The other night while conversing with a group of Americans in a bar on Julu Lu (not Badlands, we promise), Shanghaiist — who knows nothing about the US at all — discovered that Texas is considered one of the oddest of the fifty States. At least, the survey we carried out (admittedly with a smallish sample), suggested that when Americans meet their fellow countrypersons and ask them where they’re from, the response that garners the highest raised eyebrow is “Texas.”
But we like the place. For one thing, jalapeno pepper jelly was invented there. What’s more, Houston is the home-away-from-home for Shanghai’s very own Yao Ming, who plays for the Rockets. There couldn’t be a better reason to offer a hearty welcome to the newest kid on the -ist block, Houstonist. Go and check them out, for Yao updates and much, much more.