Texas’ Top Female Pitmasters on the Changing Face of Barbecue

May 3, 2024 | By

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.

Hunting for Vinyl at the Largest Record Convention in the U.S.

April 9, 2024 | By

I swore I wasn’t going to buy anything at the Austin Record Convention, the biggest record sale and swap meet in North America.

From Magnolia to Broadway: Jamestown Revival Shares the Road to ‘The Outsiders’

April 4, 2024 | By

This interview was edited for brevity and clarity.
In 2015, Zach Chance and Jonathan Clay, aka Americana-folk duo Jamestown Revival, were seeing their hard work pay off.

Author Tim O’Brien On His Great American Road Trip Novel

March 11, 2024 | By S. Kirk Walsh

Acclaimed author Tim O’Brien made his highly anticipated return with his first novel in 20 years, America Fantastica, last October.

Whataburger Is More Than Comfort Food

March 6, 2024 | By ire'ne lara silva

Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico on the Joys of Tacos

January 31, 2024 | By S. Kirk Walsh

“Tacos have always brought me joy,” says Edgar Rico, executive chef and co-owner of Nixta Taqueria in East Austin.

The Total Solar Eclipse by the Numbers

January 26, 2024 | By Asher Elbein

An Empty Nester Takes a Trip Back in Time

January 12, 2024 | By Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Where to Stay in 2024: San Antonio and Austin

January 2, 2024 | By

Glamping Hits a High Point Along the Colorado River

December 15, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

The best thing about AMANI, a cushy glamping site in Shaffer Bend Recreation Area, is the view.

Make Room for the Tamale Burger This Holiday Season

December 5, 2023 | By Ali Khan

The Daytripper Finds Small Town Charm at the Metro’s Edge

October 24, 2023 | By Chet Garner

The town of Liberty Hill, population 8,700, has embraced the Hill Country’s rapid growth without losing its down-home vibe.

The Austin Powwow Is a Celebration of Indigenous Heritage and Culture

September 19, 2023 | By ire’ne lara silva

A Son Says a Long Goodbye to His Dad’s Lexus

September 19, 2023 | By Greg Marshall

The Enchiladas at Armadillo World Headquarters Were Shrimply Irresistible

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Recipe: Armadillo World Headquarters Shrimp Enchiladas

August 22, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

(Makes 12 enchiladas)
24 medium to large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 corn tortillas
1 cup chicken stock
1 avocado
For the stock
1 clove of garlic (peeled and chopped fine)
12 tomatoes
6 onions
1 pound canned green chile strips
Juice squeezed from half a lemon
1⁄3 pound butter
Cut the vegetables in half and then in quarters.

Black Pumas Guitarist Adrian Quesada’s Music Knows No Boundaries

July 25, 2023 | By Joe Gross

It is entirely possible Adrian Quesada is the most talented and inspired musician, producer, and songwriter Austin has seen in 20 years.

Why Doesn’t Texas Have an Ice Cream Capital?

July 21, 2023 | By Amanda Ogle

Across Texas, you’ll find festivals, celebrations, special cocktails and menu items, and general merriment over things we’ve designated as capitals: mermaids, strawberries, peaches, kolaches, wildflowers, peanuts, horned lizards, and even walking, just to name a few.

The Daytripper’s Picks for a West Austin Adventure

June 27, 2023 | By Chet Garner

The city of Austin is a crossroads—a place where hippies and cowboys commingle, where blackland prairie meets limestone hills, and where the eastern and western halves of the state collide.

The Righteous Gemstones’ Edi Patterson Likes Playing ‘Weirdos’

June 17, 2023 | By Dina Gachman

The deep-water port of Texas City has long been known for its refineries, shrimp boils, and the longest human-made fishing pier in the world at 5.3 miles.

Weekend Getaways from Austin: Sonora and Blanco

May 30, 2023 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Find Your Next Summer Getaway

May 30, 2023 | By

Meet Comfort Tysen, the Texas State Capitol’s Longest-Serving Tour Guide

May 25, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

When Comfort Tysen gives a tour, she puts her whole body into the job.
On some days, the longest-serving guide at the Texas State Capitol will ascend the building’s ornate cast-iron staircases hundreds of times, greeting many of the people she passes there by name.

