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Texas History |
February 19, 2020

The Legend of John Holmes Jenkins

He was a notorious deal maker known for bringing priceless pieces of Texas history back to the state. He was also a suspected forger and arsonist. Thirty years ago, he was found dead in the Colorado River near Austin, and to this day a question remains: Could John Holmes Jenkins

Business |
January 21, 2013

What an Employer!

Whataburger sticks it to the man, filing a lawsuit against debt collector NCO for repeatedly calling the company's corporate headquarters in search of one employee. 

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Tools of the Trade

Cooking like a Texan requires its own special gear, whether it’s a woodpile for the smoker, a skillet your granny used, or a well-worn wooden spoon (maybe even the one your momma spanked your hiney with as a kid).Tortilla PressOne simple push = one fresh corn tortilla!Lime SqueezerFor that citrus

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

How Not to Cook Like a Texan

I’m still shocked by the number of people who suggested I didn’t know what I was doing. The first such skeptic just happened to be the Texanist, my housemate that winter of 1995, who was then known to the greater world simply as Dave. When I informed him of my

Food & Drink |
January 21, 2013

Mama Grande’s Rice

My grandmother, or Mama Grande, lived in Donna, between Brownsville and McAllen, and we’d often go see her on Sundays. We’d take Highway 281, a two-lane road that runs parallel to the Rio Grande and that Dad called el camino militar. I remember sitting in the backseat of his ’57

Food & Drink |
January 20, 2013

I Believe I Can Fry

How a mild-mannered database analyst from Dallas became the undisputed king of extreme competitive deep-frying in Texas—which is to say, the world.

The Culture |
August 5, 2012

The Rattler, 1992-2012

The Six Flags Fiesta Texas thrill ride, which at one time was the tallest, steepest, fastest wooden rollercoaster in the country, shut down operations Sunday. 

Eat My Words |
March 26, 2012

Foodways Texas Is Getting Fat and Sassy

Foodways Texas, which was founded in July 2010 “to preserve, promote, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas," held its second annual symposium in Austin this past weekend. A couple of hundred participants listened to talks on the theme of “Texas Preserved”—a deliberately wide-ranging topic that covered

Food & Drink |
December 1, 2011

I Say Burrito, You Say Taco

Our top-notch team of anonymous reviewers have some strong words on what to call those delicious tortillas filled with things like eggs, beans, or chorizo. Regardless of semantics, though, they all like to eat them.

Politics & Policy |
August 31, 2005

Anita Perry

“He’s probably stronger now than when we were younger, but I’ve changed that same way. And we’ve probably gotten more conservative as we’ve gotten older.”