What makes Texas-style BBQ ribs so delicious? The Sklar Brothers think they know the secret. They’re just not quite on the same page about how to get them. Jason thinks he can buy the ingredients and make delicious ribs himself in NYC, while Randy argues he cannot only get better ribs, but he can also get them faster by jumping on the next flight to Austin, TX. Watch as they use the JetBlue Card to find out what’s truly faster and tastier in the latest episode of “Race the Dish.”
Ask anyone in Austin's restaurant industry, and they’ll agree: 2018 was kind of wack. Giant national chains took over shuttered spaces, highly anticipated and well-funded concepts fell flat, and in many instances, we learned that Instagram-porn interiors don’t always equate to good food. There were definite standouts, though (some of them unexpected), and the common threads among this year's top openings seem to be -- corny as it sounds -- sincerity and vision. What’s more honest than a warm biscuit, the muscle memory required to fill and pinch hundreds of dumplings, a meticulous commitment to masa, and the simple pleasure of biting into a really good burger? Nothing. We urge you to find out for yourself as you navigate through the diverse collection of new & noteworthy restaurants 2018 brought us. Bon appetit!
11 Cold-Weather Activities That Will Remind You Why Winter in Minnesota Is Actually the Best
Summer is easy to like. It’s got sunshine, water sports, and the built-in nostalgia of time off from school. But winter? That takes some more gumption to appreciate. While other parts of the country are either freaking out over a light snowfall or counting down the days ’til spring, living in Minnesota -- where temps are regularly below freezing and the average annual snowfall is more than 70 inches up north -- means you learn to relish the freezing weather rather than hide from it. With the right mindset, winter is secretly the best time of the year, with plenty of cold-weather activities in the Twin Cities and around the state to keep you active and engaged with your fellow Minnesotans. From dog sledding to ice sculptures to a truly epic foraged tasting menu, we have a little bit of everything here to help you brighten up the coldest months.
Aside from a designated napping zone, the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest had everything a meat lover could ever want.
Thirty of the very best pitmasters from across the state congregated at The Long Center on Sunday, serving thousands of hungry patrons in a three-hour marathon of gluttony that ensured no one in attendance will run an actual marathon anytime soon.
Like most everyone at the festival, I was on a quest to try everything -- and like everyone else, I fell laughably short due to logistical hurdles like long lines and the waistline of my jeans (note to self for next year: sweatpants). Regrettably, I missed some old favorites like Snow’s and Micklethwait as well as buzzed newcomers like Bodacious Bar-B-Q and 2M Smokehouse, but still managed to eat enough fantastic bites of barbecue to inspire a 24-hour fast.
Here are my 11 favorites, in no particular order, along with the city they hail from (so you can get out there and try 'em for yourself).