MAKING THE SCENE

On the go and in the scene, our editors Jake Gaines in Austin, Cynthia Smoot in Dallas, Jennifer Roosth in Houston and Eleanora Morrison in San Antonio have top drawer statewide recommendations that are must-trys as the new year unfolds.

Austin

KEEN ON KENDRA

America’s favorite fashion jewelry designer Kendra Scott has just opened her new flagship store (one of 95 stores throughout the country) in Austin. We think it’s a delectable delight for all ages of the designer’s fans seeking unique jewelry, home decor, gifts and beauty items. At KendraScott.com

SLY AS A FOX

La Volpe (which means fox in Italian) has opened its doors wide open, serving a wide array of dishes that blend traditional Mediterranean entrees with Southern vegetables and flavors. Plus, the restaurant and bar décor are foxy chic. At LaVolpeAustin.com

SWEET LORRAINE

San Antonio’s Bakery Lorraine opens its pastry perfection in Austin’s Domain Northside and the world is much sweeter for it. We’re crazy for everything here, and especially the Pain au Chocalat, Parisian Macarons and Bread Pudding. At BakeryLorraine.com

Dallas

HIGHS AND LOWE

The world fell in love with Catherine Giudici as she fill in love with Sean Lowe on ABC’s The Bachelor. Her LoweCo greeting card line has now been expanded to offer a scheduled gifting solution for special occasions. You can schedule a handwritten LoweCo card accompanied by a bottle of wine or bubbles, a Dr. Delphinium flower arrangement or an artful box of Kate Weiser chocolates. Additional upgrade gift options are available as well. In the DFW area at GoLoweCo.com

BESPOKE PET SET

We love that Kris Cormier Ammon has taken her love of illustration and calligraphy and transformed her hobby into an idyllic career. A KCA Design starts with a custom sketch that is completely unique and based on a photo of your actual pet. It is then translated into a wearable piece of art with luxurious threads on a cashmere sweater or on custom tea towels and cocktail napkins. Available online in an assortment of colors and styles. At KCADesignCo.com

BEWITCHING ALCHEMY

Dallas audiences can enjoy Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, comprised of mostly women performers and a completely female band at Lone Star Park. The production invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses, where a young couple fall in love and must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. From January 23 – March 3, 2019. At CirqueduSoleil.com

HOUSTON

THE NEW BIG EASY

Combining the synergy of the Bayou City with the Big Easy created Eunice, the new 7000 sq. foot modern Cajun-creole eatery that has become an immediate hit. Ensconced in a century-old grove of 20 live oak trees, the eatery is a study in contrasts, merging rural and refined. At EuniceRestaurant.com

WESTWARD, HO

Ford Fry’s Superica, located in the Heights, is a whimsical, memory lane take on Austin’s Tex-Mex and outlaw country music scene, a place where “sunshine spends the winter and guests and their friends come to experience each other,” Superica’s look and feel draws from environments spanning from the warm, casual vibe of the Texas Hill Country to the lazy beaches of Tulum on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The menu is categorized by what Executive Chef Kevin Maxey and Fry refer to as the “Tex-Mex Playbook:” classics like tacos, tamales, and enchiladas that began to appear at small Texas cafes in the 1920s; the additions of grilled fajitas and Parrilla Mixta introduced in the 70s when marinating and grilling came into vogue; and the Deeper in the Barrio era which began in the 1990s as traditionally Mexican dishes, including menudo, ceviche, and pozole, began to cross over into the Tex-Mex lexicon. At Superica.com

IN THE HEIGHTS

Offering a decadent menu of Gulf oysters, seafood, made-to-order fried chicken, pharmacy-style burgers, and snacks served late into the night, La Lucha is the place to dine for comfort food with an edge. At LaLuchaTx.com

SAN ANTONIO

SIGNATURE DISHES

Inspired by top San Antonio Chef Andrew Weissman, Signature crowns his 25-year culinary career, which began in Europe, moved to NYC and returned to San Antonio when he opened the fondly-remembered Le Reve. Located within the La Cantera Resort & Spa, locals and guests alike enjoy his contemporary interpretations of classic cuisine. At DestinationHotels.com/Signature-Restaurant

ITALIAN ADVENTURE

Itching for a culinary adventure close to home? Among San Antonio’s best dining options overlooking the scenic River Walk, Dorrego’s restaurant inside of Hotel Valencia stands out for its imaginative Argentinian inspired menu, featuring dishes from the regions of Spain, Italy, France and beyond, all woven into both classic and modern Argentinian traditions. At Dorregos.com

NO BOUNDARIES

At Periphery, located in San Antonio’s historic Monte Vista neighborhood, owner and Chef Mark Weaver’s menu features Southern-inspired food with an Italian slant and hints of smoke. Weaver works with freshly source ingredients to create a menu that rotates with the seasons. Periphery has become a local favorite for good food and wine, and great conversation. At PeripherySA.com