Monthly Archives: May 2011

Thelma & We Lose

Could it be true? Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles looked closed. I peered in the window and could see that all the tables and furnishings had been removed. I’ve wanted to take my wife to Thelma’s for at least ten months. … Continue reading

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Missed-It Festival

Biscuit Boss John Craig said the second annual International Biscuit Festival on Market Square in Knoxville was a huge success. He estimated the crowd to be between 15,000 and 20,000. In a Facebook message, he told me that Biscuit Boulevard … Continue reading

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Cee Loberace or Liberacee Lo?

How do you explain Twitter to your grandmother? Or more specifically, how will I explain Twitter to my grandmother? I want to tell my 98-year-old grandma that I got a tweet from the Liberace Museum. She was a big fan … Continue reading

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Free Parking

An Internet video show aimed at tourists and anyone who enjoys the Smokies will debut next month. “Smoky Mountain Morning” is the brainchild of Taz Cable, who recently hosted an online show called “Bowl of Oh!” He frequently invited members … Continue reading

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Abrac-aldabra

Tortoise fans like me should make plans to visit the Knoxville Zoo soon. The male Aldabran Tortoises are “socializing” with the Fun Girls from Mount Pilot Zoo Atlanta. With luck, the sexagenarian females could become mothers to a clutch of … Continue reading

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S’meeps & S’mupcakes

A search for WordPress themes led me to an unusual Marshmallow Peeps recipe. I am still looking for a good fit for a new FBI Knoxville Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association website but I will take a moment to enjoy the … Continue reading

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Veg Out

Fr. Ragan Schriver was definitely outside his comfort zone on Friday night. It’s not often that a vegetarian goes to a barbeque festival. I persuaded my friend to show up at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass on his way home … Continue reading

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Price Club

St. Louisans are celebrating the 100th birthday of Vincent Price this week. The cleverly named Vincentennial is organized by Cinema St. Louis. If I were visiting St. Louis this week, I would enjoy attending a screening or two. I’ll have … Continue reading

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Frank and Beans

Three of the dishes in the Anything Bush’s Beans category at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass on Friday were mind-boggling in their appearance. Last year I thought the carrot cake made with beans was impressive. This year, I saw a … Continue reading

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Katz Food

Dr. David Katz, inventor of the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System, visited Knoxville last month. Katz is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about nutrition and exercise. Before appearing at a free symposium sponsored by Food City and UT Medical Center, … Continue reading

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Bloomin’ Barbecass!

An unusual bean dish amazed me last year at Sevierville’s Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival. This year, I was privileged to serve as a judge for three competitions: Anything Bush’s Beans, Anything Wampler’s Sausage and BBQ sauce. The festival allowed … Continue reading

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Capcakes

It’s graduation season in East Tennessee. To celebrate, one of our talented friends from All Saints Church made special cupcakes for her granddaughter’s graduation from Sacred Heart Cathedral School. The chocolate cupcakes were topped with white icing and replicas of … Continue reading

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Muerto, ¿y Tú?

Seattle’s KOMO-TV has gone back to the Body Farm for another sweeps story. Two weeks ago, reporter Elisa Jaffe covered the history and mission of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center. This week, her report focused on Dr. Bill Bass and his … Continue reading

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Right Outside of Bearden

The memory of my father’s Scotch must have still been rattling around in my subconscious the other day. As I drove down Kingston Pike, I saw that the new Thunder Road Wine & Spirits was now open and I decided … Continue reading

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