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The Best Breweries and Taprooms in MemphisMemphis, Tennessee is a city with a hoppin’ brewery scene. From microbrews to old school taprooms Memphis has a rich beer culture that has gained notoriety with locals and tourists alike over the years. Locals say the secret to their outstanding beer production lies in the city’s water, but the pure talent of the city’s brewing powerhouses certainly helps. Don’t leave Memphis without visiting at least one of the local breweries.
The Best Breweries in Kansas CityKansas City is one of the most famous brewing cities in America. Local brewers have gone on to win national accolades year after year. The brewery scene in Kansas City is truly exceptional, featuring unique hops present in everything from national brands to microbreweries. My advice: go brewery hopping. It’s impossible to see all that the Kansas City beer scene has in only one stop, so try out a few flights of beer at a few different locations. Some of my top picks can be found in this list.
The 11 Best Breweries in New OrleansAbita started it all - at least that’s what I’ve been told about the ever growing brewery scene in Southeastern Louisiana. The iconic brewery that can now be found in liquor stores all over the United States got its start in the marshy landscape approximately 30 miles north of New Orleans. Today, there are nearly 20 breweries in the city, with more popping up each year in old warehouses down on Tchoupitoulas and in Mid City. The brewery scene was not something that registered with me when I first moved here, but with my love of beer (especially a hazy IPA) in hand, I’m on a mission to try them all.
The 8 Best Rooftop Bars in New OrleansNew Orleans has a sprawling city skyline with rich architecture ranging from the French baroque stylings of the Quarter to skyscrapers in the Central Business District. The best way to see it all: from a bird's eye view. There is no better way to get above the bustling city than to lounge at a rooftop bar all afternoon (most of which have pools open during the summer months). I’ve been to quite a few rooftop bars since moving to New Orleans, and certainly have my favorites.
Memphis’ Most Famous Foods and Where to Try ThemMemphis is a bustling metropolitan hub on the banks of the Mississippi River most well known for music, Elvis Presley, and barbecue. There is a contested debate in the United States about who does the best barbecue - arguably one of the most iconic dishes in the country. Memphis, Tennessee consistently ranks among barbecue’s top cities. Barbecue can be found everywhere across town, and many of the joints are outstanding. Since the 1990’s, the city has been expanding into the world of cuisine and is now a delicious melting pot fueled by global fusion along with classic Southern mainstays. Here's some of the best food in Memphis!
The Best Day Trips to Take From Kansas CityKansas City is a destination packed with things to do, but if you’re trying to escape the metro area for a day or two there is plenty to find in close proximity. From wineries to towns that feel like a step back in time to the 1800’s, the options are expansive. Take a break from city life and check out some of the top day trips from Kansas City.
The 10 Best Free Things to do in Kansas CityKansas City is home to numerous exciting attractions. Although some of them certainly do cost money, luckily Kansas City is home to plenty of free things to do from museums to gardens. If you’re traveling on a budget, Kansas City is a fantastic destination. Check out some of the best free things to do in the city.
The Best History Sites & Landmarks in Kansas CityKansas City is an important historic site on the banks of the Missouri River. Originating in the early 19th century, the city was once a stop on the way for pioneers to reach gold mining in California and Oregon. Some of the travelers never made it out west. Instead, they stayed back in the midwest and made Kansas City the bustling hub that it is today. Kansas City is geographically in the heart of the United States and serves as a major crossroads. Quite literally between the East and West coast, but also of varying people groups that have made the city what it is today.
The 9 Best Museums in Kansas CityKansas City is famously recognized for beer, BBQ, and history, but did you know that they have an extensive and nationally recognized museum scene? Kansas City and surrounding suburbs have museums that celebrate everything from Jazz to pioneers to miniature toys. The city also houses the national WWI museum and memorial; an interesting place to check out and remember the Great War. Visit some of the best museums in Kansas City during your stay in the list below.
The 11 Best Brunch Joints in Kansas CityKansas City is a vibrant metro area on the border of Missouri and Kansas. The Midwest in general is home to some unique culinary options to try when you’re hungry for classic American fare. Kansas City is known for this down home flavor fused together with global flare that is becoming more and more mainstay in this region of the United States. Kansas City does big, classic brunches featuring midwest staples like biscuits and waffles, but the city is so much more than this which is particularly reflected in their brunch joints. Try out a variety on your next visit to Kansas City.
The 9 Best Day Trips from Memphis, TennesseeIt’s easy to spend a while in the Southern city of Memphis, Tennessee. If you are, however, looking to spend a day or two outside the city, Memphis’ location right on the border of three states makes it an interesting place to explore. The exciting cities of Nashville, Tennessee and Jackson, Mississippi are around 3 hours away, or you could explore stunning state parks less than an hour outside of Memphis. Check out some of the best day trips to take from Memphis, Tennessee below.
Top Historic Sites & Landmarks in MemphisMemphis, Tennessee is steeped in rich culture, art, and history dating back to the 19th century. Although a landlocked town, Memphis’ vicinity to the Mississippi River made it a major freshwater trading route that helped grow the city from a few quaint homes and shops to a booming Southern metropolis. Memphis played a major role in United States history, from being at the forefront of civil rights activism to the conception of Rock and Roll music. Take a step back in time to the 19th century or the 1950’s and check out some of Memphis’ most historic sites and landmarks.
