The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

The 6 Best Burgers in America: Middle-of-Nowhere Edition

Finding a good burger in a city is easy. There’s Dick’s in Seattle, Kopp’s in Milwaukee, In-N-Out across the Southwest, and Culver’s everywhere in the Midwest. But there’s something about being in the middle of nowhere and finding a great burger place. A cheeseburger in …

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in 6 Pictures

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in 6 Pictures

Last April, we soaked up the sun and salt water at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This area is called the Forgotten Coast, but…cue corny joke…we won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. We’re looking forward to returning soon to explore more of the …

The Master-Planned Experience: Seaside, FL

The Master-Planned Experience: Seaside, FL

I first heard about Seaside, FL in a college course, an intro to intelligent design (as in the kind of design that is well thought-out, not the one supposedly dictated by a deity). The professor was enamored with the town. Years later, I was reminded …

Indian Pass Raw Bar: The Perfect Seafood Shack

Indian Pass Raw Bar: The Perfect Seafood Shack

“Y’all been here before?” the woman behind the register asked. Nope. She was being nice. We were looking around in confusion and hunger trying to figure the place out while eyeing the plates of oysters and shrimp in front of the other patrons. Clearly, this …

I’m a Gulf-Shore Convert

I’m a Gulf-Shore Convert

I like Florida. I’ve been visiting Florida since I was a child. We always went to Ft. Lauderdale because that’s where my dad went when he was a child. One winter we tried Orlando but it wasn’t warm enough, Florida enough. So we headed south …

Heaven is St. Joseph Peninsula, FL

Heaven is St. Joseph Peninsula, FL

Heaven is located about an hour from Panama City, FL (aka the Redneck Riviera). Heaven is the State Park on St. Joseph Peninsula, a tiny sandbar that juts into the Gulf of Mexico near the middle of nowhere. This area calls itself the forgotten coast. …

Boiled Peanuts! Fried Peanuts! The South is Nuts for Peanuts.

Boiled Peanuts! Fried Peanuts! The South is Nuts for Peanuts.

Roasted, that’s the “normal” preparation. And salted. Get them at any baseball game. Great bars in the north serve them and tell patrons to discard the shells on the floor. I like those bars because I like peanuts. But boiled? Gross. So I tried them. I …

A Night at the Bug Bar in Tate’s Hell

A Night at the Bug Bar in Tate’s Hell

It’s been a rough night at the Bug Bar. A giant jumping beast named Jones acts as bouncer at the door, eyeing each patron suspiciously. Jones doesn’t want any more trouble tonight. In the middle of the floor is the result of the earlier tussle: …