Inside Valentine Texas Bar Is a West Texas Fairy Tale

February 8, 2024 | By Sarah M. Vasquez

It’s easy to miss Valentine Texas Bar. The building on State Highway 90 looks just like any of the other remote West Texas town’s crumbling adobe, especially with the restoration work at the adjacent HiWay Cafe.

Czech Out Tanglefoot Brewing in Temple

November 21, 2023 | By Ruvani de Silva

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

September 23, 2021 | By Pam LeBlanc

What the Heck Is Sotol? Visit This Hill Country Distillery and Tasting Room and Find Out

August 27, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

Desert Door’s sandstorm margarita combines its signature sotol with lime, peaches, rosemary, and jalapeño.In 2016, graduate students Judson Kauffman, Brent Looby, and Ryan Campbell stood around in a college parking garage drinking Mexican sotol from the bottle before class.

Ever Tried Texas-style Seoul Food?

July 25, 2018 | By Michael Corcoran

The “Lip Locker” cheeseburger, alongside a heap of “Oriental fries,” is the restaurant’s star attraction. Korean food joints are popping up all over Texas, but when Kitok Moore opened her first and only restaurant in Waco in 1975, she wasn’t sure the townsfolk were ready for cuisine from her native land.

Historic German Eatery Krause’s Cafe Returns to New Braunfels

July 25, 2018 | By Kimya Kavehkar

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.

Who Wouldn’t Love a Buckarita in the Company of a Crossbred Longhorn-Buffalo?

June 27, 2018 | By Gene Fowler


The “Buckarita” at San Antonio’s Buckhorn Saloon serves up the kick you’d expect from a mix of Cuervo 1800 Tequila, Grand Gala, and prickly pear juice.

Tour 2 Award-Winning Bourbon Distilleries in Texas

March 20, 2018 | By June Naylor

Blame it on Tito’s. The craft vodka from Austin, which grew from obscurity 20 years ago into one of Texas’ most popular spirits brands, has inspired a widespread passion for Texas-made firewater.

Melissa Guerra’s Traditional Christmas Punch Recipe

December 20, 2017 | By Daniel Tyx

Texas’ Only Caffeinated Plant Makes a Buzzworthy Tea

December 14, 2017 | By Susan L. Ebert

With his interest in native plants, it’s small wonder Ellis grew fascinated with North America’s only naturally caffeinated plant—yaupon holly, which grows prolifically in Texas east of I-35 and is considered by most ranchers to be a nuisance. Ellis began reading everything he could about it and soon spread his enthusiasm to two friends who shared his social, environmental, and locavore sensibilities. The three eventually formed the business that would evolve into Lost Pines Yaupon Tea.

San Antonio Cocktail Conference

November 14, 2017 | By

For five days in January, in the recuperative lull between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, San Antonio hosts a smashing soiree that both raises money for children’s charities and celebrates the craft cocktail movement.

Waco Wine Shoppe’s Tasting Room Aims to Expand Your Wine Horizons

November 9, 2017 | By Veronica Meewes

If you venture to Waco on any given day but Sunday, you’ll find Magnolia Market buzzing with starry-eyed devotees of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ HGTV home-improvement show, Fixer Upper. Waco has seen a steady uptick of visitors since 2015, when the Gaineses transformed two defunct grain silos into home and garden shops, complete with food trucks and a bakery. But blink and you could miss one of Waco’s more understated gems just 5 minutes away, a taupe building emblazoned with two simple words: Wine Shoppe.

Drink Alongside Cowboys at this Historic Watering Hole in Fort Worth

October 15, 2017 | By June Naylor

When friends and family visit me in Fort Worth, they ask to see the real Cowtown.

Wide awake with Big Bend Coffee Roasters in Marfa

September 18, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

On a recent jaunt to the Davis Mountains and Big Bend area, I enjoyed drinking coffee from Big Bend Coffee Roasters in a half-dozen restaurants, coffee shops, and lodges.

Alpine’s Saddle Up bar sets the right tone for classic cocktails and conversation

July 14, 2017 | By Melissa Gaskill

No television screens hang on the walls of The Saddle Club in Alpine. No loud music interrupts long and interesting conversations over classic cocktails and satisfying food.

