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Wilmington, DE

Wilmington, a major financial center for credit card issuers, has a pretty impressive skyline for a city of just over 70,00 people. The city is built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. With all this water I’m thinking there has to be some good seafood around. A Google search reveals that Banks Seafood Kitchen is in RiverFront Market along the river. Sounds Perfect! Oy, Oysters[…]

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Curious Craig Cornpalooza Salad

Some of the U-Haul ” Classic”  Supergraphics are a bit generic. Such is the case with the Nebraska Cornfield.  There is certainly no shortage of cornfields to visit here in Nebraska but that would make for a pretty boring blog. Though Murphy and I have some raucous hide-n-seek games in the fields. He’s good and finds me every time. I’ll take this opportunity to try something a little different, a recipe blog. I visit a pop-up farmers market tent looking for inspiration and ingredients for something a little different.  The farm gal[…]

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Grand Island, NE

In 1857, German settlers left Iowa and headed west to Nebraska to start a new settlement on an island known by French traders as La Grande Isle, which is formed by the Wood River and Platte Rivers. The city’s claim to fame today is it hosts the Nebraska State Fair in August and is on the migratory route for sandhill cranes in the early spring. Thousands of cranes and millions of other migratory birds use the plains along the Platte river basin to rest and fuel up on the waste grains left over from last years harvest before[…]

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Amarillo, TX: Route 66 –

I don’t follow Route 66 as much as I had hoped, in fact, there isn’t much left traveling from Oklahoma City to Amarillo. It is mostly I-40 with a few stretches of the original highway. There isn’t a whole lot going on this section of the iconic highway. In such, I don’t see many of the venues that the highway is known for. However, there are many things to explore during my brief visit to Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch Erected in 1974 (relocated in 1997) by a group of artist known as[…]

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Austin, TX – That’s Weird

Now That is Weird – The mantra “Keep Austin Weird” can be seen throughout the city. It is on billboards, business marquees, bumper stickers, and T-shirts.   A city that not only flies its freak flag but embraces it tightly.  While only here for 48 hours, I see a number of men (my assumption)  walking various streets wearing evening gowns, rompers and a pantsuit that would make Hillary envious.  Except for maybe some tribal villages outside of Africa, Austin has to lead the planet in nose rings per capita.   Weird, perhaps, but expressing oneself is[…]

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From Bourbon St. to the Boudin Trail

What is Boudin? Traveling along I10 towards the Creole Nature Trail, I notice innumerable advertisements for crawfish and boudin.   I’ve had plenty of crawfish while traveling through the southeast, but only have a cursory knowledge of boudin.  Much to my surprise, there is a Boudin Trail in the Lake Charles, LA area. Boudin (boo-DAN) is a regional specialty found only in Southern Louisiana. It is a sausage traditionally made with pork, rice, seasonings, and various vegetables, such as onions and green peppers.  The varieties are, however, seemingly endless. Boudin blanc: Light colored boudin[…]

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