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

May 19, 2023 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

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.

Austin’s Waterloo Park Is Abuzz with Dan Winters’ ‘Seeing Bees’ Photo Installation

May 9, 2023 | By Melissa Gaskill

A path winds down the hillside in the Luci and Ian’s Family Hill Country Garden at the south end of Waterloo Park, just a couple blocks from the Texas State Capitol.

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

April 14, 2023 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

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.

An Expectant Mother Contemplates Growth at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

March 16, 2023 | By Ali Montag

Armadillo Day is Texas’ Response to Punxsutawney Phil

January 30, 2023 | By Asher Elbein

Home of Austin’s Original Slacker, the O. Henry Museum Reopens

January 17, 2023 | By Sarah Thurmond

Go on a Treasure Hunt at the State Archives Building in Austin

January 9, 2023 | By Robyn Ross

El Naranjo’s Iliana de la Vega Brings Traditional Flavors of Mexico to Austin

October 27, 2022 | By Marisa Charpentier

Formula 1 Goes ‘Full Texan’ at the 2022 United States Grand Prix in Austin

October 24, 2022 | By Matthew Wetzler

Celebrate World Sake Day at Texas’ First and Only Sake Brewery

September 30, 2022 | By Sallie Lewis

At Texas Saké Company, steel tanks filled with fermented rice emit a sweet and nutty perfume.

Project Pollo’s Plans to Take Its Vegan Chicken National

September 29, 2022 | By Cynthia J. Drake

Surrounded by Change in Austin, South Congress Avenue Shop Owners Find Ways to Endure

August 25, 2022 | By Omar Gallaga

A Native East Texan Remembers the Teacher Who Taught Him to Love the Detour

August 18, 2022 | By Dalton LaFerney

What a 500-Year-Old Tree Taught Me About Putting Down Roots

July 29, 2022 | By Ali Montag

In the early weeks of summer, a restlessness set in. Shouldn’t something be happening? When I was young, summer closed one chapter and opened another.

JewBoy Burgers Bring Cultures Together

May 17, 2022 | By Ali Khan

Peel Back the Layers of Austin’s Onion Creek

April 28, 2022 | By Ian Dille

Loud and Invasive, the Monk Parakeet Charmed Its Way Into Texas Almost 50 Years Ago

April 19, 2022 | By John Nova Lomax

If you live along the coast or in any of the big metros of the Texas Triangle, you have seen or at least heard the cries of a monk parakeet.

Gabriela Bucio Brings a New Aesthetic to Authentic Mexican Cuisine

March 24, 2022 | By ire’ne lara silva

Firewheels Brighten a Springtime Field in South Austin

February 24, 2022 | By

Austin’s Beerburg Brewing Forages Plants for Its Wildcrafted Brews

February 24, 2022 | By Laurel Miller

A Close Call in the Davis Mountains

January 14, 2022 | By Ali Montag

Georgetown Loop Offers Thru-hiking in Austin’s Backyard

December 27, 2021 | By Morgan O'Hanlon

Musician Terry Allen Explores the Origins of His Work

December 23, 2021 | By Jonny Auping

An Okie Native Finds Belonging at Austin’s Broken Spoke

December 23, 2021 | By Kameron Dunn

Austin’s Driskill Hotel Marks 135 Years as a Nexus of Texas Culture, Politics, and Society

December 20, 2021 | By Jen Hamilton Hernandez

At one point in 2007, I found myself between jobs and needing to come up with my half of the rent for the apartment I shared with my then-boyfriend, now husband.

The French Legation in Austin Echoes With Wild Tales of Texas’ First Days as a Republic

November 24, 2021 | By James L. Haley

A Mother’s Quest to Give Her Autistic Son an Untethered Childhood

November 24, 2021 | By May Cobb

Why Alamo Drafthouse’s Publicity Stunt Is the Perfect Tribute to Wes Anderson

November 12, 2021 | By Tyler Stoddard Smtih

Beginning in 1996 with his debut film Bottle Rocket, it was clear Houston native Wes Anderson had tapped into something transcendent and special.

