What country are you from? There are so many good things in Texas that it's impossible to put them all here, unless we had years of time. But there are a few things about the Lone Star State that simply. These are the things that differentiate us from the outside world. The things that make it impossible to leave Texas.
The things that make us very proud of living in the best state (and former country) in the world. You don't even have to add ice cream when you say Blue Bell. There is nothing more like Texas than the national beer of Texas. Whether it's country from Texas, southern rock from Texas, a mix of both, or maybe even a little bit of Texas blues, we have a whole space reserved just for bands from Texas.
We also created some interesting websites for the genre. They don't label you as the U.S. team for no reason. And I just used a double negative there.
Chili is the official dish of the state of Texas, so we take it very seriously. Authentic Texas chili doesn't have beans, and if you add beans to yours, you'll eat a lot. We take chili so seriously that we even have weekend festivals dedicated to its creation. Chilifest at Snook and the annual chili cooking at Terlingua attract people from all over the state and out of state.
There's no requirement that you should wear jeans in Texas, and in fact, if you don't have a pair of real cowboy boots, just don't wear them. If your Rhode Island cousin offers you to lend her the pair she bought in Nashville for your next trip to Austin, say no and you'll do yourself a favor. If you say yes, don't be surprised when someone calls you on the street for trying too hard. Buc-ee is a beaver, not just any beaver, but the mascot of a chain of convenience stores that truly put Texas into perspective.
Think of it more like an Emporium the size of Wal-Mart that sells Texas-focused products, such as kolaches, barbecue, jerky, koozies, hot sauce and dazzling t-shirts with beavers. In the other 49 states, no other gas station can or wants to compare, and if you try to talk about Sheetz or Wawa, you're just looking for trouble. This massive event celebrates every piece of Texan culture, highlighting local food and entertainment. If you live in Texas and don't eat any type of Tex-Mex food at least three times a week, then you're not a true Texan.
So if you move here from another state with your family, know that we will indoctrinate your children with our Texan pride.
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