With a daytrip to Sweetwater, the March 2019 issue marks Chet Garner’s 100th column in Texas Highways. Garner, who’s hosted his Lone Star Emmy Award-winning travel show The Daytripper on PBS since 2009, started writing for the magazine in 2010 after then-editor-in-chief Charles Lohrman offered him a gig.
Houston leads the list of semifinalists for the country’s most prestigious food industry honors, the James Beard Awards.
The historic Galveston Tremont House bar mixes up the perfect cocktail to accompany Mardi Gras festivities. When Galveston held its first Mardi Gras celebration in 1867, no one recorded the libations served. But modern-day revelers can hoist a signature Mardi Gras Punch (see below for recipe) at the Tremont House hotel, which shares the island’s long history with the raucous holiday.
Set and filmed in West Texas, the oil boom period piece starts screening Feb. 22. West Texas wildcatters have long been mythologized on screen in classic films like Giant and There Will Be Blood. This month, The Iron Orchard follows in those footsteps with its dramatic tale of greed, lust, and hunger during the oil boom of the 1930s through ’50s.
The Iron Orchard is based off a novel of the same name written by Tom Pendleton (a nom de plume of Fort Worth writer and oil producer Edmund Van Zandt). The book caused a stir when it was published in 1966 and has since become a beloved classic for many in the Texas oil industry—in fact, a group of oilmen subsidized the independent film, directed by Midland native Ty Roberts.
The Bayou Greenways initiative connects existing trails and adds more green space in Houston. In an article published in Houstonia’s February 2019 issue, Associate Editor Gwendolyn Knapp writes about Bayou Greenways 2020, a $220 million project to connect 150 miles of hike-and-bike trails and parks along the city’s eight bayous.
The Texas history museum in Austin hopes to bring comfort and good eats to visitors with its updated cafe. The Story of Texas Café at the Bullock Museum of Texas History in Austin is sporting a new look, catering vendor, and menu. The café recently closed for three weeks to refresh the space with new upholstery and an updated kitchen, and also to work with Rosemary’s Catering, led by chef Baron Cazares, on developing a menu that includes salads, paninis, chili, chips and queso, and the popular build-your-own baked potatoes. Daily specials, like brisket nachos, coastal shrimp cocktail, and chorizo con papas, are posted on the café’s Twitter page.
For a sneak peek of up-and-coming culinary talent, make plans to visit Savor in San Antonio.
The restaurant opened Jan. 22 inside the Texas campus of the Culinary Institute of America at the Pearl entertainment district. Led by professional instructors, students working toward associate degrees prepare and serve local and seasonal, “modern American” food that draws from various cultures they’ve studied, from Asian to European cuisine.
Artist Matt Tumlinson has made it his mission to quite literally “paint the town” of Rankin, a West Texas community with a population of around 800.
The once-barren walls of Rankin, which lies in Upton County an hour south of Midland, are now decorated with Tumlinson’s quirky murals that often portray a Texan sense of humor.
One of his murals is of Willie Nelson painted in the style of Greek religious iconography. Another that’s “turned some heads,” as Tumlinson puts it, features two cowboys on horseback looking at a selfie stick. In another, John Wayne dressed a professor depicts his famous quote, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid,” as a graph on a chalkboard.
The Texas Observer reports a sharp decline in visitors and slashed funding at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
The Alpine brewery hopes the closing will be temporary. Texas beer lovers must bid adieu (for now) to “the beer from out here.”
Dust off your favorite pair of cowboy boots because the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is back Feb. 7-24. The event, which was established in 1949 and brings 2 million visitors to the AT&T Center every year, has released a live music lineup packed with country music stars and other national entertainers.
The New Year can bring a much-needed impetus for change and self-improvement, especially when it comes to health and wellness. And achieving those goals can be fun when they’re combined with a vacation. These five New Year’s retreats in Texas promise days of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and an all-around good start to your 2019.
Waco is home to Baylor University, Cameron Park, and, of course, The Silos at Magnolia Market. As the midway point between Austin and Dallas, it’s the perfect weekend getaway—and these bed and breakfasts and hotels will ensure you have a comfortable, enjoyable stay.
In a city where any casual conversation about food can turn into a heated argument before you can say “brisket,” determining and collecting its essential recipes is a daunting task.