Football Time

We all know that football is a big deal here in Texas. High school football is a major event that brings communities together and keeps students focused on staying in school. It attracts people from all different ages and genders, and it's something that is rooted deeply in the Texan lifestyle.

College football is similar to the high school football experience, but it's even more intense. With so many colleges here in Texas that have strong football programs, it could even be said that it's followed more intently than pro football. The $744 average transaction price of a ticket to the A&M vs Alabama game makes this a viable argument (it also makes it the most expensive college football ticket of 2013).

So Texans love football, but with so many teams to keep up with, accidentally missing games is an unfortunate possibility. Thankfully, there are websites such as MaxPreps and ESPN that can keep us organized and informed on when our favorite teams play. So from everyone at TWT, we wish you a happy football season!

Bat Fest

Austin is a city in Texas that is full of fun entertaining things to do at any day of the week. The ninth annual Bat Fest was this past weekend's main attraction for locals and visitors. 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under one of Austin's bridges at dusk.

Over 75 arts & craft vendors were in attendance displaying all sorts of  local artists, fashion sellers, and various other vendors that welcomed the city of Austin's most artistic. Almost all of the artists or private vendors were from Austin or very close. The city is very well known for supporting local artists and even local food and their most popular non-chain restaurants throughout the area.

Many of the booths includes coasters that were customized to be identifiable with your favorite Austin experiance or place with icons like popular graffiti in the area and the city's most famous food trucks and pit stops.

The Bat Fest also included what they call the Bike Zoo which was a new attraction this year. Biking is one of the most popular recreational activities in Austin. Probably the two most popular things in Austin, being weird and riding bikes come together to form a bat bicycle brought to you by the most creative depths of Texas.

One of our favorite local bands played at the Bat Fest. The Quiet Company was noticed by Tumbleweed Texstyles in Marfa for Viva Big Bend earlier in the summer. We made sure to check them out again at the Bat Fest and of course they were better than ever! Of course the Quiet Company never disappoints the crowd either with their unique musical additions and overall style. Be sure to check them out as soon as you can, their music is well worth it.

At around 8 or so, when the sky slowly started dimming into dusk bats broke through the crevasses of the bridge wildly and dived out from under the bridge smoothly and fiercely, not one ever bumping into another. The sheer quantity that spilled from the cracks of their concrete home was almost only believable if you could see them for yourself.

Antique Alley Texas

Texas’ rich culture can be seen in many aspects of Texas life. The food, the music, and the overall lifestyle in Texas are all enriched by the history of this great state. Texas has long been a place where communities form with members from different parts of the U.S., and even different parts of the world. This rich diversity is very much prominent in one of Texas’ greatest traditions: the antique market / flea market. This is where pieces from different generations and different areas of the globe come together and tell a story about where they came from, and how they ended up in the Lone Star State.

There are many antique markets all across Texas. Some smaller local events are monthly, and some larger events are semiannual. One great market that is well worth the look is the Antique Alley Texas. This semiannual event takes place across 37 miles of scenic and quaint country roads about 35 miles south of Fort Worth. It spans four towns including Grandview, Itasca, Maypearl, and Cleburne. There is enough in this Texas sized event to keep you entertained for an entire weekend and more. There are traditional antiques for sale as well as great food, art, and even classic automobiles. You can drive along the highway and stop at various stands along the 37 miles. There is truly something for everyone, and you never know what you will find, or what interesting story the pieces around may have. Mark your calendars and bring a friend with a truck, the next two shows take place September 20-22, and April 18-20.

Films Filmed in TX - Part 1: AUSTIN

Films shot in ATX:

1) Dazed and Confused - IMDB >>
Matthew McConaughey   Photo Credit >>
The adventures of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school, in May of 1976.  imdb >>



Toney Burger - Sunset Valley (Football stadium near end of film)

Bedichek MS - (Robert E Lee HS)

Top Notch Restaurant - 7525 Burnet Rd Austin, TX (Hamburger Place)

West Enfield Park in ATX - (Party Scene)

2) Kill Bill Volume I
- IMDB >>

Uma Thurman      Photo Credit >>
The Bride wakens from a four-year coma. The child she carried in her womb is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her - a team she was once part of.


