Adams Law Firm

October 20, 2019 by  
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Personal Injury | Family Law & Divorce

Personal Injury

WILL ADAMS AND HIS TEAM REPRESENT PLAINTIFFS IN SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS. He is Double Board Certified in Personal Injury by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Will has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyer in Texas and has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® in Texas Monthly every year since 2010 and one of the ‘Top Lawyers for Personal Injury’ in Houston every year since 2006. Will currently serves as President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.


Family Law & Divorce

THE FAMILY LAW GROUP AT ADAMS LAW FIRM STANDS TALL FOR TEXANS DURING DIFFICULT TIMES. The firm has been representing families and individuals in a wide range of challenging family law and divorce matters since 1977. The firm is proud of the recognition of Attorneys Heather M. Bachman and John F. Lemos as among Houston’s Top Lawyers for Family & Divorce for 2018. Heather is serving as President of the Fort Bend County Bar Association for 2019.  


ADAMS LAW FIRM
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Ste. H205
Katy, TX 77494
281-391-9237 • adamslawfirm.com

Tyrone C. Moncriffe

Attorney at Law

Moncriffe

Tyrone C. Moncriffe is board certified in criminal law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and certified first chair in death penalty cases in Harris County. Currently, he is a faculty member of the Criminal Law Institute. Moncriffe handles serious felony cases and always strives for excellence in the courtroom.

He graduated from Texas Southern University Magna Cum Laude and received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1982. Texas Super Lawyers® in Texas Monthly magazine voted Moncriffe as one of the best in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and Top Lawyers in H Texas magazine from 2008 to 2018.

He always believed that no goal is accomplished by one person. He acknowledges his wife Brenda and his daughter Chantel for constant support. His brothers Randy, Errol, Brian, and Burford and best friend Alvin Hubert have provided years of encouragement. He thanks his grandparents, Mary Moncriffe, Morris and Annie Conner and also his father Richard and Uncle Charles Moncriffe for never allowing him to give up his dreams, and the loving memory of his beloved mother Lois Moncriffe, who told him to, “always reach for the sky and even if you fail you will be among the stars.”

Moncriffe gives acknowledgement to Sandra Zimmer of Self Expression Center; she taught him the importance of, “being with the audience and not performing for them.”

Moncriffe has dedicated himself to constant self-improvement and providing the best representation possible for his clients.


Tyrone C. Moncriffe Associates
1001 Texas Ave., Ste. 720
Houston, TX 77002
713-224-6628 • tyronemoncriffe.com

Catherine Herrington Hale

Family Law and Civil/Probate Litigation

Cathy Hale is the founder of The Herrington Law Firm and has represented hundreds of clients since 1998 in family law and civil/probate disputes. She is committed, along with her team of associates and paralegals, to providing quality legal representation to her clients and obtaining the best outcome through trial or mediation. Clients often note her passion for the law, respect in the legal community and accessibility of her firm. At The Herrington Law Firm, you will receive personal service and experienced advocates in the courtroom.


The Herrington Law Firm, PC
10190 Katy Freeway, Ste. 440
Houston, TX 77043
713-227-0050 • herringtonlawfirm.com

Julia Dean

October 20, 2019 by  
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Appellate Law & Estate Planning

In the legal profession, the trust built between attorney and client is just as important as the legal expertise the attorney possesses. Julia Dean is an attorney who values each client and takes the time to ensure their concerns are addressed. Ms. Dean has a dual emphasis, handling complex civil cases on appeal in both the state and federal courts. Further, Ms. Dean designs custom Estate Plans to suit the needs of each individual client, and her expertise extends beyond Estate Planning into Elder Law, Probate and Guardianship in order to support the client’s Estate Planning needs holistically. Not only are the practical elements of the Estate Plan addressed, Ms. Dean incorporates planning which focuses on the legacy of the individual or family. Ms. Dean explains, “We are unique in that we strive to not only create excellent legal work, but to care for and truly listen to our clients.”


The Dean Law Firm, PLLC
1650 Hwy 6 South, Ste. 100
Sugar Land, TX 77478
281-277-3326 • juliadeanlaw.com

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Personal Injury/Business Litigation Since 1951

While clients have trusted us with their legal matters for close to 70 years, attorneys across the state have trusted us too. Our firm is proud to note that our partners have set a new benchmark in the firm’s long history of leadership and recognition.

