NEW, NOW & NEXT

Join our erudite editors Lance Avery Morgan (Austin), Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston) and Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) who are on the scene and on the go with this month’s recommendations of where to be, what to see and who to know.

Austin

PADDLES UP, PLEASE

Have paddle, will travel. New York-based SPiN is a network of ping pong social destinations that combine a unique mixture of sport, design, and entertainment meant to inspire connections and shared experiences, all in an exclusive environment. Specialty dishes and craft cocktails are even more reason to return as a group or a date. At Austin.WeAreSpin.com

THE WHOLE DEAL

Intero, which means whole in Italian, just opened thanks to married native Austinites Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig. Housed in a space that once housed the city’s Harley Davidson shop, the Italian cuisine might be some of the best west of Florence. Plus, Craig’s artisanal chocolates to finish the meal will have you making reservations again soon.  At InteroRestaurant.com

LIFE ON THE SPICY SIDE

Like Mexican food? Then you’ll love DK Maria’s Legendary Tex-Mex restaurant created by native Texans Mike and DK Reynolds and Bruce and Mary Evans. In fact, it might be the best Mexican food outside of a five-star resort south of the border. With a cold margarita (we recommend watermelon) and classic Mexican fare, old Austin never seemed so familiar. At DKMarias.com

Dallas

TRULY LUCKY

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House is celebrating 20 years at its Uptown location and they remain one of Dallas’ hottest happy hour destinations. The new cocktail menu features twenty new craft cocktails, featured wines, and selected appetizers – all are 1/2-priced Mon-Fri, 4:30-6:30 PM. Experience live entertainment seven nights a week. At Trulucks.com

TANGERINE DREAMS

After 16 years of owning and operating his own brand, Daniel Lewis has joined forces with Tangerine Salon Group (the official salon of The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders) as the lead stylist in the newest of their five Dallas-area locations at The Star in Frisco. You’ve known Lewis since he burst onto the national scene as a fan favorite on the Bravo TV show, Shear Genius, charming viewers with his wit, Southernisms and fondness for big hair. Additional salon locations include Dallas, Coppell, Allen and Highland Village. At TangerineSalon.net

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ROAD TO RECOVERY

When Michael Molthan appeared as a guest on a radio show about his recovery, iHeart Radio executives were so impressed with his passion and conviction that they offered him his own show. Tune into M2 The Rock on 1190AM or watch at the M2 The Rock Radio on Facebook every Monday-Friday from 7-8PM CST and on Saturday and Sunday from noon-1PM CST. Hear Molthan and a variety of guests discuss solutions to addiction, alcoholism, and unmanageable habits and how to support those on the road to recovery. At M2TheRock.com

HOUSTON

THE SOFTER SIDE

Longtime Houston favorite, The Cotton Club Collection, has new owners. Jennifer Cunningham and John Maguire, both former Tootsies senior buyers, have given a charmed facelift to this contemporary women’s clothing boutique that also has a curated gift shop for both men and women, fine jewelry, and a spotlight on accessories from around the world. At CottonClubCollection.com

BE MORE PACIFIC

Nobu Houston has arrived to the Galleria with over 10,000 square feet that includes an outdoor terrace, bar, lounge and event space. We loved it on the coasts and we love Nobu here, too. At NobuRestaurants.com/Houston

SPACE RACE

Want a deep dive into NASA?  Visit Rocket Park that literally has rockets everywhere. It’s a nod to NASA’s presence in Texas that has been so dynamic. At SpaceCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO

GARDEN DELIGHTS

La Botánica is a haven for the environmentally conscious diner, with edible gardens that serve as a real-life laboratory for those wanting to learn to grow their own food. For patrons who like to dine for a cause, the restaurant also doubles as a hot spot for film screenings, live music performances, installations by local artists, and cooking and gardening classes. At VivaLaBotanica.com

GET THE LOOK

Trusted San Antonio hair stylist Damian Gonzales III has opened a new contemporary, ultra-chic salon in the heart of Alamo Heights… LOOK. The by-appointment-only venue welcomes clients both old and new, and of course… “Royals” too, as one of the Fiesta Royal Court’s preferred stylists year after year. At LookSalon.com

A MEAL AT THE MUSEUM

San Antonio top chef Jason Dady has relocated his popular Tre Trattoria restaurant to The Historic Beretta Hops House at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The refreshingly updated space, formerly the museum’s cafe, is now home to Dady’s Italian eatery featuring breathtaking views of the San Antonio River. At TreTrattoria.com