Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lum and Abner, an Arkansas Original.

Before Martin and Lewis, before Abbott and Costello... there was Lum and Abner. The pair were voiced by two Mena natives - Chet Lauck, a banker  - and Norris "Tuffy" Goff, who worked in the family grocery business. The show they created would become a beloved part of American life for nearly a quarter of a century. Here's more on Arkansas's early claim to radio fame.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Were Chicken Nuggets Created in Searcy, Arkansas?

The ubiquitous chicken nugget is known just about everywhere these days. But before the fast food industry started slinging its version of the dish, a Searcy woman created a recipe for nuggets that attained high renown.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Al's Bar-B-Q in Trumann May Become History.

The home of what may well be the very best chicken tenders in the entire state may disappear, if a buyer isn't found immediately. Read about what you might be missing.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Quick Bite: A Touch of Gold at Kelley's Kickin' Chicken in West Memphis.

A quick snack makes for delectable dining, and in this case a pile of chicken wings got me excited enough to lick not only my fingers but the box for a pile of Honey Gold chicken wings.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Inaugural Arkansas Pie Festival.

The very first Arkansas Pie Festival is in the books! Take a look through all the winning pies, and see some of the neat things that were part of this inaugural event in Cherokee Village.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A Taste of Little Rock, in Photographs.

The 16th annual Taste of Little Rock event showcased restaurants from around the city in all their culinary finery. Let's take a look at the many dishes served at this year's soiree.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Quick Bite: Wasabi Sushi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

We travel across the region frequently and find places we love to dine at. Wasabi Sushi is going to be our go-to sushi and teppanyaki bar in Hattiesburg now, after a March visit that utterly charmed us.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Arkansas Food: The A to Z of Eating in The Natural State.

The book that finally answers the question "what is Arkansas food?" packed with 130+ recipes, 450 full-color photographs and more than 300 listings in alphabetic order, is now available in both paperback and hardcover. Take a look inside Kat Robinson's newest effort to share what's great about this state's cuisine, and order your signed copy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Arkansas Food: The A to Z of Eating in The Natural State.

You may have been wondering why Tie Dye Travels has been quiet as of late. An eleven year project based on the idea of defining our state's definitive dishes and traditions is about to come to fruition, in the form of a new book. Take a look inside Arkansas Food.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The 2018 Arkansas State Fair Food Guide.

As you've come to expect from Tie Dye Travels, here's a comprehensive alphabetic list of all the really cool food available at the Arkansas State Fair this year - plus the top new food items you'll find at this year's fair. Do note that prices and items will be updated as they're located on the fairgrounds. Check back when you're ready to go, and be sure to bookmark this site on your phone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

You Need These Mamma Z's Tortilla Factory Tortillas In Your Life.

You haven't tasted corn tortillas until you've sampled the extraordinary, organic version created by Mamma Z's Tortilla Factory in Bentonville. These tortillas aren't created from cornmeal from a sack. They're made from masa ground on-site from organic whole corn, and they are the tortilla you need for your next taco.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Largest Local Lime Location Opening Looms in Rogers.

I've seen things. Really remarkable things. And you'll be able to see them soon, too. Let's talk about the latest Local Lime locale,and what to expect. Also, I ate things. Because that happens.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Grider Field Restaurant a Local Favorite at the Pine Bluff Regional Airport.

Soul food, comfort food and a slice of history are all on the menu at Grider Field Restaurant, within the Pine Bluff Regional Airport Terminal south of town. Check out this video package and read all about this neat spot to dine!

The Overload.

There comes a time in one's life when you are presented with the opportunities around you and you stop, just for a moment, because you have to breathe. Let me share a small bit.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Great Arkansas Restroom Hunt.

Coming off the heels of the success of Another Slice of Arkansas Pie, I've decided to move on to my next project and book, The Handy Book of Arkansas Restrooms. Take a sneak peek inside.

**Though this started off as an April Fool's posting, the surprising amount of approval may bring this book to fruition. Eventually.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

At Little Rock's Fassler Hall, Have a Sausage Party With Your Friends.

If that title brought you to view this article for less than culinary reasons, that's all on you. Fassler Hall's fine array of handmade sausages is worth your lunchtime, especially on Mondays, when all those laudable links are half off.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Woodgrove Antique Mall's Tea Room is a Secret Delight.

You can find great pie at bakeries, restaurants, and even truck stops in Arkansas. One of the most complex pies in the state is found in the back of an antique mall in Heber Springs. Let's check out the tea room at the back of the Woodgrove Antique Mall.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fairy Tale Delights at Briar Rose Bakery in Farmington.

Miniature pies are adorable. Imagine a place, though, where the adorable pies are outdone by the surroundings, a country cottage in the Ozarks where delectable savory and sweet treats co-exist side by side. Welcome... to the Briar Rose Zone.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brews, Brisket and a Blackberry Fried Pie at Rockin' Pig Saloon in Eureka Springs.

Honestly, there are all the brews at the Rockin' Pig, a great place to kick back in Eureka Springs. I didn't have one, but that did not keep me from enjoying the relaxed attitude at this bar and restaurant out on the US 62 Bypass.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Put a Pin In Your Slow Roll at Dust Bowl in Little Rock.

The Oklahoma-based concept comes to Little Rock, complete with the soundtrack and style of the 1970s. Let's take a look inside the new Dust Bowl bar, restaurant and bowling center on East Capitol.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sweet and Tangy Sim's Barbecue Riles the Memory.

Established in 1937, some would argue Sim's sauce is the particular flavor one should consider when thinking about barbecue in Little Rock.  Known for fall-apart pork butt, pork ribs and beef brisket, it’s the thin and tangy sweet vinegar sauce that makes this mainstay so memorable.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Destination: Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The start of racing season at Oaklawn is a good time to dive into all the magnificent wonders there are to experience during winter in the Spa City. Here's a fine selection of articles on where to stay, play and dine in Hot Springs.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Great Arkansas Pie Hunt.

Five years ago, everything changed for me when Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State came out. Now I'm back on the trail to see how the pie-loving landscape has changed, and to find all those pies I missed.

The North Delta's Hidden Surprise - Tamale Factory in Gregory.

A Woodruff County horse barn isn't just a showplace for quarter horses on centuries-owned land by an Arkansas Delta farm family. It's also where the tamales for two great Arkansas restaurants are made - and where, every Friday and Saturday night, crowds come in to dine on steak. Let's check out Tamale Factory.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Country Kitchen in Pine Bluff Serves the Best Chili Cheeseburger I Have Ever Eaten.

That's no hyperbole - I've had more than my share of the messy dish and this one, featuring a hand-patted beef patty and housemade chili, served in a genuine 50s diner in the South, beats every other chili cheeseburger I've ever had in my life.

Thing is, though, I wasn't looking for this decadent dish. I was out looking for pie.