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Noah Nofz

Noah Nofz has 82 articles published.

Noah is a Houston-based writer and photographer. You can find him exploring Houston's restaurant and museum scenes with his wife or catching a game at Minute Maid Park. He and his wife serve local businesses through their digital content company, Two Cats Communications.

Eight Bold Margaritas to Help You Celebrate National Margarita Day in Houston

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Today is National Margarita Day, and we strongly recommend taking some time this evening to celebrate the ubiquitous cocktail. Houston has no shortage of amazing margs, so it’s hard go wrong—any of the best restaurants in town will shake up a mixed drink worthy of your time. But tequila is an adventurous spirit, best suited for the bold at heart. Nudge past the classic combination of lime, orange liqueur, and agave spirits, and you’ll find a plethora of bewitching variations. Here are a few of our favorites.

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First Stage of MFAH Redevelopment to Open May 20

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View north to the walkable roofline of the Glassell School of Art; Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, already one of the premier cultural institutions in the nation, has big plans for the future. A 14-acre redevelopment of the MFAH campus is currently underway; it’s the largest such cultural project in the country today with an eye on a 2020 completion. But Houstonians needn’t wait that long to enjoy what the MFAH has in store. A first look at those plans will come into focus on Saturday, May 20 with the inauguration of an all-new Glassell School of Art.

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Celebrate National Drink Wine Day with Rosé Brunch at Toulouse

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Good news, Houston. Tomorrow, February 18th, is National Drink Wine Day, and oenophiles across the country will be celebrating with a glass or two of their favorite varietals. As it happens, tomorrow is also Sunday—a time for leisurely brunches and long conversation among friends. Happily, one Houston eatery brings the occasions together with an appealing, ongoing special.

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Houston Artist Loida Wexler Featured at Urban Eats

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Loida Wexler Urban Eats

The work of Houston artist (and St. Thomas alum) Loida Wexler will be recognized at a reception hosted by local restaurant Urban Eats on Saturday, February 24. The popular Washington Ave spot is known for its made-in-house specialties and its commitment to locally-sourced ingredients. Ms. Wexler’s appearance is part of their “Urban Arts” series of exhibitions celebrating up-and-coming artists alongside artisanal, local food.

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Where to Wine and Dine Your Valentine

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What’s dinner without a fabulous wine pairing? Indulge in the best this Valentine’s Day at some of Houston’s top restaurants, and raise a glass to the one you love.

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Explore “Great Love Stories” at Rienzi

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This Valentine’s Day, find out how you and your beloved measure up to some of the most enduring love stories in history. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting a special Twilight Tour of Rienzi, their opulent River Oaks house museum dedicated to fine and decorative European art. The theme of the tour is “Great Love Stories”; it will acquaint guests with some of the greatest couples (and ex-couples) in history and mythology whose stories are on display in the museum’s collection.

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Mardi Gras Meets Valentine’s Day at Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen

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Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen

Even Houstonians have to admit it — there’s something innately romantic about New Orleans. With food, drink, and music as its primary muses, it’s hard not to feel a little starry eyed in Crescent City. Luckily, we needn’t always spend six hours on I-10 to get a taste of what makes our neighbor to the east so special. Not when we have Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen around.

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Hungry’s, Longtime Houston Favorite, Debuts New Vegan Menu

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Hungry’s Cafe has long been a Houston favorite, and no wonder—their healthy, delicious entrees and refined atmosphere are a winning combination. Since the mid-1970s, their health-conscious international cuisine has attracted discerning diners and vegetarians alike.

Now, Hungry’s has taken another exciting step: The debut of a brand new Vegan Features menu. The daily offerings, which are available at both Hungry’s locations, have deepened their commitment to a healthy lifestyle and delighted customers.

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Montrose Restaurant One Fifth to Host Anniversary Dinner

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One Fifth Romance Languages, Photo by Julie Soefer Photography

James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd will celebrate the first anniversary of his One Fifth concept with a lavish four-course dinner menu on Monday, January 29. The popular Montrose restaurant comes with a unique twist: Every year for five years, Shepherd will debut a new concept in the same space. Year one was dedicated to steak; the latest iteration is One Fifth Romance Languages. Next Monday’s special anniversary menu will feature favorites from both years, including the return of Shepherd’s four-person, four-foot-long ‘Baller Board’ platter, packed with a surplus of mouthwatering dishes.

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Look Inside the Best Hotels in Downtown Houston

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    Marriott Marquis Houston | 1777 Walker Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Marriott Marquis.
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    Hotel Alessandra | 1070 Dallas Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hotel Alessandra.
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    Four Seasons Hotel Houston | 1300 Lamar Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Houston.
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    The Sam Houston Hotel | 1117 Prairie Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Sam Houston Hotel
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    The Westin Houston Downtown | 1520 Texas Avenue | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Westin Houston Downtown.
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    The Whitehall Houston | 1700 Smith Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Whitehall.
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    Hilton Americas-Houston | 1600 Lamar Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hilton Americas-Houston.
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    Hotel ICON | 220 S Main Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of Hotel ICON.
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    JW Marriott Downtown Houston | 806 Main Street | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the JW Marriott Downtown Houston.
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    Magnolia Hotel | 1100 Texas Ave | Book Now» | Image courtesy of the Magnolia Hotel.

The discerning Houston traveler has no shortage of high-end hotels from which to choose. But don’t lose any sleep over the decision. Consult this rundown of 10 of the best hotels in downtown Houston—then follow our recommendation and try them all, one by one.

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