You come at the king, you best not miss. So it goes on "The Wire," so it goes in the world of margaritas. Movie star/Austin institution Matthew McConaughey and his margarita recipe are no exception.
The concoction of tequila and lime juice (and some other stuff) is the lifeblood of many a Texas turn-up, so it’s no surprise that one of Texas’ most lively characters has his own recipe. McConaughey revealed how to make his version of a margarita alongside Food Network host Guy Fieri on a 2010 episode of "Guy’s Big Bite." The drink is called the "Just Keep Livin’ Margarita" — because branding is a great way to stay ahead of the pack in the era of late capitalism — and I came across it on food website Delish’s "Celebrity Snackdown" video series, in an installment from May.
The celebrity with whom McConaughey smacked down for boozy dominance was the very man whose name conjures an instant limey flavor on your tongue when you hear his name: "Margaritaville" singer and restaurant entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett.
In Delish’s taste-test, spoilers, Buffett’s just-about-as-traditional-as-you-could-be-without-actually-being-in-Mexico recipe won with its classic mix — tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sugar and water, shaken over ice and poured in a lime-and-salt-rimmed glass. You’ve had this margarita, whether affiliated with the parrothead life or not.
McConaughey’s margarita, I’d wager, is not something you’ve had at your local Tex-Mex joint. It has a splash of cranberry juice in it.
Hey. Hey, you’re gonna be OK. Stop hyperventilating.
Key building blocks for the classic margarita — tequila and lime juice — are present in the "Dazed and Confused" actor’s beverage, but there are a few fruity twists. That cranberry juice, for one, plus citrus soda (Orangina is recommended) and an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier (which isn’t that uncommon of a variation, as any Austinite who goes to happy hour can tell you).
The moral of the story is that the taste-testers in Delish’s video called McConaughey’s margarita recipe "weird" and "really tart." One taste-tester went so far as to say "You’re from Texas. Shame on you." Buffett knows what the people want, it turns out.
Well, I’d drink it. Weird is good. If anyone can appreciate that, it’s Austin.
Surely he is bad at something
Listen, just because Colt McCoy can throw a pigskin like nobody’s business doesn’t mean that he can do the job of a hard-working Tiff’s Treats employee.
Oh, what? What’s that? I’m sorry, I’ve just been informed that, yes, the former Texas Longhorns star and current quarterback for the NFL team from Washington, D.C., can in fact sling fresh, hot cookies far better than any of us mere mortals could ever hope.
On Thursday, the Austin-based cookie company released a new ad starring McCoy performing some stunts that most Tiff’s employees probably don’t see on their job description. It involves throwing. Throwing everything. Throwing balls of dough over his shoulder to land in place on a cookie sheet. Throwing a cookie box up onto a shelf (again, into place) without looking. Flinging a cookie into its box with a spatula from several feet away. You get the picture. You can watch the commercial on YouTube to see the whole show, if you want to feel bad about yourself.
After a week (and a month) packed tight with triple-digit temperatures, including an oppressive days-long hot streak of the mercury breaking 100, we have some news for you. It’s going to get cold again.
Maybe "cold" is underselling it. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, which uses a formula developed in 1818 to make long-range weather predictions, this year’s oncoming winter season will be anything but mild.
For Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, the almanac predicts "stinging cold, average precipitation." However, during the month of December, above-normal precipitation is expected in the South. The almanac also predicts that heavy rain will kick off fall in Texas in early October and bring with it lower temperatures along the Gulf Coast.
The Farmers’ Almanac warns that "teeth-chattering" cold is expected nationwide and that significant snowfalls are expected for parts of every zone in the country.
Much like this summer heat, this year’s winter will be persistent. The country isn’t expected to shake the cold conditions until the official start of spring. The transition between the two is expected to feature an abundance of wintry precipitation.
— Amanda O’Donnell, American-Statesman staff
Maybe go Dutch
So you like somebody. And maybe they like you, too. And you want to take them out.
Well, it’ll cost you.
According to 24/7 Wall Street, the average cost of a date in the United States is $102.32 — and it’s even pricier in Texas, with an average cost of $110.99 for a date.
Bear in mind, the cost calculation is based on the assumption that a "date" means dinner for two, a bottle of wine and two movie tickets, so when you consider those factors, the $111 figure isn’t that surprising. But the cost of a date can vary: Is this a first date with somebody you’re trying to impress or a more casual date with somebody you’ve been seeing for a while? Is dinner at a nice restaurant or somewhere more low key? Are we buying wine at the restaurant, or are you snagging a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck on the way home? It’s all relative, folks.
Despite the data depending heavily on the cost of a traditional dinner-and-a-movie date (do people actually even do that anymore?), 24/7 Wall Street does include a handy date suggestion: "Hit one of the Lone Star State’s numerous rodeo events, with tickets ranging from around $50 to $150." OK, sure. That’s pretty much the grown-up equivalent of somebody finding out you’re from Texas and asking if you rode your horse to school.
Regardless of this study, dating can be expensive, not to mention difficult — Match.com’s annual "Singles in America" study surveyed more than 5,000 singles and revealed users think men in Austin are the "worst-behaved" singles in the country. And according to a new study earlier this year, Texas is the 19th worst (or 32nd best, depending on whether your glass is half-full or half-empty) state for dating. But there are plenty of dating services looking to change the conversation around dating, including a fewAustin-based apps.
— Katey Psencik, American-Statesman staff
Despite holding steady at a solid 3.2 on IMDb, an 8 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and many, many scorched-earth bad reviews, last summer’s "The Emoji Movie" grossed a total of $86,089,513 domestically and made almost twice that much overseas, according to Box Office Mojo. It’s also Texas’ favorite "bad" movie, according to a new study from internet service provider Century Link.
The Louisiana-based company took a look at Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb and the Razzie Awards to find the most popular, lowest scoring movies of all time. That data was then cross-checked with Google Trends information to see which movies were searched for most in each state.
The results are full of terrible movies. There are no "so bad it’s good" films here — they’re all bad. And Texas’ favorite? "The Emoji Movie."
The 2017 summer smash hit starred comedian T.J. Miller and was apparently immune to *insert poop emoji here* reviews. It’s also the favorite "bad" movie of nine other states and Washington, D.C.
As is the case with most other lists of its ilk, many states chose "bad" movies that were either set in-state or had close ties to the state. For instance, "The Room" is popular in California, "Wild Wild West" is popular in … the West and "Glitter" is popular in Nevada, where star Mariah Carey lives.
— Jake Harris, American-Statesman staff