If you cannot make it to Paris for Roland-Garros, also known as the French Open, you can still follow the action on the tournament’s official website. There, you’ll find round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open running from May 16 through June 5. Real-time scores, streaming radio commentary and a live blog of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition are available 24/7, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the action.
Hungry Houstonians, you’re in luck — you have more dining choices than ever before, as there are many new restaurants worth a visit in Space City.
At the trendy West Ave. multi-use center in Upper Kirby, two new eateries are now open. Nara, a Korean/Japanese restaurant from chef Donald Chang that opened in the old Katsuya space, blends the flavors of Chang’s native country with his experience as a sushi chef in Houston. Over in the next building, Food Network Star Susie Jimenez has opened Trenza in the former Alto space upstairs from Del Frisco’s Grille. The name means “braid” and is a nod to the fusion food she offers: a blend of her native Latin cuisine with Indian and Asian twists.
Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods
The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.
One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, which may explain why Houston Restaurant Week runs a whopping three weeks. Continuing until August 21, diners at about 130 area restaurants can enjoy three- and four-course dinners for $35 per person (not including beverages, tax or gratuity). Participating restaurants pledge to donate $5 from each special dinner sold to the Houston Food Bank, which feeds a total of 137,000 Texans each week. Select restaurants will also offer two-course lunch menus for $20, donating $3 of each lunch sold to the charity. Participating restaurants include RDG + Bar Annie, 17, Gravitas, and Haven.
Established in 2003, Houston Restaurant Week has already raised $356,000. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.houstonrestaurantweek.com.
The good times are rolling once again at Brennan’s of Houston, which closed after a fire during Hurricane Ike in 2008. This staple of fine dining in Houston, and sister restaurant to New Orleans’ Commander’s Palace, underwent a 17-month renovation to re-create much of the original ambience of the historic building and re-opened for dinner service just in time for Mardi Gras.