Andrea Valdez

Deputy web editor Andrea Valdez, a Houstonian, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received her MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Two days after graduating from Medill, she began working at Texas Monthly as a fact-checker. In addition to dutifully guarding the magazine’s integrity, she wrote the Manual, reporting on topics ranging from how to buy a custom cowboy hat to the proper technique for riding a bull—an activity she does not recommend.


Will JC Penney Ever Be Successful Again?

Despite shaking up the department store chain's corporate leadership, the Plano-based retail giant continues to suffer.

The Rise of Breastaurants

Addison-based Twin Peaks, one of the nation's top "breastaurant"chains, saw sales grow by thirty percent last year. 

Gone Swimmin’

We're enjoying our holiday weekend. Hope you enjoy yours. 

Who’s Kinkier? Dallas or Houston?

There are 1,101 Houstonians on the waiting list to read one of the 38 library copies of 50 Shades of Grey. But the libraries of North Texas have stocked 148 copies and still have 829 people on hold.

Calling All Whataburger Spicy Ketchup Lovers

The San Antonio-based fast food chain is giving away box 101,197, its last case of "Spicy Ketchup." 

SXSW: Jon Stewart Weighs in on “Homeless Hotspots”

The controversial marketing and charity campaign caught the attention of the Daily Show host, who said it used “vulnerable members of society as objects.” 

SXSW: Stratfor CEO Gets “Mic Checked”

During George Friedman's first public speaking appearance since his company was hacked by Anonymous, occupy protesters interrupted a panel he hosted at SXSW, calling him a private spy who worked for wealthy corporations. 

Perry Admits He Wasn’t Prepared to Run

Rick Perry dropped by the CNN Grill at SXSW where he told Peter Hamby that "the idea you can just stroll in there and be in the mix and be successful ... is a bit of a stretch."

Where to Eat During SXSW

Our definitive guide on where to grab a hangover taco, a soul-satisfying plate of ’cue, a beautiful piece of sushi, a see-and-be-seen table, a killer margarita, and more.

20 Restaurants and Chefs Pick Up James Beard Award Nominations

Texas represented in nine categories for the James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the restaurant industry. 

The Ten Best New Restaurants in Texas

TEXAS MONTHLY released its "Where to Eat Now" feature, a list of the best new restaurants in the state.