Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fall Fun - Family Day Trip to Dewberry Farms




Returning home from a family reuion of sorts in Navasota, my mother-in-law Liz told us to check out Dewberry Farms in Brookshire... We loved it and plan to return soon!  We especially enjoyed experiencing the corn maze (a childhood dream of Nick's!), the train ride through the farm so we could inspect the Christmas tree we want to chop down in December, and picking wildflowers.  Jean-Luc loved the carousel, petting the goats, and riding the cow barrel train pulled by a tractor - he wants to return soon to ride the ponies!  For more info, check out: Dewberry Farm











Monday, June 2, 2014

 BEST THAI RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON

Thai is my favorite exotic cuisine, and there are many options for Thai-lovers in Houston.  Here are a couple of my favorites:
 
 
Zagat Menu - Vieng Thai Restaurant 
 

VIENG THAI - 6929 Long Point Rd.

 
The very best Thai in town is just outside the Loop in a tiny hole-in-the-wall in a run-down strip center where the parking lot is lined with the finest luxury vehicles any night of the week.  The clientele consists of foodies from all walks of life.  If you love Thai, this is a MUST TRY. 
The Spicy Catfish (Plaa Pad Fed) is out of this world!
LIVE MUSIC every Thursday night is good ole Texas country.  This is my favorite dive in town!
 
 
Erawan Thai Restaurant
 

 ERAWAN - 5161 San Felipe St. 

 
If you aren't adventurous enough to try Spring Branch's beloved Vieng Thai, relax in the more upscale ambiance of Erawan, where the great food, accessible menu, and friendly staff make this a Galleria-area favorite. 

 
 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Houston's Best Neighborhoods: Round 1, Part 4: WEST UNIVERSITY   Over 600 square miles make up Houston proper (per Wikipedia).  And that figure doesn't take into account the array of established suburbs sprawling out north, south, and westward whose residents maintain their identity as Houstonians regardless of technical city boundaries.  Here's my perspective on some of the best places to live in Houston, Texas.  Click here for more on Houston's Best Neighborhoods .

ROUND 1: 

MAKING THE LOOP "INSIDE THE LOOP": HOUSTON'S CLOSE-IN NEIGHBORHOODS

Part 4:

WEST UNIVERSITY



Just west of the Museum District and Rice University, and just on the other side of the charming Rice Village retail district (pictured above), you'll find the City of West University, an independent municipality within the City of Houston city limits.  The convenience to the Medical Center, Galleria, and downtown Houston make West University an ideal location for working professionals.  The strict city codes, highly-regarded public schools, and community amenities offered exclusively to its residents make loyal fans of this picturesque neighborhood's homeowners.  While the average lot size is small, many families make their home in West U and stay for decades, raising children in this idyllic  close-knit community reminiscent of a self-contained village in character with the convenience od a big-city.






Saturday, May 17, 2014

Most Common Mistakes when Selling a Home

Trying to Sell Your Home?  To be competitive in this market, keep these tips in mind:


SELLERS' MOST COMMON MISTAKES
 
 
 
*  Failing to Complete Minor Repairs.  Buyers know they are paying premiums in this market - when paying top dollar, they expect things to be in tip-top shape.  Neglected maintenance items, even if minor, are a big turn off to most buyers.  Put your best foot forward!

Failing to Declutter & Stage Property.  Check out a few open houses in your neighborhood before you list your home.  Mentally note your feedback.  Chances are you were more impressed by the home with the least amount of your neighbor's "stuff" out and about.  Most buyers need a blank canvas to envision themselves in the home.  Playing minimalist for a few months won't kill you, and the storage bills are a worthwhile investment if you secure a great price for your property!

Failing to Remove Pets during Listing Period.  This one breaks my heart, because I'm a huge animal lover.  But the truth is, pets distract from the property in several ways - smells (which we become immune to as their loving parents), barks, hair, the logistics of kenneling them or asking agents to not let them escape when showing. 

