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Howdy, friends! Here's your news updates for this week:
In Your Neck of the Woods:
This Texas City was featured in the New York Times "How a Remote Town in Texas Became One of America's Fastest-Growing Cities"... see what The Chronicle thinks about it here
Galveston's Famous Sandcastle Contest is back in action!
This San Antonio wine tour is in the rankings with Napa, California
What to expect at Wurstfest this year
If you missed it, Beyoncé released a Texas-inspired clothing collection (feat. both mens & womens clothing and shoes!)
McDonalds competing with Krispy Kreme? No way.
Friendly PSA: You can now be fined for releasing baloons in Galveston
The Furry Friend Weeklies:
Imgine hopping on your SWA flight to find out you're sitting next to a live bald eagle...
Horse escapes racetrack and hits the highway in Kentucky
Until next week... stay newsy my friends.
This week we are going back to savory with sliders! I had been skipping out on Little Beast Slider Co in Austin, TX for quite some time, and I think it’s because they moved to a new location that is more downtown. I have a fear of never finding parking, but I got over it! I went during lunch time and I found parking directly across the street at the meter. There were also a couple of other metered parking spots around too, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Little Beast Slider Co is a food truck that is living it’s best food truck life next to the Key Bar on W 6th street. The food truck is out in the open, but there is plenty of covered seating available to get out of the heat.
I don’t know why I didn’t go to Little Beast sooner though y’all. I ordered three sliders, one with chicken, and the other two were the regular hamburger sliders. Let’s talk about the hamburger ones first. Not only were they juicy, but they were well seasoned! One thing I don’t like about a lot of places is that they don’t season their patties enough, but at Little Beast, there is so much flavour in the patty alone. And, even though they are sliders, the three sliders I had filled me up to the brim, and I want to say that’s because of the deliciously fluffy buns that they used.
While the buns were on the thicker slide, they didn’t overpower or cover up the quality toppings on the slider. I think it was a great ratio of bread to ingredients, while also keeping me full. Speaking of toppings, I added pickles,tomato, cheese, lettuce, and grilled onions to my tiny burgers. I wanted to keep it simple to get the full flavor of everything, but they have more toppings you can add, and the more you add the fuller you will be!
Okay, I want to talk about the chicken slider now. Y'all. Y ‘ A L L. When I went up to the food truck I ordered what I thought would be good, and then I asked the gentleman working the truck what he would recommend, and he recommended a chicken slider. I was hesitant because I wasn’t looking to have a chick-fil-a chicken mini for lunch, but I went with his recommendation anyways because he seemed very confident. The frickin chicken slider is Where. It. Is. AT! Get the chicken slider. Get the chicken slider. GET THE CHICKEN SLIDER!
The chicken is so wonderfully breaded and seasoned to perfection. The breading was crispy and added a nice change of texture to the slider. I did the same toppings minus the cheese, and it paired so well with the pickles and tomato. The acidity of the pickle and the juiciness of the chicken complimented each other while the tomato added a nice sweetness to the whole affair. If you get anything at Little Beast Slider Co, you need to get the chicken slider with all your favorite toppings! In fact, when I go back, that is exactly what I will be getting.
I hope y’all have the chance to try them out, but until next week, I hope you eat something delicious!
5 endangered species in Texas that I would like to keep around… because they look...so cute…
Texas Kangaroo Rat
I mean just look at this little dude! They're super small and are only found along a specific area of the Red River. Due to their boujee real estate needs they can’t really go anywhere else, so as their habitats get disturbed they go down in population.
2. Attawater’s prairie chicken
Orange you glad we have these in Texas? Those little oranges they have in their cheeks are actually to push out air to create a boom sound that can be heard across the tall grasses of the coastal prairie. Once again habitat destruction is the reason that these guys are endangered, only made worse by Hurricane Harvey. Taking the once millions of prairie chickens to less than 100.
They may look like a cute version of Smeagol from Lord of the Rings, but these guys are “precious”. This medium sized wild cat that just enjoys doing fun cat things in trees during the middle of the night just like my house cat. But once again due to habitat destruction, and poaching these whiskered misfits are highly endangered.
4. Whooping Crane
Or as I like to call them … the “Texas Flamingo” are some long legged dumb-dumbs, and i can relate to that. Being the tallest bird in North America doesn't help it survive habitat loss, or protect it from overpopulated bobcats.
5. San Marcos Salamander
I DIDN'T KNOW TEXAS HAD ITS OWN AXOLOTL! Why did nobody tell me that these sweet freshwater bois were in trouble??!?! Reduced water flow from the San Marcos river to the runoff of Spring River is causing these adorable little water noodles to decrease in population. They’re only found in Spring River, so this is especially troubling.
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