Beth DeLozier-Hayes

Correspondent

  • Houston, TX, USA

Beth DeLozier-Hayes is a Houston correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide. DeLozier-Hayes also writes for various national publications, including Life+Dog magazine, Bespoke Magazine and her award-winning local style blog, Houston’s Weekly Chic. When she isn’t writing, DeLozier-Hayes serves as a lifestyle expert and owner of Très Chic Designs, a Houston-based company known for creating smashing interiors, wardrobes and lifestyles for clients.

  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best bars in Houston?

    Cottonwood
    Another addition to the list of superb craft beer venues is Cottonwood.  Created by the same owners as Washington Avenue craft beer and Liberty Station, Cottonwood is a massive open space with sizable tap wall, and a 2,000 square foot patio for you and your friends to goof off and play corn hole or foosball.  The food menu is full of unexpected surprises like Pork Belly Corn dogs, Black Mussels with chorizo, and Stuffed Quail.  Before the weather gets too steamy give their chicken pot pie a taste.  It’s comfort food at it’s finest, and comes with a squirrelly silhouette in the crust (Cottonwood’s logo).   

    The Sam Bar
    After years of visiting The Sam bar, it is still one of my top drinking establishments in the city.  Nestled inside the Hotel Alden, it is chic, modern, intimate and serves up first-rate libations.  My guy friends like their selection of scotch and cognac, while my ladies always rave about their fine wines.    

    Max’s WIne Dive
    Laid back and industrial-chic, Max’s Wine Dive has been adding class to Washington Avenue since 2006.  Serving up some addictive gourmet comfort food, and an extensive wine list, there’s really no to reason to ever bar hop on nights you visit Max’s.  Bacon lovers be sure to try the Bacon PB&J triangle, complimented by the Alexana “Revana” Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best clothing boutiques in Houston?

    Elaine Turner - Citycentre Tootsies
    Formerly located in Highland Village, Tootsies is bigger and better than ever since they’ve moved to their brand spankin’ new River Oaks location on West Avenue.  Houston ladies are addicted to Tootsies massive selection of read-to-wear apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories.  Favorite designer collections include Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, and Jean Paul Gaultier just to name a few.  Known for their expertise and unmatched customer service, you’re sure to leave with something fabulous.  

    French Cuff Boutique
    Adorable and fabulous owner Kairy-tate Barkley has given Houston not one but two, of her pristine treasured boutiques known as French Cuff.  Both locations are a wonderland of designer labels and cutting-edge trends, mixed with classic staples.  Whether you need to spice up your work wardrobe, or you’re looking for a flirty cocktail dress, you are sure to find something stunning at French Cuff.      

    Elaine Turner
    Houston darling Elaine Turner, has been charming us with her exotic, glamorous designs since she founded her brand in 2000.  Inspired by her own travels, every Elaine Turner boutique is filled with elegant, feminine handbags, shoes, and accessories that invoke the spirit of an exotic vacation.  Known for her ingenious combination of fun materials, vibrant colors, prints and custom hardware, you’ll find everything from cork clutches to laster-cut patent leather ballet slippers.  Visit her locations in Rice Village and Citycentre to pick up something luxurious and affordable.  

    Dao Chloe Dao
    Houston’s very own Project Runway celebrity Chloe Dao, has a newly re-imagined boutique in Rice Village (formerly known as Lot 8).  The shop’s new style is mod and playful just like Chloe herself.   You’ll of course find Dao’s line of signature pieces like her strapless dresses and whimsical skirts, as well as pieces from other coveted designers like Maris K Voom, Bow & Arrow, and many other high-end labels.  
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best restaurants in Houston?

    Zelko Bistro
    Everytime I visit Zelko in the Heights, I linger for way too long.  Between the delightful atmosphere, and Chef Jamie Zelko’s brilliant takes American Fare, I always want to waste away the afternoon there sipping on a glass of vino from their exceptional wine list.  I've never had a bad dish here, but I always seem to reorder their shrimp and grits, and Saint Arnold Shortribs.  

