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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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