Ever since singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet memorialized this citrus cocktail in his 1977 song on his album Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude, the cocktail known as the Margarita conjures up sandy beaches, laid back attitudes and fun in the sun. Although the recipe is basically the same, amateur and professional bartenders tend to add their own … Continue reading Making Margaritas
Wading out into the surf and casting into the waves is big sport in Port Aransas. Port Aransas is the only established town on Mustang Island. It is located north of Padre Island and is one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas coast. Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann … Continue reading Surf Fishin’ in Port Aransas
Once a mainstay for working cowboys and cowgirls, the cowboy boot evolved into its own niche in fashion. Elaborate stitching, exotic leathers, a variety of toes boxes and heel design and height, the cowboy boot today has come a long way from the utilitarian footwear of the the mid-1800's. Earliest history Boot historians cannot definitively … Continue reading The Evolution of the Cowboy Boot
Over the last century-and-a-half the Menger Hotel, located on the Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Texas, has been the scene of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders recruitment, a devastating fire, and a host of other strange happenings. History of the Menger This hotel—which once known as the “Finest Hotel West of the Mississippi” has also earned … Continue reading The Ghosts of the Menger Hotel
Bluebonnets have been loved since man first trod the vast prairies of Texas. Indians wove fascinating folk tales around them. The early-day Spanish priests gathered the seeds and grew them around their missions. This practice gave rise to the myth that the padres had brought the plant from Spain, but this cannot be true since … Continue reading It’s Bluebonnet Time
Salsa (combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices) can be traced to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. The Spaniards first encountered tomatoes after their conquest of Mexico in 1519-1521, which marked the beginning of the history of Salsa sauce. Aztec lords combined tomatoes with chili peppers, ground squash seeds and consumed them mainly as a … Continue reading The Saga of Chips and Salsa
Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I. Henry Purl Compton (known as “Okra”) who served in the American Expeditionary Forces sent them to his mother. She planted them at her home which is now 507 East 7th Street. From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) … Continue reading Georgetown Red Poppy Fest
Everyone loves a party and we Texans are no different. In a state as big as the Lone Star state, there is always somewhere to go. So pack your bags and come on down! We'll be waiting for ya. Old Settler’s Music Festival 2017 THE BASICS WHERE: Driftwood, TX WHEN: April 20-April 23, 2017 TICKETS: … Continue reading Music Festivals!
I'm fixin ta school y'all on Texas slang. Much has been made of the unique way native Texans have of speaking. Depending on where in Texas you are from...you will have different ways of speaking. Some words and phrases are universal though and have a basis deeply intertwined in Texan etiquette. Here are a few. … Continue reading Its how we talk… five common phrases understood and spoken by true Texans.