Winners 2018 Frank X Tolbert Wick Fowler Original Terlingua Chili Cook Off

It’s been five long years since we visited Terlingua, Texas to soak in the hospitality, eat a few gallons of chili, and take in what many have called the Mardi Gras of the Borderlands. That part of Texas is one of the prettiest places on earth.

And after a few thousand Texas chili freaks get a headful of Mexican dirt weed, tequila and Lone Star it can get downright dangerous what with all the spontaneous gun shooting and hell raising going on. The Saturday night of the Terlingua chili cook off can sound like New Orleans’ 9th Ward on a weekend night.

We used to joke that if you showed up at the chili shootout without a gun you were issued one.

We now live a 15 hour drive from Terlingua and lord knows when we’ll be able to take a week off work to make the drive back out to the ghost town of Brewster County.

Last weekend was the 52nd editions of the Frank X Tolbert Wick Fowler Original Terlingua Chili Cook Off. Here are the winners:

1st Place – Becky Daniels, Midlothian, Texas

2nd Place – Sherril Lazarus, San Angelo, Texas

3rd Place – Terry Wright, Lockhart, Texas

Highland Park Drive In is on the Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail

It’s a drive straight out of National Geographic.

Leaving Corbin, Kentucky and heading southbound toward Williamsburg on the “the old road” Hwy 26 offers a look into the new and old of Appalachia. There are solidly built brick homes, trailers mouldering into the earth, rushing creeks, burned down hulks of old houses, and tidy woodframe bungalows with pea gravel drives. more

Turducken from Chris Specialty Meat

If you don’t have the time, energy or technique to produce your own turducken for the holiday season we have compiled a list of area butchers who are happy to provide the service for you. They’re not cheap but all bets are off when uncle Bob and aunt Marge are driving in from out of state. more

Field Report: 2018 Sudan Social Aid and Pleasure Club Second Line

We’ll update this post as the day goes by….Sudan went all out yesterday. The old s&p put on the best roll of this young season, and Da Truth Brass Band were in the trees, just tearing heads off. It was the best set I’ve ever seen them play, and I’ve seen them over a hundred times. Continue Reading

9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

There are a thousand things to love about New Orleans second lines but one of the finest parts is the age range. You have little kids so small they can’t yet walk, and you have the old timers who can no longer walk but wheel along in their wheelchairs.