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DESIGn FInD Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar, $1,995 stylish bar cart from Restoration Hardware (4030 westheimer rd.). inspired by an old light bulb tester found in an early 20th century German factory, this hollowed-out iron sphere measures nearly 4 feet deep and opens down the middle to reveal a handy hideaway for libations, complete with a wine rack, sturdy shelves on each side and hooks on the top for stemmed glasses. –Lindsay McGee Get Lit it may look like something out of a jules verne novel, but it’s actually a 32 | | june 2013 sean patricK flanery photo by andrew stiles, stylinG by stacy ellen. shirt and pants by indochino, tie by Klein epstein & parKer Klein epstein & parKer tie the loop | now! HoMETown HUnK Saint Sean Houston-reared Sean Patrick Flanery , 47, best known for his role as one half of the vigilante twins in the fi lm series Th e Boondock Saints —rumor has it a third is in the works—says there is one thing he must have when he comes home to visit. “Luby’s,” he laughs. “Th at’s what I miss more than anything. Gotta have that LuAnn Platter.” He also hangs at Th e Fairmont on San Felipe, a bar owned by an old friend. “I just like to come home and get recentered,” he says. Th e actor, who grew up in Sugar Land, now lives in Los Angeles, where he owns two martial arts studios and acts in his “spare time.” One of those “side gigs” is a recurring role on Dexter , whose eighth season premieres June 30 on Showtime. Flanery will play Jacob Elroy, an ex-cop turned private investigator, and, as with most characters on the show, Flanery says Elroy is part-good-guy, part-bad-guy. “It’s kind of wonderful to be part of something that already has an audience,” he says. “I like to joke that I’ve been in a lot of movies that no one has seen.” –Brittanie Shey

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HoMETown HunK

Saint Sean

Houston-reared Sean Patrick Flanery, 47, best known for his role as one half of the vigilante twins in the fi lm series Th e Boondock Saints—rumor has it a third is in the works—says there is one thing he must have when he comes home to visit. “Luby’s,” he laughs. “Th at’s what I miss more than anything.Gotta have that LuAnn Platter.” He also hangs at Th e Fairmont on San Felipe, a bar owned by an old friend. “I just like to come home and get recentered,” he says. Th e actor, who grew up in Sugar Land, now lives in Los Angeles, where he owns two martial arts studios and acts in his “spare time.” One of those “side gigs” is a recurring role on Dexter, whose eighth season premieres June 30 on Showtime. Flanery will play Jacob Elroy, an ex-cop turned private investigator, and, as with most characters on the show, Flanery says Elroy is part-good-guy, part-badguy.“It’s kind of wonderful to be part of something that already has an audience,” he says. “I like to joke that I’ve been in a lot of movies that no one has seen.” –Brittanie Shey

DESIGn FinD

Get Lit it may look like something out of a jules verne novel, but it’s actually a stylish bar cart from Restoration Hardware (4030 westheimer rd.). inspired by an old light bulb tester found in an early 20th century German factory, this hollowed-out iron sphere measures nearly 4 feet deep and opens down the middle to reveal a handy hideaway for libations, complete with a wine rack, sturdy shelves on each side and hooks on the top for stemmed glasses. –Lindsay McGee

nUMBER CRUnCH

1. The number of texans on Forbes’ list of top tastemakers. Houston accessories designer elaine turner, who expanded to new york city in april and will open stores in atlanta and dallas later this year, as well, launched her brand in 2000. The list, which was compiled by the national magazine’s travel editors, included hoteliers, chefs, designers and entrepreneurs who are making big moves in their industries in 2013.

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Paying Off!

