Urban Swank

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The Epicurean Project: Top Chefs, Top Ingredients, Deliciousness

The Epicurean Project and Martin Preferred Foods...more

Rocking White After Labor Day: The New Rules

Up until recently, I didn’t know where I stood on the whole “white after Labor Day” debacle. On one hand, I get it; white reflects the most light, keeping you cooler in hot summer months....more

Tasting Room Uptown Park: Oysters & Cocktails

Let’s get right into it - the Tasting Room in Uptown Park gets a huge round of applause for their new Oyster Bar! First, it’s located in a great spot in the restaurant, smack dab in the middle of all the action (for those that are familiar with the location it used to be the pizza bar). On to the WHOO HOO moment - the oyster bar has it’s own bar area where you can order cocktails, wine or champagne! ...more

The Morning After, A Houston Press Brunch Event

Join the Houston Press on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Bayou City Event Center Pavilion (9401 Knight Rd, Houston, Texas 77045) to...more

Mexi-South Cuisine at Edgar's Hermano

Where Did We Go? Edgar's Hermano1700 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002 What's The Skinny? Edgar's Hermano, located inside the newly renovated Whitehall Hotel downtown, may be the answer to those who work and/or play in the downtown area ....more

Houston's 1st Ever Adult Summer Camp

Summer is here, but the fun is just beginning! Camp Our Way, Texas’ first-ever, all-inclusive adult sleepaway camp, is gearing up for its first session in Houston, September 29 - October 2, 2016. For four days, three nights 200 young adults will be camping Our Way with Archery, Zip Lines, Ropes Courses, Water Slides, Kayaks/Canoes, Swimming, Wake Boarding, Water Skiing, Dodgeball, Kickball, Arts and Crafts, Wine Tasting, Tennis, Volleyball, Rock Climbing and so much more ....more

Diageo Brands: Triple Jump

If you’re missing the summer Olympics already, below you will find a tasty cocktail recipe created by mixologist Ricky Gomez, Diageo World Class U.S. Ambassador, that you can make right at home! Triple Jump 1 oz Ketel One1/2 oz St. Germain Liqueur1 dash Absinthe1/2 oz Lime Juice3/4 oz Agave Syrup1 oz Strawberry Puree Combine Ketel One, St ....more

Cafe Chino: Authentic Hunan and Indo-European Cuisine

One sure testament to the quality of a restaurant is the enduring loyalty of its patrons. Case in point, Cafe Chino, which changed locations after a twenty-year stint in Rice Village and not only retained its original customer base but also attracted more devotees to its new home on the Southwest Freeway. While there is no shortage of Asian restaurants in Houston, Cafe Chino has secured a unique niche in the culinary landscape thanks to its singular Hunan-style and Indo-European dishes ....more

U.S. Does...Messina Hof Harvest Bash 2016

As grape harvest season comes to a close, there is no better way to celebrate than at Messina Hof Winery. I was thrilled to be able to visit this Texas winery to help raise a toast to the end of their annual Harvest Festival with a special media bash. This elegant evening kicked off with a glass of the very new Sparkling Spumante ....more

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations coming to Houston this Fall

A popular Southern California neighborhood concept is preparing to make Houston its new home. Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – a whiskey bar with American comfort food from Newport Beach, Calif. – will open its second location this fall at 4310 Westheimer Rd ....more