over the Mountain” B. “(Only a) Paper MoonPie” C. “Give me an RC and a MoonPie” D. “MoonPie River”


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About how many calories does an original, large-size MoonPie contain? A. 410 B. 226 C. 100 D. 500


Precisely how big was the “World’s Largest MoonPie” that was created in 2008? A. 1,800 feet in diameter B. 3,474 inches to replicate the moon’s diameter of 3,474 km C. As big as a football field D. 50 lbs., with 14 lbs. of marshmallow, 6 lbs. of chocolate and containing 45,000 calories


In Caruthersville, Missouri in 2011, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti won the World MoonPie Eating Championship and $1,500. How many MoonPies did Pat consume? A. 231 in one hour B. 30 in five minutes C. 60 in eight minutes D. 1,200 over a three-day period


What is official MoonPie motto? A. “The only one on the planet!” B. “Almost bigger than a breadbox!” C. “Bet you can’t eat five!” D. “One a day keeps the blues away!”

Think you know Your MoonPie Lore?

Which of the following MoonPie-related facts are true? This year, the New Orleans Film Festival will screen a nine-minute short film entitled “Moon Pie,” in which the lead actor rumbles through his cluttered doublewide, searching for a missing MoonPie, the consumption of which is the centerpiece of his morning ritual. The highlight of the Chamber of Commerce events calendar in Bell Buckle is the ever-popular “MoonPie Festival.” In 2007, author David Magee published a popular book tracing the history of the MoonPie phenomenon entitled, “MoonPie: Biography of an Out of This World Snack.” In the 1950s when it was dubbed America’s “Workingman’s Lunch,” a MoonPie and an RC Cola together cost just a dime.

MoonPie Trivia Answers: 1.(a.), 2. (c.), 3. (b.), 4. (d.), 5. (c.), 6. (a.) MoonPie Lore Answers: ALL of the statements are true!

Test your MoonPie Q and A savvy by selecting the correct answer to the following questions (preferably, while munching on a MoonPie).

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facing your fears Story | Jake Poinier


hat better excuse to rid yourself of whatever you’re afraid of than to check it off your bucket list? Whether it’s getting close to monsters of the deep, experiencing Mother Nature’s awesome power or worrying about things that go bump in the night, chances are one of these is on your “I’m scared-to-death of that” list.

Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right

If you’ve decided you want to go shark diving, that’s only the beginning of the adrenaline-pumping choices you need to make: do you want leopard, hammerhead, bull, reef, lemon, tiger, or great white sharks encircling you? “Many of the people that come out to be



with great whites have seen Shark Week,” says Martin Graf, managing director of Shark Diver. “A lot of that footage is from Mexico’s Isla Guadalupe, where the visibility can be 200 feet. You’ll see anything from 6-foot juveniles to 18.5-foot adults, and it’s an awesome thing as they come by and check you out individually.” For tiger sharks, lemon sharks and ham-

before you go All Shark Diver programs require comfort in the water and a reasonable level of physical fitness. Diving requirements depend on location: programs in the Bahamas require diving certification; nondivers in Guadalupe are encouraged to take an “intro to diving” class at your local dive shop and must attend a one-hour cage diving presentation onboard. sharkdiver.com

merheads, the Bahamas is the destination of choice, while Beqa Lagoon in Fiji ranks as the ultimate bull shark experience. “I just got back, and it was unbelievable—as many as 70 sharks at one time,” Graf says. “Some people think shark diving is nuts to begin with, but our motto is to make it safe and sane,” Graf says, noting that he’s also passionate about protecting the sharks. Guest divers can do their part for ensuring the health of the shark population by donating their photos to the research database or contributing to Guadalupe Island Conservation Fund. guadalupefund.org


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before you go

Foul Weather Friends

Forget everything you saw in the movie “Twister.” Martin Lisius, president of Tempest Tours, offers a safer, smarter and more educational way to get close to Mother Nature’s wickedest weather. He describes his company’s storm chasing expeditions like a cruise, with base cities where you meet, get an orientation, go out for seven to 10 days chasing tornadoes, supercells and monsoons, and then return. The company offers tours throughout the plains of the Southwest, but operates only during the prime of tornado season (late April to early July) and monsoon season (July to August). Featured trips in 2014 will include renowned tornado scientist Dr.

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before you go In the old days, paranormal investigators used fancy ghost meters designed to detect fluctuations in electromagnetic energy, but now you can download apps that will accomplish the same thing with your smartphone. Ghost Radar from spudpickles.com and iOvilus from digitaldowsing.com are good places to start.

Storm chasing requires maturity and adherence to very strict safety guidelines. And while it’s not a physically demanding activity, you need to be able to get in and out of the van on your own quickly to keep up with fast developing weather.

Charles Doswell and storm photography specialists Jim Reed and Kelly DeLay. Safety is paramount, by starting every day with an orientation and weather briefing. Guests need to stay within 30 feet of the van, and never on the roadway. Lisius and his crew also emphasize education, which can start before your trip by grabbing a copy of “The Chasers of Tornado Alley,” “Chasing the Wind,” or “StormWatch,” the storm spotter training video used by the National Weather Service. “I don’t recommend doing it on your own—it would be like going rock climbing for the first time without an expert,” he says. tempesttours.com

Capturing Casper

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. “With ghost hunting, the first thing I caution against is making a habit of it,” says paranormal investigator and author Kevin Frantz of the Official Ghost Tour of Naperville, Illinois. “Try it, have a good time for a night or two, but it’s not always a good idea to get into it full force. You’re really in a dangerous place, and most people are unprepared for the things that can and do happen.” If you decide you want to ensure yourself a good spook-sleuthing adventure, Frantz recommends going with a local ghost hunting group in your area. He also has some interesting news when it comes to

equipment: your cell phone camera is actually a better way to capture apparitions than something fancier. “High-end cameras have hot mirrors, which deflect infrared light away from the images,” he says. “The pictures are crisper and cleaner, but it also reduces the spectrum that ghosts exist in.” In comparison, the camera in a cell phone just takes the image the way it is. “You’d think the better the camera, the better the result,” Frantz says. “But you’re going after something not meant to be photographed.” hauntednaperville.com

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fall refresher

Story | Elizabeth Exline


alk to Teri Pugh, principal of Teri Pugh Studio, and one thing will become clear: while Texas is a stylistically diverse place, there are some overarching trends that everyone from Dallas to Houston can get onboard with. And as fall peeks around the corner, there’s never been a better time to try them out.



The first place to start is with color. Where homes once exclusively wore warm tones, more and more people are now opting for creams, grays, whites and offwhites, Pugh says. The trend toward cooler colors is in keeping with the gradual shift toward a lighter, cleaner look in general. One advantage of this is that when a bright color is used, it tends to pack a bigger punch, as with the accent walls

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Texas homes are going clean, light and bright for fall.


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the essentials Want to stay on trend this fall? Look no further than this roundup of must-haves.


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1. Every room can benefit from a standout piece that adds a new dimension, new color, new style or, as in the case of this painted, 19th century northern Italian secretary, all of the above. atelier.com 2. Whether it’s acid-washed, metallic or just wrapped around an ottoman—as with this Hugo Ottoman by Arteriors—cowhide adds visual interest and Texas flair. arteriorshome.com

Pugh likes to incorporate. Using swathes of bright oranges or rich blues against white, black or gray creates a striking effect, Pugh says. And then, of course, there’s green, the color of the year. “Green is such a great neutral,” says Dianne Josephs, owner of the high-end consignment shop Atelier FifteenO-Five. “It goes with everything—and it’s so fresh with white.” Keeping things fresh is a theme, especially with furniture. Adding antiques or etchings to a contemporary space, Josephs says, livens it up. Just mixing styles and eras in general can feel fresh. And Pugh loves incorporating large, unexpected pieces of

colorful modern art. “I like for people to walk into a room and go, ‘Wow! I wouldn’t have thought of that, but I like it,’” Pugh says. Accessories are great for achieving this effect, as with the metallic and acidwashed cowhides Pugh uses as rugs and on furniture. For anyone reluctant to pore over paint swatches or troll the galleries, there are other easy ways to stay on trend this fall. “Right now I love wood frame, bamboo-looking chairs, great contemporary mirrors and geometric-style rugs,” Pugh says. And if they push the boundaries of your comfort level, well, so much the better.

3. A geometric rug, clean-lined chairs, interactive wall art and bursts of fiery orange, all by Global Views, make this living room an example of living stylishly. globalviews.com 4. Trays that hang from the wall like a collection of mirrors, representing collections such as Vertigo, Anémone – Belle Époque, Albi and Fidélio. christofle.com

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To say that all paranormal investigators are the same, would be incorrect. We teamed up with two of Texas’ ghost hunting teams to find out what goes on behind the scenes during an investigation.

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onstructed in 1926 by Irwin and Leonida Speckles, Von Minden Hotel and Cozy Theater opened its doors the following year to meet the needs of travelers on the Southern Pacific Railroad. To this day Von Minden is the only hotel in Texas that houses a working movie theater—and is said to be one of the most haunted places in the state. The property was purchased by the Pettit family in 1979, but the late Mrs. Speckles is said to still show up for viewings in the theater. In room 37 of the hotel, a WWII paratrooper jumped to his death after returning to a Dear John letter from his girlfriend. Sadly, he read her letters out of order and did not know she had changed her mind— she was there to meet him one floor below—now her spirit is said to wander the hall asking for directions to room 37. “Having hosted travelers from all over, you never know who else might be hanging around, but all of our ghost are friendly,” says Garrett Pettit, proprietor of the hotel, theater and Sengelmann Hall.


Schulenburg’s Von Minden Hotel and Cozy Theater


Everyday Paranormal Participating in an investigation with Brad & Barry Klinge—Ghost Lab stars and authors of the book “Chasing Ghosts Texas Style”—is a real treat. The Klinge Brothers have been at it for more than 20 years, blending fascination of the paranormal with history at sites all over the country. “We try to tell a historical story through paranormal means—and then throw in conventional science,” says Barry. Over the years their specialty has evolved into picking up audio (or EVPs—in ghost speak). “We actually got an EVP of John Wilkes Booth in a place where he was not supposed to be—watch that episode—it’s one of my favorites,” says Brad, referring to their show Ghost Lab which aired on the Discovery Channel. Barry and Brad Klinge chasing ghosts Texas-style.