Randy Sorrels – President, State Bar of Texas – the third largest bar in the country

Benny Agosto, Jr. – President, Houston Bar Association – the largest local bar in Texas

Mo Aziz – Recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Houston

Brant Stogner President, South Texas College of Law
Houston Alumni Association – an organization with more than 15,000 members


ABRAHAM, WATKINS, NICHOLS, SORRELS, AGOSTO & AZIZ
800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002
713-222-7211 • abrahamwatkins.com

Back Row, left to right: Angelina Wike, Imrana L. Manzanares, Lena B. Laurenzo, Jonathan D. Sneed, Alexandra L. Farias-Sorrels, Jennifer O’Brien Stogner, Ciro J. Samperi, Kelly M. Woods, Michelle A. Ciolek, Karl P. Long

Front Row, left to right: Muhammad S. Aziz, Benny Agosto, Jr., Randall O. Sorrels, Nick C. Nichols, Brant J. Stogner

Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM

October 17, 2019 by  
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Raed Gonzalez, JD LLM | Immigration Law

RAED GONZALEZ IS THE CHAIRMAN OF GONZALEZ OLIVIERI LLC. His firm has developed into an immigration powerhouse, obtaining success in a number of difficult and complicated cases for his clients. Mr. Gonzalez is skilled in all aspects of civil and federal litigation. He is admitted to practice before: the nation’s Immigration Courts; the Board of Immigration Appeals; the Texas Supreme Court; the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th, and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Gonzalez has fought for the rights of his clients all the way to the Supreme Court, where he has had four victories: Dada v. Mukasey, 128 S. Ct. 2307 (2008) (winning a groundbreaking triumph before the U.S. Supreme Court where the Court granted and remanded the case); Alexis v. Holder, No. 09-955, unpublished (June 21, 2010) (receiving a second grant of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court on a collaborative effort); Mata v. Lynch, 135 S.Ct. 2150 (2015) (holding in an 8-1 decision that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in finding that it did not have jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of an untimely motion to reopen); and Diaz-Esparza v. Sessions, No. 17-820, unpublished (June 15, 2018).

Under his leadership, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC has experienced significant growth. The firm currently employs 16 attorneys, all of whom strive to achieve the best results possible for their diverse clients. In light of Mr. Mr. Gonzalez considerable experience, his firm is able to offer legal expertise in the areas of business immigration, family-based immigration, and removal defense. Mr. Gonzalez also serves as a frequent contributor in the media, making appearances on CBS, CNN, ABC News, FOX News, Univision, Telemundo, among others. His cases have been covered by the New York Times, the Houston Chronicle and National Media newspapers. Under his leadership, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC provides tactical solutions and expert knowledge to each client’s case.

Under the leadership of Mr. Gonzalez, Gonzalez Olivieri LLC provides tactical solutions and expert knowledge to each client’s case.


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

Travers & Travers

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law, Appellate Law, Mediation

PROTECTING WHAT MATTERS MOST, Travers & Travers is a family of family lawyers.

These dynamic lawyers are family law leaders throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties. From divorce, complex property cases, and custody disputes to mediation and appellate practice, Travers & Travers is experienced in all aspects of family law.

Travers & Travers is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Both Mack and Sherrie are Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers. Sherrie is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


Travers & Travers
20501 Katy Freeway, Ste. 124
Katy, TX 77450
281-492-2166 • katylawyer.com


Clockwise from left: Sherrie Haussner Travers, Allison Travers Hamilton and Annilee Travers Reed.

Larry Chamberlin

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law & Mediation

Split

In the young child’s father’s house there is a photograph of the two of them his dad is on his left and the child, about nine, stands all the way to the picture’s side with his dad’s arm behind him, hand resting on his left shoulder. The child is beaming in delight, pure joy of living written on his face and dad looks admirably proud. Another arm comes from off frame held behind the child and smaller hand rests upon his right shoulder.

 In his mother’s house is another photo: he is on the right and his mother the left; he wears the same beatific countenance and his mother looks spirited with love. The arm which comes from off frame is held behind the child and familiar hand rests upon his left shoulder.

