Our My Top 5 series showcases Houstonians who are creating the city’s culture and community and asks them to share their own local favorites. This week we’re delighted to feature Kathleen Reynolds, co-chair of the upcoming Empty Bowls Houston Preview Party. A grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities, the Preview Party will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and will feature light bites, beer and wine, and the first opportunity to purchase an Empty Bowl.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Kathleen Reynolds
- Lei Low – I love this dimly lit, virtually hidden tiki bar on North Main so much that my husband and I got engaged there. The bar is a total tiki time capsule with incredibly fresh and creative cocktails. Even though the menu changes pretty often, my favorite is the Barefoot in the Sand, a piña colada-banana daiquiri hybrid. We love sitting at the bar and watching the bartenders work, but we also love inviting a group of friends and taking advantage of Lei Low’s group drinks −perfect for six people (or two really thirsty people).
- Eight Row Flint – When Houston’s weather cooperates, you can find me at Eight Row Flint with an order (or two) of guacamole and a deck of cards. This is a favorite neighborhood spot, and I love that it’s both dog- and kid-friendly. I love the frozen gin and tonic, a twist on the classic gin and tonic at Coltivare, Eight Row’s sister restaurant.
- Chinatown – Exploring Houston and its diverse culinary scene is a passion of mine. My husband Scotty and I love trying new restaurants in Chinatown, like Chendgu Taste, and returning for our old favorites like Sunday morning dim sum at Kim Son. All successful Chinatown adventures end with foot massages at Happy Feet where a full hour massage is only $25.
- Alley Theatre – I love Houston’s theater scene. We’re season ticket holders at the Alley Theatre and enjoy their diverse mix of edgier shows in the black box theater with classics. I love seeing actors in the resident company play four or five totally different characters in a year. The transformations are always amazing. Look out for their backstage tours, too. Most of the Alley’s sets are built in the theater’s Downtown workshop.
- Houston Astros – I love attending games. I’m a huge fan. I especially love making it out to a game early in the year when the roof is open, and on Fridays throughout the season to watch the post-game fireworks.
About Kathleen Reynolds
A native Houstonian, Kathleen Reynolds has a great love for Houston’s arts community. Reynolds has served on the Alley Theatre’s SCENE young professional steering committee as well as serving on the Board of Directors for HITS Theatre, a theatre education and outreach non-profit in the Heights where she took theatre classes as a child. She will also be co-chairing the Empty Bowls Houston Preview Party on Friday, May 17 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. A grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities, Empty Bowls Houston is implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media. Featuring light bites, beer and wine, and the first opportunity to purchase an Empty Bowl, the event will be held the night before the 15th annual Empty Bowls Houston main event and will benefit EBH, Houston Food Bank, and HCCC.