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Armando Palacios on Saturday’s Houston DM

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HOUSTON: Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m., NewsRadio 740 KTRH

SATURDAY: Armando and Alphonse. Yes, the title sounds like a French art film – or perhaps an American children’s book. But Armando Palacios and Alphonse Dotson are no relation, literary or otherwise. Armando, of course, owns the legendary River Oaks Armando’s, which taught the Ladies Who Lunch about enchiladas and margaritas very late at night. Since he also operates the New World Museum, Armando will be special guest at an event showcasing Latin American art at the newly relocated Morton Kuehnert auction house. And Alphonse is the former Oakland Raider who now grows grapes in the Texas Hill Country and makes a wonderful new dry wine with muscat canelli. These two guys should get together – and at least write that children’s book.

SUNDAY: We are excited to tell anyone and everyone about Yelapa Playa Mexicana. And in these long, hot summer months, everybody needs a relaxing trip to the beach. Surprisingly, since Yelapa is totally Inside the Loop, that trip is what it serves up best. Exec chef T.J. Wiley joins us, along with the eatery’s owner and its general manager, all to chat about how “fun in the sun” gets expressed in terms of light, super-flavorful foods – and maybe a few colorful cocktails along the way. Also on today’s show, we talk books with New York Times best-selling author John Sandford, whose latest “Storm Prey” marks 20 years of breathless novels starring Lucas Davenport.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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