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Texas Monthly April 2021

Texas Monthly has been the authority on the Texas scene since 1973, covering music, arts, travel, restaurants and events with its insightful recommendations. Above all, Texas Monthly provides its readers with a magazine of the highest editorial quality, a standard that has earned it 10 National Magazine Awards, the industry’s most coveted prize.

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meanwhile, over on texasmonthly.com…

HOW DR PEPPER HELPED MAKE TEXAS FEEL LIKE HOME When our barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn, was growing up in Ohio, Dr Pepper was an indulgence reserved for Christmas. He also saw the iconic soda as a symbol of Texas, even from a young age. Now, he reflects, it’s a reminder of how far he’s come. FORGET EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT MOLE It’s one of the most sought-after and beloved Mexican dishes. But while most Americans are familiar with only two variations of mole, José R. Ralat explains, the classic’s interations are as diverse as the homes and restaurants across Mexico and the United States in which they are coaxed to life. HE RIOTED AT THE CAPITOL, THEN LIVED IN LUXURY WHILE HIDING FROM THE FBI Luke Coffee, a director and actor who appeared…

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neither snow nor gloom of night…

Texans have learned not to expect much from their state government, as senior editor Chris Hooks observes in his story on page 42. So in mid-February, when millions lost power for days, Texans did what they do so well. They pitched in to take care of their families, neighbors, and total strangers. Our journalists documented that outpouring of kindness and resilience on TexasMonthly.com, stepping up for our readers and for one another, braving cold and dark like the letter couriers of old. When the blackout struck on February 15, our website’s editorial director, Michelle Williams, moved bedding into a closet that was the least-frigid room in her Austin apartment, and slept there for two nights. She stayed in touch with writers and editors from her 2005 Volkswagen Jetta, where she was…

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roar of the crowd

“MY FATHER ONCE TOLD ME THAT YOU CAN JUSTIFY ANYTHING AS LONG AS YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF IT’S JUSTIFIED-LIKE THE ARGUMENT THAT AN ANIMAL DYING BY A BULLET IS BETTER THAN IT BEING KILLED BY A LION.” Unhappy Hunting I read the article on hunting exotics by Wes Ferguson [“Aoudads and Bongos and Zebras, Oh My!,” February 2021], and I greatly admired his writing and the balance given to the subject. However, I cannot see how such ranches can be viewed positively. The owners have created an amusement park, but instead of popping a balloon with a water pistol, you shoot an animal. There’s no hunting anywhere, at least nothing I can recognize. My father once told me that you can justify anything as long as you keep telling yourself it’s justified—like…

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masterpiece suites

Ready for a change of scene? A good view isn’t hard to come by this time of year in Texas. With bluebonnets in bloom, just cruising along country roads or even along the highway is like escaping into a painterly landscape. For a truly art-filled weekend, follow the wildflowers to one of these relatively new Dallas hotels. Each features museum-worthy works and gallery finds in its public spaces and guest rooms. Like many hotels the world over during the pandemic, these three destinations follow COVID-19 safety procedures and offer packages to locals in need of a break from months of hibernating at home. Who knows, you might come away from a visit feeling rejuvenated and even happy to sleep in your own bed once again. Remember what that’s like? 1. THOMPSON…

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bastrop gets some locavore love

Sonya Cote cupped her hands around her eyes and peered into the empty building with a “For Lease” sign in the window, on Bastrop’s Main Street. It was a spring day in 2017, and among the shadows, she glimpsed tall ceilings and a brick fireplace. A shaft of light slanted in from the adjoining courtyard, and in the front room she could just make out a floor covered in exuberantly mismatched Mexican tiles. “Oh man, this is so cool,” she thought. The Austin chef was on the lookout for restaurant locations—chefs always are—and this one spoke to her. Cote soon returned with her husband and business partner, David Barrow, a filmmaker turned farmer. She called the building’s leasing agent in the Central Texas town of nine thousand to find out…

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the hidden history of black pitmasters

Colorado native Adrian Miller lives in Denver—not exactly a barbecue capital—but the lawyer turned food historian has been passionate about smoked meat ever since he went on a tour of legendary Central Texas joints in 2002. Miller, who served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton before leaving that world to focus on foodways, won a James Beard Award for his first book, 2013’s Soul Food: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. During an extended, self-guided study of U.S. barbecue that brought him back to Texas (where he checked out places such as 109-year-old Patillo’s BBQ, in Beaumont), Miller found the written history to be light on the contributions of Black pitmasters. He hopes to set the record straight in Black Smoke: African Americans…