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    Hotel Galvez, Galveston CVB

    Galveston getaway: Where to stay and how to pick

    As we hinted in Beyond the Beltway–Island Escape in the Oct/Nov issue of Bayou City Magazine, fall is prime time for visiting Galveston Island. According to Ivette Wilhelm of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, “The fall season offers some of the best weather of the year on the island, generally lower rates and fewer crowds.” Whether you’re heading down to the Island for a romantic escape, family-friendly weekend, shopping spree, history fix or other type of vacay, the biggest choice you’ll make is where to stay. Here we highlight a few of our go-to Galveston accommodations based on what you might be looking for in a fall getaway. Because the Island is becoming a popular year-round destination, Wilhelm suggests booking mid-week for lower rates and wider availability across the island.

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    AlexVassilakidis,Aaron Corsi,RyanSorokaphotocourtesyShannonSmith2

    A chef’s perspective on beer pairing

    Houston’s culinary talent is booming and local craft brewers are whipping up wits, stouts, IPA’s, blondes and ambers that make for a buzz worthy experience that the Big Brew Craft Beer Festival knew would take the city by storm. The festival kicks off tomorrow at the George R. Brown Convention Center with a night of pairings from local restaurants and craft breweries fittingly named The Great Match. Featured restaurants including Eatsie Boys, Kris Bistro, Latin Bites Café and Liberty Kitchen will team up with craft brewers like the Eatsie Boy’s 8th Wonder Brewery, Southern Star Brewing and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company to create pairings that accent the hops, play on the aromas and match them with their culinary expertise.

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    Choosing an interior designer to fit your style

    Down Home–Excuse to Spruce in the Oct/Nov issue of Bayou City Magazine gives you some tips on sprucing up your home for the holidays. If you want to take it a bit further and go for a whole makeover, you may consider hiring an interior designer. But how do you choose the right interior designer to fit your style? Choosing the right interior designer is critical to the success of any renovation project. The process can be intense and, at times, overwhelming, so itʼs important that you select a professional partner that can not only bring the intended design results, but walk you through the steps in a way that suits your personal work style as well as your decorator style.

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  • Shopping

    Tamales 101: The perfect holiday gift

    Sylvia Casares is all about the link between tradition and food. As a girl, Sylvia’s cooking inspiration was her paternal grandmother, Sara Issassi, the daughter of a wealthy landowner outside Reynosa who married Nicolas Casares, her father’s handsome ranch foreman for love. Sara moved with Nicolas to Brownsville and became the mother of 14 children. She was also no slouch in the kitchen and Sylvia was at her side, watching and helping her over the years. Sylvia says there was no time more special than the holidays when the family would gather to make tamales.

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    Passionista’s Guide: Big Brew Houston & HGO Opening Night, plus this week’s “worth-it” events

    Each week, Bayou City “Doing” shares our perfect week: curated events that are worth the time, money, drive or dress. Sometimes you’ll find one event that we delve into, sometimes you’ll find a set of related events and often we’ll share enough events to make up an inspired week, Bayou City magazine style. This week: Big Brew Beer Dinner, Decorative Center Houston Fall Market, Big Brew Houston, Houston Grand Opera Opening Night, Halloween Car Show, Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River, A Celebration of Harold Pinter at The Alley Theatre and Oktoberfest at Rice University Farmers Market.

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    Big Brew, Randall Murrow

    Snapping: Big Brew Houston

    This week’s challenge is to show us your favorite brews. Big Brew Houston begins this week, so show us your snaps from the event. Read The Pour—Brew Masters in the Oct/Nov issue of Bayou City Magazine to find out more about Big Brew Houston and the art of craft beer. Don’t forget to submit or tag us (we follow @bayoucitymag, and the tags #bayoucitymag #bayoucitymagstreetscene and #bayoucitysnapping).

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