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ooking to get away this summer? Then pack your bags and don’t forget your copy of Prime Living! This issue will surely live up to your “reading travel” standards. Summer travel in the 21st century isn’t the same as it was when we were growing up. Yes, you can still travel to the Grand Canyon and relish in its grandeur or visit Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, but there are many more opportunities today to experience the world. In “Deep Thoughts” on page 55, we travel to Belize and Cozumel to share some of our favorite dive spots. If you’re wanting to go a bit deeper, sign up for a “voluntourism” vacation, the newest trend in travel that has baby boomers buzzing. With these thoughtful getaways, you can give back to the world while visiting amazing destinations. See what the buzz is all about in “Soul of Adventure” on page 32. And don’t forget to see our suggestions for the latest in travel technology in “Gadgets on the Go” on page 52. If globetrotting isn’t in the cards for you, try one of our Texas beaches. Check out our recommendations for a fun sandy adventure in “Beach Bound” on page 14. And rather than jet to the beach, get behind the wheel of this issue’s ultra-luxe car, the Maybach, featured on page 50. For something closer to home, there is always a lot to see and do in the greater Houston area. Start off with a day filled with nostalgia at the Health Museum’s “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit, where you won’t want to miss the full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit. May the force be with you!

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No one likes to parade their baggage in public, except for jetsetters who gladly display their belongings to the world in globetrotting style. Here are 10 items that guarantee a luxury traveler is on board. Story | sally j. clasen Illustration | John S. Dykes

Satellite phone. It’s important to have distress call capabilities when you’re lounging on the edge of an azure lagoon, sipping champagne and eating caviar prepared by a personal chef. French lap dog. A two-pound canine with a two-part name, coiffed to within an inch of its pampered life, is a required accessory for entry into most countries. Diamondstudded, leather pet carrier. It’s survival of the richest when you cart and protect Frenchie from the travel elements

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in bejeweled gear that is manufactured from the coat of another in the animal kingdom. Big rims. International travel law dictates sunglasses the size of Texas must be worn at all times while jetsetting, regardless of weather conditions.

Spray-on tan. A global orange glow confirms that you have an extraordinary amount of money and time for “natural” causes. Bohemian flight clothes. The ubiquitous “oversized top with sheepskin boots” comfort look allows high-end travelers to feel like common hippies, who just happen to travel by private jet and yacht.

Monogrammed luggage set. Multiple suitcases stamped with someone else’s initials make two important Noise-canceling luxury statements: You have headphones. impeccable taste. And no identity. Don’t judge. The first-class cabin cacophony can be really annoying when you’re the only passenger on board.

Enriched H20. The ever-present “enhanced” water bottle assures the rest of society that you are staying hydrated and nutrient-rich while you do absolutely nothing. Spiritual book. Advice from the latest self-improvement guru can help guide you to critical lifechanging vacation decisions, like choosing whether to start with a hot stone massage or a mango-infused facial.


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estaurateur Beau Theriot has had a golden touch with some of the most iconic restaurants and watering holes in Houston and Austin. In the 1970s, he opened both Brownstone Restaurant and Café Adobe, and helped launch the Rainbow Lodge. You don’t go to the Capital City without a stop at the Oasis Restaurant on Lake Travis, which he opened in 1982, to watch the sunset. His newest endeavor is the 88 Keys Piano Bar, a quiet getaway in the Upper Kirby and River Oaks districts. Open since last October, and already popular with the international crowd, 88 Keys offers comfortable sophistication, a lively ambiance and a warm welcome that invites you to stay a while. “88 Keys is where the old Brownstone Restaurant used to

be. We’ve kept the old brick walls and beautiful wood ceilings that give the location so much of its personality,” says Theriot. “This is a place where you can entertain your friends like you would in your own home. The wraparound bar is the perfect place to meet new friends.” Professional pianists entertain nightly while the accommodating staff offers selections from an extensive wine list and wellappointed bar. Their signature orange martini and special seasonal concoctions are always high on the request list, and “Social Hour” lasts until 8 p.m. In late April, Theriot expanded the location to include the Le Café Brownstone opening on the adjacent patio area. A French chef orchestrates a light brunch early in the day, a chalkboard menu in the afternoon and an excellent

selection of appetizers for 88 Keys during the evening. Of course, the desserts promise to be a small slice of heaven. “This is the place to meet your friends, have great conversation without yelling and enjoy nice music. And if you want to come with a lot of friends, settle into one of our three semi-private areas that are as comfortable as your own living room, and you can still hear the piano,” says Theriot. “88 Keys is the place to wind down and relax a little, to appreciate sophistication without being stuffy.”

88 keys 2736 virginia st. 713-520-7001 88keyshouston.com

A convergence of history, science and art, the landmark Antiquarium Antique Print & Map Gallery is the largest repository of antique prints, maps, documents, photographs and globes in Houston. The staff readily shares their knowledge of the history and origin of the collection in this unique gallery. 3021 Kirby Drive 713-622-7531 theantiquarium.com

Mercury Baroque

Celebrating its 10th season, Mercury Baroque, begun as a chamber ensemble. Today it is a full Baroque orchestra and a dynamic part of the Houston Arts community with concerts at the Wortham Center and chamber music concerts at the Museum of Fine Arts. Their goal is to bring excellent, historically informed music to audiences of all ages. 3601 S. Sandman 713-533-0080 mercurybaroque.org

Tony Mandola’s Miracle Location “Dedicated to the preservation of the art of Mama’s Cooking,” Tony Mandola’s Miracle Location is cooking up an ocean of fish from fresh snapper and shrimp ceviche to Mama’s shrimp and crabmeat spaghetti in suga pomodoro. The bright and welcoming atmosphere makes it the place to see and be seen. 2810 Westheimer 713-528-3474 tonymandolas.com

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t’s hard to believe that it’s been 34 years since “Star Wars” first hit the movie screen, quickly becoming a phenomenon that’s endured to this day. If movie magic still enthralls you, check out “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination,” a unique exhibit that explores the futuristic technologies shown in the films. Open from June 18 to Sept. 18 at the Health Museum, the exhibit looks at the real science behind the technologies and research that may lead to real-life versions used in our everyday life. You’ll also see props and costumes from all six “Star Wars” films, and get the opportunity to experience a simulated ride in a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit. The Health Museum is located at 1515 Hermann Drive. For tickets and information, call 713-521-1515 or visit thehealthmuseum.org.

Roseann Rogers Known as Houston’s “Buzz Lady,” Roseann Rogers has been on top of the Houston’s social, fashion and entertainment scene for nearly 15 years. A regular contributor to Prime Living, she is also a TV personality, spokesperson and active philanthropist.

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the corner and soon, it will be time to break out the, gulp, bathing suit. To get your body in shape, the new ElliptiGO 8S bike ($2,499) is now available in Houston. A low-impact cross-training device that gets you running, but without the joint-crunching impact. The elliptical bike combines the benefits of using an elliptical trainer with the functionality of a bicycle. The result is an effective low-impact workout that gives users a cardiovascular workout without damaging their body. The ElliptiGO 8S is described as a great device for runners and cyclists looking for a variety in their workouts. Its performance has been compared to that of any high-end road bike. For cold weather, there’s even a stationery trainer accessory available so you can ride the bike indoors. The ElliptiGO is available at Houston Bike Barn (bikebarn.com) and Busy Body (busybodyhouston.com) locations.

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Chassis Concours d’Elegance, held June 11-12 at Reliant Stadium. From a 1932 Alfa Romeo to a 1952 Ferrari 212/225, the event features more than 100 unique and rare automobiles, including handbuilt sports cars, hot rods and racing machines from private collections and museums throughout the United States. See a 1931 Bugatti Type 40A or a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe. Also on view will be “Hot Rods of Distinction” and “Post-War Sports Cars.” If you’re just itching for the chance to get behind the wheel of an exotic sports car, take part in the show’s Ride & Drive event, where you’ll get the opportunity to go for a spin in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin. Or, if automotive art is your thing, an original piece by automotive artist Bill Neale will also be auctioned at a private reception. This family-friendly event benefits Shriners Hospital for Children – Houston/Galveston. For information, visit classychassis.org.

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here’s no question Houstonians have a passion for fashion. Fortunately, the Galleria has four new retail stores opening and one major shoe overhaul beginning in May. New stores include the urban chic Free People, the first Miu Miu store in Texas, and an Omega watch boutique. In addition, Prada will make its Lone Star debut this fall, while Jimmy Choo is putting its best foot forward by finishing up major renovations on their current store in Galleria I. While New York may have Fashion Week, top designers are making Houston a destination for showing off their newest collections. Recently, Neiman Marcus held a spring/summer fashion event with Lafayette’s 148’s design director Edward Wilkerson. The chic and ladylike designs included a mix of colorful separates with flirty embellishments, coupled with femme fatale detailing like lace, fringe and feathers. lafayette148.com Famed designer Kay Unger made a personal appearance at the new Tootsie’s on West Ave, where she unveiled her new 2011 spring collection. Filled with color and femininity, “The Flower Show” featured vibrant, yet sweet dresses for the daytime and glam gowns for the evening. “Color brightens up your wardrobe, so don’t be a wallflower,” Unger says. Spoken like someone who knows what she’s talking about! kayunger.com

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creative when it comes to jazzing up the typical date night. Max’s Wine Dive, for instance, is offering a unique twist on the classic picnic. Available by reservation only, the Urban Picnic features a romantic table for two decorated with a red-and-white-checkered table cloth, white candle and handwritten note saying, “Just for you.” A waiter then arrives with a picnic basket filled with wine or Champagne, salad, cheese and a baguette, cold fried chicken, sandwiches and chocolate-covered strawberries. This exclusive concept is limited to two seatings per night, with a maximum of four people per seating. Reservations must be made and paid for a week in advance. 4720 Washington Ave. 713-880-8737, maxswinedive.com

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Rockport

Rockport is the charming secret of the Gulf Coast. Tagged as one of the top coastal art colonies in the country, this quiet beach community draws those with an eye for fine art, a nose for a hidden antique or a simple appreciation for a good wine paired with a beautiful sunset. rockport-fulton chamber of commerce 361-729-6445 rockport-fulton.org

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In Texas, shell searchers can walk for miles—more than 1,100 miles, in fact—along the shores of the state’s beautiful beaches. Fulton Mansion, Rockport Along the way, they’ll find quiet coastal communities that live by the tides and jazzy cities with their own unique style and history. Regardless of the destination, the draw of the sun, sand Mustang Island Covering nearly 4,000 acres with five miles and warm Gulf breeze is simply irresistible. Corpus Christi

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Old and new perfectly blend in Galveston. While two new cruise ships debut at the port, the Hotel Galvez celebrates its 100th anniversary as the island’s icon of resiliency. Historic war birds take off at the Lone Star Flight Museum next to the renovated Rainforest Pyramid at Moody Gardens. Since Hurricane Ike, an old friend has a new look.