As houston gets used to its national accolades— coolest city, most diverse, best place to go on vacation—it now must try another on for size—best paid. According to a recent study by the praxis Strategy Group, workers in reasonably priced h-town have the highest average income when adjusted for cost of living of any u.s. city. Here’s a glimpse of how the dollars are doled out. –Nick Esquer

EAT SHEET

French Confection

Macaron by Patisse (2033W. Gray St., 713.965.7359) from Canadian Sukaina Rajani is new to the River Oaks Shopping Center. Her charming shop with a striking bright yellow chandelier and mirrored walls, stocks 14 flavors of macarons daily, like lemon mascarpone. Custom orders of other treats, including cake pops and cookies, are also available. … L’Olivier (240 Westheimer Rd., 713.360.6313) has rolled out a new seasonal menu. Anticipate steamed black mussels with garlic and Italian sausage, and desserts like the “strawberry soup” topped with pistachio and vanilla ice cream.… Etoile (1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 832.668.5808) now offers a “social hour,” from 4:30 to 6:30pm with specials at the bar and on the patio. Merguez sausage with harissa mayo on ciabatta and crabcake lollipops are a few of the affordable new noshes. Mixologist Jason LaBove has selected a variety of wine and craft cocktails to complement each dish.Bottoms up! … Coming late this summer is 60 Degrees Mastercrafted restaurant (2300 Westheimer Rd.) by Fritz Gitschner, the only certified Master Chef in Texas, most recently with Houston Country Club. It will take the shuttered Palazzo’s space in upper Kirby.… Bocados has closed and The Brick & Spoon (1312 W. Alabama St.), a Louisianabased concept, will fill the cozy Montrose space with its first Texas restaurant. Stop by for a quick breakfast and a gourmet coffee, or stay for a long brunch with a “Big Spoon Bloody Mary.” The menu offers Southern favorites with a Creole twist, like wonton-shell breakfast tacos with creamy avocado salsa; shrimp-andtasso mac and cheese; and cafe beignets with maple-fig marmalade. The owners plan to open Red Ox Grill (811 Collingsworth St.) with a similar menu near Downtown later this summer. … Former Brasserie 19 chef Amanda McGraw now helms the kitchen at Tiny Boxwood’s (3614 W. Alabama St., 713.622.4224). The place’s menu has been freshened up with a seasonally inspired beet salad with radishes and pistachios, whole roasted Maine lobster with garden herb butter, oven-grilled masalaspiced Texas quail, and a buffalo tenderloin with mushroom risotto and blue cheese. Even better: the addition of movie screenings every Saturday this summer. Guests can spread out on the pretty lawn of the nursery/bistro and enjoy a flick outdoors. –Robin Barr Sussman

Fab 5

Big Night Out

As the mercury rises, here are five places to prep—head to toe—for a hot night out on the town. –LM

1 Sanctuary Spa d’Sante

Before the night begins, clear your mind with a relaxing massage at this holistic spa, which moved to a new, bigger location earlier this year. Prices vary. 1701 S. Shepherd Dr., Ste. C, 713.622.7722

2 Organic Tan

Visit the Bellaire location, or have the spray-tan expert come to your home, for a natural-looking—and, well, all-natural—glow.From $40. 4808 Laurel St., 281.731.3538

3 Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge

Cosmetics guru Sanchez and his team of artists offer makeup packages like “For Your Eyes Only” and eyelash strip application at this West Ave hotspot. Prices vary. In West Ave, 713.942.9177

4 Bliss Day Spa

A trendy spot on Shepherd touts candycolored barstools and cocktails for sipping while your nails are polished to perfection.From $25. 701 Shepherd Dr., Ste. 100,713. 864.8787

5 Blow Dry Bar

Hit this stylish salon, which recently opened a second location on Voss, for a beautiful blowout or understated updo. From $35.3264 Westheimer Rd., 713.522.2068; 1347 S. Voss St., 713.334.5880

CHARTICLE

Spin Zone

From a 13-year-old spinsation to Djs who have been in the biz for decades, these are fi ve of the city’s coolest personalities. See who’s turning tables—and heads—in H-Town now. –Evan Wetmore

oVERHEARD

“We’re going to focus on the fi ve food groups: burgers, fried chicken, pizza and tacos. And vodka.”

–Restaurateur Lee Ellis, of BRC and Liberty Kitchen, discussing the inspiration behind his and chef-partner Lance Fegen’s next restaurant concept, Cowboy Surfers in Garden Oaks. Surfers, set to open early this fall, will also tout a huge patio, a half-court basketball setup and pingpong tables.

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