Technology savvy and with a “hands-on can-do” attitude, it’s no wonder they tricked out the original Ghost Lab themselves. However, today their investigation tools are mostly handheld equipment—K2 (EMF) meters, temperature gauges and a camcorder modified to catch front and peripheral views. Their investigative process begins with an initial walk through, followed by a review of the collected evidence and then back in seeking specific responses based on the findings. “We take the John Wayne approach— bust down the door…and take names,” Barry says in his best John Wayne voice.

The Klinge brothers hunt for hauntings in Cozy Theater.

Brad hears something and marks the spot on the tape.

The piano that once accompanied silent films in the early days of Cozy Theater still sits--unplayed, or so it’s said—in the orchestra pit.


Brad and Barry chose not to know the background of the site or hear any of the ghost stories before they began. Their first stop was Cozy Theater. In their experience, the best EVPs are often provoked amidst normal conversation. Barry explained the details of the modified camcorder and other equipment, while Brad walked around with an audio recorder known as an RT-EVP—it picks up sounds on a lower frequency than the human voice and feeds them back into the headphones four seconds later. Brad says, “mark” anytime he hears something that he wants to go back and review later. Although, the investigation of the theater was cut short by moviegoers, Brad marked several things for later review. The team moved next door to investigate the hotel with only the RT-EVP in hand to find out what—or who—they could hear.

They walked throughout the hotel talking and asking questions to anyone, unseen of course, who was listening. In a typical Klinge Brothers investigation, this was the initial walk-through, after which they reviewed the evidence. It was determined that a followup visit might be warranted.


There is something to be said for a team who has their passion down to a science and can collect evidence in just a couple of hours—in broad day light no less! Although the investigation with Brad and Barry was an abbreviated one, they did not disappoint! You too can tag along on an investigation with the Klinge Brothers, as they host public events year-round. For more information on events and their new DVD series visit everydayparanormal.com

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The Dew Plan tation House


he Dew Plantation house, built at the turn of the century, is one of the last remaining buildings of its kind in Fort Bend County. The plantation was known as The Belvidere Plantation until the Dew Brothers purchased it from their uncle in 1895—and renamed it. This plantation was central to the production of sugar cane in the region, helping the Imperial Sugar Company to become a thriving business. The house represents the last of a way of life that existed throughout the county over a century ago—and considering its history, certainly there must be something—or someone—still hanging around.




sugar land Paranormal research group (SLPRG)

Founder and lead investigator James Bowling has been involved in paranormal research for more than a decade. Bowling and his wife Debi put together a stellar team of investigators who bring a variety of strengths to the table—including Autumn Downing, a sensitive who has experienced paranormal energy for as long as she can remember. In paranormal

Mantie and Hugh Dew’s Wedding picture Jan. 11, 1898. Dr. Hugh Saunders Dew was one of three brothers who purchased the Dew Plantation from their uncle.

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LEFT: George Dew, left holding cigar, and the Dew family harvesting sugar cane in DeWalt, Texas in the early 1900s. BELOW: Frank Y. Dew was shot in 1941 by a rodeo cowgirl/trickrider—he met in 1938 and supposedly promised to marry. Although she admitted to shooting Dew, she was acquitted.

lingo, a “sensitive” is someone who has heightened awareness of various energies. The team takes on several residential investigations each year and approaches each with skepticism, in order to rule out every possibility before considering the paranormal. Wiring the home with audio and video recorders, among other advanced technology, typically takes about an hour. SLPRG’s mission is not only to gather evidence, but to help clients understand what the paranormal is and put them at ease.

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Unusual EMF readings were noted before the investigation began.


SLPRG prefers to do background research on their cases and Bowling was able to do some initial research to gauge possible hot spots in the home. A walkthrough was scheduled several days prior to the investigation with Downing and Bowling for the purpose of determining potentially active spots. To ensure that Downing could get an unbiased reading, she was unaware of the location’s history prior to arriving for the walk-through. The formal investigation involved wiring most rooms with a video feed that was tied to a central monitor at “command central”— set up on the side porch. Audio recorders were placed in rooms where the team suspected there might be audio activity based on the initial walk-through. Downing did a baseline EMF reading of all rooms and noted differences in energy from the initial walk-through. Once the lights were turned out the first team of investigators entered the house with a camera, EMF meters and audio recorders. Teams of several investigators rotated in and out of the house throughout the investigation while at least one investigator manned “command central” to tag live video feed when notable instances occurred.



The final part of the investigation was setting up a P-SB7 Spirit Box— it sounds like a radio that is picking up static—in the room that was providing the most activity in an effort to converse with any spirits that were present. A quiet set was maintained throughout the investigation—approximately 5 hours (9 p.m. until 2 a.m.).


The initial walk-through with Downing indicated that there were several female energies that were present and a young boy who she sensed on the stairs. The room with the piano and photos of the Dew brothers, ultimately proved to be the most “active” throughout the evening. And although the SLPRG team left exhausted they were excited about the results. SLPRG helps Texans who have concerns about paranormal activity. To learn more about how they can help you visit slprg.com. For information on the Dew house or ghost tours in Fort Bend county, contact Diane Ware, special project manager & historian, Fort Bend Museum Association. fortbendmuseum.org

Using EMF meters and video equipment, the team wires the house for investigation.

Autumn Downing—the team’s “sensitive”—doing a baseline EMF reading.

In complete darkness, the P-SB7 Spirit box was set up to attempt communication with spirit. The setting on the camera picked up “human”movement in the photo—although the photo is still eerie.

SLPRG leader James Bowling views video footage real-time from inside the house during the investigation.

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From Western Swing to ‘Conjunto’, Texas music resists labeling. Story by BRUCE FARR

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Culturally Significant

Deirdre Lannon, a history professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, is something of an authority on the topic. Professor Lannon teaches cultural history that, as she describes it, is diffused “through the lens of music.” “I think Texas has a tradition of being a ‘cultural signifier,’ and the music of Texas carries that tradition forward through time, and out into the world,” she says, noting that Texas’ vastness as a state and its ethnic diversity are important keys to the number and quality of its many musical influences.

“All the various immigrant populations throughout Texas—and I include Native Americans because they immigrated from somewhere originally as well—have had enormous interplay with one another. Different groups have brought their various traditions to this region, and I think, have come together in a pretty unique way.” At some point, Lannon believes the power structure in Texas made a conscious decision to identify the state with the mythic West. “Right around the centennial, there was a push to disassociate Texas with its agricultural past—and instead to associate it with a western ethos. And that ethos was characterized by Anglo men on horses and in cowboy hats.”

From Jazz to Swing

Western swing is not true western music, Lannon opines. “At its heart is this idea of the great mythologized, romanticized, openrange cowboy who captivated the American imagination—and Texas became the focal point for that mythology.” She points out, for instance, that western swing icons Bob Wills and Milton Brown, when they first got together, were jazz musicians. “They were wearing suits and fedoras and listening to blues and jazz. And they were listening

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f you were to ask a nonTexan—a New Englander, let’s say—to sum up Texas music, how do you think they’d respond? Bill Dubiel, a Massachusetts native and longtime resident of Cape Cod, answered the question somewhat predictably: “Off the top of my head, I’d say country-western, linedancing… a bunch of people having a really good time.” His response was typical because, even among many natives, the notion of what stamps a specific sound as being Texan is often rooted in the western swing/countrywestern stereotypes with which the state has long been associated. It’s not to suggest, however, that country-western hasn’t created its own magic and mythology, or its permanent place in the Lone Star state’s musical identity. In fact, it’s beloved among Texans and outsiders alike as one of Texas’ richest musical traditions. Here in 2013, however, even a cursory glimpse at popular music reveals that the innovative sonic “stew” called Texas music is far more varied and complex than that stereotype allows. Western swing, jazz, mariachi, zydeco, Tejano, conjunto, punk rock, alt-rock, rock and roll, religious, gothic, industrial, outlaw… the list of musical genres that have come to be identified with the state is nearly endless.

Top left: Rudy Vallee. above: The Texas Top Hands bus on its perch outside The Broken Spoke in Austin. bottom left: Billy Mata carries on the Texas Tradition of Western swing.

BELOW: Honky-tonk music pioneer Ernest Tubb laughs with James White in the early days of The Broken Spoke in Austin.

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BELOW: The guitar auction at the annual Gruene Music and Wine Festival sports guitars autographed by musical greats—from traditional Country to modern day Americana.

to pop crooners like Rudy Vallee, and old Appalachian fiddle breakdowns, and I think [these influences] are the perfect exemplar of Texas’ musical roots. They [the musical artists] put it together to create a pretty distinctive sound that is uniquely Texan.” Laurie Jasinski, a research editor for the Texas State Historical Association, agrees. “The early jazz musicians coming out of Houston, San Antonio and other localities were all major influences, leading up to the emergence of western swing on the radio up in Fort Worth,” she says. “Luckily, at the same time as some of these developments, you have the beginnings of an early recording industry that captured and preserved some of these influential musical roots.” Texas’ music is a “regional construct” Lannon notes. “The current borders of the state were established in 1850, but the musical heritage and cultural traditions of the people reach back much, much further than that.” The unique political and governmental



They may not be country but they’re Texas-bred.

Roy Orbison 1936

Meat Loaf

“Pretty Woman”

1974 “I’d Do Anything for Love”

Janis Joplin 1943

Nelly 1974

“Me and Bobby McGee”

Barry White

1944 “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”

Beyoncé Knowles 1981

“Crazy in Love”

Kelly Clarkson 1982

“Country Grammar”

“Since U Been Gone”

Jessica Simpson

Ryan Cabrera 1982

1980 “I Think I’m in Love with You”

“On the Way Down”

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history of Texas has created a ‘cultural mystique’. Our borders are porous, not hard and fast,” she believes.

Austin to the Core

Formerly Pecan Street, Austin’s Sixth Street remains a hub for live music.

burgeoning music scene. “I think it really got started in the late ’60s and early ’70s, when you had the ‘redneck rock’ movement or progressive country—maybe with a little bit of what was the last vestige of psychedelia. Then, there was opening of Armadillo Music World Headquarters [in Austin], which, between 1970 and 1980, was a much-heralded mecca for live music.” All of these factors in the decade leading up to the 1980s have helped Austin solidify its reputation as one of the most progressive centers for popular music

in the country, Jasinski says. Add to it the development of South by Southwest (SXSW), the big music festival that takes place every March, which has galvanized Austin’s musical street cred. “That [event] has grown to such international stature over the last two or more decades that it’s really propelled Austin’s reputation as the live music capital of the world,” Jasinski says. “So many pioneers and pivotal moments in music, all of them originating in Texas . . . it’s remarkable.”