Letting Emotions Drive Negotiations.  Regardless of your training or your day job, selling your home will tug at your emotions.  Try to stay calm and think rationally.  Step away and try to imagine it's not your home if that helps when faced with difficult decisions.  If something a buyer requests angers you, try to step back and imagine if you were in the buyer's shoes.  Maybe they are being unreasonable, but chances are, they are just looking out for their best interests, as are you.  Trust your agent and review their opinions and their supporting data in an objective way if possible.  If you get an offer that's less than you hoped for, remember your Economics 101 class: Fair Market Value = What a Willing Buyer Will Pay a Willing Seller.  Also remember that often, your first offer is your best offer, and the longer property sits on the market without selling, the less interest new buyers will take in it. 

*  Being Too Greedy.  While prices are rising and the market unquestionably favors sellers, setting the listing price on your home too high is sure to kill interest from many would-be buyers already frustrated by their lack of leverage in the market overall.  A fair price in a desirable area often attracts multiple offers, which can lead to higher prices naturally.

Friday, May 9, 2014

How Houston's Magnet School System Works

 

HISD Offers Choice in Public Schools via Magnet Program

 
Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the largest school district in the State of Texas and one of the top ten largest school districts in the United States, enrolling nearly One-Quarter Million students in our city.  Navigating a system as large and complex as HISD can be daunting, but it is no longer as simple as the traditional rule dictating that students must attend only the school to which their home addresses are geographically zoned to.  HISD's Magnet School System offers Houstonians a variety of options when it comes to public education.  If you as a parent believe your locally zoned public school is not the best fit for your child, expensive private schools are no longer the only alternative.  In addition to many successful charter schools in Houston, HISD opens enrollment by lottery at approximately 60 elementary schools, 40 middle schools, and 30 high schools across the district.  Each Magnet School has a different focus, for example:
 
Fine Arts
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Literature
Vanguard (Gifted & Talented)
Music
Dual Language
 IB (International Baccalaureate)
 
 
HOW THE HISD MAGNET APPLICATION PROCESS WORKS:
 
(1)  RESEARCH your options on HISD Magnet Schools here, considering what type of program may best fit your child's gifts and needs.
 
(2)  APPLY here to your schools of choice.  Currently, you can apply to up to 10 Magnet Programs, up to 5 of which may be Vanguard (Gifted & Talented) programs.  Priority applications for the 2014-2015 school year were due in December 2013, but applications are always considered on a rolling basis throughout the school year.  For 2015-2016, mark your calendar for Fall 2014 to check on the application deadlines for the following school year.
 
(3)  TOUR your schools of choice.  If you have time before your child will be applying, it's a great idea to leisurely attend tours of schools that most interest you during their normal tour schedules, which vary by school and should be coordinated by calling each school's office.  Otherwise, you will be cramming several tours in at the last minute and may be faced with making school decisions sight unseen!  All the research in the world cannot replace an in-person tour, where you get to meet the teachers and staff, observe the children in action, and inspect the facilities for yourself. 
Houston's Best Neighborhoods: Round 1, Part 3: THE MUSEUM DISTRICT There are over 600 square miles that make up Houston proper according (per Wikipedia, at least).    And that figure doesn't take into account the array of established suburbs sprawling out north, south, and westward whose residents maintain their identity as Houstonians regardless of technical city boundaries.  Here's my perspective on some of the best places to live in Houston, Texas.  Click here for more on Houston's Best Neighborhoods .
ROUND 1: 

MAKING THE LOOP "INSIDE THE LOOP": HOUSTON'S CLOSE-IN NEIGHBORHOODS

Part 3:


MUSEUM DISTRICT

The Museum District, home to incredible world-renowned museums, the sprawling and picturesque Hermann Park, and the Houston Zoo, offers two very different residential neighborhoods, as well as several hi-rise condominiums bordering the gorgeous grounds of Hermann Park.  The elegant estates of Southampton and Boulevard Oaks west of the museums and just north of Rice University's gorgeous campus, greet visitors with breathtaking boulevards shaded by towering live oaks.  While most Houstonians are priced out of these neighborhoods, Museum Park just east of the museums is benefitting from fast-paced investment to meet the needs of young professionals who want the benefits of living in walking distance to Houston's cultural center and a short Metro light-rail ride away from the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston.   The welcome arrival of H-E-B grocery store at Dunlavy and W. Alabama, as well as the family-friendly Erwan Chew park with its dog park, splash pad, and swimming pool, make this close-in neighborhood an exciting and convenient place to set up a home base in Houston.  Click here for a link to the Houston Museum District website.

