Paola Romero

August 2, 2017 by  
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PAOLA ROMERO | Immigration Law

Paola Romero is a founding shareholder with the Romero Law Firm where she has been helping families and corporations navigate the complex U.S. Immigration system. Paola’s critical eye for details and preparation has benefited her clients in obtaining Temporary and Permanent Visas, Permanent Residency, Labor Certification, Deferred Action, and Citizenship. Helping companies and families to share in opportunities our great country has to offer, Paola and the firm also provide exceptional representation in modest to complex litigation in family and probate cases.

The Romero Law Firm, PC
17041 El Camino Real, Ste. 209
Houston, TX 77058
281-220-1067
www.attorneyromero.com

Mekisha Jane Walker

August 2, 2017 by  
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Mekisha Jane Walker | Criminal Defense

Mekisha Jane Walker is a criminal defense attorney who specializes in aggressive and zealous representation. Ms. Walker handles all types of criminal matters from domestic violence to DWI and drug possession, including both misdemeanor and felony cases. Ms. Walker provides an extraordinary level of service to her clients while remaining committed to delivering the best possible results. As a former Assistant District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor for Harris County, Ms. Walker is a seasoned trial attorney with excellent communication skills and a necessary understanding of the law and criminal justice system.

Mekisha Jane Walker
Walker Law Office
1714 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
713-228-2611
www.walkerlawhouston.com

Benjamin K. Sanchez

August 2, 2017 by  
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Benjamin K. Sanchez | Business and Civil Litigation

Benjamin K. Sanchez, a 20-year attorney, is consistently rated as one of Houston’s Top Lawyers in Business and Civil Litigation. Born in The Heights, Benjamin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law Center. He is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his firm’s opening and continues to serve a variety of clients in various litigation matters. Benjamin is also a dual-certified (John Maxwell and Les Brown) speaker, trainer, and coach.

Sanchez Law Firm
1521 Green Oak Pl., Ste. 103
Kingwood, TX 77339
713-780-7745
www.sanchezlawfirm.com

Melissa A. Dennis

August 2, 2017 by  
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Melissa A. Dennis | Family Law

Solving difficult issues in the best possible way is why clients routinely seek out the services of Melissa A. Dennis, an attorney and certified mediator specializing in family law. “I care about my client and want to work with them face to face—not have a paralegal do all the work. I want to talk to them, help them with their issue in the best way possible so they can get through this time in their life,” she says. At her practice, the small staff goes the extra mile to ensure every client receive full-service, one-on-one care. “Being with people and helping them through difficult times is what I enjoy most about my job,” Melissa says.

Melissa A. Dennis
2770 N. FM 565, Ste. 6
Mont Belvieu, TX 77523
832-483-8204
madennislaw@gmail.com

Stewart J. Guss

August 2, 2017 by  
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Stewart J. Guss | Personal Injury

Pictured are attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, managers and staff of the firm.

Stewart J. Guss, founder of the firm, has been practicing personal injury law for over 20 years. His focus on results and a “Client First” mentality toward customer service has helped earn him an excellent reputation in the community. He and his team of over 60 employees, including attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and support staff handle a wide variety of personal injury matters from car accidents to catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer” this year by Texas Monthly magazine, Stewart and his team are known for bringing their passion and dedication to every case for every client of the firm.

STEWART J. GUSS
12777 Jones Rd., Ste. 297
Houston, TX 77070
281-954-3799
www.attorneyguss.com

Stacey A. Lafitte

August 2, 2017 by  
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Stacey A. Lafitte | Family Law

Stacey Lafitte knows family law, and her clients benefit from her extensive experience in all facets of litigation. Ms. Lafitte handles cases dealing with estates of all sizes, and custody issues ranging from the simple to the complex.

When asked why she chose family law, Ms. Lafitte said, “Helping clients through periods of personal transition is uniquely challenging and very rewarding. Family law requires a certain temperament, and I pride myself in remaining calm in the chaos. Fighting over the custody of a child or dismantling a lifetime of asset accumulation often stresses clients to the breaking point. I prepare them for the rigors of litigation, and help them cope with the daily emotional and sometimes physical toll the legal process can take on them and their children. When my clients are at their worst, they can count on me to be at my best. I can’t imagine practicing in any other area of the law.”

