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N O W I N H OU S T O N CUSTOM CONNECTIONS FINDING A KEEPER Everyone has a match. But if you’re a busy single professional with little time to attend to a more fulfilling social life, finding that special someone can become a challenge. Selective Search , founded by former executive recruiter Barbie Adler and serial entrepreneur Mitchell Berk, brings proven technological and data processes, executive-search discipline, and an unmatched level of personal attention to help you make meaningful romantic connections. Its record speaks for itself: an 87 percent success rate, nearly 4,000 happy couples, more than 1,500 marriages and about 500 babies since the service launched in November 2000. The company’s premium fee-based client program is customized for specific desires, needs and search criteria. Alternatively, single men and women of substance and style can participate for free by registering as an affiliate. Clients go through an intake assessment and interview process with a relationship expert. Affiliates are further vetted before their information and photos are compiled into a dossier presentation for the client. Using this information, and the guidance of the matchmaker, dates are established. “With the busy pace of life in areas like Houston, it can be difficult to meet quality individuals. Like hiring a personal trainer or wealth manager, Selective Search allows clients to leverage the experience of experts in the labor of love,” Adler explains. “Valentine’s Day also tends to put extra pressure on singles. We are committed to providing a strategic approach to dating, all the while knowing our clients don’t want to waste time and money on bad dates.” Client programs $25,000-$50,000 per year, inquire about custom programs, selectivesearch.com –Mike Espindle SAVORY & SWEET Clockwise from top: Johnny Carrabba’s new cookbook features secret family recipes like tagliarini icc i acc iu otogra ed y ood ex ert De ora ail e asting Room in Uptown Park welcomes winter it ne coc tails fired lo ster risotto alls are one of the many new items on the menu at ax’s ine Di e. EAT SHEET BON APPÉTIT Austin’s Ramen Tatsu-Ya (1722 California St.) heads to Montrose. In addition to seven noodle and broth combinations, the eatery makes chile “bombs” for avoring and dozens of unique toppings. ... Hawaiian-based Agu Ramen (9310 Westheimer Rd.) continues the craze and also serves poke. … While chef Jamie Zelko readies Ivy & James for a spring opening in Bellaire’s Evelyn’s Park, chef Travis Lenig is transforming Zelko’s former Heights spot into Field & Tides (705 E. 11th St.) … Taking over the former Lucky Burger landmark, Oui Banh Mi (1601 Richmond Ave., 832.831.5172) has bowed with a drive-thru, walk-up window and a small indoor space. e Vietnamese spot serves banh mi sandwich combos ($4 to $5), spring rolls, pho and vermicelli. … Museum District area Lucille’s (5512 La Branch St., 713.568.2505) celebrates its fourth anniversary with a new menu. Lighter bites such as tuna tartare with avocado mousse share menu space with complex entrees of roasted black bass over portobello mushroom ($17) and 44 Farms hanger steak crowned with fried oysters ($24). … Max’s Wine Dive (214 Fairview St., 713.528.9200 and other locations) welcomes winter with hearty choices like pot roast ($20) and a fried lobster risotto ball ($14), while sister restaurant e Tasting Room (1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 713.993.9800 and one other location) now serves cocktails, fresh and grilled oysters, and various pizzas from its new oven. … e Heights gets another newbie in e Edison (4203 Edison St., 281.501.3780). e gastropub o ers bites like chicken fried quail with homemade pickles and mustard greens ($14) and achiote peppercorn smoked beef ribs with homemade tortillas ($27). … If your New Year’s resolution includes more cooking, snag Johnny Carrabba ’s new cookbook, With Gratitude, Johnny Carrabba . Jampacked with mouth-watering recipes and gorgeous photographs by local talent Debora Smail, the co ee-table book spotlights coveted family recipes rarely shared. A secret no more! – Robin Barr Sussman IT’S A DATE Selective Search founders Barbie Adler and Mitchell Berk have a next-generation solution to fill your Valentine’s Day social calendar. 30 HOU S T O N J A N / F E B 2 0 1 7 | M O D E R N L U X U R Y. C O M CARRABBA’S PHOTO BY DEBORA SMAIL

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