Last week Austin's restaurant community got itself a high-profile win when Uchiko's Paul Qui was named "Top Chef." Now Eater National's second annual "Hottest Chef in America"--that's hot as in sexy, ("appearance is literally the only criteria," wrote Eater Austin's Andrea Grimes)--has gone to an Austinite as well.
Editor's note: David Hanners, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Dallas Morning News, wrote more than forty stories about the Kerry Max Cook case, starting in 1988, and broke much of the news that is now used by Cook's lawyers and supporters as evidence of his innocence. Hanners won a Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas for his coverage of Cook. He currently writes for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Here are five photos of important Texas news stories that captured the nation's attention, including a shot of the South Texas Trail Riders, pictured above outside Tynan, Texas on their annual ride to San Antonio.
The March 2012 issue of Men's Fitness includes the magazine's first "America's Fattest Cities" survey since 2009, and yes ... Houston, we have a problem. (We hate that cliché, too, but Men's Fitness itself already claimed the stock "everything's bigger" joke.)
As Nate Millard's feature (which is not yet available online) began:
Top Chef: Texas moved one step closer to the end last night, leaving the state for Whistler, British Columbia (where, incidentally, for all the snowy vistas, it was only 46 degrees today) and an especially-ludicrous Winter Olympics-themed series of competitions.
For the first challenge, the four remaining "cheftestants" were asked to cook while riding up and down Whistler-Blackcomb's 2.73 mile Peak-2-Peak gondola:
A Kentucky man who took to YouTube to defend Laredo's honor is being rewarded with the key to the city.
Jack Strunk, a former Laredo resident who now lives in Lancaster, Kentucky, was so offended by the hateful, racist venom spewed in the "Sara Hates Laredo" video he turned on his camera and filmed his inaugural YouTube clip in response.
Willie Nelson's ad for Chipotle Mexican Grill, which was released on YouTube in August, moved into the big leagues Sunday night, becoming one of the highlights of CBS's Grammy Awards telecast.
Welcome to “Read State,” a recurring TM Daily Post feature in which we ask noteworthy Texans—from writers and singers to athletes and politicians—what they’re reading. Today we bring you the reading habits of John Burnett, the roving NPR correspondent based in Austin who has reported from more than 25 countries.
In 1990, the Austin scene gave us Richard Linklater's classic art-film Slacker. In 2012, it gives us something for YouTube.