The Old Nighthawk No. 2 in Austin

October 28, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

2021 Formula 1 Aramco United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas

October 25, 2021 | By Matthew Wetzler

Hill Country Spring Water is the Secret Ingredient in Nine Banded Whiskey

September 23, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

What the Heck is Pickleball?

September 22, 2021 | By Bryan C. Parker

Dreamland will host the league’s inaugural season starting in November, positioning Texas as the heart of the sport’s rapid rise.

Don’t Second-Guess These Second-Biggest Texas Attractions

September 7, 2021 | By Joey Held

Throughout the United States, many places lay claim to being the “first” or “largest” of their kind.

Underrated Gulf Fish Black Drum Takes Center Stage at Austin’s Huckleberry Food Truck

June 16, 2021 | By Laurel Miller

“You can easily catch 20 to 30 pounds of drum at that time,” Davis says. “It’s a very versatile fish—moist, meaty, and flaky, with mild white flesh, especially when they’re smaller, around 14-inches. The larger fish tend to be stronger in flavor and can be tough.”

Recipe: Fish Fry

June 15, 2021 | By

Looking Back on the Dedication of the LBJ Library 50 Years Ago

April 29, 2021 | By Traces of Texas

The Eagle Will Roll Again at Austin’s Zilker Park

April 24, 2021 | By Melissa Gaskill

For a miniature amusement, the Zilker Park train sure has created a lot of big memories.

At Austin’s Curtain Theatre, the Stage Is Set for Its First Show Since the Pandemic

April 21, 2021 | By Sarah Thurmond

It’s a few days before opening night of the Baron’s Men’s production of The Tempest, and the cast and crew are rehearsing the first scene of the fantastical Shakespeare comedy.

Photo: A Golden Sunset in South Austin

March 25, 2021 | By

A Guide To the Historic Bridges of Texas

January 28, 2021 | By Dale Weisman

From Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge to the Pecos High Bridge, Texas has bridges that span different landscapes and marvels of engineering.

Jester King Brewery Adds a 2-Mile Trail to its 165-Acre Property

January 23, 2021 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Even before the trail officially debuted last weekend, Jester King was a fun place to socialize while spreading out. But the new addition tap into something else Texans have been craving since March—a connection with nature.

Know Before You Go: What to Expect When Visiting the Texas State Capitol in Early 2021

January 22, 2021 | By

Jeweler Kendra Scott’s Journey to Entrepreneurial Icon and Star on Shark Tank

December 24, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

There’s a term venture capitalists use to describe a private business valued at over a billion dollars: a “unicorn.” And Kendra Scott certainly fits the definition with her eponymous Austin-based jewelry company.

ACL Fest through the Eyes of a Cinematographer—The Viewpoint We’re All Getting This Year

October 8, 2020 | By Bryan C. Parker

What we would give to feel streams of sweat running down our cheeks beneath a brutal October sun at ACL Fest.

The Surprising Popularity of Carp Fishing in Texas

September 17, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Siobhan Fairchild molds a fistful of what looks like pink oatmeal into a ball, tucks a thumb-sized hook into the fragrant bait, and launches it into Austin’s Lady Bird Lake using a 12-foot rod.

Austin’s Weird Homes Tour Goes Virtual This Weekend

September 3, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Growing up in Brownsville, Autumn Circé loved animals. She loved animals so much, she was invited to shadow zookeepers at Gladys Porter Zoo when she was in middle school.

The Power of Richard Linklater’s Nostalgia

August 27, 2020 | By Michael J. Mooney

Singer-Songwriter Walker Lukens Turns Your Confessions into Original Songs

August 27, 2020 | By Jason Stanford

My Favorite Texas Trip: Through the Aisles of H-E-B

August 12, 2020 | By Sabrina LeBoeuf

For the past three semesters, after long days of classes at the University of Texas at Austin and shifts at our part-time jobs, my roommate, Selam, and I would pack our bags and jump in the car.

