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.
It’s no secret that we love the serenity and solitude found in nature, but there’s lots to love about cities as well, especially their amazing food scenes, and here at Hello Ranger, we’re here to celebrate them. From big foodie hubs like Chicago and New Orleans to more under-the-radar places so delicious and comforting that they feel like home away from home (we’re looking at you, Albuquerque, Orlando, Tucson), cities and their restaurants are an important part of the in-between. With Hello Ranger Traveling Eats, we aim to spotlight these vibrant places and what makes them so special, be it Indian tacos in Montana, boozy lattes in Las Vegas, onion burgers in Oklahoma City, or lobster rolls and whoopie pies in Maine. We’re United by Nature, but we’re always happy to make a detour for good eats.
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.