Texas Monthly https://www.texasmonthly.com Covering Texas news, politics, food, history, crime, music, and everything in between for more than forty years. Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:08:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 You Won’t Escape SXSW 2022 Without Knowing About Crypto https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/crypto-guide-sxsw-2022/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/crypto-guide-sxsw-2022/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2022 00:08:09 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=724379 A lot has changed in the three years since the last time Austin was descended upon by tens of thousands of artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and musicians—not to mention the clout chasers, tech dorks, vibe shifters, and wannabe thought leaders seeking the attention of the former groups. You’re already familiar with a lot of it. But we’re not talking about the not-exactly-over pandemic or escalating international conflict at the moment: rather, we are here to discuss the other nigh-ubiquitous harbinger of a forever-changed world, which is—as any number of dudes with the exact same haircut will tell you—the blockchain. If you’ve heard about blockchain technologies but are also fortunate enough to have just been able to, shall we say, sit this one out, and you’re…

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Republicans and Democrats Are Both Claiming Victory Based on South Texas Primary Turnout. Who’s Right? https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/south-texas-primary-turnout-2022/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/south-texas-primary-turnout-2022/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 19:55:46 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=724336 Governor Greg Abbott made frequent pilgrimages to McAllen in 2020, so it did not surprise anyone that on January 8 of this year he flew down to the border city to headline a Hispanic Leadership Summit. After remarks from conservative leaders in the Rio Grande Valley such as McAllen mayor Javier Villalobos, Abbott took the stage to officially launch his reelection campaign in a speech punctuated by twin blasts of confetti. That Abbott would end a Hispanic leadership event with an announcement of his own leadership intentions was no coincidence. He made clear that day that he planned on winning the Hispanic vote in Texas in November. Last week Abbott declared an early win toward that goal. Though no Republicans ran against any Democrats in the…

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Though New to Some Tea Drinkers, Yaupon Is Steeped in History https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/yaupon-tea-steeped-history/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/yaupon-tea-steeped-history/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 17:45:25 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723954 Three thick green shrubs stand sentry along my backyard fence. Squat and unassuming, each is about four feet tall, its branches dense with small, scalloped leaves. Seemingly impervious to heat, drought, flood, and freeze, the shrubs grow steadily without any human help. I tend to forget that they exist at all until October, when a cheerful spray of tiny red berries appears. But my humble backyard bushes have a rich history. The shrubs are yaupon (pronounced “yo-pawn”) holly, the only substantially caffeinated plant native to North America. It flourishes across the Southeast, from the Gulf Coast to Central Texas. Indigenous groups have been drinking tea made from the leaves for more than a thousand years. In the 1500s, when Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de…

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At Texas Swingers Clubs, “the Lifestyle” Is Booming https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/texas-swingers-clubs-booming/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/texas-swingers-clubs-booming/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 17:01:16 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723835 Tanja Brown thinks the term “swingers” is outdated. The word conjures up images of adventurous suburban couples in the seventies flirting with their neighbors in wood-paneled basements: flashes of footsie on a shag carpet; a French-tipped fingernail trailing seductively from a man’s lush sideburn down to the broad collar of his paisley shirt; fondue, maybe. Instead, Brown refers to swinging as “the lifestyle,” a more modern, expansive term that encompasses, in her words, “all alternative things.” More specifically, it applies to couples who want to expand their erotic horizons together—explorers charting paths across open, amorous seas.Gone are the days of the furtive basement meetups; now Texas couples choose from a variety of lifestyle clubs across the state. Brown owns and operates the Night Game, a…

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One of the Longest Relationships in My Life Has Been With a Fern https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/my-familys-staghorn-fern/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/my-familys-staghorn-fern/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:28:29 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722962 I love hearing about what brings a family together. Maybe it’s the clam dip they serve every year during the Super Bowl, their top-secret, preposterously remote camping spot, or a weird but delicious salad dressing made from ketchup and onions. My own family has long been bonded by, among other things, an excellent piecrust recipe, a tedious ritual of counting the flatware after a meal to make sure no fork or teaspoon has ended up in the garbage, and a staghorn fern.Our fern story starts in the mid-1970s, when Charlsie Urquhart, a longtime counselor at Clear Lake High School in Houston, gave my grandmother, Irene Cauley, a “pup” cut from her maturing staghorn fern. Charlsie’s son, Larry, was married to Irene’s daughter, my aunt Debbie,…

