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Have You Eaten Rice Yet?

As I watched my favorite street vendor whip up the usual thirty baht (approximately $1 USD) shrimp pad thai, I noticed that she added more love into it than usual on this particular evening. Devouring ...

Reality Shift in Hyderabad

As much as we see globalization happening on every continent, I have seen a place as-of-yet unaffected. Hyderabad, India, has yet to be conquered by McDonalds, Wal-Mart or Starbucks. You won't find much tourism there ...

Discover Bolivia

Bolivia is unique. It is the only country in the “New World” where the indigenous still predominate. Imagine if 65% of our population was still Native American (versus the less than one percent we have ...

A Guide to Zion

Experience Utah's arguably most scenic national park (7 hours from S.D.).

Just don’t get sidetracked in Vegas. That’s the key to arriving in Zion National Park from San Diego within a day with enough daylight left to explore the canyons. The park, located in the southwest ...

Bulgaria in Translation

The wonders of scented toilet paper and much more.

“Wind of Change” by the Scorpions was on Bulgarian radio again. I listened while staring out the window at Sofia’s graffiti-speckled buildings on the taxi ride back to my downtown apartment. The next song sounded ...

Copalis Beach

On the road in Washington state.

There’s only one place to drink in Copalis Beach. The river winds through a short slough to the ocean and, just south (as "just south" as it could be), sits Green Lantern Tavern. The nondescript ...

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Cave at OB's Sunset Cliffs.

Kibuye, Rwanda: Three Days Out of Thirty

MONDAY I could write for hours, but I am toast. The Kibuye stadium is being torn down; the walls are gone and only a portion of the stands remain. It is best that the horrible ...

Isla Mujeres

Sail away from Cancun crowds.

Isla Mujeres, once home to occasional pirates and Mexican fishing families, has become a popular off-the-beaten-path destination for tourists and divers as well as an expat art colony. Many tourists visit the island as a ...

cavasin May 5, 2013 @ 11:54 a.m.

Hi, i'm an Austinite with inlaws in San Diego who sent me this. I hope you didn't come to Austin to eat BBQ and only go to Franklin! if so you missed:

  • Micklethwait's, a few blocks east of Franklin in a trailer: this is the one no one knows about yet. As good or better than Franklin, but more traditional.

  • La Barbeque: google it, it has a semi-scandalous and kind of funny past. it's in a trailer in south Austin and has been there about 8 months i think. Also more traditional.

  • Hays County BBQ in San Marcos: 45 minutes south of Austin and worth the drive. Possibly the best pork ribs on the planet.

  • Kruez, Smitty's, and Black's in Lockhart: 45 minutes southeast of Austin, this is for many of us the old-school bbq mecca. To be honest, with the exception of Kreuz sausage and saurkraut, all of the aforementioned places make better BBQ than the old-school Lockhart places (and believe me i cringe when i hear myself say this) but it's worth the trip to Lockhart for the history and tradition.

If you plan to come back, you might want to see if you can get tix (they sell out quickly) to Texas Monthly's bbq fest in the fall, where you can sample the top 50 (by their ranking) bbqs in Texas.

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The temples of Nara

Ancient Japan at its finest: bronze Buddhas, towering pagodas, sacred (and tame) deer.

In its history as a unified nation, Japan has had three major capitals. Tokyo (the modern capital) and Kyoto (the longest-serving capital) garner most of the international visitors. Tokyo draws those who want to see ...

Isle of Skye, Scotland

Travels in the country's storybook-perfect wild north.

I had been here before. A deep breath of ocean air, a taste of mist, and I was in some beautiful place from my dreams – on the edge of water so still, I forbade ...

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