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Last weekend, an unexpected late night at the hospital threw off my whole weekend.  Although the weather was beautiful, I stayed around the house the whole time.  (I’m fine, better safe than sorry.)  I had planned to take a trip with Sam this weekend…
Last weekend, an unexpected late night at the hospital threw off my whole weekend. Although the weather was beautiful, I stayed around the house the whole time. (I'm fine, better safe than sorry....
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This is Part II of my time in Chicago last weekend.  If you missed Part I, check it out here. After leaving the lobby hallway of the Monadnock Building, we continued east on Jackson towards my second must-see destination after Lou Mitchell’s: Central…
This is Part II of my time in Chicago last weekend. If you missed Part I, check it out here. After leaving the lobby hallway of the Monadnock Building, we continued east on Jackson towards my seco...
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“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Iman How in the world has it been five years already? When I sat down to write this post about the anniversary of my father’s untimely passing, it struck me at how much…
"Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory" - Iman How in the world has it been five years already? When I sat down to write this post about the anniversary...
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There’s a quote that says, “We are the sum of all the people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you.”  I have found that to be accurate.  Over the course of the 34 (almost 35, yikes!) years I have walked this earth, I have…
There's a quote that says, "We are the sum of all the people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you." I have found that to be accurate. Over the course of the 34 (almost...
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I don’t know what it is about December 23rd, but for several of the last few years the date has contained events worth remembering.  In 2010, it was the day I went to see the new True Grit film with my father (which would end up being the last thing we…
I don't know what it is about December 23rd, but for several of the last few years the date has contained events worth remembering. In 2010, it was the day I went to see the new True Grit film wit...
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Yesterday afternoon, I received news that my dear friend and local Route 66 icon Laurel Kane passed away.  It was unexpected; though she had struggled with some health issues for a while, none of them had been urgent.  Alas, here we are, a little over a…
Yesterday afternoon, I received news that my dear friend and local Route 66 icon Laurel Kane passed away. It was unexpected; though she had struggled with some health issues for a while, none of t...
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I love visiting Chicago.  The first time I set foot in the Windy City, I was re-entering the US after ten months of international exploration.  This was February of 2010 and I was welcomed with ice and frigid temperatures.  It seems like I typically find…
I love visiting Chicago. The first time I set foot in the Windy City, I was re-entering the US after ten months of international exploration. This was February of 2010 and I was welcomed with ice...
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Saturday morning, I awoke early and approached my window with a mixture of excitement and dread.  The weatherman had predicted snow overnight and through the morning, though accumulation totals were all over the board.  I was planning on attending a tour…
Saturday morning, I awoke early and approached my window with a mixture of excitement and dread. The weatherman had predicted snow overnight and through the morning, though accumulation totals wer...
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Hello everyone! I had an absolutely amazing year — looking back over the last twelve months, I was floored at how much I’d seen in my travels.  Like I did last year, I assembled a short video (or two!) showcasing some of my favorite photos with…
Hello everyone! I had an absolutely amazing year -- looking back over the last twelve months, I was floored at how much I'd seen in my travels. Like I did last year, I assembled a short video (or ...
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World Traveler, Photographer, Movie Lover. Also makes julienned fries. Will not break.
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Sold everything I owned and backpacked internationally from April '09 to February '10.