The WWII naval aircraft carrier USS Lexington guards the Corpus Christi Bay, while nearby, Houston Astro prospects guard the plate at Whataburger Field during AA-minor league games. Art walks on the promenade, beach runs on white sand and interesting strolls through the Texas State Aquarium highlight this gem of the coastal bend. corpus christi convention & visitors bureau 800-678-6232 visitcorpuschristitx.org

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Port Isabel - Laguna Madre

With its iconic lighthouse, Port Isabel sits at the entrance to the Laguna Madre, a shallow, hypersaline bay running the length of Padre Island and home to more finfish than anywhere else on the Texas coast. Fishermen and yachtsmen alike find it the perfect spot to come ashore. port isabel chamber of commerce 800-527-6102 portisabel-texas.com

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of protected beach in Port Aransas, Mustang Island State Park is named for the wild horses that once ran here. Today, campers, bird watchers, history buffs, fishermen and shell hunters come to this barrier island to experience the beauty of a Texas beach in its natural state.

Diane Loyd | Fulton Mansion | Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau | Lone Star Flight Museum

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ere’s a trivia question guaranteed to stump your friends: What do the impossibly quirky, eggshaped Airstream trailers have in common with beloved American aviator Charles Lindbergh? Answer: Hawley Bowlus. As it happens, Bowlus—whose company originally employed the designer of the gleaming, aluminum-bodied Airstreams— also oversaw the design of Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis,” which the intrepid airman so famously piloted from New York to Paris in the spring of 1927. In the late 1920s and early ’30s, America’s insatiable wanderlust—fueled by the onslaught of the automobile— was picking up momentum. Everyone who could afford a car was bent on hopping behind the wheel and hitting the open road to explore every nook and cranny on the continent. It was only a matter of time until some American tinkerer dreamed up the ways and means of “camping out” on these road trips, preferably in a cozy contraption that you could pull behind your

vehicle on a ball and hitch. Bowlus, who had been a pioneer in designing and building early aircraft, used some of the same technology to create the first prototype of a canvas-covered “egg,” which he initially painted white. Later, in 1934, he began selling what he called the “Road Chief ” trailer, which featured construction methods that incorporated shiny, riveted panels attached to a tubular steel frame. Incredibly, around 40 Bowlus trailers of the 80 or so that were originally built are still around. But the plot thickens. Wally Byam, who founded Airstream,

was one of Bowlus’s original salesmen. Striking a deal with Bowlus, Byam expanded on the Road Chief, improving the trailer’s design by moving the door and dropping the floor to allow travelers to stand upright in the trailer, a major innovation in comfort and practicality. Thus, in 1936, Byam and his nascent Airstream Trailer Company introduced the “Clipper,” and a legendary American brand was born. With its oval, riveted aluminum body, the Clipper could sleep four, thanks to a tubular steel-framed dinette that could be converted

Celebrity Streaming Today, 80 years since its earliest design, the most popular RV company in the country (if not the world) is busy revitalizing its brand, catering to a new demographic of younger, more affluent and creative customers. Just this past fall, Bloomingdale’s catalogue cover featured a “silver lozenge” artfully arrayed in an outdoor entertainment setting. Not surprisingly, the company can count several youthful celebrities among its continually increasing roster of proud owners. Johnny Depp is among those who own at least one Airstream; he reportedly has it installed as a pool house at one of his residences. Comedian Steve Carrell bought one because he wanted to use it on the set of his hit show “The Office,” and Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock both own Airstreams.

to a bed. It carried its own water supply, had an enclosed galley and was fitted with electric lights throughout. The original Airstreams boasted advanced insulation and a ventilation system, and even offered rudimentary “air conditioning” that made use of dry ice. American travelers took to the Airstreams like ducks to water. The road coach’s classically distinctive design and fascinating history inspired fierce loyalty to the brand and spawned generation after generation of ardent fans. Today’s Airstream buyers are focused as much on owning this unique piece of Americana for its highly celebrated, artsy stylings as they are for its more functional features. Airstream love has become cult-like in its intensity. Year after year, Airstream owners everywhere convene large caravans and travel the world’s highways and byways en masse. If you’re ever lucky enough to be in a town or city where a gleaming Airstream caravan slowly motors past, you’re sure to agree it’s a sight that will stop you in your tracks!

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or more than a decade, Jane Weiner wanted only to be what endless hard work and some good fortune had already allowed her to be: a dancer. The idea that she might have something to say on her own, some message or meaning she might contribute through dance, waited in the shadowy wings of her life. At least it didn’t until Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in deaf and elementary education, invited her back to choreograph. “I would have rather had my teeth pulled,” Weiner laughs, now sitting in her small, neat office at the Tribeca Lofts complex where her Hope Stone Dance studio is located. “When I moved to Houston to help my sister recover from cancer and found a free space to work, the dances just flowed out from me. I used to love that freedom of being onstage and expressing what the choreographer had to say. But that was always his voice. Suddenly, when it was my voice, it went up a notch.” This may have been the first time—but certainly not the last—finding her own voice took

Weiner’s commitment up a notch. Her Hope Stone vision combines three separate but equally profound missions: to create choreography for her talented Houston dance company, to offer classes and other dance opportunities to the larger community, and to operate Kid’s Play, a program that delivers art education to 180 young people attending on scholarship. Early in May, Hope Stone wraps up its first full season with Kid’s Play with a cuttingedge presentation entitled “One.” According to Weiner, this multi-faceted, multi-media presentation is inspired by the Greensboro sit-ins early in the civil rights movement. As interpreted by the young dancers, the title works on at least two levels: that one person can make a difference in this world, and that we are all one when it comes to seeking progress. “My mantra is that art is primary education,” offers Weiner. “It helps children become creative thinkers in a way their later lives will require. And it helps us think as a community, not just as ourselves.

Spotlight: betz art gallery

Located in art-rich Montrose, Betz Art Gallery has been offering innovative art exhibitions since 2002. Gallery owner Lori Betz, an accomplished artist herself, has acquired works from as far away as Shigaraki Cultural Institute in Japan and as close as the Cultural Art Museum of Houston. Many other accomplished artists in all mediums are also on view at Betz. Whatever your taste may be—from photography, painting and sculpture to even artisan jewelry—you won’t be hard pressed to find it here. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1208 w. gray • 713-576-6954 • betzgallery.com

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t the core of every mystery novel is the question, “Who done it?” The question that acclaimed University of Texas historian H.W. Brands seeks to answer in his latest work, “American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism 1865-1900” (Doubleday, $35), is a good deal more long-winded and, in light of recent American history, a great deal more compelling: When did America decide that greed was good? The subtitle of Brands’s book tells us the “when” in no uncertain terms. Everything else in its 556 pages of intriguing narrative gives us fresh ways to consider the how and the why. Just as “American Colossus” sets before us the winners of this new industrializing, even corporatizing America, it gives us the losers and how they got to be that way. The scope of this book is extraordinary, from poor farmers of the Midwest engaging in protests to the beginnings of the modern-day labor movement. Brands sees two intrinsic (and usually oversimplified) American values in conflict here—democracy and capitalism—and he dismisses neither as unworthy of our attention. One needs the other, he seems to be saying, even if being an American means birth-to-death tension between the two.

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magine a business so unique it doesn’t need to advertise, yet most people have never heard of it. This is reality for Silverlining, a UK-based company that has been crafting bespoke furniture pieces for the world’s finest homes and super yachts since 1985. “We have been working in Russia for 11 years and I never know how we get the work,” says Mark Boddington, founder of Silverlining. “We are like a secret society.” Boddington won’t name names, of course, but says his clients are among the world’s richest, including royal families from Venezuela, Japan, South Africa and London, as well as high-profile clients from New

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York City. “Our clients are all on the Forbes 500,” he says. A Silverlining creation begins at about $150,000 and is distinctive for its silver hallmark and intricate wood inlays that match the client’s passion. A client inspired by the sea, for instance, may find rippled patterns you would see in sand, water and rock. Crafting pieces that will travel the world’s oceans and seas offers unique challenges, including forecasting such intricate things as the impact of vibration and moisture. Lightweight materials such as titanium and Hexlite (used on space shuttles) are incorporated to meet strict weight regulations. “The spaces are smaller and there are no straight lines,” Boddington says.

The company makes its home on Cholmondeley Castle Estate in the Cheshire countryside of England, a two-hour drive from Birmingham. Boddington strips away pretense and offers customers a direct channel of communication with their project partner. “When a famous client comes in, they don’t have lunch with me,” he says. “They have lunch with the craftsman who will make the piece.” That single craftsman will bring to life the client’s vision, accompany the piece on the journey to its final destination— an estate, palace or yacht—unpack and place the piece, and train staff how to care for it. A journey book is gifted to each client, detailing every step of the creation process, down to where the wood was

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acquired, such as 3,000-year-old bogwood recovered from the Fens in England. It is rare for a customer to come and go. Instead, a first time client is likely to become part of the Silverlining family. “We are working for Swiss clients on the 13th project in 20 years,” Boddington said. “We blow their mind about what’s possible.” In a throw away world, Silverlining is creating furniture art that will endure. “We are confident it will be passed on to the next generation.”

