Back to Lexington Barbecue #1, Lexington, North Carolina

How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways. Why does Lexington Barbecue #1 make me quote poetry, as it did in my first review, here?   For now, let’s just say that if you come across a Best Barbecue list that does not include Lexington #1 just tear it up and throw it straight into the trash.  Well, if you’re looking at the Best … Continue reading Back to Lexington Barbecue #1, Lexington, North Carolina

Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee

Well, heck.  If you’re in Lexington, Tennessee, at around noon on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from March 1 to early December or January, and all you’ve had to eat all morning is a truly wonderful barbecue sandwich at B.E. Scott’s (okay, and some chips and slaw), you might as well — should — drive on a ways to Parsons, Tennessee, and have a … Continue reading Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee

B.E. Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Lexington, Tennessee

You should go to Lexington, Tennessee.  It’s a town of about 7,700 souls, situated midway between Memphis and Nashville.  John McAfee, the guy who started the computer security company of that name and could live wherever he wants, has chosen to live there, so it clearly has many charms.  Maybe he likes barbecue.  Some local folks claim that Lexington is the barbecue capital of the … Continue reading B.E. Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Lexington, Tennessee

Helen’s Bar B Q, Brownsville, Tennessee

What a day.  Day 2 of the Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour started with a planned sandwich at the excellent Dixie Pig in Blytheville, Arkansas.  Then I learned about the barbecue at the Kream Kastle in Blytheville, and had to try their sandwich.  I headed to Helen’s to try her barbecue, but was delayed by a heavy thunderstorm that I decided to wait out over another … Continue reading Helen’s Bar B Q, Brownsville, Tennessee

The Dixie Pig, Blytheville, Arkansas

After my disappointing trip to Central Bar-B-Q on my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour, I got back up on the horse and set out for more barbecue.  I drove across the Mississippi River into Arkansas and up to Blytheville.  Odds are that you’ve never heard of Blytheville.  Food reviewers certainly haven’t.  Perhaps they need to get out more.  An easy drive from Memphis, Blytheville is … Continue reading The Dixie Pig, Blytheville, Arkansas

Special Guest Report: Shuler’s Bar-B-Que, Latta, South Carolina

I have a very good friend whom I have met exactly twice.  He’s Dan Kenney, best known to our readers as the co-Founder of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking held at Dan’s historic home in Lumberton, North Carolina, every April.  Dan graciously invited Nancy and me to the last two Beer Snob Pig Pickings.  As if founding a Beer Snob Pig Picking weren’t enough … Continue reading Special Guest Report: Shuler’s Bar-B-Que, Latta, South Carolina

The World’s Best Shrimpburger, 2019: The Captain’s Kitchen Repeats!

After I’d completed my post-independence Day barbecue wind-down, I headed to the beach to meet Nancy, Liza, Ella, and Lily.  We took two cars to take all of Ella and Lily’s gear (and our own) down.  I had left a day early and eaten at the Hillsborough BBQ Company and the Durham outpost of The Pit.  We connected at the realtor’s office, unpacked, and set … Continue reading The World’s Best Shrimpburger, 2019: The Captain’s Kitchen Repeats!

Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Arles probably is best known for Van Gogh’s residence there.  During 14 or 15 months in Arles, Van Gogh completed 187 paintings in a period of artistic breakthrough and mental breakdown.    Our guide taught us numerous ways different nations pronounce “Van Gogh”, none of which is “Van Go.”  It makes you proud to be an American. Arles also has a very  impressive Roman arena … Continue reading Where to Eat in Arles: Bistro À Côté

Where to Eat Near the Louvre: Le Fumoir

What do you do when you arrive in Paris early in the morning, having had no sleep the night before?  That’s what happens when you take a late afternoon flight that lands before your normal bedtime. as Nancy and I did.  Here’s what you do: First, drop your bag at your hotel so that you don’t have to drag it around until check-in.  In our … Continue reading Where to Eat Near the Louvre: Le Fumoir

The 4th Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, Lumberton, North Carolina

Like others of my relentlessly advancing years, I often feel like standards are deteriorating, that many things are worse than they used to be.  Often, I am right, of course, starting with the replacement of cane sugar with corn syrup in Coca Colas.  I’m all the more pleased, therefore, when I find good things that are getting better.  And one of my favorite treats is … Continue reading The 4th Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, Lumberton, North Carolina