Several years ago, after closing on our new house, I looked at my garden and decided it needed a dog. Not a tidy little dog – we already had a perfectly fine miniature schnauzer, not to mention two cats – but a nice big lummox of a dog: a German shepherd. I spent a jolly
For anyone who loves a great Caesar salad, Houston’s annual Caesar Salad Competition is a must-see — or, make that, a must-taste. This Friday, October 9, marks the 31st annual staging of this madcap toss-up, which, so far as I can ascertain, is the oldest Caesar salad competition in the United States and certainly one
The 2015 mid-year edition of the River Oaks Market Report, published by Cameron Ansari and Teresa Byrne-Dodge, has just been released.
When we moved in, the goldfish pond was a wreck with about 10 inches of fetid water, mucky with decayed leaves – and who knows what else? – brewing in the bottom. It didn’t bubble like some antediluvian swamp, but it was almost that bad. The wiring for the pump was long missing, the fountain
If you’re a Houston foodie, you are no doubt aware that Spain’s three Roca brothers (photo below), whose restaurant El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, is widely regarded as the best restaurant in the world, are back in Houston. They have spent the last three days (August 24-26) participating in a series of
Gary Mangold (photo below) is a familiar presence in River Oaks, where he has been the general manager for 32 years. He’s not the mayor or the police chief, the park superintendent or official historian, but he’s kind of all those in a single package. “River Oaks Property Owners – or ROPO – is a
Many dog trainers advocate using crates as a training tool. And many dogs grow to love their crates as a safe place to sleep or just get away from boisterous children and over-friendly guests. Ever notice how your dog likes to curl up under a table against a wall or in the corner of a
Every home should be well marked with its street address. It lets the fire and police departments quickly find your house in case of emergency – not to mention help your daughter’s prom date find the right front door.
Come nightfall, humans naturally gravitate toward a well-lit place: A dark porch, driveway or patio is simply not very inviting. As you uncover the patio furniture and prepare your garden for the warm weather, check that all of the bulbs in your outdoor lights work properly. In fact, maybe it’s time to enhance your home’s