ABOVE: Willie Nelson and owner of The Broken Spoke, James White—circa 1968. LEFT: The Broken Spoke in 1964, the year that it opened. To this day it remains an iconic music venue and dance hall in Austin.



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No study of Texas music would be complete without discussing how prominently Austin figures into the mix of things. One of the most significant musical hubs in the U.S., the state capital has become a point of pilgrimage for thousands of musicians and songwriters through the years. Lannon thinks the reasons for Austin being identified for exceptional music are threefold. “First, the people who govern the state understand what an important cultural export Texas music is. And Austin is a college town with a lot of young people who migrated here in the post-rock ‘n’ roll era. Popular music became identified with ‘youth.’ Thirdly, the hippie rockers and the conservative, goodold-boy population known—sometimes disparagingly and sometimes lovingly—as ‘rednecks,’ merged to create this hybrid culture where a brand of ‘outlaw country’ was being played. Artists like Willie Nelson felt constricted in other musical centers like Nashville, so they moved to Austin and brought their own brand of music to the wide-open Texas plains.” Jasinski agrees, adding that Austin’s famous Sixth Street area of clubs and music venues has helped increase the city’s legendary reputation as an ever-

Fall Music

festivals Blues, Brew & BBQ Sept. 28, Kemah The crowd sings along with Texas-born country music star Bart Crow at Bootfest 2012.

After a 10-year hiatus—Blues, Brews & BBQ is back as Kemah Boardwalk presents a menu of live music by the hottest local Blues musicians, with a side of good ole Texas barbecue and brew. kemahboardwalk.com

Bootfest Oct. 4-5, Victoria Relatively new on the festival map, Bootfest will pack De Leon Plaza for its third year, with nationally acclaimed music of all sorts on two stages, a classic car show, artisans, and of course, custom boot makers. visitvictoriatexas.com

Gruene Music and Wine Fest Danny Vivian | courtesy of Gruene Music and Wine Festival | SXSW | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Oct. 10-13, New Braunfels

Many with wine in hand, the crowd gathers ‘round the music stage at Gruene Music and Wine Fest 2012.

Wine enthusiasts and music lovers alike are sure to flock to Gruene Historic District to enjoy old world wines and old school country with performances by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. gruenemusicandwinefest.org

Rockport Seafair Oct. 11-13, Rockport From Mark Chesnutt to ‘80s cover band the Spazmatics, Rockport Harbor will be rocking with something for everyone. This festival also plays host to the South Texas Finals of the Texaco Country Music Showdown. rockportseafair.com

Texas Jazz Festival Oct. 18-20 , Corpus Christi With three stages set up among the historic homes of Heritage Park, the Texas Jazz Festival will jam for its 53rd year, making it one of the longest running jazz festivals in the nation. texasjazz-fest.org The Boss, Bruce Springsteen plays to a crowd of elated fans at 2012’s SXSW.

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ITYCENTRE FOUR, the new west Houston mixed-use development, is unveiling a cornucopia of eateries. Among them you’ll find The Capital Grille, a nationally recognized steak palace with four locations in Texas, taking the majority of the property’s 12,500 square feet of ground floor retail. Expect a high end menu way beyond aged cuts of beef. thecapitalgrille.com Texas de Brazil, a spacious churrascaria serving myriad cuts of pork, lamb and beef by a cadre of roaming carvers, is located next to Charming Charlie. Don’t miss the lavish 50item salad station or Texas de Brazil’s the decadent desserts Chocolate like the towering Mousse Cake chocolate mousse cake. texasdebrazil.com



fter a $5 million dollar makeover, The Palm, famous for its wall of hand signed caricatures, has re-opened and updated to attract a new generation of customers. Its bar has been a favorite Houston watering hole since the late ’70s, so it’s no surprise that the biggest changes include a drastically expanded bar/cocktail lounge. The masculine clubby aura still reigns in the dining room with a new hand painted mural of all things Space City: oil rigs, cowboys, Minute Maid Park, and of course, freeways. thepalm.com

>> For Latin lovers

>> For the crème de la crème



atanga Houston, new to Houston’s Market Square, was opened by the family of Maya Fasthoff, a Fox 26 reporter and local blogger. Here’s a taste of the Latin American tapas menu: Castilian-style pork ribs; eggplant fries with honey and mint; patatas batanga and salmon a la plancha. Billed as the largest patio in downtown, it is peppered in red umbrellas and flanked with tropical plants and twinkling lights. It’s a fine perch this fall for sipping an orange-ginger caipirinha, Pimm gin, or the Brazilian flower cocktail. Orange-Ginger Caipirinha batangahouston.com

iver Oaks Donuts has bowed in that ’hood by local denizens Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand. Expect puffy sweet donuts iced in every color of the rainbow including chocolate dipped, along with big cinnamon buns, apple fritters, and unique kolaches (even spinach and feta). Bonus points: a handy drive-thru, local coffee from Java Pura Coffee Roasters, old-style charge accounts and the signature “River Oaks” donut dunked in mint green icing crowned with pink sprinkles. riveroaksdonuts.com



>> For the celebrity seeker



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>> For the famished shopper

ollege Station fave Grub Burger Bar is now grilling and chilling in CITYCENTRE with plans to open a third location this Sept. in Dallas. Expect hand-cut french fries, house ground beef-chuck burgers and burger buns freshly baked every hour. Burger names like Guacapotle and Hippie Chickpea are just a couple of their unique burgers. The “Lockhart Legend” combo sports Shiner Bock battered onion rings, house-made Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce and applewood smoked bacon. grubburgerbar.com

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Side Sips Wine events you won’t want to miss

Rabbit Seven Ways




op Chef Texas and James Beard Award winner Paul Qui (of Uchi fame) has opened his much anticipated east Austin restaurant, qui. Local architects Eric Barth and Ryan Burke of A Parallel Architecture designed the earthy space which features lots of natural woods. There are hand painted walls by a Japanese artist, a small tasting room inside qui’s library and gorgeous table top plates and bowls crafted by a local potter. First peek at the exotic menu reveals rabbit seven ways; grilled Mexican street corn topped with urchin bottarga and cheddar cheese ice cream sandwiches for dessert. quiaustin.com

TOMATO TIME There’s still time to catch the Sept. 28 Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival at its sprawling winery estate in Sonoma, Calif. Sample more than 175 heritage varieties of sweet juicy tomatoes along with selected wines from the rapidly growing KendallJackson portfolio. It’s a full day of culinary and sensory experiences including tours in the amazing working garden, live music, tomato growing seminars and an on-stage chef competition. Nearly 50 Bay Area restaurants will create tomato-inspired dishes to sample on the beautiful lawns of the winery. The festival benefits Guy Fieri’s Cooking with Kids Foundation. Bring your appetite! kj.com.

>> For the sizzler



uth’s Chris Steak House has swapped its long-standing, seasoned Richmond Ave. location for a fresh new Galleria area home. The New Orleans-based company known for sizzling butter-glossed steaks served on 500-degree plates, has completely renovated its new space in the former Prosperity Bank building. The sophisticated restaurant has a rich modern appeal showcasing art by George Rodrigue, a beautiful new bar and private room. ruthschris.com


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foodie event called Down and Dirty on the Boulevard by Chefs for Farmers takes place Nov. 3 at Lee Park in Dallas. The celebration unites local farmers with local purveyors and over 30 chefs who prepare bites for guests. Visit with the farmers and artisans to learn about their products, sip on prime wine and cocktails, and take in the live music. Tickets go fast so secure your spot. chefsforfarmers.com

robin barr sussman Robin Barr Sussman is a Houston-based freelance writer who specializes in food, wine and travel. Her work has appeared in Texas Monthly, My Table, and Private Clubs magazine.

FLORIDA FUN If you haven’t been to Rosemary Beach yet, Rosemary Beach Uncorked, Oct. 19, is sure to lure you there. Stroll the quaint cobblestone streets of this glorious beachside town and explore the diverse culinary styles of eight Rosemary Beach restaurants. Each stop will offer a signature dish paired with boutique wines. “Eat. Drink. Be Rosemary.” rosemarybeachuncorked.com

2012 Rosemary Beach Uncorked

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in good spirits

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Story | John DeMers

te·qui·la (Spanish pronunciation: [te’kila]) is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

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equila is rich in a history that goes way beyond the Margarita. Dating back 2,000 years ago to its use during rituals, tequila has evolved into the potent spirit we drink today. Still, if all you know about this spirit is some nauseating memory of too many margaritas in college, you probably have no idea what all the fuss is about. And you wonder why otherwise smart business people would work so hard to make “better” tequila. In the past decade or so, it turns out, so-called topshelf tequilas have become a huge enterprise, especially for the big boys like Patron in Mexico. With so much money (and high-end imagery) being spread around, it seemed time for some little guys to jump onboard—little guys with very high standards. Before native Texan Stewart Skloss made and/or lost fortunes in media, construction and oil, he was just another college student in Mexico drinking too much tequila. Being something of an entrepreneur even then, he turned a two-day binge in the tequila-crazed state of Jalisco into something resembling a spirits company—the Houston-based Pura Vida Tequila Company. “I decided that one day, when I could afford it, I was going to buy a distillery in Mexico and build a tequila.” These days in Texas, Skloss is hardly the only one trying to do that, with brands ranging from Republic made in Mexico but officed in Austin (the Pura Vida model) to Railean’s El Perico, marketed as a “Made in the USA” agave spirit that’s actually distilled in San Leon. Surprisingly for those who think of the words “Mexico” and “laws” as some kind of oxymoron, there are several laws governing what tequila actually is and who can (or at least should) sell it.

There is a widening industry commitment to making tequila with 100% blue agave. The process is involved, requiring cooking of the pina from the original plant, though any spirit that’s at least 51% can be sold as tequila rather than mescal. And there is growing appreciation for distinctions long enjoyed in Mexico, but only adopted recently here: silver or blanco (the clear, unaged stuff), reposado (aged two months to one year, as in “reposed” or rested) and anejo (aged in barrels at least a year, but more often 16-18 months). Pura Vida even makes an Extra Anejo, aged two years in barrels fresh from holding French cognac. All this involves time. And, as we’ve been assured, time is money. But even that’s fine with a generation that came of age tasting single-malt scotches, small-batch bourbons and craft beers. “Once you’ve reached a certain point in your life,” offers Skloss, “you want to live life to the fullest.”