Ms. Lafitte is a graduate of Baylor University and South Texas College of Law. She is a certified family law mediator, is certified in collaborative law, and is a member of the HBA Family Law Section and the Burta Rhoads Raborn Family Law Inn of Court.

Stacey A. Lafitte
Law Offices of Stacey A. Lafitte, PC
515 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 600
Houston, Texas 77027
713-623-2500
www.lafittelaw.com

Naimeh Salem

August 1, 2017 by  
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Naimeh Salem | Immigration Law

Mrs. Salem is an immigration expert and Managing Shareholder of Gonzalez Olivieri, LLC law firm. She earned her JD degree from the Interamerican University School of Law, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She ranked in the top 10 students of her law school and graduated magna cum laude. Mrs. Salem is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and she is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, ABA and AILA. She is well-versed in all aspects of immigration. She recently won several groundbreaking asylum cases, defending victims of religious persecution and human exploitation, and many other victories, both before the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has received notoriety for her innovative litigation and appellate victories. Mrs. Salem states, “I take pride in tackling the most challenging immigration matters—even those deemed impossible.” As an attorney, Mrs. Salem’s compassion for others and dedication to the field shines through in all aspects of her work.

Naimeh Salem
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
2200 Southwest Freeway, Ste. 550
Houston, TX 77098
713-481-3040
www.gonzalezolivierillc.com

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd

Alton C. Todd & Jeffrey N. Todd | Personal Injury

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We are trial lawyers that get results where it matters the most: the courtroom. For more than 40 years, we have represented individuals and families that have been greatly affected by serious car, boating, and tractor-trailer accidents, medical malpractice, product and premises liability, and on-the-job accidents, including those at construction sites, refineries, factories, or on the railroad.

Alton C. Todd was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1971 after earning his law degree at Southern Methodist University. He is among the fewer than two percent of Texas attorneys Board Certified in both Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law. He is a member and Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and Georgia.

Jeffrey N. Todd earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1999, is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia, and has also obtained several verdicts on behalf of injured individuals.

Alton C.Todd
Jeffrey N. Todd
LAW FIRM OF ALTON C. TODD

312 Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77546
281-992-8633
www.altontodd.com

Golda R. Jacob

August 1, 2017 by  
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Golda R. Jacob | Family Law

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Golda R. Jacob has successfully practiced family law in the Houston area for over 20 years. Her strong commitment and dedication to clients has consistently produced outstanding results. Jacob and her staff have a reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client they represent. “We treat every case as a priority,” Ms. Jacob states. “We care about our clients, their children and their problems. We want clients to make it through the divorce process as unscathed as possible.”

 Golda R. Jacob, PC, is experienced in every aspect of family law including adoption, divorce, property division and creative solutions, child custody, child support, child protective services cases, modifications, visitation rights, grandparent access, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and paternity suits. The combination of real-life experience and extensive legal knowledge ensure that the firm always provides outstanding legal guidance. Over the years, Ms. Jacob has maintained a relationship with many of her clients who often seek her counsel regarding many kinds of legal issues including business law, estate planning, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, guardianship and probate.  

Ms. Jacob was named to the Super Lawyer® list through 2011–2017. She is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Law Examiners, a member of the State Bar College of Texas, a member of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

“I take the time to understand the unique situation of each client in order to act in their best interest,” says Ms. Jacob. “While our firm understands that litigation is not always the way to settle issues, sometimes it is necessary and when that happens preparation is everything.”

Golda R. Jacob
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC
440 Louisiana St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
713-227-7383
www.goldajacob.com

Sam Sukkar, MD, FACS

May 1, 2017 by  
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Sam Sukkar, MD, FACS
Plastic Surgery

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is a daunting task: You’re looking for someone who’s experienced but technologically savvy. You envision someone who’s an artist, but also kind, compassionate and patient. Dr. Sam Sukkar is the total package, and that’s why he’s been consistently nominated as a Top Doc by H Texas magazine.

Certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the prestigious American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sukkar completed his general surgery training at the University of Texas Hermann Hospital and fellowship in plastic surgery at the renowned Northwestern University. His cutting-edge practice, The Clinic for Plastic Surgery, is equipped with an on-site certified surgical suite and a full-service medical spa, where Dr. Sukkar and his team specialize in the most groundbreaking and effective procedures and treatments for the face, breasts and body. (Just name it—they do it all!)

Dr. Sukkar’s steadfast commitment to his patients and attention to detail in every procedure performed is something that he doesn’t take lightly. “At the end of the day, this isn’t just a job to me,” he says. “To me, this is my passion. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work in this field.”

SAM SUKKAR, MD, FACS
SUKKAR aesthetic plastic surgery and day spa
1616 Clear Lake City Blvd., Ste. 102
Houston, TX 77062
281-667-4827
www.DrSukkar.com

“Namesake Celebration” at Hotel Crescent Court

September 1, 2016 by  
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Crescent PoolWhether setting the stage for a romantic rendezvous or a girlfriends getaway, extravagance ensues once guests step foot in spacious, elegantly-appointed Metropolitan Suites — enclosed by four sets of french doors opening up to wrought-iron Juliet balconies, bathed in gorgeous natural light.  After toasting to the sophisticated city escape with a chilled magnum of Veuve Cliquot, travelers are treated to a captivating evening from the breathtaking, 17th-floor vantage point of The Crescent Club, providing a “through-the-windows” tour of the city. Beloved Crescent ambassador Les Clefs d’Or Concierge Bill Kennedy guides guests through fascinating Dallas history while the hotel’s award-winning chefs showcase a five-course meal complete with fine Texas wine pairings.

Following the two-hour exclusive experience, arts enthusiasts head to the bustling Dallas Arts District, steps from the hotel, to take in a show at the renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Meanwhile, the “suite life” continues back at the hotel, where guests lounge by the sparkling rooftop pool (the ultimate urban oasis), sip cocktails while people-watching Dallas’ elite social scene at Beau’s, the lively lobby lounge, or indulge in a massage at the immersive, 22,000 sq. ft. spa and fitness center. Echoing the exclusivity of a country club with sophisticated amenities, the stylish hotel is the gateway to an unforgettable Dallas escape.

“Namesake Celebration” • Starting at $1,499/two-nights* • Bookable now – Dec. 30, 2016

  • Two-night accommodations in a spacious Metropolitan Suite, touting a wet bar, powder room and wrought-iron Juliet balconies
  • Chilled magnum of Veuve Clicquot provided in-room upon arrival
  • Exclusive Crescent Club dining experience complete with a five-course tasting menu paired with fine Texas wines
  • Two tickets to the renowned Dallas Symphony Orchestra located in the bustling Dallas Arts District — steps from Hotel Crescent Court

Visit www.crescentcourt.com for more information and to book your stay.

Marcela Halmagean

Halmagean_WebMarcela Halmagean
M Halmagean PLLC, Attorney at Law

Marcela Halmagean focuses her law practice on the individual needs of each one of her clients. “I’m innovative, creative, daring and I do my homework,” she says. Her commitment to learning the law and endorsing close client communication, full availability and aggressive representation has earned her clients’ respect.

Her general practice revolves around business and family law, whether such practice involves litigation, mediation, or “collaborative law” and she is committed to bringing high-quality legal services to each sector.

During her professional tenure, Halmagean has worked for large corporations, representing corporate entities in legal matters, including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract and partnership disputes. However, because of her background, her passion lies with family law cases, especially representing fathers in custody modifications and divisions of complex estates.

