Joanna O’Leary

Joanna O’Leary is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine and a freelance food and travel writer based in Houston. Her exploits are chronicled on brideyoleary.com.
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In Praise of Color in Cuisine: Celebrating Black Chefs in Houston

Here are just some of our stars—some transplants, some homegrown, all outstanding chefs.

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Out of the Closet and on the Gridiron: A Short History of Gay Figures in Professional Football

As Houston prepares to host Super Bowl LI, we look to the progress that has been made in transforming the…

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A Curated Cocoa Crawl: HTX’s Hautest Hot Chocolates, Just in Time for the Holidays

As the holidays approach and it has finally cooled down, a sweet, warm libation can be a wonderful reward for…

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A Locally Curated Thanksgiving: Takeout That’s Heartfelt

If the idea of cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner makes you break out in a cold sweat, hives, or both,…

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Set Your Sights on Salem: Visit Massachusetts for the Best Halloween Getaway in the Country

If Halloween is your favorite holiday—or if you just have a penchant for the color orange, candy, and the macabre—then…

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PROST!: Celebrating Oktoberfest in Houston

If you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you certainly don’t have to be German—or even…

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Cinema and Cui-scene: Get a Taste of Houston’s Dine-In Theaters

Gone are the days when hungry moviegoers had to satiate their appetites with over-salted popcorn and jujubes.

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Basking in New Braunfels: A Late-Summer Retreat to Beat the Heat

If August’s triple-digit temperatures have you feeling logy and uninspired, perhaps a visit to Old Man River is in order.

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A Whiskey by Any Other Name Is Not from Houston: Yellow Rose Distilling

Started in 2010 by neighbors Ryan Baird and Troy Smith, Yellow Rose is the first (legal) whiskey distillery based in…

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Artistic Liberation in Marfa: Plan an Offbeat Getaway in West Texas

What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Marfa can only happen in Marfa.

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