National parks are popular destinations for hiking, paddling, wildlife-spotting, and museums, but foodie meccas they are not—usually. Unless of course you visit Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a tiny park unlike anything else in the National Park Service, and one that’s sure to change your idea of dining and drinking at national parks.
In the midst of a global pandemic, comfort foods have been brought to the forefront like never before, recruited like soldiers going into war against stress and anxiety. But does the humble cookie, a confection so classic it’s almost cliche, have what it takes to combat COVID-fear? If you’re in Houston, it does.
Tucson has quickly become one of my favorite cities. It’s a glowing testament to the city’s character, welcoming environment, serene nature, and enduring camaraderie in the face of a crippling pandemic. Being here and adapting to life in this desert oasis, as sweltering as it may be, has been a spiritually uplifting experience at a time when it’s needed most.
Gone are the days when chicken-fried steak and mechanical bulls were stereotypical fodder for Oklahoma City. Nowadays, chic cocktail bars, a thriving neighborhood culture, and restaurants blending history with modernity are all putting Oklahoma’s capital city on the map in a new way.