Tequila por Loco find tips on pairing tequila with food on prime-living.com

The Double Shot Martini Courtesy of Tequila Avión 1.5 parts Avión Espresso 1 part milk or half & half Add all ingredients to shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 1-3 espresso beans.

John DeMers Covering food and wine for more than 25 years, John DeMers hosts “Delicious Mischief” on NewsRadio 740 KTRH. He recently released Follow the Smoke: 14,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbecue.

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Chef Kent Rathbun

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Cook-Out Cuisine

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xpect it to be packed, which will be your first indication that Kent Rathbun’s swanky concept in The Woodlands is something extraordinary. In a place known for swanky concepts and chic shopping, that’s saying something.



Jasper’s takes elegance and style and makes it approachable—not exclusive. All the same, you feel like you’re having an elite, one-ofa-kind experience, and you are. From the deep, dark leather chairs to the glass accents in the lights and the walls, to the partial show kitchen where a culinary army is busily creating endless delights, you get the feeling that the experience matters just as much as the food. Kent Rathbun is serious about food. The gregarious, outgoing chef and owner of Jasper’s grew up in Kansas City, learning from his mom who worked in highend restaurants and his dad who was what he calls a backyard chef. “The idea of raising the bar on backyard cooking came pretty early,” he says of his childhood. Flash-forward through his teenage years to his becoming an executive chef at 21, when he developed the crux of his culinary style: make it familiar; make it high end; make it special. Those three standards still ring true in all of Rathbun’s concepts. Take for example, the Maytag Blue Cheese Potato Chips—house made crispy chips topped with melted cheese. “This is potato chips on steroids,” says Rathbun, enthusiastic over delivering a delectably good time. They’re also made to share. On the other hand, you might not want to share the Salt Crusted Rock Shrimp, arriving plump and delightful alongside a tangy-sweet chile-lime dipping sauce. The meaty shrimp paired with hot chile against tart citrus sends flavors bursting like

fireworks across your palate. Texas Peach Barbecued Pork Tenderloin, a signature dish that has guests raving, is not to be missed. The smoky wood tones playing among the sweet peach, coupled with tender pork, will send you running back to the hostess stand to make your next reservation. Carnivores love the twist Rathbun takes on meat-andpotatoes with the sizable BoneIn Cowboy Ribeye, grilled to perfection and served up with a cast-iron dish of Chunky YukonGarlic Whippers. Conclude your meal with Vanilla Dessert Toast—think offthe-charts French toast crowned with pecans and banana. If your sweet tooth needs a sampling of more, ask for a Mini Trio of desserts and partner the toast with the Rocky Road Ice Cream Sandwich and the Cherry Limeade Pie. But don’t forget to save room for a Triple Godiva Chocolate Martini, a chocolate fantasy, with white and dark chocolate liqueurs topped with chocolate shavings. Rathbun calls the experience “gourmet backyard cuisine,” and is determined to make sure you enjoy it. “We want to be comfortable and approachable,” he says. “This is food you know, served up in a whole new way.” Go get some.

jasper’s 9595 six pines dr. the woodlands kentrathbun.com

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maytag blue cheese potato chips

Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye Rice Flour Crusted Calimari

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon Triple Godiva Chocolate Martini

The Sauce: 2 ounces canola oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 each shallot, minced 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper 1 ½ cups heavy cream 8 ounces Maytag blue cheese In a small sauce pot add canola oil and sauté garlic, and shallots until translucent. Add cracked black pepper and cover with cream. Bring cream to a boil and add Maytag blue cheese. Continue cooking for about two minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. In a blender, blend sauce until it is very smooth. Pass through a fine chinois and set aside. The Chips: ½ gallon canola oil (for deep frying) 8 each large Yukon gold potatoes, thinly sliced, and soaking in hot water 16 ounces Maytag blue cheese, crumbled 4 tablespoons chives, chopped

Salt Crusted Rock Shrimp

Texas Peach Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

Strain chips from hot water and let drain for about two minutes. Deep fry chips in 350 degree oil until crisp. Remove from fryer and let drain. In a large bowl toss hot chips, the rest of the blue cheese and chives together until chips are coated with the sauce, cheese and chives.

Rocky Road Ice Cream Sandwich

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mong the mandatory Texas food groups—including burgers, barbecue and beer— tacos are a hot commodity. Lately, American chefs have taken this staple and added their own inventive twists. We got our hands on the most creative versions in the Lone Star state at places where you can tuck away a different exciting taco every day of the week. Here’s a taste of the taco showdown!


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Story | Robin Barr Sussman

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The modern Mexican tacos at La Condesa are so terrific, it’s hard to pick just one, so order a variety. We dig the Arabicos filled with seared venison and rolled in a bacon fat tortilla. Yes, bacon fat! The pickled cucumber and fennel pollen yogurt sets off the kick of this taco’s chipotle harissa. Mexican food is now so trendy, Austin born La Condesa recently opened an outpost in the Napa Valley. What’s next—tacos and wine pairing? La Condesa • austin 400 W. 2nd St. • lacondesa.com


With a name like Velvet Taco, you know to expect a surprise. The pleasant surprise at this cool taco haunt is a menu showcasing a global mishmash. Where else can you get a crisp tikka chicken taco with Thai basil; a Texas burger taco with pickles; or a roasted pork taco with avocado crema and blue cheese crumbles? Everything is house made, from the fresh pressed and griddled corn tortillas, to the chicken spinning in its rotisserie oven. The rotisserie chicken taco is impressive with its juicy and tender meat, slightly melted queso blanco, sweet corn and bracingly fresh pico.

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Velvet Taco • Dallas 3012 N. Henderson Ave. • velvettaco.com


Hugo’s is a wonderland of Mexico’s interior food treasures including a myriad of creatively composed tacos. Like this stellar beer battered fish taco nestled in a homemade blue corn or yellow corn tortilla, thick and nutty with texture. The crispy fried catfish is garnished with Napa cabbage, sliced radishes, cool limey pico de gallo and a luxurious chipotle pepper aioli. It’s enough to make your mouth water. If you can’t get enough street tacos be sure to check out the new cookbook, Hugo Ortega’s Street Food of Mexico. hugo’s • houston 1600 Westheimer Rd. • hugosrestaurant.net

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give thanks Styling | grits + gold Photography | Heather Hawkins


athering together is a wonderful way to give thanks and appreciation to your loved ones. Why not hold it outdoors and take advantage of all that fall has to offer? Get inspiration from nature to incorporate outdoor elements into your festive feast!



Pretty on Paper

Sending stationery through the mail is a terrific way to showcase your individual personality.



Edible Arrangement

Let your rubbed Indian corn serve as a decoration as well as part of the meal.

Peachy Keen

Start a new tradition by serving individual peach cobblers rather than pumpkin pie.

Any Old Thing

Incorporate antique items into your tablescape for that touch of shabby chic.

Branch Out

Adorn the trees with flowers for a pop of color.

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Full Plate

Bring out your vintage china pieces for a mix-n-match place setting. Top each setting off with a personalized name card— Thanksgiving style.

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Birds of a Feather

Floral Design We Plus You Studios weplusyoustudios.com

Wild Turkey, meet wild turkey feathers.

Thank You Notes

Have family and friends write what they are thankful for and then try to guess who wrote what.

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That Lovin’ Story | Jake Poinier



Of course, the first decision to make is “classy or kitschy,” and designer Mekenzie Burton-Crowder of Interiors by Kenz (interiorsbykenz.com) was decidedly in the former camp when it came time to create an aviation inspired man cave for her husband. “I used to work on the private side of the airport, with the VIPs, military planes and flight schools,” she says. “I don’t have any relatives in aviation, but I fell in love with it. When I started getting my pilot’s license, I got into vintage aviation as well, and started using elements of it in my design. I even had a chance to fly in the nose-gunner cockpit of a B-17, which was one of the coolest experiences of my life.”



Burton-Crowder’s first rule was that she didn’t want the room to feel like you’re standing in line at a cheesy Disneyland ride. “I mean, I love Indiana Jones, but I wanted it to be subtle,” she says. Her research started with vintage airlines’ stark and earthy theme colors and logos, and she chose Sherwin-Williams Urbane Bronze—a dark, warm, rich tone reminiscent of old jumpsuits and hats. Next was the incorporation of raw elements, such as leather, reclaimed woods, and a console table made out of old steel. “Mixing materials as a design element makes sense, because that’s what they used back then,” she says. “Not only is something like a wood propeller a perfect design touch, it’s inspirational because it’s what gives the plane lift.”

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o ahead…be a Maverick and let your man cave take flight with an aviation theme. Rumors about a sequel to the iconic “Top Gun” movie have been flying around for almost 30 years, and they heated up when producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced earlier this summer that it could be a go. While you’re waiting, an aviation-themed man cave could be just the thing to tide you over.

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1. Prepare for takeoff. Restoration Hardware’s Aviator Wing Desk is inspired by streamlined World War II fighter planes, with a polished aluminum patchwork exterior accented with steel screws. Pair it with their Devon Spitfire Leather Chair for the full retro effect. restorationhardware.com 2. Wall to wall. Over the past 20 years, the C-130 Hercules aircraft named Fat Albert has served as the support aircraft for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team. The Fat Albert at Dawn mural can be created as big as 22 feet wide and nearly 3 feet tall—impressive, even if a bit shy of the 132-foot wingspan of the real thing. muralsyourway.com 3. Practice makes perfect. CXC’s Motion Pro II racing simulator converts into a flight simulator with an optional Combat Flight Pack, allowing you to cruise from any airport in the world. Fly commercial airliners, fighter jets, private planes and more over realistic scenery based on high-resolution satellite imagery. cxcsimulations.com


First-class custom. Phighter Images’ furniture is made from real and often historically significant, military and commercial aircraft parts, and has been featured on the “Man Caves” show on the D.I.Y. Network. From Mk 106 practice-bomb end tables to a 14-foot-long Boeing Stearman conference table, the sky’s the limit on your options. aviationflyingfurniture.com

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Classic kitsch. If you can’t resist a nod to the “Top Gun” theme, go all the way with a Tom Cruiseautographed piece of memorabilia, such as a framed movie photo or poster. hollywoodmemorabilia.com

Finally, Burton-Crowder reached even further into history, drawing on the forefather of aviation, Leonardo DaVinci. “Long before powered flight, he was dreaming of it, she says. “So we found some copies of old sketches that illustrated his imagination of what flight would be, and framed them. Art and maps are two of the easiest ways of bringing in an aviation theme without having it go too far over the top.” jake poinier Phoenix-based contributing writer Jake Poinier built a tree house for his then-toddler son back in 1999, but it was far too small to evolve into a proper man cave.


