Five Can’t-Miss Food Festivals to Indulge in This Summer

Five Can’t-Miss Food Festivals to Indulge in This Summer

Food is an essential part of any festival, but these Texas towns take their focus on cuisine to the next level. Tantalize your taste buds at these food-themed events featuring sizzling cookoffs, sweet samples, and a gathering of like-minded foodies from across the state.

Diana Kennedy Donates Rare Mexican Cookbook Collection to The University of Texas at San Antonio

Diana Kennedy Donates Rare Mexican Cookbook Collection to The University of Texas at San Antonio

Diana Kennedy, widely considered to be the foremost authority on Mexican cooking, drove the 892 miles from her home in Michoacán, Mexico, to San Antonio in February (as chronicled by The New York Times) to drop off her collection of 19th-century Mexican cookbooks.

After a Freeze Scare, Texas Peach Season is Almost Ready—and Plentiful

After a Freeze Scare, Texas Peach Season is Almost Ready—and Plentiful

Breaking news from Texas Peach Country: This year’s harvest is poised to be plentiful.

“Oh yeah, there are lots of peaches out there—a lot more than I thought there would be,” says Gary Hutton of Hutton Farms west of Weatherford, referring to the hard freeze that occurred in early March of this year. “They pulled through.” he says. “I’ve got some as big as my thumb.”

How Oprah Helped This Smoked Turkey Company Become Famous

How Oprah Helped This Smoked Turkey Company Become Famous

Sam Greenberg, the third-generation owner of Greenberg Smoked Turkeys, can pinpoint the day his bird became the word: Nov. 11, 2003. Oprah Winfrey’s people had called. The famed talk show host wanted to feature Greenberg turkeys on her annual—and very influential—gift-giving episode, “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”

Historic German Eatery Krause’s Cafe Returns to New Braunfels

Historic German Eatery Krause’s Cafe Returns to New Braunfels

 
At Krause’s Cafe and Biergarten in downtown New Braunfels, the writing’s on the wall. But rather than an ominous warning, the sausage recipe painted on the building’s exterior, along with murals of Krause family members, reflects New Braunfels’ German heritage and how this restaurant, established in the late 1930s, plays a starring role in that history.

Clifton’s First Farm-To-Table Eatery

Clifton’s First Farm-To-Table Eatery

“Here comes the best part—I’ll show you all my landmarks,” says Coté as we enter Moody. She points out the sweeping triangular house on the right, followed by a drive-through beer barn painted with a tipsy goat and the words “Stay thirsty, my goat.” Then we pass a curious decorative cement pig housed in a tiny cage and a restaurant called Lucy’s Cafe. As we pass through towns like Moody, McGregor, and Valley Mills en route to Clifton, we marvel at the largely undiscovered small towns just outside of our state’s biggest cities.

The New Food Court: Diverse Cuisine Options at Houston’s Conservatory

The New Food Court: Diverse Cuisine Options at Houston’s Conservatory

Arriving during the dinner rush at Conservatory Underground Beer Garden & Food Hall, a bustling eatery in downtown Houston, I walked past a wall of colorful pop-art portraits at the entryway, then proceeded down the beautifully ornate stairwell.

You Know You Want One: San Antonio’s Famous Puffy Tacos

You Know You Want One: San Antonio’s Famous Puffy Tacos

Anyone who’s been to a Spurs game in San Antonio can attest that the city is filled with red-hot, habanero-grade pride. The iconic Alamo and its sister missions, a lively Riverwalk, and plenty of community-wide celebrations like Fiesta all give the historic Texas city its flavor—and no place captures the city’s character better than Ray’s Drive Inn, the West Side icehouse where the locally famous puffy taco was born.

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