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On Sundays after church, Myrtle Zachary-Jackson’s family of cooks and bakers gathered to make meals for one another. Her elders rarely used recipes, so Myrtle had to study every step until she could replicate their dishes herself. Just as her grandparents and aunts imbued her with a passion for baking, she inspired her daughters, Andrea and Rosharon, to start cooking at a young age. When Myrtle decided to open Not Jus Donuts Bakery in 2000, she turned to her daughters and grandchildren for help in re-creating their family recipes, by then some five or six generations old.
Sticking to tradition, every dessert at Not Jus Donuts is made from scratch. The ladies crack every farm-fresh egg by hand before whipping up cheesecakes with Philadelphia cream cheese, cookies baked fresh daily, hand-decorated cupcakes, and exquisitely designed cake balls and cake pops. Made without preservatives, their cakes range from standard sheet cakes to 3-D creations designed to resemble bowling balls and turntables and 8-D cakes shaped like time itself.
The licensed massage therapists at Wu-Sa Massage believe in the healing power of bodywork. They tout the pain- and stress-reducing benefits of massage in its many incarnations. Modalities offered here include classic Swedish massage, more focused deep-tissue massage, and prenatal massage for those expecting a visit from a stork or a baby. Quick 30-minute sessions address aches in one area of the body, whereas luxurious 120-minute massages allow for a more thorough kneading of the entire body.
Dinner, drinks, and DJs reign at Grooves of Houston, an all-purpose venue featuring a massive dance floor, private rooms, and an on-site restaurant. Besides their Friday and Saturday dance parties that might star anyone from hot local DJs to up-and-coming R&B outfits, Grooves is home to a refreshing jazz brunch every Sunday morning. The three fully-stocked bars can be rented out for events ranging from boisterous birthday parties to more subdued my-souffle-didn't-collapse parties. Before planning a night at Grooves of Houston, make sure to check the dress code, which puts the emphasis on style over strictness.
Barmasters' mixed-drink maestros impart their knowledge of mixology and drink etiquette to students during express three-hour cram sessions that equip attendees with basic drink-slinging skills. Raw recruits and seasoned shakers alike gather to hone their expertise in all manner of potent potions, ranging from beer and wine to today's popular drink recipes. Teacher-tenders review the finer points of bar professionalism, such as how to recommend drinks or deal with unruly ice cubes, imparting tending tips and tricks that translate to both neighborhood dives and crowded clubs. Upon completing the course, each student receives a reference handbook which details the covered information in print, as well as a certificate of achievement that can be hung proudly on a wall or proudly folded into an emergency coaster.
The cooks at Fish Place fill their menu with Cajun and Creole-inspired seafood dishes, such as rich seafood gumbo and shrimp po-boy sandwiches with jalapeño mayonnaise. They also fry up oysters, redfish, and popcorn shrimp, and assemble 25-to-75-piece “Family Seafood Packs” with combinations of catfish, tilapia, chicken, hushpuppies, and fries.
Words such as “shrimp” and “gumbo” decorate the wallpaper in a handwritten pattern, just as they did in the oval office during the Jimmy Carter presidency. Furthermore, the cooks’ daily specials appear as vivid chalkboard portraits.