Marcela Halmagean is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) but has practiced law for almost 19 years during which period, she has built a bond with each and every one of her clients. “I work with them directly as opposed to assigning them to an associate attorney or a legal assistant,” she says. “Especially in family law, clients need a whole lot of support and a periodic reality check to complement the legal advice for which they are paying. When you combine that with full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”

Trained right here in Houston, Halmagean immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1983 at the age of 19, where she quickly learned English and graduated from the University of Houston in 1988 with her Bachelors of Science in accounting. Then, she went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, and securing her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in May of 1997. Before she graduated law school, she passed the Bar Exam under the Rule of 86, which allowed her to sit for the Bar Exam before she graduated law school.

While attending law school, Halmagean clerked with Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Special Crimes Division, assisting with the prosecution of white-collar crime cases. Later, she worked on the criminal defense side as a law clerk for a Houston criminal-defense law firm.

After she passed the Bar Exam in May of 1997, she acted as Project Counsel in Zurich, Switzerland, for one of the “Big Five” Accounting Firms on what today, is largely referred to as the “Holocaust Project.” During this period, Halmagean served as the legal liaison on banking and privacy-law issues while supervising the risk-management and compliance functions for the project. In 2002, she decided to leave the corporate arena and start her own practice. She never looked back.

Currently, Halmagean is a member of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association and an Alumnae of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston–Business & Professional Women’s Association. “I’m one of the few attorneys out there who love their work. I wake up every morning grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help people,” she says.

MARCELA HALMAGEAN
M HALMAGEAN PLLC
1800 Bering Dr., Ste. 280
Houston, TX 77057
713-975-1202
www.halmagean.com

Wilberto Cortés, MD

Wilberto Cortés, MD
Cosmetic Surgery

DSC_8304aDr. Cortes, also known nationally and internationally as Dr. Hourglass, is a top Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Houston. His practice not only serves the Houston area but he routinely see patients from all around the world that are seeking his expertise. “The key for a successful and beautiful result is attention to detail,” says Dr. Cortés, and he is very critical of his own work. For this reason, he has developed unique cosmetic procedures that provide consistent results. Among some of those procedures are the hourglass tummy tuck, hourglass hips, hourglass butt augmentation, the wonder breast lift and the wonder breast reduction. He is not only a plastic surgeon, but also a lipoSculptor.

Wilberto Cortes, MD is also well known for his expertise in buttock sculpting procedures. His practice has expanded over the years by applying a simple principle: provide the best surgical results for his patients. He has earned respect among his peers and admiration from his patients through his outstanding surgical results and patient care.

According to Dr. Cortes, “about 40 percent of his practice is from out of town patients.” His philosophy is to ensure the utmost results expected by his patients and provide them the best patient care service.

Dr. Cortes has one office in Texas located in the Galleria area of Houston. He specializes in restoring the women’s hourglass shape and also performs other cosmetic procedures including facial, breast, and body, as well as buttock enhancement, which is one of the most highly demanded surgeries today.

WILBERTO CORTÉS
Rejuvenus Aesthetics, PA
50 Briar Hollow Lane, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77027
713-234-6244
www.rejuvenusaesthetics.com

A Double Feature: iPic Theaters and The Tuck Room

December 11, 2015 by  
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IpicNestled in the new and luxurious River Oaks Shopping District, iPic Theaters offers a glamorous movie-going experience. The theater creates a unique experience for guests, giving them something beyond sitting shoulder to shoulder with other movie-goers. Houston’s the first to use iPic’s groundbreaking POD seating system with fully reclinable chairs and leg rests. Lounge in comfortable pods for two, swathed in soft blankets and pillows and watch the latest blockbuster hits like The Hunger Games007 Spectre, and Creed. Touted as the “ultimate movie experience,” we’re inclined to agree, making it a perfect date night experience.

While kicking back to watch the silver screen, premium food and drink items can be purchased. Forget the overpriced popcorn and soda—you can get a delicious BBQ Chicken Pizza for what you’d normally pay at any regular theater. iPic offers a membership program for loyal customers to enhance their visits; membership levels allow members to purchase tickets in advance and earn points with each ticket and food and drink purchase.

