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HTX Best of 2013

In a special editorial series, CultureMap looks at the finer things in life – at any price. CultureMap writers and contributors select the things they would love to own or visit if money were no object and explain why they made those choices. And they pick the best values on a host of items, from cookies to costume jewelry, because everyone loves a bargain, particularly now.

HTX Best of 2013


No flutes, please! The Insiders Guide to champagne sipping at its very best

By Clifford Pugh

Apr 8th, 2013 at 6:00 AM

It's a tough job, but someone had to do it. Actually, when the folks behind the Moët & Chandon label invited me to a champagne tasting at the Hotel ...


You really "Like" him: Michael Kors offers exclusive sneaker to Facebook fans

By Clifford Pugh

Apr 3rd, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Michael Kors has reached a milestone —  5 million Facebook users — and to celebrate, the designer is adding an exclusive limited-edition shoe to his spring sneaker collection — available only to his ...


Tour de Sweet: Where to get the best macarons in Houston

By Davon D.E. Hatchett

Mar 30th, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Let’s get something out of the way from the get-go: the extra “o” was not inadvertently left off. The spelling is not a typo. Macarons are not the same ...


Two Houston restaurants crack the nation's most fickle food critic's coveted Top 100 list

By Tyler Rudick

Mar 27th, 2013 at 4:17 PM

A notoriously fickle food critic has given Houston two coveted entries for his annual list of top restaurants in the United States. For the 2013 rankings, Steve Plotnicki — a noted ...


Rise and dine: 10 new(ish) breakfasts that make the Houston restaurant scene even tastier

By Ruthie Miller

Mar 27th, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Houston’s got a gaggle of breakfast classics around town — the Breakfast Klub, La Guadalupana and Fountain View Cafe, among others. But a new crop of breakfast options has popped ...

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