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Contents JUNE 2017 | The Artist Issue

Around the Bend



Monthly | Departments

18 Style 20 Currents 21 Gift Guide 22 Conversation 24 5 Best 26 Giving Back

The Artist's Journey

Destinations 30 Quick Trip

Health 58 Be Well 60 Fitness

Home & Garden 64 Open House 66 Gardening 68 Spaces

Out & About 74 Arts & Culture 76 Celebration 78 Date Book 80 Social Hour



Caribbean Journey


Tragedy to Treasure

86 Farm to Table 89 Dining Guide 90 The Drink 92 The Dish


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WELCOMES Angelica Jackson MPAS PA-C Your anti-aging secret weapon Angelica Jackson is a Board Certified Dermatology Physician Assistant who specializes in Aesthetic Medicine. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science from Azusa Pacific University and earned her Master’s of Physician Assistant Sciences from St. Francis University. Angelica joins Dr. Lonnie Schwirtlich, Medical Director and Sole Owner of Halcyon Med Spa. She recently relocated to Corpus Christi for her Husband’s career as a Military Pilot. They are settling down now as he teaches future pilots of our armed forces. They recently had a baby named Thomas and enjoy spending as much time with him as possible. Her positive personality truly is a reflection of her passion for her personal life and career.

There is no need to go to Houston or San Antonio for your Medical Cosmetic treatments any longer. With Angelica’s extensive background in Surgical, Medical and Cosmetic Dermatology, she is bringing procedures to Halcyon Medspa which were previously not offered: • Angelica utilizes state of the art equipment such as the new Enlighten Laser, Trusculpt and Xeo by Cutera. These top of the line lasers include one of the best tattoo removal lasers on the market. They also remove unwanted hair, veins, dark spots, active acne, melasma, large pores and resurface the skin. • Angelica is also experienced with the latest must have procedure PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). This procedure has been around for years in Hollywood with clients such as Demi Moore. PRP can be used for hair loss, male erectile dysfunction, female sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, symptoms of menopause, breast lift, natural face fillers, wrinkle reduction, stretch marks, scars, keloids, pore minimization and skin rejuvenation. • Injectables have allowed the world to age gracefully. Angelica offers free consultations to make a custom treatment plan to meet each person’s needs. She specializes in relaxers and fillers to make you look naturally refreshed and youthful. Why go under a knife when you can have a liquid facelift?

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Plein-air painter, Carol Koutnik, contacted Four String Farm in Rockport with a vision for her next project. Carol was initially inspired by the food she received each week, in the farm share program she considered the food worthy of being painted. The freshly-picked vegetables brought back memories of her uncle’s beautiful garden that she visited often as a child.


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From the Desk of Stefanie DeWaters,

Director of Audience Development

Describe what you do at The Bend Magazine? In its simplest explanation, I connect

kayaking or running with my dog. Recently, I picked

readers to online content through our website, social

What is your favorite memory from your time at The Bend? My favor-

media pages, and newsletter campaigns. Ninety-five percent of my day is spent on the computer, whether it’s “playing” on the ever-so-important social media platforms or working on In addition to the digital marketing aspect, I also coordinate our signature events, such as Brunch on the Bay or The Local’s List Party. I work directly with local businesses to put on these unique annual community events. I feel like I get the best of both worlds, working with our readers and leaders in the Coastal Bend!

Who is your favorite local artist? I spend a lot of my time on the Island and drinking

ite memory is a collaboration of two things. First, would have to be the July 2016 cover photoshoot. Our whole team was standing in the middle of the road about 2 miles from Padre Island National Seashore, with no cell service, a couple beach balls, and lots of bubblegum. Needless to say, we got the perfect shot! I always love seeing the “behind the scenes” of the glam. Second, was our first Annual Brunch on the Bay event. We created this event out of thin air, and to see it come to life was astounding. Despite the drizzle, we like to say, “The Bend was shining bright

coffee, so I’d have to say that Bryan Tumlinson has

on a rainy day.”

become my favorite local artist. If you step inside

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Island Joes Coffee & Gallery, you’ll see his bright and colorful photographs that will have you staring at the walls for hours! I love the stories that each picture tells, from his travels around the world to the Coastal Bend.

I moved to Corpus Christi five years ago, not knowing a single person. Now I am beyond fortunate to have met and worked alongside many wonderful people! As I graduated now a year ago from what I believe is the best school in Texas, TAMU-CC, I’m

What are your hobbies outside of work? My family has been coming to Corpus Christi for as long as I can remember, so I have them to thank for making me a professional beach bum! When I’m not soaking up the sun on the beach, I am out fishing. If the fishing forecast is bad, I am

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Give and Take

ur office is located downtown in the Marina Arts District. We are in the Water Street Market next door to Tree House Art Collective and a new art gallery just opened around the corner. Everyday, I drive by painted murals on the sides of buildings and colorful electric boxes full of beautiful designs. Over the past week, I have watched the progress of a local artist, repaint the station wagon sitting outside the Texas Surf Museum. Often, I get lunch at Hester’s Cafe inside the Art Museum of South Texas or at Citrus Bistro inside the Art Center. Even if I tried, I just couldn’t avoid the arts in the Coastal Bend. It is all around us.



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Sometimes I wonder what an artist really is. I think defining that is the biggest challenge our editorial team faces each year when we sit down to layout our annual Artist Issue. I will never forget the first year we attempted to cover fifteen different local artists in one short feature. I think we pulled it off (barely) but looking back, I always wish we could have said more about each of those artists and their stories. This year, our incredible team of staff and freelancers came up with another long list of artists in fields across the board. They ranged from musicians to painters to jewelry makers and so much more. I think it says something about the health of arts and culture in the Coastal Bend to consistently have such a large pool of artists to choose from. As much as I hated to choose, we decided it was best to focus on a few artists and describe their journey. In this issue, you will get to meet three artists all with very unique backgrounds and ways of approaching their art. Jeremy Flores, Carol Koutnik, and Rich Gere are all local artists, but each is influenced and inspired in their own way. Whether it’s a downtown skyline, a small farm in Rockport or working with advanced technology in the studio at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, each artist is being shaped by our region. In return, their art is shaping the culture and environment around us. Maybe the reason it is so hard to pin point who or what an artist is, is because there is no one mold that fits them all. Everyone is unique and is on a journey of their own. We are excited to share a few of those journeys with you this month and show off some of the incredible artistic talent in the Coastal Bend. Jordan Regas

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Around the Bend JUNE 2017


What’s Inside Looking to brighten up your wardrobe this summer? Check out these three vibrant, colorful looks for the summer. Featuring soft fabrics and intricate designs, you are sure to stay fresh and look good all summer.

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Around the Bend | Style

ST YLE It’s all in the details. Styled By: Candace Reichert Photos: Jason Page Model: Briana Whitney Wardrobe: MARKET Boutique Airbrush Tan By: Third Coast Spray Tans Location: South Texas Botanical Gardens From colorful native prints to the intricate embroidery designs, these vibrant summer looks will have you traveling the world without ever having to leave your closet. Made from the softest, most breathable fabrics, you are sure to stay fresh this summer without sacrificing your style. So, don’t be afraid to take some risks, dare to be bold, dare to make a statement.

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Around the Bend | Currents

Currents By: Jarred Schuetze

Park for Paws The long awaited confirmation of the dog park addition in Bayshore Park has been announced. In late April, the City Council accepted $126,000 in donations to go towards the addition, soon to be named Vishal Bhagat Dog Park. Though final decisions have yet to be made on the design of the park, it will include two separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs, waste stations, pet fountains, and shade structures. To ensure a hygienic and safe park, there will be city workers who will clean the park regularly; however all owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Progress is currently being made on Bayshore Park, so it won’t be long before you can let your pups rove off-leash, meet new friends, and have a blast on the bay. 20 The Bend

La Palmera Mall Addition Shoppers will soon find new retail and dining options at La Palmera, one of the Coastal Bend’s top shopping destinations. Construction is set to begin on expansion and redevelopment of several exterior locations around the mall to make way for future growth.

Water Street Gallery The brand new Water Street Gallery opened its doors last month. The brick and mortar space features three nationally known artists John Olvey, Wade Koniakowsky, and Jon Steele. The three artists will display a wide variety of painting, photography, sculpture and more – all of which is for sale. A portion of the funds raised will benefit the Texas Surf Museum, a local facility that explores the history of surfing in general and showcases the Lone Star State's unique place in that history. The gallery is free and open to the public.

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Conversation with

Korbin Boomer Matthews Meet the Grand Marshal of the Corpus Christi Pride Parade. By: Jordan Regas Photo: Jarred Schuetze

What does Pride mean to you?

First and foremost, Pride is a celebration. And the goal is to celebrate the progress made by the LGBT community in South Texas and to harness that energy so we can propel that movement here.

Have you ever felt ostracized or bullied in the past?

I have actually been very fortunate to have an incredible infrastructure of family and friends who support the LGBT community. From an early age, I have had LGBT individuals locally who have inspired me. I didn’t experience the kind of bullying that people associate with the gay community, and I don’t take that for granted. I think that is one of the main reasons why I have such a passion to ensure that other people are fortunate enough to experience the same kind of love and acceptance I have. A large

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amount of people do not experience that kind of environment and that is why many people face issues with their sexual orientation or gender identity.

What challenges have you faced in planning the parade? The city has been wonderful when working with us. We are all the colors of the rainbow flag, but when it comes to planning a parade, we are a little green. It’s been a learning experience, but our goal is to create something that is fun and memorable and inclusive. The city has been wonderful, and different local businesses and large corporations have lent their support to the cause. So it has been a labor of love, but the loveliest labor.

How do you feel about being named the Grand Marshal of the parade?

I was literally surprised when they told me. I wasn’t aware the position was available. I hate to say it, but I am not as familiar with parades as I would like to be. When I was informed that I was apppointed Grand Marshal, I was taken aback, but also extremely humbled. You have to spend a lot of time when you are trying to be an advocate, yelling and screaming and trying to generate excitement. I was very reverent when I was told that I was unanimously chosen to be the Grand Marshal of Corpus Christi Pride Parade, and I want to make sure it is a good event.

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How did the idea for a Pride Parade come about?

Corpus Christi hosted a handful of marriage equality marches leading up to the Supreme Court decision two years ago. The question of, what’s next in terms of rallying the community together lingered? Last year, after the tragic events in Orlando and the community coming together to light the bridge rainbow in observance for them, it led to a very small Pride observance that was so incredibly successful, it has launched into Corpus Christi’s first ever Pride Parade.

What are you most looking forward to at the parade?

Aside from being a party where we all get to celebrate, one thing I think is great is that this will be a real education opportunity for many. A lot of people don’t even know that June is Pride Month. Now they will. Once people know it’s Pride Month, once they see it on their streets, once they see their neighbors on the sidelines of the parade, once they see their friends and family members in the parade, they will know that this is an important thing for Corpus Christi. They can’t forget it. So, people learning about something outside their own comfort zone is probably one of the things I am most excited about.

