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1998 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The Escapees Are the Ones Who Are Jogging Fast Nacogdoches County changed its prisoners’ work-crew uniforms from ultra-bright orange to old-fashioned black-and-white stripes after alarmed citizens reported sighting escapees who turned out to be joggers. Try Our Famous Vanilla Waivers, Coffee With Chicanery, Subpoena Noir, Hot Tea With a…

The Bum Steer Calendar

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

January BEN BARNES Under fire by federal authorities, the former lieutenant governor gives up his $25,000-a-month lobbying contract for Gtech, the company that runs the Texas Lottery. Not to worry, though. Later it is announced that Gtech agreed to pay Barnes and an associate $23 million to buy out the…

Retailin’

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

RADIO GIRLS 1998 CALENDAR, featuring five women deejays from Texas, including (left) Cindy Scull of KEGL-FM, Dallas, from RML Productions of San Antonio: $12.95. PETMITT, a disposable pet-waste mitt for scooping up doggy doo, designed by Betsy Aberg and Virginia Prejean of Dallas, from PetMitt of Dallas, available by calling…

Steve Brodner’s Sketchbook (1)

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

“And don’t forget to come back next week for the Greensheet Awards. Everybody in Austin can win something if you just stick around long enough in this town. A lot of people dressed up tonight and a lot of people didn’t give a s—t, did they? Nobody’s going to work…

Steve Brodner’s Sketchbook (3)

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Mark: “They’ve mixed a lot of the Western side with the original, but they’re not original. And this right here is the biggest joke I’ve ever heard. She’s doing mudras [hand movements] through the whole thing, but she’s not even doing the mudras right.” Dan: “It’s nonsensical, the way they’re…

Steve Brodner’s Sketchbook (2)

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

“The artists that are performing tonight have written compositions or have been influenced by compositions written in Spanish, traditional Mexican music, and what’s called border music, if you will, a marriage of Tex-Mex. And so tonight they are celebrating that acoustically, singing the songs they’ve learned.”— Susan Charney, co-producer of…

Steve Brodner’s Sketchbook (4)

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

“Cake is a great band. It’s soulful music. It’s food for the soul.” — Krys Holland, audience member, watching Cake at the Austin Music Hall. “When I say go, turn that s—t all the way up.” — Wayne Coyne, lead singer of the Flaming Lips, having passed out cassette tapes…

Smokin’

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Don’t miss your ’cue: We pick the top joints in Texas for brisket, ribs, sausage, and all the sides. Plus, the godfather of barbacoa, the biggest free feast in the state, and more.

The Pit Parade

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

ABILENE Betty Rose’s Little Brisket Briskets generally don’t get prettier by closing time, so at 4 p.m. Betty Rose’s juicy, tender, well-marbled, mesquite-smoked brisket and meaty, black-pepper-rub-encrusted pork ribs were nice surprises, expertly held through the long, post-lunch slump. Not so the wrinkled pork-and-beef sausage. We helped ourselves to above-average…

And Honorable Mention To…

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

For Specialties of the House ABBOTT: the Turkey Shop, for steamed cabbage, black-eyed peas, and cornbread dressingABILENE: Joe Allen’s, for yeast-risen whole-wheat breadAUSTIN: ArtZ Rib House, for country pork ribsBRADY: Mac’s Barbecue, for crisp-skinned chickenCUERO: Barbecue Station—B&D Catering and Smolik’s Quality Meats, for exemplary brisket…

The 50 Greatest Hamburgers In Texas

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

On our first-ever quest for the state’s best burgers, we covered more than 12,000 miles, ate at more than 250 restaurants, and gained, collectively, more than 40 pounds. Our dauntless determination (and fearless fat intake) was rewarded with a list of 50 transcendent burgers—and you’ll never guess which one ended up on top.

Angel Fire Resort

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Angel Fire resort, a town of 1,200 twenty-two miles northeast of Taos near Eagle Nest Lake, is the planned-resort version of Red River, conceived in the Moreno Valley between Eagle Nest and Taos 32 years ago—Angel Fire is to Red River what Vail is to Aspen on a New…

Ski Santa Fe

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

I’ve been told that Santa Fe is a pretty good town for food, art, and plush hotel bars with roaring fireplaces. I wouldn’t know. I’ve come here to sit on my rear—I’ve come here to snowboard. I’ve been a skier for more than twenty years, and over the past…

Red River Ski Area

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Like Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride in Colorado, Red River is a mining town that, through a few parallel quirks of geology, geography, luck, and timing, happened to evolve into a ski town. But that old mining town, unique to New Mexico as it might be, isn’t what lends Red…

Ski Apache

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ski Apache is a mountain of the unexpected. Nestled on the northern flank of the 12,003-foot Sierra Blanca peak near Ruidoso, it is one of America’s southernmost ski resorts, so you can simultaneously enjoy mild winter temperatures and alpine snow. The high elevation, generous acreage, and steeply pitched chutes…

Taos Ski Valley

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

No skiing experience has been quite as intimidating as the first time I saw Al’s Run, driving up to the base of the Taos ski area. A narrow alley shooting up the lift line and angling almost straight up toward the heavens, Al’s brought on instant acrophobia. An exceptional…

. . . And the Rest

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pajarito Mountain If you really want to get away from the crowds, scoot over to Los Alamos, thirty miles west of Santa Fe. The nearby Pajarito ski area is almost as top secret as the town was when the Manhattan Project begat the atomic bomb there in the forties.

Field Trip

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Besides books and my own mistakes, I’ve learned almost everything I know about wildflowers from volunteering at the National Wildflower Research Center, Lady Bird Johnson’s visionary gift to Texas. Perhaps my inexperience was evident on my application, because the volunteer coordinator wisely placed me where I couldn’t do much harm,…

Six Simple Steps to Meadowhood.