    Hay Merchant
    A restaurant bar created by beer enthusiasts for beer enthusiasts.  Serving up bar food with a serious gourmet twist, Hay Merchant has quickly become a regular place for Houstonians to hang since opening its doors last year.  A wide selection of craft brews, served at the perfect temp, pressure, and with the appropriate glassware, you’ll appreciate the extra effort even if you are just a beer drinking novice.  

    Golden Seafood
    A little bit of hidden Houston gem, but with seriously delicious seafood dishes for a steal.  If you have a hankering for cerviche there’s is heavenly, and my go-to is always their snapper with oyster gravy sauce over broccoli and fried rice. I have dreams about the oyster gravy.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best attractions in Houston?

    Jim DeLozier Photography Tour the Karbach Brewery
    Named after its location on Karbach Street, the Karbach Brewery is owned and run by people that just simply love beer. The laid back tours are a perfect way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon, and they even encourage you to bring along your own food to nosh on while you taste. Their Bombshell Blonde and Rodeo Clown Double IPA are magnificent, but be sure to sip on a little bit of everything.

    Imax
    The Wortham Giant Screen at the Natural History Musexum is a state-of-the-art Imax with 4k digital film projection and 3D technology.  When things get warm outdoors, the Imax stays nice and cool for you to enjoy the current feature.  What’s playing now?  Flight of the Butterflies 3D, where a film crew follows the migration of butterflies from Mexico to Canada, and Sea Rex 3D an underwater prehistoric experience. 

    Old Town Spring
    If you’d like to escape the bustling city for a few hours, old town Spring is a charming little area full little local antique shops, restaurants and museums.  Coming up this month is the SpringFest Wine and Art Festival March 23-24th.  Visitors can sample from more than 20 local wineries, and shop for original artwork.   

    Downtown Aquarium
    The Houston aquarium is home to over 200 species from all over the world, and a great way to relax and rejuvinate for a couple of hours.  While you are there, be sure to have lunch or dinner at their full-service restaurant, where you can gaze at the 150,000 gallon tank full of gorgeous aquatic creatures right from your table.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What is the one must-do activity when visiting Houston?

    The one the you must do when you come to Houston is EAT!! Houston is quickly becoming a mecca for new and creative forms of cuisine. Mexican and Tex-Mex have long been the standard fare in Houston but there is a whole independent cultural scene happening that revolves around unique gourmet food, hand-crafted cocktails, and a very energetic Craft Beer Scene. There are numerous one-of-a-kind places popping up like the Hay Merchant, The BRC, Petrol Station, and Hearsay that have created restaurants that dedicate themselves to pushing the envelope of creativity, while always having fun.  Not to be ignored is of course the dishes Texas is traditionally known for; BBQ and steaks.  Locals seem to love all different styles of BBQ, and favorite joints include Gatlins, Goode Company, and Thelma’s BBQ.  To find the finest steaks in the city, you’ll want to visit Vic & Anthony’s, Taste of Texas, and Papa Bros.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    Should visitors rent a car in Houston?

    If there is one city in the entire world that requires renting a car, Houston just be that metropolis.  The city is massive covering over 45 square miles with multiple pockets of activity both for business and recreation. While there is a decent metro bus system, our burgeoning light rail system is still in its infancy, and really only services areas in extreme downtown to Reliant Park. The good news is that Houston is very driver friendly, and ample parking is usually available almost anywhere you want to go.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What is the best time to visit Houston?

    There are two times of year that are the best to see the city of Houston; March and October. Both of these months display Houston's all star weather, and put on full display the myriad of outdoor activities there are to explore. March is very unique in the city because it is smack dab in the middle of rodeo season. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the largest of its kind, and it lasts for the entire month. There is plenty to do associated with the rodeo including barbecue cook offs, concerts, and the Rodeo itself.  The Rodeo proudly displays the spirit of Texas in its fully glory. October is also another great month to visit, with many of the smaller outlying towns putting on fantastic fall festivals. Each festival is unique to the individual town or suburb, and have been traditions for many years. Fall is also the perfect time to check out what Texans do best, Football. Whether you enjoy a Texans game, watch University of Houston battle Rice, or really take in the Friday Night Lights of Texas High School Football, its sure to be a really good time.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best activities to do in Houston?

