DRYBAR opens a second location in River Oaks March 18. The refreshingly simple concept – No cuts. No color. Just blowouts. – is really that easy. That’s proba- bly why there are now 41 locations nation- wide. Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price of just $40, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included). www.thedrybar.com 2610 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77098.
The 5th Annual HAUTE WHEELS Food Truck Festival rolls onto the Houston Community College Southwest West Loop Campus at 5601 West Loop South March 21–22. The festival benefits the HCC foundation and features the largest gath- ering of food trucks in Houston, the H-E-B Beer and Wine Garden, street entertainment, a vendor village as well as interactive activities and fun for all. Tickets will once again be limited for each day. Sample 35 delicious food trucks all in one convenient location. For details,
RYDE, a spinning studio is set to open in the River Oaks Shopping Center late this month. Co-founded by Andrew Pappas and Ashley Gooch, who left her job as a bankruptcy and restructuring consultant to become a full-time entrepreneur, the pair have had a lifelong pas- sion for fitness, health and wellness. “Andrew and I spent the past year developing a brand and customer experience that brings the best of the industry to Houston while integrating a level of personalization, polish and luxury.” Designed by award-winning Mayfield and Ragni Studio, RYDE’s 2,300sf storefront, will feature the industry’s best indoor bikes. The Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue showcases a revolutionary belt drive system designed to mimic real road feel and tension, plus infinitely adjustable seat and handlebars as well as a wider step-through to enhance comfort. RYDE’s flagship is located at 2005-D West Grey. www.letsryde.com
We have a slight weakness for MISSONI, and thankfully since Margherita Missoni recently became a mother a kids collection launches this month at Nordstrom. Inspired by her own childhood growing up near Milan, the collection mixes playful colors, textures and prints and features sim- plistic 60s-inspired silhouettes. The collection offers sizes for baby boys and girls, as well as girls up to 7 years old.
NORTH ITALIA opens this month at BLVD Place Phase II. North offers a take on traditional Italian cook- ing, featuring handcrafted pasta and pizza made from scratch daily. This issue will go to print before we get to taste the menu, but highlights include house spe- cialty Bolognese pasta, braised beef short rib with roasted root vegetables served atop creamy white polenta and the Patata Pizza topped with Italian bacon, potatoes and farm egg. This will be their second location, the first is in Austin.
The Local beer master over at 8TH WONDER BREWERY deserve a round of applause as they celebrate their 2nd Anniversary with A Celebr8ion of Beer on Saturday, March 21, 2015. It’s not easy to start your own company and a brewery at that, now place said brewery in the shadow of the Houston skyline in East Downtown and oh yea, in a dome-like warehouse as an homage to their name sakes’ dome – the Astrosome and that’s a feat. Party starts at 3pm with music by The Suffers w/ Earphunk, Stooges Brass Band, Wild Moccasins, DJ Sun, Fox & Cats. Get your tickets online at http://tiny.cc/CELEBR8ION or stop by the brewery at 2202 Dallas St. and pay no fees. There will be a limited amount of VIP tickets.
It’s RODEO TIME! Museum Park Café and Bosta Wine & Coffee (1801 Binz) are partnering with Houston’s only jit- ney, THE HOUSTON WAVE, to bus Houstonians to and from Reliant Stadium every day throughout the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo through March 22. $20 round trip insures you avoid traffic (and can throw back a few more beers safely) For more information and to get tickets, visit https://rodeowave15.eventbrite.com.
Photo by Roswitha Vogler
BMW OF WEST Houston didn’t just chang their name (formerly Momentum BMW West,) they’ve moved into a brand spanking new state-of-the-art dealership. The location, known for its unparalleled inventory, will also have one of the largest service departments in town. 20822 Katy Freeway. | www.bmwwest.com
Add another local chef to the worldwide map of stellar chefs. Chef and owner of ÉTOILE CUISINE ET BAR Philippe Verpiand has been named a Master Chef of France, becoming one of only three chefs in Texas ever to receive the presti- gious honor. He will be inducted into the elite association on March 16 in Biarritz, France, along with eight other North American chefs, including Frédéric Perrier of Aura Brasserie in Sugar Land. www.etoilecuisine.com
March is DOLPHIN AWARENESS MONTH and it’s no coincidence that the highest incidents of dolphin strandings typically occur this month along the Texas Gulf Coast. The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) is a not-for-profit organization based in Galveston, TX and the agency solely responsible for responding to dol- phin strandings on the Texas Coast. TMMSN is not funded federally or by the state of Texas and relies on outreach, fundraisers and grants to main- tain its operating budget. Show your support by participating in the 1k kids race, 5k/10k on East Beach, Galveston, TX, on Saturday, March 28. www.dolphinrescue.org | www.landandsandrun.com
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Lasco Enterprises’ latest concept, AÑEJO, set to open in mid- to late March in Houston’s Uptown Park (which their still packed Tasting Room calls home) “will bring a more refined taste and presentation to the world of Tex-Mex dining,” reads their press release. Añejo’s philosophy, inspired by the cultural, historical and culinary melting pot of both Texas and Mexico, will offer a culinary and beverage program that pays homage to the authenticity and soul of Tex-Mex, while highlighting the beauty and versatility of the cuisine. The restaurant takes over the Arturo’s Uptown Italiano’s space. Executive Chef Michael Pellegrino responsible for MEX’s Wine Dive menu, will develop the menu for Añejo. www.anejotexmex.com.