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The gin and tonic from Hamsa features refreshing notes with a kick.
Exotic spices and savory flavors come together on the plate at Middle Eastern dining destination Hamsa. Having recently opened the doors to its highly anticipated Rice Village location, the new eatery guarantees to wow—both on and off the plate. Lindsay Madrigal of LM Designs transformed the 4,600-square-foot space to reflect the buzzy nightlife scene in Tel Aviv. This can certainly be felt upon entering the restaurant, where intricate designs, bold color palettes and electric ambiance come together in a perfect blend not to be missed. 5555 Morningside Drive, hamsahtx.com
Every steak is sourced from ranchers Chris Shepherd and executive chef Greg Peters know personally.
Houston hot spot Georgia James is setting up shop in Regent Square. That’s right, ladies and gents, Chris Shepherd’s award-winning steakhouse has opened up its new digs, and we can assure you that the same decadent fare awaits. Indulge in some of the fan favorites from executive chef Greg Peters like the cast-iron seared steak, beef carpaccio, lobster and more. “The move to the new space means everything to the entire team and myself,” shares Peters. “Having a permanent home, designed for us, gives us exactly what we need to provide our guests with the full experience. We are thrilled to give Houston a steakhouse that truly cares.” 3503 W. Dallas St., georgiajamessteak.com
The Aline tote is perfect for traveling in style.
We all know how hard it is to find the ultimate handbag. Without sacrificing style yet offering optimal functionality—the checklist can be endless. Thankfully, mother-daughter team Jodi Oliver and Jamie Scholhamer have solved all of our problems. Meet JJ Olivier—the Houston-based handbag line from this dynamic duo. The end result? A versatile assortment of chic handbags where both fashion and function unite. jjolivier.com
DJ Sun’s third studio album, Loveletter, will be celebrated on July 23 at Moores Opera House.
“Loveletter is a poetic salute to each of us,” shares storied artist and University of Houston alum DJ Sun, who is set to dazzle audiences once again with a cross-disciplinary performance at the Moores Opera House Saturday, July 23. “It’s a ‘love letter’ to ourselves and hopefully it will serve as a reminder to slow down, to listen and to enjoy the moment because it truly is all we have.” Presented by the Blaffer Art Museum, this one-of-a-kind show also marks the release of Sun’s third studio release. The album, Loveletter: Red Hook to Rotterdam, is rife with ’60s soul with hints of French new wave. “It is a nod to everyone, as all of us continue to move toward our own inner peace and to integrate the necessary global shifts that are occurring,” notes Sun. “The album is the culmination of the last four years, as my own inner artistic voice has had to shift.” Moores Opera House at the University of Houston, 3333 Cullen Blvd., uh.edu
Chicken tostadas are a must at El Venado.
Touching down just in time for the summer season is El Venado—a modern cantina putting its colorful spin on Mexican cuisine. What to expect upon entering the 1,500-square-foot space? A vibrant atmosphere and wow-worthy dishes to delight your palate. “When it came to menu development, it was important for us to offer something that didn’t feel overwhelming but still packed in a lot of flavors,” shares owner Alexander Noons. “I think that can be said for both our food and our cocktail lists.” Offering a sumptuous assortment of specialty agave cocktails and mezcals to indulge in, the eatery also features signature street food items including elote, tostadas, churros and more. 6502 Washington Ave., elvenado.bar
Photography by: STEAK PHOTO BY DREW ANTHONY SMITH; JJ OLIVIER PHOTO BY KAREN HENRY; ALBUM PHOTO BY JORDAN OWEN; EL VENADO PHOTO BY JENN DUNCAN; COCKTAIL PHOTO BY KIERSTEN GILLIAM