TOP-RANKING SCHOOLS IN FORT BEND COUNTY


TOP-RANKING SCHOOLS IN FORT BEND COUNTY
(Source: Children at Risk’s 2014 School Rankings – “A” Tier Schools)


ELEMENTARY

Commonwealth
Colony Meadows
Walker Station
Settlers Way
Austin Parkway
Scanlan Oaks
Cornerstone
Brazos Bend
Meadows
Colony Bend
Sienna Crossing
Rita Drabek

 MIDDLE

Sartaria
Fort Settlement
Quail Valley
Marcario Garcia
 

HIGH
Clements

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bat Watching in Houston!

 

HOUSTON'S BAT COLONY IN RESIDENCE

Did you know that Houston is home to over one-quarter MILLION Mexican free-tailed bats YEAR-ROUND?   My husband and I took our 2-year-old to view the bats' evening emergence Saturday night, and I'm pretty sure we enjoyed ourselves even more than our son, Jean-Luc! 

Buffalo Bayou Bat Colony

The summer months are your best bet for viewing the highest concentration of bats, who swarm out of their under-the-bridge residence at Waugh and Allen Parkway every night at dusk by the tens of thousands at a time in gorgeous swirls that resemble horizontal tornadoes.  While Houstonians have gathered ad hoc to observe these thrilling mosquito-eating nocturnal hunters forever, the wide observation platform on the east side of the bridge (whence all the bats emerge each night without fail) makes bat-watching an easy endeavor for Houstonians of all ages.  For the more adventurous, try a night kayak or canoe ride under the bridge or hop on one of Buffalo Bayou Partnership's PONTOON BAT BOAT TOURS!  Just another super cool "perk" to living in Space City!

 

Houston's Best Neighborhoods: Round 1, Part 2: MONTROSE

I'm a little biased towards the Houston Heights since that's where I put down roots, but there's SO much more to Houston than my own neighborhood - try 600 square miles in Houston proper according to Wikipedia.    And that figure doesn't take into account the array of established suburbs sprawling out north, south, and westward whose residents maintain their identity as Houstonians regardless of technical city boundaries.  Here's my perspective on some of the best places to live in Houston, Texas.  Click here for more on Houston's Best Neighbhorhoods .

ROUND 1: 

MAKING THE LOOP "INSIDE THE LOOP": HOUSTON'S CLOSE-IN NEIGHBORHOODS

Part 2:

MONTROSE



A haven for young professionals, artists, and college graduate students alike, Montrose is one of Houston's oldest neighborhoods where the old and new blend beautifully.  The diverse folks that make up Montrose society live in equally diverse homes stately century-old mansions and charming handmade cottages co-exist comfortably and peacefully alongside modern stream-lined townhomes and mid-rise condos.  Offering a wide array of fashionable restaurants, from world-renowned fine dining to gyros and sliders, Montrose boasts perhaps the highest concentration of the diverse eating establishments that make Houston famous.  Encircling the peaceful UST college campus (pictured), Montrose boasts independent theatres, art galleries, coffee shops, antique stores, and boutiques, making this vibrant community a favorite among sophisticated Houstonians who enjoy their leisure time.  Conveniently wedged between downtown Houston and River Oaks, Montrose steadily draws new residents into its fold.

TOP-RANKING SCHOOLS IN HOUSTON

THE BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN HOUSTON:

Children at Risk Releases 2014 School Rankings

There is much debate regarding school rankings and standardized testing, but in reality there is little variance among various school rankings as to what schools make up the "Top Tier" in Houston's public schools.    Children at Risk, a non-profit focused on "whole child" development and research-based solutions to improving Houston's public schools, has released their 2014 school rankings.  Here is an alphabetical listing of the elementary schools scoring A or A+ out of HISD, SBISD, and Houston's close-in charter schools:

Briarmeadow Charter

Bunker Hill

Bush

Condit

Frostwood

Harmony School of Excellence

Harvard

Herod

Horn

Houston Heights Learning Academy

Hunters Creek

KIPP Sharp College Prep Lower School

KIPP Shine Prep

Kolter

Lovett

Mark Twain

Memorial Drive

Oak Forest

Parker

Poe

River Oaks

Roberts

Rummel Creek

School at St. George Place

T.H. Rogers

Travis

West University

Wilchester


Check out more detailed school rankings for the Greater Houston area at elementary, middle, and high school levels - as well as methodologies and technical reports on our public education system ere:  http://childrenatrisk.org/research/school-rankings/houston/