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classy coupe Story | jeff yip



commodity sedan. Now in its second generation, the CLS opened the floodgates to swoopy rooflines, but continues to ride above the fray thanks to technology and the age-old magic of a powerful V-8. Every CLS550, for instance, uses air pressure to not only tune handling and ride, but also level the vehicle. At speed, MercedesBenz’s AIRMATIC suspension lowers the car, improving road holding. A lower stance also trims highway fuel consumption, which we can confirm was impressively spare for a road rocket boasting 402 twin-turbocharged horses. (EPA ratings are 18 mpg city and 27 highway). Befitting a car that starts at $72,100, the CLS550’s infotainment system could drive

you to taking the scenic routes. Packing 610 watts and standard SIRIUS XM radio and media interface, the Harman Kardon Logic 7 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround makes beautiful use of the car’s 14 speakers. Nowadays you’re a felony pretender if your luxe sedan, er, coupe, doesn’t have a powered rear sunshade. Mercedes-Benz’s $4,150 “Premium 1 Package” takes care of that, and throws in other goodies such as adaptive LED headlamps (they pivot as the car turns), keyless entry, a power trunk closer, ventilated front seats and backup camera. We basked in the CLS550’s excellent manners and the sevenspeed automatic transmission certainly helps in that department. The CLS might have

relatively big power numbers, but don’t expect the razor-sharp response of a sports car or the planted-and-ready-for-track day performance of one of MercedesBenz’s AMG machines—of either the two- or four-door variety. The CLS550’s mission is to transport you where you want to go, quickly and in maximum style. And it nails that, even if its stunning profile may turn fewer heads now that there are copycats at every price point. But our advice? Leave the followers in the rear view mirror—settle into the 14-way power driver’s seat, fire up the CLS and hit the road. You’ve just discovered the real return on investment. jeff yip Jeff Yip’s work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Houston Chronicle and the New York Times, as well as consumer and trade magazines. He’s a second-generation car guy who still has the 1969 Chevy his dad loved.



lthough you may never have driven—or even wanted —a MercedesBenz, the luxury German automaker has shaped your driving. Case in point: the CLS550. When the silver star crew unveiled its Vision CLS Concept car a decade ago, Mercedes-Benz’s sheer audacity—blending the practical four-door sedan with sexy coupelike styling—was outside the box. By the time the production version debuted here in 2006, Mercedes, coined its sleek CLSClass executive car a “four-door coupe.” Never mind that coupe signifies two doors. Today a tsunami of imitators, from the latest Kia Optima and Mazda6 to Audi’s A7 and Tesla’s Model S—have ridden the coattails of Mercedes’ design coupe. And all because Germany realized there are plenty of consumers who insist on fourdoor practicality, but see no reason to be saddled to a soulless

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Investing in Mineral Rights inTexas: Who Owns What’s Under Your Land? Story | Mike Sonnier, Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust


hen thinking about your portfolio, traditional investments like stocks and bonds typically come to mind. But what about assets that are not traded on the Dow or S&P? Non-financial assets that are tangible but cannot be traded on the stock market—like farm and ranch land or timber—are considered “specialty assets.” One specialty asset that particularly hits home in Texas is the right to mineral interests. Mineral rights owners can be put into one of two categories. The first are those who own royalty interests and take a percentage of production or production revenue from the acreage in those royalties, but do not pay for the cost of drilling.

The second are those who own working interests and pay for the cost of the well, production and operation. After the royalties are paid, these owners share production revenue with other working-interest owners, based on the percentage owned. Letting a drilling company do all the heavy lifting has long remained a common practice, but that is not to say that mineral rights holders have it easy. Mineral leasing involves deeds and contracts that can be extraordinarily complicated legal documents with certain clauses that can change the owner’s share of production dramatically. These documents can also identify multiple postproduction expenses, such as costs for compression,

dehydration and transportation. Each type of interest, moreover, has varying property rights and participates differently in the exploration process.1 Needless to say, some individuals struggle to understand which kind of rights they own. With Houston’s economy heavily focused on oil and gas, today’s increasing energy needs could make investments in properties with known or suspected oil and gas reserves a valuable complement to a portfolio. However, the basic issue of who owns what resources underground can be perplexing, in part because of the history of land rights in the United States. A hundred years ago, a property’s surface rights and its mineral

rights were usually controlled by the same person, but today that’s actually the exception. One parcel of land may involve dozens of mineral owners. Furthermore, each owner may have leased his or her rights to an oil and gas corporation.2 With all of these factors to consider, it is important to work with an expert who understands the nuances involved in each step of the process and is able to incorporate mineral rights into the overall wealth management strategy and before changing or implementing any financial, tax, or estate planning strategy. 1. U.S. Trust Capital Acumen, Issue 14. “Underground, Out of Mind.” Winter 2010. 2. U.S. Trust Capital Acumen, Issue 14. “Underground, Out of Mind.” Winter 2010.

This article is designed to provide general information about ideas and strategies. It is for discussion purposes only since the availability and effectiveness of any strategy is dependent upon your individual facts and circumstances. Always consult with your independent attorney, tax advisor, investment manager, and insurance agent for final recommendations and before changing or implementing any financial, tax, or estate planning strategy. U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management operates through Bank of America, N.A. and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Nonfinancial assets, such as closely-held businesses, real estate, oil, gas and mineral properties, and timber, farm and ranch land, are complex in nature and involve risks including total loss of value. Special risk considerations include natural events (for example, earthquakes or fires), complex tax considerations, and lack of liquidity. Nonfinancial assets are not suitable for all investors.

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gentlemen’s room high tech

beautifulsound Story | Michael Garfield


ome can argue that today’s music is not as good as in the days of old. But imagine if the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra were captured in today’s all-digital format and played back on high-end speakers and stereo systems. We can now download and listen to the golden oldies on portable devices that sound infinitely better than on a gramophone or Walkman. Here are some options for jamming out 21st-century style.

Harman Kardon Audio Video Receiver The “brains” of a home audio video system is a receiver. Harmon Kardan is an industry leader in home audio and its AVR 3600 receiver has heart, with four HDMI inputs, Dolby Volume technology and seven amplifier channels. The AVR 3600 delivers excellence at a high resolution. Plug your HDTV into the sleek looking component and the Dolby TrueHD will unleash the ultimate high-definition audio experience. The included Bridge III docking station lets you connect your iPod or smartphone and use the remote control to navigate your music and video libraries with on-screen menus. Your selections will sound like never before. harmankardon.com



Bowers & Wilkins CM10 Speakers This new loudspeaker represents a dramatic redesign of their flagship CM series. It features tweeter-ontop technology, a new tweeter design and three bass drivers for a breath-taking performance. Isolating the tweeter to the top of the cabinet creates a more natural and spacious sound. Attention has also been paid to the all-important midrange area, and CM10’s Kevlar FST driver is, for the first time in the CM Series, decoupled from the rest of the cabinet. The cumulative effect of all these improvements is that, when compared to previous models, CM10 plays louder, has a more extended bass, better imaging and, lower distortion and coloration. browers-wilkins.com

Michael Garfield Known as “The High-Tech Texan®” to audiences nationwide, Michael hosts technology and issue-oriented talk radio shows six days a week on The 9-5-0. See what he’s up to at HighTechTexan.com.

HT’s App List

Here are some apps that every closet rock-androller must have: Traktor DJ

The world’s No. 1 pro DJ software brings high-impact DJing to the iPhone and iPad. Touch your tracks and create stunning mixes in seconds.


This app can find and play almost any song ever recorded. You can see what your friends are listening to and share music with other subscribers via Facebook integration.


An app with brains, SoundHound identifies songs and provides artist info and social media sharing. Best features: It can recognize singing/humming melodies and shows lyrics in time with the music.

Bass Egg | Harman Kardon | Bowers & Wilkins

Bass Egg The Bass Egg makes anything in your world a speaker. The portable, rechargeable device transduces vibrations into everyday objects, turning your world into a speaker—the bigger the object, the bigger the sound. Use a wood dining table, a cooler at the beach, even the hood of your car. Simply set the Bass Egg on any flat surface, plug in your music device or connect via Bluetooth, the result is a deep, rich, full-range sound. bassegg.com

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buck-le Story | doug pike

Macy Ledbetter, Spring Creek Outdoors


t has been my good fortune through three decades as an outdoor writer and broadcaster to visit some of the finest private hunting operations in Texas and several lesser states. Common themes behind each of their gates were, and are, comfort and nonstop preparation. The land can be rugged, with the snakes, mesquite thorns and prickly pear, but accommodations are not. Once your boots are off and you’ve settled in a rocker on the porch, these ranches are as comfortable, in their way, as any hotel. Good ranch help makes it look easy too, but there’s nothing simple about mollycoddling strangers when you’re 50 or more miles from even a convenience store. Routine chores have no beginning or end on ranches measured in the (tens of ) thousands of acres. Blinds, roads, fences, feeders, wells, bunkhouses, kitchen sinks, vehicles, roofs, floors, tanks, light bulbs, barns, showers, freezers, gun rooms and now, satellite connections to television and the Internet, all must be assessed and addressed regularly.

Texas’ larger ranches are overseen by full-time hands who live on the property—sometimes in or near the main house and sometimes miles away, but still within the boundary. Come hunting season, same as at ski resorts in winter, hired help multiplies. And no matter how many hands are hired, they’re never enough. One friend’s South Texas hunting ranch, for example, features a perimeter fence that suffers regular damage from wild animals burrowing beneath it and hikers cutting through it. This fence, by the way, corner to corner to corner and back to that first

corner, is roughly 28 miles long. There are cross fences that separate pastures, as well, and countless gates to be oiled and tightened. Ranches that hold large bucks also deliver tons of expensive feed to their animals. Nature is a fickle provider; a single season of hard drought can knock an ugly, lasting dent in a valuable trophy deer herd. Scores of battery-powered feeders, some holding as much as 300 pounds, are filled regularly, one 50-pound sack at a time. Another friend softens his sixfigure annual feed bill by buying waste grain from Texas ports. It’s genius, really. It’s delivered in tractor trailers, pre-bagged as a courtesy, and sold by the ton. A large ranch also may have 40, 60, 80 or more miles of roads, all of which need maintenance sooner or later. And there are senderos to mow, yellow jackets and owls to flush from blinds, menus to prepare and cupboards to fill. It’s hard work, and yet somehow, it gets done. And when the guests finally arrive, eager to experience an unforgettable hunt, they surely will.

