Texas’ Top Female Pitmasters on the Changing Face of Barbecue

Texas’ Top Female Pitmasters on the Changing Face of Barbecue

On a Sunday afternoon in mid-November, two forces of barbecue collide in Lexington. In one corner stands 89-year-old Norma Frances “Tootsie” Tomanetz, the renowned pitmaster who’s made Snow’s BBQ a certified institution the world over.

The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

The Elisabet Ney Museum Is a Historic Austin ‘Hidden Gem’

At the corner of East 44th Street and Avenue H in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Austin stands a three-story stone structure that looks like a small medieval castle, with a keep (or fortified tower) and a colonnaded portico at the entrance.

There’s a Story Around Every Corner on the Guided History Tour at Austin’s Driskill Hotel

There’s a Story Around Every Corner on the Guided History Tour at Austin’s Driskill Hotel

As I finish my quiche and bloody mary garnished with a generous bacon slice at the Driskill Hotel’s first-floor 1886 Cafe (named for the year the hotel opened), I realize I’m time traveling in a few different ways.

Seventy Years Ago, Cedar Choppers Ruled the Hill Country with Axes and Muscle

Seventy Years Ago, Cedar Choppers Ruled the Hill Country with Axes and Muscle

I had my one encounter with honest-to-goodness cedar choppers just about the time those “almost mythical, gypsy-like people,” as Texas literary legend Edwin “Bud” Shrake referred to them in an essay, were disappearing from the Hill Country.

Austin’s Broken Spoke Dance Hall Finally Gets Its Texas Historical Marker

Austin’s Broken Spoke Dance Hall Finally Gets Its Texas Historical Marker

On what would have been James M. White’s 83rd birthday, friends of the White family, local musicians, politicians, and press, along with longtime patrons, gathered in the dirt parking lot under the storied oak tree outside the Broken Spoke in Austin.

From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

From Soap Creek Saloon to Willie Nelson’s Picnic, 1973 Was the Year Austin Music Peaked

Back in 1986, while Stevie Ray Vaughan was becoming an MTV guitar hero, three Austin acts—Charlie Sexton, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Timbuk3—had Top 20 hits, making the year a great one in touting the Texas capital as a vital music scene.

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