I don’t usually respond to email invitations from people I don’t know, but the invite from Judy Robinson, who runs one of Houston’s A-list estate sale companies, was hard to resist: “Estate Sale from the Houston Residence of the late Mildred Yount Manion II, Heiress from an Important Texas Oil Family and Kentucky’s Famous Spindletop Horse Farm.”
For a city that sits so near to the coast, Houston is often criticized for lacking in contemporary seafood establishments. Famed chefs like Bryan Caswell of Reef have attempted to bring more Gulf-friendly cuisine to the city, but it’s Jean-Philippe Gaston that’s turning meat-and-potatoes purists into raw gourmands.
Texas is notoriously averse to taxation. The state legislature hasn’t voted on a tax increase since 1991, as Paul Burka notes in his piece about the “T-word.” Some local governments have started getting creative to make ends meet. One example: a Houston suburb plans to tax drivers who are at fault in auto collisions.
A Houston woman gave birth to two sets of identical twin boys in a matter of minutes this Valentine’s Day–a feat with odds of one in 70 million.
What should you expect when you eat at the Pass? To have your mind messed with, in the best possible way. That is the conclusion a friend and I reached when, in a happy daze, we polished off the last bite of an eight-course tasting menu at Houston’s hot new dining spot.
Beyoncé doesn’t hang her hat in Houston these days, and rightly so: H-Town is a hot spot for all the single ladies, and Beyoncé ain’t one. In fact, three Texas cities rank among the ten best in the country for unattached, heterosexual women looking for a date, or so says a February 3 study from NerdWallet.com.
The Breakast Klub, one of Texas Monthly’s 40 best breakfast places, will be featured in a Wings & Waffles Showdown today on the Steve Harvey Show.
The Houston restaurant has long been recognized in both local and national media for its signature wings and waffle dish–six crispy chicken wings and a buttery Belgian waffle topped with powdered sugar and a fresh strawberry.
Numerous factors account for the urbanization that has transformed Texas over the past forty years. But perhaps the most important is an amendment passed by the state legislature in 1970 that paved the way for restaurants in Texas to sell liquor by the drink. It seems odd, but before then, alcohol was not such a kingpin in the world of upscale dining (today, many restaurants with bars count on making a third of their revenue from the sale of cocktails, beer, and wine).
Texas ranked tenth in the nation for the most green building last year, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which assesses states annually according to the amount of their new construction that is certified LEED (for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design). In 2012, Texas had over 36 million square feet.