3) Office Space - IMDB >>

Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Initech Building - 4120 Freidrich Lane - (exterior shots)

Alligator Grille on South Lamar - (Chotchkie's)


4) Spy Kids - IMDb >>

The children of secret-agent parents must save them from danger.




5) Hope Floats - IMDb >>

Sandra Bullock & Harry Connick,Jr.
Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.



200 Main Street - (Snappy Snaps)

Former Honey's Diner - (Diner)

Smithville Elementary - (School)

Huebel's Bier Garden - (Bar)

201 E. Eighth St - (Birdee's Mom's House)

Watterson Hall - (Cherry Hill Dance Hall)


6) Varsity Blues - IMDb >>

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the... See full summary »



The Landing Strip - (Strip Club)

N Main Street - Elgin's Square - (West Canaan Town Ctr)

Georgetown HS Stadium - (Eagle Stadium)

Top Notch - (Drive-in)


Most Popular:

1. Lonesome Dove (1989)
2. Sin City (2005)
3. Spy Kids (2001), (2002), (2003), and (2011)
4. Wire in the Blood (2002)
5. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
6. Route 66 (1960)
7. Office Space (1999)
8. Mortal Kombat (1995)
9. Miss Congeniality (2000)
10. Grindhouse (2007)
11. Blood Simple (1984)
12. 25th Hour (2002)
13. True Grit (2010)
14. Murderball (2005)
15. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
16. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
17. Friday the 13th (2009)
18. Dazed and Confused (1993)
19. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
20. Hope Floats (1998)
21. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), (2003), and (2006)22. American Outlaws (2001)23. Lolita (1997)
24. Friday Night Lights (2004)
25. The Rookie (2002)
26. Where the Heart is (2000)
27. The Whole Wide World (1996)
28. Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
29. Outlaw Blues (1977)
30. Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
31. Varsity Blues (1999)
32. The Newton Boys (1998)
33. Michael (1996)
34. Courage Under Fire (1996)
35. Home Fries (1998)


Some of the Others - Alphabetical Order

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D
Beneath the Darkness
Casey Jones (film)
Cherry Bomb (film)
Computer Chess (film)
D.O.A. (1988 film)
Dazed and Confused (film)
Death Proof
The Faculty
Fast Food Nation (film)
The Happy Poet
Heartbreak Hotel (film)
The Hunters (2011 film)
Kill Bill Volume 1
The King (2005 film)
Machete (film)
Machete Kills
Man of the House (2005 crime comedy film)
Mortal Kombat (film)
Nadine (1987 film)
The Newton Boys
Office Space
Open Windows (film)
Planet Terror
Plastic Utopia
The Quiet
Red Headed Stranger (film)
Red, White & Blue (film)
The Return (2006 film)
Saturday Morning Mystery
A Scanner Darkly (film)
Sin City (film)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Slacker (film)
The Soul Collector
Spy Kids
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
SubUrbia (film)
Temple Grandin (film)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
The Underneath (film)
Untitled Terrence Malick project
Waking Life
The Wendell Baker Story
The Whole Shootin' Match

The Franklin Barbecue Experience

What BBQ line do you know that starts at 6:30am on a Saturday morning? If you guessed the unmistakable Franklin BBQ in Austin you correct! We didn't get there at 6:30 in the morning however. We arrived to contribute to the ever growing line at around 8:20 that morning and discovered that once Franklin opened at 11am we would have about an hour wait ahead of us but we were pretty much guaranteed the best BBQ you could find.

Getting closer to the main entrance! 

At around 9 in the morning Franklin BBQ associates would let us know about how long the wait would be and took estimated orders to insure the amount of meat being served would be enough. Sitting on the concrete in the early hours wasn't bad to start because the Texas heat takes a break from causing heat strokes in the mornings. But once 10:01am came around the corner so did the unforgivable Texas heat, but we were fully prepared and brought umbrellas and refreshments because we knew what to expect. Others opted to find additional shelter from the unforgivable Texas sun posted up near parked cars because the line went through and around the parking lot. Now Franklin BBQ doesn't open until 11am and it closes whenever they are completely sold out of products, at this time a sign that no one want to see is displayed in the window. 

