February 2004


Family Man

Feb 1, 2004 By Skip Hollandsworth

To his suburban Dallas neighbors, Todd Becker was a doting husband and devoted father. They had no clue that he led a secret, lucrative life as a safecracker.

Where to Eat Now 2004

Feb 1, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

Now serving: the best new restaurants in Texas, including a glamorous international kitchen in Dallas, a hot sushi spot in Austin, and—the best of them all—a drop-dead room with a globe-trotting menu in Houston.

Life During Wartime

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

Most of the 42,000 soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the world, are in Iraq or preparing to go. Meanwhile, the loved ones who are left behind wait—and hope they don't hear an unexpected knock at the door.

The Man Who Isn’t There

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

In word and deed, the George W. Bush now residing in the White House bears little resemblance to the Texas governor I gladly sent to Washington. That's why I'm so ambivalent about reelecting him.



Feb 1, 2004 By Katy Vine

WHAT, THIS OLD THING? Some women think about killing out of jealousy or love. Others for a Judith Leiber handbag. To fans of Leiber’s work, “handbag” is a dirty word; they prefer “minaudière.” They’ll speak breathlessly of the tiny sparkling jewels or the shapes: the asparagus, the springer spaniel, the…


Feb 1, 2004 By Patricia McConnico

HOT TIME IN THE CITY It takes a lot of planning to get ready for the nation’s biggest party. Just ask Houston city officials, who have been preparing for Super Bowl XXXVIII for the past three years. Those who want to revel in the hoopla can attend any (or all)…


Feb 1, 2004 By Katy Vine

A MUSE, ME Fernande Olivier must have been a heck of a girl. At least Picasso seems to have thought so between the spring and fall of 1909, when his imagination was so captured by her that he produced more than sixty heads, busts, and half- and full-length cubist representations…


Feb 1, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

AUSTIN POWER Let me set you a scene, one I’ve participated in often during many a pleasantry-exchanging encounter: “So where are you from?” inquires a new acquaintance. “Austin,” I reply, with a smile on my face. “Oh, you must love it. Austin’s a great city.” Time and time again, I’ve…


Texas Tidbits
Texas Tidbits

Feb 1, 2004 By S. McDonald

The Laguna Madre, which runs from Corpus Christi Bay to Port Isabel, is one of the most undeveloped areas of coastline in the United States.

Happy Trails
Happy Trails

Feb 1, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

Gruene prides itself on keeping things the way they've always been. That suits us just fine.

Web Exclusive
True Crime

Feb 1, 2004 By Patricia McConnico

Journalists around the nation wanted access to Todd Becker, the all-American dad who also ran a safe-stealing ring, but only executive editor Skip Hollandsworth got him to talk.

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Image Maker

Feb 1, 2004 By Ingrid Grobey

Associate photography editor Leslie Baldwin discusses assigning photographers, editing pictures, and researching George W. Bush

Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding

Feb 1, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef-owner Claire Smith and chef Jeb Stuart, Shade, Houston. Chocolate Cherry Croissant Bread Pudding 8 croissants 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks 1 cup sun-dried cherries 6 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar 1 quart heavy cream, reserve 1/4 cup for Bourbon Sauce (recipe below)…

Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Feb 1, 2004 By Anna Lauzon

The Texas Travel Industry Association’s Texas Cooking is a cookbook with an agenda—to make you want to experience Texas. Organized by regions of the state rather than by dishes, this cookbook combines descriptions of the state’s geography, history, and tourist destinations with interesting recipes. The cookbook begins with an overview…

Season’s Eatings

Feb 1, 2004 By S. McDonald

That’s Amore If your relationship (with your sweetie or with chocolate) needs a jump start this Valentine’s, try one of these novel Texas-made gifts. Austin’s Dr. Chocolate (512-454-0555) promises to cure the Valentine’s Day doldrums with one of its Pizzas d’Amore, cleverly garnished with candied cherries (standing in for…

Pat's Pick
On The Road

Feb 1, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

Eat! They Said In the game of Where To Eat When on the Road, the surprises behind doors 1, 2, and 3 really aren’t surprises at all. There’s your standard please-drive-forward-and-pick-up-at-the-window hamburger, your country-kitchen chicken-fried steak (which is sometimes simply shoe leather slopped with gravy), and your Italian bread…


Feb 1, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

Attention, Houston: Claire Smith is back. Residents of the Bayou City became the young chef’s loyal followers during the six years that she owned the Daily Review Cafe and mourned when, in 2000, she decamped for Chicago. Happily, it didn’t take too long for her to come to her senses…


Cartwright's Texas
The Verdict

Feb 1, 2004 By Gary Cartwright

Getting Robert Durst acquitted might be too tall an order for most lawyers, but for Dick DeGuerin, it was just another day at the office.

Great Outdoors
Arrested Development

Feb 1, 2004 By Charlie Llewellin

The flat-as-a-mouse-pad landscape bordering the Laguna Madre contains one of the greatest wildlife-viewing regions in North America—and that's not all.

Take Two Tablets

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Jarboe Russell

Should a monument featuring the Ten Commandments be allowed to remain on the grounds of the Texas Capitol? A homeless former defense lawyer says no.


Off the Wall

Feb 1, 2004 By John Spong

Call it "Glove Story": Being the president of the international Michael Jackson Fan Club means never having to say you're sorry—even now.