Jaime Tatos Maldonado was visiting a Dallas-area supermarket when he encountered a street musician playing guitar and singing an original composition, and he decided to take his phone out and film it. He didn’t expect that he was in for “literally the craziest weekend of [his] life” at the time.
Real estate blog Estately.com has proven, incontrovertably, something that we all already knew was true: Texans like tacos more than anybody else likes tacos.
In a post on Estately called “The Most/Least Taco-Crazed Cities In America,” the blog analyzed the fifty largest cities in the U.S. to determine which cities loved tacos the most, and which city residents were content to drive through a Taco Bell. The methodology is perhaps a bit suspect, but quantifying taco love is an inherently subjective enterprise, and we’ll give them some credit for at least revealing how they came up with the list:
To determine the level of taco enthusiasm in the largest 50 U.S. cities, Estately looked at three things.
- Percentage of each city’s restaurants serving tacos (souce: Yelp)
- Percentage of Facebook users in each city expressing interest in tacos (source: Facebook)
- Level of internet searches related to tacos (source: Google Trends)
We’ll take just a moment here to savor a string of words like “level of Internet searches related to tacos,” but then continue on with the list, in which each of the top five cities are right here in Texas—with seldom-remarked-upon Arlington taking the number one spot.
Behind Arlington, the list includes Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, while Houston clocks in at #9 (tied with Los Angeles)—behind taco-mad non-Texan cities like Long Beach, Oklahoma City, and San Diego. El Paso—the final Texas entry in the top fifty—lands at #15.
Houstonians live in a really big city. We know that people know that, but thanks to an intrepid Reddit user, we now have a succinct visual shorthand for just how big the city really is: Namely, these maps, which overlay the 88 miles of Beltway 8 on top of a number of other major world cities.
We learned last year that Lance fatigue is a real thing for people in Texas, especially those in Austin, who went through the entire roller coaster of emotions as Lance went from an inspirational hero to a disgraced doper.
Here’s a spicy pizza recipe: Take a large pie and put about 90 slices of jalapeño-stuffed pepperonis on top, then add another batch of freshly-diced peppers to the top. Here’s a spicy PR strategy: Name the resulting pizza “La Chingona.”
Pretty much everyone in Austin this week is either doing SXSW things, or really, really tired of hearing about SXSW things. Either way, there’s a question about the festival that’s gotten harder and harder to answer over the past few years: What exactly is SXSW?