Wish, granted

Stunning, agile and possessing unrivaled power and performance, the R8 Spyder is the supercar that drivers dream about. Consider your wish granted.

2013-audi-r8-beauty-interior-05Substance, with some serious flash

Everything on the R8 Spyder is on the cutting edge of design. And our LED daytime running lights and headlights are no exception. They not only help make you more visible to other drivers, but also help you to see better at night with exceptional brightness and clarity. Because we believe style always helps substance shine a little brighter.

Audi_R8_Spyder_ZFold_16You lose some, and win some

We had the idea that to win, we had to lose. Weight, that is. Using our ultra® lightweight technology and ASF® aluminum construction, the R8 Spyder incorporates strong yet lightweight materials in its body for faster acceleration, shorter braking distances, and sharper handling. It’s how a little weight loss added up to a big performance win.

Audi_R8_Spyder_ZFold_01Reveal your innermost desire

Once you experience the superior performance and stunning power of the R8 Spyder, you may be tempted to turn it up a notch. Or in this case, down. The watertight soft top retracts in 17 seconds and its lightweight design helps keep the car’s center of gravity low – and your sensory experience high.

Audi_R8_Spyder_quattroRoads bend for quattro®

With Audi quattro® all-wheel drive, the Audi R8 Spyder can handle almost any challenge thrown at it. Be it performance-driving or inclement weather situations, quattro® helps the R8 Spyder adapt by quickly distributing power to the wheels that need it most. After all, what is performance without control?

R8Spyder52FSICrop_28Rise to power

If you’re really hungry for power, the R8 Spyder delivers. Consider the 430-hp FSI® V8 engine that delivers heart-racing performance, or the available FSI® V10 that generates a pulse-pounding 525 horsepower. With choices like these, your rise to power will be a fast one.

More information: http://www.audiusa.com/models/audi-r8-spyder

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We have a dry spot waiting for you….

11846569_1656715014543963_6779412233504929915_nThis isn’t a trick. Real life can be this beautiful.

Hot or cold, we have you covered. Our iced coffee goes through an overnight cold-brew steeping process to ensure the bean is never heated, which yields a smooth body with little bitterness. Every drop is worth the effort!

10464141_1510702979145168_2453202974607831014_nSkies are clear, the coffee is fresh, and we run breakfast and lunch all day. Ease into your weekend.

It’s brunch time!!!! You have 2 1/2 more hours to come and get this beauty of a brunch dish!!! French toast with praline bacon, bananas foster, and house-made whipped cream! Mmmmm….YUM!!

You know you want to come and see us today!!

300 Main St

Houston, Texas

(281) 846-6995

http://www.thehoneymoonhtx.com/

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4th Annual Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Concert for Conservation at Sam Houston Race Park. Legendary Rock N Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the concert with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals), and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd will put on an exciting show at Sam Houston Race Park.

Voice_v1.1Additional performers Grand Funk Railroad, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Houston’s own Folk Family Revival.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 
Gates to the infield will open at 4pm
Concert will start at 4:15pm

 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

The legacy began some 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson, yet Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.

The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, this summer heading out on their second run with Bad Company. 2014 marks the 8th year for their annual Simple Man Cruise, a four day voyage filled with the best music in Southern Rock including an outdoor beach show featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time in the cruise’s history.

And so Skynyrd stands, “still unbroken.” “People may say, ‘they need the money,’ well I don’t think any of us need the money,” Van Zant says. “It’s just that we love the music, it’s bigger than the money, it’s not even about that any more. We have to make a living, sure, but it’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”

Adds Rossington, “We’re still standing, still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too.”

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

“High Rise Condos” at River Oaks District.

Houston Gateway magazine was present last night (8-26-15) in an excellent cocktail offered by The Wilshire “High Rise Condos” at River Oaks District.

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We shared good times with Gino Demeneghi, Director of Canacintra Houston, Carlos Villanueva Quiros of Fiscorp, with Christian Macias of Berkshire Hathway, with Barbara Teran of Vogue, Claudia Huerta of Frontier Title Co., with Hector Villarreal of LUCHO, Derek Darnell and Robert Bland of Pelican Builders, and unmatched Mariana Saldaña, President of Uptown Real Estate Group.

