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Fine Dining Awaits at These Upscale Eateries in Houston

October 16, 2014 5:02 pm

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a great new restaurant, Houston is home to a number of luxurious, decadent, and even innovative fine dining restaurants. Here are two popular eateries.

1) Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
You can’t cross the street in Texas without running into a steakhouse, but Pappas Bros. Steakhouse truly stands out in the crowd. This family-owned fine dining restaurant has been in the Pappas family since 1976, and each dish is prepared with the utmost attention to detail just like it was back then. All of the meat is cut, dry-aged, and seasoned in-house to create a crave-worthy steak every time. Pappas Bros. also serves exceptional seafood, a variety of desserts, and a wine list filled with perfect pairings.
Locations in Houston and Dallas; see website for contact information

2) Uchi Houston
For diners with a more adventurous flair for food, Uchi Houston offers fresh, new takes on traditional Japanese dishes and cooking techniques. The restaurant itself is located in one of the most unique buildings you’ll ever dine in, with a large, round stone tower in the front and contemporary decor throughout. Browse sashimi tastings, creative sushi rolls, eclectic desserts and, of course, an expansive sake list to create a meal that appeals to each of your senses.
904 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006; (713) 522-4808

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Pinot’s Palette: A BYOB Art Studio in Houston

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm

You're probably already familiar with the premise of those paint-your-own pottery studios, but did you know that an adults-only version exists here in Houston? It's called Pinot's Palette, and the idea behind this "BYOB art entertainment studio" is a little different from the competition.

First, amateur painters are invited to enroll in a painting class from Pinot's Palette's online schedule, which also displays the exact painting that will be attempted (no talent required!) during each two- or three-hour class. Then, the student simply shows up to the studio approximately 30 minutes before the class's start time; Pinot's Palette supplies all the necessary materials. However, the real draw of these classes, which are more akin to a social outing than a serious art class, is the fact that participants are encouraged to bring along a bottle of wine and some snacks—in addition to an eagerness to have a fun night out with friends.

Pinot's Palette's classes range in price from $39 to $49. This Houston studio is also a popular spot for parties and other special events.

Pinot’s Palette
2406 Taft Street
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-4769

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Think Beyond the Bouquet With These Lavender-Centric Recipes

September 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Though lavender is a flower, it’s also a deliciously fragrant herb that can be used to add flavor to many sweet and savory dishes. By simply cooking or garnishing with this beautiful flower, you can transform the taste of an entire dish. If you haven’t yet explored the culinary wonders of lavender, these two simple recipes will give you a bit of inspiration.

Lavender Shortbread [Food Network]
Shortbread is known for its rich, crumbly texture and buttery flavor, which makes it a perfect companion for the floral notes of lavender. This recipe uses only six simple ingredients and takes just 50 minutes to make, but after it’s complete your whole home will be filled with the sweet, delicious scent. Simply knead the ingredients together, adding dried or fresh lavender flowers, and bake in the oven until each bar reaches the perfect golden brown.

Pepita and Lavender Brittle [Martha Stewart]
Most brittle candies have a rich, caramel texture, but this particular brittle is uniquely earthy and fragrant. The recipe uses Martha Stewart’s basic brittle recipe to create a crunchy base, while the pepitas, or green hulled pumpkin seeds, offer even more texture. To top it off, dried lavender cooked throughout adds a floral flavor that only the small purple flower can provide.

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