    Classical Theatre Company past production of Ghosts by Henrick Ibsen © Kyle Ezer Haute Wheels Houston
    If you are a foodie, you will not want to miss Haute Wheels, the Food Truck Festival on March 23rd-24th.  Over 34 of the cities finest chefs will be parking their vehicles on the Houston Community College Southwest Campus, and serving up the fine gourmet truck delicacies that Houston is quickly being known for.  Throw in a healthy heaping of craft beer, fine wine, and live music, and it is sure to get your motor running.

    Theatre
    Everyone knows about the big time theatre companies in Houston like The Alley and Theatre Under the Stars, but some of the cities finest talent can be found in its smaller and grittier indie theatre scene.  Here’s what’s playing this month: 

    The ridiculously talented folks at the Classical Theatre Company will be delivering their rendition of the Merchant of Venice March 27th - April 14th

    If musical theatre is a little more your bag, be sure to visit Texas Repertory Theatre on the north side of town, for Sondheim’s Company March 14th- April 7th

    Discovery Green
    Relax and become one with nature, while also enjoying stunning views of the Houston skyline.  This month Discovery Green offers weekly Kayak classes on Kinder Lake, Zumba, Bum-ba (bun toning), and Yoga. 

    March 12th - if you’re feeling a little bit silly, and interested in revisiting memories of spring break foam parties, you’ll love  Ballet & Bubbles.  The exquisite Houston Ballet will preform from noon until 1:00, then the foam party begins immediately afterward.    

    March 13 and 27th - If you are feeling blue around lunchtime, top by the Green for their Blues and Burgers lunchtime concert
  • On February 28, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What is the weather like right now in Houston?

    March is one of the most delightful times of year to visit Houston.  The few and far between cold snaps of winter are on their way out, but the steamy summer heat is still a ways away.  However, the temperatures often flip flop from day to day, so it is important to check the forecast when traveling.  Pack thin layers of clothing as you may find one day is a comfortable 70 degrees, the next could be as hot as the mid-80's, and you could have brisk evenings in the 50's.  This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of Houston's numerous restaurants and bars with outdoor seating.  Favorites include Backstreet Cafe, Baba Yega, and Cafe Benedicte.  
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    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best clothing boutiques in Houston?

    Elaine Turner - Citycentre Tootsies
    Formerly located in Highland Village, Tootsies is bigger and better than ever since they’ve moved to their brand spankin’ new River Oaks location on West Avenue.  Houston ladies are addicted to Tootsies massive selection of read-to-wear apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories.  Favorite designer collections include Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, and Jean Paul Gaultier just to name a few.  Known for their expertise and unmatched customer service, you’re sure to leave with something fabulous.  

    French Cuff Boutique
    Adorable and fabulous owner Kairy-tate Barkley has given Houston not one but two, of her pristine treasured boutiques known as French Cuff.  Both locations are a wonderland of designer labels and cutting-edge trends, mixed with classic staples.  Whether you need to spice up your work wardrobe, or you’re looking for a flirty cocktail dress, you are sure to find something stunning at French Cuff.      


    Elaine Turner
    Houston darling Elaine Turner, has been charming us with her exotic, glamorous designs since she founded her brand in 2000.  Inspired by her own travels, every Elaine Turner boutique is filled with elegant, feminine handbags, shoes, and accessories that invoke the spirit of an exotic vacation.  Known for her ingenious combination of fun materials, vibrant colors, prints and custom hardware, you’ll find everything from cork clutches to laster-cut patent leather ballet slippers.  Visit her locations in Rice Village and Citycentre to pick up something luxurious and affordable.  

    Dao Chloe Dao
    Houston’s very own Project Runway celebrity Chloe Dao, has a newly re-imagined boutique in Rice Village (formerly known as Lot 8).  The shop’s new style is mod and playful just like Chloe herself.   You’ll of course find Dao’s line of signature pieces like her strapless dresses and whimsical skirts, as well as pieces from other coveted designers like Maris K Voom, Bow & Arrow, and many other high-end labels.  
  • On February 5, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best activities to do in Houston?