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Houston's Best Neighborhoods: Round 1, Part 1: THE HEIGHTS

I'm a little biased towards the Houston Heights since that's where I put down roots, but there's SO much more to Houston than my own neighborhood - try 600 square miles in Houston proper according to Wikipedia.    And that figure doesn't take into account the array of established suburbs sprawling out north, south, and westward whose residents maintain their identity as Houstonians regardless of technical city boundaries.  Here's my perspective on some of the best places to live in Houston, Texas.  Click here for more on Houston's Best Neighbhorhoods .

ROUND 1: 

MAKING THE LOOP "INSIDE THE LOOP": HOUSTON'S CLOSE-IN NEIGHBORHOODS

Part 1:

THE  HOUSTON HEIGHTS


At home in the Heights
 
Don't just take it from me.  CNN recently listed the Houston Heights as one of the TOP 10 NEIGHBORHOODS IN AMERICA!  Craftsman architecture, front porches, sidewalks, parks, and hike-and-bike trails combine to give residents a sense of community that many Houston neighborhoods lack - all in the shadow of downtown Houston and an easy commute to all major business districts in the greater Houston area.  An ever-growing multitude of local restaurants and mainstream and boutique retail shopping enhance the charm of the area for residents across the age spectrum, and the convenience to most major business and cultural districts in the Houston make the Heights the perfect choice for its loyal residents.  The "small-town America" charm, the highly-regarded public schools, and a grassroots community spirit make it especially sought out by young couples and growing families, and the  high concentration of restaurants, bars, retail, neighborhood festivals, and LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION make the Houston Heights a top destination for single working professionals and empty-nesters looking forward to retirement as well. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON ACCORDING TO KAT:

MEXICAN EDITION

 
Just about every client moving to Houston and every friend visiting Houston for work or leisure asks me "What's the best restaurant in Houston?" or "What's your favorite restaurant in Houston?"  As a woman who loves to eat and a working mother who rarely has time to cook, I partake of Houston's vast dining options on a daily basis.  I'll take consistently yummy and unpretentious fare over a trendy atmosphere any day, so you probably won't find my favorites on any hip "best of" list -but most of my favorites have been around a long, long time and are still family-owned establishments serving generation after generation of Houston's notoriously food-loving residents. 
 
***Click on the photos for links to each restaurant's website***
 

EL TIEMPO CANTINA

*Where the Legacy of "Mama" Ninfa Laurenzo, Houston's Best-Known Mexican Chef, Lives On* 
Several Locations: Navigation, Montrose, Washington Ave., Richmond Ave., Tomball area
BEST IN TOWN: Barbacoa (Brisket), Fresh Fish, Quail, Ribs, Queso Flameado

El Tiempo Cantina

CADILLAC BAR

1802 Shepherd Dr.
(713) 862-2020
BEST IN TOWN: Fajitas, Guacamole, Tortilla Soup, Sunday Brunch, Party Room
 
The Cadillac Bar
 

EL GALLO

2116 Gessner Rd.
(713) 467-9780
BEST IN TOWN: Cheese Enchiladas, Tamales, Carne Asada/Tacos al Carbon
 
Dining B
 
 ***El Gallo is a hole-in-the-wall in a tired strip center in an unpretentious part of Spring Branch, noteworthy for the large yellow and red rooster sign out front.  It looks today exactly like it did when I was a kid and it has no website.  Rumor had it back then that El Gallo was run by the parents of the proprietors behind Guadalajara (below) and Escalante's (an upscale, healthy version of Guadalajara), both of which are local chains now.
 