Top Photo: Homes such as this one seem to sit in the middle of nowhere and often are the only dwellings for miles in any direction. Isolated by the vast acreage of the ranches on which they are built, these “homes away from home” dot the landscape across some of the best whitetail hunting ground in North America and bustle with activity through fall and winter.

grand stands Texans, more so than sportsmen anywhere else, like hunting from the relative comfort of a box. Rain or shine, hot or cold, the deer blind is as Texan as bluebonnets and Willie Nelson. We’ll take them plain, but we like them with creature comforts. I’ve toured deer stands, some 20 feet off the ground that featured reclining chairs, full kitchens and even climate control, thanks to three miles of a private, underground power line. Nearly every high-profile Texas deer ranch has at least one such blind. They’re for city slickers and pretenders, mostly, guests who want to hunt, but not too early and without getting stuck or bitten or bothered.

That suits the rest just fine. Even on the fanciest ranches, real hunters still know how to hunt.

doug pike Doug Pike has traveled the world to satisfy his passion for the outdoors. During his career, he has won 100-plus state and national awards for writing, broadcast and photography.

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escape enlightened explorer >> For the Horsewoman

Saddle Up f you’re a cowgirl with a taste for frontier adventure, experience


Montana’s scenic Big Sky Country on horseback. Triple Creek Ranch’s “Klicks for Chicks” event, an all-woman, 62-mile ride through the wilds of the Rocky Mountain West, will be held Oct. 17-21. Tucked among towering pines high in the Bitterroot Mountain Range, Triple Creek Ranch offers an intimate wilderness setting. Riders enjoy the ranch’s luxury amenities each evening, returning to cap off the day with cocktails, a gourmet dinner, and a stay in one of the ranch’s 23 luxury cabins. While riders are out on the trail, travel companions are welcome to take advantage of the ranch’s many attractions, including a world-class restaurant, award-winning wine cellar and activities like fly fishing, birding tours and cattle roundups. Triple Creek Ranch donates $1 for every kilometer ridden by every cowgirl to the non-profit organization Summit for Parkinson’s. triplecreekranch.com

>> For the Autumn Adventurer

Fall for Nantucket


antucket is an autumn treat—the high-season crowds are gone, the island’s moors and saltwater marshes become a rainbow of fall colors, the weather and fishing are at their best, and events like The Nantucket Project (Sept. 27-29), Nantucket Restaurant Week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 6) and 11th Annual Cranberry Festival (Oct. 12) take center stage. This year’s Nantucket Project, hosted at the White Elephant Hotel, will feature 29 presenters, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Greg LeMond, Michael Pollan and Chris Matthews. Nantucket Island Resorts, a collection of premier hotels on the island, presents a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from the island’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel to a historic inn and a 240 slip, full-service marina. At The Wauwinet, complimentary activities include lobstering, surfcasting, cooking demonstrations and more. Guests of The Wauwinet’s top suites get their own complimentary set of wheels—a 2013 BMW X5 Sport Activity Vehicle for exploring Nantucket off road. nantucketislandresorts.com

Ghostly Getaway


uilt in 1909 beneath the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, has a long history. Along with an old-world charm, the hotel’s size and striking architecture lend an air of eerie mystery. Featured as one of America’s most haunted hotels, The Stanley is a place where the past seems to linger on. The fourth floor is said to be especially haunted. Stephen King was inspired to write “The Shining” after spending a night at The Stanley just before the hotel closed for the winter season. Thirty-six years following its publication, King’s longawaited sequel “Doctor Sleep” will be released, revisiting a grownup Danny Torrance and introducing a new host of horrors. The Stanley is celebrating with the “Doctor Sleep Package.” Available starting from the book’s Sept. 24 release date, the package includes a hardcover copy of both books, as well as one night’s accommodation. stanleyhotel.com



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>> For the Practical Jet-setter

On-the-go Laundry


acking light? Whether you’re cycling, camping, traveling for business or going on a family vacation, The Scrubba Wash Bag makes it easy to wash clothes in a pinch or on the go. Laundry system meets knapsack in this modern, pocket-sized take on the old-fashioned washboard. With a little bit of water, soap and a few squeezes, laundry is clean in less than five minutes. thescrubba.com

>> For the Gourmand

Pat Garin | St. Ermins Hotel | Scrubba Wash Bag

Tradition with a Twist


t. Ermin’s Hotel adds a dash of decadence to tradition, partnering with British gin maker Hendrick’s to offer the “Hendrick’s G & T(ea).” Served from 1 to 5 p.m. in the hotel’s library or al fresco on the tree-lined Caxton Terrace. The two tea-inspired cocktails include the “Marvelous Marteani,” combining Hendrick’s gin with elderflower, white cranberry juice, and a choice of cucumber or peach caviar pearls, and the “Curious Cuppa,” Earl Grey infused Hendrick’s gin, rosewater, crème violet and a side of champagne. The tea includes a selection of savory and sweet treats, from fresh-baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam to lobster quiche and cucumber sandwiches. A four-star deluxe hotel, St. Ermin’s is located in the heart of central London, walking distance from many of the city’s top attractions. sterminshotel.co.uk

>> For the Discerning Explorer

New Orleans, Your Way


o matter what your passion is—architecture, art, jazz or crawfish etouffee—rediscover New Orleans in a new light with a completely customized trip based on your unique interests. Bespoke Experiences, a local boutique service founded by Travis and Jennifer Simpson, offers fully escorted expeditions for affluent travelers that range from hourly to multi-day options. After a detailed interview, the company handles every detail of your itinerary, leaving you to relax and enjoy the very best of New Orleans. bespokeneworleans.com

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see & do

Story | Kathryn Hunter


hough the city of Bryan has all the charm and character of small-town Texas, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in the heart of Aggieland. Whether you’re dancing the two-step, sipping the latest Texas vintage, dining out downtown or settling into an old-fashioned B&B, you’ll find yourself falling in love with this unique central Texas community. Head to Bryan’s historic downtown Sept. 27-28 for the 7th Annual Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival (tr.blog.bryantx.

gov). Showcasing samples of hand-selected wines representing the best in Texas, the event also features cooking demonstrations, steak-inspired restaurant specials and live music from country music legend Steve Wariner. Sign up in advance to get your feet wet in the grape-stomping competition, battling it out in teams of two to see who can stomp the most juice. Messina Hof Winery & Resort (messinahof.com) is another favorite stop for wine lovers. On their 100-acre estate,

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relax with a glass of awardwinning Shiraz or Merlot, take a stroll through the vineyards, dine on fresh vineyard cuisine at The Vintage House, or enjoy a romantic escape at The Villa Bed & Breakfast. Events range from daily tours and tastings to murder mystery dinners and wine appreciation classes. In addition to a thriving restaurant scene and nightlife, Bryan is also home to nine museums, including the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum (bushlibrary. tamu.edu), the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History (brazosvalleymuseum.org) and The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley (cmbv. org). And of course, no visit is complete without a tour of the Texas A&M University campus (campustours.tamu.edu) to see sites like the Bonfire Memorial, the Athletic Sports Museum and Kyle Field. Whoop!

Benjamin Knox Gallery The home gallery of nationally recognized artist Benjamin Knox is housed in the College Station train depot, a 1900s replica of the historic original. Knox (class of ’90) is known for his Texas and Aggie-themed paintings, drawings and photographs. benjaminknox.com Sporting Events Catch the big game during your stay, because nothing is quite like a Texas A&M sporting event—no matter your alma mater. The enthusiasm of the crowd is contagious. Just be sure to leave your orange duds at home. aggieathletics.com

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Portugal might be a tiny country, but over the past several centuries its huge history has seen it all—the first global empire during the Age of Discovery to an almost economic brink over these past few years. Portugal has overcome centuries of hardship and continues to rejuvenate itself with its own brand of tourism—a perfect balance of historical wonders and off-the-beaten path travel. Discover why this small country should be on everyone’s to-visit list.



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Fountain on Rossio Square in Lisbon


The Olissippo Lapa Palace, located in the historic diplomatic area of the city, offers the grandeur of 19th -century charm with modern day amenities. This five-star hotel was once the home to the Count of Valencas and rivals any chateau in France. Built overlooking the Tagus River, the palace was a private residence until 1988 when—while keeping much of its opulence—it was transformed into a magnificent hotel. The property is divided into three sections with 109 perfectly decorated rooms and suites complete with Portugueseoriginated fabrics and furniture. The suite of the Count is located on the fifth floor of the Palace, known as the Noble Floor and is quite impressive. Rejuvinating your body will be easy in the Lapa Palace Spa where a variety of spa services are offered that will have you stressfree and ready to explore. Exploring Lisbon is best done



on foot—with a map, it is nearly impossible to get lost. There are many iconic landmarks around the city are easily found. Climb up the hills along the narrow streets that are a labyrinth through the Alfama District, the oldest section that pre-dates the devastating earthquake of 1755. Castle of Sao Jorge can be seen from many parts of the city. This fortification is worth a look—if not only for the commanding views of the entire region. Take your time climbing up past the restaurants, cafes and bakeries of this once Moorish neighborhood, perhaps stopping to listen to the haunting sounds of Fado. This music is often described as mournful tunes with lyrics about the hardships of life at sea and the lives of the less fortunate who live in this hillside community. Alfama offers many original Fado bars for your listening and reflecting pleasure.

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isbon, the capital city along the Tagus River, pre-dates London and even Paris, making it a truly historic city. Built upon seven hills over many centuries, the city’s streets tell a story. From the narrow cobbled alleys built during Moorish rule to the grand palatial boulevards of the 18th century, each neighborhood offers you a perfect place to get lost, throwing caution to the wind as you begin your Portuguese adventure.

