Unfortunately, it rained literally all day long in Dallas on Saturday. Which just so happened to be the day I planned to attend the State Fair of Texas.
There were many things I was looking forward to doing. I wanted to see Big Tex, ride the Ferris Wheel, watch the pig races and enjoy the fireworks ... More >>
Fall has arrived in Texas, and thank God.
There is no better time in the Lone Star State, for so many reasons.
The switch in season may be more subtle than it is in the north -- you never can get that far away from a Texas summer, after all -- but there's enough change in the air to signify that y ... More >>
Welcome back to the weekly roundup here at Eating...Our Words, where this time of year ten years ago, we'd be nearly halfway through our allotted money on our university meal card already. It's hard living above a convenience store that's open late at night, particularly if you have a weakness for m ... More >>
See our slideshow of more State Fair of Texas Foods.
Some go for the carnival-style attractions. Others go for the garden exhibition. Thousands go for the live musical entertainment. Many go for the shopping. But the truth of the matter is, all flock to the State Fair of Texas for the food.
In it ... More >>
Photo by John KielyWhen Joseph French, an innkeeper in Albany, New York, invented French toast in 1724, he became an early practitioner of the American affinity to dip food in batter and fry it in fat. The oil has gotten deeper since then, the food more exotic, leading inevitably to the Texa ... More >>
Earlier this week, Texas Christian University officially accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference, which sort of models the old Southwest Conference, a division that the Horned Frogs competed in from 1923 to 1996.
We gotta tell you, horny toads, compared to '96, the league is goi ... More >>
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Texas State Fair, held every fall in Dallas at the wonderfully art deco Fair Park. I honestly had no idea until I went to the fair late last week, however. You'd think there'd be some more momentous foodstuffs to mark the occasion.
Alas, the biggest news ... More >>
foodanddrinkdigital.comBig Tex, State Fair mascot who turns 59 this year, wears a 75 gallon hat and size 70 boots.As soon as you walk through the gates of a state fair, whatever "diet" you may be on becomes null and void. If you're watching your carbs, trying to stay away from fried foods or ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttPulled pork sundaes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more photos, check out our slideshow.Hot beef sundaes are nothing new; in fact, we wrote about them back in March 2009, when the popular meat-and-potatoes parfait was taking to the streets of Nebraska ... More >>
Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>
Teagan Presley, a Texan Penthouse PetHair Balls is wearing sackcloth and ashes today in memory of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, who shuffled off to the Great Stiffie in the Sky Wednesday at age 79.Maybe our sense of loss comes from the fact that we're old enough to remember ye ol ... More >>
For sale, cheap: Critiques of your dating profileHair Balls has five bucks burning a hole in our pocket, and we're thinking about spending it on a postcard from a Houston-based model no one's ever heard of. Or possibly a Texas State Fair award-winning pecan pie recipe.The problem is, there are ju ... More >>
Photos by Katharine ShilcuttOne of my hobbies is taking jingoistic photos of our state flag. God bless Texas!After seeing the dialogue back and forth on Lennie Ambrose's post about sweet tea and its availability in Texas, my colleagues and I began discussing our own caveats about eating in Te ... More >>
Sideshow Tramps on FacebookThink of Houston barnburners the Sideshow Tramps and naturally the first thought that comes to mind is "wholesome family enterainment," right? The band themselves admitted as much in an email they sent to Rocks Off HQ Wednesday afternoon, calling themselves "known f ... More >>
Try making this at home.The overall winner of this year's Big Tex Choice Awards (the much publicized food awards at the annual State Fair of Texas) was an underdog from three brand-new competitors: the fried Frito pie. And although I'm happy for the gentlemen who won (as happy as you can be t ... More >>
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo was the nation's biggest fair in 2009, an industry publication has declared.Carnival Warehouse, which sounds like the kind of place that has cheap late-night advertising for kuh-waaazy prices on merry-go-rounds, but is actually a publication that tracks the ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyGood eats: armadillo eggs and homemade banana pudding
If the span of time between the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in spring and the State Fair of Texas in fall is just too long for you, you can satisfy your lust for the unnecessary consumption of crap at least once a mont ... More >>
Are the sticks edible?...it's the Corn Dog Pizza you just horked down.
One of modern society's greatest questions is now succinctly answered in a single website: This Is Why You're Fat. Included in the website are such favorites as Rochester's world-famous garbage plate (I was not ... More >>