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7 Things to Love About Texas

7 Things to Love about Texas

Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water sent me a box of Texan products and asked me to share what I love about my home, the great state of Texas. I couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to count the ways I love this state.

I once visited a friend during college in Pennsylvania and met some of her college friends from all over the country. When I shared that I was born and raised in Texas, they laughed and said they’ve noticed Texans were funny. When I inquired why, they said the only students who hung up their state flags were Texan students. This didn’t surprise me. There’s a high level of pride unmatched by other state citizens. And I’m no exception!

To further demonstrate, here are 7 things I love about the Lone Star State.

1. Tacos

Tacos
Tacos from Papalote in Austin, Texas

Because this is a food blog, food comes first on this list. I’ve traveled extensively outside of Texas and our taco game is strong, especially our breakfast tacos! Some of my out of state friends haven’t even experienced the breakfast taco! Here, they revere tacos. You never have to go very far to satisfy a craving.

2. Barbecue

Texas Barbecue
Barbecue from Black’s in Austin

We’re famous for our smoked meats and barbecue sauce. In fact, you can now buy award-winning Texas barbecue sauce online if you don’t live here. Which brings me to 3.

3. Local Products

Tacos

In the gift box from Ozarka, I was happy to see three Texan brands I already admire. I grew up on Ozarka water and Ozarka water delivery and never knew they source from three Texas springs! The other two brands I was familiar with were Yellowbird Sauce, which is great on tacos and eggs, and Snow’s BBQ Sauce, named best barbecue sauce in Texas by Texas Monthly. I broke into both sauces and made breakfast tacos with pork butt. I had my tacos with a bag of flavorful Paqui Tortilla Chips, also gifted in Ozarka’s sample box.

Tacos

Other products included that I’m excited to sample are:
Taste Elevated‘s Sweet & Spicy Mustard Seeds – flavor-packed pearls just tender enough to burst in your mouth
Jelly Queen’s Black Garlic Rosemary BBQ Sauce -handmade in small batches using organic ingredients
Cookwell & Company‘s Queso – cheddar and blue cheeses combined with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, diced jalapeños, and lime juice

4. City Lights

Austin Skyline
Austin,Texas

If it’s urban attractions you’re drawn to, Texas delivers on that too. One of my favorite pastimes is finding pretty cityscapes and photographing them at night. You see, we’re not all desert and country roads.

5. Nature

Enchanted Rock
Enchanted Rock, Fredericksburg, Texas

Speaking of desert, people don’t think lush when they think Texas but there are plenty of pretty views you can drink with your eyes. We have beaches, deserts, lakes, and mountains. I hope to visit Big Bend National Park next year when I visit Marfa, Texas again. Sugarface and I often hike with our dogs at the Greenbelt in Austin. We have beautiful waterfalls and gorgeous gorges. The amount of exploring the great outdoors in Texas you can do is countless.

6. Events and Art and Museum Culture

james Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace in Houston, Texas
photo by Thomas Chen

We have amazing yearly events like Austin City Limits, SXSW, the Houston Rodeo, kite festivals in multiple cities, and annual art shows like Via Colori. Some of my favorite musuems are in Texas, including Museum of Fine Arts Houston. They have an exhibit I plan on taking my parents to this weekend.

7. People


With my bestie, a Texas native, at Tout Suite, Houston TX

Last and dearest in my heart is the people of Texas. We’re a friendly group. We make eye contact with strangers and say hello. We say “sir” and “ma’am”, much to the chagrin to those who think being addressed so formally makes them feel old. We do it not to be antagonistic but because we’re raised to be polite. Really though, a good chunk of my dearest friends were born and raised and still reside in Texas. And because of that, Texas will always have my heart.

Question: What do you love about your home state?

This post was sponsored by Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water and their #FromHereForHere campaign. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  • Yazan Arslan

    Where is #6

    • Ha :) Just added. Will update with photo shortly.

  • jen

    I’m from CA and love the relaxed vibe, diversity, beaches and Spanish influence (esp in San Diego where I grew up). I just moved to Austin and love how Texans are friendly – I love the ‘sir’ and ‘mam’ and the amazing BBQ!

    • Hi Jen! Welcome to Texas. CA is always a feast on the eyes too. I used to go to San Diego for business a few jobs ago and loved the vibe there.

  • FoodieIsTheNewForty

    #7a – GIRL EATS WORLD LIVES HERE!!!

    • Totes thought of you with love when I wrote no. 7!

      • FoodieIsTheNewForty

        <3 <3 <3

  • I have one thing to say as a Californian. Your taco game is strong, but the tortillas used for the tacos are WEAK ;) In CA, it’s ALL about the tortilla, and it makes a HUGE difference. I’ll give Austin 2nd place in the country, though :)

    • P.S. The barbecue, though–OUT OF THIS WORLD GOOD!