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CITYCENTRE hosts fun filled 4th of July fireworks and celebration

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Looking for a family-friendly location to celebrate July 4th? Over the past several years, the CITYCENTRE district has become a favorite for Houstonians from around the city, many who start their day off on the numerous restaurant patios that surround the development's central plaza before gearing up for the evening's complimentary line up of live music and fireworks.

This year, CITYCENTRE makes it a four-day affair with entertainment beginning on July 3 and carrying through to July 6, 2014.

Look for these musical performances:

July 3, Legendary Rhythm Bandits bring their classic rock sounds to the district from 7 until 10 pm.

July 4, In celebration of Independence Day, 90's country tunes come courtesy of Mustache The Band starting at 7 pm with fireworks following at 9:30 pm.

July 5, The M-80's hit the stage with a New Wave playlist from 7 until 10 pm, and the weekend concludes on July 6 with The Coconuts' Jimmy Buffet influenced rock from 5 until 8 pm.

Make it a staycation with special rates at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE, where the best seats in the house on July 4th are at Monnalisa bar's poolside terrace. CITYCENTRE is located at 800 Town & Country Boulevard.

CityCentre is also home to shopping and dining to keep you busy all day long over the long holiday weekend. Don't miss out on chances to visit Cyclone Anaya's, RA Sushi or Ruggles Green.

RA Sushi is heating this up with brand new menu items such as the: Edamame Wontons which are lightly fried wontons with a creamy edamame cheese filling ($8). Great for enjoying with friends, four new creative rolls will be offered on the limited time summer menu. A unique twist on a classic salmon presentation, the Seared Dill Salmon Roll features cucumber, avocado and arugula rolled and topped with seared salmon, lemon and truffle salt ($11). Heat up your summer with the Chili Shrimp Roll with kani kama crab mix and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura battered and topped with spicy kani kama crab mix, crispy shrimp, cilantro and jalapeno ($12).

For a tropical style roll, try the Lobster Salmon Roll filled with lobster, mango, avocado, and cucumber, rolled and topped with lobster, salmon and a lobster cream sauce ($13.25). Tempura lovers will enjoy the Shrimp-Calamari Tempura Roll featuring calamari and shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese, rolled and topped with crunchy tempura bits, then drizzled with sweet eel sauce ($9.50).

Recently offered as a limited time menu offering, RA Sushi is bringing back three of its most popular hand rolls for only $5.50 each. Perfectly portioned for one, they make the ideal light dinner item or a great to-go sushi lunch option when on the run. Each hand roll is wrapped in lo bok and soy paper and filled with rice and romaine lettuce. The Spicy Tuna Hand Roll features spicy tuna mix, avocado and cucumber. For those craving a little heat, the Chili Ponzu Yellowtail Hand Roll is filled with spicy yellowtail mix in a chili ponzu sauce, cilantro, jalapeno and cucumber. The Shrimp Tempura Hand Roll is a combination of shrimp tempura, kani kama crab mix, tuna mix, creamy wasabi sauce, avocado and cucumber.

Beginning in July and available through the end of September, RA Sushi will be adding four refreshing summer salads to its menu. The Asian Chicken Salad features mixed greens tossed with chicken, cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes in a seasoned soy vinaigrette, topped with sweet cayenne cashews, fried ramen noodles and sesame seeds ($10). The Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Salad is a tropical-inspired combination of mixed greens, shrimp, pineapple and green onion, tossed in a Suehiro vinaigrette and topped with sweet cayenne cashews ($11.75).

For sushi lovers, the Sashimi Salad is the perfect choice. Tuna, yellowtail, salmon and shrimp sashimi are paired with mixed greens, seaweed, cucumber, avocado, lo bok, and poke dressing, then topped with sesame seeds, wonton chips, and thinly sliced red pepper ($12). A creative take on a popular salmon presentation, the Dill Salmon Cucumber Salad is seared salmon tossed with mixed greens, tomato, cucumber and asparagus, tossed in a house dressing, and topped with dill, lemon and truffle salt ($11).

Or head to Straits for their Oyster Fest on the 4th!

STRAITS Restaurant
800 Sorella Court, Suite 940

713.365.9922
http://www.straitsrestaurants.com

Shuck any prior commitments and oyster-up at STRAITS Restaurant during July 4th weekend as Chef John Sikhattana introduces a specialty oyster menu available through July 5th. Enjoy $1 Shucked Oysters, with galangal cocktail, kaffir lime aioli and basil mignonette. Then dive into $8 specialty oysters like Singapore Chili Crab Roasted Oysters, Fried Oyster and Soy Braised Pork Belly Bao, Popcorn Oysters, Asian Oyster Corn Chowder and Hawaiian Spicy Tuna and Oyster Poke.

Are you ready for your Fourth of July? Where will you be watching the fireworks?

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