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Nina Diaz Almost Lost It All. Now She Wants to Guide San Antonio’s Next Rock Star. https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/nina-diaz-san-antonio-rock-heroine/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/nina-diaz-san-antonio-rock-heroine/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723884 Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic struck, Nina Diaz, one of the greatest singers in San Antonio, got a job frightening birds out of the city’s downtown area. “Like a human scarecrow,” she told me. She shone laser beams into grackles’ eyes and pounded a wooden stick on tree trunks to disperse raucous flocks, insisting they move along and make their mess elsewhere. Few passersby could have identified her. She wore the requisite city worker’s yellow vest, a long-sleeve shirt that covered her arm tattoos, a face mask, and a beanie over her long black hair. But had the then-32-year-old Diaz broken out into song, more than a few people wandering by would have turned on their heels. They would have recognized her distinctive voice: an…

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Texas Aimed to Ban Abortion Pills—But the Law Has Had Little Effect https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/texas-medication-abortion-pill-ban-ineffective/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/texas-medication-abortion-pill-ban-ineffective/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2022 13:38:30 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=724046 Lupe stared at the pregnancy test. Two colored lines appeared on the slim plastic tube, confirming what the 26-year-old native of South Texas had feared. She was pregnant. She and her husband weren’t ready for children, but she also knew that terminating the pregnancy could be complicated by Texas’s restrictive new abortion laws, which had gone into effect on September 1, 2021—just five weeks earlier.Rapidly doing the math from the start of her last period, Lupe realized she was at least four weeks pregnant, perhaps more. Her window for obtaining an abortion in Texas would soon slam shut, if it hadn’t already. Struggling to keep her hands steady, she sat down on the toilet, picked up her phone, and visited the website for Aid Access,…

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New and Noteworthy Spots to Dine in Austin During SXSW 2022 https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/eat-austin-sxsw-2022/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/eat-austin-sxsw-2022/#respond Mon, 07 Mar 2022 20:02:45 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723513 In many ways, South by Southwest’s cancellation in March 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic was a harbinger of things to come. For the city, state, and many thousands of attendees, it was the first time we felt the impact of our new reality. The festival laid off nearly one third of its staff and Austin’s hospitality industry lost vital income from one of its busiest seasons.Two years later, SXSW is mounting an IRL comeback March 11–20 (the fest was all digital last year), with ten days of film, music, and technology. Out-of-towners will find a city changed. Along with additions to the skyline, the city’s restaurant and bar scene—especially in areas surrounding the festival’s venues—has added exciting newcomers and said goodbye to…

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Is It Illegal to Have a Transgender Child in Texas? https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/is-it-illegal-to-have-transgender-child-texas/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/is-it-illegal-to-have-transgender-child-texas/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2022 19:00:00 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723875 In recent weeks, the parents of transgender kids in Texas have had to deal with a new source of stress. While the state government has long displayed hostility to trans Texans—most recently by passing a law during the 2021 legislative session that bans trans students from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity—a February 22 letter sent from Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) escalated matters considerably. In the letter, Abbott instructed the department to begin investigating reports of parents providing gender-affirming medical care to their children as child abuse. Parents have understandably panicked at the thought that this policy could result in their children being taken from their homes, while teachers and doctors have struggled to…

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How Baylor Great Brittney Griner Became a Political Prisoner in Russia https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/brittney-griner-russia-prisoner/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/brittney-griner-russia-prisoner/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2022 16:27:45 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723900 Brittney Griner took up basketball relatively late, during her freshman year at Houston’s Nimitz High School in 2005–06. That she would become the greatest women’s player the state of Texas has ever produced only adds to the superhero quality of her life.She’s now 31, and her career highlights include leading Baylor to a national championship in 2012, winning gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, and helping the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA title in 2014. But Griner’s mostly charmed life is suddenly being tested in ways she surely never could have imagined.She’s a political prisoner, or at least probably on her way to becoming one. Griner has been in Russian custody for about three weeks, after being arrested last month on drug charges…

