Urban Swank

Urban Swank® is a Houston, Texas based lifestyle blog dedicated to bringing a wealth of information and a different perspective on all things related to food, fashion, beauty, travel, and entertainment! We will write about it, travel for it, attend events around it, and talk to the experts regarding it. 

Urban Swank Does...Tis The Season at City Centre

Tis the season for great food, friends, and family fun. Yes the holiday season has officially started and we've got some great DIY tips from a few experts. Recently I spent an afternoon in City Centre, the upscale mixed-use development in West Houston, visiting great spots getting great holiday ideas! ...more

First Look: Bernie's Burger Bus has opened its second location

We've followed Bernie's Burger Bus from the three food trucks to the first brick and mortar! Here they grow again and they have opened their second location in Katy, Texas and the locals are going burger crazy. Take a look at this Periscope video as we check out the new digs and talk with owner Justin Turner a day before they opened to the public ....more

El Tiempo to Open New Location in Katy

Owner and executive chef of El Tiempo Cantina, Domenic Laurenzo, is pleased to announce that his family will be opening its eight El Tiempo Cantina in Katy, located in the former Trios Mexican Grill building at 21810 Kingsland Boulevard, Katy, Texas, 77450, in February of 2016. “We are excited to open an El Tiempo in Katy. It’s a dream come true for us.” When asked for an update on the 290 location of El Tiempo, he said, "It is in the permit process with the City of Houston, and I expects to open that location, the ninth El Tiempo Cantina,… ...more

Urban Swank Does...Monarch Restaurant's New Fall Menu

Monarch Restaurant, tucked inside the luxurious boutique hotel destination of Hotel Zaza, exudes a sense of class the moment you set foot in the darkened dining room lit by candles and glittery light fixtures. It’s no surprise that the well-tailored menu details luxe offerings like rohan duck breast and volcano salt fries to match the upscale surroundings, but it was a nice unexpected touch to start the meal with a pairing of buttery, oversized biscuits with champagne—a fantastic pairing that I believe should be more widely endorsed. The fluffy, open-crumbed biscuits are plush with butter and served alongside an irresistible… ...more

My Bucket List #6 - Dominica

This bucket list is a bit different from the past articles I have written on the same subject. Unlike the others, I've actually visited Dominica before; I just wouldn't consider it an in depth experience. Over 15 years ago, I took a Southern Caribbean cruise that designated Dominica as one of its ports ....more

The Skinny - Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts

Where Did We Go? Lee's Fried Chicken and Donuts601 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007 What's The Skinny? Fried chicken gets a Whoo Hoo from us most days of the week ....more

When Life Gives You Limes, Head to the Houston Margarita Festival

Shaken, stirred, and a really great Beatles tribute band, the Houston Margarita Festival brought out all the big guns. After a slight delay thanks to good ol’ Houston weather unpredictability, the festival pulled it together for a sunny day of margarita loving fun on Sunday, November 8th. Margarita machines lined the beautiful Sam Houston Park, with a myriad of flavors both classic and completely unexpected ....more

Anthony Bourdain and The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection Visit Houston

The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky, and Anthony Bourdain transcended upon Houston last week to share an exciting venture birthed from their partnership and collaboration. The goal of the visit was to shine a light on The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection in addition to celebrating those who are considered some of America’s most talented craftspeople. As the curator of the collection, Bourdain will be at the forefront taking leading roles in the movement including the role as host of Raw Craft, a series of short films offering an inside and behind the scenes look into the… ...more

Shop Talk: Manoosh Scarves

Since we love shopping for everything from apparel and beauty products to culinary products - we thought adding a Shop Talk section would be fun. In this section we will bring you new stores from all over the world (online and brick & mortar), interviews with shop owners, unique boutiques, and other times we may just have fun and just do a little shop talk! Owner Anna Wilson It’s no secret that scarves are one of my favorite accessories of all time! ...more

The Skinny - Pappa Charlies Barbeque

Where Did We Go? Pappa Charles Barbeque2012 Rusk Street, Houston, TX 77003 What's The Skinny? Barbecue in Texas is a big deal and so is moving from a BBQ trailer at Jackson's Watering Hole in Montrose to a brick and mortar ....more