[thechat] SW Art!

Bruce Heerssen bheerssen at visualbridge.tv
Fri Mar 23 15:13:00 CST 2001

> I agree. I've been to a number of good mexican restaurants in Texas - in
> Austin, Dallas, and San Angelo. The most interesting restaurant I've seen
> in TX though was in a small town half way to Austin from El Paso - it was a
> little German village, and the food was totally authentic German food. What
> a surprise to come across it in the middle of cow country...

I guess you didn't know it, but central texas was a very popular destination for
germans fleeing the tyranny of the kaisers - from roughly 1850ish to 1930. Hence
the entire area is dotted with german sounding town names such as New Braunfels,
Shiner, Sheulenburg (spelling?), etc. And that's how a texas native gets a name
like mine.

On a related note, that's where Tejano music comes from - central and south
texas. The german immigrants brought their polka music with them and the mexican
population here fused the style with traditional spanish music of the area
(mariachi and others). That's why accordians are so popular in tejano music.

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