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Spring Into Patio Season with Six Houston Favorites

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Springtime is here, and in Houston, that means one thing: Patio season. Patios make everything better—the fresh air and convivial atmosphere are the ultimate harbingers of relaxation. Besides, everything tastes better under blue skies. So grab a few friends, order your signature drink, and soak in a dose of “Vitamin P” this season—here are a few of the best patios in Houston.

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The Houston Cookbook Every Foodie Needs

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Paulie's Houston

For 20 years, family-owned restaurant Paulie’s has been dishing up some of the best Italian food in town. To celebrate two decades in business, the restaurant’s namesake and owner Paul Petronella has put together a gorgeous cookbook. Chock-full of recipes, photos, and even guidance for folks who want to open their own restaurant, Paulie’s: Classic Italian Cooking in the Heart of Houston’s Montrose District deserves a place on your shelf.

If you’ve never dined at Paulie’s, put it at the top of your list. Housemade pastas, fresh ingredients, and family recipes launch this counter-service eatery into the pantheon of Houston’s best dining options.

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“The cookbook commemorates 20 years in business,” Paul Petronella, Paulie’s owner and book author, told Houston Hotel Magazine. “It is a storybook for people to get a behind-the-scenes look at Paulie’s and other family restaurants. It’s also a guide to newcomers who want to open a restaurant, offering insight on what to expect.”

Creating the book and making it come to life has been a long process, and I’m excited to finally share it with the community and the world.
-Paul Petronella, Paulie’s owner and cookbook author

Join Houston in celebrating 20 years of one of its most beloved restaurants. Purchase Paulie’s: Classic Italian Cooking in the Heart of Houston’s Montrose District at the restaurant itself or on Amazon.

Featured image courtesy of Paulie’s.

Top Specials To Know About During the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

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All Roped In Package at Hotel Derek

This beloved Galleria-area hotel is offering a package worth lassoing! Book your stay with the All Roped In Package and enjoy the best in Texan amenities. Kick off your stay with a signature welcome gift, including locally-smoked beef jerky and honey roasted Texas pecans. Enjoy overnight accommodation, then fuel up with a Southern-inspired breakfast at acclaimed onsite restaurant Revolve Kitchen + Bar. Don’t worry about your buggy—valet is complimentary. Click here for more information and booking.

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Premier Mediterranean Hotspot Debuts First Texas Location in Houston Galleria

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Fig & Olive Houston

Fig & Olive, the acclaimed concept beloved across New York, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Chicago, and Washington D.C., is making its Texas debut in the Houston Galleria. This March, discover the concept’s authentic French, Spanish, and Italian flavors, expertly woven into seasonal dishes and signature premium olive oils.

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Indulge in Nostalgic American Favorites at New Heights Restaurant

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BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

The California team that brought popular River Oaks-based restaurant Bosscat Kitchen + Libations to Houston is launching an exciting new concept in the Heights. Travel back in time at BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, a neighborhood bar and eatery serving American fare alongside classic and specialty cocktails.

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Local Foods Debuts New Heights Location

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Local Foods Heights

Local Foods has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike since its first location opened in 2011. Now, the brand debuts its highly-anticipated fifth location, housed in the historic Heights neighborhood’s vibrant new development, Heights Mercantile.

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Indulge in the New Year at Chama Gaúcha Wine Dinner

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There’s no better way to mark the start of a new year than with a bountiful feast—an inherent sense of exhilaration always accompanies fine food and wine. This principal is known to Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse, an authentic churrascaria on Westheimer Road famous for its flavorful flame-roasted meats and opulent salad bar. On January 15 at 7 pm, Chama Gaúcha is hosting a five-course wine dinner in their private dining room, and it promises to be a meal to remember.

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Houston

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Another year is upon us. As the calendar ushers us into 2018, celebrate all there is to look forward to in style with a special New Year’s Eve dinner and toast. Peruse our list and make your reservations — the hottest spots in town will fill up fast!

Remember: It isn’t New Year’s Eve without a glass of champagne. Cheers!

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James Beard Winning Chef Chris Shepherd Announces Exciting New Concepts

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Chef Chris Shepherd, who helped breathe new life into the Houston food scene with a James Beard Award win in 2014, is preparing for a banner year in 2018. Shepherd announced today that he will open a new steakhouse called Georgia James, so named for his parents, towards the end of the new year. His beloved Underbelly will close, relocate, and rebrand as UB Preserv to make room for the new concept.

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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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