GUADALAJARA HACIENDA

Several Locations: Downtown, Medical Center, Memorial, & The Woodlands
BEST IN TOWN: Wide Variety of Excellent Tex-Mex Favorites in a Family-Friendly Setting
 
Guadalajara Hacienda
 
 

HUGO's

1600 Westheimer Rd.
(713) 524-7744
BEST IN TOWN: Gourmet Mexican, Refined Atmosphere, Exquisite Dining Experience
 
Hugo's Restaurant
 

LOS TIOS

Several Locations: Meyerland, Westchase, Energy Corridor, Sugar Land
BEST IN TOWN: Cheese Enchiladas with Chili Gravy, the Definitive Tex-Mex Dish
 
 
Los Tios Mexican Restaurant
 
 
 
 
 

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON

THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HOUSTON ACCORDING TO KAT:

ITALIAN EDITION

 
Just about every client moving to Houston and every friend visiting Houston for work or leisure asks me "What's the best restaurant in Houston?" or "What's your favorite restaurant in Houston?"  As a woman who loves to eat and a working mother who rarely has time to cook, I partake of Houston's vast dining options on a daily basis.  I'll take consistently yummy and unpretentious fare over a trendy atmosphere any day, so you probably won't find my favorites on any hip "best of" list -but most of my favorites have been around a long, long time and are still family-owned establishments serving generation after generation of Houston's notoriously food-loving residents. 
 
***Click on the photos for links to each restaurant's website***
 

 ANTONIO'S FLYING PIZZA

2920 Hillcroft St.
(713) 783-6080
BEST IN TOWN: Eggplant Parmesan, Lasagna, & Manicotti - Pizza is Great, too, naturally
 
Antonio's Flying Pizza
 
 

PATRENELLA'S

813 Jackson Hill
(713) 863-8223
BEST IN TOWN: Italian Seafood & Bocce Ball
 
Patrenella's Italian Ristorante

 

PIOLA

3201 Louisiana St.
(713) 524-8222
BEST IN TOWN: Authentic, Neapolitan-style PIZZA
 
Piola Pizza Houston
 
 

 And now for the Standard-Bearers Carrying on "Mama" Mandola's Legacy....

 VINCENT'S & NINO'S

2701 W. Dallas St.
(713) 528-4313
BEST IN TOWN: Chicken Vincent, Gelato Bar, Italian Village Ambiance
 
Mandola Gift Card
 

THE ORIGINAL CARRABBA'S

Two Locations: Woodway @ Voss and Kirby @ West Alabama
BEST IN TOWN: Homemade Pastas, Fresh Fish, Steaks
 
Nino's Vincent's
 

TONY MANDOLA'S

1212 Waugh Dr.
(713) 528-3474
BEST IN TOWN: Italian Seafood, Ciopinno (Fish Stew), Sunday Brunch
 
 Tony Mandola's
 
 
* Tony's reception area pays tribute to Mama Ninfa Laurenzo & Mama Mandola *
 

DAMIAN'S CUCINA ITALIANA

3011 Smith St.
(713) 522-0439
BEST IN TOWN: Italian Steak & Seafood, Pre-Theatre Meal (Shuttle Service), Special Events
 
Damian's Cucina Italiana 
 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Houston's Sunday Streets HTX Street Festivals this Spring

As part of the Go Healthy Houston initiative, City officials are shutting Houston down the next three first-Sundays-of-the-month to make way for planned street festivals of sorts. What's the occasion?  There is none really.  Just an effort to bring neighbors together for a wholesome, leisurely Sunday stroll (or bike or skate, if you prefer) - a luxury far too seldom enjoyed these days.  Personally, I'm thrilled because the first festival - Sunday, April 6th - will pass directly in front of my house AND right past my clients Sanctuary Builders' stunning homes under construction at White Oak and Oxford on the hike-and-bike trail! Check out the Heights Spring Home and Garden Tour, too!   April 4-6.  Hope to see y'all there!!!

Check out Houston's Sunday Streets HTX the following dates 11 AM - 3 PM:

    APRIL  6                                                         MAY 4                                                 JUNE 1
White Oak Dr.                                              Westheimer Rd.                                Washington Ave.  



Sunday, 4/6/14 - White Oak Dr. & Quitman (Heights Blvd. to Fulton)

A colorful view along White Oak Drive of Victorian-style townhomes on Stude Park overlooking downtown Houston.



 Sunday, 5/4/14 - Westheimer (Hazard to Yoakum/Waugh in Montrose)

Looking east down Westheimer Road in vibrant Montrose district.

Sunday, 6/1/14 - Washington Avenue (Milam at Market Square to Studemont)

Market Square Reopens
Quiet time at Market Square, the downtown start/end point of the Washington Avenue HTX street festival.
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What makes the Houston Heights so fun!?

