Southern Belles

Savannah Surprises

By T. Ravlin Lyte, Travel Writer Savannah, Georgia faces her namesake river with a fun, energetic and slightly tawdry series of warehouses. Full of pubs, grills and trinket shops, you can board sightseeing vessels or go for a dinner cruise. Historic plaques tell her story, buskers entertain, lovers stroll and take selfies. For a “donation,”…

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Charleston Charms

By T. Ravlin Lyte, Travel Writer: As if a Paris arrondisement had been plopped into a tropical garden, Charleston, South Carolina enchanted me with her narrow lanes, cobbled streets and gracious architecture amid lush greenery. Full of eye candy, Charleston offers ornate, wrought iron, flickering gas lamps, stately Georgian facades with tiered side porches. Yet America’s Civil War…

Savannah-Low Country 3

A Torrid Love Affair with Two Southern Belles

By T. Ravlin Lyte, Travel Writer: Genteel Reader, On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the end of the most bloody war that tore our great nation asunder, I embarked upon a quest for greater understanding of our history. Venturing to the very place where first shots were fired, my thoughts were full of unease.…

Save Boettcher Concert Hall

Denver, Save Boettcher Concert Hall

Denver is on the verge of dismantling the foundation of its culture infrastructure. Boettcher is threatened with demolition. Instead, transform it into the gem Denver deserves. Yes, Boettcher is flawed, fortress-like and dated. But it is built and better than nothing or a terribly sited seasonal outdoor theater! It is part of our local cultural scene and the…

Seasons 52

Turn, Turn, Turn to Seasons 52

Some people get turned off when they hear a restaurant is part of a chain. They think of a cookie-cutter product with no individual flare or personality. Others think “chain” can mean that the company has its act together and knows how to give the public what it wants with a formula that keeps working. Think…

What's On Your Pork Bucket List?

What’s on Your (Pork) Bucket List?

Anyone who reads our restaurant reviews can probably tell we love meat. We can’t help it. And that’s why you’ll often see pictures of beautiful and tasty meat dishes featured in our reviews. And, it’s also why each member of our team can often be found cooking up something meaty and delicious at home. Pork…

The Trip to Italy

“The Trip to Italy” Misses the Boat

Escape. The Trip to Italy is about escapes of different kinds – from home, from tethers of home and from reality. Some of that is good. Some is not. Rob and Steve are asked by a newspaper to do another series of reviews. The two friends travel throughout Italy on a grand road trip, seeing Liguria,…