Tag Archives: food

Hamptoween

 A nice surprise arrived just in time for Halloween. In appreciation for her visit last week, our friend Nancy sent a thank-you gift to my wife and me. She was obviously paying attention to what we liked during dinner and … Continue reading

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Oyster It Up

The visit of our friend Nancy for the award ceremony on Thursday was more than enough of a reason to have celebratory dinners on consecutive nights. On Wednesday night, we went to Knox Mason. On Thursday, we went to Shuck Raw … Continue reading

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Jar for the Course

The foodies whom I follow on Instagram and Twitter have posted enticing pictures of their meals at Knox Mason. The restaurant has also received a lot of attention recently from travel writers who have visited Knoxville. I finally tried it on Wednesday night. My … Continue reading

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Glimmer Swimmer

A Walmart store in Bristol, Virginia, has something I haven’t seen in years. They have live tropical fish in tanks that were similar to the displays at the variety stores I remember from childhood. My parents would shop at stores like Woolworth, Kresge, … Continue reading

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Worth a Fig

The very first thing I did upon returning from a weekend trip was check on my fig tree. I was examining it while my wife was still parking the car in the garage. On Friday, I was worried that my … Continue reading

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Babuji Barbeque

The website for a barbeque contest in Maryland promised “live bands, a beer garden, vendors, a kids’ area, food, and lots and lots of BBQ.” Judging was scheduled for noon with winners to be announced at 3:00 p.m. My family … Continue reading

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Stock Dividends

Most of the food booths at the HoLa Festival had closed by the time my wife and I got there. The entertainment on stage and the information booths still had another hour to go. On our way to the festival, … Continue reading

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Fry Fair Lady

“Mama Jane” Harris invited me to come back to the Tennessee Valley Fair on Tuesday, which was Senior Citizen’s Day. I told her I wasn’t 65 yet. She said that wasn’t the reason. It was to taste test something she’s … Continue reading

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Bran Recognition

A simple question turned into an unexpected and delightful conversation. On Saturday morning, I did a remote broadcast on WNOX from the Publix Super Market in Turkey Creek. We had a steady stream of listeners who had heard the broadcast on … Continue reading

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Kadota Fanning

The figs on my tree are coming along nicely but they are not yet ripe. I was in the mood for my favorite fruit over the weekend and I knew I would be in the right place for them. Any … Continue reading

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Fryer Challenge

Two of my co-workers moved to Knoxville within the past year and had not yet attended the Tennessee Valley Fair. They heard me raving about the Fair Food Throwdown several months ago when the Fair’s Sarah Thompson came to the … Continue reading

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Make a Fish Foundation

The ticket clerk at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies asked if we wanted to purchase a guidebook for $2. I must have hesitated for a moment because my wife said, “No, he doesn’t.” A few minutes later, I surprised my … Continue reading

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Lavell You Say

 Lavell Crawford took second place on Last Comic Standing in 2007. More recently, he’s recognized from his role as bodyguard Huell Babineaux on Breaking Bad. Lavell is appearing at Side Splitters Comedy Club this weekend. He stopped by WNOX for … Continue reading

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Fry, Yai, Yai, Yai

Sarah Thompson from the Tennessee Valley Fair asked a question to which she surely knew the answer. She wanted to know if I would try a Twinkie stuffed with a Twix candy bar, wrapped in bacon, then deep-fried and drizzled … Continue reading

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