LMC 19 July 2019


YOU CANNOT POSSESS THE HAPPINESS OF A CHILD. You must share it with the sun, the moon and the other parent.

Before earning his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, where he was elected to the National Order of Barristers in 1988, Mr. Chamberlin received a Masters of Arts in International Business Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also Board Certified in Family Law, a member of Mensa and in 2006 while in the Juvenile Forensic Psychology Masters program, he was elected to Psi Chi, the prestigious psychology honor society.


Chamberlin Law & Mediation
3724 FM 1960 Road W., Ste. 222
Houston, TX 77068
281-580-2222 • larrychamberlin.com

Barbara K. Runge

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law

Runge

Board certified in family law since 1981, Barbara handles divorce cases, complex property cases, custody cases, modifications and premarital and marital agreements. She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Additionally, Barbara represents clients using the collaborative method or litigation as determined by the case and the client’s desires. Her individual practice is only enhanced by her active participation in and dedication to many top legal organizations. Barbara has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech School of Law, the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists’ David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law and the Outstanding Service Award for Texas Tech School of Law.


BARBARA K. RUNGE
5615 Kirby Dr., Ste. 920
Houston, TX 77005
713-523-5363 • barbarakrunge.com

Robert North

October 17, 2019 by  
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Property Litigation

North

Engineer-turned-attorney Robert North combines his 24 years of legal and technical training with a practical approach to problem solving to provide effective solutions for the obstacles impacting his clients’ businesses. From traditional real estate transactions to litigation, North and his firm counsel land developers, community associations and other landowners on all issues affecting real property, including: title conveyances; easements and land encumbrances; contract, warranty, fair housing, restrictive covenant enforcement, real property finance and security agreements; lien priority and foreclosure; landlord/tenant disputes; and legislation affecting landowner rights. “I always look at the impact of my client’s decisions not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term, so that today’s decisions don’t become tomorrow’s disasters,” says North.

Among Robert North’s many distinctions include being selected as an H Texas Top Lawyer in Real Estate for 2014–2019, as well as being named to the Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars list from 2015-2017.


North Law, P.C.
1010 Lamar St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
713-844-8030 • northlawpc.com

Marcela Halmagean

October 17, 2019 by  
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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 researching and applying the law, insisting on close attorney-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. She is committed to working with each client closely to research and use the law to support the facts in each case.

During her professional tenure, Halmagean has worked for large corporate concerns, managing outside counsel on behalf of her employers, representing them in legal matters, including white-collar crime cases, breach of contract and partnership disputes. Because of her background, her passion lies with cases that involve complex fact structure and issues that tend to be rejected as “losers” by other attorneys.

Marcela Halmagean has a two-year degree in Public Speaking, an undergraduate degree in Accounting, an MBA, and has been licensed by the Texas Supreme Court as an attorney since September of 1997. She is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). For all the years she has been working as an attorney, 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. “Every client, regardless of the area of law, needs 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 a whole lot of carrying, and full access and availability, it makes for long-lasting relationships.”

Educated right here in Houston, Halmagean immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1983 at the age of 19. She quickly learned English and went on to building her educational credentials. By 1997 and only thirteen years after coming to this country as an immigrant, she passed the Texas Bar Examination while sitting for it under the Texas Bar Examination “Rule of 86.” The “Rule of 86” allowed her to sit for the Bar Exam before she graduated law school and once she successfully completed 86 credit hours before the final semester in law school.

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

After she passed the Bar Exam and graduated law school in May of 1997, she accepted her first job as project counsel consultant, in Zurich, Switzerland, for one of the then “Big Five” Accounting Firms. She was assigned to 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. While in Zurich, Halmagean was offered a position as an Associate General Counsel for a multi-national corporation with its headquarters in Europe. She accepted the offer and was transferred to Princeton, NJ, where her oldest child who is now 18 years old and a freshman student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was born.