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Castle of São Jorge illuminated at night overlooking Lisbon

Historic Center in Lisbon

Portugal might not be the first country you think of when you’re looking for new wines. However, Portuguese wine production outdates many other countries; the Portuguese have been trading wine with the rest of the world since the early 18th century. Portugal has several different wine regions. Each region, with its own distinctive grape varieties, begets wine specific to the native grape species found in the area. With a number of winerelated excursions offered daily, consider hiring a driver to escort your exploration of Portugal’s best wine regions. You won’t have to worry about finding your way and can sip to your heart’s content.

Wines & Regions to Know Before You Go

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Alentejo Wine Located in southern Portugal, the Alentejo region produces fruity, soft white wines with a distinctive acidity. This is one of the most preferred wines for consumption within Portugal. Bairrada Wine The Regiao Demarcada da Bairrada produces both white and red wines, but the


most popular wine from this region is a sparkling white wine. Colares Sand Wine Near Lisbon, grapes are grown in sandy soil. Colares sand wine is produced in both red and white varieties and has a distinctive fruity taste. Dao Wine In northern Portugal, the Regiao Demarcada do Dao region produces very unique wines from several varieties of grapes—noted to be the finest table wine produced in Portugal. Moscatel Wine Known as Muscat in English, Moscatel is one of the oldest varieties of Portuguese wine. Some of the best grapes are grown near the limestone hills of Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. Port Wine Port wines are fortified wines that can be enjoyed in either red or white. This variety made Portuguese wine known and loved around the world. Vinho Verde Produced in northwest Portugal, Vinho Verde is the second most exported Portuguese wine—just after port.

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Commerce Square, also known as Palace Square (Terreiro do Paço)—once the main maritime entrance to Lisbon. On the north side stands an impressive 19th-century triumphal arch that leads to Rua Augusta, one of the main pedestrian shopping areas in downtown Lisbon. The arch is decorated with statues of historical personalities, like Vasco da Gama (Portuguese sailor) and Marquês do Pombal.



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The city is virtually a historical record of the golden era during the 16th century, when it was the hub of European commerce between Africa, Brazil, India and the Far East. Many buildings are unchanged from that time and are now protected by UNESCO. Enjoy a stroll down Avenida da Liberdade. Built in the late 1800’s, this grand boulevard was modeled after streets in Paris and today is lined by shopping boutiques and a mixture of original architecture and modern structures. When you have had your fill of the city, head to the beaches for some refreshing relaxation.

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of the Iberian Peninsula, you will find the imposing and somewhat desolate Cape St. Vincent and Sagres Point. This escarpment was once a challenge for navigators as they sailed past in search of the new world. Pack a picnic basket, a bottle of local wine and soak in the sounds of the surf. Tavira, located on the River Segura is the last stop before the border of Spain and is one of the most authentic villages you’ll find in Portugal. The unique property of Hotel Vila Galé Albacora is actually a restored tuna fishing village—complete with the original chapel and fishermen’s quarters that have been converted into guest rooms. The property offers a full service spa that includes a Turkish bath and boat Castle of São Jorge taxis to the beach and into town. From the Phoenicians to the Just south of the city across caught earlier that morning. Moors, the town of Tavira is the impressive-golden-gate-like Here surfing and fishing go one of the oldest and one of the bridge you will find Costa da hand in hand. You can spend the quaintest. You will find a fusion Caparica, a small fishing village early morning walking the beach of architecture that includes that hosts many sun worshippers at low tide as fisherman pull in Islamic and Christian styles. on its nearly 20 miles of beaches. their catch, and then stick around Tavira is off-the-beaten path for Unlike many other developed for the incoming tide when the many sun worshippers along the areas along the coastline, Costa scene transforms into a surfer’s Algarve coast, but still boasts da Caparica has maintained a paradise. There are small locally breath-taking beaches on Tavira balance of small town life while owned hotels and beach bars, Island, a short water taxi away. juggling the thousands of seasonal great for watching the sun set Whatever brings you to this visitors from all parts of Europe. over the Atlantic. Be sure to claim country of amazing charm, be Don’t be mislead, this is the your hammock early enough to sure to leave the stresses of life at longest continuous beach in the enjoy a local beer as the sun slips the airport. Portugal will offer a country, yet possesses little to over the horizon and the ocean’s chance to kick back, pull up the no major developments. This is edge transforms into a walkway of draw bridge, reboot your senses the place to lie in a hammock, open-air eateries. and rejuvenate your soul. listen to the surf and eat fresh fish Continuing south to the end

Bandstand (Gazebo), Tavira Public Garden, off Rua dos Cais, Tavira

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Dave Dodge | Algarve Tourism | Lisbon Tourism Office | Leiria-Fatima Tourist Region | Turismo de Portugal

making plans Getting a direct flight from Texas might be a challenge; however there is daily service to Lisbon with at least one connection either in the U.S. or London.

Overlooking Lisbon

Fatima’s Basilica is the town’s religious center.

Casa de Linhares Fado Restaurant Built in the foundations of an aristocratic house that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755.

For general information on Portugal there are many sites that provide a wealth of information. Try portugal.com or visitportugal.com Reservations In Lisbon: for the royal treatment and a five-star experience the place to stay is the Olissippo Lapa Palace. olissippohotels.com

Three ‘Rabelo’ Boats In The River Douro

Reservations in Costa Da Caparica: for a relaxing stay that is both modern and accommodating, and on the edge of the old world looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, consider the hotel of the same name. costacaparicahotel.com Reservations in Tavira: one of the best hotels that offers Portuguese authenticity and modern amenities is located next to a national park along the coast—The Vila Gale Albacora. vilagale.pt

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W One-Two-Punch tarting exercise and a healthy diet at the same time packs


a more powerful punch than beginning one before the other. Researchers from Stanford University found that making diet changes first often interfered with an individual’s motivation to set up a regular exercise regimen because they became too focused on the dietary changes. A second Stanford study concluded that big diet and exercise changes produce more long-term weight loss. Instead of making small, gradual changes, experts recommend setting big, bold goals. Plan on eating five to nine servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Cut out foods heavy in saturated fats and commit to exercising at least two and a half hours a week. Dieters who made major changes in their lifestyle were more likely to keep the weight off a year later.

hen you’re behind the wheel, using a hands-free phone with voice-activated texting might make you feel safer than using a hand-held phone, but recent studies show that hands-free devices can be just as distracting and risky. The American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety measured a driver’s degree of distraction created by various tasks. Surprisingly, using hands-free voice to text devices was one of the most mentally distracting tasks. And having a two-way conversation on a hands-free device was nearly as distracting as using a hand-held phone. The study concluded that using electronic devices—even when both hands are on the wheel—is likely to distract drivers and cause slower reaction times. A separate study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute showed that sending voiceactivated text messages was equally as dangerous as manually texting. Both types of texting doubled a driver’s reaction time to roadway hazards.

Where’s the Beef? ating more red meat not only increases your chance of gaining


weight, but also your risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to data collected from three recent Harvard University studies. Increasing your intake of red meat by as little as half a serving per day might raise your risk of developing diabetes by 48 percent over a four-year period. While the findings apply to all red meat, including hamburger, steak and pork, the risk of diabetes was greater when eating processed meat, such as hot dogs and lunch meat. Processed meat may also raise your chance of heart disease and cancer, based on a separate long-term study conducted in 10 European countries. People who regularly ate large amounts of processed meat, such as bacon, sausage and ham, had a 72 percent greater chance of dying from heart disease. Processed meat typically contains high amounts of saturated fat, sodium and nitrates. Meat can still be part of a balanced diet, when choosing small portions of lean, unprocessed cuts of red meat.

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strawberries and blueberries per week may cut their risk of heart attack by up to onethird. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and University of East Anglia in Norfolk, United Kingdom identified high levels of naturally occurring flavonoids in the berries, which may help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries and offer other cardiovascular benefits.

angela ambrose Angela Ambrose has been a writer for more than 20 years, working for Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Public Health Service, as well as national magazines, newspapers and websites. She is also a nationally certified group fitness instructor and a registered yoga teacher.



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As you age, your skin naturally begins to sag, wrinkle and develop age spots. An increasing number of skin care companies are adding stem cells to their products with the promise of giving you a younger looking complexion.

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tem cells are master cells present in all multi-cellular organisms. These powerful cells have the ability to reproduce themselves and regenerate new cells. In skin care products, the most commonly used stem cells come from plants and humans. One popular area of research involves taking stem cells from the leaves, berries, stems or roots of plants and eliminating contaminants through a sterilization process. The stem cells are then cultured in a controlled laboratory to create a more pure form of antioxidants, which are added to the anti-aging skin products, according to Dr. Doris Day, a board certified dermatologist and clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. Antioxidants have been used

for years in cosmetics to reduce the effects of free radicals that cause inflammation and sun damage. Extracting antioxidants from plant stem cells ensures a more concentrated, stable product. VB Beauty skin care products use plant stem cells from Swiss apples, Alpine rose leaves and grapes. “VB Beauty primarily uses these products because they are an effective alternative for chemicalbased cosmetic ingredients,” says Yvonne von Berg, VB Beauty founder and CEO. Like VB Beauty, Annmarie Gianni Skin Care company markets its products as natural and environmentally friendly. “We don’t use fillers, preservatives or synthetics,” says Rachel Pachivas, product development manager for Annmarie Gianni. “Everything is just in its very simple, pure form.”


Lifeline Skin Care takes a different approach to revitalizing aging skin. It extracts proteins from unfertilized human egg stem cells and uses them to stimulate the skin’s own ability to repair damaged skin cells. “Because they cannot form an embryo and they’ve never been alive, (the human stem cells) avoid all the ethical concerns associated with embryonic stem cell research,” says Dr. Simon Craw, executive vice president of International Stem Cell Corporation, the parent company of Lifeline Skin Care. Other companies use adult stem cells in formulating their products. Craw is quick to point out that no live plant or human stem cells are in any of today’s skin care products because they can’t survive in this environment. When choosing stem cell based

skin care products, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends looking for doubleblind controlled studies to back up the manufacturers’ bold claims that promise a vibrant, wrinklefree complexion.

did you know? Human stem cells may do more than just plump up aging skin and minimize wrinkles. International Stem Cell Corporation is launching its first human clinical study this year to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. This biotech company is also researching ways to use human stem cells to treat diabetes and diseases of the eye, liver and nervous system.