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How Legendary Sportswriter Gary Cartwright Joined Texas Monthly https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-stand-up-desk/how-gary-cartwright-joined-texas-monthly/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-stand-up-desk/how-gary-cartwright-joined-texas-monthly/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2022 21:19:16 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=718897 Editors’ note: As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, in February 2023, we will, every week, highlight an important story from our past and offer some perspective on it. When the staff of Texas Monthly began assigning stories for its February 1973 debut issue, one of the most urgent tasks was to get in touch with Gary Cartwright, who lived in Austin after years of writing attention-grabbing sports stories for Dallas and Fort Worth newspapers. One Cartwright column about Cowboys quarterback Don Meredith began, “Outlined against a gray November sky, the Four Horsemen rode again Sunday in the Cotton Bowl. You remember their names: Death, Famine, Pestilence, and Meredith.”To discuss a possible assignment, founding editor Bill Broyles and managing editor Greg Curtis met Cartwright for drinks…

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Secrets of the Texas NBA Shot Clock Operators https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/nba-shot-clock-operators/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/nba-shot-clock-operators/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2022 17:36:07 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723684 Larry Stick lives in the Woodlands, north of Houston, and founded the Billiard Factory chain of home entertainment furniture stores in 1975. Tim Fontillas is a technical consultant for DXC Technology in Plano, having worked for the company since he graduated from college in California decades ago. Jimmy Gouard is the principal at St. Louis Catholic School in his hometown of Castroville, just west of San Antonio.They’re regular guys—except their side gigs make them among the most influential individuals in the NBA. On top of their day jobs, Stick, Fontillas, and Gouard work as 24-second shot clock operators for the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs. Stick has 22 years on the job for the Rockets, while Fontillas and Gouard have spent ten…

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TM Recommends: A Transportive TikTok Travel Agent https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/tm-recommends-tiktok-travel-agent/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/tm-recommends-tiktok-travel-agent/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2022 17:12:48 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723717 In the Texas Monthly Recommends series, Texas Monthly writers, editors, photographers, and producers offer up their favorite recent culture discoveries from the great state of Texas. When the warmer months come around, I always crave a road trip—windows down, music on, and remote locations ahead. With more than seven hundred miles stretching from one end of the state to the other, Texas is a good place for a long drive. I began planning this summer’s road trip using conventional travel websites and had gathered a satisfactory list of options. But then I stumbled across the TikTok account @txvacation. The profile has perfectly curated shots of restaurants, cultural sites, parks, and bougie overnight accommodations. Although the account features a few too many wide-brimmed hat tips and posed twirls for my taste,…

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Bexar Barbecue Solidifies Tomball as a Smoked-Meat Destination https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/bexar-barbecue-tomball/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/bexar-barbecue-tomball/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:59:58 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=721933 Before Tomball became a barbecue destination, Justin and Kathyrn Haecker began to slowly build their barbecue dream in the small suburb northwest of Houston. I first wrote about Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue in Tomball back in January 2016, before it made repeat appearances in our last two Top 50 barbecue lists. Two months later, the Haeckers set up their Bexar County Brisket tent at the Saturday farmers’ market held in the middle of Tomball. “I sold [brisket] any way possible,” Justin said, including in the signature Bristick, which featured sauce-doused sliced brisket and Hawaiian rolls speared onto a wooden skewer. After socking away all of their profits in a restaurant fund for a few years, they were able to open Bexar Barbecue in Tomball in June…

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Fourth Time’s the Charm for Gabrick Barbecue Sauces Entrepreneur https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/story-behind-gabrick-barbecue-sauces/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/story-behind-gabrick-barbecue-sauces/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2022 20:34:46 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723027 Mark Gabrick’s heart has been broken by the barbecue business so many times, it’s a wonder he keeps letting barbecue back into his life. His two restaurant partnerships in two different states dissolved soon after the joints opened, and a more recent resurrection of his solo career fizzled thanks to COVID-19. Now he’s leaving the restaurant business behind to pursue the ultracompetitive barbecue sauce market. It seems to be working: his line of Gabrick Barbecue sauces was recognized by H-E-B as one of Texas’s best products in 2020, though he always envisioned his barbecue success would come out of a smoker rather than a bottle.The Kansas City native had been earning a good living in advertising and was building a family with his wife, Marta,…

