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A $2 million renovation of the Fort Bend Museum is nearly complete, and the public will soon be able to experience the upgrades.

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While I don’t have much of a personal connection to Japan or Japanese culture, I’ve long admired from a distance the Japanese way of doing business — exporting some of its most iconic brands across the globe from a relatively remote archipelago with a colorful and youthful pizazz.

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The Sugar Land Arts and Cultural Foundation launched a virtual teen talent competition aimed at showcasing musical talent in Sugar Land earlier this year, and recently named the first of what will be six finalists to perform in the competition’s finale in June.

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  A burger and fries is about as iconic as it gets. It’s as American as Superman, ice cream and apple pie. But the visionaries behind Guru Enlightened Burgers and Bowls, Robert White and Victor Litwinenko, decided their burgers would have more interesting sidekicks. 

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Last month, Zeljko Pavlovic opened the fourth location of his Vivaldi Music Academy (VMA) at Sugar Land Town Square at 2115 Lone Star Dr. The 2,500 square-foot facility joins existing locations in West University, Bellaire and Memorial. 

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Central to Umami’s claim as the best sushi joint in town is the quality of its fish. The restaurant said it never uses Yellowfin tuna and only uses Spanish Bluefin tuna, one of the most expensive varieties in the world.

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  You can rack up a lot of mileage discovering some of the finest restaurants in Fort Bend County, but sometimes, the best food is right under your nose. 

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  The latest stop on the Fort Bend County Crawfish Season express didn’t leave much room for error with the high expectations it set from the moment I looked at the menu.

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One of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Sugar Land’s Town Square is also one of the best modern Southern spots in the area. State Fare Kitchen & Bar made its debut in Fort Bend County in July at 15930 City Walk, joining its sister location in West Houston.

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I have lived near the Texas Gulf Coast for two years, but this spring is my first crawfish season in the Houston area. It’s been an exciting thing to watch grocery stores and local restaurants set up their crawfish boils and release their seasonal menus in a variety of creative ways. 

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I have not shied away from mentioning my Chicago and Midwestern roots, and they will continue to influence my perceptions and thoughts as I do my best to convince you I have the bona fides of a respectable food critic. 

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Highway 6 can feel like a brick-and-mortar maze of retail shops and indistinct chain restaurants at times. Fortunately, there are a few places one can count on to transport you into a totally different environment, like the movies where a character pulls out a book from a stack of them on a …

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Beginning on Feb. 1, the Fort Bend County Library System will host a number of special online programs celebrating the history and cultural contributions of African-Americans in the United States and Fort Bend County.

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When you are the restaurant critic for a community newspaper with an ambition of exploring what are still relatively new surroundings during a global pandemic, you quickly get used to the solitude of dining alone. It’s drawn some parallels to my former life as a sportswriter on various high …

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Many distinctive details are easily observable about Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Stafford — from abstract vintage light fixtures to a hybrid rustic modern interior look that combines culinary fusionism and adventure with a more laid-back, old-school vibe. Napkins are held in place with classy-looking pipe fittings, and tables are […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com In just five years, Witt Pit BBQ has managed to gain quite a foothold in the Fort Bend County barbecue scene. I made the trip out to the restaurant, situated in the Garden Acres neighborhood of Rosenberg, thanks to an emailed suggestion from Doug Earle, who called it “the best” in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com In the movie business, “sequel” is perhaps one of the most polarizing words one can use. To a studio executive, the sequel represents a dream come true, but to some film snobs, a second act will forever pale in comparison to the original, forever remaining in its shadow. Having opened in […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com As I have argued previously in this space, aesthetics are a crucial component of the dining experience. Old Hickory Inn Barbecue has been a Houston-area institution since 1963. The Missouri City location has gathered a loyal following from generations of residents in nearby Quail Valley and beyond, in an idyllic location […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Lovers of blues music in Fort Bend County have an event to put on their calendar for the New Year. Fort Bend Christian Academy will be hosting Boots, Blues & BBQ on Feb. 20 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, according to a news release from the school. The evening will […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com John Holiday has always found his own groove. As an openly gay African-American man who came out as a teenager, the Rosenberg native’s journey has captivated millions of viewers of the hit NBC reality TV show “The Voice,” in which celebrity artists like Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani compete to coach their […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com While your annual office Christmas party or family gatherings may be much more limited this year, that’s no reason not to indulge in the tradition of baking cookies to celebrate the holiday season. Or better yet, you could save yourself the time and the hassle of cluttering up your kitchen and […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com Whether you know it as Sichuan or Szechuan, the province in the southwestern part of China is known for a few things: being home to the Giant Panda, the birthplace of a style of opera that dates back to the 1700s, and a fertile region that allows for a wide variety […]

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By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com If you want to see how history has treated Fort Bend County and play a hand (technologically) in its development, the soon-to-be revamped Fort Bend Museum might be the place to go. On Dec. 2, the museum at 500 Houston St. in Richmond broke ground on construction for a $2 million […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com At Houston’s Southwest edge in the Ridgemont neighborhood in the Fort Bend County portion of the city, you’ll discover Doña Leti’s Restaurant & Bar, one of the area’s most fascinating collections of Latin American cuisine. I had some trouble finding the place at first, because the restaurant, which had its grand […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Ray Younkin’s musical journey began when he heard his first Bruce Springsteen album at age 7. Almost 34 years later, the Sugar Land resident has become an accomplished performing and recording artist, working as a soloist and with multiple bands. One of those bandmates was Houston’s Anita Kruse, a recurring collaborator […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH smodrich@fortbendstar.com My dad has had — and maintains to this day — the somewhat idiosyncratic tendency, in my view, to insist upon our family using dishes and silverware for any takeout order or pizza delivery, no matter how fast or casual the food order. Perhaps it was a way of reminding my […]

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By STEFAN MODRICH  smodrich@fortbendstar.com  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Bend County residents had numerous ways to showcase their cultural and spiritual diversity through festivals and commemorations of holidays and other significant events. Now, the Fort Bend Interfaith Council (FBIC) is rallying to flex its muscles of religious heterogeneity virtually as it prepares for its sixth […]