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    Indian inspired holiday dinner

    ‘Tis the season for food, family and friendship centered on celebrating all manner of love, blessings and hopes for the year ahead. This year, toss the turkey and sideline the stuffing. Instead, take your guests on a mini tour of India with these inspired dishes from local cookbook author Shubhra Ramineni. Healthy, flavorful, comforting, and best of all fast, this holiday feast will weigh you down with good memories, not pounds. Even better, everything on her holiday menu can be prepared in advance so you can spend every possible moment with your beloved company instead of your stove and your mixing bowl.

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    Living

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    Dream themes:
 Putting personality in your holiday

    It seems no matter how old we get or how many times we’ve celebrated the season, twinkling, sparkling holiday decor still inspires a childlike awe in us. That’s because whether it’s outdoor lights, indoor trees or simply a festive mantle, there are so many ways to deck the halls, seasonal surprises are guaranteed. The decorations chosen for holiday hearth and home speak to the personality of the family that lives there and the theme often sets the tone for holiday celebrations. But what if a home houses multiple holiday personalities? Cater to all of them by choosing different themes for different areas of the home!

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    Exploring

    Winter Resort Highlight: Whistler Blackcomb

    When it comes to planning a wintery getaway it’s hard to look past the grandeur of Whistler Blackcomb, Canada’s premier location for all things snow, shop, spa–the list goes on. Boasting an impressive gallery of awards (repeatedly winning top honors from various magazines including the latest Top Overall Resort 2015 by Ski Magazine), Whistler Blackcomb delivers with an astonishing variety of activities suitable for every age, interest and skill level. From spa days to shopping, ice skating to snowshoeing and fine dining to nightlife, regardless of what the perfect winter escape means to you, Whistler has you covered. The possibilities of a Whistler vacation could fill a book but instead let this resort spotlight give you an overview of what to expect and how to enjoy your time at this incredible destination.

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  • Doing

    Passionista’s Guide: Handel’s Messiah & Selfies with Santa, 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: Houston Grand Opera presents A Christmas Carol, Holiday Home Tour at Rienzi, MFAH presents “Conversations with the Director: Philippe de Montebello,” Houston Symphony presents “Handel’s Messiah,” Selfie with Santa, Grace Symphony Orchestra presents “The Gift,” Music Box Theater presents “White Christmas Album 3″ and A Magical Christmas 2014: Dinner and Show with illusionist Curt Miller.

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    Sipping

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    Warm up with Hot Toddies

    The Bayou City seldom gets very cold, but you might be looking for some winter warmers as a way to catch the spirit of the season, if not to warm your bones. From the sweet to the savory, we have a range of fun and flavors that should have you singing “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” This blend of Baileys, Frangelico, Kahlua, steamed milk, velvet espresso and cinnamon is sure to delight. Creamy, flavorful and with just the right hints of sweet, it’s a perfect winter warmer.

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    Shopping

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    Outift your glorious guest room

    You’ve decked your halls, planned your menus and hopefully at least almost finished your shopping. After all, ‘tis the season! and soon your halls may be bustling (busting?) with the joyful noises of visiting family and friends. Some are just stopping by for a gift exchange or holiday hug, but others are moving into the guest room to stay awhile. If you have loved ones spending their holiday in your home, you want them to feel at home. In Down Home–Glorious Guest Rooms in the Dec/Jan issue of Bayou City Magazine, Laura Umansky, president and creative director at Laura U Interior Design, helps us show you some ways to make your guest room glorious for your holiday guests. Using her tips, we’ve put together some of our favorite products for creating a cozy space for your loved ones this season.

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