Jordan Breal

A Fort Worth native, Jordan Breal is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and joined Texas Monthly in February 2005. As the magazines resident travel writer, she spends most of her time on the road in search of Texass most interesting sights, best hotels, and notable eats.
Jordan chronicles her adventures in her monthly column, The Wanderer, as well as a blog of the same name. She has also written about her home state for Fast Company, National Geographic Traveler, and Whole Living, among other publications.


The Yellow Cheese Hall of Fame

Mex-Mex has the purist vote wrapped up, but these Tex-Mex bastions win hands down when it comes to comfort food and customer loyalty.

In Our Backyard

The faces—and voices—of eighteen Texans who are living the debate over illegal immigration.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Stockyards.


In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

Breaking Away

Quick! You still have time to get in a great vacation before school starts and summer ends. And with this handy—and extremely thorough—guide to five perfect trips, all you need to do is fill up the tank, buckle up the kids, and go.

Historic Downtown McKinney

Snap up vintage finds, fancy footwear, and sweet treats as you stroll around this tree-lined square.

Norah Jones


David Lee Garza


East Main Street, Fredericksburg

Narrow your focus to these two blocks of the city’s famed shopping stretch.