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he has a passion for fashion, a discerning eye for color and a business-sense brain wired for creative marketing. Elaine Turner, the pretty femme behind local namesake Elaine Turner Designs handbagshoe boutique and national brand, was stylestruck at a very young age. “My mother Marlaine White is my ultimate fashion muse,” says the native Houstonian. “Since age 5, I was digging through her closets, trying on her clothes to create ensembles.” After pursuing an advertising/marketing degree at the University of Texas Austin, Turner worked for a small fashion manufacturing company in New York before moving back to Houston and starting Elaine Turner Designs. Originally, it was a fashion wholesale business, which she operated from her Rice Village loft office. In 2009, she opened her first retail shop downstairs and just this February, Turner debuted her much buzzed about boutique in CityCentre. Her boutiques, known for a whimsical yet feminine aura (signature true pink couches, glossy white furnishings and plush rugs), are a reflection of her brand’s style. “I use a tropical edge in my designs with a range of bright colors like turquoise or cobalt blue, balanced with some natural material concepts,” Turner says. Customers like anything textured from her signature basket-weave program with fun grab-and-go totes. Her elegant leather clutches, striking cross-body purses and chic portfolios are colorful gems that make an outfit pop. And what about her shoes, a girl’s best friend? “My classic leather Liz ballet flat continues to be a core product and the trendy Ryan boot was the fall favorite,” explains Turner, who describes her personal fashion style as classic but with a twist of glamour and fun— never taking herself too seriously. “Yes, my favorite color is still pink— everyone asks—and I like the full spectrum of the hue from pale to intense pink,” says the fashionista. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it.

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f you’re an antiques enthusiast like I am, you search for shops and markets to visit when traveling to other cities. But what about when traveling abroad? Through the years, I have acquired some of my best finds overseas. The merchandise tends to be, for obvious reasons, completely different than what we typically see at American markets. Treasures that are hundreds of years old are sold out of the trunks of cars, splayed out on blankets in fields, and displayed in stalls that stretch for span city blocks. Over the years, many exciting things have turned up at flea markets overseas. For example, several years ago in a flea market in France, a painting was purchased for approximately $2,500 that turned out to be an original Vincent Van Gogh valued at around $3.5 million.

Here are a few of my favorite markets abroad and tips on what you can expect to find at each: • Togo Antique Market, Japan The biggest of all the antique markets in Tokyo, this colorful market offers vintage kimonos, woodblocks and Imari porcelain. You’ll also find American products such as antique toys, Barbie dolls, radios and movie posters. • Hietalahti Flea Market, Finland Also known as “Hietsu,” this Helsinki market features midcentury modern Finnish design, as well as Scandinavian and Russian products. Dealers are prohibited from selling new products at this tourist hotspot.

• Naschmarkt, Austria Vienna’s most popular market has existed since the 16th century. With more than 200 dealers selling every type of antique imaginable, shoppers will find furniture, collectibles, books, sculpture, art and more. • Veemarkt Square, Belgium Located in Tongeren, Veemarkt Square is the largest flea market in the BelgiumNetherlands-Luxembourg region. Find just about everything from furniture and glass chandeliers to vintage hardware. • Portobello Road, England London’s largest flea market has more than 1,000 dealers offering some of the finest trash-to-treasures each

week. Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and midcentury modern are the mainstay of this market, with Old Masters paintings, early architecture and rare books available, as well. • StraBe des 17, Germany The most popular and classy flea market in Berlin, this is a more upscale antiques market where you’re less likely to find a “bargain,” but certain to find fine quality goods. reyne haines Specializing in 20th century decorative arts, Reyne Haines is the host of “The Art of Picking,” a published author and a nationally recognized appraiser. Visit her website at reyne.com.

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Legendary sailboat racer Richard Nye reflects on a brilliant seagoing career.

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Richard B. and Richard S. “Pop” Nye (third and fourth from left, respectively) with several crew members aboard Carina I, after winning the 1952 Newport to Bermuda Race.

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uch was Richard B. Nye’s somewhat matter-of-fact response when he was recently asked how many sailboat races he had taken part in during a celebrated amateur sailing career that spanned some 50-plus years. Nye, of Ludlow, Vt., is now 80 and battling Parkinson’s disease. He has been reflecting on his sailing experiences, compiling them in a book-length memoir that he intends to publish this summer. “It’s my attempt to leave some sort of legacy of this sport I loved to my children, grandchildren and the people who crewed with me through the years,” he explains.

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which took place off of Ireland’s south coast, And some legacy it is. Over the course of claimed a tragic toll—17 lives and 23 boats five decades—from the mid-1940s through were lost before it was finished. most of the ’80s—Nye and his father, From this and many other sailing exploits S. Richard r financie onetime Wall Street through the years, the Nye name has grown “Pop” Nye, built a remarkably successful its own legend, garnering the sort of effusive record as transatlantic yacht racers and praise typically reserved for such sailing the time, champion sailors. Throughout that icons as Dennis Connor, Ted Turner and toast the were team colorful father-and-son other noted practitioners of the sport, many of East Coast sailing circles, renowned both of whom the Nyes competed against in for their commitment to the sport, as well as famous races. way, the their celebrated sailing record. Along s countles won, often they competed in, and challenging and sometimes dangerous races, a Carina charisma racing is few of which have become the stuff of sailing Unusual in latter-day sailboat of boat hy philosop Nye the that fact the legend. One such race, the 1979 Fastnet,


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(Clockwise from top left) “Pop” Nye at the helm of Carina I in the early 1950s; Carina I, designed by famed yacht designer Philip L. Rhodes, running before the wind; the Carina crews celebrated many victories through the years; “Pop” Nye with his ever-present cigar at a sailing awards ceremony.

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The Nyes, father

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management embraced a “three-boat program,” meaning that over their 50-year amateur sailing career, they built and outfitted only three small yachts. “In racing, it’s fairly commonplace today to see boats being replaced every second or third year. But we handled things a bit differently. The fact that we did race with only three boats used to frustrate the hell out of some of our competitors,” he says with more than a little glee. Sharing the seafaring limelight with the Nyes themselves was their trio of classic yachts, all named Carina. The first of them, Carina I, which dates from the early 1950s, was a yawl without a centerboard, and was conceived and designed by famous yacht designer Philip L. Rhodes. “With that design, we wanted a wellfounded boat that would handle heavy

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weather nicely,” Nye explains. Carina II was a yawl with a centerboard and Carina III, a 48-foot beauty nicknamed the “Black Boat” because of its sparkling black hull, was the Nyes’s first sloop. It was launched in 1969. “It’s a very pretty boat with classic lines, quite a departure from some of the spiderylooking yachts that are designed and raced today,” Nye says of the craft.

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Despite the passage of time since they were actively sailing, what’s fortuna te for aficiona dos and historia ns of the sport is that the Nyes proved to be avid collecto rs of Carina memor abilia and of sailing keepsak es in general . Throug h thousan ds of photog raphs, charts, sailing

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logs, newspa per accoun ts, telegram s and other artifact s culled from their countle ss experie nces at sea, the Nyes’s exploits on the Carinas now serve as a kind of visual record of sailing’s history and progres s over the past 60 or so years— a “time capsule” of sorts encomp assing its gloriou s past. Through these materials, we can bear witness to yachting’s transformation from that of a rich man’s pastime in which women simply weren’t invited to participate, to its more gender-neutral, all-inclusive present. Happily for the sport, however, the record indicates that the Nyes were pioneers among its more progressive practitioners, with women crewmembers aboard fulfilling their watch duties alongside their male counterparts.


(Clockwise from upper left) Carina II in an early race; Richard S. “Pop” Nye in his Manhattan office in the early 1980s; The Carina crew looking a bit haggard following their win of the transatlantic Race to Sweden, 1955; a young Richard B. Nye aboard Carina I; Carina II was a yawl designed by Philip L. Rhodes.

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ard B. Nye (right) and Rives na’s captains past and present: Rich (Clockwise, from upper left) Cari Carina III, called the “Black h; reac close a on III na Cari ; Potts aboard Carina III, summer 2010 urdy and Rhodes. McC Boat ,” a 48-foot sloop designed by

In a highly fitting postscript to the Nye/ legend, Potts’s team won not just its Carina One of the most exciting aspects of the Nyes’ class in the highly regarded race, but they also and the Carina’s journey—the one that really won the overall race on corrected time. takes the whole saga full circle—is the most Standing on a beautifully tropical outdoor recent chapter in the boat’s history. to accept the trophy, Potts invited all dais Much to Richard Nye’s delight, even after the former Carina crewmembers who had 40-plus years in the water, the Carina is still sailed under the Nyes to join him on stage. competing in and winning important races. Richard Nye was later shown a clip of the Now owned, managed and captained by awards ceremony, which someone had posted famed America’s Cup sailor Rives Potts, the on YouTube. Carina last year captured the coveted St. “Up on the stage, Rives was speaking about the in awarded David's Lighthouse Trophy win,” Nye recounts. “Among his other his renowned Bermuda Race, otherwise known ts, he mentioned that Carina had commen in sailing circles as the “Thrash to the Onion won the Bermuda Race twice before, in 1970 Patch.” Held every year in June, the Bermuda and 1982, under my father and me. It was Race is a 635-mile course from Newport, R.I., then that Rives called out to the members of island to the isle of Bermuda.

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the audience, asking for any former Carina crewmembers to come up and join him and his winning crew on the stage. Several of my old crew happened to be there and walked up. Everyone in the audience cheered!” After the applause died down, Rives spoke his concluding remarks into the microphone, uttering a few words that Nye admits will live with him for a long time. “Rives said, ‘I would most of all like to thank the Nyes for letting me be the Carina’s custodian for a few years. Thank you very much.’ It was a gesture of pure class, one that strengthened my sense that Rives was the right person to inherit the Carina, and the right sailor to continue her extraordinary legacy.” Bruce Farr

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hink of the myriad ways travel improves your outlook on life and restores your joie de vivre, from recharging your batteries to getting your groove back. But have you experienced an exotic vacation that restored your soul, as well? More and more Americans are signing up for deluxe travel packages that offer a uniquely rewarding opportunity to give back to the communities they visit, while also enjoying everything fine travel has to offer. What’s being hailed as a new travel trend, “voluntourism” is on the rise among those who know how to travel well and want to make a lasting, positive impact at the same time. Perhaps because of this increase in demand, more and more high-end vacation operators and hoteliers are creating unique vacation packages that expand the human experience without sacrificing any of the perks associated with luxury travel. Of course, as hotel and tour trends go, so goes the cruise business, with many luxury liners charting unique passenger experiences that range from the simple allotment of the cruiser’s bill towards philanthropic efforts, to something more hands-on and in-depth, such as a day of “boots on the ground” volunteering.

of Tourism to raise support among local residents about the need for rural tourism in remote locations of that state. The term has since evolved to encompass an overall desire among high-end travelers to “go and do,” as well as “go and see.” How the tourism industry meets that need is ever changing. However, it’s important to remember that this simple, yet compelling idea of combining travel and volunteering has much deeper roots in the American experience, hearkening back to the idealistic ’60s generation, when trailblazing initiatives such as the Peace Corps answered the call to action issued from the Kennedy administration to give back and work hard across the globe to improve the lives of those less fortunate. Nowadays, the call to action may be a little less obvious, but what has remained in evidence is the experienced, discerning traveler’s desire to make a difference, if possible, in some of the exotic locales where they choose to spend their time and resources. The range of opportunity is wide as one can imagine, and many tourist outlets are crafting tailor-made experiences according to the guests’ needs and requirements.

