Tallahassee: Florida’s Up-and-Coming Cool City

Color me biased, but I think Florida gets such an undue bad rap these days. When I was a kid growing up outside Jacksonville, my home state was known for its beaches, great college football, awesome Cuban food (and Mexican food, and seafood in general),…

A Backpack’s-Eye View of East Nashville

I find it really silly and almost cute when people say that the United States has no culture. First of all, just on logical grounds that’s a ridiculous statement — the definition of ‘culture‘ is basically just all the stuff that happens when a group…

The Bosnian Renaissance in Dutchtown, St. Louis

I liked St. Louis a lot more than I expected to. It’s one of those cities where having a local friend makes the difference between two bored nights on the main tourist drag and a week of exploring its eccentricities like a local. In my five…

Silver Linings in Palatka, Florida

I am the self-declared supreme master of cheap transportation — if it saves me $50 and takes two layovers plus a bus and a 20 minute hike into town, I’ll usually do it. But sometimes my roundabout transportational approach lands me stuck in the middle…

Charleston, Gullah, and the Language of Hospitality

When I arrived in Charleston, I headed straight for some WiFi and a beer, so I lighted in The Kickin Chicken on historic King Street downtown. It was about 2 in the afternoon and I asked the waitress if it was too early to order a…