Vintage looking signs like this were displayed throughout the restraunt

The associates are efficient and provide the best customer service even before the doors open. A couple of times before the doors opened a associate would walk down the line selling $2 Lone stars and $3 local beers including Shiner beers as well as a variety of different refreshments which were also available for cash purchase.

Shiner Beers shines bright at Franklin
Lone Star Beer was popular with the crowd

During our wait we counted about 5 huge BBQ pits that were parked behind the establishment. Old school country music filled the tin shade top just about an hour before opening that correlated perfectly with the environment of the restaurant. Aaron Franklin himself was spotted sporting our Texas BBQ shirt! We were lucky enough to snag a quick picture of him.

Aaron Franklin sporting the Texas BBQ TWT shirt

4 Tipsy Texans and 1 lb of brisket later we had our fill of Austin's most prided BBQ joint! Whenever
you are in town be sure to stop by Franklin BBQ. If you love barbecue as much as we do we guarantee you wont regret it.

Actors Born in Texas

Actors and Actresses Made in Texas:

Matthew McConaugheyUvalde, Texas

Jennifer Love Hewitt - Waco, Texas
Forest Whitaker - Longview, Texas
Jennifer Garner - Houston, Texas
Dennis Quaid - Houston, Texas
Jamie Foxx - Terrell, Texas
Alexis Bledel - Houston, Texas

Gary Busey -  Goose Creek, Texas
Tommy Lee Jones - San Saba, Texas
Owen Wilson - Dallas, Texas
Renee Zellweger - Katy, Texas
Larry HagmanFort Worth, Texas

Ethan Hawke - Austin, Texas
Selena Gomez - Grand Prairie, Texas
Matt Bomer - Spring, Texas

Eva Longoria - Corpus Christi, Texas
Woody Harrelson - Midland, Texas
Jim Parsons - Houston, Texas

More actors and actresses from the Great state of Texas >>

The Cliftex Experience

The movie theater has long been an American staple. The movies offer an escape from the stresses of everyday life, and during summer they allow one to get away from the hot Texas sun and cool down with an iced soda. The movie theater has evolved as time has passed since they have gotten bigger, more complex, and more expensive. These modern theaters are a great feat of modern engineering, but they also lack much of the character of the theaters from yesteryear.

The Cliftex, located in Clifton, Texas, is the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Texas. Opened to the public in 1916, it offers a throwback to simpler times. The cinema plays a single movie at one time since there is only one screen in the theater. Admission is affordably priced, and five dollars will buy you popcorn and a drink. The interior and exterior of Cliftex reflects its rich, nearly century long history with many original art deco features. Interestingly, Cliftex still embraces the use of intermission in their showings. Before April 2011, 35 mm film was still in use at Cliftex, and therefore intermission was necessary for reel film changes. Although 35 mm film is no longer used today, the tradition of intermission is still maintained.

This charismatic movie theater keeps many Texas and cinematic traditions alive and accessible to the public. Located only about 45 minutes from Waco, it is well worth a trip down to Clifton to get a genuine 20th century small town Texas cinema experience.  

Tasty Tuesdays: Texas Salsa

We are Texans. You know what that means? We love GREAT food and we love salsa! It's true but many times Texans get caught up in the many faces of fried food art. Healthy choices are often compromised for flavor. Here is a super easy recipe that anyone can do and enjoy virtually guilt-free.

Pico de Gallo is super easy and it is where health and satisfaction harmonize.

6 Diced Roma Tomatoes (If you are making a lot)

1/4 diced Red Onion

1  diced Garlic clove

1 diced Full jalapeno

2-3 chopped Chives

1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves

1/2 a lime

Salt and Pepper to taste

 Mix and enjoy! If you want to keep the healthy motif going then replace those corn chips with some Beanitos. Gluten free bean chips!

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