In Texas, not far from Travelocity’s headquarters, a fantastic foodie scene is blossoming in the Wild West town of Roanoke, once a popular pit stop for cowboys and cattle drivers. While a modern-day visit to Roanoke will satiate you every culinary desire from Tex Mex, to hearth-baked pizzas to family-style fried chicken, when it’s old-fashioned frontier food that Travelocity locals are after, they head to Reno Red’s.
Editor’s Note: With March Madness, Spring Training and music festivals in high gear, spring may just be the manliest season of the year. Please join us in welcoming man’s man Juan Parra as we salute man stuff for The Window Seat’s Mancation Series.
If you’re the type of person who enjoys openly gambling in the workplace, this is your month. Outside of fantasy football, March Madness is corporate America’s pre-eminent gambling competition. And you thought college basketball was irrelevant to your 9 to 5 life.
But I digress. This is a travel column after all, and we’re looking at the best places to watch the games in Houston, the Final Four host city.
Houston is a city with a rich basketball history, both collegiately and in the pros; just ask a local. Houston has passionate fans in everything from basketball to soccer to football, and if you want to get on their good side just mention that you have a disdain for any team from Dallas.
Please join us in welcoming guest author Joel Frey, one of the Travelocity Roaming Gnome’s most trusted publicists.
Call me a sucker for good PR. Over the years, I’ve read a handful of glowing travel stories on Marfa, Texas, a town of a 2,121 people about 200 miles southeast of my home in El Paso. Most of these reviews first focused on the “Mystery Lights,” followed by a summation of the artist Donald Judd’s ties to the area and wrapped up with a few paragraphs on a revival which has seen an influx of galleries, restaurants and renovations spring life into an otherwise a dusty ranching town. Inspired by The New York Times, my wife and I recently spent a weekend there.
Chaps, I have two words for you: Fried Butter.
When I heard they’d be serving it at the State Fair of Texas last weekend, I knew I had to pop over to Dallas and see what all the fuss was about. A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, you say? Bah humbug! I defy you to try Fried Butter without swooning. And just for kicks, I had a slice of Fried Pizza too. Calories, schmalories. If fair food is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
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