TuckRoom_Croquettes_0020_mediaWhile we definitely enjoyed the food with the theater experience, we’re singing praises on celebrity and three-time James Beard award-winning chef Sherry Yard’s dining concept, the Tuck Room. She teams up with acclaimed mixologist Adam Seger to deliver mouthwatering treats and cocktails, a perfect prelude to the premium experience that the theater offers. We feasted on amazing ahi tuna appetizers, moist lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches that BBQ lovers could love and addictive cheese croquettes. Foodies rejoice!

The cocktails are bespoke and tailored to you. Local ingredients and spirits are the key to some of our favorites like the zesty Handsome Little Devil, a powerful take on a Bloody Mary. The whole emphasis is on social dining, making it a perfect gathering spot for celebrations, even if a movie is not in the plans for the night.

Two thumbs up from H Texas!

 

 

Potted Potter at the Hobby Center: Oct. 27-Nov.8, 2015

October 28, 2015 by  
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Potted Potter is 70 minutes of boisterous laughter and brilliant fun for fans of the Harry Potter series. H Texas watched the opening night, and even newcomers to the world-wide hit will enjoy the parody, which makes references to other pop-culture phenomenons like the Lord of the Rings and Twilight. Wizards, muggles—non-wizard folk—and everyone in between of all ages will enjoy Potted Potter.

The show condenses all seven books and movies into energetic acts performed by two players on stage through a series of costume changes. Daniel Clarkson provided great comedic talent, playing a majority of roles, working the audience up, including a rousing game of quidditch (think wizard lacrosse) in the middle of the show. Jefferson Turner plays the straight man and the title character, Harry Potter himself, providing a great counterpoint to his co-star’s energy. Potted Potter is very interactive, working with the entire audience to chant, cheer, sing along and even come on stage!

Get your family and loved ones to the Hobby Center soon before the show moves on November 8th!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

TEE IT UP AND LET ’ER RIP—IN LAKE CHARLES, LA!

October 14, 2015 by  
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Don’t miss these golf getaways, with way more than just miles of greens.

by Greg Wettman

The Golden Nugget Resort and Casino (www.goldennugget.com/lakecharles)

The Country Club at the Golden Nugget

The Country Club at the Golden Nugget

For Houstonians searching for a fun weekend golf getaway, look no further than Lake Charles, Louisiana (www.visitlakecharles.org), only two hours east of Houston, just off I-10. An ideal place to call home while in Lake Charles is the Golden Nugget Resort and Casino, which is perched along Contraband Bayou. Besides incredible golf, there is so much to do at the Golden Nugget, which just opened in December 2014, that you don’t really need to drive your car again until you head home—unless, of course, you are searching for another golf course to play, or a local restaurant, which I do recommend.

The Country Club golf course at the Golden Nugget is located on the edge of Contraband Bayou. It is well designed and maintained, and very appealing to the eye. The greens are as good as any I have ever played on—bar none. When I stepped on the putting green, I felt like I was in golf heaven. The course is outstanding. There are many waste bunkers on the course that stop errant shots from disappearing from play, and the staff treats you like a king.

As impressive as the golf course is, the clubhouse is in the same class. The dining room is exquisite, and the food otherworldly. I had a special entrée of rainbow trout almandine that I’m still savoring.

At the Golden Nugget, the pool complex—the H2O Pool & Bar—is lavish and irresistible, with a lazy river and two flume rides. There’s also an awesome wet bar; multiple “islands” in the pool called daybeds; and a state-of-the-art concert stage, which features live musical performances at various times throughout the year. You can swim up to the wet bar, order your favorite beverage, charge it to your room and then float along the lazy river while listening to a top-of-the-line band nearby. That’s what I call relaxation. The pool area also features 250 chaise lounge chairs, 34 private cabanas, six fire pits and several hot tubs. Bottom line at the Golden Nugget: If you’re not playing golf, the pool is the place to be!