On September 11, 2001, and only months after her first child was born, Halmagean was in Washington DC on a job-related matter while her family was in Princeton. The trauma of having to live through the anxiety and fears that September 11, 2001 brought caused her to rethink her priorities. On that day, she decided to leave the corporate arena and start her own law practice…back here, in her adopted hometown. From that day onward, 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 and Professional Women’s Association. “I’m one of the few attorneys out there who love their work. Since I have been in private practice, I have been waking up every morning with the most difficult dilemma on my mind: whether I should take time off and spend it with my children or whether I should schedule them for activities so I can work with my clients on their pressing issues. With time,” Halmagean says, “it got easier, of course. Our oldest is now in college and our 13-year-old boy is beginning to exert his independence from his mom and dad. The one thing that has been consistent in my life is my passion for my children and my clients…but when my children are going to be long gone, tending to their own adulthood, my clients will still be here. My clients give me purpose and for as long as I feel that way, who needs therapy, right?” Halmagean also admits that tending to her clients and their needs at full availability fills a void that is now left by having one child out of the home and in college, which is a transition for a parent, especially if all planning in life was done around that child. “I’m grateful for the opportunity I have been given to help people in need. There isn’t a more satisfying feeling except perhaps for learning that your child is emotionally adjusting very well in college, while far from home.” The giggle was soft but audible. “I’m here to stay, I guess.”


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

Alton C. Todd

October 17, 2019 by  
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Personal Injury

Alton Todd is an experienced trial lawyer who has built a solid practice and reputation for successfully handling difficult cases in general civil and trial law, personal injury , negligence, product liability, medical malpractice, toxic tort and premises liability including, chemical plant explosions and railroad crossing accidents. He is Board Certified in both Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member and Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas and the Eastern District of Louisiana. He Is licensed to practice in Texas and Georgia.


THE LAW FIRM OF ALTON C. TODD
312 Friendswood Dr.
Friendswood, TX 77546
281-992-8633• actlaw.com

Mary E. Ramos

October 17, 2019 by  
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Family Law

AT THE HELM OF THE RAMOS LAW GROUP, PLLC, WHICH SPECIALIZES IN ALL ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW, MARY E. RAMOS IS KNOWN AS THE GLADIATOR OF FAMILY LAW. From adoptions, divorce litigation and child custody to high-asset property division and more, the firm provides exceptional service and insight to each and every client. “From the first time I stepped into a family courtroom, my role as a family law attorney was clarified. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else with my life. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love every day, and I am blessed in being able to pursue my dreams as an advocate,” says Ramos, who’s Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization with more than 15 years of experience.

Together with her seasoned associates, Ramos is a firm believer in continuing education. To that end, the team is active in various legal organizations, with Ramos maintaining membership in the Texas Bar College, which warrants four times the education requirement for all attorneys. Membership is an honor bestowed to less than 10 percent of Texas attorneys.


RAMOS LAW GROUP PLLC
1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006
713-225-6200 • ramosfamilylaw.com

Oralia De Luna

October 17, 2019 by  
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Immigration & Nationality Law

BEING THE DAUGHTER OF IMMIGRANTS AND A FIRST-GENERATION AMERICAN, ORALIA DE LUNA UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF HER CLIENTS. Due to her zealous representation in immigration matters, she has earned the distinction as one of Houston’s top immigration lawyers for the past 10 years by H Texas magazine, and 10 Best Immigration Attorneys in America for the past seven by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

Individual and corporate clients worldwide turn to Ms. De Luna for business, family and employment-based matters. A leader within the profession, she has held positions in the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and Mexican American Bar Association of Houston.

Whether you’re seeking legal representation or advice in the green card, naturalization, visa processes and federal courts, Ms. De Luna has the experience to handle and answer your most complex immigration questions. Her firm maintains direct communication with clients and provides the utmost reliability, hence their motto: “Clients First. Excellence Always!”


De Luna Law Offices, PC
713-589-5269 • delunafirm.com

Principal Office
1627 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006

Rio Grande Valley
320 W. McIntyre St. Ste. 10, Edinburg, TX 78541

WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS OPENS FIRST RESORT IN MEXICO AT AWARD-WINNING, LANDMARK PROPERTY

September 24, 2019 by  
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Mexico’s number one resort, previously known as The Resort at Pedregal, debuts as a Waldorf Astoria to expand the brand’s global portfolio in the Caribbean and Latin America
LOS CABOS, MexicoWaldorf Astoria Hotels & ResortsHilton’s (NYSE: HLT) iconic luxury hotel brand, today announced the debut of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal  transforming The Resort at Pedregal as the brand´s first property in Mexico. The award-winning Forbes Five Star Resort and Spa, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was acquired by affiliates of Walton Street Capital Mexico and now invites guests to enjoy Mexican-inspired, unforgettable experiences through the brand’s True Waldorf Service.

