Texas

Harvest of the skinflint

Mar 3, 2015 By R.G. Ratcliffe

When adjusted for population growth and inflation, state spending has remained almost flat since 1994. Is there a price for such frugality?

A Yardstick For the Culture Wars in Texas

Feb 25, 2015 By R.G. Ratcliffe

A newly released survey finds Texans sharply divided on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, but overwhelmingly in favor of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who live here illegally.

It’s Spelled Y’all, Y’all.

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

If there’s one thing Texans love more than saying y’all, it’s a good argument. Texas Monthly readers react to the Department of Criminal Justice’s use of “ya’ll” instead of “y’all.”

2005 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Better close off the balcony too Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, of Houston, requested that a corridor in her Washington, D.C., office building be closed off for eight hours so that she could meet privately with singer Michael Jackson. 4—6 minutes to high cholesterol An eighteen-wheeler overturned on Houston’s…

The Cult of Keen

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

It took two decades of shows at honky-tonks filled with frat-boy fans and Aggie admirers, but singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has his first major-label record deal.

Sweet 15

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

For the longest time, quinceañeras were simple, down-home celebrations held in parish halls and backyards. Then along came the stretch Humvees, the carriages and thrones, the choreographed dance routines, the smoke machines, the climbing walls, and the dinners for four hundred bedazzled guests. One thing remains the same, though: It’s all about the girl.

Thanksgiving Dishes from Renowned Texas Chefs

Nov 21, 2012 By Layne Lynch

Turkey Day is upon us, and an abundance of families will be cooking fall-centric dishes at home tomorrow. In case you’re looking to scrounge up some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes, here are a few offerings from a handful of talented Texas chefs. Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Absinthe Crème Fraîche from Jason Dodge of Péché …

Remember the Alamo, It’s “Top Chef: Texas” Time, Y’all!

Nov 2, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Virginia Sherwood, Bravo We heard the rumors that the show was coming (and that producers tried to shut down tweets about it). We've read about the state tax breaks and the lawsuit and the omission of our biggest (and completely food-rich) city, Houston. Now the day is finally here: Top Chef: Texas, the ninth season of the cooking competition show, premieres tonight. All the episodes will take place in Austin, Dallas or San Antonio; Paul Qui of Austin's Uchiko and Andrew Curran of Austin's 24 Diner are among the 29 "cheftestants." "Everything is bigger in Texas," writes TV Guide. "And that includes Top Chef." It also includes all the Texas cliches that we'll be seeing on the show ("Saddle Up," says one of Bravo.com's pop-up ads) and in the coverage of it. The premiere (and eight of the season's 14 episodes) takes place in San Antonio, which, as the Express-News' Jennifer McInnis notes, anted up $200,000 to the show's producers via its Convention and Visitor's Bureau (the state provided twice that). Give the producers points for wit, however: the season will feature Pee Wee Herman, whose Pee Wee's Big Adventure took him to the Alamo, as a guest judge. And that particular setting is probably appropriate given that the 29 competitors will shrink to 16 by the end of next week's episode. "It's going to be quite a slaughter there," says Eater Austin, while the Los Angeles Times compared the rapid cut-down to "[Rick] Perry and his state’s tough stance on final justice."