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It’s no secret. Texas has fantastic food. But, one thing I’ve noticed lately, having lived in this state for the past eight years, is that the bar is propelling skyward. Sure, central Texas has always held the national attention when it comes to BBQ and our love of brisket, but there’s so much more food recognized now. Houston is America’s most diverse city, San Antonio has always had a strong Mexican culture, but in today’s food world, these places are delivering on different levels.  Look, I’m fat. I know a few things in this world: where to get a beer...

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A few years ago, I convinced a major tech company that I should write for them. I had been a freelancer, banging out blogs, doing my thing— foolishly hoping to make “real money” as a writer. But then, suddenly, I had a real job with a real salary, 100% covered health insurance and these insane perks. My parents and my wife were all proud of me. I’d landed a gig that they could tell their friends about, that the kid who moved to New Orleans with $300 in his pocket only a few years before figured it out. I felt...

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Ask anyone who cooks professionally who isn’t obsessed with Blue Plate or Duke’s because they have to “out south” you...

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Robert Dean is a journalist living down in Austin, Texas. His work has been featured in Forbes, Consequence of Sound, Austin American-Statesman, Mic, Fatherly, Daily Grindhouse, and Farce the Music, to name a few. He's also been on CNN and NPR. 

Stalk him on Facebook or Instagram, whatever your social media fetish. Just wash your hands. 

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Love me or hate me, my passion for putting a flame to a pan is what I do. That passion won’t ever go away; it’s who I am and where I fit best in the world. I’ve bled and sacrificed my life for this craft. I’ve lived the type of life where I didn’t have to go looking for trouble, trouble came looking for me--and I always welcomed it with open arms. made my life worth fighting for. What do you win while fighting against the trouble of doubt?  Freedom. You win the freedom to be yourself without compromise or...

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