The new Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is situated on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. This exclusive haven, accessible solely by Mexico’s only privately owned Dos Mares tunnel, creates a strong sense of arrival and is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo San Lucas yet seemingly worlds apart.

“The Waldorf Astoria brand has been setting the standard for luxury and personalized service across the globe for more than 100 years,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The conversion of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal reflects this commitment to expand our luxury portfolio and bring our True Waldorf Service to the world’s most sought-after and inspiring destinations.”

The resort boasts 119 guest rooms and residential-style suites including the one-bedroom Dos Mares suites, two-bedroom beachfront suites, and the presidential beachfront suite, all featuring their own private plunge pools. Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service provided by a team of Personal Concierges who are available around the clock to assist guests with their requests.

“We are excited for the next chapter of this landmark resort. Having been with the property since its opening ten years ago, the team’s dedication to providing everlasting experiences to our guests and commitment to preserving the area’s rich history and culture have been of upmost importance,” said Fernando Flores, general manager of the property. “Combined with Waldorf Astoria’s unparalleled, intuitive service, unwavering attention to detail and culinary excellence, this new Waldorf Astoria property will undoubtedly bring Los Cabos to the next level of unforgettable luxury.”

Following Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal features an extensive and unique dining program with culinary offerings including:

  • El Farallon: In an alfresco setting suspended over the ocean, El Farallon features an “ocean-to-table” menu enabling guests to choose from a variety of fresh fish from the surrounding waters.
  • Don Manuel’s: The resort’s signature restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, using cuisine made from local, organic ingredients and prepared using modern interpretations of old-world techniques.
  • Crudo Bar: Meaning “raw bar” in Spanish, Crudo Bar is uniquely situated in the center of the main pool, offering a wide selection of freshly prepared tiraditos, ceviche and Mexican inspired rolls.
  • Beach Club: A casual poolside dining venue, it serves coastal favorites such as Hummus, Baja Wraps, Fresh Grilled Seafood, Grilled Panini Sandwiches and Classic Caesar Salads. 

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal debuts as the premier offering in the region, with an array of best-in-class facilities and immersive experiences such as concierge services, a private chef upon request, transportation via the resort valet, and customized daytime itineraries. In addition, guests will continuously feel welcomed through an array of complimentary amenities including locally inspired drinks, daily afternoon surprises featuring regional cuisine, and a welcome bottle of Clase Azul Tequila in guests’ rooms.

Additional programming provided by Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal includes:

CURATED EXPLORATION: The new Beyond the Beach adventures include a culinary and art excursion with Savoring Todos Santos and Give-Back Tourism at La Candelaria where volunteer groups visit La Candelaria, aiding in the upkeep of the Agustin Melgar Primary School, followed by lunch with the school children. Additional adventures include Panga reef cruises, sunny yacht breakfasts, farm-to-table lunches and more in bountiful Baja. Each experience provides guests the chance to meet and interact with seasoned locals to give an authentic and personalized exploration.

WALDORF ASTORIA SPA: The new Waldorf Astoria Spa features 12,000 square-feet of space, providing a tranquil environment for reflection amongst pristine ocean views. This year, the spa is diving deeper into the healing elements with the launch of standalone 50 or 80 minute moon phase treatments — The Awakening Moon, The Nourishing Moon, The Calming Moon and The Resorting Moon — featuring natural ingredients and techniques that enhance the energy and healing influence each phase has on the body. Waldorf Astoria Spa also offers The Intention, a new Mexican folk healing treatment developed with local “sanadores” and shamans, that is composed of an energy cleansing ritual, craniosacral therapy and a Mexican folk massage; and new mindfulness and advance skin care treatments with tridimensional experiences: The Cure (detoxifying), Inhibit Face Lift (reforming), and 3D Collagen Shock (redefining).

VA Y VIENE BEACH BAR: New to the resort this year is the Va y Viene Beach Bar.  Inspired by the ocean that ebbs and flows, the new mobile beach bar features a variety of champagnes for guests to taste and sip on while taking in the ocean views from swinging chairs with the sand between their toes. 

