Texas singer Selena Gomez shares her favorite meal at Whataburger

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2015 file photo, Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. Gomez has revealed that she’s battling the debilitating immune system disorder lupus. “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy,” the 23-year-old singer told Billboard magazine in an interview published Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Selena Gomez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Aug. 30, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Though she is the newly-crowned Queen of Instagram, Selena Gomez stays relatively humble, especially with food. In a preview for a radio interview set to air Friday, Gomez captures every Texan’s heart by dishing on her favorite places to grab a bite to eat while in the Lone Star State.

Speaking to 103.7 KVIL in Dallas, Gomez listed her favorite places to eat when she’s back in the DFW metro area. Chain eats Taco Bueno and Pappasitos are a go-to for the Grand Prairie native, as well as Whataburger, of course. The singer said she likes to order the “No. 13 with a side of gravy,” also known as the orange and white box of chicken tenders, Texas toast and fries.

The interview prompted a response from the ever-so-topical Whataburger Twitter account, which dropped a line referencing the singer’s latest album, “Revival.”

Gomez is no stranger to sharing her love for junk food, sharing photos and videos of herself eating McDonald’s, In-N-Out and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the past.

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Perhaps you’ll run into her at a fast-food joint this summer. The “Same Old Love” songstress is bringing her tour to Austin on June 17.

The best-selling jersey in Texas belongs to this former Houston Rocket

Jersey collecting is a big business in America. Some throwback jerseys go for as much as $300 at Mitchell and Ness, a sporting clothes store that specializes in nostalgic items.

Mitchell & Ness
Mitchell & Ness

Recently, the store released its numbers for the best-selling jersey from each state, and the results aren’t too surprising.

Former Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon was the best-seller in Texas, beating last year’s reigning champ, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman. You can buy an Olajuwon jersey from the site for a cool $250.

Other states had similarly predictable results. Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is still No. 1 in the hearts of Coloradoans, while former Orioles third baseman and shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. naturally holds a best-selling streak in Maryland.

The best-selling jersey for the nation, though, goes to former Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird, who edged out L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant from 2014’s top spot. Bird was also the top-seller in Massachusetts (naturally). The price of both of those jerseys? $250 and $260, respectively.

Check out the rest of the results and a full breakdown of the map here.

Ted Cruz plays Candy Crush and once skipped school to play foosball

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas revealed some interesting facts about himself to Us Weekly in an interview published Wednesday. He didn’t reveal what the mysterious substance was that he ate during a debate earlier this month, but he did tell the tabloid some fascinating tidbits from his personal life.

Ted Cruz addresses the crowd during his election night party at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford. He is flanked by his wife Heidi Cruz with their daughter and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. DEBORAH CANNON/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Ted Cruz addresses the crowd during his election night party at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford. He is flanked by his wife Heidi Cruz with their daughter and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

In “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me,” Cruz gave us the information we’ve been clamoring for, such as his favorite movie (“The Princess Bride”) and favorite food (cheese).

Some fun facts were more poignant than fun, though. For instance, Cruz recalled how he had to take out loans and work two jobs to pay for college because his parents’ business went bankrupt, and how his favorite meal in D.C. while away from his family is a can of soup.

Other facts were just downright strange. Cruz hates avocados (the monster!) and once got suspended from school because he skipped and played foosball instead. He’s also on level 350 of Candy Crush.

Read the full list here.

Whataburger and Texas State social media combine for the perfect Twitter exchange

Whataburger and Texas State University combined to reach peak Twitter this week.

The social media-savvy burger chain and the frequently viral San Marcos school traded some banter Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

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Courtesy of Whataburger

“No, I don’t know what I want to major in.. I don’t even know what I want from Whataburger,” the first Whataburger tweet reads.

Texas State’s reply came a few hours later, urging them to get on with their choice. Apparently, whoever runs the social account for the university loves double meat Whataburgers.

The exchange ended with Whataburger thanking Texas State for their meal advice.

The brief conversation is merely the latest in a month full of viral moments for both companies. Whataburger masterfully trolled Kanye West shortly after his new album dropped last week, and Texas State made headlines twice in February for some interesting student antics.



Petition wants writer ousted from Texas over breakfast taco article

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Taco Haven breakfast tacos featuring the Torres taco (front), Haven taco (right) and chorizo and egg taco (back). Photo by Kin Man, San Antonio Express-News

Don’t mess with breakfast tacos.

On Friday, Eater Austin published an article that has since become the center of controversy in the taco world. A veritable taco-gate, if you will. Matthew Sedacca, the writer behind “How Austin Became the Home of the Crucial Breakfast Taco,” set out to deliver the history of the dish as it pertains to the state capital. The response on social media has been swift, resulting in many comments claiming the piece commits cultural appropriation and resulting in an online petition to throw Sedacca out of Texas.

The number of signatures on the petition has grown rapidly, with more than 500 supporters within the 11 hours of its existence.

