2 months ago

Group Activities Beckon & Abound on Galveston Island

Group Activities Beckon & Abound on Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a beautiful, historic beach destination where you can get your toes in the sand, take a leisurely stroll through the Historic Downtown District, or catch a Happy Hour at a cool bar. But if you’re looking for group activities, there are plenty of things to on our charming little island.


Here are some fun group activities to check out:


Escape the Island

Escape the Island at 910 21st St. is a live escape room experience where people can work together, find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from a themed room in 60 minutes. It requires out of the box thinking, observational skills and teamwork to beat the clock. Everyone contributes to the process with the variety of skills and background that they bring. It is fast paced and demanding but great fun when the "aha" moments that lead to progress prove to be correct. Come join the fun and book your escape room today. Remember, in order to Escape the Island.....you must first escape the room. For more details, call (832) 221-8080.


Galveston Museums

Galveston is home to many affordable museums that highlight science as well as Galveston's unique history. A pirate museum, Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast recently opened on The Strand. Downtown is also home to the Galveston Railroad Museum, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Texas Seaport Museum and the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA. Be sure to check out The Bryan Museum not far downtown Galveston. These museums range in price from $2 to $8. The Rosenberg Library Museum on Sealy Street is free!


La King’s Confectionery

La King's Confectionery is your connection to a bygone era, dating back to the 1920s when James H King began learning the candymaking art as an apprentice at the St. Regis Confectionery in Houston. La King's features a 1920s soda fountain, serving malts, shakes, ice cream sodas, sundaes, splits and floats.


La King's master candymaker will delight you with his old-time specialties – peanut brittle, divinity, pecan pralines, hand-dipped chocolates, fudges, and famous salt water taffy made right before your eyes on antique equipment. They make more than 40 candies from traditional recipes, just waiting for you! La King’s is located at 2323 Strand. For more information, call 409-762-6100.

2 months ago

The Best Burgers in Galveston

The Best Burgers in Galveston

When it comes to good food, Islanders and visitors have no problem finding good seafood spots. After all, this is the Gulf Coast, right?


But a lesser known tidbit about our treasured island is that it’s also is home to some of the best hamburgers in the state. You just have to know where to look.


So without further ado, here’s a rundown of Galveston’s best hamburger spots in town:


The Spot

3204 Seawall Blvd.


Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.


The Spot is outdoor dining at its best, featuring one of Galveston's largest open air decks overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! This popular eatery offers gourmet hamburgers, fresh seafood, ice cream, fresh-baked desserts and bread, an arcade, and Tiki Bar.


And for sports lovers? Grab a beer and a barstool and watch all your favorite sporting events, with one of the most magnificent Gulf views imaginable.


Patio Grill

5316 Broadway


Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


The Patio Grill builds the some of the best burgers you’ve ever had. They start with only the freshest ingredients and built it like a real burger should be. Make sure to make it a combo and try one of their famous shakes to help wash down arguably the best burger and fries on the Island.


Café Michael Burger

11150 Termini-San Luis Pass Road


Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-0 p.m.


Cafe Michael Burger is a long-time Galveston beachside joint offering some of the best burgers and Gulf views on the Island on the wonderful open-air deck upstairs. Beyond a wide array of themed-burgers, the establishment also offers German favorites - think wienerschnitzel, bratwurst, red cabbage, fried potatoes and sauerkraut. There’s also a nice selection of American and German beers for the perfect ice-cold accompaniment to your meal.


Hubcap Grill

2021 Strand


Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


The Hubcap Grill is the place to grab a burger to remember. The famed Hubcap Burger comes with two fresh ground beef patties layered on toasted buns with American and Swiss cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles onions and our special mayo sauce.


Or try the Triple Heart Clogger, which comes with a fresh ground beef patty, grilled weiner, bacon and cheese. Or the Quadruple Heart Clogger, a fresh ground patty, with grilled weiner, bacon, chili and cheese. Check out the full list of burgers online.



111 23rd St.


Open Sunday thru Thursday: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Fuddruckers in Galveston is a great place for lunch with co-workers, for a birthday-celebration dinner, or as your date-night destination.


What makes the island location extra special is its location in the 1912 Armour & Co. building at 101 23rd Street. The prime downtown “Strand” district location is also Fuddruckers only three-story venue and offers a full bar.


