Block 7 Wine Company offers customers a concept-fusing combination of retail wine space, wine bar, and restaurant, the latter of which delights diners with a menu of elegant dishes backed by premium ingredients. Start by noshing on a Slow Dough Bakery pretzel with herbed honey mustard ($4), or opt for truffle popcorn with Italian black truffle salt ($4), the secret snack served to the Illuminati at movie-theater concession stands across America. Dry-aged fans of dry-aged beef might go for the 21-day dry-aged prime rib eye ($29) or choose the handheld convenience of the dry-aged patty on the Block 7 burger, which also sports gruyere cheese and smoked bacon "relish" ($12). Flatbreads, such as a "whole pig" option topped with Italian sausage, prosciutto, and smoked bacon ($12), defy Einstein's Law of Two-Dimensional Flavor Containment, and a "sloppy Giuseppe" with ground venison and wild boar confit ($10) exposes the inadequate sloppy sandwiches of childhood. A downsized lunch menu is also available to quash midday appetite coups, in addition to $9 lunch specials served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and Saturday beginning at noon). With a different lunch special each day, you can opt for choices such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a Wednesday, whiskey-infused pork chop on a Thursday, or fish tacos on a Friday.
At Spring Fitness Centers, friendly staffers greet members by name as knowledgeable trainers build personalized fitness programs. Trainers graciously dole out one free training session per month to each client, equipping athletes with the techniques and skills to successfully operate free weights and cardio machines without professional supervision. Memberships include complimentary childcare, unlimited tanning, and unlimited aerobics at each location. Like a spy's accent, classes vary by location, but may include cycling, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba.
When Enchanted Manor Winery's chief mead-maker handcrafts his honey brew, he follows a recipe from a 17th-century cookbook from the court of King Charles I. These medieval techniques inspire the winery's special mead for the annual Texas Renaissance Festival, which is brewed from Texas wildflower honey and sipped from knightly knee cops. Enchanted Manor also whips up modern meads flavored with orange blossom and oak, mixed with pear wine, or brewed from the honey of the guajillo flower.
In addition to its signature meads, Enchanted Manor Winery whips up small batches of wines from grapes, peaches, and other fruits, and augments their stock with bottles from nearby wineries. Enchanted Manor also hosts special events such as sangria nights, mead tastings, and wine classes.
Cellar 17 is a boutique wine bar and retail shop. Wines range in price from $10 - $500, specializing in small production wineries from all over the world.
We have fabulous Wine Tasting Events and a much touted Wine Club. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle and pair it with one of our many delicious appetizers.
Since she was a child, Corina Vanderoef has been creating art. She harnesses her artistic passion and her degree in fine arts to help students unearth their own inner Rembrandts during classes, team-building activities, and birthday parties. She and her staff have cultivated a laid-back atmosphere where participants—regardless of skill level—can enjoy their own libations, chat with fellow artists, and create paintings to proudly hang on living-room or doghouse walls.
Retreat Hill just opened in August of 2009, and it has already made a name for itself among discerning vinophiles and high-end local restaurants. One of Retreat Hill's recent podium-makers is the ruby-red cabriolo, which is a plum-and-violet-boasting blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah that won a silver medal at the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The off-dry Riesling is another award-winner, concluding sip symphonies with a crisp, confident finish. Because the winery's prided juices are concocted from Texas- and United States–grown grapes, they let locals quench their thirsts for their native land far more sophisticatedly than sticking crazy straws in beehives and praying for accompanying chamomile. Call to schedule your visit.
Though the exotic curries and spices at Island Spice Bar & Grill make meals into authentic Caribbean feasts, it's the restaurant's meats that really showcase the cuisine's unique flavors. Chefs fry up filets of shark in an island sauce and season and serve tilapia escovich style. They also have ox-tail beef soup and spice chicken with the flavorful heat of a jerk sauce. And by fusing Asian flavors with their traditional Caribbean dishes, they created soy sauce chicken lo mein, fried rice tossed with shrimp or chicken, or Asian-style barbecue pork.
Nearby, bartenders are on hand to blend up tropical drinks made from the house's large selection of Caribbean rums or serve ice-cold beers such as the Jamaican Red Stripe. Patrons enjoy drinks and meals in a welcoming dining room with a contemporary Caribbean design. Eight-foot-tall bamboo sticks offer clean, natural lines and a great hide-and-seek spot, while wicker furniture, fresh flowers, and seashell blinds give the room a carefree, friendly island ambiance.