“It is a privilege to have such a distinguished resort join our growing portfolio as we continue our rapid expansion, set to celebrate 100 hotels in Mexico by 2022,” said Jorge Giannattasio, senior vice president and head of operations, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “Recognized as one of Mexico’s most renowned resorts, the property provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to once again partner with Walton Street Capital Mexico to further support the country’s growing tourism sector. Travelers have come to expect the best of luxury at this idyllic oasis and we look forward to further enhancing the resort experience with our unique standards of luxury service.”

Hilton currently has a portfolio of approximately 150 hotels and resorts across 23 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, including nearly 70 hotels open and welcoming travelers in Mexico.  The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America, and has a robust pipeline of more than 90 hotels throughout the region, including 30 projects in Mexico.

Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is also a part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi. For more information about Hilton, please visit newsroom.hilton.com.

Rates at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal start at $750, and the resort is offering its exclusive Unforgettable Pedregal Offer where guests can receive roundtrip transfers to and from San Jose de Cabo Airport, complimentary Spa access and amenities, a $50 beverage credit per room, special nightly VIP amenities, and one complimentary night for a future stay.  For more information on the resort and special offer, please visit www.waldorfastorialoscabospedregal.com.

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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Unified by their inspirational environments and True Waldorf Service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver graceful service from the moment a guest books through checkout. In addition to the brand’s renowned hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a best-in-class residential portfolio, including 15 properties either open or in development, that provide the comfort of a private home combined with the unsurpassed amenities and legendary service of Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is a part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience Waldorf Astoria by booking at www.waldorfastoria.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow Waldorf Astoria on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 5,700 properties with more than 923,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 89 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.

Houston Weird Homes Tour

September 23, 2019 by  
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The Houston Weird Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, September 28. The event has 7 homes confirmed and, this year, one ticket gets visitors into every home. See details below and a release (in-progress) attached. Thank you!

WHAT: 4th annual Weird Homes Tour – Houston

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10am to 5pm

WHO: Weird Homes Tour (hosts); New Hope Housing (event beneficiary); 7 creative and extraordinary Houston residents and their uniquely Weird Homes!

WHERE: Several neighborhoods throughout Houston are featured on the tour. The tour is self-driven and self-paced.

WHY: This one-of-a-kind home tour takes attendees on a journey across Houston and into some of the area’s most imaginative and wonderful homes, where visitors can see and explore some truly unique designs and meet the minds that created them! Check out the home and collection of well-known art collector, Lester Marks; see Houston-based, internationally-known glass artist, Kim Clark Renteria, and her House of Luminosity; walk through the Instagram House (a.k.a. Montrose Studios out), and many more! (for details on each stop, see the attached release)

EVENT PAGE: http://www.weirdhomestour.com/houston-9-28/

35th anniversary Bridal Extravaganza announces BES Photo Experience

July 2, 2019 by  
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MEDIA ALERT:

Houston’s Most Established Wedding Show:


Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, 2019

WHAT:                    The Bridal Extravaganza Show, returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center to celebrate its 35th anniversary. This two-day event features hundreds of bridal vendors, and three new features: Live Styled Photo shoot, onsite childcare and the BES Photo Experience.

Special Programming: Live Styled Photo Shoot

The wedding vendors of the Bridal Extravaganza and Styled Shoots of Houston collaborated to create a display of trending wedding design aspects couples can incorporate into their own wedding. This live styled shoot will take place both days of the Extravaganza, allowing attendees to experience wedding design, lighting and invitations, cakes and more.

Special Programming: Childcare with Adventure Kids Playcare

A partnership is announced with Adventure Kids Playcare to provide childcare. Brides can take more time to shop and meet vendors, knowing their children are being lovingly cared for. Adventure Kids Playcare offers a safe and fun place for children ages 18 months and older. Feel comfortable dropping children off in a safe and caring environment. Reservations are recommended. Childcare is $15 per hour.

BES Photo Experience

Enjoy an Instagram-ready photo immersion containing 35 photo walls. Take a picture and tag the Extravaganza for a chance to win special prizes.

Tickets are available online at www.BridalExtravaganza.com. General admission tickets may also be purchased for $20 cash at the door.

