Hye, Texas, is a town of 105 people, located on U.S. 290 on the road from Austin to Fredericksburg. It's also the home of Garrison Brothers distillery, the first bourbon distillery in Texas and one which makes bourbon exclusively. Their bourbon is pricey, but it has always been highly reviewed, and ... More >>
Apparently, the folks in California have done lost it. There is a ballot initiative being circulated that would divide the Golden State up into six separate states, increasing the United States to 55 states in the process. The proponent of this plan is some venture capitalist who really just wants t ... More >>
Houston Press Hoppy Hour @ MKT Bar Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1001 Austin Join the Houston Press at MKT Bar tonight for Hoppy Hour featuring four Karbach brews: Love Street Summer Seasonal, Weisse Versa Wheat, Hop Delusion and Weekend Warrior Pale Ale. Sip on a beer flight for $7, or throw in food p ... More >>
New Mexican cuisine is a thing. It evokes thoughts of Hatch green chiles and blue corn. California cooking is on the healthy side, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. The Midwest is known for its meat and potatoes, the Gulf Coast its seafood. But when I saw the new cookbook entitled Texa ... More >>
Eater National: Cake vs. pie. It's a food fight we probably will never settle, but at the Southern Foodways Alliance's 2013 Symposium, Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman and the New York Times' Kim Severson tried to settle this battle with a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. Kinsman argues that pies take more skil ... More >>
Katy's No Label Brewing Co. will be coming all the way to the Loop for a Meet the Brewer event at The Ginger Man on August 6 at 6 p.m. Brewmaster and co-founder Brian Royo or "El Royo Loco" will be at The Ginger Man to show off his beer and answer questions about brewing along with some of the other ... More >>
Fans of music, food, and boobs -- i.e. every living human being -- are in for a real treat with the Saturday grand opening of the town of Bikinis, Texas. The little piece of paradise outside Fredericksburg was named by ATX Brands founder Doug Guller, the visionary behind the "breastaurant" chain Bik ... More >>
Who are they? Siegel-Gardner: I'm a Houstonian born and raised who's getting to run a restaurant in my hometown. Gallivan: I'm a cook, I'm a husband and I'm learning how to be a business owner.
Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>
Hair Balls is excited because we just decided where we want to go for our next weekend getaway: Bikinis, Texas. What -- never heard of it? Maybe that's because the town's new owner hasn't officially changed the name yet. The new owner in question is Doug Guller, who operates the successful Bikinis ... More >>
Eat My Words: This week Texas Monthly wine writer Jessica Dupuy gives a glowing review to new releases by the Duchman Family Winery, the Texas Hill Country winery owned by Houston's own celebrity cardiologist Stan Duchman. "I'll be honest," she writes, "I fell in love with all of these wines, which ... More >>
A man says he was in the midst of a diabetic episode when a Fredericksburg cop threw him to the ground during a traffic stop. Brian Kane has sued police officer Tim Bobo over the August 2010 incident. Kane's suit says he has Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, and he was driving to his parents' home when ... More >>
TX Wine Lover: As the still youthful Texas wine industry continues to grow and find its footing (shifting away from the California Chardonnay-Cabernet-Sauvignon-Merlot paradigm), a handful of European grape varieties (beyond the classics of Bordeaux and Burgundy) have emerged as winners. Their succe ... More >>
This year's winners have art, passion and history on their side. And now they'll also each have a check for $2,000.
Vintage Texas: Top Texas wine writer and Houstonian Russ Kane weighs in this week with his Top Texas Wines of 2011. In the first installment, he reveals five of the ten, including a few from wineries we don't always see in year-end lists of favorite labels from Texas. Russ's new guide to Texas wi ... More >>
Photo by Mai PhamPilot Light Restaurant Group's Chef and Co-Owner, Terrence GallivanIf you haven't tried Terrence Gallivan's cuisine yet, it's probably because the somewhat elusive chef has only been cooking in Houston for short bursts of time. He did a one-month stint as part of the sold-out ... More >>
This year, more than 2,500 wines were entered into the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's International Wine Competition. Of those entries, 736 were from Texas wineries. And of those Texas wineries, Messina Hof swept up 20 medals and the coveted title of Top Texas Wine for its 2004 Solara, whic ... More >>
Love tunnels not includedA while back we presented a dozen of the most beautiful bridges in Texas, a state most people don't normally associate with bridges. They associate it even less with tunnels. Texas isn't exactly a mountainous state, and wherever there's a big outcropping there's gene ... More >>
Think all bourbon comes from Kentucky? Think again.
