Category: Strangers Have the Best…

  • Victory Through Dog Power

    Victory Through Dog Power

    Here’s a fun item from my blog, 1meps.com, about Medford, Oregon’s destination hot dog cart: Chuck Reeder, of Medford, Oregon, is a believer in street carts. “But I’m a hot-dog cart killer.” He says eight of his competitors have gone out of business since he started Victory Dogs in 2012. While we are talking, he’s…

  • Love, in a takeout container

    Love, in a takeout container

    A couple of days ago, when the northeast was buried under many feet of snow and ice, I was driving across southern Alabama. The sun was bright, and the Gulf of Mexico sparkled like diamonds and sapphires. There were miles of warm, empty sugar-sand beaches, but I couldn’t stop. I was too hungry. Instead of…

  • A Tablespoon of Happiness

    A Tablespoon of Happiness

    “It’s the fruitcake of stew,” said the young man in a chef’s hat, stirring a gigantic pot over a propane burner. His companions from the Altamaha Technical College Culinary Arts program laughed, but they all nodded their agreement. That Saturday morning in November, I’d gone looking for the tiny Brunswick, Georgia farmers’ market, and instead…

  • Eating my way across Portugal

    We boarded the train from Coimbra, Portugal, to Lisbon, and we found people already sitting in our ticketed seats. As they reluctantly moved to their own places, one of them asked me, hopefully, “Are you sure you want these seats?” Then I realized we had ended up in one of those rows at the center…