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Dosey Doe: The Best Music Venue

There it was, of all places, in the back country of Kentucky, a big beautiful barn with hand-hewn old growth oak and birch beams. After searching all over Texas, Stephen Said, coffee lover and entrepreneur, bought the 165-year-old historical barn, disassembled it, and shipped it to The Woodlands, Texas. This was just the beginning of what would become the infamous Dosey Doe Big Barn that offers patrons Southern-style dining and a live music venue. In an interview with Woodlands Online’s “Faces of the Woodlands,” Said explained, “I was not too excited about how coffee shops were pretty sterile in their looks, all steel and Teflon. I just felt like Texans wanted something that felt like Texas. So ‘coffee,’ ‘Texas’ – I came up with the idea of having it in an actual barn as the dining hall. A Texas native, Said is the son of a U.S. naturalized Lebanese businessman and Dallas homemaker. His family heritage comprised of Christian faith and successful business ventures in Lebanon and Iraq. But when King Faisal and son were overthrown by a faction of

Do You Dress Like A Boomer?

I was asked “Can you provide any advice on how Boomers can look more up-to-date?  I am working with Millennials and Gen Xers.  I want to fit in better and not appear old!”  That’s a great point and very timely! First, let me say that there is no way to turn back the hands of time.  Boomers will never be 30 again.  Honestly, that’s a blessing.  With all the wisdom gained from experience, you don’t want to go back and learn some of those hard lessons again.  However, even though you can’t be 30, there’s no reason you can’t look younger.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m advocating looking “age appropriately” younger. You know, giving off that young vibe without trying too hard to appear a youngster. While channel surfing the other day I came across some old footage from comedian Jeff Foxworthy.  I didn’t really know him but I had heard the catchphrase that made him famous.  He’s the guy who did the “you may be a redneck if…” bit.  I went online to check him out and he has

Virginia Philip: Master Sommelier

A Sensory Delight  Pour a glass of wine, white or red, and assess its color. If white, is the hue closer to that of pure water, or is it more golden honey? If red, does its shade lean more brown or ruby? Swirl your glass and hold it up to the light of your iPhone and look again. Can you see through the wine? Write down your opinions on the card under ‘Visual.’ Now, put your nose through the rim of your stemware. Come on, get down in there. What scents are prominent? Are they cinnamon, oak, coconut, pineapple, vanilla, spice, tobacco, mushroom, mocha, coffee, or some combination therein? Swirl your glass and try again. Whatever comes to mind, write it down on your card under ‘Nose.’ Now, take your first sip of the wine (pretend you’ve held out this long). What flavors do you taste? Are they tart and sour, or rich with fruit? Do you taste the earth? If so, is it mineral, rock, gravel, tar, or maybe forest? If you taste fruit, is it citrus, apple, apricot,

Lauren Haas: 5-Star Pastry Chef

The scent of vanilla bean permeates throughout the kitchen prep area. Split and scraped, its tiny black seeds are combined with tarragon, sugar, and water to create a simple syrup. Tangerine segments are submerged into the syrup and a vacuum machine cycles through five times to force the tarragon syrup into the cells of the tangerine segments. These are just a few of the steps to complete Tangerine Kiss, an aromatic creation of 5-star pastry chef and instructor, Lauren V. Haas. Pastry students hold their breath as their creations are scrupulously examined — their execution and presentation. Then Haas gives a nod of approval. There’s a collective sigh of relief as students break into smiles. It’s another day of delectable masterpieces well done. Before teaching, Haas was named a top 10 pastry chef in 2016 by Dessert Professional. She worked in the White House, the Hotel du Pont, and at other prestigious and boutique establishments. She is currently a full-time faculty member of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a USA ambassador representing various brands, including 100%

Dr. Hagood: An Intellectual Southern Gentleman

An Intellectual Gentleman of the South Throomers extends a warm welcome to Professor Taylor Hagood as a most noteworthy contributing writer. His depth of knowledge across American literature is impressive, especially as relates to his birthplace, the United States South. He’ll be providing our readers with extraordinary content from time-to-time on any number of subjects as his busy schedule allows. Initially, we’ll be proudly presenting his popular ‘Hagood Reads the Phone Book’ series, beginning with fascinating tales from Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is a city filled with colorful history, from the era of steamboats to the birth of the blues and rockabilly music. The focus will be on household names connected with the city – Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Martin Luther King, and many others – as well as lesser known but historically significant names. In the months ahead, Professor Hagood will provide entertaining visits to the historic cities of New Orleans, Key West, and wherever else his phone book happens to be propped open to at the time. Beyond these travelogues, we’re hoping he’ll grace us with essays in other

Ben Coes: A Real-Life Dewey?

Here at Throomers, whenever we hit a roadblock, meet with an obstacle to overcome, or encounter opposition we need to win over, our principal owner asks this sole question, “What would Dewey do?” That’s not necessarily a good thing, especially for the obstacle. As fans of the ‘spy thriller fiction’ genre of literature well know, the “Dewey” he’s referencing is former Delta Force member, Dewey Andreas, the charismatic, indefatigable protagonist of eight (8) NY Times best-selling novels including the latest, Bloody Sunday, released in July 2018. It’s apparent that most authors who’ve created iconic, enduring fictional characters have imposed a great deal of their own personality and behaviors into their creations. Just a cursory glance at any of author Ben Coes’ publicity pictures confirms this as the case here. From both the image we get and the results he’s achieved, this is one very serious, mission-oriented, take-no-prisoners guy. That premise began our inquiry into the man who exploded onto the literary scene in 2010 with his dynamic, breathtaking debut novel, Power Down, and hasn’t slowed down a millimeter since. Here’s what our throomer