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Anthony Bourdain received plenty of love for the unconventional Houston episode of his popular CNN TV series Parts Unknown. The episode’s diversity was particularly praised. It turns out the bad boy chef turned travel savant achieved that with one simple edict. “No white people,” Bourdain told producers about his vision for highlighting Houston according to a recent New Yorker magazine profile. As PaperCity’s Jailyn Marcel pointed out when the Houston Parts Unknown first aired, none of the city’s celebrity chefs even sniffed a bit of air time. It turns out most of them never had a chance to get on. Foodie power...

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Sea-Arama Marineworld was an animal/entertainment park in Galveston, Texas, for 25 years. Opened in 1965 as one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation, it featured more than 25 acres, including a 4 acre ski lake, and a 50 foot long, 200,000 gallon aquarium. In 1988 it was the number one tourist attraction in Galveston, until the larger more flashy Sea World Park opened in San Antonio, and contributed to its closing in 1990. It remained abandoned until its demolition after 2006. I'm not supposed to present a place that no longer exists... But the pictures are just...

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Two of some of the most valuable soccer teams on Earth reportedly have scheduled a match at NRG Stadium. Manchester United is expected to take on Manchester City this summer at NRG Stadium, unnamed sources told ESPN. The match is slated to take place July 20. The International Champions Cup, a series of friendly soccer matches, announced the July 20 game last month, but a venue hadn't been named at the time, per ESPN. San Diego was expected to host the event.     Seven years ago — when the stadium was still called Reliant Stadium — Manchester United played...

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Being Texan is great. It’s almost like being in an exclusive club where everyone goes around constantly talking about how awesome the club is. Maybe some of the things we do around here are a little weird to outsiders, and that’s okay. Just remember, when your friends and relatives from out of state come for a visit, there are a few traditions you might have to explain to them about how we do things around here. 20. For one game each football season, high school girls suddenly look like they all won a horse race. Flickr/Henry Huey These are called “homecoming mums” and, like...

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If you missed having a 7-Eleven near you in Houston, your prayers may soon be answered. According to a release this week, the 7-Eleven chain has designs on returning to the Houston market very soon.  The Irving-based convenience store giant has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Sunoco LP. This agreement will see 7-Eleven acquire some 1,108 stores in 18 states.  There are currently locations southwest of Houston in Edna, Palacios, and Port Lavaca if you need your Slurpee fix. There are approximately 8,707 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. and Canada. This new deal will push 7-Eleven to nearly...

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