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 Find Yourself Texas has a range of soils and climates. To know what to plant, you have to know where you are among its ten vegetational regions. 2 Flower Plot Pick a sunny, well-drained site for your meadow. When choosing which flowers to plant, think about…

Lady Bird’s Place

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

During the infamous drought of 1996, roadside wildflowers frizzled and fried. But at the National Wildflower Research Center, just southwest of Austin, blossoms, shrubs, trees, and grasses were sleek and sassy. Why? Because 1995’s rains watered 1996’s flowers, thanks to the largest rooftop rainwater-collection system in North America. One of…

The Assassination at 35

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

A handsome young president, a convertible limousine, a sniper, three shots (we think), and our lives were changed forever. A special report on what is, for many, the defining event of the past fifty years.

Hawaiian Delight

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package Jell-O (any flavor; cherry is traditional) Your choice of the following (whatever you prefer or have on hand): 1 banana, sliced 1 can sour cherries or 1 small jar maraschino cherries, well drained 1 small can pineapple chunks, well drained 1/2 cup…

Golden Glow Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package lemon or orange Jell-O 1/2 cup grated or shredded carrots 1 small can crushed pineapple or pineapple chunks, well drained Prepare Jell-O as directed on package. When Jell-O is about half-set (approximately an hour or so), add carrots and pineapple. Editor’s note: Pineapple is one…

Gammy’s Broken Glass Torte

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Crust 2 dozen crushed graham crackers 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans Mix thoroughly and pack tightly in oblong 9 x 13 Pyrex dish. Filling 1 package each lime, lemon, and cherry Jell-O 1 package plain unflavored…

Coke Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 three-ounce package black-cherry Jell-O 1 twelve-ounce can Coke 1 to 2 cans Bing cherries, well drained 1/2 cup pecans, chopped Using a large bowl, prepare Jell-O as directed on package, substituting the Coke for 1 1/2 cups water. The Coke will foam up; be prepared!…

Chop-House Burger With Parmesan Chive Fries

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Chop House Burger 1/2 pound fresh ground hamburger patty (we use a 77/23 blend) pinch of kosher salt and cracked pepper ciabatta bun 2 slices applewood-smoked bacon 2 slices cheddar cheese 1 1/2 ounces shredded iceberg lettuce 2 slices tomato 3 rings red…

Grady’s 3M Burgers

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1 1/2 pounds coarse-ground chuck 1 1/2 pounds coarse-ground sirloin 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus some to taste 2 tablespoons coarse-ground pepper 4 tablespoons brown sugar 6 quality hamburger buns Preheat grill to medium high and lightly grease the grate. In a mixing bowl, combine…

Cucumber Mintini

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/4 cucumber 5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 sprig for garnish 2 lime wedges 2 sugar cubes 2 ounces simple syrup (one part sugar dissolved in one part water) splash of fresh lime juice 1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka splash of…

Basil Julep

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe Courtesy of Tyler Treharne, 2900 Restaurant, El Paso Being an avid gardener myself, I like to utilize the fruits of my labor in every culinary experience, and drinks should be no exception. Basil is a nice herb that is easy to grow, and most of all, loves the West…

Sweet Texas Heat

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2 ounces jalapeño-infused Republic Silver Tequila 3 jalapeños (for tequila and garnish) 1/3 kiwi, peeled 6 fresh mint leaves 3/4 ounce ginger syrup (such as the Ginger People) 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce 7UP To infuse the tequila: Slice 2 large…

2900 Sangria

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2900 Sangria Photograph by Adam Voorhes 1 navel orange wedge, peeled 1 half-inch slice fresh pineapple 3 fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced in half 3 red seedless grapes 1 slice Red Delicious apple 1 ounce Paula’s Texas Lemon 1 ounce…

Alamo Fizz

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

3/4 ounce homemade rosemary syrup 5 sprigs of fresh rosemary (for syrup and garnish) 2 ounces Treaty Oak Platinum Rum 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 egg white To make rosemary syrup: Combine one part sugar and one part…

Endless Summer Directory

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Austin Big Top Candy Shop 1706 S. Congress Ave., 512-462-2220 or myspace.com/bigtopcandyshop. By George 1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-8600 or bygeorgeaustin.com. Continental Club 1315 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-2444 or conti nentalclub.com. Feather’s 1700B S. Congress Ave., 512-912-9779 or myspace.com/31622902. Home Slice Pizza…

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Is the Texas economy just late to the downturn, or are we insulated from the rest of the country’s woes? To answer this and other pressing pocketbook queries, Texas Monthly sat down with the state comptroller, the chairman of the UT Board of Regents, a legendary community organizer, a distinguished economist, and a state senator with a background in finance, who says we’ve been pretty darn lucky.

Texas Monthly Brainstorm

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Build more schools, clone Willie Nelson, get everyone high-speed Internet, raise chickens, hold nonpartisan primaries, curb sprawl, and 76 other serious, inspiring, far-fetched, and provocative ideas about how to make Texas an even better place from some of the brightest bulbs we know.

Contributors

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Nate Blakeslee “This story was not driven by a bad personal experience. Well, I once had to use a motorized Roto-Rooter at my house, but that had nothing to do with it,” says senior editor Nate Blakeslee about “Everyone’s Poop”, his study of one of the great marvels…

Everybody Must Get Stoned

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Politically motivated hit job or serious work of art? That’s the looming question about Oliver Stone’s W., his new movie about the life and presidency of George W. Bush. To answer it—or more accurately, to speculate about the answer—we convened a discussion between two Hollywood pros, an eminent historian, an ex-Bushie, and a film critic who learned all he knows about the Kennedy assassination from watching JFK .