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“Houston Is Haute” fashion show at Tootsies

wcr fashion show check inGlamour girls, real estate gurus, and industry friends came out for one haute night here in Houston.  April 16th The Women’s Council of Realtors hosted a fashion show at Tootsies in West Ave benefiting The Women’s Home.  Over 250 fashionistas filled the 15,000 square foot fab retail space for a sold out event raising thousands of dollars for the charity.  I was honored to be the event chair of this inaugural fashion event.  A special thanks to our amazing food sponsors Mr Peeples restaurant, Chef Soren Pedersen, and Osaka sushi.  Food was definitely abundant as well as wine and sippings from Dripping Springs Vodka. 

wcr fashion show modelsOur models for the evening strutting their stuff on the Tootsies catwalk include top performing area realtors Peggie Pentecost, Stephanie Finch, Monica McNeill, Tammy Bateman, Barbara Vaughn, and MaiLan Trinh. The lovely Rachel McNeill from KPRC Local 2 was our emcee.  These spring trends are sure to keep us cool this summer. Let’s go shopping!

New at West Ave: Nara restaurant

Dear Friends,
It’s time to share with you a new Houston Hot Spot!  Making its grand debut to all Houstonians TODAY, make your way to Nara Restaurant nara3at West Ave off Kirby.  To best describe this place, it’s Korean cuisine with a side order of Japanese flair!  From the moment you walk in the door think “zen”.  You are welcomed with a gorgeous replica of a willow tree (or some kind of cool tree), a lit up bar/lounge, then the restaurant presents its main attraction with sushi chefs in the middle of the mix.  Martha Turner Properties was invited to a“Friends and Family” exclusive preview night,  so we were able to indulge early, sample amply, and be able to share this sumptuous experience with You!

A quick tidbit about the Chef/Owner Donald Chang, he is a native South Korean who has lived in Houston for more than 35 years! He has been linked to acclaimed sushi joints including Uptown Sushi and Bluefin.  Nara’s original establishment opened its doors in 1996.  Now inner-loopers get their turn.

Now, on to my menu favorites to date:  Tasty Bites try the dumplings, jellyfish salad, tuna tartare, and the oxtail rice cake.  In Comfort & Classics try the bibimbap which includes crispy pork belly and a sunny side quail egg.  Or, the ocean medley bibimbap includes king crab, seared yellow fin sashimi, and prawns. In the Steamed Buns category, how about prime rib-eye bulgogi, the spicy pig, or peppercorn tuna.  And of course the Japanese influence offers a complete sushi roll and sashimi menu.  One last tip, save room for dessert!! From bacon cookies, to tiramisu, to ice cream, it is far from ordinary.

Are you hungry now?  Let me know what you think and maybe I will see you there?  For more information check out www.NaraHouston.com.

Until next time,
Nicole Brende a.k.a. “Trende Brende”