A Money-Saving Offer and More on Houston

It looks like the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is running another special to coax visitors to escape the rain and enjoy some time off this summer. Another letter arrived in the mail...

We know that August will bring back those "dog day afternoons" that we actually have grown to miss. You and your faily are invited to "make it one more time" and take advantage of another very special offer to visit Hyatt Regency Lost Pines for $129 per night.

The offer is available only to past Lost Pines guests Sunday-Thursday nights between August 5th and August 30th. You can visit lostpines.hyatt.com and use offer code 1MORE. I'm not sure if they're truly checking to see if you've stayed before but it's worth a shot.

As for Houston, here are a couple places to check out the next time you visit or you may have missed in your own backyard.

We met up with some friends today at Mint Cafe', a family-run Lebanese restaurant located in a shopping center on Sage and West Alabama - caddycorner from Macy's in the Galleria. A variety of homemade Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes make this a great place for a light lunch, a Sunday afternoon meal with friends or an evening bite. The atmosphere is modern but casual and the food is excellent. I particularly like the chicken kafta kabob sandwich. The complimentary olive tapenade and pita chips are delicious and the babaganouj has a wonderfully smoky flavor. Locals routinely rate the restaurant highly for its authentic food and friendly service. The restaurant has been open less than a year but has already developed a loyal following.

Now, onto a store is anything but a secret. In fact, Bering's Hardware has been a favorite of Houstonians in River Oaks, West U. and the Memorial area since 1940 (even though it started as a lumberyard on the east side) Definitely not your run-of-the-mill hardware store, Bering's offers everything from traditional hardware items (think screws, PVC pipe, tools, caulk, etc. to gourmet foods, fine china, luxury baby items, stationery (one of the best selections in town) and more. We went by the West U. location at 3900 Bissonett to pick up some thank you notes but usually visit the Westheimer location. Either one has a great selection although the Bissonnet location is massive.

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