Decant It and Let It “Breathe”? The facts might surprise you Decant It and Let It “Breathe”? The facts might surprise you

In May 1977, my late friend Alexis Bespaloff published “A Corking New Wine Theory” in New York Magazine. In blind tastings with Robert Mondavi, Paul Draper of Ridge Winery, Alexis Lichine of Bordeaux Chateau Prieuré-Lichine, …

Rooms With a View Rooms With a View

A couple finds the perfect empty nest above the trees in a Galleria area high-rise

With three grown children pursuing new chapters in their lives, this Houston couple was ready to embrace new adventure, too. They …

Gifts for Grads Gifts for Grads

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Perfect Outdoor Entertainment Areas
green links
Golf greens, playgrounds, bocce ball, lawn areas and fire pits are just a few of the outdoor entertainment areas that Green Links provides. These synthetic turf game courts, playgrounds and lawns …

On The Town with Jan Carson June 2010 On The Town with Jan Carson June 2010

 
Even though the social scene skids to a stop during the summer months, there’s still plenty of buzz to share from what seemed like a record number of spring events! And, of course, there will …

Bring on the Birds Simple solutions to turn your backyard into an avian oasis Bring on the Birds Simple solutions to turn your backyard into an avian oasis

Who doesn’t love spring? Flowers bloom, trees bud and bright songbirds return to the area. The renewed resurgence of radiant life may make you want to get in on the action.
But if gardening isn’t your …

New Ways to Enjoy Texas Grapefruit New Ways to Enjoy Texas Grapefruit

This sweet variety is sure to add a new twist to any recipe.
We all know it is important to eat fruits and veggies, but just why is Texas citrus so healthy? The Texas grapefruit is …

Discoveries Jun 2010 Discoveries Jun 2010

Sea Life Outdoor Platter
This 14-inch diameter melamine platter has a brown turtle design. Perfect for outdoor or indoor casual dining, the sea life pattern is also available in dinner and salad plate sets of four …

Ford Fiesta & Audi TT Ford Fiesta & Audi TT

FORD FIESTA
Class: Subcompact Car
Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive
Starting price: about $13,000
Ford Fiesta redefines the small car.
With the never-ending demand for greater efficiency, as measured by government fuel economy and emissions standards, buyers are shifting dramatically to smaller …

Israel and Its Wines Israel and Its Wines

In mid February 2010, I was fortunate enough to join a small group of global importers and wine writers on a trip to Israel. Although it was a short trip, it was packed full of …

Book Reviews June 2010 Book Reviews June 2010

Raw Energy
It’s time to rescue snacks from the realm of empty-calorie packaged junk food and transform everyday pick-me-ups into healthful, satisfying mini meals. Raw Energy author Stephanie Tourles’s 125 recipes for trail mixes, parfaits, energy …

Progress & Growth June 2010 Progress & Growth June 2010

Sharing Earnings With Customers
Capital Farm Credit
Buying a place in the country can be different than buying a house in the city. So when you’re in the market for a country getaway, you need a different kind …

A More Youthful You, Women turn to cosmetic procedures to fight aging A More Youthful You, Women turn to cosmetic procedures to fight aging

Fighting the Clock
Every woman gets to a point in their life when they look in the mirror and just don’t like what they see. Some women just accept aging as a part of life; others …

2010 Kitchen Design Competition 2010 Kitchen Design Competition

Walk into the 2010 National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Pinnacle of Design Award winning kitchen, and you will think you entered a 19th century farmhouse. But look out the window, and you won’t see a …

Shapes of Summer Shapes of Summer

Mad for Murfee
From Lilly Pulitzer, the Murfee scarf will add a splash of color to any
outfit! $118 each.
www.lillypulitzer.com

Relax, Reconnect, Get Away: Cypress Bend offers Breathtaking Views, Open Water and Resort Amenities Relax, Reconnect, Get Away: Cypress Bend offers Breathtaking Views, Open Water and Resort Amenities

Cypress Bend, Louisiana’s premier destination re­sort, is nestled cozily amid 600 acres of hardwood forest adjacent to magnificent Toledo Bend Lake. The fabulous retreat, located just three hours from Houston, features a nationally-recognized championship golf …

Flooring Enhances the Decor and Character of a Home Flooring Enhances the Decor and Character of a Home

Wood and Wood Look-alikes Go With Any Style
Wood floors give a house a warm and cozy feel that just can’t be duplicated by vinyl or even carpet. Or can it? For many, a laminate floor …

Houston City Scope June 2010 Houston City Scope  June 2010

Rockets Point Guard Earns Honor
Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. With 19.6 points per game—good for an increase of 11.2 points per contest from his scoring average of …

Houston Performing Arts and Events June 2010 Houston Performing Arts and Events June 2010

LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE
Houston Ballet, June 10 – 20
Capping off the 40th season is Sir Frederick Ashton’s glorious romantic comedy, La Fille mal gardée, hailed by The New York Times as “the most enchanting ballet …