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The Wilshire

The Wilshire is a high-rise residence sited at the River Oaks District. Every aspect of its inspired architecture, thoughtful design and modern efficiency simplify the lives of residents while rewarding them with a richly layered luxury lifestyle.

gallery5While modern in its origins, The Wilshire departs from the strict rigor of modernism to create undeniably welcoming and livable spaces. The building’s footprint maximizes the availability of natural light and creates numerous corners for balconies with enviable views of the surrounding skyline. Natural materials and finishes create an inviting sense of warmth. Millwork and fixtures exhibit flourishes that add a touch of glamour to the modern lines that flow from interior to exterior.

Meticulously designed by the award-winning Kirksey Architects, The Wilshire epitomizes the best of luxury high-rise living.

Each residence at The Wilshire showcases both classic and modern influences, abundant natural light, open living areas, large master closets and the finishes and fixtures needed to delight, rather than merely satisfy the most refined buyer.

gallery-int1THE RESIDENCES
  • SieMatic European cabinetry
  • Wolf cook-tops and ovens
  • Sub Zero built-in refrigerator/freezer
  • Sub Zero wine chillers with multi-zone temperatures
  • Elegant yet durable composite slab counter-tops
  • Seven inch wide plank hardwood flooring in all living areas/hallways
  • Two-paneled styled solid core interior doors
  • Exquisite door hardware by Emtek
  • Pre-wired for home automation of shades/curtains and audio/video
  • Signature Kohler plumbing fixtures
  • Over-sized his/her master bedroom closets
  • Powder rooms and private water closets in all residences F – N
gallery-int8BUILDING
  • All common area spaces uniquely designed by Kirksey Architecture
  • Commanding views of the Galleria area and Downtown
  • Furnished with a designer palette of materials and furnishings that invoke warmth, style and sophistication
  • Lobby (Level 1) amenities feature a grand space including a library/morning room with a semi-private gathering lounge appointed with a wine storage motif; all spaces enjoy a ground level courtyard view to create an indoor/outdoor atmosphere
  • Residents can enjoy the Lobby for quiet time, a casual meeting place or reserve the space for functions or intimate gatherings
  • Storage units available for purchase
gallery-int4AMENITIES
  • Two guest suites appointed with lounge and separate bedroom/bath available for rental on level two
  • 24 Hour staffed concierge desk
  • Valet parking for residents and guests
  • Over-sized swimming pool with sun shelf located on 4th floor amenity level
  • Poolside covered outdoor pavilion available for entertaining
  • Four pool-side private cabanas available for resident relaxation
  • Paved pathways with multiple secondary outdoor gathering areas
  • 4th floor amenity level features fitness room, resident lounge, catering kitchen plus a private meeting/dining room in addition to pool deck access.
gallery4More information:

http://www.thewilshirehouston.com/

2049 Westcreek Lane
Houston, Texas 77027
713.600.5072

Sales Center Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 pm

Builders

Derek-Darnell-Robert-Bland

 

PELICAN BUILDERS

4265 San Felipe, Suite 720

Houston, Texas 77027

713.871.8170 p       713.871.0798 f

info@pelicanbuilders.com

 

 

BRAMBLE

Just great food as nature provides it.

11703449_921817557879656_9123915764616806353_oThis amazing nature centered restaurant is created by chef Randy Rucker after his famous creation of a restaurant Rootsie’s. His menus are executed with his love for Third Coast cuisine and produce, while keeping a fun and relaxing atmosphere right down to the design that reflects the restaurants roots.

11693987_930518220342923_1499515928509169547_nTheir vivid menu is almost changing daily to fit within the tastes of the wonderful chefs and the ingredients that speak to them the most. They have various small and large dishes and their open kitchen is based around a live fire and their patio is a dream, where each chef tends to their own herbs and spices. Bramble even has their own vinegar and pickling programs and many other modern advancements.

11022546_1656583447921076_4283380709941934933_oWhy don’t you try this amazing tasteful restaurant today?

HOURS

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 4-10pm,

Last Seating at 10pm

LOCATION

2231 S. Voss RD

Houston, TX 77057

CONTACT

832.819.0322

info@restaurantbramble.com

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Wouldn’t you want to experience nature in a calm environment with your family?

This Nature Center is a place to escape the city life and relax.

6This huge 155 acre nature sanctuary provides education about nature for all ages. All the visitors can enjoy over 5 miles of nature trails with interactive exhibits and the Discovery Room with microscopes and touch screens to learn more about the wonders of nature found in this Arboretum.