You know how they say, "When in Rome"... Well, when you're at Fuddruckers, you've got to try a Fudds Burger. Order yours in 1/3 lb., 1/2 lb., 2/3 lb. or 1 lb. patties, add your favorite produce – like bacon, cheese, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions and guacamole.


Then sit down and relax while the grill master cooks your burger to perfection and places it atop a Fuddruckers scratch-baked bun. Enjoy your burger on the first-floor terrace, and there’s spacious patios on the second and third levels overlooking The Strand and the Galveston Harbor.


Float Pool & Patio Bar

2828 Seawall Blvd.


Open 11a.m.-2 a.m.


When it comes to good burgers and island-style fun, grab the sunblock and sunshades and head over to Float, which features an indoor air-conditioned bar overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, as well as an outdoor pool in which to cool down during the warm summer months. Float also features live bands throughout the year.

2 months ago

Galveston News - Researchers Develop Marburg Virus Treatment Effective Five Days after Infection

An antibody treatment successfully protected nonhuman primates against the deadly Marburg and Ravn viruses even when given five days after becoming infected, according to the latest findings of a collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., and Vanderbilt University. The findings are now available in Science Translational Medicine.


There are currently no vaccines or drugs approved for human use to protect against the Marburg and Ravn viruses. These two filoviruses, which are in the same virus family as Ebola, cause severe and often lethal disease in people. The average case fatality rate of Marburg virus disease since the first recognized outbreak in 1967 is 80 percent.


Monoclonal antibodies are a technology that is currently in wide use for treating autoimmune diseases and cancers. There are more than 45 monoclonal antibodies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Medicines Agency.


“In this paper, we demonstrated that one monoclonal antibody is able to protect up to 100 percent of Marburg or Ravn virus-infected non-human primates when the antibody treatment is given up to five days following exposure to a lethal amount of the virus,” said UTMB’s Thomas Geisbert, professor in the department of microbiology and immunology. “These findings extend the growing body of evidence that monoclonal antibodies can provide protection during advanced stages of disease with highly dangerous viruses and could be useful during an epidemic.”


The study was conducted in Biosafety Level (BSL)-4 at UTMB’s Galveston National Laboratory. BSL-4 is a highly-restricted area where scientists wear positive pressure protective suits and study pathogens that cause severe and often fatal diseases. UTMB has the only functioning BSL-4 laboratory located on an American university campus.


The 2013 to 2016 Ebola virus epidemic highlighted the troubling lack of preventive or treatment options for filoviruses. Some of the therapeutics used to treat those infected with Ebola were developed and tested in the GNL.


“The level of protection observed by Dr. Geisbert’s team with this antibody is very impressive. We plan to advance this product towards human safety testing as quickly as possible,” said Larry Zeitlin, president of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.


Other authors of this paper include UTMB’s Chad Mire, Joan Geisbert, Viktoriya Borisevich, Karla Fenton, Krystle Agans and Daniel Deer; Andrew Flyak and James Crowe, Jr. from Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Herta Steinkellner from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna and Ognian Bohorov, Natasha Bohorova, Charles Goodman, Andrew Hiatt, Do Kim, Michael Pauly, Jesus Velasco and Kevin Whaley.


This study was supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health and BSL-4 operations support of the Galveston National Laboratory.

2 months ago

Jakarta Capital Indonesia Travelling Review

Jakarta Capital Indonesia Travelling Review

Jakarta, the capital city of the Republic of Indonesia, is a special territory enjoying the status of a province, consisting of Greater Jakarta, covering an area of 637.44 square km. Located on the northern coast of West Java, it is the center of government, commerce and industry and as such has an extensive communications network with the rest of the country and the outside world. As Indonesia's main gateway, the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport serves a growing number of international airlines and domestic flights. Jakarta is a city of contrasts; the traditional and the modern, the rich and the poor, the sacral and the worldly, often stand side by side in this bustling metropolis. Even its population, gathered from all those diverse ethnic and cultural groups which compose Indonesia, are constantly juxtaposed as an ever- present reminder of the national motto; Unity in Diversity.


