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  • Living

    Jordan Fig Salad

    Salad + wine pairings at Monarch Bistro, Ristorante Cavour & more

    Summertime is great for entertaining simply with fresh dinner salads and a cool glass of wine. But pairing wine with salad can be tricky. Acidic dressings and vinaigrettes tone down tartness in wines and sometimes clash. Raw vegetables demand a wine with texture and wines that don’t overpower their natural and subtle flavors. Here within are tips on making salad and wine play together just fine. To pair wine with salad, the salads should include a “bridge” ingredient like proteins and a variety of ingredients that have a natural affinity to wine.

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    Sipping

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    See summer through rosé-colored glasses at Masraff’s, Truluck’s & more

    Fresh strawberries, sunshine, herbs and spices in a glass. Rosé has made a summer splash in Houston and sales in the U.S. are rocketing. A cross between a cool white and a red, what could be more uplifting than a dry chilled rosé on a hot humid day? If you haven’t stopped to smell the roses in a while and you think they are all too sweet, here are some tips regarding what to look for, where to buy and where to sip.

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    Shopping

    Shopping local (designers) is the hottest trend…

    As a seasoned follower of global fashion and of all things Houston, I take great pride in the talented designers that are home-grown from our city and have proven to many that you don’t have to go to NYC or beyond to make a living as a fashion designer. Houston is chock full of fashion-savvy shoppers who travel the globe. They are smart, sophisticated shoppers who know what they like and, in most cases, what works for them! It’s for these reasons that “shopping local” is such a great idea that is really catching on around town.

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  • Snapping

    Snapping: Show us the pink!

    This week’s challenge is to show us the rosé you’re drinking this summer season. Need some suggestions? Read See summer through rosé colored glasses for some recommendations on rosé wines to try that are perfect for summer sipping. Don’t forget to submit or tag us (we follow @bayoucitymag, and the tags #bayoucitymag #bayoucitymagstreetscene and #bayoucitysnapping).

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    Exploring

    Rienzi

    Get inspired by exploring Rienzi

    In Field Notes—The Luxe Life in the June/July issue of Bayou City Magazine, we profiled River Oaks. One of the must see (and do) spots is Rienzi, a River Oaks home donated by philanthropists Carroll Sterling Masterson and Harris Masterson III complete with beautiful gardens. Not only does it have beautiful gardens, but an amazing home filled with art. The décor is unique and storied, and the home is the perfect destination for gathering inspiration for your own home.

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    Dining

    Houston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

    Dining in Chinatown

    A favorite trail of the Houston Culinary Tours and local chefs, Houston’s Chinatown will tantalize every taste bud with seafood feasts, exotic curries, sushi, steamed buns and sweets. Anticipate a savory melting pot of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese delicacies in this small empire spanning from Sugar Land to Westchase. Only rule of thumb: Arrive hungry.

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