2Around 1924, this place was declared as a park dedicated to the fallen warriors of WWI, from 1967 to 2000 this park has had many changes to make it into what it is today! Their mission is to provide education about natural environments and enhance this place as a sanctuary for all plants and animals.

I hope you see something you like in the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center!

 

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

4501 Woodway Drive

Houston, TX 77024-7708

arbor@houstonarboretum.org

Phone 713.681.8433

Fax 713.681.1191

http://houstonarboretum.org

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

11223788_10153321295140879_569114754342315574_oA few years ago, Stefano Zullian along with her wife Carla Susi and his sister–in-law Silvana, started to pave the road for making their dream into reality: to have their own chocolate factory. With the advice of Maria Fernanda DiGiacobe, founder of Kakao, the first factory specialized in making and marketing chocolates produced with tropical fruits; these Venezuelan entrepreneurs departed to Houston, Texas to delight us with the best fresh, handcrafted chocolates, made with 100% Venezuelan chocolate, using only natural ingredients devoid of preservatives and artificial flavors.

0024_ArayaChocolate_012014__96353.1406229964.1280.1280Currently, Araya Artisan Chocolate has opened three shops in Houston and their owners are thinking of opening other boutiques within the United States. Araya offers a variety of flavors such as orange marzipan, cinnamon & walnuts, passion fruit, Venezuela 70%, and pink salt, which is the store’s number 1 seller followed by strawberry balsamic. Even if you do not want chocolate, you can still drop by for French macarons and other decadent treats.

This year, Araya is offering summer classes for kids, which would be taught by Stefano Zullian, the proud owner. There, kids will learn about the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made. At the end of the day, kids will come home with five handmade chocolate bars.

11732032_10153535758055879_1969489608118545688_oIf you want to indulge yourself in chocolate goodness, stop by Araya Artisan Chocolate!

More information: http://www.arayachocolate.com/

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Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah-Boardwalk-23633Sometimes you just don’t have the time or money to visit Disney World or Universal and you want to have some fun in a great amusement park!

After all, this place was voted 2014 Local’s Choice Award Winner for Best Attraction and Best Place to Take a Visitor!

BWI_DuskSince this place is only twenty miles away from downtown Houston, why don’t you wake up a bit early and spend a day here, they even have amazing waterfront restaurants and well known retail stores so you can have some fun outside of the park too. One of the most well-known rides is the Boardwalk Bullet rollercoaster, why is it so cool? It’s almost made completely out of wood, crazy!

Before the summer ends don’t miss your chance to have some fun at the Kemah Boardwalk!

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse

Have you ever been to Brazil, or maybe you just want to eat at a good steakhouse? I have found the place for you!

1506027_10153017482383449_7859510779070381092_nThis steakhouse offers quality and the finest cut meats, when guests are seated they will be able to help themselves to a gourmet salad bar, once they finish their salad they will be able to eat 13+ succulent meats with about five sides. Isn’t that amazing?

 

 

 

This great place offers private dining rooms, catering, and an abundance of fantastic events just for you! They also have an extensive wine list and dessert list which I recommend you look at if you go!

IMG_8885Come on by and check this place out, after all it is just in the same city, don’t you want to eat exquisite gourmet meats here?

Tradição Brazilian Steakhouse

12000 SW Freeway, Meadows Place, TX 77477 | (281) 277-9292

201 West Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598 | (281) 557-9999

http://tradicaosteakhouse.com/

 

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Houston Shakespeare Festival

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To go or not to go, that is the question. By to go I mean, should you go to the Houston Shakespeare Festival? Yes!

The Houston Shakespeare Festival is an outreach from the University Of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. Through productions of the works of Shakespeare and other great authors, they draw together the diversity of our community in this great city of Houston.

920x1240It’s hard to believe but this festival has been occurring for 40 years! It is simply a tradition! Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces two Shakespeare plays. Since its beginning in 1975, HSF has entertained various people with free performances in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festival audiences are as diverse as Houston itself, with many people experiencing live theatre for the first time.

 

Even if you do not like Shakespeare because of having to read his works in high school bored you to death, you might see something that you enjoy in this festival; after all, it is free! If you enjoy drama, the arts, or enticing stories be sure to check this festival out!

1146151_669080956454441_914469375_oAll performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival

At Miller Outdoor Theatre starts at 8:30 p.m.

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Tiger Reel

August 1, 5, 7, 9, 2015

 

Macbeth

Directed by Jack Young

July 31, August 2, 4, 6, 8

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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