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The 76-Year-Old Party Boy With 1,500 Cocktail Shakers https://www.texasmonthly.com/style/the-76-year-old-party-boy-with-1500-cocktail-shakers/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/style/the-76-year-old-party-boy-with-1500-cocktail-shakers/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2022 19:12:18 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723591 Our series Texas Excess celebrates the hobbyists and hoarders who crisscross the state—and sometimes the world—to add to their pet collections. With obsessions ranging from Santas to salt shakers, these Texans take collecting to the extreme. The collection1,500 cocktail shakers (and counting), ranging in condition, age, and look. Years in the making26. Oldest item An 1880s silver-plated shaker set from Tiffany’s. Most ironicA golf bag–shaped shaker previously owned by Al Smith, the governor of New York who ran for president against Herbert Hoover on an anti-Prohibition platform.   Most inconspicuousA Prohibition-era cocktail shaker disguised as a polo trophy. “So if your preacher came over and saw it, he would just think you are a great polo player.” “I’ve wondered if Betty Ford Clinic has a wing…

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A Small-town Texan Keeps an Ancient Japanese Art Form Alive https://www.texasmonthly.com/texas-country-reporter/dinah-bowman-artist-japanese-fish-printing/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/texas-country-reporter/dinah-bowman-artist-japanese-fish-printing/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:10:33 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722578 Every week, we share dispatches from Texas Country Reporter, the long-running TV show that invites you to hop in and travel along to explore the back roads of Texas. After fifty years, the locals in Portland, Texas, think nothing of a woman standing outside an art gallery and frame shop washing a dead fish with a garden hose.“I guess you would say its yoga for the brain,” says Dinah Bowman, an artist who starts with the carcass of a fish, scales and all, then applies acrylic paint from the tail fin to the lips. Before the paint dries, Bowman carefully presses a sheet of thin paper directly onto the fish, creating a stunning, almost photographic image.The Portland native is one of the most recognized and…

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Results: Texas Primary Election 2022 https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/live-texas-primary-election-2022-results/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/live-texas-primary-election-2022-results/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2022 00:15:00 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722599 Welcome to our primary live blog. Our plan is to update every fifteen minutes or so before polls close, and then even more regularly once we have results. We encourage you to occasionally refresh your browser so you can see the most recent update. View Latest UpdatesCatch up on the latestGreg Abbott has won the GOP nomination for governor and will avoid a runoff. He will face Beto O’Rourke in November. Ken Paxton will face George P. Bush in a May runoff for the GOP nomination for attorney general. In South Texas, AOC-backed Jessica Cisneros and nine-term congressman Henry Cuellar are heading to a runoff in the Twenty-eighth Congressional District. Van Taylor, who was narrowly forced into a runoff by Keith Self in his North…

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Exxon’s Russian Exit Ends a Messy, Prosperous Friendship https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/exxon-russia-exit-tillerson-putin/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/exxon-russia-exit-tillerson-putin/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2022 22:55:23 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=723557 A rising Russian politician from St. Petersburg and a Texas oil executive from Wichita Falls met on frigid Sakhalin Island, off Russia’s eastern coast, in the fall of 1999 to begin what would turn out to be a warm, prosperous relationship—both for the men, who were born just months apart in 1952, and for those they were there to represent.At issue was whether ExxonMobil would proceed with a multibillion-dollar investment to develop a giant project drilling for oil and natural gas in the icy waters off Sakhalin. By all accounts, Rex Tillerson, then in charge of the company’s Russian division, and Vladimir Putin, then the newly appointed prime minister of Russia, heard what they needed to hear at that meeting. Twenty years later, Exxon estimated…

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Meet the Famous YouTuber Who Makes Texas Restaurants Go Viral https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/meet-viral-texas-food-vlogger-mikey-chen/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/meet-viral-texas-food-vlogger-mikey-chen/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2022 20:58:01 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722908 It was already nearly impossible to score a plate of lechon at ORC Filipino Asian/American BBQ in Collin County, where the spit-roasted pork is only available on weekends in limited quantities. Then Mikey Chen, a food YouTuber with four million subscribers, filmed a video at the location that has earned some 630,000 hits since it was posted in April 2021. “The [owners] were inundated for weeks,” Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn, wrote in a review of ORC a couple months after. Since moving from Seattle to Allen, north of Dallas, in April 2021, Chen has wasted no time tackling Texas’s booming restaurant scene, showcasing the state’s unmatched culinary diversity through his YouTube channel, Strictly Dumpling. In addition to ORC, he’s spotlighted Austin’s Salt Lick BBQ,…

