On The Best Restaurants In America Are Not That Expensive

The reason a lot of people hadn't heard of Snow's is because it's been open just over a decade. I think it opened around 2003, and it leapfrogged to the top of the Texas Monthly Barbecue list in 2008 (around the time that article was written). That same year it got a designation of "best restaurant in the world" by The Guardian or New Yorker or some other foreign publication, I think. Tootsie, the owner, was the janitor at the local high school, but she'd been training under Gerald, at the City Meat Market in Giddings, for years. Snow's is only open on Saturday. Currently, of course, the top of the list belongs to Franklin's in Austin, which again isn't that old. Though Killen's in Houston is making some serious waves. To keep current on the rapidly changing barbecue atmosphere in Texas, I highly recommend the Texas Monthly barbecue app. Though it also helps to have a Texan friend (preferably non-vegetarian, though even they know what's going on in the world of barbecue).

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 11:14 am 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@garli That's how we did it. We lived together for years, talking about it for a long time before finally deciding that yeah, we're going to get married. No one really asked the other, it was just the conclusion of a series of discussions. At some point we started making wedding plans, but right around the time we were going to announce to family the date, his brother picked the same month. So we postponed, because it really wasn't that big of a deal. At his brother's rehearsal, his stepmom asked us if we were ever going to do it, and instead of our usual "yeah, we're thinking about it" for some reason I said, "probably this time next year." The next thing we knew, his brother went to every table at the rehearsal saying "My brother got engaged!" When we got home we figured we called my parents and his mom. So we got accidentally engaged in a really romantic setting at sunset in Jamaica. Six months later, we went to an antique store together, and when I went all googly eyed over a sapphire, he got it for me. We got married six months after that.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:48 am 0

On Would You Be More Likely to Freeze Your Eggs If It Were a Work Benefit?

I'm 41 and had an MRI this morning as part of the fertility process after almost three years of trying to get pregnant (and succeeding, only to miscarry at 9 weeks). If I'd known how hard it would be to have a kid later in life, I totally would have banked some eggs. One thing my reproductive endocrinologist told me was that 40 year olds who get eggs from 25 year olds have the same chance of conceiving as 25 year olds. 40 year olds using their 40 year old eggs have the chances of 40 year olds. HOWEVER, IVF (well, all fertility services, but especially IVF) isn't cheap, even with your own eggs, so a company that offers this service should also be willing to pony up insurance coverage for infertility.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm 0

On Ditch the "To Do" List & Other Productivity Tips

@readyornot Me too! I'm a health policy geek, so my response would have been about seven scrolls. :D

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:08 am 1

On Ditch the "To Do" List & Other Productivity Tips

I liked Austin Frakt's list over a the Incidental Economist a lot better. http://theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/how-do-you-do-it-all/

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 11:42 am 0

On WWYD: Judging Friends for Being Broke and Wanting to Have a Baby

There's no such thing as a good time to have a kid.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:46 am 1

On You Never Leave Houston

@shopgirl I'm not saying it's easy. I'm saying people do it. All the time.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On You Never Leave Houston

@StanislausBabalistic My husband doesn't have a car. He's been here six and a half years. My sister's boyfriend doesn't have a car. He's been here seven.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm 3

On You Never Leave Houston

I love this town so much. I grew up here, and I've lived here 33 of my 41 years. I tried exotic places like California and England, but Houston kept luring me back. I live in Montrose and am 20 minutes from anywhere I want to be. There are so many wonderful people in this town, and I live and work right in the middle of it all.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm 3

On My Last $100: A Crawfish Boil And Its Aftermath

@Natalie I have consistently been happy with BBs (the one on Westheimer and Montrose), as well as Little Woodrows on Shepherd. Also, LA Crawfish is AWESOME Viet-Cajun crawfish.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 11:38 am 0