Texas Hill Country

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2014

    UtopiaFest Again Beckons Southwest's Free Spirits

    For the sixth year running, this weekend a little slice of heaven known as UtopiaFest will take over the Four Sisters Ranch in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, just outside the quaint village of Utopia and about two hours northwest of San Antonio, Nearly 2,000 kind folk will be descend on the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Get Hoppy With Us

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Cookbook Review: The Homesick Texan's Family Table

    As many of you know, I'm a native Texan. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and went to college in San Antonio. Then, for grad school, I decided to branch out a little, and I moved to Missouri. I lived there for two years, and while there were things I loved about it (four unique seasons, crazy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Texas Hill Country Cuisine Defined and Made Doable

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Texas Wineries Bring Home Gold in Dallas Competition

    The organizers of the Dallas Morning News-TexSom Wine Competition announced this week the winners of the highly regarded annual event, now in its 30th year.

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Urban Harvest, Diners Benefit from Travaasa Farm to Table Dinner

    Wine dinners are a great opportunity to enjoy many different wines paired with food The same goes for beer dinners. Now imagine a beer and wine dinner, where one of each is paired with every course. That's like the pairing dinner of the pairing dinner world. Travaasa Austin did just that recently a ... More >>

  • Culture

    October 31, 2013
  • Calendar

    October 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    UtopiaFest: Freaks Abound, Festival Jams In Hill Country Paradise

    The fifth annual UtopiaFest wrapped up in the early hours of Sunday morning, and after a super successful weekend of music and revelry, we have all made it back to society ready -- actually, not so ready -- to take on the week. Four Sisters Ranch, the beautifully wooded Texas Hill Country venue just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    10 Reasons You Should Go to UtopiaFest This Weekend

    Fall is upon us, and while it might not feel like it outside just yet, it is closer than you think. With the onset of autumn comes the Great State of Texas' busiest season for music, one that finds festival after festival hitting almost every weekend. One event that I look forward to most every year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Das Boot: Austin Band Films Video In Galveston Submarine

    Think you're claustrophobic? Imagine spending three hours trying to record a song and music video in a decommissioned WWII-era submarine. That's what the Austin-based Royal Forest recently did for their single "Everyone Who Knows You."

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    City Hall Farmers Market Starts Its 2013 Season Today

    Arriving just in time for some seriously pleasant weather and National Strawberry Day, the 2013 season of the City Hall Farmers Market is kicking off today downtown. This marks the fourth year that the market has been operating in front of City Hall on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For openi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Farmers' Market Spotlight of the Week: Ruby Queen Corn

    Cooler temperatures mean that the City Hall Farmers Market is open once again and that more Houstonians will be heading out to enjoy the many other excellent farmers' markets across the city. Each week, we'll be spotlighting a produce pick from the Urban Harvest network of farmers' markets by showin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    My Last Supper: Rudy's Bar-B-Q

    Everyone has that one place, that one food haven that delivers every time. Tried, true and reliable. As I'm moving to Washington D.C., I had to visit Rudy's Bar-B-Q one last time. I will fondly miss it. The whole experience at Rudy's, from the bright red barn, to the neon signs, to the candy up fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Local Foods Stays True to Its Name

    Sometimes restaurants have the kind of simple, straightforward names that let you know exactly what to expect there: That Pizza Place On Ella, for example, or the subject of this week's cafe review, Local Foods. True to its name, Local Foods -- the little sister deli to big sister benjy's, next doo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2012

    Digging a German Red Quaffer from Pfalz

    Generally, when wine nerds like me think of fine wines from Germany, we think white: Mosel Riesling, with its enormous capacity for longevity and nuance, its bright acidity and vibrant minerality, is considered by many to be one of Europe's greatest wines. (Celebrity sommelier and winner of this yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    After reading our blogging colleague Katharine Shilcutt's post about Robb Walsh's tasting and pairing of Texas Gulf oysters and wines last week at Oceanaire on Westheimer, we were geeked to see a post from a wine blogger's perspective by one of our favorite Houston wine educators, Sandra Crittenden. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Wine of the Week: Natural Wine in Texas

    As we noted in last week's post on a new era of Nastiness and a call for civility in the Natural wine debate, it's not easy to define exactly what Natural wine is. As Eric Asimov wrote in his weekly New York Times column, there is no official definition or doctrine for Natural wine or Natural winem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A "No Sulfites Added" Texas Wine

    Photos by Jeremy Parzen.Houstonian winemaker Lewis Dickson produces wines with no added sulfites on his estate, La Cruz de Comal, in the Texas Hill Country.​There's good news and there's bad news. First, the bad news. In the wake of last Friday's "myth-debunking" post on sulfites in wine, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    ​Vintage Texas: Ask any wine lover or wine professional and they'll tell you the very same thing: The greatest thing about wine is how it brings folks together. And that's exactly what happened when former All-American football player and NFL veteran Alphonse Daotson called up Russ Kane, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Upcoming Events: Foraging and Fires

