DISCOVER: NOW FOR SOMETHING NEW

The weather’s warming up and enjoying the city is our main goal this spring. We’re out and about with our scene-making Eleanora Morrison (San Antonio), Jennifer Roosth (Houston), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) and Jonathan Spindel (Austin).

Austin

HERE’S THE LOOT

For over six years, sisters-in-law Anna Crelia and Rhoda Brimberry have been elevating Austin events as owners and operators of the popular event rental and styling company Loot Vintage Rentals. Now, the Loot ladies are re-launching their brand with a new addition, the Loot Finer Goods home goods collection. Stop by the shop to experience it for yourself, or shop the full collection online. At LootFinerGoods.com

Image courtesy Eater Austin.

CIAO, BELLA!

Native Italians Delfo Trombetta and Erind Halilaj bring their experiences growing up in Italy at the new La Matta. Their goal is to offer diners authentic dishes as you would experience in Italy, presented in exactly the same way at this hip new lunch spot. La Matta. At LaMattaAustin.com

GREEN AWAKENING

Spruce up your home – and your Instagram profile, too – with a hip, healthy houseplant at Tillery Street Plant Company. Part nursery, part event space, Tillery Street offers a stunning selection of tropical plants, herbs and vegetables, and a dazzling selection of succulents. The expert staff can help you design an arrangement and teach you skills with a hands-on workshop. At TilleryStreetPlantCompany.com

Dallas

Photography by Demetri aka 90pts

LISTEN UP, BUTTERCUP

Hanna Fentriss is an emerging singer, songwriter, musician just released her first three song EP. All three tracks were written by Malex, a four-time platinum Grammy Award-winning producer who has worked with Eminem, Common, Gladys Knight and Reakwon to name a few. This girl is definitely one to watch, or should I say, listen to. At Hannahotline.com

PRACTICALLY PERFECT DESIGN

Ruti was founded in 2009 by Ruti Zisser who had a vision for a new kind of luxury brand. Zisser set out to change women’s relationships with their closets by combining innovative clothing design and the personal touch of a stylist with sophisticated technology at an accessible price point. Ruti has three simple rules for design: It must be cool, flattering, and practical. Now open at NorthPark Center. At Ruti.com

HISTORY RE-TOLD

We recommend subscribing to the new podcast, American History Tellers, hosted by Dallas resident Lindsay Graham, to take an immersive look at periods that shaped American history, starting with the Cold War and expanding into Prohibition and other eras. The platform shares little-known facts about these periods – like how jazz played a major role in promoting positive views of the US abroad during the Cold War. At iTunes and at Wondrey at http://www.wondery.fm/aht

HOUSTON

VIVA CUISINE

Xochi, the hottest Mexican food restaurant to hit the city in years was named one of the Hottest Restaurants in 15 American cities last year by Zagat, It’s blend of spices and flair will have you coming back every week for more. At XochiHouston.com

THE SPORTING SET

Always a sporting town, Houston now goes more international with the SaberCats, a major league rugby team. The action-packed matches are a must-attend for the sporting set as the season launches this year.

At HoustonSaberCats.com

FRESH GETS FRESHER

Emmaline, this new American cuisine-meets-European influenced restaurant, is already a hit here. A neighborhood kitchen serving European classics is part part bistro, part terrace lounge, part orangerie and part international bar.  At DineEmmaline.com

SAN ANTONIO

CLEMENTINE

Newly opened and nestled in cozy Castle Hills, Clementine is a family-owned, neighborhood restaurant that’s now serving up seasonal Southern American eats in a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere with flexible seating options. With a food philosophy focused on creating memorable and approachable dining experiences, Clementine is sure to impress on your next night out. At Clementine-SA.com

CON SAFOS

Located in the Yanaguana Gardens inside Hemisfair, Con Safos, Spanish for “with respect,” is a family-friendly bar & kitchen that summons the true spirit of iconic San Antonio through art, music, and food. Housed in a charming 1918 historic home, Con Safos sits in the heart of the park and has a sprawling patio perfect for enjoying live entertainment under the stars big and bright on any given night. At ConSafos-SA.com

COMMONWEALTH

CommonWealth Coffeehouse has been serving up traditional and artisanal French pastries and savory food in the heart of San Antonio’s growing culinary scene since 2014. Originally located in a refurbed French country-chic bungalow on Davis court in Mahncke Park, they have since opened more locations – the newest began brewing a few months ago at Hemisfair. Order a chocolate croissant, sip a latte, and stay a while. At CommonWealthCoffeeHouse.com