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ou’ve done it. You reached new heights of responsible, earthfriendly consumerism by training yourself and everyone around you to separate the recycling, take 60-second showers and eat only hand-crafted or hand-raised foodstuffs bought from local farmers’ markets and bucolic pastures full of happy cows and chickens. Have you really looked at yourself in the mirror lately? Is that moisturized, powdered and primped visage actually covered in cosmetics from Shelton, Connecticut? Or Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey? Or even (gasp), China? Let’s get really grass-roots about our beauty habits and take a closer look at a few homegrown cosmetics designed and manufactured right here in Texas, some with truly local and sustainable ingredients which will make you feel like a bonafide natural beauty, inside and out.

Salve Naturals After being told she would eventually lose her eyesight to a degenerative cornea disease, Houstonian Dahlia Kelada sought

to transition away from her longstanding marketing career into something she could really get her hands on, such as Ayurvedic health-based cosmetics, with an emphasis on organic ingredients and chemical-free products. Her line of bath soaks is extremely popular for their detoxifying benefits, as well as the Emergency Salves. “The Emergency Salves are my homemade medicine cabinet, and our entire product line is perfect for those with allergies and sensitivities,” says Kelada. salvenaturals.com Dear Clark In 2008, Dallas salon owners Holly Dear and Kaycee Clark brought their combined salon-stylist edge and product know-how to bear by focusing on ingredients that would combat and address issues such as antiaging (Rose of Jericho), hydration (aloe vera) and heat protection (sunflower seed oil). Try the

Resurrecting Wash or Resurrecting Rinse to boost dry or damaged hair, or Smoothing Elixir, which according to both Dear and Clark is a salon favorite because it helps combat the frizz and humidity of Texas! dearclark.com   Everyday Minerals This Austin-based cosmetics company has deep roots in Brazil, with an eye on the Amazon rainforest’s future both as a resource and business opportunity. Exotic ingredients in the product line such as sustainable murumuru butter and maracuja oil are harvested by villages that thrive because of this new opportunity. Their multi-use wonders are being transformed into simple Everyday Mineral products that can be worn all over the face—giving an all-around easy going and effortless beauty look, that founder Carina Menzies ascribes to the “less is more”

Cosmetic use dates back to the early Egyptians who knew the value of a well turned-out face.

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lifestyle of the Texas capital. everydayminerals.com Purisa Ana Fields, co-founder and biochemist behind this Austinbased skincare company is indeed the proverbial “fount of wisdom” when it comes to respecting your body’s largest organ (skin), and the proper care and maintenance of it through natural, fragranceand chemical-free formulations. Fields says, “Come fall, we recommend that people start using the Intense Antioxidant Cream (Rescue) and Jojoba Citrus Dermabrasion (Resurface) because this is the time of year where Texans tend to have the driest skin due to a combination of factors.” Purisa’s Intense Antioxidant Cream is formulated with Moroccan Argan oil, naturally rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids to rescue and hydrate tired and dehydrated skin with a powerful antioxidant boost and protection from free radicals. The Jojoba Citrus Dermabrasion is formulated to gently resurface and renew dry, dehydrated skin while stimulating cellular repair. purisaskin.com.

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orty is the new 30, and 50 is the new 40 and so it goes. Women are looking younger and younger for their age and dressing the part. Leggings, short skirts, and high heels were not in our mother’s closets, but today women wear them and look good in them well past age 50. It is not uncommon to walk behind someone in a cute outfit and be surprised when you catch a glimpse of their face, only to recognize they are much older than their youthful body and dress might indicate. I have shared my closet with my daughters as far back as I can remember, and so have many of my friends. When women take good care of their bodies, should there be an age limit on when specific clothes or “look” is inappropriate? Many think so. For example, it might become a problem when a 50-year-old mom is still dressing like her 17-year-old teen. Teens might feel uncomfortable when their mom wears clothes or sports a tattoo or body piercing that seems age inappropriate. There is a boundary between moms and their teens, and when a teen feels threatened that mom is encroaching, they retaliate



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and withdraw. Belly piercings and tattoos might help an older woman feel young, but the impression it sends to others is usually negative. According to numerous studies, women are more likely the ones to be judgmental of both other women and men when it comes to expiration dates on specific looks. In the Huffington Post article titled, “The 15-50 Syndrome,” the author pointed the finger at 50-year-olds who look age 50 from the neck up and dress age 15 from the neck down. According to the article, these women look to their young daughters for their fashion and style direction. Youth is in and many women who work out, feel energetic and youthful, have begun to ask, “Who made the rule that dressing ‘fun’ stops at a specific age?” Frankly, they have a good point. To make a rule that applies to everyone is stifling. However, being an adult means being responsible, and baring a tattoo, along with stilettos and a short skirt for a meeting at your child’s school is inappropriate no matter how old or young you are.

Below are a few suggestions that allow women (and men) to dress the way they want and still look stylish.

6. If you want to be trendy and look youthful, use jewelry and scarves. They add flair and make you look sharp.

1. Know your body and what your shape can (and cannot) get away with.

7. Guys, the Speedo is not a good choice. Even if you are 50 and buff, don’t buy it.

I think one of the biggest social issues we deal with is self-esteem and body image. Since women suffer the most in this area, I think limiting anyone’s sense of their 3. Showing skin is great at the own beauty is shameful. Women gym or on a Saturday night tend to express themselves through when you are out with your friends or spouse, but showing their clothes. However, along with their expression there should be too much skin at work is not awareness and sensitivity of dress appropriate. appropriateness. If you are representing yourself 4. If whatever you are wearing at work, or at a business or social makes your child feel embarrassed, then don’t wear it. function, you should be careful with your personal dress code. 5. Muffin tops are one thing when Moms work so hard to be all things teens flaunt them, quite another to all people. If they want to express themselves by wearing a youthful when a 50-year-old does. outfit and stilettos to match, I for one have no problem with it. 2. Skinny jeans are one clothing item that is probably better suited for a thin build.

mary jo rapini Mary Jo Rapini is a Houston-based psychotherapist specializing in sex and relationships. In addition to being a speaker, author and TV personality, she shares her expert advice Tuesday mornings on Mix 96.5 and Friday mornings on Fox 26 Houston. For information, visit maryjorapini.com.

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eadaches can be vicious, insidious enemies to a productive day; the way one goes from clicking along, feeling fine, to wondering if your brain is being slowly poached in hot lava, or perhaps there’s a sharp, persistent pounding behind the eyes. People who don’t have regular, systemic episodes like these haven’t a clue about

the degree of pain and suffering that headache victims endure, and even friends, coworkers and loved ones can seem insensitive over time to the symptoms and silent agonies of this serious medical condition. After all, the only headache worth putting up with should be short, sweet, and strictly ice cream—or snow cone related!

Dr. Rajat Gupta, MD, Board Certified Neurologist and Medical Director of Austin’s Headache and Pain Center shares some interesting facts about the various types of head pain and how it impacts men and women.

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There are as many as 300 classified types of headaches, but we’ll be focusing on migraines, cluster headaches, occipital neuralgia, and the overall medical outlook for headache pain in general.

Men are more likely to seek a physician’s advice for cluster headaches.

Women are subject to more migraine headaches overall than men, with as many as one in five women suffering from persistent migraines.

“It’s true that there are hundreds of types of headaches, but only a small percentage (10%) have known causes. I typically see patients who present symptoms of a primary headache; that is, headaches without any other mitigating factor such as bleeding, tumor or infection.”

Cluster headaches So named because the frequency is chronic and occurs at the same time of day or season. It can be so sudden in onset and sharp in nature that the individual cannot stay still, often rocking back and forth or restlessly moving as if to escape the pain. Overall, this affects a smaller segment of the population, usually one in one thousand, versus other kinds of headache pain.

Men ages 20-30 are more commonly subject to this type of headache. Typical sufferers say that it feels like a hot poker is stabbing at you behind one eye, with tearing and drooping in the same eye.

Research suggests the gap is closing, with a 2-1 ratio of male to female cluster headache patients.

“This is a primary headache which lasts shorter than a migraine, but has such intense pain that it has often been referred to as the ‘suicide headache.’ I treat this with oxygen therapy (inhaling pure oxygen for 15 minutes or so), or injecting triptans (serotonin receptor activators) or steroids to the affected area. It’s also important as a patient to identify your triggers, such as alcohol, stress, or allergies.”

Migraine headaches Classic symptoms include a pain lasting as long as two or three days, with light and sound sensitivity, nausea and auras around the line of vision. About 36 million people per year suffer from regular migraines.

Men are five times less likely to suffer from a migraine.

Women are more likely to have migraines, and triggers can arise from fluctuations in hormones, barometric pressure changes in the weather, or increased salt or alcohol intake.

“The main reason for migraines stems from genetics. This is the most prevalent condition out there among headache patients. The effects of this headache can be greatly reduced by knowing your triggers, prescribing triptans and more recently, botox injections have been used to successfully treat this condition.”

Occipital Neuralgia This headache typically radiates from the two sets of nerves along the back of the skull, often accompanied by muscle tension in the neck.

This type of headache is equally prevalent in men and women, and can result from head injuries or whiplash, where there has been some spinal cord involvement.

Women who have occipital neuralgia can have such severe scalp sensitivity that even hair brushing hurts.

“Injecting the scalp with steroids can be very effective in treating this headache; also, we can administer radiofrequency or low heat to the localized set of nerves affected, and gain relief that way.”

While the causes and variations of headaches may seem daunting, there is hope. Dr. Gupta says, “I have a very optimistic outlook on things just in the 20 years I’ve been practicing medicine. When I started there was just one triptan, Imitrex, on the market, whereas previously there were medicines used mainly to knock out the afflicted patient. We have a much better understanding of headache triggers, as well as a whole family of triptans which are designed specifically for migraines. These are much better at reaching the serotonin receptors at play during headaches, and help us better delineate the mechanism as a whole. While there is no cure for primary headaches such as migraine and cluster, it’s no longer a hopeless diagnosis.”

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Supporters, sponsors and restaurateurs were treated to a VIP kick-off celebrating the 10th year for local restaurants to participate in—what’s grown to be—a month long event which helps raise funds for the Houston Food bank. Mr. Peeples served up mouth-watering delights, as the Houston Food Bank team shared with guests their passions for leading the fight against hunger. Cleverley Stone, volunteer and founder of Houston Restaurant Weeks hosted the evening sharing inspirational words to gear everyone up for an all star month of fundraising! Photography | roswitha vogler

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