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Texas’ Best Float Trips: The Top Tubing Destinations and Hidden River Escapes

Nothing says Texas summer like a float trip. As temperatures skyrocket into the triple digits (and stay there), the best way to beat the heat is one of the Lone Star State’s favorite past times. You’ve seen the heat advisories, now take our advice: a tubing trip down the river is just what you need. … Continued

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The Mysterious Seed Vault on the Edge of the World: Built for a Doomsday Scenario, This Beyond Secure Bunker is the Unlikley Obsession of a Texas Artist

This is a look at the vault at the edge of the planet, which lies 100 meters deep within the permafrost, preserving crops for all mankind – and the Texas artist who’s poetically documenting it all. The little-known-to-the-public Svalbard Global Seed Vault boasts the world’s greatest repository of seeds. It was unveiled a decade ago … Continued

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Houston’s Hottest Brunch Spots — From Buffets to Dim Sum: Restaurants That Do the Week’s Most Important Meal Justice

A long weekend brunch is almost always a good idea. But when our meal gets an added hit from lobster ravioli, a brisket grilled cheese sandwich, or drop biscuits with black pepper and honey, it’s an absolute yes. Whether new to the scene or familiar favorites, these Houston brunch restaurants know how to do the … Continued

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Dallas’ Music Star Maker Becomes a Creative Force of His Own: Why Ish D is a Name You Need to Know

You may not know the name Ish D (aka Ishmael Davison), but if you’re even a little familiar with local music, chances are you’ve heard his beats. The Dallas-based producer has worked with everyone from Bobby Sessions to Sam Lao to Lil Wayne. Now, he’s starting a new chapter in his career with his debut … Continued

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Ireland’s Holy Foodie Retreat: This Historic Hotel Proves That the Eating Can Be Legendary on the Emerald Isle

Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series on PaperCity Dallas culture/style editor Billy Fong’s adventures in the United Kingdom, attending the wedding of his friend David Farwell. To read part one of this series, click here.  After a few glorious days in Dublin, I hopped a train to County Cork to check-in … Continued

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Glenn Beck Tries to Dump His Texas Dream Mansion as He Forecasts Big Economic Trouble: Conservative King’s Sprawling Lair Includes its Own Golf Cart Garage

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck wants to  part ways with his sprawling Vaquero Club estate in North Texas. The famed political firebrand and former Fox News star has put his expansive mansion at 2224 Kingfisher Drive up for sale. Asking price? $5.9 million. With his credits as radio host, television host and producer, pundit and New … Continued

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Rare True Farm Dinner Brings Houston Foodies to the Barn: This Retreat Keeps It Green

Dining chez field and farm is so in — just ask Recipe for Success. The Houston-founded nonprofit teaches kids about healthy eating via cooking classes in schools taught by talented area chefs. Then there’s Recipe’s latest endeavor — a working farm in Sunnyside. Hope Farms was the sight for a mid-summer, Sunday supper dinner party, enacted … Continued

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Vienna’s Ridiculously Grand VIP Retreat: 36 Hours in the Hotel That Royalty, Celebrities and Would Be Presidents All Adore

VIENNA, Austria — Imagine our disappointment. With only 36 hours in our beloved Vienna and with visions of strolling the grounds of Schönbrunn and perhaps a ride on the giant ferris wheel in the Prater, we were greeted by 93 degree temps. Yes, we are heat sissies. No, we could not deal with more than … Continued

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Gwyneth Paltrow Cannot Get Enough of Dallas: Her Buzzy Goop Store is Staying Around for Much Longer Than Expected

Goop is getting mighty comfortable in Highland Park Village. Gwyneth Paltrow’s buzzy Dallas pop-up is extending its stay. Dallas’ iconic shopping center gets to keep the gem, which opened this past spring, until at the least the end of December now. When the Goop pop-up originally opened in April, it was scheduled to close in June. But … Continued

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Secret Donor Pays the Entire Tuition of Every Student in University of Houston’s First Ever Medical School Class: It’s a $3 Million Bill for This Generous Guardian Angel

Fairy godmothers are known for all kinds of generous deeds but few, we would think, could surpass the magic wand trick that completely erased tuition for the University of Houston‘s inaugural medical school class. When those hopeful docs start classes in 2020, there will be no tuition worries. An anonymous donor has contributed $3 million to … Continued

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