— Texas food writer Robb Walsh broke down barbecue truths for First We Feast. His list includes the rising price of brisket leading to smaller cuts of meat, the fact women and minorities who work in barbecue don’t get enough press coverage, and New York’s barbecue scene is nothing compared to the Lone Star State. Texas barbecue forever.
— Over on Texas Monthly, Daniel Vaughn also wrote about the current state of barbecue in the world. In Texas, there are 2,238 barbecue places in total, but the number of independent and authentic have been declining. Separately, in the name of journalism, he took it upon himself to attempt to keep down the barbecue beef brisket sandwich from Starbucks. It’s not good.
— Indie darling Zooey Deschanel has been hanging around Austin lately with her fiancé Austinite Jacob Pechenik. The Statesman spotted the actress/singer at Justine’s Brasserie back in April.
— New downtown cocktail bar The Townsend announced the first guest bartender for its loyalty program: Adam Bryan, formerly of Bar Congress. With the "cocktological residency," the visiting mixologist will receive one percent of every drink sold. Bryan will be taking up the bar on Sunday, July 19 to Thursday, July 23 from 7-11 p.m.
— Coffee shop Houndstooth is temporarily closing down the North Lamar location starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 20 to Wednesday, July 22, for some small renovations.