The wages of survey-taking

In exchange for answering a quick questionnaire asking mostly what parts of the magazine TV y Novelas are favorites, the pay was a not-so-crisp one-dollar bill. Two of the magazine’s best draws are (1) the before-and-after photographs of singers and soap-opera stars with speculation about what sort of plastic surgery was involved and (2) the candid photographs of best-dressed and worst-dressed celebrities. And as promised way back in September, a copy of the new Zagat restaurant guide for Texas did arrive gratis, showing a list price of $13.95. Dallas and Houston hog most of the pages, with San Antonio and Austin trailing behind. Austin is right up front, though, accounting for 173 of over a thousand in the entire guide. A certain number of chain restaurants may be found there. The best aspects of the guide are the candid comments from local reviewers and the breakdowns into categories. Some of these are “favorites,” “top food,” “people-watching,” “power scene,” “child-friendly,” “top service,” and more. It’s too late for a free copy this time around, but Zagat encourages interim reviews by those with an opinion.

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