The Hye Life

May 12, 2017 | By Jane Kellogg Murray

Does an oenophile’s paradise exist in Texas? While some wine-lovers may pine for the Provences and Willamette Valleys of the world, for me, it’s the hamlet of Hye.

Big Beers in Big D

April 17, 2017 | By Bill Tucker

The craft beer scene continues to thrive in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. Twenty-seven of Texas’ 189 breweries and brew pubs call the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex home, according to The Brewer’s Association, a national organization dedicated to promoting independent American brewers.

Crushing it at Messina Hof

March 22, 2017 | By Cynthia J. Drake

On an uncharacteristically cool and overcast August morning, rows and rows of Lenoir grapes grow fat on the vines at the Messina Hof vineyard in Bryan.

Abundance of Goods

January 20, 2017 | By Phil West

When Athens voters decided to make the town wet in 2012, one couple in Austin —Bess and Mike Suarez—took particular notice.

Party with a Purpose

November 13, 2016 | By Lori Moffatt

For five days in January, in the recuperative lull between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day, San Antonio hosts a smashing soiree that both raises money for children’s charities and celebrates the craft cocktail movement.

Got Matcha?

October 14, 2016 | By Veronica Meewes

Just when it seemed like coffee couldn’t get any hotter, a green alternative started to emerge in cafés all over the country—matcha, a type of green tea that has been popular in Asia for centuries.

What’s Brewing in the Hill Country?

September 16, 2016 | By Melissa Gaskill

Texas boasts a strong German heritage, which naturally includes a long history of breweries and beer.

Comfort in a Cup

July 18, 2016 | By Jennifer Babisak

I’m raising a petite chocoholic. If I allowed it, my five-year-old would feast on chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

All Hail the Ale Trail

June 20, 2016 | By June Naylor

It’s a typical Saturday in Fort Worth, a weekly day of celebration among craft beer fans.

Return to La Carafe

May 11, 2016 | By Jane Wu

Let’s face it: The city that produced the Astrodome and the Space Center has a reputation for focusing on the future.

Grounds for Discovery

April 15, 2016 | By Sarah Angle

I was 35 when I went to Paris for the first time, which coincided with my first cup of coffee.

Thrilling Distilling

March 21, 2016 | By Arianna Auber

Founded in the 1850s, the town of Dripping Springs—just west of the booming city of Austin—hosts so many weddings that the Texas Legislature last year designated it as the “official Wedding Capital of Texas.” But many people these days know the Dripping Springs area for its surprising concentration of distilleries, breweries, and other drinks-related businesses that allow visitors to taste beer, cider, and spirits right from the source.

Long and Wine-ding Road

February 11, 2016 | By Jessica Depuy

The Texas Hill Country has long attracted visitors for its combination of outdoor recreation and historic towns, and in recent years it has developed into one of the most visited wine regions in the country.

Texas Embraces the Cider Trend

January 12, 2016 | By Rachel Forrest

Near the confluence of Bear and Onion creeks on a 20-acre ranch in far south Austin, I’m touring the fermentation room of Texas Keeper Cider, surrounded by stacks of tubs full of pale yellow and deep gold apple juice, which will soon become some of the state’s finest hard cider. Next door is the taproom, housed in a 19th-Century church/schoolhouse.

Gardens of Beer

December 15, 2015 | By Bill Tucker

Halfway through a pumpkin porter and a bluegrass song, my Thursday night is humming along nicely.

Go Local

November 10, 2015 | By June Naylor

After a vigorous romp around Centennial Gardens in Houston’s Hermann Park, my husband Marshall and I eagerly join a handful of local pals for a refreshing sustenance break at Local Foods.

Ready, Set, Start

October 13, 2015 | By June Naylor

Running errands in Dallas, Mom and I realize we’re both thirsty and famished. Our busy day, with its lengthy to-do list, doesn’t allow for the leisurely lunch we typically enjoy.

Mastering the Margarita

September 16, 2015 | By Jennifer Nalewicki

As a Tex-Mex-deprived Northeasterner, I try to get my spicy food fix as often as possible during my annual weeklong visit to see family in Texas, and there’s no place more satisfying for Tex-Mex and ice-cold margaritas than the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation.