While the trail riders rode into town last Friday, you could be riding out one weekend soon to hit one of Texas's 11 wine trails just as the bluebonnets are beginning to bloom this spring. The fifth most productive wine-producing state in the nation, Texas features more than 200 vineyards wi ... More >>
logocheif.comFreetail for retail sale? Supporters of HB 660 hope so.Hey, I love Texas as much as the next girl, but when it comes to laws the Lone Star State has a reputation for being a bit outdated. And when it comes to alcohol laws, we're downright hard-core. The regulations are particula ... More >>
Photos by Tam VoThis week I have been sharing my interview with Chef John Sheely of Mockingbird Bistro. After our conversation, I committed the deadly delicious sin of gluttony. First up was his calamari, which was quick fried and presented with two dipping sauces: the basic remoulade and a ... More >>
"So like, what-all do they serve here?"Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating Our Words, where we have no cream of the crop because crops aren't supposed to have cream on them. Gross. We started off the week by disarming some alarmism with our look into some foods which are sligh ... More >>
Photo by jonlThe Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association at the 2008 Roundup.Attention, Houston-area organic chefs, farmers and food producers: Fredericksburg wants you! The annual Renewable Energy Roundup and Green Living Fair, which takes place this year from September 24 to 26, is l ... More >>
This past summer, Robb Walsh visited Fredericksburg hot spot Rebecca's Table, owned by famous chef and baker Rebecca Rather. After his mouthwatering description of the rabbit sausage there, I couldn't wait to go. Unfortunately, it's now closed, but I decided to try the bakery next door, Rathe ... More >>
Five miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas is the newest addition to the 290 Wine Corridor, Rancho Ponte Vineyard. This family-owned winery opened in early 2009 and features, in my opinion, some of the better Texas wines. Rancho Ponte offers tastings Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to ... More >>
This Saturday at the Chocolate Festival of Texas, Eating Our Words set out to see just how much chocolate and wine $25 will buy you at a Sheraton near IAH. The answer is about five half-glasses with no obligation to pour any out, and enough chocolate to make you consider trashing all remaini ... More >>
Photo by dave77459The Texas Hill Country is full of place-names that make Texas Traveler yearn for her nth-generation German heritage. New Braunfels conjures up the scent of the bratwurst and sauerkraut my Moomaw used to make on weekend mornings (food which I loathed, by the way, until I turn ... More >>
Photos by Nick DiFonzoTo find out, a trip to Schulenburg and the recently revived Sengelmann Hall is in order. Schulenburg lies exactly halfway between San Antonio and Houston along Interstate 10. While the small town itself was formally established in 1875, Czech and German settlers had already m ... More >>
Katharine Shilcutt ate all this chicken and did not save any for you.Welcome back to the weekly Eating Our Words round-up, where the food is well-prepared, plentiful and, more often than not, weird as all hell. To start with, Robb Walsh introduced us to the concept of a Wal-Mart supermercado, ... More >>
Whether your beverage of choice is wine, coffee or beer, we've got you covered in this week's upcoming events. The French Open takes place this weekend, and if you're looking for a spot to watch, then Coffee Groundz is the place for you. The coffee shop-cum-gelateria in Midtown is offering specials ... More >>
Break the summer monotony at one of these out-of-the-way destinations.
Enchanted Rock, the legend says, was home to ghost fires. That's how the Tonkawas explained the crackling and popping sounds that emanated from the rock on cool evenings. Today we know this: Enchanted Rock is one of the country's largest plutons, a gigantic pink granite pebble unearthed by erosion. ... More >>
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced this morning that he's charging a Fredericksburg company called Nature's Candy with violating the Texas Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. (Woe to the person who violates the "cosmetic" part of the first act. Grandma ... More >>
As you can see, we had quite a few gastronomic slideshows in 2008. Click each photo below for more action. Houston Texans Tailgating World Gyro Eating Championship Burger Porn
Photo by Robb Walsh Opa’s seemed to be the official sausage supplier in Fredericksburg. Menus at German restaurants and biergartens all over town featured Opa’s bratwurst, knackwurst and “Opa sausage,” the local nickname for a coarse ground pork and beef link officially known as “Opa’s ... More >>
Our state is the top beer market in the country, so why are we falling behind in the microbrewery movement?
Photo by Robb Walsh / Click here for a slideshow... There were a lot of Texans trying to look German in lederhosen and peasant outfits at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg. So when I saw two young women walk in the front gate in touristy cowboy hats, I did a double take. They were trying a little too h ... More >>
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