Skin Cancer May is skin cancer month and the beginning of the warm season when more of us go to the beach, the pool and enjoy outdoor activities. Because we are outside more, we have an increased risk of skin cancer. This doesn’t have to be the case. Even on cloudy day, we need to remember that we need sun protection. It is better to use sun protection based on time rather than weather as there is still a lot of UV radiation on cloudy days. Sun protection can be in the form of clothing that is specially designed and produced to block UV light or in the form of lotions. Many stores carry SPF clothing and they are marked with a SPF number. On that part of skin that cannot be covered with the above fabric, lotion that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is a good product to use as it blocks both UVA and UVB radiation and is a physical blocker. We have these products in our office. Even with good sun protection one can develop skin cancers. Warning signs of skin cancers can be an area that appears to be a wound that just doesn’t heal or moles that change. Changes in size, color, shape, texture and physical appearance can all be warning signs and if noted should be brought to the immediate attention of a physician. Your physician will evaluate the growth and then either biopsy it or send you to someone who will biopsy it and treat it appropriately. As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Vijay Bindingnavele can evaluate the worrisome lesions and skin cancers and treat them, often in concert with a dermatologist. The treatments can range from surgical removal and closure to applications of creams to treat the lesion. Often after the dermatologist removes large skin cancer especially in the face, Dr. Bindingnavele uses his skills to reconstruct the defect so that form and function is optimized. Better than have your skin cancer treated is to not get skin cancer. Most of the time, it can be prevented by using sunscreens. Our office carries a line of sensitive, yet effective sunscreens. Our Licensed Aesthetician Ashley Wendt is happy to give you a free skin care consultation. It is very important to make sure your plastic surgeon is well trained, has completed his/her residency successfully and is board certified. In plastic surgery, a membership in the American Board of Plastic Surgery confirms that your surgeon has successfully completed residency, passed their board exams, and follow the high ethical and professional standards set by the organization. Not everyone is board certified. It is also important to make sure that you have a good rapport with your plastic surgeon and his/her office staff.

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With the popularity of Pho and Ramen dishes on the rise, we so bravely took it upon ourselves to find the best noodle bowls in the Coastal Bend. By: Jordan Regas


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Around the Bend | Giving Back

Hope + Healing How The Council on Alcohol + Drug Abuse Coastal Bend Is Changing Lives By: Tiffany Montemayor


he Council on Alcohol + Drug Abuse Coastal Bend has been serving the area since 1957 when we first opened our doors in Corpus Christi. We provide prevention education, treatment, intervention services, and recovery services to individuals and families. If you have a child in school who came home questioning your smoking and drinking habits, there's a good chance they heard from one of our prevention educators. If you’ve dropped off your unused/expired prescription drugs in one of the 8 boxes around Nueces and San Patricio counties, we put those there. If you know a new mommy or dad who recently took anger management and parenting classes or received necessary items for free like a car seat or diapers because they couldn't afford it; that was us too. But the best way to tell you about all of the services we offer to those in our community who are in need of hope and healing, is to tell you about Dolores Lozano. Dolores came to us on her fourth sober day for treatment help. We offer intensive outpatient substance use treatment for youth and adults. If your insurance doesn't cover it or you can't afford it, we have funding to pay for it- no one is ever turned away. Clients attend individual, group, and family sessions because substance dependency doesn’t just affect ONE person. At an appointment she learned about the free quit smoking classes we offer. Together, we decided

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on a quit day. She chose her birthday which also happened to be the day she would be allowed to visit her children again. A month later, she went over to our Recovery Support Services (RSS) drop-in center to search the clothing closet for a blouse she needed for an interview. Our RSS program (for both youth and adults/totally FREE) provides case management, a family component, assistance with GED preparation, housing, and employment. They can help you apply for a job, make a resume, and even take you to the interview if you need a ride. It's also just a fun sober/ safe place to hang out with people who are in recovery including our RSS staff. Dolores revealed she camped out there from open to close during the first 90 days of her new sober life. Several weeks later, a thundering sound filled our treatment hallway. Clients get to ring the large brass bell once they've completed their treatment plan and staff leaves their offices to cheer for and congratulate clients as they leave. That day, Dolores rang the bell. Armed with a treatment graduation certificate, a new job, and slightly pinker lungs; Dolores was ready to tackle life in the Coastal Bend again. She comes back weekly though to RSS to be surrounded by people who believe in her and believe in the power of treatment and recovery. She comes to be surrounded by family. Dolores, who considers The Council to be a blessing, summed it up best. “It takes time to rebuild what I’ve broken. But there is hope for a hopeless person.” – Dolores

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Destinations JUNE 2017


What’s Inside About an hour south of the Coastal Bend sits a picturesque fishing village full of activities for anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. Port Mansfield is host to an annul fishing tournament and attracts anglers from all around the south.

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Get Hooked on Port Mansfield Drop your anchor & cast a line into the stunning waters of this picturesque fishing village. By: Jarred Schuetze Photos: Courtesy of Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce

The town of Port Mansfield lies on the Intracoastal Waterway of the Laguna Madre about 80 miles south of Corpus Christi. The area offers a variety of coves for boating, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, sea kayaking, walking the beach and more. Additionally, a short nine miles across the Laguna Madre lies the beauty and solitude of the Padre Island National Seashore and Bird Sanctuary, which has sea turtle hatchling releases that are open to the public and plenty of birdwatching opportunities. 30 The Bend

Where to Stay: Get-A-Way Adventures Lodge – If you’ve traveled for an unparalleled fishing experience there is absolutely no place better to stay; located on the North Shore of Port Mansfield, Getaway Adventures Lodge transcends the ordinary guide service that so many fishermen have grown accustomed to. The lodge’s elite Pro Guide Staff are made up of Coast Guard captains whom specialize in all aspects of saltwater bay fishing. After a long day of wading or drifting the lower Laguna Madre while catching trophy trout and redfish, the lodge owners encourage you to relax with all the amenities of home.

Where to Eat: Skipper’s Galley - After a sun-packed afternoon of fishing, bring your fresh and cleaned catch of the day into Skipper’s Galley; have the cooks grill or blacken it and let your taste buds thank you. If your fishing endeavors are less than par that day there are no worries because Pelican’s Cove also features a delicious menu of fresh fish, shrimp baskets, [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

and all your fried-up favorites. Sunburns are welcome but not required. 606 Laguna Dr., Port


Where to Drink: Pelican’s Cove Bar & Grill – Seeing as there are no designated bars in the area, the locals mention that Pelican’s Cove is the best place to grab an ice cold beer or tasty mixed drink. The back patio allows for friends and family to come together to enjoy a few cocktails while admiring the glorious view and sunset. If you’re lucky, some nights they even feature live music.

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Where to Explore: Laguna Madre Birding & Wildlife Sanctuaries – Being located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Port Mansfield has the most pristine marine and wildlife environment on the Texas coast. Bordered by dense, virtually untouched, lightly populated brush land, Port Mansfield and the close surrounding area boasts over 450 unique species of birds. This diverse variety makes Port Mansfield one of the premier birding spots in the United States. Several major refuges such as Laguna Atascosa


Fun Facts

Port Mansfield hosts an annual fishing tournament that reels in eager anglers, young and old, from all over the southern region to the Laguna Madre.

2. Port Mansfield continues to

be recognized as one of the top fishing locations in Texas. To boaters and fishermen, it offers an uncrowded access to the Laguna Madre, Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico.


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Wildlife Refuge and Bentsen State Park are quick drives from the Port.

Where to Relax: Islands off Port Mansfield - Take to the water any number of ways; the shallow protected waters of the bay are ideal for boarding, kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports. Steer a motor boat a mere nine miles east to the Port Mansfield channel, which separates the North and South Padre Islands. Drop anchor and enjoy the peaceful beaches, surf-fishing, shell-scavenging, camping, beachcombing and treasure hunting. Adventure awaits those who make the escape to the beautiful islands.

Where to Shop: Harbor Bait & Tackle – Often referred to as Port Mansfield’s Mall, Harbor Bait & Tackle is your go-to one stop shop to ensure prepared and fun-filled adventures around Port Mansfield. From hunting and fishing licenses to fully stocked grocery aisles and fresh produce, this shop promises to supply you with anything you need to make your trip a memorable and magical one.

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Smoke and Mirrors Rich Gere

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Artist’s Journey The

A glimpse into how three very different local creators are making sense of the world around them. By: Alexis De Leon Photos: Rachel Durrent

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his story, like most, begins with youth. Growing up in a small farming community in western Massachusetts, Rich Gere found himself surrounded by a modest church, a post office, and not much else. Amidst the crops, Gere found his field of dreams in the Leverett Arts and Crafts Center. “It was an old industrial woodshop from the early 1900s taken over by a bunch of hippies in the 60s and turned into a community art center. We had all mediums available: metals, painting, pottery, printmaking, etc. Everyone in the community, from all walks of life, came together in that complex and we grew up in a culture were everyone was a maker and creative explorations were always encouraged,” Gere recalls. Several states to the west, Carol Koutnik rides the commuter train in from the suburbs of Chicago in order to enjoy the city’s rich culture of theatre, ballet, jazz, piano bars, and the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. At the impressionable age of 10, Koutnik learned about different cultures and history through experiencing exhibits at art museums and galleries. “Although I was painting in oils since I was 10 or so, for convenience of travel, I most often worked in pen, and ink and graphite, recording all that I experienced and saw around me,” Koutnik remembers, “Later I translated my drawings into watercolor paintings, specifically plein-air watercolor.” Years later, a young boy sitting in class would discover his knack for doodling went far beyond stick-figures and hearts. Jeremy Flores, a South Texas native, let his mind wander and his hands lead the way. It began with his moniker “DASK,” and if you have to ask what it means, you’ll never know. From class doodles, to train tagging, Flores quickly refined his street art and found businesses around town were more than willing to bring his street art indoors to adorn their walls. “I wish I had someone growing up, like myself, who could explain that it’s a bad habit to paint on other people’s property, but that skill can be turned into something that people will actually pay you to do,” Flores says. The young artist has since been able to turn a bit of his street art into an artist clothing brand, supported by businesses around town such as The Exchange Bar & Grill. After receiving a degree in sociology, Gere immediately applied for art school, where he earned an undergraduate degree in printmaking and video production. Today he works in audio-based installation and dimensional works. Gere and his wife, Dayna, both artists, always agree the studio space is more important than the house. Moving to Corpus Christi was a simple decision. “We were living in Atlanta and it was getting crowded. I wanted to take on a new challenge and my criteria for this move was very simple, I just wanted to work with

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good people during this part of my career,” Gere remembers. “I had known Ryan O’Malley, very little but enough to know his dedication and impact on students and wanted to have that type of colleague. I can safely state that the Department of Art and Design at TAMU-CC has the best, most talented, and most dedicated group of artists and educators I have ever worked with.” Koutnik married young, and raised a family while living all over the United States and parts of Europe. Now that she travels less, she uses oil based paint on large canvases. “I used to paint outdoors. Now I paint in my studio mostly, but I go out and experience what I’m interested in working on and then photograph and remember the sounds, and smells, and feelings of where I have been,” Koutnik explains. Mediums change as seasons roll on for these three, but progress is progress. Much like a river continues to forge its path, Flores, Gere, and Koutnik continue to develop their skill, like the three rivers that create the unforgettable shape of Texas, all different, yet still merge into the vast sea. With each new mile stone the artist masters, so too do we reach a deeper understanding of something, perhaps we never thought to think. For Gere, inspiration doesn’t strike like lightening, it’s created in his studio, like a scientist feels the “eureka!” moment. “Inspiration strikes when you’re working in your studio and surrounded by your craft. It is not something that just arrives, it is the result of hard work. I often remind students that your work ethic is what leads to your next piece. The harder you work, the faster you advance your practice,” Gere states. “Also, new technologies are arriving every day. It’s a very exciting time to be an artist with all the additional tools available as well as collaborative projects that expose artists to additional input from colleagues as well as processes.” Koutnik draws inspiration from her surroundings like the retina draws light in a room to see. “I get my inspiration from changing light and how it affects shape and color. For two years I’ve been interested in painting plant life in gardens. I’ve been visiting Four String Farm in particular and walking the gardens and watching the light on the plants,” Koutnik explains. “I paint most every day as well as talk to people who have other passions and try to find out how they get inspired and how they organize their days.” As a smile can be infectious, passion breeds passion. Flores begins within. “Sometimes the business will contact me with an idea, and I work from there.

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Les Choux Merveilleux Carol Koutnik

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Sky's The Limit Jeremy Flores

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Other times, I will be told to incorporate their name and freestyle the rest. With these projects I begin by imagining what I want the piece to look like. Painting large scale with spray paint can be challenging. For one, how do I translate this vision I have onto this enormous wall. I usually begin by sketching out my vision. I do this by using grey spray paint, a lot like someone would use a pencil. Then I fill in the background and work my way through in layers,” Flores says. “The way I progress is by trying new things. I don’t like to paint the same thing twice. I paint a lot of skylines, but that’s because our skyline doesn't change, but I will always change up the sky behind it. Mistakes do happen, and I love them because I learn from those mistakes.”

dreamlike memory, his blurred shape, the garden, the garden chairs, and the dog.”

the mural from one side to the other and say ok I want to work on this, or change that. Once I can look it over and not walk back up to it, I know it's done,” Flores explains.

When it comes to frustrations, Gere and Flores are on the same page. “Realizing that you’re not “on” every day [is frustrating]. A lot of the processes we use in printmaking rely on memory motor function skills. Sometimes you need to know it’s just not the day to be doing a certain process and you need to move onto another project for a while,” Gere mentions. Flores also relies heavily on his hands being able to create the image he builds in his mind. “Sometimes it’s just building off of what you have done before. So say I paint an image and it looks 2-D. The next time I go from there and try to make it look 3-D,” Flores says. While Koutnik also pulls from memory, she finds her main frustration to be time; there is just never enough. “There are not enough hours in a day to paint all that goes through my mind or all that I see in front of me that I want to speak of through paint,” Koutnik claims. “I spent six months drawing with graphite and Prismacolor, a large piece that spoke of my loneliness for my traveling husband. I added, from

Koutnik recently finished a solo exhibit of 47 works of art, called “Fantastic Garden,” at Rockport Center for the Arts which consisted of drawings, paintings, and constructions revolving around the cabbage. A seemingly dull vegetable that sustains life, Koutnik displays this life in various forms. “I’m most proud of the series of work I have done for [Fantastic Garden]. By limiting my subject to an image of cabbages I was able to extend my art making to a place beyond my known ability,” Koutnik explains.

If you ask any one of these artists what piece they are most proud of they’ll likely say, it's the one they have yet to create. However, they each remember pieces that remain with them. Gere says, “I am most proud of projects that I have been involved in that include elements of social justice. I have had the honor of being involved with many non-profits that are doing collaborative work with veteran’s projects, cancer research, foster care and other pressing issues that can be addressed through the creative arts. It makes me proud to see the visual arts expanding into areas of society that are in need of creative input.”

“The piece I’m most proud of will be the one I do outside of a multistory building. It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s on its way,” Flores states. All good things must end. With that being said, how does an artist know when a piece is complete? “For me, I think it’s a lot like writing. You go through and look and say ok, I need to revisit that area, I want to change that and so on. So I look at

“This is the question that has plagued artists for centuries,” Gere jokes. "Everyone has a different approach depending on their methodologies. In printmaking I think it’s a little easier because everything is carefully contrived and executed. It’s often so well planned in advance that it’s just a matter of working the plan, and when you are printing the last color run, you’re done. In other mediums, especially when I work in installation, I have a need to spend more time evaluating if the piece is achieving the goals I have set forth or whether it could address more issues.” As for Koutnik, it is all about feeling. “I know when a piece is finished when some invisible force won’t let my brush touch the work one more time,” Koutnik says. Like a prism taking in light from various sources and displaying it across a plain seemingly unrelated, there is beauty in the complete image. Taking the beauty around them and containing it for us fortunate enough to look, listen, and feel they move forward. These three are making a comfortable life in a beautiful place. Warhol once said, “Art is what you can get away with." Well no offense to the late creator, but these artists prove that art is something with which you can give away.

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Your Caribbean Journey Companion By: Alexis Mays Photos: Jason Page

The Texas State Aquarium has opened a Caribbean exhibit where visitors are more like explorers as they take an adventure through a Yucatan forest, a shipwreck surrounded by sharks, and everything in between.


orpus Christi is about 1,500 miles from the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. But you can take a shortcut through North Beach to the brand-new Caribbean Journey exhibit at the Texas State Aquarium.

The Caribbean Journey is an immersive experience that takes you through three floors of the sights, sounds and creatures of a tropical forest. Although the Texas State Aquarium was under construction for over two years building the wing, this expansion is more than 30 years in the making. Tom Schmid, President and CEO of the Texas State Aquarium, explains how the aquarium’s founders created a four-phase masterplan in the 1980s before the original aquarium was even built. Their fourth and final phase envisioned a Caribbean exhibit. In 2010, with the first three parts completed, Schmid says they knew it was time to embark on fulfilling the final phase. Selecting the area of the Caribbean to recreate in the Texas State Aquarium came naturally. “Being in the Gulf of Mexico, the focus is on the western Caribbean, and in particular an area in the Yucatan called the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. That became our storyline.” Schmid explains this region has ties to Texas and a direct connection to the Caribbean Sea. “There’s a lot of synergy about this particular area.” To create the Sian Ka’an, they brought back the architect who designed their first building. Schmid explains this decision served two purposes; “We wanted to design a building that is consistent with the look and feel of the original aquarium, so it’s a seamless construction.” It’s also a design that will be efficient and lasting, because at 27 years old, the original building has stood the test of time. After years of planning and construction, the founder’s original vision has been brought to larger-than-life with a 71,000 square foot tropical wonderland. This expansion has more than doubled the size of the aquarium to 180,000 square feet.

Schmid believes everyone will enjoy the Caribbean Journey because visitor’s feedback guided its creation: “Guests said they wanted to see more tropical fish, more sharks and immersive environments. These are all components that are in a Caribbean exhibit. While we were holding true to our original mission, our surveys validated going forward with the Caribbean wing.” The Caribbean Journey elevates the Texas State Aquarium to one of the best in the country. “We’re almost four times larger than we were when we first opened,” Schmid says. “This will be one of the largest, accredited, not-for-profit aquariums in the nation.” This new exhibit is a milestone, but not a stopping place. They are already planning what’s coming next, and just one item we’ll hear more about soon is a new Center for Marine and Wildlife Conservation. Schmid encourages everyone to stay connected with the Texas State Aquarium’s website for the latest news and upcoming events. The Texas State Aquarium invites you to spend your summer exploring a forest, a shipwreck and "sea" everything in between. Visit for tickets and more information.

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Use this guide as a companion to help navigate your way around land, sea and behind the scenes of the Caribbean Journey.

As you enter the Caribbean Journey, you leave behind the Coastal Bend and arrive in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, which is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

The next creatures along the path are Morolet’s crocodiles, which are across from a fresh water habitat.

Your first close-up encounter begins immediately with Caribbean flamingos, as they preen in an open-air habitat.

An artisanal aquatic mural greets visitors as they ascend two stories to the top of a tropical forest. Surrounded by the lush foliage, bodies of water, natural light, and bird calls.

Exit the cave and enter the tropical lowland forest, which has been created under a 152-foot diameter glass skylight.

Aquarium visitors, now explorers, enter a cave. The cave looks authentic because the team traveled to Mexico for first-hand inspiration to create the Caribbean Journey.

The adventure continues inside the building, where the ground level has been designed to make visitors feel like scuba divers. The mesmerizing Blue Hole and coral reef exhibits feature tropical Caribbean fish.

All the hundreds of trees are real, and amongst the greenery lives a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth named Xena. You can find her hanging out (literally) in the trees near the Karst Pool.

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Continue along the path for the touch pool where you can touch or hold various sea creatures.

From here, head upstairs for a breathtaking balcony level view of the forest.

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1. Take a tour “Parenting is an awesome responsibility and choosing the right school for your child is one of the most daunting and important decisions a parent can make.  Choosing wisely means looking beyond your particular zip code to ensure the school’s mission aligns with your family’s values and the teachers charged with molding your child’s character and intellect are of impeccable quality. While you can learn a lot about a private school from a website, nothing is better than actually taking a tour, observing a class, talking to the administrators and teachers, and generally getting a really good feel for where your child will spend over 40 hours a week, 9 months out of the year, for 12-14 years of his/her life,” says Peter Hansen, Headmaster at Annapolis Christian Academy.

2. Explore extracurricular activities “YCA recognizes that the spiritual and academic education of each student is of utmost importance, however there are many other skills that are a vital part of growing a child into an adult. The Outdoor Adventure Program is designed to build that extra sense of adventure into the life of every boy and girl who chooses to participate in these exciting adventures. We currently have over a 100 boys and girls involved in these outdoor adventure programs,” says John Gilbert, Principle of Yorktown Christian Academy.

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3. Find the right fit “Take time to go visit all your options. Speak to the educators in leadership positions, check the credentials and certifications of the staff, and review the curriculum. Look at the breadth and depth of learning offered, which means examine both “what” the school teaches and “how” they teach. To find the right fit for your child and family, choose the place you believe will nurture your child to grow intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually. Parental involvement is crucial to a child’s success, so the school also must be a place where the family feels welcome and can become part of the school community. The right fit will honor each child’s individuality, prepare them to think critically, be problem solvers, and empower them to reach their fullest potential,” says Galen Hoffstadt, Headmaster at St. James Episcopal School.



St. James boasts an average Student to Faculty ratio of 7:1.

St. James faculty are all degreed and certified, and have an average of 19 years professional experience.

St. James employs an interdisciplinary curriculum using elements of Depth and Complexity designed for “Gifted and Talented” instruction.

Spiritual formation classes teach children how to apply Christian scriptures to their lives, explore the importance of prayer, and study theology as they grow.

The athletic program offers P.E. and outdoor recess every day, plus no-cut competitive team sports for grades 4-8. Team sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, flag football, crosscountry/track, golf, swimming, and tennis.

The Outdoor Education program combines cultural, historic, scientific, and natural exploration with practical application of classroom lessons.

Academic enrichments include Art, Music, Speech, Drama, Computer, Spiritual Formation, and Dance.

St. James is accredited by the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools (SAES) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES).

St. James provides tuition aid scholarships to approximately 30% of its student body.

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Christ-Centered: Discipleship and spiritual formation aimed at developing mature Christian young men and women with virtuous character, a biblical worldview, and a heart for servant leadership. Classical Curriculum: Schooling that cultivates the virtues of students in body, heart, and mind, while nurturing a love for wisdom by studying the liberal arts and sciences under the lordship of Christ. Developmental Sensitivity: PK-12th grade course of study that is sensitive to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual development of children ages 3 – 18 as they mature through discernable developmental stages. Holistic Excellence: High quality exposure to music, visual art, dance, drama, and many other co-curricular artistic and athletic programs aimed at the cognitive, physical, ethical, aesthetic, and spiritual development of each child to the fullness of their humanity.


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fter escaping the oppressive communist regime of her home country, Maria Andreinha Quevedo Garza creates art using high quality materials from all over the world. Her love for Venezuela and her passion to help her family, friends, and all Venezuelans inspires her to succeed in the USA.


Venezuelan journalist turned Corpus Christian jewelry designer, Maria Andreinha Quevedo Garza, crafts gorgeous designs with meaning.

This Coastal Bend designer, owner of MAQ jewelry, grew up in one of the most beautiful countries in South America—Venezuela. In the city of Caracas, Quevedo excelled as a journalist after graduating in 2004. “I loved being a journalist! It’s one of the best careers in the world!” she says. She explains that before Hugo Chavez took control in 1999, Venezuela was one of the wealthiest countries in South America. “We had everything—beaches, mountains, snow, half the Amazon rainforest. It’s beautiful. We had everything we needed.” But sadly, it appears the country has since lost this luster Quevedo so fondly remembers. “When Chavez won the presidency, things started to get really bad for the media. The government created laws to totally control the media; they bought some channels and shut down others,” Quevedo explains. Quevedo shared that after the government acquired the television channel she worked for, everything changed. She felt she couldn’t do her job because, “all the ‘news’ you see is their news.” She found another communications position at the national oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). Quevedo worked at PDVSA for a total of 5 years. While there, however, the government discovered that she opposed their policies—she was labeled an “escualida,” or a weak person. “I’m not in any political party because I’m a journalist, but when your government does the things they did, you can’t really be in the middle.” Quevedo received anonymous threatening emails, but continued work. Then, in 2013, she was kidnapped. Qeuvedo explains that kidnapping is a common practice. The kidnappers abduct victims to drain their bank accounts or demand ransom money from the victim’s

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family. Usually, victims are then let go. “But this wasn’t a normal kidnapping,” she said. It happened one day on her way home from English class. She parked her car and two men with guns approached her, one at each door. They began hitting the windows with their guns and proceeded to throw her in the backseat, put a hat and blindfold on her, and drove off.

Quevedo saved her money while her paperwork was processed to obtain a United States Visa. She made as much jewelry as she could to hopefully sell in the U.S. to support herself while studying. Quevedo moved to Austin, Texas in March of 2014 and lived with her aunt. “My aunt did a lot of pop up trunk shows at her house for me. I sold everything! I then met Bill, my husband. He asked why I didn’t want to be a journalist here for a Spanish channel. I told him I still wanted to do jewelry!”

“I offered to show them my bank account and give them everything to just let me go. I said they could have my money, my car, whatever they wanted. But to just please let me go, let me live,” she remembers. Maria Andreinha She says the kidnappers replied, “We don’t want to do anything to you, but we know you work at PDVSA.” Quevedo says, “We talked a lot. They were nice to me, so I have to be thankful for that. They didn’t hit me. They said, ‘We want to let you know that you can’t work in the government if you are not a part of it. You have to choose. We can’t have people conspiring against the government because we’re the ones paying you.’” She told them she wasn’t a conspirator, but “a journalist doing my job. And it’s not your money. You’re not taking it out of your pocket. I work for the people of Venezuela. This is our oil.” The kidnappers drove for 3 hours. Unaware of where they were taking her, she began to believe that they were going to kill her. She recalls, “They said, ‘Don’t try anything because it’s going to be worse, and we’ll have to kill you so stay quiet. We’re going to let you go because you are a nice girl. You were quiet. You look like a really nice person. When we tell you, you’re going to take off the blindfold and hat, and you’re going to get in the front and drive. Don’t look at the other cars. Don’t look at other people. Don’t say anything. Just drive and leave.’ I saw another car was following us that held 5 other men with guns. I didn’t know what would happen.”

Quevedo Garza believes that the jewelry business is not only about wearing a piece that beautifies your outfit, it is about the meaning of each piece that you are wearing and the connection with your mind, body and soul. If it doesn’t mean at least something to you, then you will not choose it to wear it. One of her most popular pieces was a necklace with a map of Venezuela. She hand cut each intricately detailed map.

But they did as they said; they got out, and she drove. She was alive, but Quevedo was traumatized. After this terrifying incident, Quevedo decided she had to leave her job. “The last threatening email before I resigned just said ‘boom boom boom boom’ a million times over and over again. I didn’t want to leave the office. They might be in the garage waiting to kill me. My boss and I sent the email to the president of the company. Nobody did anything about it. They just dismissed it. After that, I was really scared.” Once Quevedo left her job, she began making and selling her own jewelry while also attending daily government protests. Her mother, a retired jeweler, begged her to stop attending the increasingly violent demonstrations.

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She moved to Corpus Christi towards the end of 2015 and borrowed $400 from her husband to build her business from scratch. She researched jewelry shows and what designs were selling better in the U.S. After successfully selling her handmade work at weekend shows all over Texas, she decided in August 2016 that she wanted to start selling from a kiosk at the mall. They offered her a better deal—a bright and airy corner storefront. MAQ opened in October 2016 at La Palmera Mall. Her business blossomed even further, and MAQ’s website gained popularity as well. While using stones from all over the world, Druse from Brazil and Africa, Jade from Guatemala and Australia, Quevedo continues to help the people of Venezuela through her work by employing women and local tribes people. She still makes all of her designs by hand. For the pieces that sell often, she outsources much of her production to a group of Venezuelan women who helped her make her jewelry when she was still living there. MAQ also sells exquisitely colorful, skillfully woven purses created by the Wayuu tribe of her home country. She then accents the bags by hand with her own leather and crystals. “It’s another way I can help the people there. I’m still helping my people, and I know they need it,” she says.

Looking forward, Quevedo hopes to begin making designs using gold. “There are a lot of gold mines in Venezuela. Everyone wears gold!” She says that when many people meet her they are often surprised that she’s the owner of MAQ jewelry. “For whatever reason, people think ‘Maria’ will look different! Perhaps older? As a journalist, I don’t have many photos of myself, but my husband is encouraging me so people recognize me and know I’m the one who makes the jewelry. A face with the name!” Maria Andreinha Quevedo Garza is someone to recognize not only for her gorgeous hand-made jewelry she shares, but also for her power, beauty, and drive to help others every chance she gets.

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Health JUNE 2017


What’s Inside Mark Costa, a former body builder, had to slow down his workout routine after a knee injury. Today, he stays active below the surface, keeping his muscles active and mind stimulated.

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udy Gonzales reaches behind his desk and pulls out his mid-morning snack – a bag of nuts, fruit and seeds. His desk drawer is no longer filled with prescriptions bottles. Two years ago, Gonzales experienced a minor heart attack with 95% blockage; however, his artery was too small for surgeons to put in a stint. His solution: eat vegan and exercise regularly. “I didn’t know what vegan was until I became a vegan. I thought people were weird to even be trying that because it coudln't be healthy,” he confesses. Gonzales came across a documentary, Forks Over Knives, in which doctors documented people with serious health conditions who changed their diets from animal-based to plant-based. In six months, participants’ health dramatically improved and many health issues were eliminated. Determined to reverse his poor health, Gonzales stopped eating meat and started exercising regularly. He dropped 60 pounds, lowered his cholesterol and blood pressure and no longer needs medicine.

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His co-worker, Alex Hilliard, witnessed the changes in his friend. “The biggest thing I noticed was overall happiness in every aspect of his life. He gets to work earlier than everyone else, he has so much natural energy and the guy is smiling 24/7,” says Hilliard. Gonzales continues to barbeque steaks and fajitas for his family on the weekends. He still makes his sweet iced tea, but he no longer eats the meat, avoids sugar, and doesn’t miss any of it. “I’m convinced that after 90 days it was just a new life,” says Gonzales. Corpus Christi may not have vegan restaurants, but Gonzales has no problem eating out. Recently when friends came to town he took them to lunch at the Hi-Ho Mexican restaurant, where he ordered the chalupa plate. Grocery shopping is easy, only visiting a fourth of the store to purchase fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and his breakfast staples: oatmeal, granola, non-dairy yogurt, seeds and almond milk. He buys vegan protein for shakes with a mixture of kale and pumpkins seeds. “[Before,] I didn’t understand

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cause of death for men and women, 1 in every 4 deaths each year in the U.S. Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of

why anyone would eat pumpkin seeds,” he says with a laugh. Gonzales works out an hour a day, six days a week. Having had both knees replaced three years ago doesn’t slow him down. He is more fit today than he has been in years. At his law office, he stands all day at his computer mounted on a stand on his desk. Nineteen months a vegan, Gonzales remains steadfast. He doesn’t preach a vegan diet, yet his leaner, stronger, healthier body inspires by example. “I’m convinced that if people will allow themselves to change a habit, a routine, that it will lock in, just like their old habit was locked in before, so just hang in for 90 days without reverting back; but if you do falter, just cut yourself some slack and get back on it,” says Gonzales.

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Life Under the Sea Scuba stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, but it means much more to Mark Costa. By: Alexa Alley Photos: Susan Costa


t just 10 years old, Mark Costa very clearly recalls picking up scuba diving and, through a diver’s mask, has never looked back. Following in the footsteps of his father, Costa began diving in Galveston and certified himself soon thereafter. What started out as a hobby growing up has evolved in to one of Costa’s favorite activities. Now, at the age of 57, strapped to a full tank flipping backward off a big boat in open water is his happy place. Costa has always been incredibly active and built. In his early 20s, he was a bodybuilder and actually won Mr. Texas. He also was a competitive runner for many years, competing in marathons and hardly misses a workout at the gym to this day. But, due to knee problems that began a few years back, Costa has had to slow down. For him, this means spending more time in the water where the steady

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Scuba diving is not just swimming underneath the water. It actually takes a lot of work and strength to swim with a current as strong as the one in the gulf. For many people when they think of scuba diving, crystal clear waters come to mind. However, a short journey 15-20 miles out, and our gulf water is clear, deep and blue, making for prime scuba diving territory. “Texas has some nice beaches, many people will say they are just okay, but it all has to do with how far you go out. If you go out far enough, it is just as clear as the Caribbean,” Costa recalls. “What a lot of people do not realize is that since Corpus Christi is so far south, you do not actually have to go very far to experience crystal clear blue water.” Certification is critical as there is so much more to diving than meets the eye. This can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months, beginning in

a swimming pool and eventually participating in open water checkouts to reach full certification. “For safety purposes, I will not dive without another person who is not certified.” Costa emphasizes the importance of not diving along and making sure any fellow divers are certified as well. Since Costa has been scuba diving nearly his whole life, he has seen a lot of wildlife that many people may have only seen behind thick glass at an aquarium. “Occasionally, we will see big sea turtles, 3 feet long that you can grab onto and ride through the water, it’s pretty cool.” While sea turtles are among the gentler of his encounters, he sees his fair share of sharks as well, mostly hammerhead and bull sharks. “They won’t really bother you at all,” he says. As Dory would say, just keep swimming!

and calm resistance of the current keeps his muscles active and his mind stimulated under the sea. Aside from diving to view the wildlife of the ocean, Costa also dives to spearfish, catching mostly grouper, amberjack and red snapper. “I mainly scuba dive for the purpose of spearfishing” recalls Costa. A somewhat unconventional method for catching fish, spearfishing while scuba diving allows the diver to be selective in the fish they catch as opposed to catch and release where the fisherman does not know what he is going to get. This process requires persistence to stalk the fish all while trying not to spook them, it yields great reward. As he’s dived many different waters, what he finds when comparing gulf diving with diving in the say, Caribbean waters, he says, “Gulf diving is more strenuous due to the currents and waves.”

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What’s Inside When the Garcia family chose to move from their home on the South Side to the Atlantic Lofts in downtown Corpus Christi, they were looking for some adventure. Not only did they get adventure, but incredible views and a sleek home.

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Loft Living in the Sparkling City Exposed brick, skyline views and a perfect balance of “modern” and “New England” design define this downtown loft By: Alexa Alley Photos: Jason Page


he Garcia home at Atlantic Lofts proves that the charm of urban loft living has made its way into the hearts of the people of our sparkling city. Inhabited by Samantha, Pete and their daughter Edith, they moved from a house on the South Side to be "more adventurous.” Living at Atlantic Lofts has afforded them with incredible views and a spacious sleek home that they have made their own. From the entrance onward, the loft aesthetically pleases while remaining cozy and true to the style of the Garcia family. Upon purchasing the one-bedroom loft in 2015, Samantha and Pete decided to flex their creativie muscle and insert a large bookshelf partition to create a bedroom for their daughter. Walking into the loft you would never know that this was not originally there since the dining room area does not feel minimized by the addition. The white trimmed wooden bookshelf extends to the end of the

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wall with a small opening to enter into the now bedroom. The natural light radiating in from the floor to ceiling windows makes the space look sleek, clean and spacious. The loft itself is distinguishable among typical one bedroom apartments, but the Garcias have gone above and beyond to make it their own, embracing all that the space has to offer.

to, a Bob Dylan painting signed by Bob Dylan that they found online from a gallery in London one Christmas. “Every year I get a piece of art for Christmas, but this one is definitely my favorite decoration in the house.” Another unique adjustment to the house were the light fixtures that they replaced, making the space even more aligned with their personal style.

A prominent feature in the house, the kitchen, complete with granite countertops, tile backsplash and modern appliances is in no way lacking room to gather around, cook and converse with family and friends. “My favorite part of our home would have to be the kitchen island; it is a gathering place for anyone who comes in, and as a family, we are always gathered around,” says Samantha Garcia.

The Garcias both agree that loft living for them has been the best way to love where you live. “I look outside and see life happening; we have accessibility to everything our city has to offer right outside our doorstep.” The downtown atmosphere has fit their differing personalities to a tee. They love being able to stroll to Greenlight Coffee or the Sea Wall for an evening bike ride with their daughter. “Waking up, drinking coffee, watching the sun rise over the bay, I can’t see getting that experience anywhere else in Corpus,” says Garcia.

Even though apartments are not known for their spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, Atlantic Lofts offer just that. Both bathrooms have giant walk in showers and the master even has two walk in closets making the home perfect for a family to live. As for Pete Garcia, the art adorned walls are his design contribution, including, but not limited

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The whole family can agree that loft living downtown is, “fun and easy.” With so much developing and happening in Corpus, residing in a downtown loft gives a front row seat to all the action, and as for the Garcia family, they would not have it any other way.


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Trees in the City Planting and pruning for success By: Grant Ehlen


lanting for success is not what you think. I say that because the majority of people planting a tree dig a hole just a little bigger than the root container holding the tree. Trees need oxygen in the root area to live. Trees do give off oxygen, but they also need oxygen. A wide, shallow planting hole is the best way to make sure roots get adequate oxygen. A good rule is for the planting hole to be two and a half times the diameter of the root ball. That’s a minimum size hole for a successful tree planting. Also, the depth is as critical as the hole diameter. The tree root ball should be sitting on solid, undisturbed earth in the bottom of the hole. The top of the tree roots should be about two inches higher than the surrounding yard where you are planting. Once you put your tree in the hole, cover it up with the soil from the hole. Soil amenities are fine, but not a necessity. Always use wood chip or mulch over the top of the back fill soil to retain soil moisture and protect the tree trunk from lawn mowers and weed eaters. You only need a couple inches of mulch over the planting area.

trees for one reason, a large variety tree growing in a small space. Though the tree seemingly does fine after the topping, what is really going on is quite devastating to the tree’s physiology. The tree can’t close off the wounds at the end of all the stubbed off branches, so decay start roughing the inside of the tree, attracting insects. The branches that do grow back seem healthy, but are actually weak and poorly attached to the trees trunk. Topping will reduce the life expectancy of a tree by decades.

Pruning appropriately means, if you have to cut, only cut what is necessary. If the right tree is growing in the right place, there won’t be many reasons for you to prune. Two of the worst things I see in the area is Tree Topping and Lions Tailing. Topping is just what it sounds like, taking the top out of a tree or shrub and only leaving an ugly hat rag standing in the yard. Usually, people top their

If you inherit a large tree growing in a small space, consult a professional arborist before doing any cutting. Don’t just hire someone to Top of Lion’s Tail and tree because the neighbors are doing it. When you plant, pick the right tree for the space and the right tree from the nursery, no girdling roots. And always remember, a wide, shallow hole is the best way to insure your new tree thrives.

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Lion’s Tailing is cutting all the small twig branches off a larger branch, except at the very tail of the branch, hence the name “lion’s tail.” People to this for two main reasons. First, to let the sunlight shine through the tree branches onto the grass. Second, so that folks driving down their street can see the home better. These long, skinny branches are now more susceptible to breaking during storms. Both Topping and Lion’s Tailing reduce the trees ability to produce carbohydrates, so if there are fewer leaves or no leaves for a while, the tree becomes stressed and more susceptible to disease and insect issues.

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reating a special place for you to design and "be organized" is just as important as what you create. A tidy space will allow for more creative juices to flow and organization is key to stay on task. Why spend time looking for supplies when they can be right before you and looking great too!

A comfortable bar height chair works in this space for sitting or standing. Add a soft rug or mat at your feet to add a visual mark and look chic.

We stored our pencils and markers in clear jars and added labels to make their mark. This also adds a pop of color to your creative space.

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Hurricane Preparedness June 1st isn’t just the beginning of summer fun, it also has a more sinister connection… it’s the first day of Hurricane Season. At Braselton Homes, we take hurricane preparedness very seriously. We design, engineer, and build our homes to ensure they can withstand as much as possible. This design starts with the very beginning of your home’s construction, with the foundation and frame, itself. We employ a third-party engineer to design our homes, from below the ground and up, to withstand the 110 and 130 mph wind gusts that Category 2 and 3 storms can generate. We do this in a variety of ways, including setting our foundation beams 36 inches deep instead of the standard 30”, and anchoring and bolting the wood frame of the home to the concrete foundation. The frame is then tied together, from the base plate to the top of the roof, using galvanized steel clips and straps. In total, this construction provides great stability and strength, to the structure. Next comes the roof. Keeping the roof on a home in a storm is very important, as high winds can blow off the shingles, which then allows rainwater and wind to ravage the interior. This can result in the total loss of the structure. The correct type of shingle, as well as the correct nailing pattern for the shingles must be used; again, we have our engineer oversee and fully inspect this process And, before we cover up the walls, numerous engineers and inspectors check your Braselton Home, verifying it is built per the engineered plan. This is an arduous process that can take a few weeks, but it is the right thing to do in order to verify your home is built correctly. At Braselton, we also offer several options to help with life after a storm. Braselton Eco-Homes feature solar panels, which can provide power after the storm. Also, our Healthy Home options include water filtration

to make sure your family has a fresh source of drinking water. Many of our homeowners are also choosing our generator option, in which a backup generator is pre-plumbed, and ready for installation. In case of a power outage, the generator atomically kicks on, as they are connected to gas lines, which are not typically compromised during a storm, these homes will continue to have electricity, and most importantly air conditioning ,while everyone else is waiting (sometimes days or weeks) for the power to come back on. And, not only is a new Braselton Home designed to meet and exceed the windstorm building codes, but our homes are also cheaper to live in. That’s right… a new Braselton home will cost you less to insure. The insurance companies love new Braselton Homes and provide our buyers with cheaper homeowner and windstorm insurance! There is no house or community that can withstand the worst of Mother Nature’s fury, but at Braselton Homes, we use the latest and most innovative engineering and technology to ensure that the very best care is taken to protect you, your family, and your home. By building better homes, we work to ensure the future of our Braselton Communities, with minimal disruption, and loss of property, from a major weather event. If protecting your family, and your biggest investment (your home) is something you would like to review, please come out and visit with us. We have seven fully furnished model homes, open daily in Braselton Communities across the Bay Area… from the Southside of Corpus Christi, to the Northwest, to Portland, for you to tour. For directions to each neighborhood, please visit our website at

Bart Braselton is the Executive Vice President of Braselton Homes, the Coastal Bend’s oldest and largest Homebuilder and Neighborhood Developer. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Bart is the third generation of The Braselton family building in the Bay Area. Returning to Corpus Christi after earning a BBA in Finance, as well as a second degree in Real Estate, from the University of Texas, at Austin, Braselton began working in the family business as a construction superintendent. Since then, Braselton Homes has won numerous local, state, and national awards, including the Energy Star Leadership in Housing Award, as well as the Environments for Living Diamond Award for Energy Efficiency. And, the company has grown into one of the Nation’s Largest Homebuilders, earning consistent rankings in the annual lists compiled by both Professional Builder, as well as Builder Magazine. Bart, a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class 18, has served on numerous local community and business boards, including the Coastal Bend GreenBuilt Initiative, Bay Area Smart Growth, and the Police Foundation. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Development Corporation, the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, the Builders Association and the Corpus Christi Business and Job Development Corporation. Braselton and his wife, Michelle have 2 young children at home, and are active, with Braselton Homes, in community and church organizations throughout the city, including the American Heart Association, the Food Bank, CASA of the Coastal Bend, the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, and The New Hope Foundation.

The Corpus Christi Bay Area has been blessed, for many years, to have avoided the devastating storms that have struck our neighbors to the East and West. We pray that we continued to be spared, but do all we can to help our homeowners be prepared for the worst.

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What’s Inside The Seed Project provides an opportunity for students at TAMUCC to select, direct and design their own production. Morgan Urbanovsky submitted the winning proposal this year with the script Smokefall by Noah Haidle.

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Planting Seeds Preparing future theater directors in Corpus Christi. By: Jacqueline Gonzalez Photos: Rachel Durrent


he Seed Project is one of the many new student directed, designed, and performed production opportunities for students at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. The Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi campus is always looking for new and innovative ways to allow students to gain knowledge and experience while adding new projects to their portfolios. The Seed Project is the newest addition to the Theatre Arts program; it is designed for theatre students to pitch a script, fully written and produced by a playwright of their choice. Each proposal is submitted by Kevin Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Design, and looked over by a panel. The panel then decides on a winning script, with student feasibility in mind, based on the title, author, cast members, and conceptual ideas. The student with the winning proposal becomes designer and director. Morgan Urbanovsky, a current TAMUCC student, submitted the winning proposal for

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the inaugural production. She poured over various plays, looking for a script worthy of being shown by the theatre department, and saw potential in Smokefall, by Noah Haidle. “The story was so real to me; I think it’s extremely relatable because everyone can find themselves or any family member in this show,” states Urbanovsky. The process began with Morgan, as the director, working in tandem with her production team, assigned by Professor Loeffler, to bring her ideas to life by creating the scene, costume, lighting, and sound designs. Her proposal originally included her directorial vision along with her general idea, but the true essence was captured once she began working with her team. Smokefall ran for two days. Like any good theatrical performance, the play was full of surprises and curveballs for the audience along the way. Morgan reflects on her experience with the Seed Project as “amazing and only a glimpse into how many opportunities the department provides for the students.” She hopes the de-

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Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Department of Theater & Dance The Department of Theater and Dance offers TAMUCC students an intense academic and production season providing students with meaningful experiences that promotes theatre as a medium of expression and collaboration. Their mission is to provide students with the tools they need as theatre educators, professional practitioners, or for the continuation of their studies at the graduate level. Visit for next year’s list of shows and programs.

partment will agree to more performances in the future and give other students the chance to build the production of their dreams.


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Out & About | Celebration

Event Coordinating and Design: Jo Anne Howell, Oh Goodie Designs + Events Graphics & Invitations: Harper Gray Designs for Oh Goodie Designs + Events

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Floral: Sandra Sauceda, The Blossom Shop

Catering and Bar Service: The Post

Photography: Susan Gonzales Photography

Lighting: Enlightening Ideas

Farm Tables: Lancaster & Co.

Live Music: Jimmy Wilden

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urning 50 is fun when you can celebrate with all your friends and family by the pool! When Will Ohmstede was turning 5-0, his wife, Sallie, wanted to plan a fun and festive backyard celebration at their home with family and friends. Selecting a theme for event designer Oh Goodie Designs came easy as she cued in on her client’s love for deep see fishing. Invites were designed with blue ombre with a swordfish silouhette. Guests were greeted with appetizers of bacon wrapped duck breast on skewers, shrimp salad bites and tuna topped with mango and ginger sauce.  Guests mixed and mingled around the pool as dinner was prepared. As evening approached, the backyard was enhanced with beautiful blue lighting hitting the palm trees and pool deck. Guests

were then invited to make their way to the side yard where fish tacos were served along with cous cous and marinated vegetables. Guests dined at oversized wooden farm tables and benches brought in for the occasion. Coordinating custom paper table runners, to match the invite, were placed along incredible floral displays on the tables. This included large white orchid plants potted with king protea, fern and Blue alium. Live acoustic guitar music by Jimmy Willden was a special treat as dessert was served, key lime tart and custom designed swordfish shaped cookies. Everyone left full and happy as the evening ended with a large group photo as the brave photographer staged herself on top of the roof for the best shot possible.  It was a great celebration! 

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and host 45,000 visitors in a single weekend. This festival includes a parade, carnival, shrimp eating contest, great outhouse race, men's and women’s sexy legs contest, live culinary tent, over 100 arts and crafts booths, and two stages for live entertainment! Johnson Community Park, (361) 758-2750,

COMMUNITY Father’s Day Free Weekend June 17th – 18th

Just say “It’s Fathers’ Day” and Dad gets in free to the Six Botanical Gardens! Take a walk with the important dad in your life-- enjoy the gardens, Resident Reptiles, Gator Lake, trails, boardwalk, Parrot Talk at 1:30pm both days, and other fun guy stuff! South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, (361) 852-2100,



Water Street Summer Fest June 2nd – 4th

BridgeWalk June 4th

An annual tradition that spans more than a decade is making its return to the Coastal Bend. The event is based on the induction of local music legends to the South Texas Music Walk of Fame. The full list of the 2017 inductees are: Beto y Los Fairlanes, Chris Perez, Texas Jazz Festival, Wanda Gregory, Andrew Moore, Al Dean & The Allstars. The induction ceremony will be Saturday, June 3rd, 12 noon. Water Street Market, (361) 882-2364,

Wear your tie dye and hearts, braid your hair, and get groovy as you walk the Harbor Bridge! Registration starts at 7:15am and the Walk begins at 8:30am. BridgeWalk is a monthly opportunity to get some exercise with a one-of-a-kind view. The event starts at Heritage Park on each Sunday following the First Friday ArtWalk. The bridge route takes you up and over the beautiful Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. There is an alternate route for those with strollers, small children, and animals – this scenic route goes down along the water to the Marina T Heads and back. Heritage Park, (361) 882-2363,

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48th Annual Rockport Art Festival July 1st – 2nd

Over 120 artists, live music and food, an A/C party tent, kids' activities and more! Head to Rockport Center for the Arts, 902 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas. Look for the Big Tents near Rockport Beach Park and Aransas Bay! Rockport Center for the Arts, (361) 729-5519,

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BENEFIT artRageous: Alter Egos June 9th Through meaningful learning experiences in visual and performing arts, AMST generates a positive impact on tourism and the quality of life for Corpus Christi residents. Thanks to event sponsors, including Title Sponsor AEP Texas, this celebration highlights the art of “self ” through sight, sound, and surprise! Artists throughout history created compositions exploring their identity, and artRageous: alterEgos gives you the opportunity to explore your own identity through a number of “Psyche Stations,” each with a different activity exploring the art of metamorphosis. Art Museum of South Texas, (361)825-3500,

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Cuisine JUNE 2017


What’s Inside Eating bugs never tasted so good. These “caterpillars” not only taste great, but make for a fun activity that the whole family can participate in and enjoy while school is out for summer. Enjoy this healthy and delicious snack.

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Cuisine | Farm to Table Top your caterpillars with granola, chopped nuts, dried coconut, fresh and dried fruit, honey, herbs, and even edible flowers, such as calendula. Use a toothpick to connect eyes of blueberries, dried cranberries, or chocolate chips. The antenna can be made from basil stems and leaves, rosemary, mint, or cilantro seed pods. The herbs add a surprising and wonderful flavor. Line your serving platter with organic dried coconut, died a light green, to make a bed of “grass�. Everything on the platter is edible. We assure you, nothing will be left but a few wooden skewers. For the sailboat, have the little ones form the meatballs from your meatball mixture. They will cook in only fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, have the children hollow out bolillo buns and make the sails from cheese. When they sit down at the table, the cheese sails will be gobbled down first, every time. There is one element to this meal that your children may not appreciate for a long time. Many years from now, when they have children of their own, some of their best memories will likely come from the kitchen, cooking with mom and dad. Your babes will make caterpillars and sailboats with their own children, and share the love, the laughter, and the good food you gave them. And you will see little ones eating caterpillars all over again.

Cooking with Kids: Caterpillars & Sailboats



By: Rachel Durant Photos: Justin & Kayla Butts hen we tell our children they are having caterpillars for lunch, they get excited—like, really excited. They are even happier to eat a

The caterpillars are melon balls on skewers decorated with healthy and delicious toppings. The sailboats are meatball hoagies designed to look like boats with sails made of cheese. If you want your children to get excited about their food, make it fun and let them help prepare the dish. When kids help in the kitchen, they learn to value the work that goes into a good meal. They learn to be creative with food and to appreciate wholesome ingredients. They gain confidence in

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the kitchen, they are more likely to cook for themselves in the future. We have to admit, we love this time in the kitchen as much as the kids. It is a joy to see our babes having so much fun, exploring with food, and increasing their skills. There is usually a mess to clean up after, but the laughter is more than worth it. To make your caterpillars, begin with cantaloupes, honeydew, and watermelons to get a variety of colors. Refrigerate the melons so the caterpillars are cold and refreshing--and easier to work with. Use a melon-baller to scoop out the flesh. Pierce the melon balls with wooden kabob skewers (we break off the sharp tips).

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Directions: For the Meatballs: Preheat oven to 350°F. Using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine all of the ingredients (except for the olive oil) in a large bowl. Kids love to help mix and form meatballs! Divide mixture into 12 golf ball sized rounds. In a large cast iron or oven-proof skillet, place olive oil over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until nice and brown. Rotate meatballs and repeat, until brown on all sides. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 15 min. For Marinara Sauce: Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots and onions and sauté until onions begin to turn translucent. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds before adding canned tomatoes. Season with salt and red pepper. Simmer over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand an additional 10 minutes. Add basil and puree until smooth, making sure that kiddos get to press the button on the blender or food processor. To assemble sail boats: Hollow out center of bolillo. Line hull with fresh basil or spinach. Scoop in two to three meatballs and cover with marinara sauce. Have kiddos sprinkle cheese on top of meatballs. Broil on HI for 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Cut sliced cheese diagonally to create a sail. Using a skewer, attach the sail to the sub.

Meatball Sub Sailboats Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Meatballs: ½ lb ground pastured pork ½ lb ground grass-fed beef ¾ cup parmesan, grated ¾ cup breadcrumbs ½ large sweet yellow onion, grated ½ cup carrots, chopped 2 tbsp fresh parsley, diced 2 cloves garlic, grated 1 egg ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp red pepper flakes 2 tbsp olive oil Marinara Sauce: 1 tbsp olive oil ½ cup carrots, diced ½ large yellow sweet onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 16 oz can tomatoes (recommend San Marzano) Salt and red pepper to taste 1 cup fresh basil, chopped 4 bolillos 1 cup fresh spinach or basil leaves 2 cups mozzarella 2 slices cheese (we used Havarti)

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Melon Caterpillars Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Whole watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, or your other favorite fruits 4 tbsp Honey For decoration: Coconut, granola, chopped nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, fresh berries, edible flowers, chocolate chips, fresh basil, fresh rosemary or fresh mint Special equipment: melon baller, skewers, basting brush, and toothpicks Directions: Cut tips off skewers using kitchen shears for younger chefs. Cut melon in half and spoon out seeds and pith. Using a melon baller, ask kiddos yocut out as many melon balls as desired (6-7 pieces per caterpillar). Help children pierce fruit and form caterpillar according to fruit preference and visual interest. Assist children in applying a thin layer of honey using a basting brush. Encourage kiddos to get creative with the toppings they apply – create antennae with herbs, “hair” with edible flower petals or coconut, and eyes with fresh berries or dried fruit. For extra insurance, use toothpicks to attach the eyes. Serve caterpillars with yogurt for a nutritious snack.


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American $ = Under $10 $$ = Mostly $10 - $20 $$$ = $20 and up The Bend Magazine Dining Guide is a select list of restaurants around the Coastal Bend. Implicitly, the magazine’s editors recommend all of these restaurants and they are not advertisements. Listings are updated monthly and appear based on space availability. Reviews and articles are written by our editors as a service to readers. Restaurant owners: If you have news about your restaurant or a correction to our listing, we’re all ears! Send an email to or call (361) 792-3606

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A shabby chic interior feel with classic comfort dishes that have a simple twist. They have it all breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 1220 Airline #250, (361) 723-0261, Andy’s Country Kitchen $ You will feel right at home just like eat’n in mom’s kitchen. Great southern comfort food that gets back to the basics! 5802 S Staples St, (361) 993-0251, Atomic Omelette & Grill $ Omelettes are just the beginning here! Comfortable atmosphere with a flavor for casual dining and handmade family recipes. 6313 Wooldridge Rd #10, (361) 334-3942, Citrus Bayfront Bistro $ Enjoy everything homemade, even down to the pie crusts with a gorgeous view of the marina. 100 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 882-2047, The Exchange $$ From the floor to the ceiling, the walls, to your mind, and even right down to your palate, visiting The Exchange brings a sense of “home” to a downtown experience. 224 N. Mesquite St, (361) 414-9788,

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Hamlin Pharmacy & Fountain $

The last Soda Fountain in Corpus Christi, TX! Although they’ve expanded and changed over the many years, their old fashioned values and friendly service has remained the same. 3801 S Staples St, (361) 853-7303, Irie’s Island Food $ With bold purpose and flavor craving taste buds, they set forth a new twist on local fare and many culinary delights from islands around the globe. 503 N Alister St, (361) 749-2310,

MacDaddy’s Family Kitchen $$

Serves BBQ, Fried Chicken & Seafood. Big tables for big groups, they’ll also deliver! 118 Beach St,(361) 749-2271

Padre Island Burger Company $$ Burgers, burgers, and burgers! Build it yourself or choose from their handcrafted menu. 11878 TX-361, (361) 949-3490,


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A Peruvian Kick Pairing brandy and egg whites might not be your first thought when creating a cocktail, but that's exactly what you get when it comes to the Sour Picaso. By: Jinky Romero Photos: Rachel Durrent


he Pisco Sour is considered Peru’s national drink. In fact, Peru celebrates a yearly public holiday in honor of the cocktail during the first Saturday of February. Costa Sur Wok and Ceviche Bar, located on the Island, not only serves up authentic Peruvian food, but drinks as well. One of their signature drinks, the Pisco Sour, is made with Peruvian brandy called Pisco. It’s put in a cocktail shaker with simple syrup, egg whites, which is essential to the drink to give it the smooth, tangy, and full body, and lemon juice. Once the drink is made, bitters are added on top of the drink to provide the inviting aroma. It is then garnished with a lime.

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Whether on its own or matched with their dishes, the Pisco Sour is something you’ll be wanting more of. It’s a perfectly balanced drink, offering a sweet, tart, and icy taste with a bit of a spicy finish. Despite its summer flavor, it’s an all seasons kind of drink – providing a warm touch on cold nights and a delicious refreshment on the warmer days. With its exceptionally smooth and tangy taste, Costa Sur’s Pisco Sour perfectly captures the essence of Peru in a glass.

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Cuisine | Dining Guide Surfside Sandwich Shoppe $ Dine inside or outside on the patio, and enjoy their large assortment of sandwiches and sides or have a nice cold beverage. Don’t forget the homemade desserts! 15113 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0505,

Sang’s Imperial Café $$ Culturally dynamic décor brings an international ambiance to the atmosphere. Their commitment to the healthiest and freshest food shows through from the dishes to the sushi bar. 4650 Corona Dr, (361) 808-8881,

The Blue Clove $$ Indulge in the art of food with The Blue Cove. Family owned and served with love, this quaint little place will soon become your go-to spot for a weekend bite. 1945 Horne Rd, (361) 855-2927,

TakeNiwa $$$ Sit in Hibachi and watch their talented chefs prepare your dinner. Or treat yourself to juicy steak and full sushi bar, your choice! 5216 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 356-6888,

The Glass Pavilion $$ Casual hotel eatery offering simple American mains and views of the sea. Did we mention they also offer a breakfast buffet? Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 2nd Floor Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 887-1600,

Hoegemeyer’s BBQ $$

The Grille $ Ensures you’ll always have the variety that is the spice of life! With ingredients sourced from Texas, burger patties and soups are all made from scratch. 3063 Main St, (361) 775-1000,

Owned and operated by 3rd generation BBQ restaurant owners. They mesquite smoke the finest meats available and strive to provide the best food and service to their customers. 1702 US Hwy 181, (361) 704-6249, 15013 Northwest Blvd, (361) 933-0143, m

The Groove $$ A little something for every discriminating craving with an eclectic dining experience. Nothing is ever frozen or put in a fryer! 2001 N Hwy 35, (361) 729-3663,

The Post $$ Enjoy this pub in a communal setting with dishes that are meant to be shared, all alongside a cocktail or beer of course! 3850 S Alameda, (361)452-0907, Town & Country Café $ This down-to-earth diner serves the best in homestyle American comfort food for breakfast and lunch. 4228 S Alameda St, (361) 992-0360,

Asian Aka Sushi $$ Creative and daring rolls that work well together. The authentic Asian cuisine made with the chef’s homemade recipe will be sure to surprise you. 415 N Water St, (361) 882-8885

Barbeque Smoked fresh barbeque on a strong German heritage background and a satisfaction for something unique. South Texas barbeque that comes from the heart. 711 Concrete St, (361) 884-4227, ll

Mike Cotten’s BBQ $$

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Boathouse Bar & Grill $$ The best thing about the Boathouse Bar & Grill is that there’s something for everyone; a mouthwatering menu, 4 full bars with HDTVs, waterfront patio dining, friendly service, and a fun, relaxing atmosphere. 15241 Leeward Dr, (361) 589-9601, Brewster Street Ice House $$ Who says that you can’t have 4-star food in a casual environment? Not the Brewster Street Grill! Bring your kids or stay for a concert, they have it all. 1724 N Tancahua, (361) 884-2739,

Executive Surf Club $$

FINS Grill and Icehouse $$

For the past 11 years, they’ve featured fresh seafood, 1/2 lb Angus beef burgers & chicken. Full bar and you “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” for the fisherman. 420 West Cotter, (361) 749-8646, Stingray’s Taphouse and Grill $$ An industrial-chic elite sports bar that provides you ‘raving fans’ a unique dining and entertaining experience, right around the corner from the beach! 401 Beach St, (361)749-2287,

The Brewery $$ Brick oven pizza, pub food & burgers sound good? How about a fresh brewed-in-house beer? 429 Alister St, (361) 749- 2739,

Café BonnA-Petit $ Chef Sophie will always make you feel warmly welcomed, just as her gourmet dishes do. And don’t forget to grab a to-go dinner! 4301 S Alameda St, (361) 334-2579, Daily Grind $ A coffee bar with personality, they offer the finest in gourmet, rustic, or straight-up coffee favorites. Hungry? Stick around for their daily quiche specials, scones, and sandwiches. 302 S Austin St, (361) 790-8745,

Fillingood Bakery $ With fresh bread baked in house, they make breakfast and lunch a delight! 3819 S Alameda St., (361) 225-4663, Hester’s Café and Coffee Bar $ Looking for a true family experience where love is the number one ingredient, along with the simple but important concept of quality and the healing powers of good food. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd, (361) 885-0151, 1714 S Alameda St, (361) 885-0558, 3812 S Alameda St, (361) 855-1892,

The perfect casual family dining spot. All the while supplying the most beer on tap in the city. 309 N Water St, (361) 884-7873,

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Barbecue in the Philippines is usually sold on street corners, hence the name “Kanto” – which literally means “corner” in Tagalog!

From the Corners of Manila

Being away from your hometown is hard, being away from the food from your hometown… that can be even harder By: Jinky Romero Photos: Rachel Durrent


ome sickness is what led to the opening of Kanto, a Filipino style BBQ restaurant ready to share with the Coastal Bend the unique and filling taste of Filipino street food Starting his own Filipino barbecue restaurant is something Chef Paulo Cancio has always wanted to do. After working as a chef in numerous hotels and restaurants in Atlantic City, Cancio decided to move to Corpus Christi, where his sisters and their families lived, to start the dream here. With the city growing and developing, he felt that it was a good business decision to open in Corpus to grow along with it.

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Kanto serves street style Filipino barbecue in a restaurant setting and with a modern twist. Unlike Texas style barbecue, Filipino barbecue is served as char-grilled bits on bamboo skewers. At Kanto, it can be ordered as pork, chicken, or beef, and is served with rice, sautéed vegetables, and pickled papaya salad. The meat is tender and easy to eat, marinated in soy sauce, garlic, and lemon juice. Although already very tasty on its own, a special barbecue sauce is glazed on the meat as it cooks on top of live charcoal (in an open kitchen for everyone to see)! Another star of their menu is their Bistek Tagalog slider. Bistek Tagalog is very similar to

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beef steak. It’s thinly sliced beef, cooked with soy sauce and lemon juice, and garnished with caramelized onion rings. In the Philippines, it’s usually served as a viand with rice. In an effort to change up some of the meals, Kanto serves it as a slider – which is just as delicious as its original version. Kanto makes sure that Filipino food is not only enjoyed by the Coastal Bend, but people from the Philippines homesick for their hometown food as well. 5425 SPID Ste. 101-A, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 361-946-1777

Cuisine | Dining Guide Hula Peach Fruit Hub & Cafe $ This locally owned tropical themed café, sources the finest produce and is committed to quality and freshness. 3823 S Staples, (361) 334-3773, JB’s German Bakery $ Committed to maintaining the highest German standard, every product is handmade following age-old German traditions and recipes. There are no short-cuts at JB’s. 15137 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-5474,

Sugarbakers $

Great cuisine with a French and European influence. They use locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible with mostly everything made from scratch. 2766 Santa Fe St, (361) 884-9541,

French Bleu Bistro $$$ True playful twists to classic French bistro dishes. The chef’s commitment to the use of fresh, local, peak-ofthe-season products is evident in the quality of each dish. 500 N Water St, (361) 887-2121, Dragonfly $$$ A fine multitude of international backgrounds to the cuisine prepared entirely from scratch daily by the owner and culinary artist. The menu is full of unforgettable flavor profiles to satisfy any craving. 14701 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-2224, Gr

Italian Authentic New York Pizza $$ True, authentic New York Pizza right in your hands in Corpus Christi, complete with red-checkered tablecloths. 5838 S Staples St, (361) 986-1151,

Bella Luna Downtown $$

Authentic gourmet Italian cuisine always made fresh to order in the heart of The Marina Arts District. 429 Schatzell St, (361) 887-4777,

Bellino’s $$

Comfortable and welcoming with a trattoria style authentic cuisine. You won’t find these dishes anywhere else in Corpus Christi! 3815 S Alameda St, (361) 8148998, 523 S. Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-9003,

Brooklyn Pie Co. $ Enjoy a slice or indulge a whole “pie” of their delicious secret pizza tradition. 15326 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-1100, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria $$ Distinctive and authentic pizza baked to perfection in a signature coal burning oven you can see right from your seat, offers a unique crisp flavor. 5488 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 980-8600,

House of Rock $ Great pizza and appetizers, cold beer, and live entertainment! Does it get any better? 511 Starr St, (361) 882-7625, Mamma Mia’s $$$ Warm and cozy mom and pop Italian experience will make you feel like family. Entrées are delicious Italian culture on a plate. 128 N Mesquite St, (361) 8833773, Mesquite St. Pizza and Pasta Co. $$ Their 60-year-old pizza oven brought in straight from Brooklyn New York makes for the perfect pizza. Plus, all the crusts and sauces are made in house. 617 Mesquite St, (361) 882-7499, Padre Pizzeria $ For over 15 years, their famous Padre pizza dough is handmade, hand-tossed and prepared daily. 14493 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-0787, Port “A” Pizzeria $$ Bring the kids, as this family-friendly pizzeria offers an all-day buffet, video games and draft beer. Or, order straight off the menu! 407 E Avenue G, (361) 7495226, Trattoria Taddei $$ The chef’s recipes and experience, all with a genuine Italian flavor, come down from his home region’s authentic traditional cuisine personally passed from generation to generation over many centuries. 920 Louisiana Ave, (361) 884-4400, [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

Venetian Hot Plate $$$ Quality cuisine and a quaint, yet energetic atmosphere, giving a real touch of Italy. 232 Beach St, (361) 749-7617,

Mediterranean Ginger Café and Grill $$ Eastern hospitality and authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, there’s so much to love about these Persian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Indo-Pakistani specialties. 7009 S Staples #103, (361) 946-9834,

Per uvian Costa Sur Wok & Ceviche Bar $$ This cevicheria is a true Peruvian party on your palette. The dishes are fresh takes on traditional originals from Peru. 15113 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 9458303,

Seafood Black Marlin Bar & Grill $$$ Sit indoors, sit outdoors, see the Gulf Coast from any seat in the house while diving into top-quality coastal cuisine, live music and the best views around. 258 Snapdragon, (361) 749-4653, Blackmarlinbarandgrill. com Doc’s Seafood and Steaks $$ Lively and enjoyable selection for surf ‘n’turf in an open-air setting overlooking the water, plus live music. 13309 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-6744, Glow $$ From a renovated boathouse, they offer simply-cooked bistro fare using the best local seafood and produce. Bright, relaxed atmosphere with white-washed ship lap wood walls and a full bar. 1815 Broadway St, (361) 727-2644,

Harrison’s Landing $$

Tavern on the Bay at Harrison’s Landing is Corpus Christi’s newest outdoor restaurant and bar located in the heart of the city’s marina, and is the only place in town with a floating bar! 108 Peoples St, (361) 881-8503,


Cuisine | Dining Guide Island Time Sushi Bar & Seafood Grill $$ Stop in for fresh and inventive sushi, seafood, appetizers and desserts! Check out the weekday specials! 14225 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-3046,




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Laguna Reef $$ Bring in your own catch straight from your boat, or order off their tasteful menu! With excellent views of the marina, family owners & operators, Laguna Reef is the place to be. 4242 Laguna Shores Rd, (361) 937-2600,

Lance's Black Sheep Bistro $$

A unique, trendy atmosphere that transcends age and style with a menu full of foods rich, colorful, and full of flavor. 15201 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-4819,

Latitude 28˚02’ $$$

Contemporary dining experience specializing in tasty fresh, local seafood. Eye-catching walls that serve as a gallery space, holding colorful works by local artists. 105 N Austin St, (361) 727-9009,

Liberty Hall $$ Herbs and vegetables grown on site, your dining experience will be unforgettable! 106 E. Cotter, (361) 749-4888 Lisabella’s Bistro $$$ Casual coastal elegance with a family-friendly setting. The menu boasts a remarkable gourmet twist to your favorite fare, and a full bar that goes beyond just ordinary. The mermaids may even share their secrets. 5009 Hwy 361, (361) 749-4222, Rock & Rolls Sushi Lounge $$ At Rock & Rolls, they’re dishing out the most delectable and delicate fish from islands all over the world. Delight in a “sound check” or cold appetizer, an “opening act” or hot appetizer, then “plug in” for some rolls and sashimi! 15121 S Padre Island Dr #101, (361) 9491110, Roosevelt’s at the Tarpon Inn $$$ Gourmet dining at its finest in a beautiful Louisiana style home that sets the perfect tone for a taste of luxury. Historic background gives a unique sense of its famous visitors. 200 E Cotter Ave, (361)749-1540, [the lifestyle magazine of the coastal bend]

Saltwater Grill $$ Unique family atmosphere with fresh and tasty seafood that will leave you coming back for more. 2401 Cimarron Blvd, (361) 993-7258, Scuttlebutt’s Bar & Grill $$ Extensive menu makes sure to have something for everyone. Foods made from scratch from the dressings to the burger patties. 14254 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-6769,

Seafood & Spaghetti Works $$ A unique dining experience, you’ll find the very best in seafood, steak, Italian dishes, pizza, soups, and desserts all made from scratch. 901 S Alister St, (361) 749-5666, Shells $$ Warm, inviting neighborhood restaurant offers a creative and far-ranging menu that reflects a variety of world cuisines. Shakes off the old and tired and gets down to real good food. 522 E Avenue G, (361) 749-7621, Shempy’s Grill $$ Laid-back setting with a variety of delightfully cooked fish will turn anyone into a seafood lover. 3913 Highway 35 S, (361) 727-0019, Snoopy’s Pier $$ Outdoor dining experience and local harvested quality with an on-site fish house and shrimp breading facility that enables the freshness. 13313 S Padre Island Dr, (361) 949-8815, The Boiling Pot $$ Roll up your sleeves and take manners to a new level for a great Cajun experience. 201 S Fulton Beach Rd, (361) 729-6972 The Pheonix $$ This international bistro/nouveau American fine-quality cuisine is prepared daily using many ingredients from the Corpus Christi Farmers' Market creating a constantly eclectic seasonal menu, where guests can choose to sit indoor and outdoor. 337 N Alister St, (361) 749-9277, Facebook/The-Phoenix-Restaurant-and-Bar Trout Street Bar & Grill $$$ Cajun-inspired seafood in an airy environment is a wondrous way to enjoy food and cocktails inside the nautical themed restaurant or on the outdoor deck offering marina views. 104 West Cotter, (361) 7497800,

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Water Street Oyster Bar $$

Long-standing, well-known Corpus Christi landmark operation serving oysters, sushi rolls & Gulf seafood in a historic, brick-walled space. 309 N Water St, (361) 881-9448,

Water Street Seafood Company $$$

Locally-owned and-operated and voted “Best of the Best” seafood. Fish is fresh never frozen, while sauces and dressings are all made in house from scratch. 309 N Water St, (361) 882-8683,

Yardarm $$$ Savory seafood dishes with great bay view seating. Family owned gives off a special ambiance in the atmosphere as well as the entrees. 4310 Ocean Dr, (361) 855-8157

Steakhouse Katz 21 $$$ Sets the standard for premier fine dining experience. Prime steakhouse specializes in dry-aged prime beef and fresh gulf coast seafood. 5702 Spohn Dr, (361) 884-1221, Niko’s Steakhouse $$$ Committed to the motto “Great food, Great times, Great experience.” Casual and elegant atmosphere that will exceed any steak lover’s expectations. 5409 Saratoga Blvd, (361) 992-2333,

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Thai Thai Cottage $$ Unique and refreshing, Thai curries meet teriyaki and Chinese dishes in a cozy red cottage. 5830 McArdle Rd, (361) 993-0777,

Vietnamese Vietnam Restaurant $$$ Local fine dining with an extensive menu and eye catching Vietnamese culture spread throughout the dining area. 701 N Water St, (361) 853-2682,

One of the top dining destinations. A multi-level steakhouse offers diners beautiful panoramic views of the CC Bay. All the ingredients for the perfect experience! 900 N Shoreline Blvd, (361) 8871600,

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History | Looking Back

USS Constitution navigates through the narrow passage at the Bascule Bridge in February 1932.

Threading the Needle USS Constitution’s visit to Corpus Christi had added challenges as it navigated the Bascule Bridge By: Jillian Becquet Photo: Photo courtesy of the John Fred’k ‘Doc’ McGregor Collection at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History


having been named by President George Washington. Corpus Christi was the southernmost port reached during the Constitution’s tour of the Eastern Coast of the US. Over 2 million people visited during the 44 stop tour, including crowds in Corpus Christi.

In 1932, the port even played host to the USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides, as she is fondly known. She was, and continues to be, America’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat,

But first, the ship had to navigate into its dock at the port. While passing through the ship channel under the Bascule Bridge, the Constitution scraped the side of the bridge, but did not sustain major damage. Similar accidents repeatedly occured as the port attracted larger ships. With the Bascule Bridge just a handful of years old, the political work of getting a bigger bridge to unlock further business for the port had begun.

efore the construction of the Harbor Bridge allowed major growth for the Port of Corpus Christi, there was the Bascule Bridge. This drawbridge built before the opening of the Port in 1926 was known for keeping drivers waiting while ships attempted to “thread the needle” and make smooth passage through the 97-foot-wide channel. The Bascule was a major improvement over the previous wooden bridge and it initially entertained the drivers who marveled at the large ships entering the growing Port of Corpus Christi.

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