Designer Evening Wear Showcase

February 3, 2012 by  
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March 1st-10th at Elizabeth Anthony / Esther Wolf (1180-08 Uptown Park Boulevard, Houston, 77056)

THE SKINNY: This Designer Showcase features EDITION by Georges Chakra , Lorena Sarbu, and Marchesa. The ready to wear line EDITION by George Chakra, caters to all occasions for the social savvy. The Lorena Sarbu brand is designed for the contemporary woman with impeccable style; Lorena infuses her glamorous and European-inspired personal style into each of her beautifully timeless creations. Marchesa is known for elegant evening wear that is worn by “A” list celebrities and socialites.

For more information, please visit or call 713-622-1331.

Cyclists Gear Up for 28th Annual BP MS 150

February 3, 2012 by  
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society to Host Ride April 21-22

The 28th Annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride, the largest event of its kind and the largest fundraising ride for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, will take place on April 21-22, 2012. Approximately 13,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the two-day, 180-mile trek from Houston to Austin. The BP MS 150 ride aims to raise $17 million this year to fund cutting-edge research
and support programs and services benefiting 56,000 Texans affected by MS.

Registration is available at The 2012 registration fee is $100, and a minimum pledge of $400 is required for participation. Individuals, families and groups are also encouraged to join the movement of creating a world free of MS by volunteering for the more than 3,000 positions in Houston, Austin and along the route. Log on to to
register as a cyclist or volunteer or to donate online.

Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 2012

The ride will begin in Houston on Saturday, April 21 and finish in downtown Austin near the State Capitol on Sunday, April 22, following an overnight celebration at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in La Grange. Cyclists have
the option to start at one of three starting points:

Tully Stadium Rhodes Stadium Waller Stadium
1050 Dairy Ashford St.

Katy High School Waller High School Houston, TX, 77079 1733 Katy Fort Bend Rd., Katy, TX  20735 Stokes Rd.,
Waller, TX

On day two, riders can choose one of two routes out of La Grange as they make their way to Austin.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and
treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.   The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help
people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around
the world. The National MS Society serves more than 56,000 Texans affected by MS with offices in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, Midland and San Antonio. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at or 1-800-344-4867.

Worst Cooks in America

February 1, 2012 by  
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How a vanilla chicken sends its creator to prime time

Worst Cooks in America turns hopeless cooks into confident kitchen mavens. The hit primetime competition series returns for a third season with a secret weapon from the Houston area, Dorothy Strouhal. Working under the undefeated series champion, Anne Burrell, Strouhal and her teammates compete against another team of horrible cooks led by superstar Chef Bobby Flay. For eight weeks, Sunday evenings on the Food Network will make even the shakiest of chefs feel good about their kitchen prowess.

How does one earn the distinction as one of America’s worst cooks? Your husband nominates you, of course. Producers came to H-Town to interview Dorothy’s husband, Jimmy. He shared several stories including her vanilla chicken story. When they were first married, Dorothy watched a baking TV show where she heard vanilla tastes good with everything. So, she proceeded to include the sweet ingredient in her chicken batter. “It wasn’t bad,” she says. “It was just confusing.” She has also given him food poisoning twice and put him in the hospital once. She now understands the relationship between temperature and amount of time out of refrigeration.

For most of their twenty-year marriage, Jimmy has done the cooking. “I cooked also,” she says. “It just wasn’t good.”

When she arrived in New York, she prepared her vanilla chicken for the judges. It was bad enough to earn her a spot on Chef Anne Burrell’s team. Burrell’s team has never been defeated. “I see why,” says Strouhal. “Wow! She is tough and doesn’t hold any punches.” Her teaching techniques are really simple, memorable and easily applicable. “She’s good,” comments Dorothy. “She ‘teaches stupid’ is what I call it.”

When Dorothy found out she had been selected for the show, she flew to New York. She had not done any preparations. “I did try to watch the show on line, but it made me too nervous,” she says. And, when she arrived onset, she found herself in a big kitchen. “I didn’t know where anything was; and I didn’t know what half the items were.” The first challenge was to make breakfast eggs, pancakes and bacon. “Who knew that you could make eggs more than scrambled?” She asks.

At press time, she could not reveal the show’s outcome. She did say the show is good for some laughs. “You will have a good time watching us scurry like rats.”

Dorothy says participating on this show was a great experience. “I learned the basic skills you need to prepare a meal,” she says. She now enjoys cooking for her family. As a change, they enjoy it too.

Worst Cooks in America airs Sunday evenings on the Food Network.

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