The Golden Nugget Spa & Salon is adjacent to the H2O Pool & Bar, very convenient if you’re craving a midday massage, manicure, pedicure or facial. At the Spa, you will also find a sauna, steam room, whirlpool and a fitness room with state-of-the-art Cybex cardio and weight equipment.

When it comes to breaking bread at the Golden Nugget, you are truly spoiled for choice. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse, Landry’s Seafood House, Lillie’s, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen, Saltgrass Steak House, Grotto and Claim Jumper are just a few of the dining options available. When it comes to a spur-of-the-moment dessert, The Chocolate Box offers gourmet handmade truffles and chocolates from around the world.

If you want to relax at a beach, the Golden Nugget has you covered. During the day, you can sunbathe, play beach volleyball, or stroll along the waters of the Contraband Bayou. After sunset, the fire pits on the beach are aglow, providing the perfect place to unwind after a busy day at the resort. The Cadillac Beach Bar & Grille is right on the beach and offers great margaritas and food.

If you have any energy left after a fun-in-the-sun kind of day, there is a large, beautiful place right in the middle of the complex called a casino! Since you have already had the good luck to find the Golden Nugget, you might as well find an exciting table game or slot machine to top off your day.

L’Auberge Casino Resort and the Contraband Bayou Golf Club (www.llakecharles.com)

Next door to the Golden Nugget is another awesome place to play, the L’Auberge Casino Resort and the Contraband Bayou Golf Club. The Contraband Bayou Golf Club is a Tom Fazio design and the only public Fazio course in Louisiana. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Golfweek named this course one of the “Best Places to Play in Louisiana.” That is a well-earned endorsement. It is a blast to play. Eight spectacular lakes are found on this course. When you record a subpar score on any hole at Contraband, you can say that you recorded a birdie on the bayou. The signature hole is the downhill par three 8th—it’s a visual masterpiece and fun to play.

L'Auberge Casino and Contraband Golf Club

L’Auberge Casino and Contraband Bayou Golf Club

The resort has a very warm and comfortable atmosphere with a design inspired by the Texas Hill Country, and offers several unique dining options. Breakfast at Favorites Southern Kitchen includes what I believe are the perfect beignets and a stuffed Brioche French Toast like nowhere else. Embers Steakhouse is elegant, romantic and delicious. If you dare, order the 40-ounce bone-in rib eye. I guarantee you will not forget it. L’auberge also has a huge pool area with a lazy river and large, first-class casino. The hospitality shown by the entire staff ensures a return trip will be scheduled.

More Courses

Gray Plantation Golf Course, The National Golf Club of Louisiana and Mallard Cove Golf Course are three more excellent courses to try in the Lake Charles area. At Gray Plantation, the view of the plantation-style clubhouse from the 18th tee caps off an experience that is filled with many sightseeing and shot-making opportunities. Plantation is impressive, especially its four-par threes, two of which have island greens. Lunch on the veranda after golf was superb. I recommend their Pressed Pork sandwich.

At the National Golf Club, which opened in 2009, there are generous landing areas off the tee. The rolling terrain and over-sized greens give you many different shots during any given round. If you pay attention to pin positions with your approach shots, it’s possible to get up and down for par more often than not.

Mallard Cove is a favorite of the locals and is the site of the annual Lake Charles City Championships. The 18th hole at Mallard Cove is one of the most unique finishing holes in golf, as it has multiple options from the tee. The key to success at the 18th hole is to avoid the water at all costs with your tee shot. There are three routes to take off the tee. Mallard has a very nice new clubhouse with a bar and restaurant. It’s a top-tier municipal facility.

Each of the courses I’ve mentioned is in a class of its own and fun to play. All five courses are as appealing to the scratch golfer as they will be to the weekend warrior. All five are also bargains for their respective green fees, which range from around $25 to $160.

Local Eats

The Lake Charles area has many great local restaurants. Two I have visited are local favorites, The Seafood Palace and the recently opened 1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Seafood Palace is not fancy, just really great food. It has the best fried alligator I’ve eaten, and the boiled blue crabs are delicious. 1910 features Cajun/Creole dishes that are infused with a French backbone. Everything I sampled was worth coming downtown for, and the atmosphere is elegant, but relaxed.

