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It’s summer in Washington and I’m very glad to be home. I do love to travel and that will never change, but I also love waking up in my own time zone and enjoying a meal without juggling my phone and fork. I hope you understand. It’s impossibly hard to step away from a dream…

“Taylor Swift ate 650 cupcakes?” I asked, incredulous. “No!” laughed the woman at the bakery, “She bought 650 cupcakes and then sent them around to all the radio stations that played her music.” “That’s a whole lotta cupcakes.” “It was. But I think it was a nice way for her to say, ‘Thank You.’ They…

Plants get hungry, too. Sometimes it just gets really hot down here in Georgia and if there isn’t enough food in the house, the White Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia leucophylla) lures unsuspecting insect guests into its backyard pool and shoves them in, drowning them and then digesting them in slow motion. Nature can be cruel, but…

The shark bumped me before I’d even put on my fins. “Hello there!” I gurgled into my regulator, then fitted the rest of my gear and dropped below the surface and down to the sandy bottom of the massive blue tank. Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager exhibit is unfathomably large—the size of a football field, ranging…

Alabama was beautiful—growing brighter with the fading sun as I headed east to the great green home of Georgia. Like a slow-burning fire, the land changed from brown to pink to red-orange, glowing like an ember beneath the jungle that is Georgia in June, a tangle of trees and vines and growth so thick I…

I could go to church or be in a music video. Since the awesome Church Organ Karaoke was not happening at Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, I chose fame instead at the Apache Café. B-roll meant that nobody would actually see my face on TV. Maybe it would be…

Driving from New Orleans to Atlanta has led me through forests and swamps, through small towns and big cities, and past civil war and civil rights memorials. No question the complexity of the South is manifest in the landscape, down to the people who are buried in the tough red dirt. It’s amazing the personalities…

It’s no secret that I’ve got a serious crush on Gal Holiday and her band, the Honky Tonk Revue. I hear some pretty fabulous music all over the world, but no other singer has stolen my heart quite like Gal (Vanessa Niemann). The band rocks, the music is fresh, and her voice is like butter…

I first met Jacqueline Bishop down in Cuba, where we both found Havana reminiscent of her own hometown, New Orleans. A seasoned traveler and visual artist, Jacqueline takes her inspiration from the natural world and its wettest places, be it Bangladesh, the Amazon, or her own beloved Louisiana swamps. In search of the real “Rhythms…

No other city in America calls you to the table like New Orleans—the city lives and breathes great food and without question, the Big Easy offers my favorite destination dining in the entire US of A. Though I will be the first to rave about the oysters and po’ boys, duck sausage gumbo and the…