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  • Dining

    Mark Lipczynski

    From the chefs: Tips from Tracy Vaught, Michael Cordúa and David Cordúa

    We asked some of our profiled chefs and restaurateurs for their tips on the best tables, must-have dishes and little-known ways to enjoy their establishments. Hear more from the chefs in Deep Dish in the Aug/Sept issue of Bayou City Magazine. “At Hugo’s, ask for table 11, which has windows on both sides. If you call ahead and give us a budget, we can do a custom wine or agave paired menu for you. Over at Backstreet Café, sit outside next to the fountain. And definitely let our sommelier guide you on wines to enjoy throughout your meal. It’s a great way to step outside the box.”

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    Living

    sunshine

    Houston, it’s HOT! Beat the heat but keep your exercise routines going

    The hottest day of Houston’s 2014 summer season is officially upon us. With that comes the social media influx of car dashboard photos displaying 100+ degrees and rants about just how hot it truly is outside. Houstonians, are you really that surprised by the heat? It seems that every summer rolls around and the same rumblings of Houston’s heat can be heard citywide. While we patiently wait for those three or four blissful weeks we call fall, let’s embrace these last few weeks of summer. (Hey, we have the longest pool season, right?!) The heat is certainly very real and can be very uncomfortable, but it’s no excuse to put your exercise and healthy routines on pause while you wait for breezier temps.

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    Sipping

    What’s in a (beer) name?

    Hot summer days invite us to find a patio, pop open a can or bottle of cool liquid refreshment and ponder the meaning of life–or at least our weekend plans. But have you ever stopped to consider the beer you are drinking, and more specifically, how that beer got its name? Local breweries are notorious for experimenting with hops and yeast in an effort to create new variations on old favorites–and that goes for playfully–and creatively I might add–naming their products as well. I asked several local brewers to each explain how one of their beers got its name along with tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and of course where you can enjoy these bubbly elixirs.

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  • Doing

    Passionista’s Guide: Walk Houston and BrewMaster’s Festival, 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: Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance, Walk Houston, BCO Meet & Greet, BrewMaster’s Festival, Disney in Concert, BBQ Block Party, Memorial Day at the Zoo and Reconstructions at the Jung Center.

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    Snapping

    Randy Murrow

    Snapping: Houston sunrises & sunsets

    This week’s challenge is to show us those beautiful Houston sunrises and sunsets. Don’t forget to submit or tag us (we follow @bayoucitymag, and the tags #bayoucitymag #bayoucitymagstreetscene and #bayoucitysnapping). Last week’s challenge was to show us what makes you happy. Thanks to @sgshou and @beccag929 for tagging us in their photos.

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    Exploring

    Randal Murrow

    Let the spirit move you: Upcoming Houston labyrinth events

    The number of Houston labyrinth walkers is growing as more and more Bayou City residents discover this form of active meditation as a way to find serenity in the city. Not only can you use the online labyrinth locater labyrinth locater to discover the pacing patterns on your own, but guided walks held throughout the year help walkers experience the city’s many different labyrinths and the various methods of walking them. Some labyrinth events are held monthly, while others are tied to seasonal transitions or retreats, but all are an excellent way to connect with other walkers, and yourself.

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