Helen Anders

Helen Anders is the travel writer for the Statesman and also contributes to the Lifestyle section and Real magazine. She's been in the newspaper business for more than 40 years, most of it in Texas, and joined the Statesman in 2001. She is also the author (as Helen Bryant, a marriage ago) of the book "Fixin' to be Texan" (Republic of Texas Press 1998) about assimilation. She and her husband are proud South Austinites.

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A Scottish sampler
 It’s all uphill from here. Literally and steeply. Everywhere I look in this city founded in the 12th century on the slopes of a dormant volcano, sharply graded cobblestone streets wind. Now and then, alleyways pop up, leading to immense, calf-shattering staircases. These alleys are called closes, and what they are is shortcuts. While...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s all uphill from here. Literally and steeply. Everywhere I look in this city founded in the 12th century on the slopes of a dormant volcano, sharply graded cobblestone streets wind. Now and then, alleyways pop up, leading to immense, calf-shattering staircases. These alleys are called closes, and what they are is shortcuts. While...
Austin haunts: Old buildings along Congress Avenue invite ghost stories 
 This article was originally published Oct. 28, 2007. Shirley MacLaine gasped earlier this month when she took her first step inside Austin's Paramount Theatre, where she would be appearing that night.  "Oh, my, what a lovely theater. It has such great energy, " she told executive director Ken Stein. "You have ghosts, don't...

7:57 PM Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

This article was originally published Oct. 28, 2007. Shirley MacLaine gasped earlier this month when she took her first step inside Austin's Paramount Theatre, where she would be appearing that night.  "Oh, my, what a lovely theater. It has such great energy, " she told executive director Ken Stein. "You have ghosts, don't...
Love festivals? Consider Alabama
 A merry few thousand of us at last fall’s Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend were, appropriately enough, drinking beer and eating oysters. Nobody got unruly, music emanated from a stage, and the sun was shining in a harmless, 80-degree way. As an Austinite from the land of festivals, I was pleased to find here, on the white-sand...

5:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

A merry few thousand of us at last fall’s Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend were, appropriately enough, drinking beer and eating oysters. Nobody got unruly, music emanated from a stage, and the sun was shining in a harmless, 80-degree way. As an Austinite from the land of festivals, I was pleased to find here, on the white-sand...
The mysteries of London
 Don’t you just love a good murder? Fictional, I mean. Curling up with a whodunit is one of my simple pleasures, and I’m fascinated by the people who make their living writing mysteries. I was fortunate to have interviewed P.D James back in the late ’70s, and I’ll always remember the way other diners leaned in when...

5:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Don’t you just love a good murder? Fictional, I mean. Curling up with a whodunit is one of my simple pleasures, and I’m fascinated by the people who make their living writing mysteries. I was fortunate to have interviewed P.D James back in the late ’70s, and I’ll always remember the way other diners leaned in when...
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1:37 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

File photo. Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Getting to the art of the matter
 The view from my hotel window shows the reason I’ve come to this city: the Denver Art Museum’s two buildings, one a modern hodgepodge of jutting roof angles and, across the street, the original building that, to me, has always looked as though the Wicked Witch of the West should be circling it on a broom. That’s appropriate...

5:00 AM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

The view from my hotel window shows the reason I’ve come to this city: the Denver Art Museum’s two buildings, one a modern hodgepodge of jutting roof angles and, across the street, the original building that, to me, has always looked as though the Wicked Witch of the West should be circling it on a broom. That’s appropriate...
Uncovering the simple charms of Cajun country
 People come to this part of Louisiana to see alligators, but it’s the heart of the Cajun people that keeps them coming back. Steeped in the swamps and marshland, this culture takes nothing for granted and everything as a blessing. Here in Terrebone Parish, about 65 percent water or wetlands, locals build houseboats by hand and revel...

5:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

People come to this part of Louisiana to see alligators, but it’s the heart of the Cajun people that keeps them coming back. Steeped in the swamps and marshland, this culture takes nothing for granted and everything as a blessing. Here in Terrebone Parish, about 65 percent water or wetlands, locals build houseboats by hand and revel...
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File photo of a waffle in the shape of Tennessee. I mean Texas.
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1:17 PM Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

File photo of a waffle in the shape of Tennessee. I mean Texas. (Helen Anders/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
An Oregon sampler
 It’s hard to decide which Oregon to explore. Do we gape at the Columbia Gorge waterfalls? Scarf seafood overlooking the rocky coast? Devour a serving of Shakespeare in a small town? Plunge inland through deep forests to Crater Lake? Or revel in Portland’s food scene? All. We want it all. We’re off in a rental car for a two-week...

6:27 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

It’s hard to decide which Oregon to explore. Do we gape at the Columbia Gorge waterfalls? Scarf seafood overlooking the rocky coast? Devour a serving of Shakespeare in a small town? Plunge inland through deep forests to Crater Lake? Or revel in Portland’s food scene? All. We want it all. We’re off in a rental car for a two-week...
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3:52 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

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Getting cheesy in Wisconsin
 Here in Northeast Wisconsin, fried cheese curds are on virtually every restaurant menu, and grilled cheese sandwiches are on most. Cheese tops not just pizza and burgers, but also soups, salads and hash browns. So I supposed it shouldn’t have surprised me that the bloody Mary at Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub in Sturgeon Bay arrives...

3:05 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

Here in Northeast Wisconsin, fried cheese curds are on virtually every restaurant menu, and grilled cheese sandwiches are on most. Cheese tops not just pizza and burgers, but also soups, salads and hash browns. So I supposed it shouldn’t have surprised me that the bloody Mary at Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub in Sturgeon Bay arrives...