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Explore A West Houston Shopping Wonderland

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To know West Houston is to love it. One of the city’s most affluent parts of town, West Houston is home to some of the most swank real estate, best restaurants, and world-class hotels. It also boasts fantastic shopping.

Meet CITYCENTRE, a premier destination for everything from shopping to dining to accomodations. This season, head west and take care of your holiday shopping at one of Houston’s best stops for all things high-end and fabulous.

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Where to Dine on Christmas Eve

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‘Twas the night before Christmas…

There’s something inherently magical about Christmas Eve. Is it the anticipation of the morrow? The excitement of seeing family, friends, and, of course, whatever’s in those packages under the tree? Or is it the meal, that twilight dinner for which everyone comes together to enjoy delicious food and a relaxing, indulgent night?

Houston is one of the best places in the country to be dining any time, but this Christmas Eve, the possibilities are endless. Discover your options, and make your reservations—the season is upon us.

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Houston’s Best Brunches, Bars, & Snappy Hours

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French Toast, Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Each season, we bring you hand-picked selection of some of our favorite Houston hotspots for after-dinner drinks and scrumptious brunches. Enjoy this collection, as seen in our Holiday/Winter 2018 print issue!

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The Rich Flavors of South African Cuisine

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Close your eyes for a moment and picture South African cuisine. What do you see?

For most, the exercise is more difficult than it seems. People think of many things when they think of South Africa—Mandela, rugby, diamonds, penguins—but the food remains shrouded in mystery, victim to more recognizable world cuisines.

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New Happy Hour Menu for Chic French Bistro in the River Oaks District

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Stuffed Mushrooms with shiitake mushrooms, stuffed with crab cake, gribiche, sriracha

‘Tis the season of giving. Dallas-based restaurant group Lombardi Family Concepts has presented a generous donation to the Houston Food Bank and a scrumptious new happy hour menu at their chic French bistro, Toulouse, located in the unparalleled River Oaks District.

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The Year of Hugo Ortega

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There’s a secret sauce bubbling in the Houston restaurant world, a differentiator which sets it apart from the glitzy kitchens of New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

The hidden ingredient?

“I think, without any doubt, it’s the diversity,” says chef Hugo Ortega, the 2017 James Beard Award-winning chef who rules the city’s enviable culinary scene.

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Fall Has Arrived at benjy’s in the Village

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You may have heard that Houston doesn’t really do seasons. Not like most other places, at least. What else explains a run of upper-80s-to-lower-90s heat in the first week of November? But lovers of all things autumn needn’t worry—cooler weather is on the way, and if you can’t wait until it arrives, you can already sample the flavors of the season at a charming neighborhood eatery that quietly serves some of the freshest food in town.

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Where to Dine Before the World Series

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You’ve got your tickets. You’ve got your ‘Stros swag. All you need now is a perfect place to dine before the big game tomorrow. From upscale to casual, we’ve gathered a range of notable downtown favorites you’re sure to enjoy.

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