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Houston’s Hobbit Cafe Has Welcomed Diners to the Shire for 50 Years https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/houston-hobbit-cafe-50-years/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/houston-hobbit-cafe-50-years/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2022 17:21:45 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722666 Wrapped around a live oak tree just off Richmond Avenue, Houston’s Hobbit Cafe is one of the city’s favorite haunts. The Lord of the Rings–inspired restaurant is a craft beer bar, burger joint, and haven for vegetarians all in one building. This spring, it celebrates a half century of service. But as the Hobbit Cafe reaches fifty, it proves it transcends its theme.When the restaurant opened in 1972, a few blocks away from its current location under the original name Hobbit Hole Cafe, J. R. R. Tolkien’s novels were popular among young people and counterculture movements but weren’t the global force they are today. The first paperback copies of Lord of the Rings had come out in 1965 (and were, amazingly, pirated). Leonard Nimoy had recorded the…

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The Strange Case of the Chicks’ Missing Texas Tour Dates https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/strange-case-chicks-missing-texas-tour-dates/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/strange-case-chicks-missing-texas-tour-dates/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2022 00:15:00 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722982 If you’re a longtime fan of the Chicks, you know that the band isn’t afraid to make a statement. This summer, Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire, and Emily Strayer will headline such iconic venues as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in a tour that kicks off June 14 in Missouri. Notably missing from the list of stops: the Chicks’ home state of Texas. The whole state. This, as they say, is news, and fans have noticed. But for three musicians that typically are so clear with their intentions—this is the band, as our reviewer wrote about their latest album Gaslighter, who “was so ruthlessly honest about the end of Natalie Maines and (now ex-husband) Adrian Pasdar’s marriage that it might as well have…

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The Rio Grande Valley Taco Trail https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/rio-grande-valley-taco-trail/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/food/rio-grande-valley-taco-trail/#respond Mon, 28 Feb 2022 22:15:00 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=648264 To see all six Taco Trails and to dive into our Ultimate Texas Tacopedia, go to texasmonthly.com/tacopedia. This story was originally published in November 2020 and has been updated.It’s hard to go wrong when you’re in the region that’s the birthplace of most of our state’s great tacos, but we tried to whittle down some choices for you. You don’t want to miss the original breakfast tacos, tacos estilo Matamoros, and real barbacoa. The Rio Grande Valley Taco Trail is a long road. Eat up.Ana Liz TaqueriaThis taco shop, located in a shopping center, displays its molino—or corn grinder—in the open. It shows the pride owner Ana Pulido has in traditional Mexican preparations. But she’s not afraid to put her own twist on things. Instead…

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Eleven Cozy Texas Cabins for Your Next Rustic Getaway https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/eleven-cozy-texas-cabins-for-your-next-rustic-getaway/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/eleven-cozy-texas-cabins-for-your-next-rustic-getaway/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2022 18:03:50 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=722254 The allure of a simple cabin—tucked away far off in the Piney Woods, hidden in the Hill Country, or perched on the edge of some quiet body of water—has, for generations, pulled Texans of every variety to remote pockets throughout the state. But finding the perfect escape can be tricky. After crisscrossing Texas in search of rustic solitude for this magazine back in 1987, Joe Nick Patoski concluded: “The hard reality is that good cabins in Texas are as rare as surfboards in Alaska.”Travelers today face the opposite problem: a glut of options to peruse online that can quickly become overwhelming. Search Airbnb for cabins in Texas, and you’ll scroll through thousands of choices, from $50-per-night austerity to over-the-top luxury. Thankfully, we’ve done the research…

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The One-Question Interview: Thomas Pletzinger https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/one-question-thomas-pletzinger/ https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/one-question-thomas-pletzinger/#respond Mon, 28 Feb 2022 17:09:15 +0000 https://www.texasmonthly.com/?p=718801 Dirk Nowitzki is indisputably one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He spent his entire 21-season career with the Dallas Mavericks, leading the team to its 2011 championship. How a kid from Würzburg, Germany, achieved mastery of his craft and what we could all learn from his story are the subjects of the book The Great Nowitzki: Basketball and the Meaning of Life (W. W. Norton & Company, March 15), by Thomas Pletzinger, and newly translated into English by Shane Anderson. Texas Monthly spoke with the author, who lives in Germany. Texas Monthly: At one point, Dirk Nowitzki’s personal trainer quotes Miles Davis: “When you hit a wrong note, it’s the next note that makes it good or bad.” How does this relate to how…

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