Meal deal: Salata opens in Uptown

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 2.45.11 PMThe best way to “go green” in Uptown today is with a salad from the neighborhood’s newest eatery, Salata. It’s been open to walk-ins and guests for a few days, but the official grand opening is Thursday. And it pays off in a few ways.

First, all day long they will be serving $5 salads (usually $8). Second, if you’re among the first 50 guests (it opens at 11 a.m.), you’ll win a gift card, ranging from $5 to $50.

But the big pay-off might be to your body. The salads and wraps here are all organic and gluten free; in addition to four lettuce options (including spinach), there are free 42 add-ons (from snow peas to strawberries), 10 house-made dressings and an assortment of proteins. You can also enjoy some bread, soup (check out the tomato basil), even a cookie for dessert since you were good to start with. And if you’re real lucky, maybe the Uptown location’s owner, Raul Ruiz (pictured), will be on-site to welcome you. Beefcake might not be on the menu, but you can get a side of it with Raul.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s Shakin – Houston Pride Band’s Guilty Pleasures, Haute Boys of fall

Artistic Director Skip Martin

Pride Band Artistic Director Skip Martin

1. The Houston Pride Band presents “Guilty Pleasures,” a concert featuring the favorite guilty pleasures of the Pride Band members, tonight at 7:30 at the Hobby Center.  The concert marks the premier of the Pride Band’s new artistic Director, Skip Martin.  Martin chose the feature favorite’s from the bands 30-year history. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from the Hobby Center.
2. The “Haute Boys of Fall II” gather at James Craig Furniture (4500 Washington Avenue), since their founding in 2010 the Haute Boys (which includes quite a few girls) have raised over $15,000 for area AIDS charities.  Tonight’s event features complimentary signature cocktails by Harmonie, an array of neighborhood bites, elements of design and fashion, music and more. Admission is an unwrapped toy, gift card or $20 donation for Houstonians in need.
3.  Voter turnout held steady for the ninth day of early voting in Harris County.  So far 34,329 people have voted, only 80% of the 42,968 who had voted by this point during the 2009 municipal elections.  Montrose’s own Multi Service Center on West Gray broke 400 voters for the first time since voting began on Oct 24. Early voting continues through November 4.  Election day is Nov 8. A list of all early voting locations and sample ballots  are available at harrisvotes.org.

—  admin

GIVEAWAY: Cafe Brazil and Dickey’s swag bags

In this week’s Tasting Notes, we mentioned a giveaway of foodie swag from both Cafe Brazil and Dickey’s Barbecue. Both were generous donate some fun gift bags for Dallas Voice readers.

For the coffee lover, the Cafe Brazil bag includes a pound of coffee and a $25 gift card. To sweeten the pot, we threw in an extra $5 gift certificate to Capriotti’s and a CD single of Meital’s “Yummy Boyz.”

Fly your beef-lovin’ flag with a Dickey’s t-shirt, their signature yellow cup and a bottle of their barbecue sauce. They even included a brander with their logo celebrating their 70th anniversary. Yes, a brander. A meal coupon and Liz Primo’s EP Exposed is also part of the swag.

Want one? We’ll give it to ya. Mail us here with “I want swag in a bag” in the subject line with your name and contact info in the body and swag bag preference. Winners will be selected on Monday and must be able to pick up the bag from our offices. One bag per winner.

—  Rich Lopez