• Posted:Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Smell your way around Texas
One thing most backpackers definitely know the feeling of is hunger. All that fresh air, exercise and excitement at being in a new place and meeting new people has a strange effect on our stomachs. They constantly feel empty. That's why a visit to Texas might do us some good and fill us up forever.

Follow the Barbecue Trail by beginning in Round Rock, which is just north of Austin, munching brisket, sausage and beans on your way to Luling. You may have just missed it (although there's always next year) but in the middle of August there's an International Barbecue Cook-off in Taylor which sounds pretty fantastic.

Next off, you might like to head to Terlingua for the International Championship Chili Cook-off in September, the first instalment of which was in 1967. If that doesn't float your boat, there's the traditional Texan fare - Tex-Mex - a sure indication that you're approaching the border. Get your laughing gear around enchiladas, fajitas, tortillas, guacamole … I might have to go and have an early lunch, just writing about it.

And you absolutely have to head to some of the beach towns like South Padre Island and Port Aransas to sample some tasty seafood. There's nothing quite like freshly caught shrimp and crawfish, that's for sure. A great place to go for some gumbo is Johnny G's Seafood in Lewisville. There, you can get a Monday seafood buffet that should do the trick.

If it's not food but booze you're after, then fear not for Texas has 85 wineries scattered across the state. Grapes have grown there naturally for hundreds of years and it has lots of unique grape species that can't be found anywhere else. Yummy!ADNFCR-2435-ID-19319712-ADNFCR
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