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The Texas Cheese Tour

June 17, 2014 | By June Naylor

My first taste of the Texas cheese renaissance came at a farmers market in Dallas, where I nibbled a bite of Veldhuizen Texas Farmstead Cheese from Dublin.

Taste 290

March 21, 2014 | By Anthony Head

Driving to Fredericksburg from the east on US 290, it’s easy to notice that spring adores the Hill Country: This oak-studded landscape is a hot spot for wildflowers—bluebonnets, firewheels, black-eyed Susans, and others color the vistas like a painting come to life, while roadside stands open in anticipation of peaches, tomatoes, blackberries, and other seasonal bounty coming to market.

TGIP: Thank God It’s Pie Day!

December 1, 2010 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

The American Pie Council—Dutiful guardian of all things pie—has graciously given us an official occasion to indulge by designating Jan.

Wurstfest Turns 50

October 23, 2010 | By Haley Dawson

Join New Braunfels in celebrations its German heritage at the 50th Wurstfest. As always, you can expect a hearty taste of German-style food, fun, and entertainment at this boisterous event.

Here’s the Beef

September 22, 2010 | By Sheri Alzeerah

Home to the Big Texan Steak Ranch and its famous 72-oz.-steak challenge, Amarillo certainly knows its beef.

Just Desserts

September 22, 2010 | By

As a pastry chef for the past several years, most recently at FINO Restaurant Patio and Bar and Asti Trattoria in Austin, I’ve obsessed over the height
of my meringue, the precision of my mint chiffonnade, and the chewiness of my coconut macaroons.

Desserts First

September 22, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Dallas and Houston more in common than most people think at first glance-world-class museums, international business cultures, and thriving restaurant scenes, for starters.

Viva Italia!

August 21, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Founded in 1881 to serve as a hub for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway, Temple today still harbors numerous examples of 19th- and 20th-Century architecture, especially downtown.

The Joy of French Cooking

August 20, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

I’m fascinated by how dining trends have shaped what I know about geography, history, language, and other foundations of culture.

Vegan in Cowtown?

August 1, 2010 | By Jane Wu

I am not a vegan, though I’m not much of a meat-eater, either. So I empathize with the challenges vegans and vegetarians face when dining out, especially in the heart of cattle country.

Hot Spot

August 1, 2010 | By Jane Wu

Some folks can’t get enough of the heat—even in August—when it comes to salsa picante.

Where the Chefs Eat

June 24, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Ever since I discovered the culinary adventures to be found on Houston’s Bellaire Boulevard, Long Point Road, and other Houston streets where the city’s international influences collide, I’ve made it a point to seek out the city’s small, independent, ethnic  restaurants.

What’s Brewing in Houston?

June 1, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

When beer-lover and Rice University graduate Brock Wagner decided to leave his career in investment banking, he turned to his off-hours avocation: brewing and drinking beer.

Fine Dining, Elevated

June 1, 2010 | By Steven Lindsey

The magnificent Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, at the top of Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas, has been my go-to choice for fine dining and entertaining guests since it opened in February 2009—not just for the spectacular food, but also for the drama of dining 560 feet above the city.

Taste: Triple Delight of Tres Leches

April 22, 2010 | By Lois M. Rodriguez

Growing up, I watched the women in my family labor over homemade tortillas every morning, and during the holiday season, they took cooking to a whole other level with the tedious process of making tamales. 

Attwater’s Prairie-Chickens

April 20, 2010 | By Margaret Shakespeare

An hour’s drive due west of downtown Houston, on Interstate 10, the suburbs finally begin to give way to open space.

Wine + Chocolate + Barbecue

March 10, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

From April 23-25, dozens of winemakers and chefs come together at the Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap for the 5th annual Wine and Food Summit.

Dallas Delights

March 10, 2010 | By Lori Moffatt

Before Dallas’ North Central Expressway bisected the city in 1950, Greenville Avenue—now flanked with homes and businesses—served as the primary auto route from the northern reaches into downtown.

