Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

8 Cultural Gems on the North Side

City Guide 2014: “Outside the Loop” is used as a pejorative by Downtown-centric cool kids, but oases of culture can be found in the sprawling suburbs of the North Side.... By Dan R. Goddard 2/24/2014
Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Things to Do: Kid-friendly

Free Guide: It’s almost summer, which means that your government-subsidized free daycare (aka public school) goes on hiatus thanks to an archaic allegiance to a rural agriculture economic system that hasn’t been in play for decades. What to do with the wee ones whining 5/21/2014
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012

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Duck tacos from Jason Dady's DUK Truck

Bakery Lorraine (511 E. Grayson) baker/owners Anne Ng and Jeremy Mandrel trained at Thomas Keller's renowned Bouchon Bakery in Napa Valley. Their efforts have received acclaim from many a local chef; daily fare extends from croissants, pain au chocolat, cookies, tarts and pies, to quiches and sandwiches. Their boxes of macarons are becoming legendary.

Bird Bakery (5912 Broadway) is known for their red velvet cake with butter cream, a chocolate and chocolate chip cupcake with peanut butter cream frosting, and carrot cake. Many of their products are made from recipes from owner Elizabeth Chambers' grandmother.

Laurent Rea gained some notice at L'Etoile and Olmos Park Bistro; at his own spot, Laurent's Modern Cuisine (4230 McCullough), he enters the spotlight with a changing menu displaying French techniques put to good use with local produce. Last week's menu included sauerkraut and venison tarte, P.E.I mussels, rib eye steak with asparagus tempura. His desserts are not to be missed. Texas master chef Stephan Pyles gave Sustenio (17103 La Cantera Pkwy.) its Southwestern trend, but executive chef David Gilbert is the one who is taking this high-tech equipped kitchen at the Eilan Hotel Resort and Spa to the next level. The ceviches (and the drinks) receive high complements; look for innovations like the Texas red snapper tamal in red Thai curry masa.

*The original story incorrectly identified Ana Fernandez's truck as "The Republic of Chili." Feels like a whole other country, but it's The Institute-not Republic-of Chili.-- Scott Andrews

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