Finding its origin in the small early 16th century harbor town of Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta's founding is thought to have taken place on June 22, 1527, when it was re-named Jayakarta, meaning


Glorious Victory by the conquering Prince Fatahillah from neighboring Cirebon. The Dutch East Indies Company which captured the town and destroyed it in 1619, changed its name into Batavia and made it the center for the expansion of their power in the East Indies. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Batavia fell into the hands of the invading Japanese forces who changed the name of the city into Jakarta as a gesture aimed at winning the sympathy of the Indonesians.


The name was retained after Indonesia achieved national independence after the war's end.


The ethnic Jakartan called "Orang Betawi" speaks Betawi Malay, spoken as well in the surrounding towns such as Bekasi and Tangerang. This language has two variations: the conventional Betawi Malay and the modern Jakarta Malay. While the first is spoken by the elder people, born and bred in Jakarta, the second is spoken by the younger generation and migrants.


Jakarta's architecture reflects to a large extent the influx of outside influences which came and has remained in this vital seaport city. The Taman Fatahillah Restoration Project, begun in the early 1970s has restored one of the oldest sections of Jakarta also known as Old Batavia to approximately its original state.


The old Portuguese Church and warehouse have been rehabilitated into living museums. The old Supreme Court building is now a museum of fine arts which also houses part of the excellent Chinese porcelain collection of former Vice President Adam Malik. The old Town Hall has become the Jakarta Museum, displaying such rare items as Indonesia's old historical documents and Dutch period furniture.


Its tower clock was once returned to England to be repaired under its lifetime guarantee, which up to now has already lasted hundreds of years.


One of the most interesting tourist attractions is the "Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park" popularly called "Taman Mini". Built to portray the variety of cultures found within the many islands contained in the Republic of Indonesia, this open-air museum comprises the many architectural forms of arts and traditions of all 27 provinces. It is proof of the country's motto of Unity in Diversity as well as Freedom of Religion depicted in the houses of worship built on the grounds.


Jakarta has preserved its past and is developing for the future. Skyscrapers in the center of the city are part of a new look.


Modern luxury hotels today cater to the discriminating visitors. Transport within the city is plentiful. It should be noted that museums are open daily from 8.00 a.m. (except Mondays) till 2.00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. On Fridays closing hour is 11.00 a.m. and on Saturdays at 1.00 p.m.

2 months ago

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing - 10 Things to Do In Galveston with Kids

Galveston Capital Tourism and Marketing - 10 Things to Do In Galveston with Kids

Galveston Island, located 50 miles south of Houston has a fun, laid back atmosphere that makes it a great place to visit as a family. There’s no shortage of fun to be had, starting with our top Galveston picks with kids…


1. Moody Gardens is a non-profit educational destination with tons of fun things to do with your family. The main attractions are the three pyramids which house an aquarium, rain forest, and a discovery center. The aquarium has a ton of sea life, a penguin exhibit, and a shark tunnel. The discovery pyramid hosts interactive exhibits with a children’s museum format. The rain forest pyramid, my favorite is home to free roaming birds, butterflies, and monkeys in addition to other animals like an ocelot, snakes, and lizards in more zoo-like habitats.


2. Schlitterbahn Galveston, TX is a super fun waterpark that is enjoyed by people of all ages. Schlitterbahn opened their first waterpark in 1966 and has been named a top waterpark 15 straight years. It is sure to please all of your little water lovers.


3. If museums are your thing, then Galveston has you covered. From the Lone Star Flight Museum to Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast, you are sure to find something to please everyone.


4. Ride the Ferry. The ferry is free to ride, and you can walk or drive on. If you are staying in Galveston, you can park at the terminal, ride across to Bolivar Peninsula and then ride back. The kids can feed the sea gulls off the back of the boat or stand and look for dolphins.


5. Go fishing. Have you seen those commercials with the little kids that say “take me fishing”? How sweet are those? Super sweet. Well in Galveston you can do just that. Take your kids fishing. There are several piers which you can fish from or you can charter a boat for a bigger adventure. Either way it is sure to be a ton o’ fun.


6. Due to the rich history of Galveston, TX, several tours operate on the Island. From ghosts and cemeteries to historic buildings and art. You can walk, ride, or take a boat to several points of interest with either a guide or you can take it all in yourself with a self-guided tour.


