February 14 may find you embracing your lover over a box of chocolates, but in 2010 that day is an important one for another reason. The Lunar New Year also falls on Sunday, kicking off the year of the tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac. Chinatown will be bustling with celebration so check out our guide to the festivals and food.
Oh, yay, it's Valentine's Day. AKA, Singles Awareness Day, i.e., Corporate Excuse to Sell Candy Day. Romantic dinners are great but no one is going to tell you what to do or when! If you're sick of all the pink hearts and hubbub, single or not, you are not alone. Check out what your ilk are going to be up to this Valentine's Day. (photo: carbonNYC/Flickr)
The devastating earthquake in Haiti has us reaching out for ways to help. Donate directly to an organization like the Red Cross, or participate in one of Houston's local efforts. Haitians are still in need. To suggest additions to this list, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org. (photo: Reuters)
Whether you love it or hate it, there's no avoiding it. Valentine's Day is here again. There is a silver lining to this heart-shaped cloud though: There are plenty of special dinners and drink deals to take advantage of when you're celebrating with your loved one. We'll keep adding events as we hear about them, so check back often.
Here's a problem for you: too many hotties blowing up your phone. You've got enough love to go around but not enough cash. We've come up with some ways to cut back on spending without missing out on any of the romance. Between the good meals and creative fun, that special someone won't even notice how little you spent. And, if she does, we hope she'll be impressed.
Looking back on 2009, your greatest accomplishment was getting Miley's "Party in the USA" out of your head. While that is admirable, you could look back on 2010 and say, "I learned how to speak Spanish and got rock-hard abs." Goal-setting and hope for the future is what sets us apart from animals, so here are some ideas on improving both body and mind. (Photo: Shutterstock/Kzenon)
The stretch of 19th between Ashland and Yale seems like it was plucked out of a small town. Heights locals stroll down the quaint sidewalks and duck into quirky, locally owned shops of which there are many. It's a great place to send out-of-towners or spend a weekend afternoon, as the stops are condensed, walkable and exhibit the eccentric flair for which the Heights is known.
The mere mention of steak has us rubbing our hands together in delight and bar owners know it. That's why they draw us in with bargain steak dinners--usually a house-cut ribeye with a side or two for under $20--on quiet nights. It's flattering, really, what they'll get up to in order to win us over. For your dining pleasure, here are some bar steak nights around town Monday through Thursday. (Photo: Saint Dane's)
Another year has gone by and we're still drinking like we haven't aged a day past 21. Luckily, new hot spots for everyone from wine-lovers to PBR-swillers have popped up to cater to our, ahem, recreations. Here's to the best bars that opened in 2009 and cheers to our health into 2010. (Photo: Anvil Bar & Refuge)
2009 was a tough year for restaurants, thanks to the R-word (recession), but our appetites persevered and so did local restaurateurs. In fact, our city has done quite well for itself as a growing metropolis and the food scene has matured along with it. Houston is the place for good ideas and good food, so congratulate this year's new restaurants for a job and meal well done. (Photo: Pollo con huitlacoche at Yelapa)