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Texas is Big on Farmers Markets

Texas Farmers’ Markets Sell Bushels of Fresh Veggies and Homegrown Fun

Texas is Big on Farming and Farmers Markets Not everyone in Texas has had the privilege of growing up on a farm. But every Texan knows how to appreciate the homegrown goodness from the acres and acres that make up our local agriculture. What is a Farmers' Market, Anyway? By definition, a farmers' market is an indoor or outdoor marketplace where consumers buy fresh eats and locally-inspired products. Most Texas farmers markets sell a spot for 30-50 local growers to set up their own unique space. When the market opens, eager

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Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken Two known facts:  A)Boys like to eat, and B)Fried chicken makes boys very happy. During the five years we lived in Austin, we maintained a running list of restaurants to try, but until our son Keagon came home from college begging and pleading for fried chicken, Gus's hadn't been on it. I mean, yes, we love fried chicken, but I just usually think of getting a bucket for a picnic.  Or frying up a bunch in my mom's electric skillet for a Farmer Family Function.  Those occasions have typically

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Best Barbecue in Texas

The Best Barbecue in Texas

Photo - Texas Over Fifty The Best Barbecue in Texas This barbecue thing has been the subject of much debate and the topic of many a tourist's questions. Year after year, all across the Lone Star State, where beef is king and there's a brisket smoking somewhere down every major thoroughfare, we all want to know. Just exactly who sells the absolute best? Texas Monthly Was Our Guide After four straight years of publishing its list of The Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas, one of our state's most widely read sources has decided

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3 Best Happy Hours in Austin

Very shortly after we arrived in Austin, someone gave us a great tip.  Find the best happy hours, they said.  You can eat on the cheap and still have an opportunity to enjoy a flavorful menu of fantastic foods in some of the city's best restaurants. So, we are making our way around the city doing just that. Here are 3 of the best happy hours in Austin, where the atmosphere is relaxing, the food is amazing, and the budget won't take too much of a beating. W Austin The W Hotel in Austin is home to this restaurant called TRACE.  I

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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day with a Prize-Winning Recipe

National Pound Cake Day? Hey, I’ll bite. Have you ever seen a hypnotist in action? Well, you know how it goes. He gets a willing audience into a hypnotic state that looks like some kind of deep sleep, then he deliberately and methodically instructs them exactly how they are to react when they awake. Example: When you wake up and hear the word “dog” you’ll bark. Pound Cake Has a Hypnotic Hold on Me Whenever I hear the words pound cake, I feel as though I must have been hypnotized to react in the same way every single

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Outstanding in the Field – An Event for the Bucket List of Every Foodie

If you're a wordie like I am, nothing captures your attention any quicker than a good play on an ordinary word. Take a common phrase and give it new meaning? Now, I'm really listening. Such is the case with the four words that make up the brand of the world's most inviting table. Outstanding in the Field Leave it to an artist like Jim Denevan to capture a culinary vision like this one. This is the kind of idea we all wish we could have been the first to have. However, as every regretful poetic line begins - Alas - it was not

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3 Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

3 Texas Restaurant Chains Worth the Money

3 Texas Restaurant Chains Worth the Money When you get a chance to meander down or across to a big Texas city, do you first scope out the foodie blogs and plan your meals around the latest local faves? Me, too. Recently, however, I found myself thinking about how nice it is to enjoy a traditional dinner like you'd find in some of the Texas restaurant chains that I've always found to be worth the money we spent. There's a lot of competition around here, but these three places have determined to stay on top. They can definitely be

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Solving the Mystery at Hillside Farmacy

Ranking ahead of places like St. Louis, Houston and New Orleans in Zagat's list of 30 most exciting food cities is the very one in which Hillside Farmacy has made its unique home. Well, actually, it's not the restaurant's home that is so unique. It's more the restaurant itself.  First, there's the play on the word. It intrigues people, you know. Is it a pharmacy that sells aspirin and artichokes, or is it a restaurant that serves organic salads and stocks its shelves with over-the-counter cold remedies?  Funny you should ask.

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A Sweet Stop at Collin Street Bakery in Waco, Texas

Driving on I-35 North from Austin Can Be Intense Typically, a drive from Austin north on I-35 is a harrowing experience, giving both driver and passengers reason to keep moving and be done with it as soon as possible! If you can make it to Dallas with no stops along the way, you're happy to do it, right? Which is why, until recently, we have sailed on through Waco with barely a glance at the Southern-style building situated in its stately spot on this crazy stretch of Texas highway. However, in the interest of intentional

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Austin's Best Burgers

Best Burgers in Austin, Texas (Everybody Has a Favorite)

After five years' living in Austin, we’ve taken a bite out of a bunch o’ burgers, my friends. Some we’ve tried on the advice of friends, and others on the recommendation of a website or two. At this stage of the game, here’s our very own list of what we now think are some of the best burgers in Austin. If you’ve ever moved from your hometown to a big city, you know how much fun it is to explore all the restaurants in your new locale. It’s even more fun to ask the locals about their favorites, compile a list, and then start trying

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