5 Lunchtime Links: Blue Bell will return to more Texas cities and more

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Stan Ford could not wait to enjoy his Blue Bell Ice Cream after purchasing some from Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Brenham, Texas. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)
Stan Ford could not wait to enjoy his Blue Bell Ice Cream after purchasing some from Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Brenham, Texas. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company's hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Stan Ford could not wait to enjoy his Blue Bell Ice Cream after purchasing some from Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Brenham, Texas. Blue Bell Creameries resumed selling its products at select locations Monday, four months after the Texas-based retailer halted sales due to listeria contamination. Blue Bell ice cream is now available at stores in the Houston and Austin areas, including in the company’s hometown of Brenham, plus parts of Alabama. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

1. Blue Bell continues to launch re-entry plan, returns to more Texas cities.

Texas cities still missing their Blue Bell won’t have unmet cravings much longer. The company announced it would launch the third of its five-phase re-entry plan Dec. 14, which will bring Blue Bell products back to the following cities: Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Big Spring, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Laredo, Longview, Lubbock, Lufkin, Midland, McAllen, Odessa, San Antonio and Tyler. Although the flavor selection isn’t quite what it used to be (limited to only Buttered Pecan, Cookies ’n Cream, Dutch Chocolate, Great Divide and Homemade Vanilla) the company continues to reclaim its icon-status phase by phase.

2. Dixie Chicks announce U.S. tour for next year.

It’s been 10 years but Texas-trio the Dixie Chicks are back and “Ready to Run.” The group announced the dates for their first U.S. tour in a decade, and copping an Aug. 7 appearance is the Austin360 Amphitheater. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at ticketmaster.com. Are they finally ready to make nice? It seems public opinion, which majorly shifted following negative comments about President George W. Bush, has benefited from the group’s absence, as the tour announcement has been met with excitement.

3. Lady Gaga calls out Ronda Rousey following loss.

Ronda Rousey got a little more than a split lip and a swift hospitalization following her UFC loss to Holly Holm Sunday. The previously undefeated Rousey also got a scolding, via Instagram, from Lady Gaga. The singer took to the social media platform following the fight to say “That’s what you get for not touching gloves!” alongside a picture of Rousey taking a punch. The fighter refused to touch gloves with Holm prior the fight, a gesture of good sportsmanship.

THATS WHAT YOU GET FOR NOT TOUCHING GLOVES!

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4. Stephen Colbert grabs coveted post-Super Bowl spot.

Only Super Bowl ad time is more valuable than the coveted post-Super Bowl spot. What might you and the over 100 million other viewers wind up watching following February’s game? CBS announced that Stephen Colbert will be the first late-night host to hold the spot, which has previously garnered millions of new viewers.

5. Anthony Bourdain visits Waffle House for the first time.

He’s had some of the most exotic dishes (raw seal eyes?) at the world’s most exclusive restaurants, and yet food critic and world-traveler Anthony “Tony” Bourdain had a lot to say about the pecan waffle he had when he ate at southern chain Waffle House for the first time. Calling the diner that never closes a “yellow beacon of hope” for the “seriously hammered,” Bourdain said his waffle was delicious and “better than The French Laundry.” But does he know about Whataburger’s breakfast?


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