Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gala. By Molly Glentzer. Houston Chronicle.

Lady Bird Johnson wasn’t the only Texas first lady with an appreciation for nature. Laura Bush has worked with experts more than a decade to restore the tallgrass prairie at her family’s Prairie Chapel Ranch.Their stories came full circle at the recent Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gala honoring Bush, who talked about the ranch project. She also thanked her friends, sisters Luci Baines John...

Those With OCCD--Obsessive-Compulsive Chocolate Disorder--Can Get Their Fix at Araya Artisan Chocolates in Houston. By Patricia Sharpe. Texas Monthly.

Hi, my name is Pat, and I am a chocoholic. What began at the age of six as an obsession with milk chocolate (my secret vice was a Saturday matinee and a Hershey’s bar with almonds) eventually morphed into a full-blown addiction to dark chocolate. I’m talking ten or more bars of different chocolate on the kitchen counter at any given time, chocolate seminars, trips planned around chocolate, and dre...

Things We Like This Week. My Table.

Off-the-menu mussels from Monarch at Hotel Zaza were some of the best we’ve had in years. Prepared by chef Adam West, we’re craving the Blue Moon and orange-zest broth that the shellfish were bathed in, along with its hints of ginger and red pepper. Go ask for an order of these mussels and convince management they belong permanently on the menu.On Wednesday evening, we were invited to the Houston...