Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Arkansas Bucket List - 8 Must-Take Trips for 2017.

Looking for your next great Arkansas experience? In 2017, there are a lot of new options to check out all over The Natural State. Here are the new experiences you may want to try.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Smile Bull's Sweet Surprises Seem Serendipitously Smart.

Fort Smith is full of culinary gems, restaurants that offer great value and great flavor. Smile Bull does a fantastic job of living up to the city standard with an array of Asian favorites and homegrown surprises.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holidays Alight at Night in Arkansas.

This time of year, The Natural State is illuminated with fantastic shows of light from one corner to another. Want to see my favorites? Check this out.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Take a Tour of the USS Razorback, A Fantastic Submarine.

Arguably the longest-serving submarine still existing in the world, having been commissioned by two different countries for 57 years of active duty, the U.S.S Razorback's permanent home is not on or in the sea but by the banks of the Arkansas River in North Little Rock. Let's venture out to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and explore within this nifty submarine.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An Arkansas Thanksgiving Dinner.

What is the quintessential Arkansas Thanksgiving dinner? That's like asking what's your favorite type of gift... there are so many choices.  From the Delta to the Ozarks, there are just some things that come to everyone's table.

Here are the items that make a spectacular Thanksgiving - including plenty of options on where to get each item.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Top To Bottom Tour of Robinson Center, Second Act.

Explore the newly reopened Robinson Center Music Hall and Conference Center in this special sneak peek.

The Last Look Within Robinson Center Before the Second Act

What changed? As Robinson Center reopens with a newly designed auditorium, lobby, dressing rooms and an entirely new conference center, look through these images taken the last day the unrenovated space was opened to the public.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Taco Pronto is 47 Years Old and Now I've Tried It.

Sometime the research I do in my never-ending quest to chronicle Arkansas food is fantastic. Sometimes it's not. And sometimes I get mixed results. That seems to be the verdict on Taco Pronto, a Hot Spring mainstay serving up quick, cheap eats since 1969.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Elaine's Delta Grill - You Have To Go There To Get There.

There are out-of-the-way places we sometimes find by taking a side route or turning off the interstate. But Elaine's position between the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers south of Barton makes it one place you can't just end up at, not without some sort of intent.

What I didn't expect to find was a classic restaurant.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales and Pies Are Worthy of a Pilgrimage to Lake Village.

There’s been many a time I ended up on the doorstep of Rhoda Adams, the proprietress of a local establishment in Lake Village known as Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales. She and her husband James run this place on St. Mary’s Street, and you can smell it a block away, the smell of spices and fried things luring you off Highway 65 if you let it. If you don’t roll down your windows and never leave the highway, you’ll never find it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The 2016 Arkansas State Fair Food Guide.

Looking for those crazy eats and favorite treats on the fairgrounds? Here it is - your encyclopedic, alphabetically arranged listing of all the food you can find at the Arkansas State Fair, updated throughout the event. Here you'll find the foods, where they're located on the fairgrounds, how much they cost and more.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The 2016 Arkansas State Fair Food Preview.

Each and every year, Grav and I make the ultimate sacrifice and try all the new fair foods for you. This year is no different. Check out all the foods we tried at the Arkansas State Fair Media Preview.

2016 Arkansas State Fair - What To Expect.

Each year, thousands browse this very website to see what's new at the Arkansas State Fair when it comes to food. Let's see what's listed on the new menu items according to the press releases, things you may expect to find when the fair opens this Friday.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame - Celebrating the Great State of the Plate.

It's time to recognize Arkansas's classic eateries, cooks and festivals with the celebration they deserve. I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

Food Lovers' Dream Night - The AHA Culinary Classic (GIVEAWAY).

What's the ultimate food experience in September? If you'd like to encounter the best of what Arkansas's top chefs have to offer, you need to attend the Arkansas Hospitality Association Culinary Classic. Find out when, where, and how you can win passes to go.

Arkansas Food, or So I Decided To Write A Book.

Every once in a while, I decide to do something completely out of the blue. This time, it was tackling the subject I've been researching for nine years with a glossary. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with this book.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Squirrels A Whirl at World Championship Squirrel Cookoff in Bentonville.

One of Arkansas’s strangest consumable items has to be squirrel.  Grav and I check out the insanity and wonder of the World Championship Squirrel Cookoff in Bentonville.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

One Last Hurrah for 1620.

I heard the news today, ho-boy, about a classic place that made the grade. And though the news is rather sad, I've been this place before. Nobody is really sure why 1620 has to go...

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Night at the Kenda Drive In in Marshall.

This year, the Kenda Drive In celebrates its 50th anniversary. Take a look inside Arkansas's only year-round drive in theater and learn about its history.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Episode 1005, The One Where We Ate All The Chuy's.

From time to time, I'm given the opportunity to try new menu items at a restaurant. Today, Leif and Hunter and I went to sample the special Green Chile Festival menu at Chuy's, where we tried almost all of the things, and learned about Hatch green chiles and Chuy's Restaurant in the process.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Meaty Expectations Delivered at Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill in Yellville.

A relatively new barbecue joint in north Arkansas is handling its own quite well with barbecue and burgers worthy of renown. Let's take a look inside Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill in Yellville.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

World Championship Cardboard Boat Races in Heber Springs - Are They Crazy?