Righteously Refreshing

June 8, 2015 | By June Naylor

This is the most delicious thing I’ve had to drink at breakfast, or maybe ever,” says my friend Leslie, pointing to her tall glass filled with ice, fresh mint, a pineapple drinking vinegar, and seltzer water.

A Dark & Stormy Twist

May 13, 2015 | By Robb Walsh

On my first visit to the Railean Distillery’s new Buccaneer Bar—which opened the weekend of September 19 last year to coincide with International “Talk Like a Pirate Day”—I ordered the bar’s version of my new favorite summer cocktail, the Dark & Stormy.

A Devotion to Craft

April 13, 2015 | By

A Vintage Redux

March 18, 2015 | By June Naylor

At 6 p.m. on a Wednesday, I’m sitting with a good friend next to the cozy patio fireplace at Kent & Co.

Cocktail recipes

February 17, 2015 | By

In the March 2015 issue, Lori Moffatt writes about the spirit mezcal, a cousin to tequila that often contributes a smoky flavor to cocktails.

Sublime Smoke

February 16, 2015 | By Lori Moffatt

It’s one o’clock on a sunny Saturday in January, and I’ve come to San Antonio for the day to learn more about mezcal, that delicious agave spirit that’s the mysterious older cousin to tequila.

The Beer from Out Here

January 16, 2015 | By E. Dan Klepper

Although craft beer-making has flourished in Texas for decades now, the Big Bend region has been slow to benefit, only recently welcoming the arrival of a sustainable local brewery.

Kerrville’s Living Room

November 17, 2014 | By Rob McCorkle

It’s a typical Thursday evening in laid-back downtown Kerrville. From our bistro table in a niche between the wine shelves and bar, my wife and I watch the eclectic mix of locals and out-of-towners making themselves at home at Grape Juice.

A Drink Back in Time

October 14, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

After mulling over wedding gift ideas for a friend, I decided to bypass her registries, forgo the china and silver, and instead turn to a 9,000-year-old beverage, the honey-based elixir known as mead.

Tea Time in Lufkin

September 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

Aware that social graces are slipping the way of 140-character messages and strings of acronyms, I decide that my daughters (ages 7 and 3) need a preemptive strike of civility.

This and Kombucha, Too!

August 17, 2014 | By Jennifer Babisak

Though my vacation dining plans usually involve lots of rich eating, I decided to mix things up on a recent trip to Galveston.

A Juicy Tale

July 11, 2014 | By Anthony Head

No matter what task he’s engaged in—slicing limes, shaking cocktails, restocking the three-tiered tequila case—bartender Robert Varela pivots from what he’s doing behind the bar at San Antonio’s Frutería Botanero to greet guests with a welcoming bellow, “Bienvenido.

Hoot Sweet!

June 17, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

It’s a few minutes before happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon, and I’m playing a game with myself at The Owl, a two-year-old home-goods shop and wine bar in historic downtown Elgin.

Walk the Wine

March 20, 2014 | By

Last April I set out to experience the Granbury Wine Walk, an annual wine and food celebration that not only showcases more than a dozen Texas wineries but also highlights one of the most interesting little towns in Texas.

Roasts and Toasts

March 20, 2014 | By Sofia Sokolove

At 10 a.m. on a recent Saturday at Casa Brasil Coffees in Austin, I’m sitting at an L-shaped bar scattered with glass tumblers filled with different types of coffee beans.

Brewing in the Hills

February 21, 2014 | By Claudia Alarcon

It is a sunny and crisp Austin day, perfect for showing our visiting family some of our area’s attractions.

Drinking in the Details

February 1, 2014 | By Lori Moffatt

I’m bellied up to the oval mesquite bar at El Monumento restaurant in Georgetown, waiting for my perfect negroni—an astringently bittersweet concoction whose murky history places its first appearance in Italy around 1919—as bartender and resident hooch historian Jeremy Corn conducts an abridged version of his monthly “Mixology 101” class.

The Great, Grape Plains

October 18, 2013 | By Kathryn Jones

A  six-foot steel sculpture of a corkscrew marks the entrance to McPherson Cellars in downtown Lubbock.

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