In perusing the latest issue of Bayou City magazine, I was pleasantly surprised to see several of my favorite things to do in their 2-page spread on the Heights.  So, apologies to Bayou City for the overlap (and kudos to y'all for knowing the cool places to chill!) and apologies to my readers for the Heights focus of this list, but the Heights is a great place to hang out whether you live here or not!  

When you're looking for some excitement and the typical museums, bars, and entertainment venues aren't going to cut it, try these on for size...


 OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS   I LOVE this place - gifted performers up-close-and-personal!  Their 2013-2014 season is almost over, but there's still time to catch the final act March 28-April 6 - Lucia di Lammermoor - "Donizetti's heroine shows that a family feud can drive a girl crazy!" - hmmm... sounds familiar... I'm there!


2013-2014 Season Art, Illustrations by Robin Kachantones
OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS: UNPLUGGED, UNPRETENTIOUS, UNBELIEVABLE!
Illustrations by Robin Kachantones


1ST SATURDAY ARTS MARKET   The name says it all...   1st Saturdays every month.  Art in the streets.  Deals from local shops.  Live entertainment.  Food trucks.  19th Street in the Heights.


http://firstsaturdayartsmarket.com/


BINGO at the Czech SPJST Lodge 88   Every Thursday night, droves of barely-legals, yuppies, and old folks descend upon the old Czech cultural center on the west side of the Heights to grab their bingo sheets and cheap pitchers of Shiner, anticipating a night of good-ole-fashioned fun for charity.  For the more adventurous, check out their big band, polka, and C&W dances Saturday nights!

Bingo game sheets and purple dopper at Bingo in the Heights.Photo by Megan Daic, as published by examiner.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Uncommon Grocery Shopping Experiences in Houston

Yes, we like our groceries in Texas.  Austin is home and headquarters of the Whole Foods phenomenon.  And the Hill Country-based Howard E. Butt family grocery chain, HEB, arguably reigns as the king grocer in H-town.  But here are some not-so-common grocery shopping experiences that help make a big city like ours feel like a cozy hometown to so many of us Houstonians....
 

 


http://revivalmarket.com/
Revival Market - White Oak Dr. @ Heights Blvd.
  • Freshest butcher cuts of locally raised stock
  • Premium selection of meats, cheeses, dairy products, and pastry treats
  • In-house coffee bar and deli
  • Yummy soups and sammies
  • Daily selection of take-home pre-made dinners





http://www.centralmarket.com/Home

Central Market - Westlayan @ Westheimer
  • Yes, it's become a bit mainstream, but we still only have ONE Central Market in town, so it still makes the cut
  • HEB's epicurean mecca- foodie heaven
  • Large-scale depot for hard-to-find culinary delights and prepared foods
  • Vast selections of cheeses, fresh-baked breads, pastries, premium meats, and wines
  • Premium floral department and eat-in deli
  • Cooking classes - great place to meet like-minded epicures or take your favorite date


Welcome to WHY I LOVE HOUSTON

 
The Katy Freeway's iconic larger-than-life love note by renowned local sculptor David Adickes
 

The spirit of Houston is unmistakable. 


HOUSTONIANS

are:

 hard-working and fun-loving,

sophisticated and raw,

open and opinionated,

proud and down-to-earth.

We are Entrepreneurs. 

I am proud to be a native Houstonian, descendant of several generations of entrepreneurs who helped create a friendly,  inclusive, cohesive community in one of the hottest, flattest, most humid parts of this country - no small feat.  The entrepreneurial spirit that drives me today is not just a genetic trait I inherited from my family.  Entrepreneurial describes Houston to the core - once you've been here a while, I think you'll find you can't help but dream big when you've got wide open spaces all around you. 

 

WHY I LOVE HOUSTON

is:

an attempt by one die-hard Houston fan to make her hometown more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their new home base.  And to jot down in one place some of the greatest things about Houston that even those of us born-and-bred in H-town often overlook or forget.  My goal is to share with the unknown public the "Secrets" of Houston, like...
 
  • How to Make Houston Your Own (there's plenty of it to go around!)
  • Insider Guides to Neighborhoods
  • The History of Houston (well, some of the interesting history anyway...)
  • Hidden Gems of the City - Recreating, Shopping, Dining, Living
  • Spotlights on Local, Family-Owned Businesses that Beat the Big Boxes