For more information, visit www.BridalExtravaganza.com

WHEN:                    Saturday, July 13, 2019

Bridal Extravaganza Show: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See website for up-to-the minute schedule.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Bridal Extravaganza Show: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See website for up-to-the minute schedule.

WHERE:                  Bridal Extravaganza Show

George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, TX 77010

COST:                       VIP Pass: $55-$65 (online only)

Includes general admission, Seminar, and front row seat at Couture Runway.

General Admission: $15 (online and valid for Saturday or Sunday) $20 (at the door, cash only)

About Bridal Extravaganza Show

Since 1983, the Bridal Extravaganza Show has been bringing brides and bridal businesses together.  The founder and creator Linda Miller set the standard for bridal events in the US and beyond.  Today, the Bridal Extravaganza carries out her vision – introducing the best bridal vendors to Southeast Texas brides.  Catering exclusively to brides, grooms, and their families; the Bridal Extravaganza Show is a one-stop-shop bringing Houston’s top wedding vendors together in one location. Brides have more options, more choices and can make decisions and get down to the business of wedding planning.

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Adventure Kids Playcare to Offer “Playcare to Go” at the Bridal Extravaganza Show

June 25, 2019 by  
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Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, 2019 at the George R. Brown Convention Center

HOUSTON, (June 25, 2019) – Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial City, Houston’s only drop-in childcare center featuring an indoor playground and entertainment center, has partnered with the Bridal Extravaganza Show to offer Playcare to Go on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the bridal show on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2019. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adventure Kids Playcare will provide staff to entertain and supervise children while guests enjoy wedding planning at the show. Offering a safe and fun place for children ages 18 months to 12 years old, brides-to-be and the wedding party can feel comfortable while their children are on-site.
Additionally, Adventure Kids Playcare will have a booth at Bridal Extravaganza informing brides about Playcare to Go and how they can include childcare at their wedding and special events. Adventure Kids Playcare offers Playcare to Go for weddings and receptions, office parties, and corporate events and provides toys, games, snacks, arts and crafts activities, as well as experienced staff.

Bridal Extravaganza, America’s largest wedding planning event, features fashion shows, wedding seminars and over 350 vendors. Guests have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Houston’s top wedding vendors including displays of the latest trends for photography, caterers, wedding cakes, flowers and more. To reserve childcare at Bridal Extravaganza, visit www.bridalextravaganza.com/tickets for $15 per hour, per child.

Adventure Kids Playcare fills the need for flexible, hourly childcare that is necessary as families become busier. Childcare for children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old is available Monday through Thursday, until 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until midnight at their facility near Memorial City Mall.  Children can play, explore and learn in a safe, secure environment allowing parent’s time to work, enjoy shopping, dining, running errands or relaxing.
To schedule a tour, register your child, or to learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare, visit the website here or call 713-838-1414 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

About Adventure Kids Playcare Adventure Kids Playcare is a unique drop-in childcare center featuring an indoor playground along with multiple activities for children of all ages. The childcare center provides a safe and engaging environment for children while conveniently providing parents the ability to have a productive guilt-free day. Adventure Kids Playcare accepts children ranging from 6 weeks old to 12 years old. Children interact with one another while enjoying the many imagination stations, arts and crafts, playground, video games and more. Parents may drop off their children anytime with no reservation required following an initial, on-site registration, Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – midnight. The facility is open for private birthday parties every Sunday. 
To learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare, visit the website here or call 713-838-1414 and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

CANDYTOPIA HOUSTON OFFICIALLY OPENS IN HOUSTON

June 15, 2019 by  
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Candy Creations, Flying Unicorn Pigs and Marshmallow Tsunamis Have Invaded Space City

Candytopia, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted over half a million guests across the country, has officially opened the doors of its newest location in Houston (MARQ*E Entertainment Center, 7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 360) for a limited-run.

Candytopia features over a dozen rooms and environments with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The marshmallowy mini-theme park launched in 2018 in Santa Monica and has toured in San Francisco near Union Square, New York in Midtown Manhattan, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, and is currently operating locations in Atlanta and Dallas. The new location in Houston marks Candytopia’s continued success in attracting guests of all ages to top retail centers. Candytopia locations have attracted long lines with tickets selling out quickly.