Get Away for Good Voluntourism itself is a relatively new term. According to Voluntourism.org, the term was coined in 1998 by the Nevada Board

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CRTP volunteer Mick Menard and women from the village of Chhairo at the Chhairo Gompa restoration project.

volunteering in a new initiative called “You Care, We Care,” which debuted this year. According to public relations vice president Mimi Weisband, Crystal Cruises will be offering opportunities to give back to the local communities at some point during each cruise. “Recently, passengers aboard a cruise to Fiji were able to go on a day trip to a local orphanage to paint the walls and porches in bright, Caribbean colors. They also played with the kids, as well,” she says. “When they returned to the ship, they created a viral sensation, as it were, enthusiastically talking it up with their tablemates. This experience may not be for everybody, but even those who don’t participate learn about community causes from others who have.” Another easy, yet rewarding way to give back comes from the gold standard in hospitality, Ritz-Carlton. According to Community Footprints vice president Sue Stephenson, Ritz-Carlton offers a half-day volunteering experience called “Give Back Getaways” in its 75 hotel locations across the world. “This new, philanthropic initiative has received excellent response from our guests since its inception two and a half years ago. In fact, one of the most popular activities is

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The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman offers guests the opportunity to work on projects focused on saving the endangered blue iguana.

offered at the Grand Cayman location, where you can volunteer to help track and feed the highly endangered blue iguana species there,” she says. While Stephenson sees voluntourism as still being a niche in the larger travel picture, she says it’s a great way to create awareness about global nonprofits and their work. “It’s wonderful to take some of RitzCarlton’s existing relationships with fabulous organizations and help them get the word out to a more affluent clientele,” she says. “I feel good knowing this is a program that will be in place 10 years from now.”

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CRTP volunteers hike with a local guide to nearby villages in the lower Mustang region of Nepal.

artifacts that are in danger of extinction.” This organization provides accommodations, meals and the transcendent experience of working with the Nepali people on restoring some of that region’s most priceless and endangered religious centers and artifacts. And, because of its 501(c)(3) charitable organization status,

the trip is also tax-deductible, with 80 percent of tour costs going toward new materials and artifact restoration. Former client and current board member Mick Menard speaks glowingly of her time spent volunteering with the Nepali, and the necessity of remembering just how important

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Travel with Purpose But say you’re ready to go a little deeper, completely immerse yourself in a faraway culture’s lifestyle and really get some “sweat equity” going. Is there a travel outlet that meets your needs? How about restoring a Buddhist monastery in Nepal? Look no further than Cultural Restoration Tourism Project (CRTP), a nonprofit organization, which, according to its website, “provides communities around the world with the opportunity to restore cultural


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a factor travel can be in achieving what she calls “cross-cultural understanding.” “The minute you step into another hemisphere, you suddenly realize how much you have in common with people across the world,” she says. “On a CRTP trip to Kathmandu, what I enjoyed the most was just standing next to a Nepali, rebuilding a wall. It was so gratifying to realize I’d done something so simple, yet sustainable for that small community.” So, whether the intrepid traveler wants to dip a toe or jump right in, there are many ways to be a voluntourist, both in the mainstream of hospitality venues, and through up-and-coming niche tour operators. It’s important to remind ourselves that holidays and vacations give an opportunity to learn as much about ourselves as we do about others, or as Mark Twain once remarked in his “Letters to San Francisco Alta California,” “Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.”

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And passion is exactly what you’ll find at Philippe. Passion for food, of course, but also passion for life. And, more specifically, a life made in food. It’s evident in the montage of images in the bar that show Schmit’s history as a chef. It’s also evident in the attention to detail and design in the two-story restaurant in the Galleria-area’s Pavilions complex, details that include cowhide patterns and exposed metal. Most of all, it’s evident in the menu, where Schmit has managed to Tex-ify French favorites, while keeping some classics. Begin your exploration of Schmit’s passion by ordering the French Cowboy cocktail, a blend of bourbon, Lillet and agave syrup that offers a punch of light fruit smoldering around the bourbon’s smokiness. From the “Sumptuous” section of the menu, sample the warm Coach Farm goat cheese drum, a delightful concoction of goat cheese and a potato salad paired with black olive vinaigrette. The potatoes are zesty, a wonderful complement to the creamy zing from chevre. The addition of olives makes for a salty, sassy exclamation. The raw salmon and blue cheese from the “Au Naturel” selections is a take on tartare, the richness of the walnuts bringing an earthiness to the salmon’s simple preparation, marinated in olive oil and citrus. And don’t miss the country venison pate, one of Schmit’s “Contained Decadences.” Spiced with cardamom, clove and thyme, this is a savory, rustic dish

that will leave you raving. The pickled veggies and mustard that accompany it can overpower the venison, so make sure you try it on its own before determining how much garnish your palate wants. For the main course, the filet mignon is a Texas twist on that French standby, steak au poivre. Schmit serves his filet in a whiskey peppercorn sauce, giving the whole thing a feeling of oldtime saloon fare. The fries that pile up beside the filet are, simply, outstanding. A lighter option is the baked lemon sole, served atop a generous serving of polenta and drizzled with port truffle sauce. The fish is almost airy, while the polenta and truffles give the dish just an extra bit of heft. Dessert should truly be the Italian sweet chocolate with hazelnuts and ricotta foam, a joyous confection that brings out the deep richness of the chocolate, the creamy sauciness of the ricotta and the earthy goodness of the hazelnuts. The crispy meringue with pistachio ice cream and grapefruit is a lighter ending, with just a bit of sass. “I wanted to create very simple things to share here,” says Schmit. “And I was looking to adapt French food to local tastes. Each dish should stand on its own, with elegant flavor and a sexy presentation.” Philippe is passion. Pure and simple. philippe restaurant & lounge 1800 post oak blvd. 713-439-1000 philippehouston.com


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Crispy meringue with pistachio ice cream and grapefruit

Au Naturel: The philippe Salmon tartare britannic 12 oz. fresh salmon, diced 1 tbsp. walnuts, chopped 1 tbsp. capers, chopped 1 tsp. gherkins, chopped 2 tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp. celery, diced 1 tsp. chiffonade of chervil 1 tsp. chives, chopped 1/8 tsp. espelette 1 tsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 4 celery hearts (garnish) 4 chervil tops (garnish) 2 walnuts, halved (decoration) Filet salmon, removing skin, bones and blood, then dice. Combine the salmon in a mixing bowl with all other ingredients. Add the lemon juice and chervil at the end. Spoon into walnut shells and garnish with celery hearts and chervil tops. Serve cold within five minutes of preparation.

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Baked lemon sole

Filet mignon with whiskeypeppercorn sauce and fries

Coach Farm goat cheese and potato salad

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Ducks in a Row

Shandy, Pondicheri

good eats Story | Holly Beretto Photography | Mark Lipczynski

For a new take on the well-rounded meal, table-hop these Houston eateries for some of the best tastes in town.

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“You sound surprised,” Cyclone Anaya’s Chef Jason Gould said, upon presenting me with three neatly plated duck empanadas, responding to my initial reaction, “How pretty!” I was surprised. When you think about duck, you think about many things, say, cherry sauce, for example. Or those decoys hunters use. “Pretty” isn’t necessarily your first associative word. Pretty, however, is exactly what this trio is. Little empanadas, lined up in a row, drizzled with cilantro cream sauce, an exclamation of loosely made red coleslaw on the end. It’s an honestly lovely presentation. But food is about taste, and these empanadas pack a punch. Gould roasts duck leg, combines it with spices, drizzles a little lemon in the mix, stuffs them into the buttery pastry and bakes them. The result is an upscale take on Mexican peasant food. The empanada traces its food family tree back to Spain in at least the 1400s, when this easily portable dish gave the army sustenance to fight invading Moors. Today, nearly every Spanish-speaking country on earth has some version of the dish, which consists of meats or fruit baked or fried in pastry. The only empanada dish on the Cyclone Anaya’s menu is the duck version, which feels quite light, despite the richness of the duck meat and the homemade pastry. That’s because Gould hasn’t fancied it up. His presentation uses minimal ingredients, leaving the taste to shine. The accompanying coleslaw of red cabbage with cilantro and red pepper is a perfect counter to the empanada’s earthy taste. At the risk of over-punning, they are, ahem, just ducky. cyclone anaya’s four locations citywide cycloneanaya.com


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When you receive Pondicheri’s massive silver bowl with a cap of crispy baked bread on top, your first instinct should be to stab a knife straight through the heart of it to uncover the treasure underneath. Go with your instinct. Under the baked bread, which hits your palate with a satisfying crunch, you’ll find piping hot lamb cubes, embedded in white basmati rice and laced with saffron, currants and cashews. Taste buds, meet biryani. One of the star items on Pondicheri’s menu, this is a flavorful explosion of taste and texture. The lamb is sourced locally; Pondicheri owner Anita Jaisinghani, the powerhouse behind Houston’s beloved Indika, made certain it conforms to Halal specifications. She imports the rice directly from India, ditto with her spices, which are ground in Pondicheri’s kitchen. Her insistence on using the finest and most authentic ingredients means that she delivers dishes that are more than mere food. They are experiences. The experience of the lamb biryani is one you won’t soon forget. No single component of this outshines the others, but together they are an ensemble for the senses. The gentle sass of the saffron and ginger are tempered by the sweetness of the basmati rice and the current, which in turn provide a counterpoint to the savory lamb. It’s served in a size more than suitable for sharing. After the first bite, though, you may just keep it all for yourself. pondicheri 2800 kirby drive • 713-522-2202 • pondichericafe.com

Sweet Surprise

Tarte tartin is one of those desserts everyone seems to know, even if they don’t know much about it. Created in France’s Loire Valley by a couple of spinster sisters with the last name Tartin, who sold the delicacy to earn a living, this beloved dessert has taken on any number of variations as chefs around the world tweak it to add their own special touch. At Ava Kitchen and Whiskey Bar, the special touches are what make this a standout choice when you need a sweet fix, but don’t want it accompanied by over-rich textures or cloying sugar. A poached Granny Smith apple sits atop a cream cheese pastry base. It’s topped with a dollop of crème fraiche and it’s awash in caramel (think of those caramel apples on a stick you find at county fairs in the fall). Now imagine it infused with an elegance that’s worthy of a chandeliered and velvet chair environment. That’s what awaits you with Ava’s tarte tartin. The apple offers that distinctive Granny Smith snap, a tart slowing growing sweet as you experience it. The caramel is a natural counterpoint to the fruit, providing a creamy gooiness that is so yummy, you might just lick your lips. Against this sweet backdrop, the pastry base is a rich and buttery complement to the fruit. The cool, sweet crème fraiche is a stunning high note to the dessert’s warmth and comfort food feel. This may not be the most obvious choice on a dessert menu that also sports chocolate profiteroles and a lemon cheesecake, but once you’ve tried it, you’ll understand. ava kitchen & whiskey bar 2800 kirby drive 713-386-6460 avaalto.com/ava

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If you doubt breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, look who’s waking up early.