    Classical Theatre Company past production of Ghosts by Henrick Ibsen © Kyle Ezer

    Listen to Jazz

    If you are in the mood to listen to some smooth acoustic jazz, Cezanne above the Black Labrador Pub is the best place in town.  The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and filled with ridiculously talented musicians resulting in an amazing evening. Be sure to also enjoy a pint of beer or dram of scotch downstairs before the show.  Other jazz spots in town are Sambuca downtown, and Ovations in West U, both which also have jazz nights mixed in among other live music evenings. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Farmers Markets
    Houston has a plethora of weekly farmers markets to choose from, it’s just a matter of figuring out who, what, when and where.  A great place to start is Urban Harvest, an organization who coordinates several of the major downtown markets.  No matter which market you choose, you’ll find fresh produce, delectable meats, cheeses, ready-made edible snacks, jellies, jam, and honey, along as unique artisan gifts such as natural soaps.  Many of the vendors will offer tastings, and you can sample some really delish local chutneys and sauces.  Most markets feature entertainment like live music, so you can just spend the whole afternoon relaxing and shopping. 

     

    Saint Arnold's Brewery

    Houstonians are quite proud of their local craft beer scene, so it’s of no surprise that visiting the Saint Arnold’s Brewery is at the top of the list for many a local.  Though they do offer tours of the brewery, most come for the treasured tokens that allow you to fill your glasses will Saint Arnold’s famous brews like the Amber Ale, Elissa, and Endeavor.  Also be sure to try whatever season ale is on tap.  When the seasonal brews hit local stores, they sell out in minutes.  Saint Arnold’s is open to the public every weekday at 3:00 PM and every Saturday starting at 11:00 AM.

     
  • On February 4, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best parks in Houston?

     

    Memorial Park - This is Houston's signature park. This outdoor space borders both Downtown and the Galleria District. Memorial park hosts many events each year and boasts a five k running trail, which makes it ideal for early morning or lunch break warriors looking to catch a workout around their business schedule. 

     

    Herman Park - Located in the Medical Center area, this park also borders West University and surrounds Houston's fantastic Museum District and Zoo. The park itself has a scenic lake and a reflection pond, which is a near replication of the pond in Washington DC. The park is also home to one of Houston's premier outdoor performance spaces Miller Outdoor Theatre. There is always something to see at Miller, and keeping up with their twitter feed will ensure you are instantly updated with all of their performances. There is also a pristine golf course, and a train that will take you to all of the many sites around the park. 

     

    Discovery Green - Discovery Green is Houston's latest creation in the Downtown Area. Many would say it is the park of the future. Nestled neatly downtown between the George R Brown Convention Center, the Hilton Americas Hotel, and Toyota Center, Discovery brings a sense of outdoor fun and playfulness with a stylish eco-friendly twist. There are numerous events held on a daily basis in the park with everything from Zumba on the Green, to ice skating on the lake. Discovery Green also has a large stage, and hosts many concerts and outdoor movies all year long. There are two restaurants on the grounds of Discovery Green. The Grove is a very contemporary fine dining establishment, and The Lake House offers a gourmet take on some classic American fare. 

     
  • On February 4, 2013
    Beth DeLozier-Hayes answered the question: Beth DeLozier-Hayes

    What are the best local dishes in Houston?

    Enchiladas
    Enchiladas are serious business in Houston. Silvia's Enchilada Kitchen on Westheimer is long believed to be the beginning of the enchiladas craze here in the city. They serve up old world style unbelievably tasty treats that always melt in your mouth. My personal favorite place for enchiladas is  Chuy's. They take an interesting Tex-Mex approach to this classic dish. Whether choosing between the spicy and delicious chicka a chicka boom, or the delightful southwestern style made with blue corn tortillas and with a fried egg, It is a taste explosion that can't be stopped.

     

    Barbeque

    Texas is of course known for Barbecue and there are at least a thousand places that serve it, and serve it well.  One of the Houston favorites has to be Gatlin’s in the Heights. What started out as a family hobby has become a force in the barbecue restaurant scene.  They have stellar ribs, brisket, and some of the dirtiest rice, and most savory mac and cheese in town. With their Texas style smoked meats and friendly atmosphere, you are in for a really good time and a full belly.

     

    Nachos

    If you're looking for Nachos with a twist please allow me to recommend the nachos at Escalante's. These aren't your regular nachos, Escalante's uses white cheddar cheese and black beans and those two ingredients really put this creation into its own wonderful and tasty category