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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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The Home T

Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Lucchese

Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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Brennan’s

Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

Send the sweetest southern greeting with a Brennan’s keepsake box which includes twelve individually wrapped pralines. Many have argued about the correct pronunciation of our famous little lagniappe at the door. Whether you pronounce it “Prayleens” or “Prahlene” we can all  in-arguably agree that they are a tasty southern treat!…

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Dec 4, 2014 By TMPROMOTIONS

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The Ultimate Texas Gift Guide 2014

Dec 3, 2014 By Jordan Breal

Puzzling over what to buy your favorite fifth-generation Texan? Scratching your head over what to send to your Texas relatives who now reside out of state? Wondering what to get the family next door who just moved here from California? Let this roundup of gift-worthy items—inspired by a few of my favorite Texas Monthly features—be your guide.

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Dec 3, 2014 By TM Promotions

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Macy’s Holiday Event

Dec 3, 2014 By TM Promotions

Macy’s, in partnership with Texas Monthly, hosted their in-store holiday event at the NorthPark Center location in Dallas.

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Big and Bright

Dec 1, 2014 By TM Promotions

Star of Texas pendant with diamond, sterling silver, and 18-karat gold | $235 | available at jamesavery.com  

Tacodeli

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Only in Austin would a taco menu include half a dozen vegetarian and/or vegan options. But the owners here still know they’re in Texas—beef leads the menu, with eight choices. When Tacodeli launched in November 1999, founder Roberto Espinosa drew on his childhood in Mexico City and experience interning at…

Fork & Taco

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

At this stylish new counter-order taco place, open since September 2014, recipes come from the fevered brain of chef-partner and Uchi veteran Casey Fannin. The fundamentals are Mexican (especially the terrific house-made corn and flour tortillas), but the fillings are international, like the excellent pork shoulder with sriracha mayo and…

Taco Flats

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Any Burnet Road taco crawl demands a stop at Taco Flats, if only to pay homage to the long-gone scruffy original bar named Taco Flats that once graced North Lamar. Open since October 2014, with the permission of Taco Flats former co-owner Linda Steele, the new TF is a small…

Torchy’s

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Another day, another Torchy’s. Back in 2006, Torchy’s was a single trailer. But with crazy expansion now resulting in nearly thirty outlets, the Texas chain’s amped-up, highly Americanized tacos have spread to the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston urban areas, as well as to smaller cities like Lubbock, Amarillo, College…

Pueblo Viejo

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

On an unseasonably cold fall morning, we sampled Pueblo Viejo’s offerings based on a tip from a nearby restaurant owner. The lengthy menu caters to hip East Austin worker bees with myriad options and many veggies, but we focused on the traditional. Our breakfast favorite, the Taco Azteca, places peppery…

Joe’s Bakery

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

In the five decades Joe’s has been open, it’s cultivated a reputation as a local institution, a place as likely to be serving city and state officials as Longhorns-capped college students and large, extended families. Tejano ballads on the jukebox complement the bustling atmosphere. The bright booths are almost always…

La Fruta Feliz

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Past Salty Sow, Dai Due, and all the rest of the restaurants dotting newly trendy Manor Road, tucked into a nondescript shopping center, sits a little juice shop that also offers some of Austin’s best tacos at a mere $1.75. The star at Fruta Feliz is the barbacoa de chivo—braised…

Rosita’s Al Pastor

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

When you ask for the server’s recommended taco in Spanish and she offers up a “gringa,” there’s reason to feel you’re not being taken seriously. But our suspicions were dashed when we were presented with the house specialty. The Rosita’s pork pastor meat is a blinding red-orange, supermoist yet somehow…

Las Trancas

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Many of Austin’s best trailers look as though they’re held together merely by the kitchen’s good intentions. Las Trancas marks the exception. It’s a gleaming, oversized beacon of spotless white on Cesar Chavez, with air-conditioning and a fancy drink cooler built into the back corner. The trailer works in the…

Tamale House East

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

People familiar with the Tex-Mex scene in Austin may be familiar with the Tamale House name—the location on Airport that Bobby Vasquez operated for more than three decades amassed a loyal fanbase who mourned the passing of its owner and subsequent shuttering of this Austin institution earlier this year. This…

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

When the brilliant kitchen staff at Valentina’s introduced brisket to the humble taco, they attracted a cult following to their small trailer behind the Star Bar. While we wouldn’t discourage anyone from ordering the famed fifteen-hour brisket, we implore you to not look past the trailer’s notable beef fajita. The…

Veracruz All-Natural

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Sometimes you simply defer to the cook. On a morning visit to the Manchaca location of Veracuz All-Natural, we paused when deciding what to pair with the nopales. The kind woman behind the counter grinned, then finished the order on our behalf with her favorite ingredients. She mixed the cactus…

Papalote Taco House

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

While Papalote’s menu and signage bear an aesthetic more befitting a chain restaurant, the offerings here are decidedly personal. Owner Sergio Varela designed the menu as a simple homage to his mother’s recipes from southern Mexico, resulting in perhaps the best taco variety on offer in South Austin. The tiny…

El Primo

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Nestled in the now-tony confines of this newly developed area, scrappy stalwart El Primo remains a standby with fiercely loyal regulars who have been visiting since the trailer parked here nearly ten years ago. During a recent weekday lunch, El Primo’s crossover love between old South Austin and new South…

Mellizoz Tacos

Nov 25, 2014 By andrea valdez

Mellizoz established its roots on trailer-saturated South First roughly six years ago, making its mark as a decidedly Americanized and “chef-y” taco spot. The dozen or so offerings range from slight twists on classics (breakfast tacos accented with cotija or spinach) to the blissfully familiar (a solid carne guisada). But…

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Nov 24, 2014 By TM Promotions

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Santa Fe Sweepstakes

Nov 19, 2014 By TM Promotions and Texas Monthly

Two winners will receive one of two ski packages at the following luxurious locations: Inn and Spa at Loretto Prize package includes a two-night stay, dinner for two at Luminaria, two 50-minute Mindful Massages, and two ski passes from Ski Santa Fe. La…

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Sweepstakes Rules: Santa Fe

Nov 19, 2014 By TM Promotions

Two winners will receive one of two ski packages at the following luxurious locations: Inn and Spa at LorettoPrize package includes a two-night stay, dinner for two at Luminaria, two 50-minute Mindful Massages, and two ski passes from Ski Santa Fe. La Posada de Santa FePrize package includes…

Man on Fire

Nov 13, 2014 By Michael Hall

The Reverend Charles Moore ardently dedicated his life to the service of God and his fellow man. But when he couldn’t shake the thought that he hadn’t done enough, he drove to a desolate parking lot in his hometown of Grand Saline for one final act of faith.

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Autumn Adornment

Nov 11, 2014 By TM Promotions

Sterling silver and 18-karat gold bracelet featuring faceted citrine, silver filigree, and gold accents | $1,970 | available at shoprewards.com

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Belk and Ralph Lauren Join Forces Against Breast Cancer

Nov 10, 2014 By TM Promotions

Ralph Lauren’s “Lauren Pink” capsule collection will include a new sneaker to be sold exclusively in Belk stores and online at Belk.com. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Belk Women’s Health Fund, which funds the Belk Mobile Mammography Center (BMMC). The Ralph Lauren partnership brings fresh support to…