For those early risers, Bistro Alex at Houston’s latest hotspot CityCentre, is now serving a delicious breakfast menu featuring a variety of hot and cold items. If you’re looking for something easy and on the go, choose from the house made Roland’s Granola or the alwaysfavorite smoked salmon. If you’d like a hearty start to your day, try Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez’s Creole Eggs Benedict, served with Tasso ham, buttermilk biscuits and hash browns. The Surf & Turf Omelet will also get your day off to a delicious start, filled with blackened shrimp, diced grilled chicken, bell peppers, caramelized onions and golden cheddar cheese fondue. The restaurant also serves Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Big Easy Brunch where you can enjoy live music from Yvonne Washington served with a menu offering eggs Benedict, Salmon BLT, Texas wild shrimp remoulade salad and, naturally, classics like bananas foster and turtle soup. Belly up to the sophisticated build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and create your own masterpiece. Bistro Alex is located at the Hotel Sorella, 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713-827-3545, bistroalex.com Also jumping on the breakfast train is Ouisie’s Table in River Oaks, where it’s prime time for patio weather. Enjoy the gorgeous garden and views while dining on everything from crepes, pancakes and waffles, to Ouisie’s specialty egg dishes prepared with her signature Southern twist. 3939 San Felipe. 713-528-2264, ouisiestable.com

Sexy Sushi

It’s now possible to prepare artistic sushi just like our own Texas sushi icon, executive chef Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko in Austin. His striking new cookbook, coauthored by Jessica Dupuy, is a visual feast full of intricate cooking and garnishing secrets, as well as Cole’s self-described story of how he started as a dishwasher at a local Japanese restaurant. Chef Cole is on a roll…look for his new Houston Uchi to open this fall in the former Felix restaurant, a landmark location. uchiaustin.com

New Downtown Digs

ERA is an intimate new pizza emporium in Market Square Park, cranking out impressive classic and creative thin-crust pizzas. Check out the adventurous Chupacabra pie with spinach, cream sauce, garlic, shrimp and goat cheese. 809 Congress St., 713-225-1066 Convey serves Japanese fare, from seaweed salad to gyoza and various sushi rolls. Why the name Convey? You can choose your sushi from a conveyor belt that flows through the restaurant. This is one smooth operator. 801 Congress Ave. 713-225-1408, conveysushi.com

Relish the Season

Blue Fish Sushi Sake & Martini has opened in Bayou Place and is described as “upscale wharf,” similar to its sister location in Dallas. 550 Texas Ave. 713-225-3474, thebluefishsushi.com

Blooming this spring in River Oaks is newcomer Relish Fine Foods, a truly unique food concept. Owner Addie D’Agostino, a Houston native whose mother owns gourmet specialty food company Elegant Edibles, was inspired by her travels to European markets. The neighborhood market specializes in local and seasonal foods and supports the Slow Food movement with fresh, natural fare. Expect artisanal products, baked goods and cheeses, plus a seasonal array of prepared foods from local vendors such as Grateful Bread, American Tuna, and Atkinson Farm. Think of it as an indoor farmer’s market with all-day hours. 3951 San Felipe Road. 713-582-2333, relishhouston.com

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Side Sips Wine events you don’t want to miss

• It’s all things Italian at the Italian Expo, June 3-5, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. From Italian fashion to racy cars, cooking demos from Italian chefs, and a huge display of Italian wines presented by Spec’s, it’s a full-blown sensory experience. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door for a nominal fee. Ciao! 1001 Avenida De las Americas. 713-8538000, iacctexas.com • Sip and stroll at The Woodlands Wine & Food Week, which runs June 6-12. Enjoy myriad culinary and wine events with celebrity chefs and sommeliers held at various locations. Designed for both the novice and serious wine enthusiast. wineandfoodweek.com. • If you’re in the mood for a little getaway, jet to the majestic Aspen mountains for one of the top food and wine events in the country. At the famous Food & Wine Classic, held June 17-19, you’ll rub shoulders with culinary superstars, sample thousands of global wines, and partake in cooking demos and special chef dinners. foodandwine.com

Hello & Goodbye

The latest restaurants to join and leave the Houston dining scene

Openings Pondicheri Revival Market Skewers The Tasting Room, CityCentre Sweet, CityCentre Black Hole Café Einstein Bagels, Hyatt Regency Downtown Closings Polo’s Signature Cupcake Café, SugarLand Thai Racha Fu’s Garden 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.

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my delight, some sake even shows up not only cold, but also sparkling these days, giving French Champagne and Italian Prosecco a run for their bubbles. By my lights, in Japan, drinking sake warm isn’t so much to disguise an inferior product, but to use an inferior product when you want something warm for some reason—like when it’s below-zero outside. You won’t, the thinking goes, be able to appreciate the good stuff anyway. Sometimes, you hear sake referred to in English as a form of “rice wine,” since it is alcoholic and made from rice. Unlike true wine from grapes, however, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting the sugar naturally present in fruit, sake is made through a brewing process more like that of beer. To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch. But the brewing process for sake differs from beer brewing as well. For beer, the conversion of starch to sugar and sugar to alcohol occurs in two separate steps, but with sake they occur simultaneously. Additionally, alcohol level differs among sake, wine and beer. Wine generally contains 9 to 16 percent alcohol and most beer is 3 to 9 percent, whereas undiluted Story | John DeMers sake is 18 to 20 percent alcohol, although this is often lowered to around 15 percent by then acted hurt when I tasted and didn’t break diluting the sake with water prior to bottling. ver the years, since I started writing Courtesy of Collin, I now have a list of out in wild applause. about food and drink—and that’s a It’s a shame I didn’t know Collin Williams terrific sakes for you to try. And yes, I really lot of years—few words have come mean that. If you choose to trust my spellings, to strike such fear into my heart as the simple earlier to save me from all this. As a wine they are: Yuki No Bosha Junmai Ginjo, Shichi phrase “sake tasting.” Though I certainly came buyer at Spec’s, Collin has evolved into “The Hon Yari Junmai, Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto Expert” when it comes to the increasingly around, if slower than most, to the antiExtra Dry, plus blue- and pink-bottle variants broad array of sakes entering the market. He Southern notion that seafood should be raw on sparkling sake identified as Hou Hou Shu could have explained to me that drinking instead of deep-fried, I never warmed to the from Marumoto Brewery. Maybe I’ve secretly sake isn’t merely one taste experience, but drink so many of my friends relied upon to potentially many that sakes can be enjoyed far spent my whole life searching for a wine that’s wash down their sushi. outside the straitjacket of sushi and the rest of made at a brewery. And the word “warmed” is part of Japanese cuisine. And that, basically, whatever the problem. With the exception of my mandatory morning coffee, I guess I don’t like you do, don’t try drinking the stuff warm. In serious sake circles (and there are more warm drinks very much. Again a child of the John DeMers South, I think the phrase “co-drank” is one of of those than you might think), warm sake Covering food and wine for more than 25 years, John DeMers hosts “Delicious is merely a way of covering up an inferior the loveliest in any language. And warm sake Mischief” on NewsRadio 740 KTRH. product. Sake, to such knowing souls, is seemed to be the way you did it, according He recently released Follow the Smoke: to many friends who gave me the lecture and intended to be enjoyed with a chill on it. To 14,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbecue.

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Viva la Crawfish! Styling | syma levy Photography | Mark Lipczynski

Looking for a fun and unique way to kick off summer? If so, do it up Cajun style with an authentic Louisiana crawfish boil, where no detail is left undone, from the crawfish-themed invites and favors, to luscious desserts and ice-cold beverages.

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spread the word

Get your guests going (or coming!) with these clever invites that double as a bag for crawfish tails.


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to a tea

Serve up copious amounts of the nectar of the South: ice-cold Texas sweet tea garnished with a pretty mint leaf.

in the bag

Overflowing with the remnants of your crawfish feast, these invite bags are a sure sign of a deliciously good time.

all write

Let your guests know what’s on the menu with this write-ityourself, galvanized menu board. Also available in smaller sizes perfect for place cards.

bottled up

Send guests home with a spicy remembrance of the party to end all parties.

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sweet endings

Finish off with a sampling of tasty treats, including gourmet chocolates, fresh fruit pies and heavenly strawberry shortcake.

Linens, containers, tableware, party favors, galvanized menu boards and place cards developed by Oulala! What an Event. 713-855-8755, oulalaevents.com

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Invitations and party favor labels by ph Design Shop. 713-522-8861, phdesignshop.com

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No crawfish boil would be complete without the toetapping sounds of a down-home, Cajun band.

Centerpieces by Plants ‘n Petals. 713-840-9191, plantsnpetalsweddings.com

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Crawfish boil provided by Barbed Rose Steakhouse. 281-585-2272, barbedrose.com

desserts

music makers Scan this QR code to see a YouTube video of Bayou Roux in action.