The 9 Best Brunch Joints in MemphisLike most places in the American lowcountry, Memphis is known for decadent brunches. Some of the city’s most classic brunch joints have been open for over a century while others rose to the occasion in the last decade. Try out a famous Memphis breakfast with Southern staples and global flare while you’re in town.
The 10 Most Famous Restaurants in MemphisThe city of Memphis, Tennessee has an ever growing foodie scene that attracts new residents and tourists each year. Some establishments have been open for over a century, while other newcomers have quickly become an iconic member of the Memphis foodie game. Check out some of the most famous restaurants to visit on your next trip to Memphis, Tennessee.
The 13 Best Restaurants to Visit in Walking Distance to WanderfestI am lucky to live in the heart of New Orleans surrounded by nightlife, culture, and of course - food. This year, Wanderfest is welcoming thousands of female travelers to New Orleans to explore the city and meet up with like minded expats. I’m a major foodie, and have plenty of restaurant recommendations to share within walking distance of the festival hub. Check out some of my top picks ranging from quaint brunch spots to extravagant dinner experiences.
The 10 Best Free Things To Do in New OrleansNew Orleans is a paramount historic city in the United States with rich culture and beauty in each neighborhood. Although the city offers plenty of exciting attractions, some of the completely free adventures I’ve taken have been my favorite. This city is proof that travel doesn’t always have to break the budget. Check out some of my favorite free things to do in the Big Easy from tours to live entertainment.
The Ultimate Bourbon Street Bucket ListI know, I know, Bourbon Street is touristy. That being said, I live two blocks away from this iconic New Orleans stretch featured on everything from the show “Bar Rescue” to the film “Girl’s Trip”. Love it or hate it, if you’re visiting the city you must spend a night on Bourbon to see what all the talk is about. I’ve now been to every single establishment lining the strip (no exaggeration) and can share some of the most quintessential things to do at this 14-block-long frat party. This Bucket List is also in order starting from the Canal Street corner.
The 14 Best Brunch Spots in New OrleansNew Orleans has some of the best culinary experiences in the United States, so as expected they have phenomenal brunch options across the city. Whenever I have friends or family visiting I always take them to one of my favorite spots to enjoy a decadent, long breakfast that can last hours if done just right. From jazz buffets to bottomless vodka New Orleans does brunch exceptionally well.
The 10 Best Parks in New OrleansNew Orleans is known for its cuisine, rich culture, unique architecture, and nightlife. But did you know that they have one of the largest city parks in the country? NOLA is home to thousands of acres of parks waiting to be explored. Some are compact oases as small as a city block, while others are lush botanical escapes on the banks of the river with babbling streams and ancient oak trees. Check out some of my favorites for when I need a break from city life.
The 10 Best Concerts, Shows, and Venues in New OrleansIt’s impossible to be bored in New Orleans. There’s always something to do, and if you don’t have set plans you can just walk outside and find something. Live music is everywhere from bars lining Bourbon to quiet streets by the riverbend. You don’t need concert or event tickets to have a good time, but if you're looking for a show New Orleans has plenty of established performances to check out ranging from seasoned jazz bands to burlesque drag queens.
The 15 Best Places for King Cake in & Around New OrleansI love everything about Carnival season in New Orleans - the parades, decor, and overall joviality of the city always manages to brighten the winter down here. Best of all, it’s King Cake season! Although you technically can find King Cake at all times in New Orleans, the period between the Catholic Holidays of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is when it’s socially acceptable to eat this decadent brioche. A traditional King Cake is a ring shaped dough formed to mimic the shape of a crown in honor of the Three Kings of Epiphany. The cake is then adorned in glaze and purple, green, and gold sugar. A plastic baby figurine is also embedded into the cake, and if you end up getting the slice with it you must buy the next King Cake. Each year, my friends and I go on a mission to find the best King Cakes in the city - here are some of my favorites.
The 12 Best City Tours in New OrleansWhenever I check out a new city I like to orient myself with the local landmarks and culture by embarking on a city tour. Moving to New Orleans presented me with the conflicting identity of not necessarily being a tourist, yet not exactly being a local either. I believe that it’s important to be a tourist in your own city - to get to know it inside out and understand why it’s so beloved. Unsure how to do this? The best way to start is to take a tour. In my years living in New Orleans, I’ve had the privilege of taking quite a few; here are my favorites.
New Orleans' Most Famous Foods and Where to Try ThemNew Oreans is a city brimming with exciting nightlife, arts, culture, and of course - food. No trip would be complete without sampling a bite of Jambalaya or some classic gumbo. The Big Easy is a gastronomic paradise featuring cuisines from all over the world. Some dishes have served the test of time and still appear on restaurant menus and in family kitchens from the banks of the Mississippi to Lake Pontchartrain. I’ve lived in New Orleans for two years now and with the help of local friends curated a list of some of the best restaurants to try the city’s most iconic dishes.