For some, the start of holiday shopping is the day after Thanksgiving. For others, it's the day after Halloween. But for many Houstonians, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is the true kickoff for the Christmas season. The market is one of the biggest of its kind in the United States. And with all kinds of apparel, food, jewelry, and decor, this massive bazaar is the best spot in the city to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
Austin might get all the fanfare when it comes to Texas barbecue, but Houston can hold its own. And while you'd be hard-pressed to find a Houstonian who doesn't love chowing down on a plate piled high with succulent, smoked meat, there's more to a meal than just protein. Some barbecue joints consider sides an afterthought, but not these seven. Here, the pitmasters and chefs put just as much care into their beans as they do their brisket.
For a slightly healthier option — or just a really good cup of coffee — try out Paper Co. All the food is prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients, and the coffee is roasted on site. The breakfast power bowl — made up of grains, kale, eggs, goat cheese and beans — is as filling as it is tasty, and will tide you over in the event you don't get a break for lunch. Paper Co. opens early, making it easy to grab a quick bite and still make it on time to your summons.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".