Assorted chocolates by ShokoLuv, 832-433-7995, shokuluv.com; pies by Ooh La La Dessert Boutique, 281-391-2253, oohlalasweets.com; strawberry shortcakes by Barbed Rose Steakhouse.

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Music performed by Bayou Roux. 713-823-8508, bayouroux.com

For instructions, see page 6.

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merica’s version of bowling started gaining popularity in the late 1800s and today, is played in some form or fashion in more than 90 countries around the world by an estimated 100 million of us every year. For some, however, heading to the local bowling center isn’t an option. But if you had a pair of lanes in your own home, practicing for that perfect 300 game would be a lot easier, a whole lot more fun and way more convenient. One of the largest bowling equipment suppliers and installers in the country is Murrey International, a California-based company that installs lanes around the world. Of all of the requirements for in-home lanes, space is the most important. A typical 10pin, two-lane setup requires an area of at least 100-by-14-feet and a preferred ceiling height of 14 feet. With those kinds of specs, a dedicated, purpose-

built enclosure (translation: new construction) would be best, although a retrofit wouldn’t be out of the question. “We work hand-in-hand with the client’s architect and contractor, so we are in lock-step all the way, from design to the roll of the first ball,” says Patrick Murrey, president of Murrey International. “We give the

architect all of our necessary specs and timelines that are critical for installation. It’s a turnkey deal, so the client doesn’t have to worry about any of it.” Like anything, pricing is tied to many factors including furniture, lighting, special graphics and other add-ons, but a new, twolane Murrey setup will run approximately $140,000.

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If space, budget or both are factors, perhaps a mini bowling system will peak your interest. A mini system is just as the name implies, smaller in every way. The lanes are about 45 feet in length (about half the size of regular lanes), while the width is only a few inches more narrow. Pins are smaller, too, as are the grapefruit-size balls. The lane surfaces, however, are almost identical to regulation materials. The mini pinsetters are much different than the big boy machines. The synthetic pins are attached to the setter with strings. When the pin is hit, the computer-monitored motor knows the order in which each pin fell, thereby keeping the strings from getting tangled when being reset. The balls are returned on lane level, so there is no need to elevate the bowling surface off of the floor or dig a trench. Brent Dyer, a spokesman for U.S. Bowling says, “This is the

most bowling fun you can have, at a fraction of the cost you’d normally have to pay.” A two-lane mini bowling system from U.S. Bowling that includes equipment and professional installation starts at around $48,000. Perhaps you’d like the quieter electronic approach that takes up even less room, but still makes a game room statement. Murrey Bowling answers the call yet again with the “Ultimate Wii Bowling Simulator Experience.” This simulated alley includes an 8-by-10-foot wall-mounted projection screen, an HD overhead projector, a faux ball return with eight full-size bowling balls, bowlers sofas, and a 10-by-16-foot bowling lane surface with maple wood lanes that include foul lines and down lane arrows. Add an 8-by-16foot wall graphic along with a bowling pin cocktail table and you’ve got the most realistic bowling simulator known to

man. Pricing for the Wii setup starts at $9,600. Whether you want to roll like the pros, indulge in a halfscale mini system or go with the simulator, there’s nothing like bowling in the comfort of home.

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o some, the automobile is more than just transportation; it’s a statement about you. Nothing makes this kind of statement better than an ultra-luxury sedan. Maybach was founded in 1909 by the German father and son team of Wilhelm and Karl Maybach, who created what is widely considered to be the first Mercedes, Opus No.1. World War II shuttered the factory doors after creating hand built works of rolling luxury for some 30 years that are coveted by collectors both here and abroad. Though Maybach is a name synonymous with high-end motor carriages, it wasn’t until 2002, when Mercedes-Benz

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resurrected the marquee that most had ever heard of it. Today, the Maybach brand is alive and well and one can be created specially for you through your Mercedes-Benz dealership. Maybachs are offered in three distinct models, each with individualized trims. From the entry level Maybach 57 to the Maybach Guard, with its special steel and Kevlar passenger cocoon, each saloon is a unique creation. We recently had a chance to sample the Maybach 62, which is the longer of the two wheel bases that are offered. In this price category, the most important part of any luxo-ride is its interior, and the Maybach doesn’t disappoint. One could say it’s decadent in nature, while those well-healed gents used to high-end quality through perfection will appreciate the ultra-attention to detail. Ours was appointed with a nice collection of amenities including dual reclining and massaging rear seats with leg and footrests, a rear center console

with optional refrigerated compartment to keep the Dom Perignon at just the right chill. Of course, the rear compartment wouldn’t be complete without its own set of gauges. Mounted centrally in the roof panel are real wood encased analog meters that display vehicle speed, time and outside temperature; a very nice touch indeed. A trip through the Galleria area revealed a ride quality very much like that of an earlier model Mercedes S Class. Not surprising, since most of its underpinnings and many other Maybach components are shared with its lower priced cousin. That, by no means, is a detriment to the name, just that there are a few strikingly similar characteristics between the brands. As with competitors Rolls-Royce and Bentley, each icon brings its own unique flare to this exclusive automotive hierarchy and Maybach is no different. What is unique to the marquee is that dealerships rarely carry any Maybach inventory. Your experience will start with

an appointment with the local Maybach “relationship manager” at the “commissioning studio,” where you’ll select every subtle nuance that is offered on the 62 of your choice. Two V-12 engines are offered, the 5.5-liter that produces 543-horsepower, while the 6.0-liter, offered in the S version delivers 620 horses. The only transmission available is a very beefy 5-speed automatic. Mileage is what you’d expect: 10 mpg-city and 21 highway. Pricing on the Maybach 62 starts at $417,000.

don armstrong Don’s passion for all things automotive is no secret. His popular What’s Don Driving? TV series garnered rave reviews and made him the new car go-to guy. He is also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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is a plus, giving you the ability to control it with your voice, allowing you to keep both hands on the wheel. Another added bonus to this pencilthin device is the 3-D building and terrain view, allowing you to see representations of important buildings in many cities and a realistic perspective of the terrain. The hands-free calling feature is nice, too. Pair it with your Bluetooth phone and talk through the 3790LMT's speaker. KIWI U-Powered Solar Charger

What good is a device if it has no battery life? Assuming that most anywhere your travel takes you the sun will be there, KIWI Choice makes a line of solar powered chargers that can bring most any gadget back to life. The USB portable charger comes with 11 Garmin nüvi 3790LMT tips to charge your devices on the go from any power source: USB This pencil-thin GPS almost port, car charger, solar energy ensures you’ll never get lost and and wall charger. This device has maybe never be late. The nüvi a lifecycle of more than 1,000 3790LMT from Garmin comes recharges. That’s like five years of with free lifetime maps and traffic updates so the information power at your disposal and, once charged, it will hold its power for is available at your fingertips. at least six months. The speech recognition feature

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Luggage,” has several lines to hold your stuff while holding strong during trips. To make sure you spot your bags quickly when they come off the conveyer belt, check Canon Vixia out the Romero Britto collection. Camcorder These lightweight, hard-side bags are splashed with the pop artist’s You can’t go on a vacation without trendy patterns. This set features bringing back memories. Canon’s four smart wheels designed for new Vixia HF G10 lets you greater control, satin nickel finish capture those memories in full HD handles with cushioned grip and (1920 x 1080 video). Its impressive three-digit TSA lock. 8-blade iris allows for smooth background blur and has a manual focus ring for enhanced control. Video tapes are a thing of the past so its 32GB internal flash drive, as well as dual SDcompatible card slots, deliver huge storage capacity. The 3.5-inch high-res touch panel LCD provides a large display and easy menu navigation. Even your flight delays will come out looking great with this camcorder. Heys USA Luggage Probably the most unpleasant part of a trip is packing. I try to cram as much stuff into a few bags to avoid extra airline luggage fees, but that tears up my luggage quickly. Heys USA, the inventor of the “The World’s Lightest Carry-on

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

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s we prepare for summer travel, it’s almost impossible to pack your bags without some sort of technology. Between cameras, cell phones and even your electronic ticket, technology lets you know if your flight is late and keeps you in touch with life back home.. Here are some must-have gadgets that should keep your travel safe and memorable…unless you plan to visit a deserted island. In that case, the GPS may come in handy.


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t’s not for the poor or the timid, but high-speed boating provides an incredible rush to all who can enjoy a wild ride with their eyes wide open. So, hold on. Good things tend to happen shortly after someone utters those two simple words, and that’s especially true on open water,

where there’s no limit to speed. There is (or was) a tendency in us to mash the accelerator to see just how fast that thing, whatever that thing is, will go. Even old ladies, when they weren’t old and maybe for a few minutes weren’t ladies, at some point in their lives put the hammer down, white-

Cigarette Racing

roomtorun The open expanses of Texas’s reservoirs and bays make excellent playgrounds for go-fast boats and there are local enthusiasts clubs throughout the state. Around Houston, Lake Conroe and Clear Lake are the most popular venues. Lake Travis near Austin is another place where the thunderous roar of big engines routinely fills the air. When it comes to safety, Texas currently has no requirement for boater-safety education, but most manufacturers and dealers recommend and offer such courses. The power to do interstate-highway speeds on the water should not be taken lightly. Writing the check for one of these incredibly exciting boats is only the first step toward responsible ownership. Invest in knowledge. Doing so could save your life. To learn more about high-performance boating in the Clear Lake area, visit TOPPS (Texas Offshore Performance Powerboat Squadron) at toppsboatclub.com.

knuckled the wheel and squealed with delight. Most of us mature beyond that visceral desire. However, some do not. And for them, there are water toys aplenty to keep their ears pinned and gas budgets depleted. The basic platform on which modern speedboats are built was born during Prohibition, when whiskey runners needed to outrun the U.S. Coast Guard. Later, the term “cigarette boat” came to identify the fast craft used to smuggle untaxed smokes between our country and Canada. Cigarette Racing Team, one of several water-rocket manufacturers founded by Donald Aronow, remains a primary player in this industry. Its biggest and fastest boats today fetch $700,000 or more, depending on how they’re powered and appointed. Others of the breed, in no particular order but of roughly equal value—about $10,000 to $15,000 per linear foot—include Formula, Donzi, Fountain, and a handful of others. Depending on horsepower (and doesn’t everything?), these boats top

speeds on calm seas range from 70 to 90 mph. A little nearer this side of fiscal reality, you can still settle into any number of boats these days that will do 100-plus mph and double as a fine offshore fishing machine. Some of those hulls, hardly inexpensive, are being pushed now by as many as three and four outboards, each generating 300 horsepower (350-hp and even 400-hp models are entering the market now). Think of all the fast boats as “cap snatchers.” In other words, you can lose a cap while riding on a fast boat or a super-fast boat. The difference is that on fast boats, sudden movement can expose you to wind that will blow that cap right off your head. In a super-fast boat, if you open your mouth to scream, the hurricane-force blow may peel a cap off a tooth.

