The Lone Star state, featuring hundreds of cities and towns, offers a diverse and vibrant culture unlike any other area in the USA. From the music-scene in Austin to the sports town of Dallas to the delicious BBQ in Houston - Texas culture is rich and deep. Travelers need a window into the area before they visit - and in steps knowledgable and talented bloggers and writers, native Texans most, to fill that void.
There were many talented writers to choose from, but here we've presented our list of the top Texas-based bloggers to follow:
A Taste of Koko: "My name is Jane and I love to eat and cook, but mostly just eat. As much as I love to eat, read cookbooks, go food shopping, experiment with new recipes, and host dinners for dear friends and family - I am not a professional chef. A Taste of Koko was launched in early 2010 and is my way of combining my passions for food and photography, as well as the city I currently live in, Austin TX, my occasional travel experiences, and all things delicious."
A Time to Kale: "While I'm always on the hunt for an indulgent new restaurant to try and I love treating myself to a glass of wine or four, health and fitness are important to me. I try to come up with satisfying, creative, and nutritious recipes so my friends and I can cook & eat healthily on a regular basis... which is how I started blogging and sharing my recipes after college in 2008. I'm originally from the west coast but I've lived in Austin, Texas since March 2012, around the time I started this site. I work in hospitality/culinary marketing & events, and in my spare time I also write and manage social media for national-level food blog Endless Simmer and I'm the 2015 Marketing Chair for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance. Some of my favorite things to cook with/eat/drink are avocado, champagne, watermelon, coconut, kombucha, spicy Thai food, sushi, red wine, and salted caramel. I live with my boyfriend and our shepherd-retriever mix puppy and besides all things food, I love to travel, host dinner parties (okay, that's also food), exercise, and marathon good/bad TV shows. Want to chat? You can drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!"
Alamo City Moms Blog: "We are passionate about the San Antonio community and the moms who live here, and our goal is to make this big city that we all live in feel just a little bit smaller. By using both our website as well as various social media outlets, we are able to keep you up to date on family friendly activities around town, provide advice on parenting and motherhood, and encourage each of you to get out and explore all that our wonderful city has to offer!"
Que Means What?: "Melanie Mendez-Gonzales is an online media entrepreneur and the creator of ¿Qué Means What? – a leading Latina lifestyle blog featuring cultura in entertainment – featuring Latinos in TV, movies and music; education – providing resources and highlighting Latinos in STEM; and family life – story-telling as a wife and a mom of boys. ¿Qué Means What? originally served as a platform where Melanie shared about the re-discovery of her Mexican-American heritage. Growing up, she felt a disconnection but she has turned this ‘culture identity crisis’ into a conversation that encourages others to celebrate their own culture in daily life. Melanie has been named a 2014 American Latino Expedition Influencer by National Park Foundation; a Top Bloguera by LATISM in 2014 and 2013; and an SA2020 ambassador for her city. She recently co-founded Texas Latino Bloggers – an online community to empower the Latino voices in Texas."
Robb Walsh Texas Eats: "Once called “the Indiana Jones of food writers,” Texan Robb Walsh has developed a cult of devoted readers who have ridden shotgun with him on his obsessive culinary adventures–from the quest for the perfect cup of coffee, to barbecue battles, to Dr Pepper bootleggers."
SA Flavor: "SA Flavor is an online blog that showcases the best that San Antonio has to offer. Primarily focused on the restaurants and food in San Antonio, the site has evolved to cover different culture, news and events in the Alamo City. First started in 2009 by Garrett Heath, SA Flavor is one of the longest running independent blogs in the city. While Garrett has a self-professed love for all things Tex-Mex and covered in gravy, he tries to get out of his comfort zone and explore new things as well. SA Flavor also welcomes contributors who want to showcase some of their best finds in the city."
San Antonio Tourist: "I love to travel, and I love to write about traveling. Since my gallivanting budget is limited, I’ve decided to become a tourist in my own town, San Antonio, Texas, which happens to be one of the most beautiful, historic and romantic cities on the planet. It is my hope that this blog will help visitors and natives get off of the beaten track and make the most of San Antonio."
