Hiking the Easy Trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN

Hurricane Joaquin was whipping up chaos along the lower Atlantic coast. As of last week, forecasts predicted heavy rainstorms, including inundation of the Great Smokies where we were headed. Plans we had for hiking around the Gatlinburg area of Tennessee hung in the balance as we contemplated our next move from the relative calm of Nashville. Suddenly, the... Continue Reading →

Athens in Nashville: The Parthenon

A young girl no older than twelve was looking up and said to her friend, "I see Poseidon, but where's Hermes?" The precocious youngster was admiring a pediment of The Parthenon here in Nashville. Unknown to many, it is an exact replica of the famous ancient Greek structure of Athens as it would have originally appeared, before the ravages... Continue Reading →

Tennessee Fire: Nashville’s Hot Fried Chicken

Other than barbecue, no other food evokes the South more than fried chicken. Southern cooks all have their secret recipes, the Colonel notwithstanding. I was going to be in Nashville. Eating its hot fried chicken is as essential as going to The Grand Ole Opry and the Parthenon. As the story goes, the dish was concocted by a jilted lover who figured she'd teach... Continue Reading →

Porky Pleasure: Memphis Barbecue

Besides Graceland, there is another kind of Memphis excess that likewise should not be passed up. Lots of barbecue. Pig transformed into mountains of succulent ribs and sandwiches. No matter where you turn, you're bound to run into a barbecue joint, the pungent, alluring aroma of meat slow-cooking over wood like a siren's call to destroy... Continue Reading →

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