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The Hill Country Drive

Jan 21, 2013 By Courtney Bond

ROUTE: Bandera to Concan (and back)DISTANCE: 125 milesNUMBER OF COUNTIES: 3WHAT TO LISTEN TO: 104.3 FM, 
the Ranch A great drive may be about slowing down and clearing your head, but who can resist roads lined with signs warning of “Earth Slides” and “Steep Grades, Sharp Curves”?…

The Cast of Dallas

Jan 20, 2013 By Courtney Bond

“A limited series, with a limited future.” So wrote one Variety critic after viewing the 1978 pilot episode of Dallas, the CBS show that would become the second-longest-running dramatic series ever (only Gunsmoke lasted longer). For thirteen seasons audiences around the world were captivated by the trials and tribulations of…

Johnson City

Jul 31, 2012 By Courtney Bond

1. TASTE WINE + ART Whether your preference runs to oils and acrylics or tannins and bouquets, stop in at this old stone building that Warren Vilmaire and Susan Kirchman have transformed into a showcase for their respective passions (he’s a retired engineer and full-time oenophile, she taught photography at A&M…

Judging the 2011 Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival

Oct 25, 2011 By Courtney Bond

Flickr/Sean Loyless Equipped with cash, personal utensils, and moist towelettes, a peaceable horde of eaters descended on the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival the minute the gates opened. Employing a divide-and-conquer approach, they dispersed to the forty or so trailers, only to return minutes…

Eating Around

Sep 30, 2004 By Courtney Bond

Slow Boat With China How does this sound? A three-day float down the Rio Grande through a majestic Big Bend river canyon with periodic stops for gourmet camp cuisine: eggs Benedict in the morning; meats, cheeses, and pâtés on the riverbank at lunch; and in the evening, a hearty feast,…

Liquid Assets

Apr 30, 2004 By Courtney Bond

The Thrill of the Chaser Sangrita … the name alone suggests mystery, romance, a little vida loca. Loosely translated “little blood,” sangrita is not the most famous tequila chaser (salt and lime take that honor), but it’s certainly the most exciting. Resplendent in sunset hues, this saucy potion more than…