Great Barbecue in Lexington

Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues.  As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding.  I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina.  The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington

Excellence in Public Education

This blog is public spirited, and particularly concerned with education.  Recall our criticism of the ahistorical and culturally inappropriate offerings at the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History here in Washington, or our review of the benefits of going to East Carolina for college.  Most recently, we promoted science education.  We are also concerned with elementary and high school education, and want to publicize Best … Continue reading Excellence in Public Education

Heim Barbecue, Fort Worth, Texas

You may remember Heim Barbecue from a baseball kerfuffle a few years ago.  Jose Bautista, then of the Blue Jays, did a high slide into second while Rougned Odor of the Rangers was trying to turn a double play.  One thing led to another, including Odor connecting on a roundhouse right to Bautista.  Odor got an eight game suspension, but also — the ever-present silver … Continue reading Heim Barbecue, Fort Worth, Texas

True Texas BBQ, Midland, Texas

Following our Breaking News Bulletin, its back to Texas and the closing chapter of the 13th Annual National Parks Trip . The return from Big Bend involved an overnight in Midland, Texas.  Nancy asked me to suggest a barbecue restaurant there, so, being bereft of contacts in and around Midland, I checked the internet.  The top place in  both Yelp and Trip Advisor was True Texas … Continue reading True Texas BBQ, Midland, Texas

Chisos Mountain Lodge, Big Bend National Park, Texas

If you’re going to Big Bend, you want to stay in a relatively central location.  It’s a huge park, and there’s a lot to see. The place to stay is Chisos Mountain Lodge, centrally located and with a range of accommodations.  You can camp, or stay in one of a variety of rooms.  All rooms have microwaves and mini fridges, and most have air conditioning. … Continue reading Chisos Mountain Lodge, Big Bend National Park, Texas

Mando’s Restaurant and Bar, Marfa, Texas

I promised to touch on the Marfa art scene. Marfa has extraordinary cultural resources for a small town in the high desert of West Texas.  Marfa has its own NPR station, an independent book store, 16 art galleries and the Chinati Foundation, and a foundation-funded writers-in-residence foundation.  Marfa is a sort of Mecca of minimalist art, which tends toward maximalist in size.    This kilometer-long … Continue reading Mando’s Restaurant and Bar, Marfa, Texas

Rick Schmidt of Kreuz Market, Rest in Peace

Another barbecue legend has died.  Rick Schmidt, owner of Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas, has died.  The Austin Chronicle report of his passing here.  Rick was the fourth generation of Schmidts to run Kreuz Market.  The meat there is cooked with indirect heat from burning  post oak.  The cooking is done in a separate room from the rest of the Kreuz Market.  Once you have … Continue reading Rick Schmidt of Kreuz Market, Rest in Peace