Going Whole Hog

March 1, 2010 | By Jessica Dupuy

These days, despite a growing interest in buying local produce and meats, few people remember when meals depended on garden vegetables, the eggs from the chicken coop, and meat from a recent hunt. 

New Year’s Cheer

November 22, 2009 | By Marty Lange

One of the largest free events in Texas—Celebrate San Antonio—happens on New Year’s Eve downtown in the Alamo City.

Ranch Recipe Roundup

November 22, 2009 | By Eileen Mattei

An hour after sunrise, Mesquite smoke hanfs like a low fog over the cooking teams preparing their entries in the 26th Annual Linn-San Manuel Country Cook-Off.

Classic Rocks

October 21, 2009 | By

Massive condominium towers. Dense urban retail. An ever-changing roster of restaurants and services.Just as bell-bottoms have given way to skinny jeans, on the busy stretch of Guadalupe that runs adjacent to the UT campus in Austin, change is the only constant.

Dining Trailerside

October 21, 2009 | By

Sidewalk food vendors aren’t a new concept to Austin; fleets of taco trucks rove around town every day, serving Tex-Mex street food to everyone from construction workers to UT students.

Celebrating Mushrooms in East Texas

October 1, 2009 | By Liz Carmack

Given the chance to experience a region’s culinary offerings, I’m always eager to pack a bag and hit the road.

GrapeFest!

August 20, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

Most wine-and-food events in Texas—the Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival in April, the Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest in October, and the San Antonio New World Wine & Food Festival in November, for example—keep their focus, as you might expect, on the wine and the food, and how to pair them to pleasing effect.

The Liquid Gold of San Leon

August 20, 2009 | By Sue Hastings

Tiny San Leon, hidden off the main highway linking Houston and Galveston, boasts a history replete with innovators, survivors, and swashbuckling characters like pirate Jean Lafitte.

Mozzarella and More

August 3, 2009 | By Nola McKey

After noshing at the Nasher, head to another downtown Dallas destination—the Mozzarella Company. Offering more than 20 artisanal cheeses,including fresh mozzarella, the tiny cheese factory at 2944 Elm Street has become a foodie favorite in the 27 years since it opened.

No Place Like Dave’s Place

July 21, 2009 | By Rob McCorkle

It’s a typical Sunday afternoon at a most atypical Texas Hill Country haunt—Dave’s Place in Center Point.

Scoops For You

June 26, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

Politics aside, when the late President Ronald Reagan decreed the month of July as “National Ice Cream Month” in 1984, few people waffled whether it was a designation worth celebrating.

Calvert’s CocoaModa

June 15, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

Flamboyant characters like former Brit Ken Wilkinson, who arrived in the sleepy Brazos Valley town of Calvert a few years ago to build a world-class chocolate shop, tend to start tongues wagging.

Slow Company

June 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

When restaurateur Mary Stanley moved from Austin to Brownwood a few years ago and opened The Turtle, she introduced elements of the Slow Food movement—eating in season and using locally produced meats and vegetables—to diners in the Pecan Bayou.

A Foodie’s Hill Country

April 21, 2009 | By Nola McKey

One part cookbook, one part tour guide, The Texas Hill Country: A Food and Wine Lover’s Paradise by Terry Thompson-Anderson is a must-read for people who travel to eat, and eat to  travel.

Cool Mint Café

April 20, 2009 | By Anthony Head

“When I started culinary school, I knew I didn’t want to own a restaurant,” says Suzanne Perkins.

Counter Culture

March 12, 2009 | By Caitlin Sullivan

After a taste of nostalgia at Highland Park Pharmacy, head to down-town Dallas and check out another counter setting, this one on view through April 5 at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Scoop on a 1912 Soda Fountain

March 11, 2009 | By June Naylor

Easing onto one of the shiny spindle stools at the soda-fountain counter inside Highland Park Pharmacy, I fight the urge to tuck in my feet and elbows and twirl the seat around.

The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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