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New Book Shows Astros Kept Cheating After 2018

AJ Hinch #14 of the Houston Astros looks on during batting practice prior to Game Seven of the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas.Remember how offended former Astros manager A. J. Hinch pretended to be in 2019, when reporters asked him to respond to accusations that his team was cheating during the American League Championship Series against the Yankees? “It’s a joke,” he said at one point in a rambling response that we can now look back on and appreciate for its fake outrage and sheer gall. It was a performance Meryl Streep could admire. In other words, shame on us for asking. As if to emphasize that point, Hinch finished with a mic drop: “That will be the last question I answer about pitch tipping or pitch stealing.” Off with your heads, rodents. Had he risen from his chair and stomped out of the room, the moment might…View Original Post

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Burning Questions With Fargo’s Pit BBQ

Fargo’s Pit BBQ first entered the Texas Monthly barbecue scene back in 2013, when pitmaster Alan Caldwell first showed us his straight-shooting character in an interview with barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn. It wasn’t until the next year that Alan even allowed us a look at his mysterious pit—you’ll understand why he kept it secret. But since then, Fargo’s Pit BBQ has found a home on our Top 50 list and holds its spot as a fan favorite. Tell me about the first person who taught you about barbecue.  My father’s father. Do you remember a backyard or a barbecue joint that started your barbecue obsession?  Same place I first discovered barbecue: my grandparents’ backyard. What message are you trying to share to your customers through…View Original Post

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At Aquiares in Costa Rica, a Model for Carbon Negativity through Agroforestry

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As climate change continues to affect global agricultural systems, it is imperative that coffee producers and consumers alike progress towards sustainable solutions. There are countless examples of innovation in environmental…

La primera competencia de baristas en Baja: una arena de talentos y oportunidades

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Por Mara Magaña Fotografías por Juan José Sánchez La adversidad siempre exige lo mejor de las comunidades, por ello la comunidad cafetera de la región de Baja California en México…

Recipe: A Spicy Spring Cocktail With West Texas Roots

The desert plant and pepper cocktail.The first time Jerram Rojo encountered a radish was in the dirt. The bartender, who grew up in Marfa, was five years old and completely enamored of the vegetables growing in his grandfather’s garden—so much so that he decided to uproot every plant he could wrap his tiny fingers around. “The garden was thriving,” he says. “There were carrots and radishes and all sorts of things like that. I remember pulling them all out. As a kid, you like the soil, and getting dirty, and tugging on the stems.” Rojo doesn’t recall returning to the garden after that incident. (His overeager plucking may have played a part in that.) But radishes were always present in the ground around him. It wasn’t uncommon to spot the…View Original Post

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A Texan’s Guide to the Kansas City Taco Scene

kansas city tacosTexas and Kansas have more in common than you might think. One great example is architectural: German-born American urban planner George Kessler designed Dallas’s sprawling art deco Fair Park, home of the State Fair of Texas and its insane fried food. Kessler also designed Kansas City, Missouri’s Paseo Boulevard, one of the Midwestern metropolis’s first major thoroughfares. The 122-year-old road wends its way along river-view bluffs and is studded with parks and landmarks. The Paseo, as it is colloquially known, is named for Mexico City’s Paseo de la Reforma. The picturesque boulevard cuts a swath through Mexico’s capital and is home to icons such as the towering, golden Angel of Independence statue.  Kessler is but one link connecting Kansas, Texas, and Mexico. There is also…View Original Post

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