It will take more than one weekend to enjoy all of the top-notch golf, dining, gaming and relaxation options that the Lake Charles area has to offer. But that’s okay. It’s only two hours away. As the locals say: Bon temps! (Let the good times roll!)

Nancy Kam

August 18, 2015 by  
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Kam_WebNancy Kam
Food Entrepreneur

The Sweet Taste of Success

Kam’s Kettle Cooked Foods’ Home Canning Tradition Turned American Dream

After 40 years of canning chili sauce in her home kitchen, President and CEO Nancy Kam’s family sauce has made it into more than 1,400 Kroger stores across the nation. This 100-year family tradition has evolved into the much sought-after American foodie dream come true. Launching in 2014 at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, her artisan based company swiftly moved into national status, which is even hard for larger food producers to accomplish. Nancy proclaims, “Chili sauce is a comfort food that brings me back to my childhood. Someday we plan to help feed America’s poverty-stricken children. I want to give back since I had such a fortunate upbringing.

Available at Kroger, Select Safeways and Whole Foods Markets

Find a store and get a coupon at: www.kamskettlecooked.com

Karleana Farias

August 18, 2015 by  
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Farias_WebKarleana Farias
Family Law

Leadership in business requires commitment. Karleana Farias is committed to excellence in the legal profession. A rising trailblazer in the field, Karleana has worked for the U.S Justice Department, a non-profit organization working with the South African Parliament, as well as the House of Representatives in Puerto Rico. Karleana’s past experiences and cultural diversity—she’s Cuban and Puerto Rican—complement her ability to provide legal and mediation services to clients in Harris and surrounding counties. Focusing primarily on family law, the Farias Law Firm also offers services, available in Spanish, in criminal, civil and immigration matters. At the Farias Law Firm we believe that being distinguished as a top woman in business is a recognition of our commitment to quality, leadership and zealous advocacy for our clients.

Karleana Farias
Farias Law Firm
801 Congress St., Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77002
713-226-7999
www.fariaslaw.com

Kristi Hustak, MD

August 18, 2015 by  
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Hustak_WebKRISTI HUSTAK, MD
Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hustak is the first female plastic surgeon at the prestigious Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery and performs a wide spectrum of plastic and reconstructive procedures, with a specific interest in female genital rejuvenation procedures.

Trained in the most advanced plastic surgery techniques, Dr. Hustak combines surgical expertise with a compassionate, gentle approach to bring long-lasting, natural-looking aesthetic improvement to the face, breastscv and body. All surgeries using general anesthesia are performed in Dr. Hustak’s certified state-of-the-art surgical facility following the most stringent safety protocols to optimize patient safety. In addition, Dr. Hustak offers numerous nonsurgical treatments that restore a youthful, refreshed look with little to no downtime required. Our comprehensive care blends artistry with surgical precision, advanced technologies and research—all in a caring and exceptional environment. And the end result is the very best you.

MEMORIAL/TOWN & COUNTRY
12727 Kimberley Lane, Ste. 300
Houston, TX 77024

KATY
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
713-354-5154

www.kristihustakmd.com
www.mybeautifulbody.com

Maria Calcina, DDS

August 18, 2015 by  
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Calcina_WebMaria Calcina, DDS
Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Maria Calcina was born in Tientsin, China, before immigrating to Venezuela. She studied dentistry at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and went on to pursue her postgraduate degree in pediatric dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.

After winning a battle with endometrial cancer, Dr. Calcina pursued her licensure in the U.S., where she taught at the University of Maryland College of Dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Calcina relocated to Houston, and after beating breast cancer a year later, opened her practice in Katy. Dr. Calcina is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Association of Women Dentists, the Greater Houston Dental Society, the Hispanic Dental Society, the Houston Asian Dental Society, the Texas Dental Society and the Texas Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry.

Maria Calcina, DDS
19214 Clay Road, Ste. D
Katy, Texas 77449
281-463-4333
www.claydental.net

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