In Houston, September beats out July and August for the hottest month of the year—it has nothing to do with the weather, however. The culprit behind the elevated heat level is the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. This annual event brings together exhibitors from across the country to sell and hand out samples of their signature hot sauces, salsas, jams, dips, and other spicy foods. Luckily, vendors also supply plenty of cool beverages, thus eliminating the need for bite-size fire extinguishers.
Live entertainment complements the spicy goods. Blues artists, jazz bands, and other musician play throughout the festival, and each day brings special events, such as salsa eating competitions or fire eating performances.
Herbal poultices, warm oils, and energy balancing aren’t the tools of a typical spa, but at Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Center they’re a primary defense against stress and discomfort. The doctors, one of whom has studied ayurvedic medicine since childhood, take a holistic approach to health and happiness. They use herbs relied on by the ayurvedic method for thousands of years and believe that the natural remedies without side effects can help assuage a vast range of medical and emotional concerns. Traditional treatments include pouring thin streams of warm oil onto foreheads to reduce stress, opening pores with steam baths, and producing giggles with acupressure massage.
This performance is ideal for anyone who's nostalgic for the days when they slept under the stars and sipped from a flask of fresh-squeezed tumbleweed juice. Exposure to the sweet hymns of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra stokes wizend mustaches back to life and cures the itching and burning of severe rashes.
Sometimes it seems that timeless movies and holiday meals are the only way to simultaneously entertain three generations at once, but CrossFit Caveman adds a third activity to the mix: going to the gym. There, certified coaches engage entire families in fun workouts, scaling movements to suit everyone from grandparents to 3-year-olds. Each CrossFit routine incorporates exercises modeled off of real-life actions: pushing, jumping, running, and changing a monster truck’s tire, for example. Students master these techniques during introductory sessions before reporting to mainstream classes that hone their form and tone muscles through weightlifting, gymnastics maneuvers, and calisthenics.
Owners Sharon and Ray welcome clients of all sizes to their "cave." They and their staff—which includes sports enthusiasts, a Navy drill instructor, and a CrossFit Havoc Strongman competitor—push their students to achieve milestones that once seemed incredible, such as completing a series of chin-ups or using a kettlebell for something other than a parking-space saver. In addition to their regular curriculum, they host classes for kids aged 3–12, as well as sport-specific regimens and women-only sessions.
In its 20,000-square-foot facility, Apex Cheer helps youngsters of all ages and abilities practice their moves on spring floors, flip and somersault on tumble strips, and bounce on in-ground trampolines. But these resources are not only reserved for competitive cheerleaders. Novices can also hit the floor to master the basics in tumbling classes and summer camps, or explore bounce castles, careen on trampolines, and compete in obstacle courses at birthday parties, where kids enjoy can athletics without chasing cars down neighborhood streets.