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Surfing in Texas might sound like a paradox. But, as unusual as it sounds, it’s a very real thing as surfer and photographer Kenny Braun shows us with the beautiful collection of images in his photo book Surf Texas.

Braun was born in the Houston area, approximately an hour and a half from any shores, but that didn’t stop him from visiting the beaches every chance he could when he first picked up on surfing in the mid–70’s.

My brothers surfed, so I don’t find this surprising, but I understand (now) why it might be. Cool idea for a book!  

More: Surf Texas: Documenting the Little-Known Subculture of Surfers in the Lone Star State

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Everything’s bigger Waffles in Texas

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Everything’s bigger Waffles in Texas

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SUGAR LAND — Nikhil Sabharwal of Toronto stood outside a hotel, next to a cart piled with luggage, holding a tall stick decorated with gold garland, a bhangra dance prop from an Indian wedding he had attended here. Steps away, at a coffee shop, a woman wearing a hijab sat near the spot where, minutes earlier, Lynne Gabriel, a fashion blogger of Filipino descent, had posed for photos for her website.

All of this played out on Monday at the town square in Sugar Land, the largest city in Fort Bend County, which Stephen Klineberg, a sociology professor at Rice University, calls the most ethnically diverse county in America. By that, he means that this county southwest of Houston comes closer than any other county in the United States to having an equal division among the nation’s four major ethnic communities — Asian, black, Latino and white residents.

Fort Bend, home to 627,000 people, was also the fifth-fastest-growing large county in the country between 2010 and 2012, according to Forbes magazine.

“Fort Bend County is the new America,” said Mustafa Tameez, a Houston political strategist. Sugar Land, he said, has become a multicultural city — rather than a melting pot — with various ethnic communities, each maintaining its identity.

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The Prada Marfa art installation has stood alone in the West Texas plains for eight years, its high-end Italian fashion goods available to no one.
Now, state officials say the shack-sized building along a rural U.S. highway near Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement, and they’re considering what to do about a structure that’s a must-see for passing tourists and a must-hit for vandals.
Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset designed the piece to resemble a Prada storefront and slowly disintegrate. It went up in 2005 on private land in Valentine, Texas. Since it opened, vandals have hit the store numerous times, including a break-in where thieves discovered the bags had the bottoms removed and only the right shoe of each pair was on display.
But it wasn’t in the sights of the Texas Department of Transportation until Playboy this summer installed a 40-foot neon bunny along the same highway.

 (via Texas brands Prada Marfa ‘store’ an illegal ad | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News)

The Prada Marfa art installation has stood alone in the West Texas plains for eight years, its high-end Italian fashion goods available to no one.

Now, state officials say the shack-sized building along a rural U.S. highway near Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement, and they’re considering what to do about a structure that’s a must-see for passing tourists and a must-hit for vandals.

Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset designed the piece to resemble a Prada storefront and slowly disintegrate. It went up in 2005 on private land in Valentine, Texas. Since it opened, vandals have hit the store numerous times, including a break-in where thieves discovered the bags had the bottoms removed and only the right shoe of each pair was on display.

But it wasn’t in the sights of the Texas Department of Transportation until Playboy this summer installed a 40-foot neon bunny along the same highway.

 (via Texas brands Prada Marfa ‘store’ an illegal ad | Dallasnews.com - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News)

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Here is a map of “Taco Trucks and Taquerias in Austin, TX,” via Taco Journalism, which seems to be a blog about tacos … in Austin, TX.

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[Image: “One hundred men worked to raise the church, one-half inch at a time, for 35 days. Once the correct height was reached, a new concrete foundation was poured.” Image courtesy of the Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas, via Science Friday].
Following the catastrophic hurricane of 1900, the city of Galveston, Texas, was vertically raised up to 17 feet from its original ground level using “hand-cranked janks and mules,” NPR’s Science Friday explained last week.  In order to “protect itself from future storms,” Dwayne Jones of the Galveston Historical Foundation told the radio program, the city set about constructing a defensive seawall. “And the city began to be raised behind it,” he adds, “so everything was lifted up… Houses, out-houses, sidewalks, fences—everything was raised.”


(via BLDGBLOG: On the Rise)

[Image: “One hundred men worked to raise the church, one-half inch at a time, for 35 days. Once the correct height was reached, a new concrete foundation was poured.” Image courtesy of the Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas, via Science Friday].

Following the catastrophic hurricane of 1900, the city of Galveston, Texas, was vertically raised up to 17 feet from its original ground level using “hand-cranked janks and mules,” NPR’s Science Friday explained last week.

In order to “protect itself from future storms,” Dwayne Jones of the Galveston Historical Foundation told the radio program, the city set about constructing a defensive seawall. “And the city began to be raised behind it,” he adds, “so everything was lifted up… Houses, out-houses, sidewalks, fences—everything was raised.”

(via BLDGBLOG: On the Rise)

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Texas BBQ Posse Favorites

The Texas BBQ Posse hit 10 highly rated barbecue joints in 48 hours, sampling brisket, pork ribs and sausage. Each meat was rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (best) and scores from six judges were averaged. Here’s how the top six spots fared. (Best possible score is 30.) More about how the Posse judges meat here.

1. Franklin, Austin 27.48

2. Pecan Lodge, Dallas 26.83

3. Snow’s, Lexington 26.5

4. Kreuz, Lockhart 25.82

5. Louie Mueller, Taylor 24.66

6. Fargo’s, Bryan 22.98

Top brisket: Snow’s

Top pork ribs: Pecan Lodge

Top sausage: Kreuz

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El Paso is a city with a distinct flavor. It juxtaposes authentic Mexican culture with a growing hipster scene, and though it’s one of the largest cities in Texas, it still often ends up as a mere pit stop on I-10. Once the storied heart of the Old West (and playground of Billy the Kid), El Paso has recently gained much of the big-city feel of its neighbor across the border, Ciudad Juárez. It has come into its own with new theaters, restaurants and nightclubs, many of them transplants from its sister city, the epicenter of the Mexican drug war.

Hm.

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