Craft Beer, Taproom Talk, Travel, United States

Taproom Talk: Straight to Ale in Huntsville, Alabama

In this edition of Taproom Talk, I sat down with Matt Broadhurst, Operations Manager at Straight to Ale in Huntsville, Alabama. As our conversation unfolded and the tap room opened, a few regulars also chimed in. This very well could be the most entertaining Taproom Talk interview I’ve conducted to date as I not only learned more about Straight to Ale but also the local Huntsville food and craft beer scene through…

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Craft Beer, Europe, Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel

Restaurant Snapshot: ‘T Molenhof Review in Oostvleteren, Belgium

One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from Spike in the movie Notting Hill. William comes home to find his eccentric roommate wearing a scuba costume. Bewildered, William asks, “Incidentally, uh, why are you wearing that?” “A combination of factors, really,” responds Spike, like he hadn’t given a second thought to the ridiculousness of his outfit. Deep. I know.     But that exact quote describes my day from…

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Food, Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Unique Midwestern Restaurants in Peoria, Grand Rapids, Detroit, and More

One of the perks of being a traveling salesman was the food. No matter where I traveled, I made it my mission to look passed the easy choice of chain restaurants and seek out the hidden gems. Much like in your own hometown, cities across the United States are filled with local eateries serving delicious food. This is especially true in the Midwest. Traditions from early immigrants are honored alongside modern American…

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Craft Beer, Craft Beer City Guide, Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: Explore Virginia Craft Beer Scene in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and more

Virginia craft beer has recently come out of nowhere on the national craft beer scene as a major player on the East Coast, attempting to rival neighboring craft beer powerhouse North Carolina. After losing major deals on East Coast production facilities for Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, and New Belgium to North Carolina, state legislatures got their act together and passed a bill to help make Virginia more attractive to the craft beer…

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Charlotte, Travel

Exploring the Charlotte Rail Trail

I’m starting to get a little jealous of my husband’s travel writing and blogging “career.” I mean, can you really call getting paid to travel and write a career? He seems to think so… While he was off eating his way through Spain, France, and Belgium, I sat at home three months pregnant. While he spent what felt like the entire summer drinking beer in Asheville, I watched idly in the midst…

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Blogging, Income Report

March Blog Income Report (And Traffic, Too)

March was a month of fun opportunities! I don’t think there’s a better way to state it – March was an insanely cool month of opportunities. To start with, I made both my live television and podcast debut. In early March, Cheers Charlotte, a local craft beer podcast, invited me on to talk about beer travel. Towards the end of the month, the Charlotte NBC affiliate’s lifestyle show, Charlotte Today, interviewed me…

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Food, Restaurant Snapshot, Travel, United States

A Break from Road Food at the Pink Pig BBQ Hardeeville, South Carolina

Between my house in Charlotte, North Carolina and my parents’ house in The Villages, Florida are a whole lot of places to stop for lunch and hardly any at all. There are a plethora of McDonalds followed by a good number of Burger Kings, Wendy’s, and Toxic Hells. A handful of Subways and Arby’s, the occasional Chick-Fil-A, and one Zaxby’s. These same choices repeated themselves when my parents lived in Ohio, minus…

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Food, Travel

Le Calabash Visits North Carolina

I’ve had the opportunity to go on a Culinary Adventure with Chefs Alison and Sidney Bond of Le Calabash twice before. The first time was on their African Culinary Adventure, which I can only describe as just shy of magical. The second time was on my whirlwind tour of Spain, France, and Belgium last year. I dropped into their culinary school in the Loire Valley for a taste of a French Culinary…

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Craft Beer, Travel, United States

Comfortable Hotels in Bellevue After Exploring the Region’s Craft Beer and Wine

Bellevue, Washington, is the gateway to exploring Seattle’s regional craft beer and wine scene, both of which are worthy reasons to travel to the area. Two breweries — Bellevue Brewing and Geuax Brewing — are in Bellevue, while a mere 20 minutes away you’ll find Woodinville Wine Country, which is home to Chateau Ste Michelle and 90 other wineries. Access to the big city is not the only reason that attracts tourists…

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Craft Beer, Craft Beer City Guide, Travel, United States

Hipmunk Hotels: A California Beercation Road Trip to Oakland, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and More

With legendary breweries like Stone Brewing, Green Flash Brewing, and Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego has earned itself a designation as a craft beer mecca. However, navigating the city’s 100-plus breweries can be quite daunting. Which ones are must visits and which ones are meh? As an alternative to a beercation in San Diego, I suggest a California beercation road trip to see what the rest of the state has to offer….

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