Odd Pair: Malbec and Macaroons. By Geri Maria Harris. Houston Press.

French macaroons are fabulous. Not only are they the most perfectly glamorous little cookies in the whole world, but they are also amazingly delicious and decadent despite their light-as-air consistency. Currently, I am most in love with the chocolate, pistachio, and almond flavors that are available at Araya Artisan Chocolate (2013 W. Gray). I happen to find that they pair very nicely with Haak W...

Araya Artisan Chocolates: Halloween Chocolates for Grown-Ups. By Geri Maria Harris. Houston Press.

For kids, Halloween is mostly about dressing up, trick or treating, and getting CANDY. As we get older, many of us continue with the dressing up, but the trick or treating switches to parties, and the candy switches to booze. Now don't get me wrong, this is a pretty decent trade, but what if you could have it all: costumes, parties, alcohol and deliciously gourmet chocolates that you would never d...

Araya Artisan Chocolate. By Geri Maria Harris. Houston Press.

Next door to the River Oaks Theatre sits the storefront for Araya Artisan Chocolate (2013 W. Gray St.), which is turning out some of the most decadent chocolates in the city. The room is miniscule, yet open and inviting. Lush orchids occupy angular white tables. The tiny sitting area offers sanctuary for customers who desire a moment of indulgent relaxation with a chocolate (or three).There are ro...