In the original article, Sedacca writes, “Like most foods in the Tex Mex pantheon, the breakfast taco was born out of cross-pollinating Mexican culture with Anglo-Germanic ingredients that were available in Texas.” While later saying the dish’s origins “lie in the kitchens of immigrant Mexican families living in Texas,” the article cites only one other city in Texas. Corpus Christi during the 1950s, as explained by food writer Robert Walsh, saw the “first instance” of the breakfast taco, known then as the breakfast “taquito.”

Walsh is the man behind book titles such as “The Tex-Mex Cookbook,” “Legends of Texas Barbecue” and “Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook.” Citing this taco historian, Sedacca writes Austin is the birthplace of the phrase “breakfast taco” and also the city behind the food’s rise to fame. The South By Southwest festival also had a hand in attracting tourists from all over the country who then spread taco appreciation to cities outside of Texas, according to Walsh.

“So the word went out, and in Brooklyn and L.A., you can get Austin-style breakfast tacos,” Walsh told Eater Austin.

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A breakfast taco called the Vaquero (eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, corn, roasted red and poblano peppers) on a whole weat flour from Tacodeli on Spyglass Drive. Photo by Mike Sutter/American-Statesman

Tamale House’s Diana Vasquez-Valera told Sedacca the story of her father’s past visit to California. Tacos were sold outside of a sit-down restaurant environment, which inspired the Austin restaurant. But even she told the publication the tacos were “not an overnight sensation, but a novelty, a delicioso concept.” Tacodeli’s Roberto Espinosa also drops a line about the democracy of the breakfast taco.

Many comments on the article mention San Antonio as another important city in the taco game, as well as the south Texas region. (Full disclosure, this breakfast taco-loving writer hails from San Antonio.)

“Tejanos have been eating them for centuries, and the Taco Cabana chain, from San Antonio, found a very strong foothold in the mid 1970s— long before what this article mentions Austin as experiencing,” user Artisus writes.

“I’m from San Antonio but live in Austin. Breakfast tacos are awesome but their ‘home’ definitely isn’t Austin as much as it is San Antonio. Sorry dude,” writes user mina184184.

On an Eater Austin Facebook post, commenters echoed those complaints.

“Only a place like Austin would claim itself to be the home of breakfast tacos, or the original creator of the phrase ‘breakfast taco,'” writes user Jason Ybarbo. “There’s a whole region south of Austin that would beg to differ on this claim, but we know how much Austin likes to practice cultural appropriation while socio-economically segregating said cultures.”

“An article regarding the origin of the breakfast taco that fails to mention its neighbor 80 miles south is simply ridiculous,” writes user Greg Goodman.

But back to the petition. Among other complaints, the call for Sedacca’s ouster states that “More absurd is the notion that ‘breakfast taco culture’ was either codified or normalized by a generation of birkenstock-clad tech-jockeys and university incubatees majoring in Phish and Social Safety Net Surfing, and not by the laborers who spent the last century waking up at 5 am, breaking their fast on huevos con papas outside a truck, to build the aforementioned demographic’s luxury condos.”

The online petition calls for some rather creative resolutions, including “immediate deportation of the offender to a neighboring state where more liberal interpretations of ‘tacos’ are tolerated”; a ban on taco-centric writing until courses on “Applied Taqueria Studies and a seminar in Tex-Mex Disambiguation” are completed; “re-education and re-habilitation” courtesy of the City of San Antonio; and a “San Antonio Day” observed in Austin to include “public singing of songs that beg forgiveness for all taco-related transgressions.”

Despite the petition and online comment backlash, Sedacca seems to be taking it in stride, posting a photo on Twitter with a burrito, thumbs up and a smile with “burritos 4 life” as the caption.

Meet the man behind the Whataburger sneakers

On Monday, we wrote about Dank Customs’ Whataburger-themed Nike Dunk Lows. Pictures of the shoes went viral after the fast food chain tweeted about them in October, and they resurfaced on Reddit this week.

Photo: Dank Customs
Photo: Dank Customs

The artist behind the shoes, Jacob Danklefs, is based in San Antonio. His website says that he will not duplicate any kicks he’s created for another customer. So yes, Whataburger fans, you’re out of luck. But Danklefs told the American-Statesman in an email that the shoes’ Internet notoriety has helped his bottom line, in case you were wondering.

“I did see increased business after the tweet,” Danklefs said, including potential business from Whataburger themselves. “I did get an email from Whataburger’s VP and I have had a few meetings with him in regards to getting my services involved in their marketing.”

While any Texan would stick up for the ol’ orange and white, Danklefs said that the best reactions he saw tried to start a fast food beef.

“I think the best reactions were the people that saw it that claim In-n-Out is better,” Danklefs said.

Danklefs, who said he’s done some work for the San Antonio Spurs, does not have any other Texas-themed shoes in the works. But we think a Buc-Ee’s-themed Nike could be fresh as heck. Readers, any Lone Star icons you want to see immortalized in sneaker form?