In 1994 the president of Grapeland High's senior class committed a brutal, senseless murder. Now he's on death row, waiting for the courts to decide his fate.
His name was Wadih el-Hage. He had an American wife and American kids, a home in Arlington, a job at a tire store in Fort Worth, and a secret past that led straight to Osama bin Laden.
Terry Labonte talks about his family's need for speed and success that could fuel a Texas racing dynasty.
Top Of The Line We never need an excuse to hop in the car and drive to Round Top, but if we did, the assorted annual spring antiques festivals March 27-April 7 in this east central Texas hamlet would be the perfect reason. Part of the attraction is the chance
Bubbles in Paradise Think of bubble tea as the Hello Kitty of beverages. The trendy Asian drink is as frivolous and fun as the perennially popular Sanrio character, with the same power to appeal to your inner adolescent. The main ingredients in bubble tea, also known as shaken tea or
NASCAR racer Bobby Labonte is quick on everythinglife and the racetrack.
Brass bands in Texas entertained the masses and left a lasting mark on the state's music scene.
Teaching your child how to drive is no easy task. Senior editor Anne Dingus offers ten tips to make your assignment successfuland enjoyable.
Chomping at the bit to see some Thoroughbred racing? We have something for you.
Weatherford ranch manager Larry McWhorter sees his poem “Gate Session” as an ode to the cowboy code—a set of rules that he believes is dying out. “You didn’t ride in front of a man. It was just considered impolite,” McWhorter says. “It used to be that people respected that, but
Ken Kercheval, who played Cliff Barnes on the television series Dallas, talks about going back to Southfork.
With a deep drawl that rivals actor Sam Elliott, J. B. Allen is the quintessential cowpuncher. The Cochran County commissioner has cowboyed all of his life, and that’s what he knows. He doesn’t call himself a writer; he’s just a cowman who writes poetry. His poems just come to him,
Baxter Black, the first full-time cowboy poet, gives away his formula for great poetry.
Lubbock writer and poet Andy Wilkinson doesn’t sound like a cowboy poet on the phone, but once he gets on the subject, his knowledge is extensive. The balladry is as much in his heart as in his head. His style is more modern than fellow wranglers, but the message is
Brennan's of Houston In Your Kitchen
Cowboy humorist Baxter Black is known for his jokes, and so when he puts them in a poem, the crowds laugh twice as hard. “The Oyster” is one of his favorites, and he describes the poem as “a rubbing of cultural tectonic plates.”“It is country versus city,” Black chuckles. “‘The
Executive editor Mimi Swartz talks about Wadih el-Hage and this month's cover story, "The Traitor Next Door."
“Anthem” is Buck Ramsey’s calling card in cowboy poetry and serves as an introduction to his sixty-page poem “And As I Rode Out on the Morning.” Awarded the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1993, Ramsey is considered one of the best Texas cowboy poets, and every
Texas' official cowboy poet kicks back to talk about his life in poetry and song.
As the cowboy poet of Texas, Red Steagall takes great pride in his poetry, as well as his songs. He considers “Born To This Land” from his first book Ride For the Brand and “The Fence That Me and Shorty Built” from his latest collection to be his banner poems.
Rockport is a jewel. Not only does this coastal town offer quaint bed-and-breakfasts but it also offers good restaurants and lovely vistas.
Horse-breaker Joel Nelson tries to carry paper wherever he goes, and the second a line hits him, he has to scribble it down, putting whatever he is doing on hold. It’s a good practice that led to his poem “The Men Who Ride No More.” En route to Hawaii to
The Smell Of Yummy Here are my top five reasons to visit the Scented Geranium, a cool new Vietnamese cafe in Dallas owned by Sony Nguyen. Reason number five: The decor—minimalist and edgy, with walls painted chartreuse, lavender, aquamarine, and candy pink. Reason number four: The music—a soothing amalgam of
Even though my family is steeped in Longhorn tradition, I decided to go to College Station for the weekend to see what it's like to be an Aggie.
Modern cowboys tame poetry to tell about life in the saddle.
Recipe from the Dallas Wine and Food Festival featured in “Taste of the Town” April 2002 issue of Texas Monthly6 five-ounce portions veal tenderloin (veal chop with bone cut off is cheaper but more fatty and not quite as tender) 8 slices smoked bacon olive oil as needed 1 yellow
Camotitos Potosinos (Sweet Potatoes and Guavas in Syrup)These sweet potatoes and guavas are simmered in clay ollas for the fiesta of San Francisco de Asis in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Enjoy them as a wonderful, healthful dessert (with or without ice cream) or as a syrup for French toast. Yum!1
Asado de Venado Enchilado (Grilled Venison Smeared With Chile Paste)Oaxaqueños have been eating venison since pre-Hispanic times. Although it is less available there now, it’s still used in moles and stews. I learned how to make this tasty dish from Carmen of the Restaurante Carmelita, located outside Tuxtepec. After marinating
Calabazas Horneadas (Baked Squash With Chiles, Corn, and Cream)This combination of corn, squash, chiles, and cream is a comfort food for me, and this method is one of my favorite ways to make it. It is best eaten as a taco filling in corn tortillas and served with soup for
Senior editor Patricia Sharpe, a judge at this year’s Dallas Wine and Food Festival, talks about the biggest event.
Cedar Smoked Scallops With Cauliflower-Brown Butter Soup8-10 scallops (very large), cleaned 2 ounces clarified butter 1 tablespoon sea salt, finely crushed 1/4 ounce cedar wood shavingsToss the scallops in clarified butter and season with the sea salt. In a hot sauté pan, quickly sear one side of the scallops. Place
Pescado Empapelado al Diablo (Fish Cooked In Paper With Devil’s Sauce.)One of the most relaxing places on Oaxaca’s coast is the picturesque Lagunas de Chacahua. At the restaurant Los Delfines de Chacahua, owner Juana Ramírez says that this is the most popular dish she serves. The “paper” used is actually
Around the State
Point of View Since 1993, the bodies of 266 murdered young Mexican women have been found in the desert surrounding Ciudad Juárez, an industrial city that sits directly across the border from El Paso. A multimedia exhibit that opened March 8 and runs through April 11 at the UTEP Union
Sports Center May I have your attention, please? Fort Worth is the place to be the first weekend in April. For starters, check out Chevy Thunder Days in Sundance Square, a NASCAR celebration with concerts, racing displays, and driver appearances. Of course, you’ll also want to head out to the
Nanu, Nanu Academy award- winning actor and comedian Robin Williams brings his first one-man show in fifteen years to the University of Texas at Austin’s Performing Arts Center on April 9, the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas on April 10, and the Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston on
Independents’ Day In 1982 John Kunz opened the doors to a 1,200-square-foot music store on Lamar Boulevard called Waterloo Records. Austin has changed over the years—for one thing, Lamar had considerably less traffic in those days—and so has Waterloo. While Kunz watched other independent music stores barely stay afloat, and
The Hyde Park Miniature Museum in Houston is an outsized testament to one man's love of his life's little treasures.
As a "recovering" attorney with a mixed record at picking juries, I always wondered what made them tick. After receiving a summons this year, I'm still deliberating.
With colorful music and dynamic performers who hail from Africa, Asia, and all points in between, the Houston International Festival puts the globe onstage.