7. Visit the Strand. The Strand is the Galveston historic district. There are tours and museums, carriage rides and shopping. December brings “Dickens on the Strand”, which is an historic Christmas reenactment where everyone dresses in period clothes and carols and does other fun stuff.


8. While walking the strand, be sure to stop in at La Kings Confectionary. La King’s is a throwback to the old soda shops where you could sip on handmade milkshakes or indulge in homemade chocolates. They also make saltwater taffy in a ton of different flavors.


9. Of course there is always the beach. I’ll be the first to admit that our beaches are not the best in the world, but they are still fun. And let’s be honest: Do kids really care what a beach look like? They just want wind and waves. We’ve got both.


10. Pleasure Pier is a fairly new attraction in Galveston. There are amusement park rides, games, restaurants, and shops. It is fun for all ages.


With mild temperatures, Galveston Island can be enjoyed year round. So, come to Texas where “it’s always island time.” See you there!

3 months ago

The Lexus Group Enthusiast - More Details on the Lexus LS Glass & Origami Silk Interior Trim

The Lexus Group Enthusiast - More Details on the Lexus LS Glass & Origami Silk Interior Trim

The Lexus International website has an interview with Lexus LS chief designer Koichi Suga on the stunning interior details shown at last week’s Geneva Motor Show:


Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which Suga was determined to showcase in the LS. Suga conveyed his vision to a color designer, who worked with a skilled fabric artisan from Kyoto and, together, they developed Hand Pleats, a special fabric pleat with a three-dimensional pattern that’s both pleasing to the eye and touch.


“The pattern in this fabric has the ability to change its expression, depending on whether it is struck by daytime sunlight or illuminated by interior lighting at night,” says Suga. “The result is a comfortable space that envelops the driver and passengers in elegance.”


Glass has rarely been used as an interior door-trim piece, but like the origami-inspired pleated fabric, a special kiriko-cut glass piece gives the LS instant distinctiveness and a level of artistry never before seen in an automobile. Through repeated trial and error, craftsmen created a high-quality piece of glass that appears beautiful and delicate but is in fact incredibly strong, thanks to advanced glass-reinforcement technology.


“This special ornamentation piece boasts the best of both worlds in terms of an industrial product that is also a work of art,” says Suga. “The look and feel of this glass trim piece, like the hand-pleated fabric, transforms depending on the viewing angle and time of day.”

3 months ago

The Lexus Group Enthusiast - Lexus RC 300h Hybrid Coupe to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

The Lexus Group Enthusiast - Lexus RC 300h Hybrid Coupe to Debut at Tokyo Motor Show

The next few weeks are going to be busy ones for car fans, with both the Los Angeles International Auto Show and Tokyo Motor Show happening simultaneously.


The latter is set to play host to the usual throng of unusual Japan-only concepts, but among the kei-cars and crazy metal, Lexus will officially launch its RC Coupe.


It's essentially an IS-based coupe, though unlike the LF-CC coupe concept which begat the current-generation IS sedan, the RC coupe takes a slightly different styling tack.


It still features the love-it or hate-it 'spindle' grille design at the front (here larger and more pronounced than ever), but at the rear it has more muscular haunches, slightly more conventional tail-lights and just a hint of Lexus's previous performance cars, the IS-F and LF-A supercar.


At launch, two engines will feature. Most interesting of these from our perspective is the RC 300h--as the name implies, the hybrid model in the range.


This will use a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine as part of Toyota's usual Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. It's a similar powertrain to that found in the ES 300h sedan, but unlike the ES series the RC retains the IS's rear-wheel drive layout for a little extra driving fun.


Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for details of the car's precise economy and performance, though they're likely to be similar to the IS 300h--a car not earmarked for the U.S. That means 220 horsepower combined system output, a 0-60 sprint in the low eights, and economy closer to the ES 300h's 40 mpg combined than the IS's European 50 mpg combined. A quicker (but less green) RC 350 coupe will also be available.


The cockpit emphasizes the RC's "fun to drive character", says Lexus, with four seats, distinctive color schemes and upper and lower "operation and display zones".


What isn't clear is whether Lexus will bring the RC 300h to the U.S. The IS 300h was denied on grounds it may interfere with ES 300h sales--but perhaps Lexus will grant an exception for the sportier RC coupe.