Best of Houstonia

65 Winter Must-Do’s

Explore the Houston that’s been in hibernation or stay inside and make hot cocoa—it’s up to you, but we’ll help you make the most of these precious cool months.

11/29/2015 By Houstonia Staff

Top Stories

Crime

The Fixer

Defense attorney Kent Schaffer and the notorious 2007 teenage murder trial that gripped Houston.

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam Photography by Brian Goldman

Dr. Red Duke

How Dr. Red Duke Saved My Dad

The legendary Dr. Red Duke saved my father'’s life after a brutal stabbing—and saved my life, too.

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam

Travel

New Zealand, Far and Away Houston’s Most Exciting Getaway

Houston’s latest nonstop destination is miles beyond the rest.

11/29/2015 By Scott Vogel

Seafood

At SaltAir and Black & White, the Party Is Just Getting Started

Two inventive seafood spots, both serving up a good time.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best of Houstonia

The 2015 Top Lawyers List

Everyone will need a lawyer at some point or another—even you. Yes, you. Houstonia’s legal advice? Keep handy our list of Houston’s top 510 lawyers, in 27 specialties... just in case.

11/29/2015

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

Theater

Step Into Matt Hune’s Living Room

The director of Houston’s newest community theater is ready for his up close.

11/29/2015 Photography by Brittanie Shey

Upcoming Events

Immerse Yourself in the Day For Night Festival

Free Press Summer Fest’s new cold-weather counterpart spares Houstonians the burn.

11/29/2015 By Nick Esquer

Best of Houstonia

65 Winter Must-Do’s

Explore the Houston that’s been in hibernation or stay inside and make hot cocoa—it’s up to you, but we’ll help you make the most of these precious cool months.

11/29/2015 By Houstonia Staff

Best of Houstonia

Best of Houstonia

The 2015 Top Lawyers List

Everyone will need a lawyer at some point or another—even you. Yes, you. Houstonia’s legal advice? Keep handy our list of Houston’s top 510 lawyers, in 27 specialties... just in case.

11/29/2015

Eat & Drink

Recipe

You're Going to Want to Make This Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Cacao & Cardamom owner Annie Rupani shares her secret recipe for the coziest cup of cocoa around.

11/29/2016 By Jenn Nguyen

Editor’s Picks

Stuff Your Stockings at These 11 Sweet Shops

Grab your holiday gifts (and a little treat for yourself) at Houston’s best chocolate and candy stores.

12/01/2015 By Megha Tejpal

Editor’s Picks

8 Great Restaurants for Groups

Have the whole family in town for the holidays? Book a table at a place that knows how to handle a crowd.

12/01/2015 By Megha Tejpal

Brrrrrrrrr

Where to Find 4 of Houston's Best Cold-Weather Comfort Foods

Perk up with a bowl of pozole—we've got the perfect place.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Seafood

At SaltAir and Black & White, the Party Is Just Getting Started

Two inventive seafood spots, both serving up a good time.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Beef Beliefs

Is It Okay to Put Beans in Chili?

When it comes to chili, maybe it’'s time to chill.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Recipe

Sparkling Wine: Cocktail Triple Threat?

If Champagne makes the party, then imagine what a Champagne Cocktail can do.

11/29/2015 By Nicholas L. Hall

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Love Lox

A mishmash of holiday rituals is Houston in a nutshell.

11/29/2015 By Catherine Matusow

Health & Wellness

Health

Surviving the Cruelest Month

Short days, seasonal changes and holiday pressures can take a toll on us in December. Here’s how to deal.

11/29/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

News & City Life

Crime

The Fixer

Defense attorney Kent Schaffer and the notorious 2007 teenage murder trial that gripped Houston.

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam Photography by Brian Goldman

Dr. Red Duke

How Dr. Red Duke Saved My Dad

The legendary Dr. Red Duke saved my father'’s life after a brutal stabbing—and saved my life, too.

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam

Bayougraphy

A Matter of Conviction

Exonerated from death row and working for justice, Anthony Graves doesn’t have a moment to waste.

11/29/2015 By Jeff Balke

Basketball

Dunk the Halls

For Rockets fans, Christmas starts right on time.

11/29/2015 By Jeff Balke

Ice House

December’s Perfect Party

Let’s fight off those winter doldrums with a stick, shall we?

11/29/2015 By Catherine Matusow

Oil Prices

The Upside of Down

Inside Houston’s it’s-complicated relationship with the price of oil.

11/29/2015 By Catherine Matusow

Dept. of Fact Checking

Is Houston’s Population Really About to Surpass Chicago’s?

Everyone’s saying it, so it must be true...right?

11/29/2015 By Steven Devadanam

Public Safety

Neighborhood Hopping with Sheriff Ron Hickman

Harris County’s newly-appointed Sheriff takes to the streets—and shares his big plans for the next year.

11/29/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Style & Shopping

Gift Guide

Keep It Local With These Houston-Made Gifts

There’s no place like H-Town for the holidays.

12/01/2015 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Curiosity Shops

At The Place Upstairs, Gifts for the Weirdo in Your Life

What do you get someone who has everything? How about a human skeleton?

11/29/2015 By Marianella Orlando

Travel & Outdoors

Travel

New Zealand, Far and Away Houston’s Most Exciting Getaway

Houston’s latest nonstop destination is miles beyond the rest.

11/29/2015 By Scott Vogel