Five Historic Texas Theaters Share Their Strategies for Survival

July 21, 2020 | By Sarah Thurmond

Since mid-March, theaters have been unable to book their usual slate of shows and special events resulting in lost ticket sales and lost revenue. Many theaters were expecting to reopen in June, and even put all of the necessary precautions in place to keep staff and guests safe. Then COVID-19 cases began to spike again in Texas, and reopening wasn’t feasible. Some theaters have postponed their reopenings until August, while others have canceled their seasons entirely.

The Texas Book Festival Goes Online for Its 25th Anniversary

June 25, 2020 | By Sabrina LeBoeuf

For its 25th anniversary, the Texas Book Festival will not be taking over the Texas Capitol. Instead, it’s asking readers to curl up with a good book and festival programming from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The decision to make the festival virtual is due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Texas. However, to make up for the loss of bookworm-to-bookworm interaction, the celebration is being extended to a 16-day digital program starting on October 31.

Austin’s Historic Commodore Perry Estate Set to Open as a Hotel

June 23, 2020 | By Alex Temblador

The property opens to the general public as luxury hotel Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection on June 29. Featuring a swimming pool, English gardens, and restaurant, the lodging returns the 10,800-square-foot mansion and its grounds to its former glory, with some new additions. The manse features five suites designed to reflect the original inhabitants, and a neighboring three-story building houses 42 rooms and seven suites.

Pretend You’re in the Grand Prix With a Rare Chance to Drive on the F1 Track at Circuit of Americas in Austin

May 5, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a spin on a Formula 1 racetrack, your chance has arrived.

How One Austin Neighborhood Is Getting Social During Social Distancing

April 28, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

People across the globe have been hunkering down amid stay-at-home orders, and frankly, some of us are getting a little stir crazy.

David Norman of Austin’s Easy Tiger Bakery Shares Tips for Baking Bread at Home

April 25, 2020 | By Julia Jones

The Original Threadgill’s Closes, Marking the End of a Defining Cultural Era in Austin

April 21, 2020 | By Dave Thomas

Eddie Wilson reflects on the end of an era in Austin with the closure of Threadgill’s, the restaurant, bar, and live-music joint where Janis Joplin got her start.

How My Friends and I Travel From Home During COVID-19

April 15, 2020 | By Ciara O’Rourke

100 Years After Women’s Suffrage, a Bullock Museum Exhibit Highlights Artifacts of the Era

March 13, 2020 | By Gene Fowler

The place is the Travis County Courthouse. The date is June 26, 1918. Dozens of women are standing on the courthouse steps, having just registered to vote for the first time in their lives.

A New LBJ Library Exhibit Explores the Life of Lady Bird, Beyond Wildflowers

March 11, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

So You Booked a Ticket to SXSW. Now What?

March 6, 2020 | By

New Documentary “Good Ol Girl” Showcases the Lives of Modern Cowgirls

March 6, 2020 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Good Ol Girl, which premieres at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin on March 13, follows the stories of three modern cowgirls: Sarah Lemoine Knox, Mandy Dauses, and Martha Santos. Knox is a lawyer in Coleman who struggles with one day taking over her family’s ranch; Dauses is the general manager of a cow-calf operation in Forestburg who dreams of becoming a mother; and Santos is a young college graduate who has a difficult time finding entry-level work while her family’s Laredo land shrinks because of urbanization. Although the three are based in different parts of Texas, they ultimately find common ground in their experiences as women in a male-dominated industry.

Gallery: Formula 1 Emirates United States Grand Prix 2019 at Circuit of the Americas

November 6, 2019 | By Matt Wetzler

Dropping in at the Largest Public Skate Park in the Country

October 28, 2019 | By Bret Anthony Johnston

This Wilderness Survival Course Teaches Beginners How to Navigate an Outdoor Emergency

October 28, 2019 | By Robyn Ross

Earth Native founder Dave Scott grew up tagging along with his father and uncle on volunteer search-and-rescue missions in Colorado. After six years in the military, he began studying wilderness survival techniques. In 2011, he launched Earth Native, one of a handful of schools in Texas that meld advanced outdoor skills like backcountry navigation, shelter building, and plant medicine with nature appreciation. Scott says he’s noticed an uptick in people’s interest in these types of skills because of survival-oriented reality TV shows. But the majority of his students tend to be less extreme. They mostly want to get into backpacking or spend more time outside with their kids.

