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Houston Restaurant Week is in full swing right now. With so many restaurants to choose from, people have been overwhelmed with choices -- not a bad position to be in, really. I love CultureMap's efficient little "cheat sheet" for trying to figure out which restaurants to select based on categories like "Best place to take a vegetarian" and "Best place to expand your culinary horizons."

Which restaurants have you hit so far during HRW? What have your best experiences been? Your worst? We want to hear all about your HRW experiences in the comments section below.

If the cooking classes discussed last week piqued your interest -- and with chefs like David Grossman and Hugo Ortega manning the stoves, how couldn't they? -- then you'll be excited about Sylvia Casares's upcoming cooking class in her very own restaurant. Spend a Saturday afternoon learning how to make perfect chile rellenos at Sylvia's Enchiliada Kitchen (12637 Westheimer) on August 21 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The cost of the class includes the instruction itself as well as a full meal with drinks. Call 281-679-8300 to reserve your spot.

On Sunday, September 5, get ready for RA Sushi (3908 Westheimer) to adopt an even clubbier attitude than it already has: Every Sunday night starting in September, the Highland village location of the popular sushi bar will host a DJ night, kicking off with DJ Sun. From 8 p.m. to midnight, DJ Sun will spin tracks and the restaurant will spin food and drink specials like the SUNburn Roll for $3, the Solar Roll for $9 and the Rising Sun Roll with kani kama crab and ahi tuna for $12. Drink specials include the sake-based Rising Sun Cocktail for $4 and a SUNfully Delicious Martini for $8. Drinks and DJ not exciting enough for you? There will also be fire dancers and jugglers on hand to keep the party going all night long. Don't say we didn't warn you...

And now for something completely different: Messina Hof's month-long harvest festival is quickly drawing to a close, with the last weekend coming up on August 14 and 15. The Grand Finale dinner takes place on August 14 at 6:30 p.m. with a five-course menu that also includes a wine and cheese reception and wine pairings for each course for $140. Reservations can be made by calling 979-778-9463. Of course, the final harvest takes place the next day, August 15, starting at 8 a.m., where you'll pick grapes from the 42-acre vineyard and then stomp your haul. Tickets for the harvest are $66.50 each and can be purchased online.

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