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Food & Drink |
November 17, 2015

Best Tacos: Amarillo

Al Pastor, El TejavanType: Classic MexicanRating: 4.75Price: $8.99/platter Here in cattle country, it’s beef—not pork—that’s cooked al pastor. The well-marinated steak is elevated by simple cilantro, onions, and freshly made corn tortillas; there’s also chunky guacamole, shredded lettuce,

Sweepstakes |
May 21, 2015

New Braunfels Sweepstakes

Three winners will receive one of three New Braunfels prize packages: Prize 1 Prize package for four includes a two-night stay at Canyon Lakeview resort, tubing at Rockin’ R River Rides, a wine tasting at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, and admission to the New Braunfels Conservation Society’s

Sweepstakes |
April 21, 2015

Panhandle Sweepstakes

Two winners will receive one of two Panhandle prize packages at the following locations:  Lubbock Prize package includes a two-night stay at the Hawthorne Suites. Enjoy admission for four to the Buddy Holly Center and the Silent Wings Museum, and pick up some Texas Tech gear

Sweepstakes |
March 26, 2015

Albuquerque Sweepstakes

One winner will receive a three-day, two-night adventure getaway for two in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Enjoy a two-night stay in one of Nativo Lodge’s beautiful new artist’s rooms. View Albuquerque, the stunning Sandia Mountains, and the Rio Grande from the sky on a hot-air ballon ride with

The Culture |
March 25, 2015

Welcome to Texas!

Every day more than a thousand people move to the Lone Star State. Lucky enough to be a new arrival? This crash course will get you thinking, eating, and talking like a native in no time. (Lucky enough to already be a native? You’ll be reminded of all the reasons

The Culture |
March 25, 2015

Where to Go First

Few things make Texans happier than a full tank of gas and an open highway. You’ve got a lot of ground to cover, but I propose you start with these four trips, each originating at Brady, the geographic center of Texas. You’ll be saying “y’all” and offering the hi sign

Books |
March 23, 2015

Cover to Cover

If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve

Music |
March 23, 2015

The Playlist

Oh, the endless arguments about Texas music. But don’t feel the need to master it—no one really can. Instead, here are ten songs to help you hold your own at almost any party. 

The Culture |
March 23, 2015

Where to Be a Tourist

A word about these four destinations: most native Texans visited them on their elementary school field trips. They are essential, so if you haven’t seen them yet, you’d better get cracking. Just remember, this is only the start.

The Culture |
March 23, 2015

The Media Guide

To gain pop culture literacy, you could spend a long weekend taking in works produced for the big screen (Giant, Dazed and Confused) and the small box (Lonesome Dove, Friday Night Lights). But the quicker route would be an afternoon surfing YouTube. Search for the terms below, but don’t blame us if you end up falling down a

Sports |
March 23, 2015

Celebrate the Spurs (in Haiku)

Having grown up on the South Side of San Antonio, I know that the Spurs aren’t just a team, they’re a way of life. To show my support, I did what any fan would do: make like Bashō and pen five haikus, one for every NBA title. 

The Culture |
March 23, 2015

How to Drive 85 Miles per Hour

The fastest road in America does not cross the Mojave Desert or the big sky country of Montana. Instead, it cuts through an unexceptional stretch of farmland southeast of Austin, where the posted speed limit on Texas Highway 130 jumps to 85 miles per hour. The so-called Texas Autobahn

The Culture |
March 23, 2015

Drive a Pickup Truck (or Don’t)

I promise driving a truck won’t help you create any ties to your new state’s rural roots, but spending one day on a city street, sharing it with trucks like mine, may help you understand that practicality doesn’t have much to do with being a Texan at all. 

The Culture |
March 23, 2015

How to Survive the Summer

When I was a teenager growing up in Wichita Falls, which is regularly hailed as one of the hottest cities in the state (and sometimes the country), I spent my summers smelling like roadkill. The moment I stepped outside my house, sweat began sliding like syrup down my back.

Texas History |
March 23, 2015

Texas History in 601 Words

The story of Texas can be reduced to one sentence: somebody has something somebody else wants and will put up a fight to get. In the beginning, these fights were over land. The Spanish explorers came here in the 1500’s; ignoring native peoples, they claimed a vast region that