East Austin Studio Tour

October 15, 2019 | By

Local nonprofit Big Medium, which is dedicated to cultivating artists and the contemporary arts throughout Texas through community events like this one, engages more than 1,000 artists and 100,000 attendees each year through EAST, its sister event WEST, and various other annual programs.

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Founder is Posthumously Inducted into the 2019 BBQ Hall of Fame

October 3, 2019 | By Laurel Miller

Legendary pitmaster C.B. Stubblefield, who owned restaurants in Lubbock and Austin, receives his due

5 of the Most Haunted Locations in Texas

September 30, 2019 | By MM Pack, Asher Elbein, E. Dan Klepper

For every person now alive, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, there stand 30 ghosts, “for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.” So it stands to reason that wandering spirits abound in a vast state like Texas. From the barren deserts of the west to the thick woodlands of the east, specters have been reported to haunt defunct hospitals, active schools, lonely highways, and thriving hotels.

Scholz Garten Endures Through Continuous Change

September 30, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

The beer garden and restaurant, erected in 1866 by German immigrant and bookbinder August Scholz, is the place where college professors and state legislators often meet over pints. Nearly every Texas governor has patronized the bar, and it’s famous for game-day crowds during Longhorn football season.

It’s a Brave New World at These Forward-Thinking Libraries

August 29, 2019 | By Dakota Kim

A leader of the renaissance is the new, $125 million Austin Public Library’s Central Library, completed in 2017. This LEED Platinum-certified building—meaning it’s “green”—is outfitted with a bicycle corral for 200, a “tech petting zoo” for visitors to interact with new technology like 3-D printers, an art gallery, a native-plants rooftop garden, and a farm-to-table café. In 2018, Time magazine included the library on its list of the World’s Greatest Places. Austin’s showpiece is representative of a golden age of library innovation across the state. Here are three more libraries boasting smart, beautiful changes.

On the Magic of a Hotel Bar

August 29, 2019 | By Michael J. Mooney

Toast Austin’s Bats with A Special Cocktail

August 13, 2019 | By Melissa Gaskill

Head to the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Lady Bird Lake or whip up your own “El Murciélago” at home

Summer for Procrastinators: Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River

July 3, 2019 | By Anna-Kay Reeves

Revelers looking for a simpler celebration can find just that at Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River in Kerrville. The event is free and open to the public, with festivities starting at noon at Louise Hays Park.

Rent a Kayak for a New Perspective on Austin’s Bat Flight

June 27, 2019 | By Kayt Sukel

Each evening between late February and late October, as the sun hits the horizon line, experts estimate that somewhere between 750,000 and 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats leave the nooks and crannies of this downtown bridge’s interior to go a-hunting. And each evening over that same eight-month span, hundreds of people line the bridge’s walkway, as well as any open spaces nearby, to take it all in. Most locals suggest claiming space hours before sunset in order to get a good view. But a few hours in the hot sun with nothing to do but wait? That seemed like a situation that would violate all three of our family getaway hopes fairly quickly.

Cisco’s Keeps Up With a Rapidly Changing East Austin

June 24, 2019 | By Paula Forbes

Austin’s East Sixth Street has seen quite a bit of change in recent years. This once-scrappy strip of bars and music venues is now a corridor of expensive condos and trendy restaurants, sleek and packed with tourists. Longtime Austinites—or those who visited in earlier eras—might be excused for thinking they were in a different city altogether.

Hopscotch, An Immersive Art Exhibit, Announces Permanent San Antonio Space

June 14, 2019 | By Jacqueline Aguirre

Taking over 18,000-square-feet and two stories of Travis Park Plaza in the downtown area, Hopscotch features rooms that will house anything from light installations and adult playscapes to experimental architecture and gamified environments. It’s set to open late 2019/early 2020.

Laguna Gloria Debuts its $3 Million Renovation

May 9, 2019 | By Kimya Kavehkar

The Austin sculpture park upgrades its entrance with a new café and more

Identifying Texas Wildflowers with The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Studio 512 in Austin

April 11, 2019 | By TH Staff

Senior horticulturist Julie Marcus helps identify the common wildflowers blooming this spring

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