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Taste of Katy Chili Bowl

by Karapasha Team on January 31, 2017

The Super Bowl is coming to Houston, and it is bringing a ton of fun activities along with it! Every corner of town will have something for locals and visitors to enjoy. Luckily, the folks close to our home base in Katy won’t be left out of the festivities. On the Saturday before the big game, Rhodes Stadium will play host to a chili cook off and celebrity flag football game! Things will kick off at 9 AM with the Taste of Katy Chili Bowl. This will be followed by the celebrity flag football game at 12 PM. Some of the participants include Billy Blanks, Kirk Cousins, Michael Bennet, and Katy’s own Andy Dalton. Finally, things will conclude with the official after party at No Label Brewing in old Katy! The after party will include live music and some great food trucks!

This is just one of the many awesome events happening all over town. For those of you not in Katy, you can head over to the official Super Bowl event calendar at http://www.housuperbowl.com/calendar to find something fun near you! Events range from the football centric interactive theme park, The NFL Experience to the live music of Super Bowl Live, all the way to the pageantry of the Game Gala with some celebrity basketball games and much more in between! This next week will be the perfect time to get out and enjoy your great city!

Prevent Busted Pipes

by Karapasha Team on January 19, 2017

When it comes to the weather here in Houston, we typically expect the temperature to range from warm to sweltering. Because of this, we often find ourselves blindsided the handful of times temperatures actually do drop down to freezing or below. A few weeks ago we experienced one of these very rare Houston freezes and I found myself inundated by calls from several of my clients letting me know they had busted pipes on their hands! This made it very evident to me that being unprepared for when and if it freezes can cause homeowners some massive headaches. However, there is some good news! With a few simple steps you can prepare yourself should Father Winter decide to hang around H-Town longer than expected.

Disconnect Hoses

It is a good rule of thumb to go ahead and disconnect all of your hoses when they aren’t in use during the winter months. Assuming that there is standing water in your garden hoses is a safe bet more times than not. Since water expands when it freezes, whatever water is left in your hose is going to seek a way out! This could easily lead to damage to your hose bib and could very well be the cause of burst pipes.

Wrap Pipes Correctly

Getting foam wrapped around your pipes is always a smart move, taking the time to make sure it is done correctly is even smarter! Since air at freezing temperatures is a huge ingredient in the recipe of burst pipes, you will need to make sure there is no air space or gaps. Be sure to tighten up the grip of the foam with duct tape to make sure it is a tight squeeze!

Keep Hose Bibs Covered

Keeping your hose bib covered is a great preventative move to make sure that air can’t reach the tap or the pipe. Covers come in all sorts of styles, and could even be something as simple as a towel or blanket that you already have in your home. It is important to remember to keep whatever cover you decide to use dry. A wet cover is pretty much useless in this scenario. Investing in a simple plastic covering for whichever bib cover you decide to use is a great insurance policy! Make sure to tighten down your cover with duct tape or zip ties.

Don’t Go With the Flow

The biggest culprit when it comes to burst pipes in Houston is undoubtedly the backflow preventer on a homeowner’s sprinkler system. Given that these guys hang out above the ground, they are the most exposed to the elements. Luckily, this is an easy thing to address. First you will want to turn off the supply valve and then the feed valve. After that, turn the relief valves at a half turn. Start with the one at the top, followed by the one at the bottom.

It is so easy for those of us down here in the great city of Houston to be caught by surprise when pipes bust. Unlike our friends up north, this isn’t an issue that stays at the front of our minds. However, with a few easy steps we can keep ourselves removed from the stress that comes along with busted pipes!

Real Living Karapasha Realty: Top 5 Thanksgiving Sides

by Karapasha Team on November 21, 2016

We got beans, greens, tomatoes, potatoes, you name it!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and you know what that means. Diets will be placed on hold and calories are magically nonexistent.

Jokes aside, it is the time to show gratefulness and spend time with loved ones.

Thanksgiving, however, is not complete without the delicious food. With the turkey being the incredible centerpiece, there are many possibilities on the complimentary dishes.