    Photo by GroovehouseYes, you can eat those beautyberries you've seen at the Arboretum. Merriwether will show you how.​If Nicholas Hall's post on foraging, "Indigenous Bounties," piqued your interest about scouring your own back yard (or front yard) for tasty treats, pay attention. Meriwether's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Rosé from the Texas Hill Country

    ​The more I read about Texas Hill Country winemaker and San Antonio endocrinologist Richard Becker, the more I am intrigued. Any doctor-cum-vintner who quotes readily from one of my favorite 20th-century American poets, Wallace Stevens, sounds like someone who puts more thought into the art an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Tasting Notes: This Week in Wine Blogs

    Know a Houston-based blog we should be paying particular attention to? Leave the address in the comments section below. ​TweetChat #TXWine: If you've been following along here at Wine Time, you know that Texas wines have been on our minds. We found out about the TweetChat #TXWines thanks to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Texas Blanc du Bois

    ​Above: Blanc du Bois grapes from the 2010 harvest at the Cruz de Comal Winery in the Texas Hill Country. To tell the story of winemaking in Texas today, we need to start with what happened in California back in the 1970s and the way wine has been marketed historically in the U.S. When I was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Tomato Stripper: Serrated OXO Swivel Peeler

    ​The OXO Swivel Peeler has always been an impressive instrument. I'm no Fruit Ninja, but I can remove the peel from an apple, sometimes as one long spiral, in less than 30 seconds. It's useless on tomatoes and peaches, so when I saw the serrated model--on sale--I snatched it off the display. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    "Blizzard of Pollen" Hitting Hill Country

    Keep Austin pollen-free!!​If you have plans on visiting Austin or the Hill Country any time soon, you better hope you're not allergic to Mountain Cedar: The area is getting hit with massive amounts of the pollen, an expert says. "In all my life, I have never seen so much Mountain Cedar pollen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Local Spotlight: Texas Hill Country Olive Company

    ​WHAT: Beautifully pure olive oil that will have you dreaming -- not of Italy -- but of the verdant Texas hills... When John Gambini moved back to Texas after ten years away, he just knew he wanted to build a vineyard. It would be a family-run business, just like the ones our country was bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Who Needs The Hill Country? Check Out Houston's Wildflowers

    The Texas Hill Country has arrived in Houston -- at least in the form of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes. Patches of wildflowers can be spotted in green spaces along highways and in parks throughout the city.Volunteers of the City of Houston seeded 50 acres of land last September in the hopes of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Oktoberfests

    Photo by dave77459​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Obscure Wine Grapes: Touriga

    Photo by Robb Walsh​Touriga Nacional is an ancient Portuguese varietal that was probably introduced to the Iberian peninsula by the Phoenicians. It's a black grape that typically has high tannins and very concentrated fruit flavors. The grapes are most famously used in the highest quality port ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Texas Traveler: Lavenderfest

    Photos by Brittanie SheyRows of lavender​Long after the bluebonnets have shed their petals, another lilac flower blooms in the Hill Country of Texas. Lavenderfest, August 8 in Chappell Hill, is devoted to the 2,500-year-old herb that is used in everything from cooking to aromatherapy to fragra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys

    As if Wednesday night's drunken, surly and bearded Clutch show wasn't enough for the House Of Blues staff, tonight they get to rassle with the musical stylings of one David Allan Coe, openers 1100 Springs and Sean Reefer & The Resin Valley Boys. Long a fixture on the Houston honky-tonk scene, Re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2008

    Kinky Friedman

    Houston gets Kinky for animals in need

  • Calendar

    July 10, 2008

    Carolyn Haines, Dean James and Mary Saums

    Three mystery writers present their latest releases

  • Music

    July 10, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 8, 2008

    To Do: Jeannie Ralston Signing The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming

    Remember Green Acres, about a chic New York wife who gets carted off to live in the country? The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming is like that, but without Arnold the pig. Oh, and Lavender Queen is true. Jeannie Ralston ended up in Texas Hill Country as part of a deal she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008
  • News

    September 21, 2006

    The Cost of Doing Business

    An oil-field services employee from Texas is shot down on the streets of Nigeria, martyr to someone's cause

  • Calendar

    August 25, 2005

    Mommie Deadest

    Murdered matriarchs and mystery set the scene for Jeff Abbott's Panic

  • Music

    December 23, 2004
  • Calendar

    April 15, 2004

    Beer Bond

    Gourmet meets good ol' boy

  • Music

    February 26, 2004

    Stone Country

    Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys spark up some primo Western swing and trad C&W

  • Music

    February 19, 2004

    Ronald Reagan's Army

    In your heart, you know the Yuppie Prick$ are right

  • News

    November 6, 2003
  • Calendar

    April 18, 2002

    Racing for Slackers

    Cyclists of all types hit the trail to raise money for MS research

  • Dining

    November 8, 2001

    History in the Unmaking

    Drexler's has finally outgrown its 50-year-old barbecue pit

  • Calendar

    July 30, 1998
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