Fresh, Bright Flavors at the Wildflower Cafe

Fresh, Bright Flavors at the Wildflower Cafe

Over the years, Wildflower Café has become a dining destination in Mentone, which is, of course, its own awesome destination atop Lookout Mountain. I traveled to Mentone recently for Alabama NewsCenter to spotlight this unique restaurant. You can read the entire story here. Café owner Laura Catherine Moon (just “Moon” to everyone she knows and [...]

Charleston Charm

Charleston Charm

I took a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina a few weeks ago—so quick, in fact, that I was very limited in what I could do. So it was two days of food and drinks and then some solitude in my very favorite place. I usually spend some time shopping on King Street. I also [...]

Odette is Destination Dining in Florence

Odette is Destination Dining in Florence

For nearly five years, Odette owner Celeste Pillow and executive chef Josh Quick and their team have helped downtown Florence, Alabama flourish--one delicious dish at a time. The casual, upscale restaurant is one of a growing number of locally owned, small businesses drawing people back to this exciting town’s downtown. Read more about Odette here [...]

Mississippi Tamales and More, Thanks to a Los Angeles Mariachi Band

Mississippi Tamales and More, Thanks to a Los Angeles Mariachi Band

LIfe's little surprises often remain hidden unless you're paying attention. At the Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium held in Birmingham recently, I heard the celebrated female mariachi band La Victoria perform a concert of corridos (storytelling folk songs). They sang about many things including a woman who traveled with her food--and food memories--packed in a suitcase. [...]

Chicago in About 48 Hours

Chicago in About 48 Hours

  Chicago in fewer than 48 hours still is exciting. Here's how: Lunch at The Purple Pig (a James Beard Award-winner). An afternoon at the Art Institute of Chicago. It's the second-largest art museum in the U.S. It was hard to walk away from Monet's Wheatstacks in any season. Dinner at Sepia. They do amazing things with [...]