We have compiled a list of our top 5 favorite picks:

1. Macaroni and Cheese

Photo by Gall (Flickr)

Photo by Gall (Flickr)

2. Mashed Potatoes

Photo by: Ernesto Andrade (flickr)

Photo by: Ernesto Andrade (flickr)

3. Green Beans

Photo by: trpnblies7 (Flickr)

Photo by: trpnblies7 (Flickr)

4. Oyster Stuffing

Photo by: SisterMaryEris(Flickr)

Photo by: SisterMaryEris(Flickr)

5. Pecan Pie – Okay, it is not really a side dish, but it is so dang delicious.

Photo by: Gloria Cabada-Leman(Flickr) CC License

Photo by: Gloria Cabada-Leman(Flickr)

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Do you love burgers?

Of course, what kind of silly question is that? Anybody from Texas can attest to the fact that burgers are a pure joy.

The restaurant pick for this week is in a very unexpected place.

Most people can judge the quality of a restaurant’s food by taking a look at the location, but a book should never be judged by its cover. Despite being in a very small place, this restaurant’s food is absolutely top-notch.

Joy Love Burgers has quickly won the hearts of many people with its delicious food. The meat is tender and well-seasoned; the buns are fresh and hand-made. Joy Love Burgers offers many other options, but their burgers are what everyone is raving about.

Check their reviews on any platform and you will see nothing but joyous folks satisfied with their choice.

We won’t say too much except, try it for yourself and see what everyone is talking about. It is located on:

1801 N Mason Rd Katy, TX 77449

Personal recommendation: Crazy Burger

abLooking for something to do Wednesday night?

Lace up your favorite dance sneakers and come party for a great cause!

TeletonUSA-sponsored Zumba Instructor, Gerardo Limon is currently touring several states doing Zumba classes to raise money for the non-profit organization.

We were ecstatic to find out Katy, Texas will be one of his stops. The class will be held Wednesday November 9 at Cinthia’s Fitness Zone from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Cinthia’s Fitness Zone:

3815 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77449

TeletonUSA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to disabled children and empower them to live happier lives.

Real Living Karapasha Realty: Wishing You a Happy Halloween

by Karapasha Team on October 31, 2016

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From the Karapasha Realty team, we would love to wish you a Happy Halloween. This time of year is not only filled with candy and scary movies, but the opportunity to dress up in incredible costumes. Whether they are silly or outright cool, it is the creativity put behind the costume that makes it all better.

Remember to stay safe, always stay with another adult, and bring a flashlight!

Share your favorite costumes with us!

Photo below submitted by Frank Grados:

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Commander Benjamin!

Real Living Karapasha Realty: Restaurant Of The Week Is More Than a TaD Delicious

October 27, 2016

Do you enjoy good food? How about Cajun food? If you have a cravin’ for Cajun in the Katy area, then TaD’s Steak and Seafood is the place for you. The restaurant prides itself on its authentic Louisiana flavor and large variety of items. It is an extremely family-friendly location. TaD’s is located at: 1425 FM […]

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Real Living Karapasha Realty: Katy High School Spin-a-thon for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 13, 2016

Katy High School Color Guard will be hosting a “Spin-a-thon” where pink flags will be raised in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. The purpose of the event is to benefit Susan G. Komen foundation. It will take place October 22, 2016 at the Katy High School Competition Gym from 12pm to 6pm: 6331 Highway Blvd […]

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Real Living Karapasha Realty: Celebrate 42 Years of Texas Renaissance Festival

October 3, 2016

Have you heard? No, not that the weather has gotten better (although that is amazing). The Texas Renaissance festival is making its 42nd return to Houston. This incredible event will span out over 8 weekends, October – November and will kick off this Saturday, October 8. Each weekend will consist of a different theme; beginning […]

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Real Living Karapasha Realty: Breast Cancer Awareness

September 30, 2016

As September comes to an end as well as the Houston heat, Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins tomorrow. According to the American Cancer Society , breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women. It is the second leading cause of cancer among women, and statistics show that 1 in 8 women in the […]

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