Southern Fairytale: Rachel Matthews is the publisher of A Southern Fairytale, a food blog and journal of her happily-ever-after with one cowboy boot wearin’, Harley ridin’,Texan Prince Charming and their two 8th generation Texan children. Since 2008, Rachel has been sharing her favorite family recipes, stories, and photographs on her blog, which has received accolades from Babble, Southern Living, Williams-Sonoma, Social Luxe to name a few and was featured in the Think Food cookbook and the e-cookbook 50 bloggers, 50 favorite recipes. Rachel’s ability to tell stories through words, photos, and food has earned her both a large and loyal online audience and long-term relationships as both Blog Ambassador and Recipe Developer with major food brands include Zatarain’s, Bush’s Beans, Pillsbury, California Avocado Commission, and Minute Maid. She hosts a weekly recipe roundup called Mouthwatering Mondays, writes for Babble Voices, and served 3 years as Blissfully Domestic’s Food Bliss Editor. When Rachel isn’t writing, cooking, or taking pictures with her Canon, you can find her in a cute pair of boots, belly- laughing with friends and her family."
Texas Tripper: "We're Paris Permenter & John Bigley, a husband-wife team of bestselling Texas guidebook authors. We hope you'll join us (and often our dogs) on this journey around our home state!"
Galveston Island has a rich history and a lot of fun, laid back things to do as a family. Head to the Port of Galveston and for all the fishing and crabbing you can handle along with a walking pier. East Beach, the biggest beach in Texas, has shops and dining venues galore - plus you can catch an outdoor concert there too. The major attraction in Galveston is the Lone Star Flight Museum which will make any military or historical aircraft lover squeal with excitement. Visit the Moody Gardens to experience a rainforest-like, adventure & theme park situated inside massive pyramids. If you have any more energy, get wet and wild at the award-winning Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark.
In the late 1800s Galveston was given the nickname the “Playground of the South”. More than a century later, this island oasis continues to live up to its reputation. Galveston is a 32 mile stretch of island off the coast of Texas that offers vacationers the very best in beaches, family attractions, historical architecture, shopping, dining, and cruising. Although it feels a world away from the mainland, Galveston is only a 50 minute drive from Houston, the fourth largest city in the US.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is a retired drilling rig that provides visitors an entertaining, hands-on experience where they can learn all about the offshore oil and gas industry. The self-guided museum has three floors of exhibits, equipment, models, and interactive displays.
For those interested in the macabre, check out quirky The Witchery which sells tarot cards, sugar skulls, spell books and more. You can check out Murdoch's Bath House for a more traditional souvenir shop. For some culture, check out the Grand 1894 Opera House which still features Broadway show, concerts and more on a nightly basis. Lastly, Pleasure Pier is a fantastic place for families with shops, eating, neon lights, and some carnival rides.
Galveston’s warm breezes and temperate climate make their beaches a year round attraction and a hot spot for outdoor activities. When you’re not lounging on the beautiful gulf beaches, you and your family can enjoy Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. 51 years after the landmark was destroyed by Hurricane Carla, Pleasure Pier reopened in 2012. This nostalgic playground features a wide range of attractions from the classic double decker carousel and ferris wheel to more modern rides like the lron Shark Rollercoaster and the Texas Star Flyer, a 200-foot tall swing ride recognized as the tallest in Texas.
In recent years the Port of Galveston has become a major hub for cruise lines, making Galveston a popular stop on the way to Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. If you’re looking for a slightly shorter ride, the Galveston Island Ferry to the Bolivar peninsula is also a very popular attraction. Ferry riders can park their car, or drive aboard. Best of all, this fifteen to twenty minute ride is absolutely free. Also, history buffs will appreciate the multimedia presentation of “The Great Storm”, a documentary chronicling the Hurricane of 1900 at the Pier 21 Theatre.
If you’re planning a trip to the Gulf, look no further than the “Playground of the South.” Visit Galveston, Texas today!
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