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Rachael Abrams

Rachael Abrams lives to eat and love. After stints at D MagazineTexas Monthly and Saveur, our energetic Texas Longhorn moved to New York City to attend culinary school and working in the Bon Appétit test kitchen. She returned to Dallas as the assistant editor at PaperCity, where she wrote about lifestyle topics such as food, fashion and society. While covering social events, Rachael became so inspired by Dallas philanthropists that she started her own charity — the Young Jewish Altruist Movement — with the mission of giving back to the community at large. As the associate editor at CultureMap, Rachael immersed herself in Dallas society and everything else that makes her heart beat fast. Now, as a teacher at the Yavneh Academy of Dallas, she is following her dream of coaching the next generation of journalists.

 
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San Antonio Foodie Guide

Eat and drink your way through these 10 San Antonio hot spots

By Rachael Abrams

Restaurants in Dallas, Austin and Houston may get more time in the spotlight, but San Antonio has a culinary scene worth exploring. With trendy Pearl Brewery bursting with eclectic restaurants ...


Everyday Wearable Art

Texas designer gets down to the wire to create nature-inspired jewelry

By Rachael Abrams

Some say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but Texas-based jewelry designer Shelli Hoggarth of Neke Designs knows better. She uses sculpted metals and precious stones such as ...


Bauble Talk

Gemelli Collection designer on bling, celebrities and Skinny Pirates

By Rachael Abrams

Not everyone can say they knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, but Claire Morgan can. She's been designing jewelry since the tender age of 8 ...


Globe Trotting

World Affairs Council takes travelers on unforgettable adventures around the globe

By Rachael Abrams

To reiterate its mission of promoting international awareness and understanding, the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth started a travel program in 2012 with a weekend trip to Guanajauto, Mexico ...


Family Jewels

Kylie and Kendall Jenner on spikes, skulls and those crazy Kardashians

By Rachael Abrams

Kylie and Kendall Jenner, the teenage sisters of reality TV stars Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, are shaping their own career paths with a new jewelry line called Metal Haven ...


Northeastern Getaway

Escape the Texas heat with a weekend retreat to Maine

By Rachael Abrams

The best way to beat the Texas heat is to get out of town and head for cooler, crisper temperatures. Forget Aspen; make the trek to the Northeast for a ...


Excellent Accommodations

Peek inside the swanky new Hotel ZaZa Dallas bungalows

By Rachael Abrams

Hotel ZaZa was the pioneer of the concept suite, offering swanky themed rooms to guests looking for a more intimate — and exciting — stay. President Benji Homsey never fails to amaze ...


Drink Your Vegetables

BluePrintJuice squeezes into Whole Foods Markets throughout Texas

By Rachael Abrams

BluePrintJuice, the New York-based company that signaled the green juice trend, has made its way to Texas. BluePrint fans no longer have go online to get their fruit-and-veggie fix; individual ...


Young Talent

Native Austinite Kelly Wynne White turns an accessory obsession into a career with handbag line

By Rachael Abrams

Ole Miss graduate and native Austinite Kelly Wynne White always had an obsession with handbags and accessories. After working in public relations for three years, she was getting rather antsy ...


10 Years of Triumph

UT students ride from Austin to Anchorage in the fight against cancer

By Rachael Abrams

Perhaps you've heard the famous Mother Teresa quote, "It's not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." But so few of us ...


Move Over, Etsy

Texas site makes it easy to shop for mod goods made in the USA

By Rachael Abrams

Online shopping is easier than ever — just a few clicks and your package is on its way. But when it comes to buying chic yet affordable handcrafted goods made in ...


Fashion Advice

Designer Nancy Gonzalez says never match your bag to your shoes

By Rachael Abrams

The name Nancy Gonzalez has become synonymous with luxury and color. Her exquisite handbags, known for vibrant hues and exotic skins, are handcrafted by local artisans in her native Colombia ...


A Stickler for Sweets

Innovative Fluffpop puts a new spin on cotton candy

By Rachael Abrams

The latest trend on the food scene is a nostalgic, sugary treat: cotton candy. Entrepreneur Yasmeen Tadia is taking a different approach to the fluffy goodness with her new Texas-based ...


Travel Buzz

Minute Suites saves stranded airport travelers one snooze room at a time

By Rachael Abrams

Like millions of other travelers, I've been the victim of missed flight connections because of ill-timed airport layovers. Most recently, I was on my way to Key West, Florida ...


Beg your pardon

Grey Poupon plans condiment commercial comeback during Academy Awards

By Rachael Abrams

Believe it or not, it’s been 16 years since one rich gentleman rolled down the window of his chauffeured ride to ask another rich gentleman, “Pardon me. Would you ...


Weekend Getaway

48 hours in Key West, Florida, is plenty of time to relax, rejuvenate and indulge in Key lime pie

By Rachael Abrams

Key West, Florida, is just the place to rejuvenate, fill up on Vitamin D and feel like yourself again after a cold winter season. However you wish to spend your ...


The CultureMap Interview

Award-winning Austin jewelry designer Jeannie Vianney makes her Academy Awards debut

By Rachael Abrams

Jeannie Vianney has had quite the ride. She went from studying computer science at the University of Texas to working at IBM to starting her own jewelry line. Then, in ...


Music Feud

Singer Kelly Clarkson accuses Clive Davis of lying and bullying

By Rachael Abrams

Fort-Worth native pop star Kelly Clarkson called out record executive Clive Davis on Tuesday, accusing him of spreading lies about her in his soon-to-be released memoir. In The Soundtrack of ...


Listen up

Love it or hate it, get through February 14 with the essential Valentine's Day playlist

By Jonathan Rienstra, Rachael Abrams

Depending on your current relationship status, you either love or hate Valentine's Day. We have mixed feelings about the subject. Some of us love the abundance of chocolate (even ...


Health Kick

From Kanye West to the King of Pop, pump up your workout with the CultureMap fitness playlist

By Rachael Abrams

After a long day of work, we struggle to get on our running shoes and to the gym. We figure it's easier to sit on the couch, watch our ...


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