WHAT:

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionery wonderland with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. It has amassed a huge following among guests of all ages and A-list celebrities alike including: Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff and Alessandra Ambrosio. Guests are treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises.

Candytopia Houston features the most popular attractions from its previous locations along with new H-Town-inspired elements unique to this location that will thrill locals and visitors alike. Candytopia Houston features a marshmallow pit; an underwater-themed wonderland filled with fantastical candy covered sea creatures; a rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs, confetti explosions galore, Trolli Twisted Sour Brite gummy samples and sweets from Black Forest. New to this location, unique Houston elements include a Houston Astros hat, Apollo 11 astronauts (in celebration of the 50th anniversary), a Beyonce mural and many more sweet surprises.

WHEN:

Candytopia Houston is now open at MARQ*E Entertainment Center (7620 Katy Fwy, Suite 360) Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out quickly. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.candytopia.com.

WHO:

Candytopia is a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed global candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

TICKET PRICES:

Adults: $28

Kids (4-12): $20

Kids (3 and under): Free

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday:  10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM

For more information, visit Candytopia.com or follow along on social media:

Instagram: @TheCandytopia

Facebook: http://facebook.com/thecandytopia

Twitter: @TheCandytopia

Snapchat: TheCandytopia

Official hashtag: #Candytopia

ABOUT CANDYTOPIA:

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionary wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience and welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. Candytopia was created by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (star of TLC’s “Candy Queen”), events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. Candytopia has drawn long lines and sold-out crowds during its limited run engagements in Santa Monica, New York and San Francisco. In 2019, it has opened in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, Dallas and Houston, with additional cities to be announced soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.candytopia.com

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Women in Wine at Del Friscos

March 17, 2019 by  
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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Hosts

Women in Wine Dinner with Pride Mountain Vineyards

Special Event to Take Place on Thursday, March 21 to Celebrate International Women’s Month

HOUSTON – (March 15, 2019) – In recognition of International Women’s Month, award-winning Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Galleria (5061 Westheimer Road, Suite 8060) will host a “Women in Wine” dinner on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. The event – which is open to the public with a reservation – will feature an exclusive, five-course menu to complement an impressive selection of wines from one of the most noteworthy female winemakers, Sally Johnson from Pride Mountain Vineyards.


The evening’s fare will feature such dishes as Day Boat Sea Scallop Crudo, Black Truffle Gnocchi,  Rosewood (Texas) Wagyu Striploin and more. Guests can also expect a collection of perfectly paired wine varietals from Viognier to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“We are thrilled to welcome our guests for a fine dining experience unlike any other, indulging in top-rated wines presented by one of the most influential winemakers in the county,” said Patrick Crow, general manager of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Houston. “The evening promises to be an unforgettable celebration filled with expertly paired flavors – a toast to women in wine with our partners at Pride Mountain Vineyards!”

Founded by Jim and Carolyn Pride in 1990, Pride Mountain Vineyards remains family owned and run with the couples’ two children, Suzanne and Steve, as co-owners. The vineyard is located on 235 acres in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, high on the spine of the Mayacamas mountains near the town of St. Helena, Calif. It is recognized as one of the “world’s greatest wine estates,” with only 22 other California wineries earning this distinction. Pride wines have appeared numerous times on Wine Spectator’s “Top 100 Wine of the World” list and have been served at the White House more than 30 times over the past 20 years.

Space is limited for this special event, to reserve your place today, visit https://delfriscos.com/promotions/women-in-wine-march-21/ or call 713-355-2600.

Five Course Wine Dinner Menu:

Passed Appetizers

Fontina Arancini

Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise

Prosciutto & Black Mission Fig Crostini

2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Napa Valley

            First Course

Day Boat Sea Scallop Crudo

2017 Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier Sonoma County

Second Course

Black Truffle Gnocchi

2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Valleys

Third Course

Rosewood Wagyu Striploin

2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa/Sonoma County

2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa/Sonoma Country

Fourth Course

Grilled Pineapple and Flambe Banana

Pride Mountain Vineyards Mistelle De Viognier Sonoma County NV

WHEN:             Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:           Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer

            Houston, TX 77027

                                      Reservations are required: 713-355-2600

COST:               $195 per person + tax and gratuity

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