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.


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.

Gone Swimmin’

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

The Rise of Breastaurants

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

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.

Julián Castro to Deliver DNC Keynote Address

The San Antonio mayor will be the first Hispanic to give this speech. 

Our Top Ten Most Read Stories of 2012

Secession, Aggies, and artists: the Texas stories y'all wanted to read and share in 2012. 

Commenting on

How to do it and what our policy is. 

SXSW: Where to Eat

A printable, sharable list of the best restaurants in Austin. Make reservations now.

7 Food Trailers You Want to Visit

Austin's food truck scene has exploded in both numbers (hundreds of trucks are parked across the city at any given time) and popularity (waits can last up to an hour). With so many choices, it's hard to know which trailers are worth it, so here's our list of seven trucks to hit up during SXSW.

We Have a Barbecue Editor

We've created what may be the most coveted job in the state and hired the best person for the position: Daniel Vaughn, a.k.a. BBQ Snob.

A BBQ Road Trip Soundtrack

More than 75 songs to accompany you during a meaty quest. 

TX on the Radio: The Avenger of Las Mujeres de Juárez

A segment on This American Life tells the story of the vigilante killer in the violent border city, a woman who called herself, Diana, the hunter of bus drivers. 

Larry McMurtry Speaks His Mind, Again

Archer City's most famous son tells a writer's group that Blood Meridian "was a little windy" and admits that two of his favorite television shows are The Sopranos and Everybody Loves Raymond.