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Marcy de Luna


A native Houstonian, Marcy de Luna has freelanced for CultureMap since it first launched in November 2009. She has also contributed to PaperCity Magazine and is currently editor of Zagat Houston. She writes about a host of topics for CultureMap and also appears in the popular Bottoms Up! video series that visits Houston newest restaurants and bars.

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Houston's Own Union Square

Houston's own Union Square Cafe? Carrabba's new restaurant goes beyond Italian, touts monster portions

By Marcy de Luna

To call Johnny Carrabba a successful restaurateur is like calling Case Keenum a hard-working underdog. It's technically true, but there's a lot more to it than that. Carrabba ...

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Carving the perfect pumpkin: The four rules you must follow for Halloween wows

By Marcy de Luna

What would Halloween be without a carved pumpkin? Don't know the tricks of the trade? Sharpen your jack-o'-lantern-making skills with master pumpkin carving tips from Luby's executive ...

Hometown Glory

Houston hotels finally get some respect: Major honors belie the city's rep as a bad hotel town

By Marcy de Luna

Whether you’re looking to book a staycation or you have family or friends visiting from out of town, the reputable Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards leave little doubt ...

Drink Up

Fun-loving British bartender turns a Houston hotspot into a hotbed of history — and crazy drinks

By Marcy de Luna

History comes naturally at Mongoose Versus Cobra. The revamped building dates back to 1915 and was formerly a residence, grocery store, auto repair shop, printing and stationary shop and post ...

Houston's Future Forecast

Prominent Houstonians predict the future: Where the city will be in the year 2033

By Marcy de Luna

We asked prominent Houstonians to imagine what the city will be like in 20 years. Here's what they had to say.

Houston Bar Bargains

Where to drink right now: Houston's hottest restaurant happy hour deals for September

By Marcy de Luna

September's best happy hours deals feature several soon-to-be Houston hot spots, a few old favorites with revamped bar menus and one just opened locale. INSIDE INFO OSTERIA MAZZANTINI The ...

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This high-end Uptown Park spot looks to end Houston Restaurant Weeks with bargain bites

By Marcy de Luna

There seems to be something for everyone at The Tasting Room. Wine lovers can savor more than 200 choices from vineyards all across the globe — including dozens of wines by ...

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Inventive cocktails liven up Houston Restaurant Weeks menu at Backstreet Cafe

By Marcy de Luna

Houston Restaurant Weeks isn't only about getting a great deal on good eats. Some restaurants, like Backstreet Café, are enticing foodies with wine, beer and cocktail pairings that enhance ...

The People Of The City

A burger guy reveals how he built a mini Houston restaurant empire and defied the business odds

By Marcy de Luna

Sometimes a good burger is all you need to make your day better. Brian Southwell knows a little something about this. He's been striving to put a smile on ...

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Venerable Houston restaurant shakes things up with a cocktail master — and a revamped menu

By Marcy de Luna

It's anything but business as usual for one of Houston's most venerable restaurants. RDG + Bar Annie's showing off a fresh cocktail menu crafted by new bar manager ...

No Mo' Java

Another one bites the dust: Neighborhood coffee house abruptly shuts down

By Marcy de Luna

Regulars at the River Oaks Coffee House were surprised this week to find it closed. A sign on the door of the neighborhood java spot at 3601 Westheimer, in a ...

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Trendy River Oaks restaurant embraces Houston Restaurant Weeks with special menu

By Marcy de Luna

Despite what its ritzy 77019 River Oaks zip code and clientele may imply, Brasserie 19 is as much casual as it is elegant. The restaurant's blend of sophistication with ...

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The best brunch ever? This Houston Restaurant Weeks bargain makes its case

By Marcy de Luna

Latin Bites first launched as a catering company in 2009. A year later, the owners switched gears and opened a tiny cafe in Houston downtown's Warehouse District. The restaurant ...

Good Food

Houston's top chefs score big at Tailgate Throwdown

By Marcy de Luna

Football fans and foodies alike scored big at the Second Annual Tailgate Throwdown at the Houston Texans Grille in CityCentre. The crowd sampled fare from an all-star lineup of restaurants ...

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A grass cocktail defies drink norms at hotspot: The perfect Houston Restaurant Weeks companion?

By Marcy de Luna

Change can be a good thing, especially when it means new savory provisions for fall. Come this October at dining hotspot Eleven XI, chef Kevin Bryant's Southern coastal menu ...

Did she really say that?

Real housewife mixes it up with Houston bachelors to tout new talk show

By Marcy de Luna

When Bethenny Frankel throws a party, she does it with style. Hitting Houston with her "Calling All My Girls" tour to celebrate the launch of her new talk show,  Bethenny ...

Hot Singles

Houston's Most Eligible Bachelors & Bachelorettes: 10 hot singles to rock your summer

By Marcy de Luna

Adding to your summer fun, we've got CultureMap's top 10 picks for Houston's Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes.

Southern hospitality

$10 million renovation of historic Houston hotel adds updated elegance

By Marcy de Luna

Imagine standing in the grand lobby of a hotel when a well-known actress arrives to check in — with her horse. That's exactly what happened back in 1927 when Betty ...

Hot Happy Hours

Where to drink right now: The 10 hottest, happy hour deals for July

By Marcy de Luna

With specials that include price breaks on both food and drinks, these 10 happy hour deals are worth your time — and your dime. DOWNTOWN LINE & LARIAT The Place: A Lone ...

Father's Day Help

A Father's Day guide that's actually useful: 10 manly meals — and dining deals — sure to please dad

By Marcy de Luna

Father's Day is almost here, and when it comes to choosing where to take pops for a celebratory meal, he will likely appreciate steak and beer over quiche and ...

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