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Tyler Horne, Market Manager, Urban Harvest
{Tyler Horne is a native Houstonian with a deep interest in food. His volunteering with Houston nonprofit Urban Harvest six years ago transitioned into manager of Urban Harvest’s Farmers Markets. In this role he builds relationships with more than 90 seasonal vendors and community, inspects their farms and kitchens, and books weekly programming}

Tyler Horne Urban Harvest cropped1) Favorite spot for a cheap mealWest Alabama Ice House
Tacos tieres calientes and a Lone Star beer at the West Alabama Ice House.  I always get the veggie and barbacoa tacos ($1.50 each) and an ice cold Lone Star beer (for $2.00). Best value in Houston. You have to try the green sauce – it will rock your taste buds.

2) Favorite spot for a cheap date Himalaya Restaurant

Himalaya Restaurant in the Mahatma Ghandi district.  Chef Kaiser always has a great story and an interesting off-menu item for us to try.  It’s BYOB so you can drink your fancy champagne out of a Dixie cup.

3) Houston’s best-kept secret — Jusgo Supermarket

Jusgo Supermarket in Chinatown has the most amazing variety of food in the city. From seafood to produce, there is always something new to try.   And it’s next door to Mala Sichuan, which is another gem.

4) Best place to save money in Houston — cooking at home

Cooking at home with your close friends is the best place to save money. We love paella because we can feed and entertain 20 people on a budget. We shop at Euromid for supplies and pick up beer and wine at the D&Q beer station.

5) Favorite Houston festival or annual event — Bayou City Art Festival

My favorite Houston festival is Bayou City Arts Festival, especially Mark Scrapdaddy Bradford’s booth. Photofest is another event that I never miss.

6) My perfect day in Houston would be…
Taking our dog for a walk at Memorial Park trail and then hitting a bucket of balls at the driving range.  Then I like to head out of town to go fish until the sun sets in west Galveston Bay with my buddy, Captain Phil.

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