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Thoughts A diver’s-eye view of Belize and Cozumel

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t’s a big world out there, but some of its most beautiful and unusual sights can only be seen by strapping on a mask, snorkel and a couple dozen pounds of gear. And luckily for Houstonians, two of the world’s most famous diving destinations—Belize and Cozumel—are less than two and a half hours away.

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ince I run two businesses, I don’t have the time to take two weeks for the Great Barrier Reef,” says Craig Inabnet, a master-rated scuba diver who’s traveled to both sites. “Heading to the Caribbean, it’s easy to get in and out from Houston, and they’re friendly to Americans.” Divers who want a private experience can research and select from dozens of qualified dive shops in either destination, but group tours are a popular way to tap into scuba’s social side. “It’s a great way to meet people

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to dive with or go out to dinner with,” says Jeanne Cinquegrana, an open water scuba instructor at Gigglin’ Marlin Diver’s shop, which is hosting a scuba club trip to Cozumel June 22-27. “The other advantages are that you can be confident everyone’s at the same dive level, and you get better service from a dedicated dive master and captain.” Going with a group can also help further your diving education. “If you’re traveling with an instructor, he or she can sign off on some of the advanced

certifications,” says Tom Brodie, instructor and store manager of Sea Sports Scuba’s Northwest. “That’s something you don’t get when you’re on your own.” Get the Drift Much of Cozumel’s best sights can be seen by drift dives— basically, the dive boat drops you off along the wall or on the reef, and the current does all the work for you while you spy for turtles, sharks and rays. The most famous “must-do” dives include Palancar Caves and Palancar Gardens,

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which coasts through a Grand Canyon of brightly colored, million-year-old coral formations. More experienced divers will also want to take a trip to Punta Sur’s “Devil’s Throat” section—a dark, narrow chimney through the reef that starts at 80 feet and exits the wall at 130. And although wreck dives are generally considered an advanced specialty, the Mexican Navy ship Felipe Xicotencatl (sunk specifically for underwater explorers) offers a diver-friendly introduction to the experience— and an opportunity to watch large

grouper feast on the schooling silversides that hide within. Finally, if you’ve never done a night dive, Cozumel’s the place to do it. “One of the misconceptions is that its pitch black,” says Brodie. “Actually, you get in at dusk and you’ve essentially got a car light in your hand. You’ll see octopi changing colors against the reef, moray eels, large crabs and spiny lobsters. Sometimes, a predator fish such as an amberjack will hang over your shoulder and suddenly they’ll flash out

When to go Whether you’re in Belize or Cozumel, divers can look forward to the warm waters, excellent visibility and variety of undersea life that make the Caribbean famous. However, some seasons are better than others. Belize’s dry season runs from March through May, and the winds are lightest during April through June. In Cozumel, June through October can be rainy (along with the occasional hurricane), but the limited run-off doesn’t negatively affect underwater visibility. In both Belize and Cozumel, water temperatures dip into the 70s in the winter, while summer sees a rise into the low- to mid-80s.

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getting certified On the face of it, learning to scuba dive can be a bit intimidating. Three different organizations—PADI (padi.com), NAUI (naui.org) and SSI (divessi.com)—offer certification courses, and there are dozens of dive shops within the Houston metro area. But the fact is, all it takes to get started is a few hundred dollars in a high-quality set of fins, mask, snorkel and gloves, and committing a few weekends to the classroom and swimming pool basic training. Most experts recommend completing your checkout dives and skills tests before going on your vacation.

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“A lot of times, trying to do your checkout dive in another country can be a language issue,” says Tom Brodie, instructor and store manager of Sea Sports Scuba’s Northwest Store. “But the biggest thing is that it takes away from your vacation—you have to do two dives a day for two days, and you’re not going to see interesting parts of the reef. Get certified at home and you can spend all of your time seeing the good stuff.”


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and catch a fish that you’ve highlighted. But he’s not coming after you!” Beyond Ambergris Caye Belize’s reef system stretches about 185 miles along the coast, making it the longest in the Western Hemisphere and eclipsed only by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. For many years, Ambergris Caye, which is 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide in some places, was the country’s hot spot. But more recently, more divers have been venturing into Glover’s

Reef Atoll, Turneffe Islands Atoll and Lighthouse Reef Atoll, which feature a total of 140 miles of drop-off walls. “In Belize, my favorite thing is to do a live aboard trip,” says Marjorie Young, president of Houston Scuba Academy. “You get out farther and you don’t spend so much time traveling to the most beautiful and more remote dives.” For those who prefer a landbased adventure, the largest of the three atolls, Turneffe, is also closest to Belize City. The famed Elbow wall dive, which often sports schools

of eagle rays, is just a few minutes away from the resort. Plus, it’s only an hour from Lighthouse Reef, 45 minutes from the northern edge of Glover’s Reef, and convenient to the “bucket list” Blue Hole dive. Brodie, who is leading a trip to Belize June 11-18, also puts in a vote for Glover’s Reef. “Gladdens Spit is the draw there,” he says. “There’s a type of snapper that spawns in the spring and early summer, which draws whale sharks. Because they’re so busy feeding, the human interaction doesn’t bother them.” may/june • 2011

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Go with the Flow At the Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve outside Belize City, a 30-minute hike through the rainforest takes you to the underground Sibun Caves Branch river, where you strap on a lighted helmet, splash in and float for an hour through cathedral-sized limestone caves and stalactite formations. cave-tubing.com


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Celebrity Silhouette, the newest addition to the award-winning Solstice Class Ships will officially be named in Germany this summer. Built in Papenburg, Germany, the 2,886-guest ship will kick off its inaugural cruise on July 23, a sevennight journey to Rome. celebritycruises.com

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Pasadena Strawberry Festival strawberryfest.org

May 20-22 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival (Richardson) wildflowerfestival.com

May 27-29 45th Annual National Polka Festival (Ennis) nationalpolkafestival.com

June 10-12 63rd Annual Shrimporee (Aransas Pass) aransaspass.org/ Shrimporee.cfm

June 3-5 Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games (Arlington) texasscottishfestival.com

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steak around (956-761-6500, amberjacks-spi.com). Offering mouthwatering blue crab claws, avocado crab meat salad and ahi island tuna with fresh soy and wasabi, just to name a few, you’ll get a taste of Texas Gulf Coast cuisine at its best. A trip to South Padre wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Museums of Port Isabel (956-943-7602, portisabelmuseums.com). Just 15 minutes away from the island, the museums consist of three diverse facilities: the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasure’s of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Lighthouse. Here, history buffs will learn what life was like along the Texas coast as early as the 1800s. Be sure to keep your eye on the prize: South Padre Island’s Memorial Day celebration. The “big bang” will take place between Laguna Madre and Red Snapper Street on Laguna Madre Bay after sunset. Complete with food, fun and fireworks, this is the perfect ending to your long weekend.

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enopause. It’s celebrated as a biological rite of passage for women—and the subject of much humor, including the long running play, “Menopause, The Musical.” But the so-called “change of life” doesn’t always produce cause for laughter or standing ovations. During menopause, which typically occurs between the age of 45 and 55, the body slowly starts to produces less estrogen and progesterone and the ovaries eventually stop producing eggs, which signals the end of fertility. Fluctuating hormones can cause a range of symptoms throughout the stages of menopause. The wannabe star of the show is hot flashes, but night sweats, irregular periods, diminished sex drive, fatigue and sleep issues are common as well. The length and degree of symptoms vary among women and can

make some feel like they are participating in a Greek tragedy rather than in a natural production of the female cycle. The mind-body changes often linked to menopause are actually considered part of peri-menopause, a sort of “dress rehearsal” to menopause. Most clinicians believe that when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months, she’s officially been through menopause and is now in the final stage of the transition, or post-menopausal.

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The end of monthly visits from Aunt Flow is reason enough for most females to applaud with delight, but it’s not a time to disregard changing health concerns. While certain symptoms of menopause start to ease at

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live well this point, others may overlap into postmenopause, such as hot flashes and insomnia. Common post-menopausal issues are vaginal bleeding and discharge, mid-section weight gain, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, stress incontinence, moodiness and facial hair. In addition, lowered hormone levels, particularly the loss of estrogen at this stage, create an increased risk for certain diseases, such as osteoporosis and heart disease. Menopause is not a general admission event, so what works for one woman in managing its transitory nature doesn’t work for another. Many have found relief in synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT), a standard medical treatment. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises

that HRT be used for the shortest time and at the lowest doses possible for post-menopausal women since research indicates it seriously increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer. Non-traditional options such as bioidentical hormones, derived from plant chemicals, have become popular in recent years too, but scientific evidence about their effectiveness isn’t clear. Regardless of therapeutic intervention, experts stress women eat a well-balanced diet that includes multi-vitamin supplements, and maintain a fitness regimen, especially weightbearing exercises that strengthen bones, to offset any post-menopausal effects of their “second act.”

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Suggested Health Screening for Women Age 50-64

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Comprehensive eye exam

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s we progress into our late 40s and 50s, we find ourselves lower on energy and higher on abdominal fat. This is a natural outcome of the changes in our hormones as we age. But this sluggish feeling can be reversed. Now that the kids are grown (or at least more independent) we have a little extra time to take care of ourselves. Your strategy should focus on three elements: Eat fresh. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding fats and white carbs (bread, pasta, etc.) is our first line of defense. “Fresh and colorful” is what our meal plates should look like. Move it or lose it. Getting 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three to four times per week is the next defense. This doesn’t mean an all-out, hard-driving, sweat-pumping work out. Light to moderate aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming, combined with flexibility exercises like yoga and Pilates will keep our bodies healthy, fit, agile and looking good. Manage stress. Take time to breathe deeply, have a good belly laugh, talk with an old friend and spend time in nature. Any of these activities can help free our mind from the stress that takes a toll on our hormones, and thereby our bodies. Live well, laugh often, love much. Wise words. Do these things and the rest will take care of itself. Margie Connolly is a certified personal trainer and owner of My Personal Fitness, a personal training service. She also produces exercise DVDs for all fitness levels. For more information, visit mypersonalfitness. biz or visit her on Facebook.


