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22 top things to do in Austin with kids

Austin has always been the liberal heart of Texas, the seat of government and a verdant municipality intersected by the Colorado River. Over the past two decades it’s transformed into a buzzing base for technology companies, an allure for East and West Coast society, the site of inventive food, the home to mega-conference SXSW and one of the coolest cities in the U.S. The popular slogan “Keep Austin...

Tips for eating at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, Texas

In our ongoing quest for delicious barbecue and out-of-the-ordinary experiences, we drove to the small town of Lexington, Texas, to eat barbecue for breakfast. It had to be done, so we did it. Also because my stepson made us. It ended up being a fantastic morning (read my post about it here). Here are some tips for fellow barbecue enthusiasts who fancy a hot smoked adventure in Lexington at Snow’s BBQ....

Best Texas barbecue: Eating at Snow’s, Lexington

God bless the little children, or at least the strong-willed teens. It was because of our 16-year-old’s determination that we have another “special” barbecue experience (something to contend with our half day stakeout attempting to eat at Franklin’s Barbecue in Austin) that the day after we travelled 13 hours from Taos, New Mexico, to Austin, we rose at 7am to drive an hour to eat barbecue. For breakfast....

Texas: The best ice pops in Fort Worth

When we visited Fort Worth last August we went to some great places to eat. One of the most whimsical was Steel City Pops, which makes gourmet popsicles. Gourmet popsicles, right?  Sounds a little precious — until you look at the list of flavours: Blackberry, Cranberry Orange, Hibiscus, Mango, Peanut Butter, Blueberry Cream, Avocado, Vanilla Bean, Pistachio…. I wanted to eat every one of them. Steel...

Fort Worth: Visiting the Stockyards rodeo with children

It’s not illegal to go to Texas and not see a rodeo, but it is a little bit criminal. That’s because they feature so many elements of Texana: hardy cowboys, skilled cowgirls, kid-friendly silliness, cold beer and lots of “God Bless America”. Everybody stands and says the Pledge of Allegiance. This is no time for irony The thing is, it can be difficult to catch a touring rodeo wherever...

9 top things to do with children in Fort Worth

Every summer we take the kids to Texas to see my family, soak up some sun in 37+° and experience the Lone Star State. Every summer we swim, eat Tex-Mex and BBQ and have fun in our usual haunts of Austin, Houston, Lubbock and Port Aransas on the Gulf of Mexico. But this year we decided to do something different. The friendly folks at Fort Worth invited Jenography to discover the fun activities for family there. If...

Visiting Dealey Plaza & standing on the grassy knoll

Dallas’s role in the national tragedy of JFK’s shooting was something we learned a lot about while I was growing up in Texas. The city had a reputation of being a cold, money-oriented metropolis, miles away from the hippie vibe of Austin or the international oil reputation of Houston. We spent an entire section in my university American history course on Dallas, the city’s collective guilt about...

Is Franklin Barbecue really the best in the world?

This weekend Meatopia is making its first appearance outside of the States. This flesh-eating food celebration in Tobacco Dock, Wapping features big-time chefs and hallowed meat-cooking halls such as Hawksmoor, Pitt Cue, St Johns, Shake Shack and more, all devoted to delicious meats. One of the featured guests is Aaron Franklin over from Austin. But I have to tell you, something seemed amiss to me when I read...

Fun at the trampoline park in Austin

One of the things we MUST do when we visit Austin, according to my daughter, is go to Jumpstreet. This place has nothing to do with the natural beauty of Hill Country where Austin is located, nor is it connected to the groovy cultural vibe here. It is a warehouse-style building filled with 25-yard-long trampolines, a mechanical bull, an inner tube slide and a foam ball pit with rope swing. It’s situated next...

They don’t eat horses, do they?

The news of beef burgers in several big supermarkets around the UK and in Ireland being contaminated with horse meat is all over the headlines today. It reminded me of this picture that I took in Brenham, Texas, last summer. At the time, I was surprised to see it — I’d never heard of horsemeat being an issue in Texas. I knew from living in France and visiting other countries that people do eat horse but...

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