These days, Beyoncé Knowles is a dual superstar as both an actress, currently starring as Foxxy Cleopatra opposite Mike Myers in his third Austin Powers hit, Goldmember, and as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, the chart-topping group she led to international stardom. But she is still what she's always been: a Houstonian. For it was there in 1990 that her father enlisted 8-year-old Beyoncé and three other young girls to form an R&B group. After gaining a huge local following, the group won a record contract for the first Destiny's Child album. Now 20, with more movie offers pouring in and her first solo album almost completed, Beyoncé's gone global. But at heart she's never far from home. Here's a weekend with Beyoncé Knowles in Houston, the city where it all began.
"The St. Regis in the Galleria area is really nice; the sheets are really soft and the beds are so comfortable. The Westin in the Galleria is also nice. There are two of them now. The Galleria is right downstairs, and that's the best place for me in Houston. The Galleria has every- thing for everybody: It has all of the top designers, an ice-skating rink, and a food court with all kinds of restaurants."
"The Cheesecake Factory has the best menu. I stopped eating red meat, but just recently I had the steak there again after not eating it for three years, because you just can't resist it. And the cheesecake - they have all kinds. I usually go to Pappasito's for Mexican food. The fajitas are really good. They have the best seasoning. The environment is really cool, too. Lopez also has some of the best Mexican food in Houston, with fast service."