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o matter where I go, I’m hearing the same thing: People are feeling the effects of the disasters in the world. It seemed we all had a sense of relief when Egypt was able to band together when their leader stepped down. That relief didn’t last long, however, before Japan was devastated. It wasn’t long ago when these issues would bring couples, who were too stressed and anxious to have sex, in to see me. Now they’re coming in because they’re too stressed to sleep and can’t function during the day. They’re eating more, smoking more and drinking more to escape. Not sleeping is a health risk for all of us. Insomnia changes our body’s heart rate, blood pressure, cognitive capabilities, weight, bowel habits and energy levels. It also causes anxiety and depression, which may manifest into a short temper, moodiness, irritability, fighting, broken marriages, child abuse and withdrawal. The worst thing you can tell an insomniac is to sleep more. In fact, much of the anxiety that keeps them up at night is due to the fact that they know they should be sleeping. Panic begins to set in when they’ve gone for days without sleep, which continues to build when those days turn into weeks. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that can help: • See your medical doctor. This is important because many sleep disturbances begin with medical issues. You may find you suffer from diabetes, sleep apnea, mental illness, neurological problems, night sweats or asthma. All of these medical problems are treatable and you may be sleeping well within a week of treatment. • Decrease information overload. Shut the TV and computers off one hour prior to going to bed. You don’t need to see the news at night; you can watch it in the morning before work.

• Have a specific bedtime for your children, so you won’t be exhausted or frustrated prior to going to bed. • It’s true, a glass of warm milk really helps prior to going to bed. Adding chocolate to that milk may make it go down easier. • Have your partner give you a relaxing massage prior to bed. If that isn’t possible, consider a warm bath. Smells such as lavender really help. • Find a CD that you find hypnotic. Yoga CDs work like a charm. They have a monotone rhythm and are mostly humming syllables. This puts you into a “sleep zone.” • Reading a calming book or writing in your gratitude journal prior to going to bed will help get the “junk” out of your head. • What you wear to bed is very important. Wear something that won’t pull (nightgowns are noted for pulling) and is soft. • Set the thermostat for no warmer than 71 degrees. You may be concerned with the cooling or heating bill, but you’ll save money on medical bills if you sleep well. • If you wake up at night, gently remind yourself that it’s OK and your body will fall asleep when it’s meant to. It’s also wise to repeat a mantra or prayer before going back to sleep. “Let go, let God” works nicely. • Having sex at night is a wonderful way to go to sleep. However, if you’re tired from lack of sleep, having sex will put additional pressure on you. The resentment of feeling pressured may begin to thwart you from having sex with your partner during other times. It may be wiser to touch your partner and tell them you want to connect to them, but also want to enjoy the connection when you do. An understanding partner will do their best to help you sleep better and enjoy sex when you are rested.

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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Story | Lisa Kasanicky

h, aging gracefully. It’s the age-old adage (yes, pun intended) that smiles back at us in the mirror every morning and reminds us to wear our curves and well-earned laugh lines with grace. But a cosmetic enhancement here and a touch of technology there never hurt, right? We asked Houston dermatologist and director of Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center Dr. Paul Friedman for the latest in safe, age-defying, non-surgical treatments. Also the author of “Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin,” Dr. Friedman shared his top three picks for treatments that set the clock back and help us age with a touch more grace.

appearance, takes about an hour with no downtime and lasts for up to one year.

Fractional Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing has come a long way. Non-ablative fractional laser skin resurfacing takes on wrinkles, age spots and other imperfections with extreme precision and less downtime. Fraxel cosmetic treatments zero in on target areas by producing thousands of tiny, deep columns of treatment in the dermis while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. Dr. Friedman says that this “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster and taps into the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections. Fractional resurfacing usually takes about 30 minutes. Healing time varies depending on treatment level and for most people is similar to the redness and peeling of a minor sunburn.

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If the thought of a scalpel sends shivers up your spine, fear not. Dr. Friedman is one of several area specialists practiced in the art of the liquid facelift. Hyaluronic acid fillers, namely Juvederm, are used to fill deep wrinkles, plump lips and contour the face. Performed in the hands of an expert, a liquid facelift can shave 10 years off your

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For love handles and other stubborn fat deposits, Dr. Friedman has recently introduced Zeltiq CoolScuplting into his practice. The FDA-cleared system uses a patented method called cryolipolysis to naturally cool fat cells, causing them to eventually shrink and disappear. Dr. Friedman says the painless procedure is an innovation in fat reduction technology that will help patients who had previously considered liposuction as their only alternative. “CoolSculpting is a precise, noninvasive fat removal method that utilizes controlled cooling to kill fat cells without injury to the skin or other tissues,” explains Dr. Friedman. The procedure varies between one to two hours and as long as patients maintain their weight with regular diet and exercise, results are long-term.

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Network of Care

If you find yourself tasked with caring for an aging or disabled parent or family member, here are just a few websites that can provide the help you need: • caregiver.com • caregiver.org • nfcacares.org • caregiverslibrary.org • medicare.gov/caregivers • agis.com • thecaregiver.blogspot.com

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On Feb. 27, the prestige and glamour of Hollywood came to Houston as the American Cancer Society treated local movie lovers to Oscar Night America at the Majestic Metro in downtown. Guests, who enjoyed all of the Oscar festivities in a more celebratory environment than their living rooms, came dressed to the nines and were greeted at the entrance with a lively red carpet flanked by paparazzi. This fabulous evening benefitted the Gulf Coast Region of the American Cancer Society. Photography | Roswitha Vogler

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Prime Living “Design Issue” Party Finger Furniture Showroom • 3.8.11

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A sea of hats filled the River Oaks Country Club on March 31 as local ladies gathered for the 12th Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon. Honoring Houston women who have made significant contributions to the community, the event featured a fashion show by Neiman Marcus and a raffle for a chance to win several luxury items, including shopping sprees at Tootsies and Festari for Men, and a 72-inch cultured pearl necklace provided by Valobra Jewelry and Antique. The luncheon helped raise more than $152,000 to support programs for Easter Seals Greater Houston. Photography | Roswitha Vogler

Rockin’ & Rollin’ Through the Decades Petroleum Club • 4.1.11

Houston Junior Forum’s annual gala was held on April 1 at the Petroleum Club, marking their 65th anniversary celebration. Attendees “rocked and rolled” through the decades, while participating in a number of special activities, including casinostyle games, diamond champagne bar and a grand prize drawing. While taking in the beautiful Houston cityscape at sunset, guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner and wine, and danced to the sounds of the Spiffingtons. Proceeds from the event will benefit the HJF College Scholarship Program. Photography | Morris Malakoff

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On April 6, car and boat enthusiasts came together for a unique evening of fine wines and culinary treats at the 16th annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked event. Four of Houston’s finest restaurants were assigned a specific classic automobile or wooden boat and given the task to craft a hors d’oeuvre that best represented their assigned automobile. The evening benefited the Boys & Girls Harbor.

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May 11 2011 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Dinner In honor of the 36th president of the United States, this awards dinner will benefit the Morgan Family Center at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. 7 p.m. $600. 713-942-8000, hmh.org

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May 6 An Evening with Joan Enjoy the comedic stylings of Joan Rivers at this event benefiting the Houston Area Women’s Center. Westin Memorial City, 945 Gessner. 7 p.m. $1,500. 713-528-6798, hawc.org

May 6 Haute for Hope Preview spring fashions modeled by Houston’s top news and media personalities. Benefiting the Star of Hope’s Children’s Critical Care Fund. River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd. 11 a.m. $150. 713-440-5341, sohmission.org

Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon Be a part of this extraordinary day benefiting the American Heart Association. The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, 10 a.m. $100. 713-610-5021, heart. org/montgomerycountygored luncheon

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Northwest Harris County Heart Ball Benefiting the American Heart Association. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. 7 p.m. $300. 713610-507, heart.org

Maestro’s Wine Dinner Wine dinner benefiting the Houston Symphony’s Music Matters Education and Community Engagement programs. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Call for time. $500. 713-337-8582, houstonsymphony.org

May 21 Journey to Neverland Join the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County in this wine and music event inspired by J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. 6 p.m. $75. 281-2408181, ftbendliteracy.org

June 2 National Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon Featuring Ethan Zohn, winner of “Survivor: Africa,” Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and national

May 13 2011 Angel Awards Annual Gala Dinner and silent auction event recognizing and honoring those who give their rime to help children in need. Benefiting the Be an Angel Fund. Rice Hotel, 909 Texas Ave. 7 p.m. $175. 281219-3313, beanangel.org

May 13 Glassell School of Art Benefit & Auction Enjoy an evening of dinner and cocktails while benefiting the Glassell School of Art general

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The Games We Played Come out and play at the 2011 Children’s Fund Gala while supporting Houston’s most needy children. InterContinental Houston, 2222 West Loop South. 7 p.m. $250. 832-788-4524, childrens-fund.org

Always Hope! An Evening to Remember Celebrate at this Mardi Gras-style ball honoring Carolyn Farb and remembering Harvey Houck Jr. Benefiting Justice for Children. Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main St. 7 p.m. $250 to $1,000. 713-2254357, justiceforchildren.org

May 10 Go Red for Women Expo & Luncheon This year’s expo and luncheon features actress and keynote speaker Christine Baranski. Benefiting the American Heart Association. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. 10 a.m. $250. 713610-5000. heart.org

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ambassador for “Stand Up 2 Cancer.” Benefiting CanCare. Westin Galleria Houston, 5060 W. Alabama. 11:30 a.m. $250. 713-461-0028, cancare.org

June 4 Salute to Mr. Magoo Enjoy this fun-filled night benefiting Citizens for Animal Protection. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. 7 p.m. Starting at $150. 281-497-0591, cap4pets.org

Prices listed are for individual tickets. Sponsorships may be available. Event dates, times and prices subject to change. To have your event considered for inclusion in the Datebook, send complete event information to datebook@prime-living.com.

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