Phat Eatery’s Expansion, Japanese-Peruvian Fusion, and More of This Week’s Tastiest Food News in Small Bites

Evan W. Black

EVEN THE DEAD heat of summer (in June?!) can’t slow down the Houston food scene. Here’s the week’s headline-making news that’s sure to whet your appetite.

'Freedom Project' Exhibit Commemorates Galveston's Role in Juneteenth

Leah Cast

FOR MORE THAN 150 years, Galveston’s historic sites have stood as testaments to the events of June 19, 1865, the day Gen. Gordon Granger and his soldiers marched through the island issuing orders that abolished slavery in Texas. Now, a year after June 19 (also known as Juneteenth) was solidified as a federal holiday, Galveston is commemorating this historic date through art.

Think Pink: It’s Rosé Month! Here Are the Best Places to Pop Bottles

Robin Barr Sussman

HOUSTON RESTAURANTS ARE seeing pink with drink and food specials and celebrations starting Saturday, June 11, and some lasting all month long. Here are top spots to stop and smell the rosés.

Ancient French Wellness Cures Reimagined at Houston’s Escape Spa: The Power of Vichy

Serial entrepreneur and spa visionary LeBrina Jackson

NESTLED IN THE heart of France, the town of Vichy holds a rich history in the world of wellness and hydrotherapy. Acquiring fame for their alkaline springs in the 17th century, the Romans were among the first to recognize the therapeutic benefits of the springs. They established a French spa known as “Vichy,” which still exists today and continues to attract spa-goers from around the world to experience the transformative effects of hydrotherapy.

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Slushies at Fuzzy's

IT’S OFFICIAL: THE long holiday that kicks off summer arrives this weekend, and Houstonians are due. Getting hungry, thirsty, and ready for some R&R? Whether you want to grill at home, start with casual brunch, or hit a Memorial Day celebration to honor our veterans, we’ve got you covered.

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“DO YOU KNOW how a river forms?” is the question that begins Houston author Vaishnavi Patel’s new book, Goddess of the River. The voice belongs to Ganga, goddess of India’s Ganges river, who has been transformed against her will by Lord Shiva from “a tributary of the cosmic ocean” into the physical form of a mere winding river, with no path to the heavens, only the sea. Later, Ganga runs afoul of a powerful sage who transforms her yet again into a human, and as it happens in myths, things get complicated.

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