You have to admit, the idea of floating a boat made entirely of cardboard, duck tape and paint may sound just outrageously out there.  But for 30 years, the folks in Heber Springs have gathered at Sandy Beach on Greers Ferry Lake just to do that - and to watch. Check out the video in my story.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Eureka Springs' Aviation Cadet Museum Honors A Unique American Military Program.

Love history? Have a veteran in the house? Head to a mountaintop field just east of Eureka Springs to see planes, trains and a lot of historical artifacts at the Aviation Cadet Museum and Train Museum.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Look Inside The Old State House Museum in Little Rock.

Summertime heat can hamper a lot of outdoor activities… which makes it the perfect time to enjoy a visit to the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock. Take a peek inside.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dreams Made Real at Dromborg Castle in Fayetteville.

You can own your own castle in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks - within minutes of downtown Fayetteville. Let's start at the top and wander down into Dromborg Castle.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sleep at Arkansas’s Oldest State Park Lodge - Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park.

On the edge of the crest of Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, you’ll find one of the oldest places to stay in the state.  Mather Lodge has recently been renovated, but it still retains much of the original charm that’s been bringing people up the mountain for generations.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

A-Frames In A Curve In The Road - Disconnected Escape at Little Switzerland Cabins near Jasper.

Want to truly get away from it all? Forget your cell phone and escape to Little Switzerland Cabins, a trio of A-frame cottages along Scenic Arkansas Highway Seven north of Jasper. Tucked into a mountain curve, this throwback to a simpler age has been welcoming guests for more than a hundred years on this very plot.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Catch Your Dinner and Eat It Too at DeVito's at Bear Creek Springs.

There are few places you can get your food as fresh as what you'll find at DeVito's Restaurant north of Harrison. Let me show you just how fresh that dinner can be.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Americana Eats at Anne's Country Kitchen in Pine Bluff.

If you’re looking for comfort food in Pine Bluff, head out to the west side of town and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Anne’s Country Kitchen.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eat Pie All Through Arkansas's River Valley!

Love pie?  Arkansas has more than its share of great pie places.  No matter the part of the state you happen to be in, there’s a great pie ahead of you. And if you're close to US Highway 64 in western Arkansas, you're in for a LOT of pie.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Classic Arkansas Eats at Arkansas's Oldest Cafeteria - Franke's in Little Rock.

Any restaurant that’s passed the 75 year mark in Arkansas has to be something good.  In Little Rock, you can find two restaurants owned by the same family that date back to a tradition 96 years in the making. Let's talk about Franke's.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Who Knew? A Visit to Who North America in Camby, Indiana.

Whether you're a Whovian or a Wholigan, or you just like to dabble in all that's wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey, set your TARDIS to this unique destination in the heart of Indiana.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Grab It To Go From Kris and Sam's in Little Rock.

Most Arkansas restaurants serve sit-down meals in a location. Kris and Sam’s is best known for what people take away – lunch boxes and desserts that provide a highly satisfying alternative to make-it-yourself.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Truly Overwhelming - Rader's Fabrics in Danville, Indiana.

Drapery fabric? Rader's has that. Upholstery? Rader's has that. Padding, fringe, trim, lightweight and heavyweight fabrics and everything in-between in every color of the rainbow and even some God might not have intended... it's all in the stacks at Rader's Fabrics.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Good Cheap Mexican Eats at Riviera Maya.

Looking for a selection of Mexican dishes that’s reasonably priced and easily available?  Riviera Maya offers a nice, thick selection of great dishes at three different Central Arkansas locations.

Friday, July 8, 2016

A Walk In The Park at McCloud Nature Park in Hendricks County, Indiana.

Hendricks County, Indiana offers a lot of great places to stay, play and dine. It also boasts a nature park where you can lose yourself in a wild natural prairie or woodland, and find a century-old bridge to cross.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Pizza and a Smile at Rocky's Corner in Hot Springs.

Great food can be found across the street at Rocky’s Corner.  This longstanding Italian eatery has delighted residents and visitors alike for generations. Let's take a look.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

So Much Pasta at Roma Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville.

Some Italian restaurants offer truly tasty food. Some offer gigantic portions. For Roma Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville, both apply. Take a look at what we dined on during our most recent visit.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

My Favorite Places: Cabin 61 at Mount Nebo State Park.

If you've seen an advertisement for Arkansas's amazing state park cabins, you've seen this place. Take a look inside the magical Cabin 61 at Mount Nebo State Park.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Road Eats: Hot Pot Aug and More at Ralph's Great Divide in Indianapolis.

I'll go to great lengths to check out a good recommendation. That's how I ended up making a side trip to Indianapolis, just to try a slice of pie. But I wasn't leaving Ralph's Great Divide without a good meal. Thankfully, this little spot by the interstate was a great dive to enjoy.

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Manic Free-For-All That Is BOOMLAND in Charleston, Missouri.

Figurines. Ham. Candles. Roman Candles. Whether it's fudge or fragrance, blankets or truly bombtastic aerial explosions, Boomland serves it up.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Float Up Service at Fisherman's Wharf in Hot Springs.

Enjoying the great weather on Lake Hamilton? Want a bite to eat? Head over to the east side of the Highway 7 bridge and pull up and dock at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wines of the Silver Screen: Movie House Winery in Morrilton.

Travelers who take I-40 through the Arkansas River Valley may notice the large brown Arkansas Wine Trail signs. Follow the one that directs you off the interstate at Exit 107 in Morrilton, and you’ll encounter a shiny new gem created out of a former home to a silver screen. Let's check out Movie House Winery.