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - Topeka, Kansas
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Been here a few times for work functions. Great service from the staff, lots of external noise being so close to the airport. That's not within their control to an extent, but was bad enough to interrupt my sleep multiple times. My room was outward-facing in one of the towers.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
This place blew the doors off of my expectations. Not only is the food good (and it was spectacular) but the service was outstanding. The place has an atmosphere you wouldn't expect from the shopping center it's in; it's quiet, romantic, and appropriate for a date night. My server was knowledgeable about the history of the establishment and took pride in sharing his passion for the owner and the quality of our experience. I originally ordered the chicken fettuccine alfredo, but our server recommended altering it to the fettuccine carbonara. I've never had anything so delicious. Special mention to the tiramisu; it was the best I've had since the small restaurant in Mestre, Italy.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
I make it a point to stop by Clanton's any time I'm in the Vinita area. Not only are they one of the oldest family-run businesses on all of Route 66, they have continued to focus on quality service and quality ingredients to provide some fantastic home cooking-style dishes. There are a lot of places in Oklahoma you can get a good Chicken Fried Steak, but Clanton's is by far the best I've ever had. My fiance feels the same way about their Chicken and Dressing. All of their dressings are made in-house, by the way. A quick story: when I stopped by on Saturday, I couldn't help but overhear a conversation in the booth behind me. The customer couldn’t eat anything that had/was cooked with chicken fat and was making some meticulous special requests. I was sure that the waitress was going to tell the man that there was no way they could accommodate his needs, considering the establishment’s comfort food menu; however, I was surprised when she returned to his table a few minutes later and said they could make his meal’s breading out of buttermilk and a few other substitute ingredients. She also said she was worried another part of his order would be an issue, as the fryer they use also handles a few chicken products. They worked all of this out, to my amazement. There really is no substitute for a family-owned restaurant where the people truly care about the experience. Oh, and their pie is also AMAZING.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
I stayed two nights at the Globetrotter to visit the Painted Desert National Park and attend a local Route 66 festival. When I arrived, the proprieters were genuinely happy to help me and get me settled after a long day's drive. Larissa, the manager, personally showed me to my room. I was pleasantly surprised at how updated the interior was. The best was very comfortable, the A/C was powerful, and the shower was adjustable. In the morning, they serve a continental breakfast. When I entered the little dining nook up by the office, I was surprised to see a little table setting with my room number on it...and a little Oklahoma flag! Not only that, but it was metal flatware and the food offered was fresh. Peter, one of the owners, stopped in while I was eating and checked in on my stay. We chat for about twenty minutes about various things; he immigrated from Austria, bought the hotel a few years ago, and has been personally renovating it. His pride beams brightly and he took wonderful care of me during my visit. Oh, and it had the best wi-fi of any hotel I stayed in during my week of travel, and that INCLUDES the fancy La Posada at nearby Winslow, AZ. It's a great place to stay, whether you're a Route 66 roadie, someone visiting one of the many local National Parks, or just in the area. Highly recommended.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
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My first stop was one of my favorite new spots in Tulsa, Hoot Owl Coffee. It's a little shop on an old alignment of Route 66 at Lewis Ave, just a few doors down from the Circle Cinema. The coffee they serve is fantastic, and the owner is a super nice guy. When I went in for the first time, I talked to him about the shop and his history. Turns out this wasn't his first shop on the Mother Road; in fact, his first coffee shop was in a little town called Vega, Texas. Every time I've been in there, Andrew and the rest of his staff have been extremely kind and generous with their time. And, as I mentioned, the coffee is fantastic. They are very focused on their business model giving back, which is why they buy fair trade coffee and donate to local food banks with some of their profit. If you like coffee, you gotta check 'em out. They offer a wide variety of brewing methods and are very passionate about what they do.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Whenever I travel, I like to support local businesses along the way. That is especially true when I'm on old Route 66. I heard about Fender's from a roadie friend and stayed there during a trip down old 66 from LA to Albuquerque. I booked a night there in advance, and on the day I realized I was going to get in MUCH later than I anticipated. I called the proprietor, Rosie, and told her I'd be in after dark. She was sweet as pie and assured me that would be no problem. When I arrived, she greeted me at the office door. She shook my hand and took great pride in telling me about the motel; I could see it was really important to her that her guests feel comfortable. Since I was dog tired from driving all day, I pretty much went to bed. It was comfortable, quiet, and an easy night's sleep. In the morning, I had the pleasure of witnessing a gorgeous sunrise. They have ample deck space and a great spot on the river. It made me wish I had more time to stay; I definitely plan to return.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Blue Moon sits in the heart of Brookside and is often inexplicably left out of dining options by my friends. Though the crowd sometimes strikes me as of the Utica Square variety, the staff has always been more than friendly. Granted, I've only been here for breakfast. And what a breakfast! My tastes are simple, but their two-egg breakfast has fast-tracked to one of my favorites. It's nice to have a variety of toast options, too. The coffee is great and they have a lot of homemade options, too. Can't speak to anything but breakfast, unfortunately, but I heartily endorse a morning meal here. Also, if the weather is cooler, the patio is super nice.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago