Category: Houston Gems

Trading Up: A Popular West Coast Market Invades Houston

West Coasters may not be able to settle the Portland versus Los Angeles debate. But they all agree on one thing: Trader’s Joe’s is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. Trader Joe’s is a privately held specialty grocery store chain with locations mostly in southern California. But due to popular demand, the chain […]

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Because Tacos Always Sound Good

For too long now, Austin has been the designated food city of Texas. Its food truck trend put Austin on the proverbial food map. I’ve always felt Houston’s food scene is underrated and unfairly eclipsed by Austin. In a city this size, you are going to be met with a wealth of diverse and unique […]

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The Queen Vic – Houston’s Dressed-up Pub

I’ve been driving by The Queen Vic for a while and meaning to venture inside. The gilded sign and charming terrace seemed worth a visit. But when it came time to pick a restaurant on Friday nights, this pub-with-a-twist never came to mind because it’s tucked away on Richmond, past the chaos of the Kirby […]

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Neighborhood Crash Course: Midtown

Before the revitalization of the Washington Corridor, Midtown was unchallenged in its position as the hottest neighborhood inside the loop. Now it has a bit of competition. But Midtown is still as cool as it ever was. If you’re looking for a trendy neighborhood where you can see and be seen, you’ll never need to […]

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Y’all Come Back Now

For today’s post, I would like to give a little shout out to Elle Decor. They recently made a stop in Houston in order to complete an 8-page article about our city and its many hidden treasures. I have to say, they did us right, y’all! (You can read the entire article here.) For those […]

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Best of Houston

So, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s November. Yeah. Oh 2010, where hast thou gone? I might be alone in my mourning for a year that is going by entirely too quickly. But on the other hand, I’m just 30 days away from being able to listen to Christmas music with my head […]

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Southern Gothic in Downtown Houston

It’s Halloween year round at La Carafe in Downtown. This historic building-turned-neighborhood bar is one of the most-loved night spots in the entire city as well as a museum piece with a pinch of the supernatural. If you want a comfortable, casual place with great beer and wine, better service, and loads of atmosphere and […]

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There’s New Life in West University

Houston recently lost a loved one. The cherished Wagner Hardware on Kirby closed up shop after many years of providing stellar customer service and quality products to contractors, architects, and do-it-yourself-ers all over Houston. It was the end of an era, a time “gone with the wind”… Okay. I’m stopping. Honestly though, devoted Wagner’s patrons […]

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The Red Room: It Really is Red

If you think you’ve been to all the cool bars in Houston, believe me, you haven’t. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I stumble across another night spot that literally takes my breath away. And the Red Room in River Oaks is no exception. Tucked away and surrounded by offices and shops that […]

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Ten Reasons to Make Houston Your Home

Houston gets a lot of bad press. Frankly, it breaks my little heart the way people beat up on us. The weather’s lousy, they say. We’re in a swamp. Everybody has guns. Mosquitoes are the size of parakeets. Crime is on the rise. It takes forever to get anywhere. It’s too hot to live. Blah, […]

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