PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Texas


My Top 5 Bites in Texas (described in 3 words)!

For our summer vacation this year we decided to take a road trip through Texas. We started in Dallas and ended in Austin, with stops in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco along the way. The heat was otherworldly, hitting a record 109 degrees during the Texas Rangers baseball game we attended. We met the owner of Vitek’s BBQ in Waco, and while we didn’t find a family connection to my husband’s Vitek side, we took some T-shirts back home to his family. We enjoyed wine tasting all over the state and filled up on plenty of the standard barbecue and Tex-Mex fare, but also leapt out of our comfort zone with a few local delicacies like antelope, elk, and a bacon-wrapped hot dog. Here are our favorite eats in the great state of Texas.



#5 — Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage: Spicy. Herbaceous. Unique.
at Lonesome Dove Bistro, Fort Worth




#4 — Famous Gut Pack: Hearty. Saucy. Flavorful.
at Vitek’s BBQ, Waco




#3 — Pork Picoso Tamales: Sizeable. Fiery. Meaty.
at Mi Cocina, Fort Worth




#2 — Green Chile Pork Taco: Well-constructed. Jam-packed. Fresh.
at Torchy’s Tacos, Austin




#1 — Buffalo Filet Mignon: Crusted. Lean. Tender.
at Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Dallas


PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Charleston


My Top 5 Bites in Charleston, South Carolina (described in 3 words)!

My husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this year by road tripping around Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina. With only one night in Savannah, we didn’t have too many opportunities to eat, but our favorite was dinner at the historic Olde Pink House. Along backroads we found local breweries, beach shacks serving Lowcountry cuisine, and much more. This list is dedicated to all the rich, sumptuous Southern food we savored in the lovely city of Charleston — and trust me, it was difficult narrowing it down to only five dishes!



#5 — Frogmore Stew: Steamy. Succulent. Hands-on.
at Bowens Island Restaurant




#4 — Local Clams Stuffed with Deviled Crab: Creamy. Juicy. Spicy.
at McCrady’s Tavern




#3 — Chopped Brisket Sandwich: Tender. Smoky. Vinegary.
at Home Team BBQ




#2 — Ricotta Gnocchi alla Bolognese: Pillowy. Meaty. Saucy.
at FIG




#1 — Sunrise Shrimp & Grits: Packed. With. Flavor.
at Poogan’s Porch

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Asheville


My Top 5 Bites in Asheville (described in 3 words)!

This year on Fourth of July weekend we traded Florida beaches for Blue Ridge scenery in Asheville, North Carolina. We couldn’t get enough of the cool mountain temps, southern barbecue and farm-to-table eats.



#5 — Hummingbird Cake: Sweet. Moist. Sugar.
at Early Girl Eatery in Downtown Asheville




#4 — Smoked Trout Spread: Spicy. Creamy. Addictive.
at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Omni Grove Park Inn





#3 — BBQ Sandwich: Meaty. Vinegary. Authentic.
at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC




#2 — Cheerwine Float: Sweet. Cold. American.
at Cook Out in Lincolnton, NC




#1 — Shoo Mercy Omelet: Southern. Cheesy. Stuffed.
at Tupelo Honey Café in South Asheville