Category Archives: Travel

Faulkner and the Blues

I started reading William Faulkner’s Absalom Absalom! before we left for Oxford, and what started out as a bit of a slog turned into an absolutely fantastic read as soon as we got on the plane to Mississippi. (If you give … Continue reading

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More on the Mississippi Delta

It goes without saying that the Mississippi Delta, the swath of land between the Mississippi and the Yazoo Rivers on the western edge of the state, is a land of contrasts. I can’t do the few days I spent there … Continue reading

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Taylor Grocery & Restaurant

I can count my “incredible dining experiences” on my ten fingers. They don’t happen that often. The latest happened during a handful of days last week in  Mississippi. It’s one of those dining experiences that makes me want to rely … Continue reading

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Chicago, part one

I hadn’t been to Chicago in a long time — years, literally — before December. And now I’ve been to the city twice in the past eight weeks. Chicago is as cool as ever (albeit freezing cold this time of … Continue reading

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Kansas City

Matthew and I ended up with a couple of extra vacation days this fall so we took a jaunt down to Kansas City for an extended weekend. I’ve been going to KC since I was a little kid. This trip … Continue reading

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Will Forte’s Omaha picks

Will Forte, one of the stars in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” dishes with the New York Times on where he ate and what he liked while he was in Omaha: Did you take any detours while shooting? “I had an extravagant … Continue reading

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Omaha’s first Heatmap

When I got an email from one of my favorite daily reads,, asking me to contribute, I had to blink twice. Today is a big day for me — it’s the first time I’ve appeared on and it’s … Continue reading

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Lake weekend

I spent weeks of my childhood summers in Okoboji, Iowa, with my family. My memories of the place are vivid — I remember the sunny days spent in my grandparents’ boat on the lake, the cool evenings, nightly campfires and … Continue reading

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Summertime in the South

I spent a few days in Savannah, Georgia and on Hilton Head Island over the Fourth of July weekend with my husband’s family, and we had a great time. We spent our first full day, July 4, on Hilton Head. I … Continue reading

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Bluestem and James Beard

My favorite course of the five I had at Bluestem, in Kansas City: Torchon of foie gras, Missouri strawberries, rhubarb, anise-hyssp, nitro root beer, brioche. It was paired with a glass of Sauternes, a sweet French wine.  The dinner we … Continue reading

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