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Samantha Crespo
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Lives in Memphis, Tennessee
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Lunchbox Eats' Kaia Brewer defines soul food and talks about her connections to Memphis soul food icons including The Gay Hawk's Mr. Bobo and The Four Way's Mr. Bates. Hungry? 
There’s a little restaurant in the shadow of FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis that my family frequents: Lunchbox Eats. My husband likes the sporting events projected on the wall and the fish tacos (check the chalkboard of daily specials). My … Continue reading →
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Want a fresh perspective on Memphis? What about a view from 100 feet? 
We’re coming off of three snow (and ice) days in Memphis, so you can bet spring sounds better than ever to half-thawed me. One of my favorite signs of spring is the call from my friend Jimmy Ogle that his … Continue reading →
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You want stories? Fort Donelson National Battlefield's got stories, from the tale of a bible that was rescued from a burning church during the Battle of Dover (and returned to the Tennessee town 150 years later) to the surrender-between-friends starring Confederate General Buckner and Union General Grant. This and more -- including a caravan tour guided by historian/author Kendall Gott -- during the park's 152nd anniversary events beginning this weekend. Details in this post.
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After spending a morning with Pat Halloran last week, I'll tell you this: If I could only do one thing this season at The Orpheum Theatre-Memphis, I'd do Dinner on Stage (next up: March 1). Halloran's stories about helping to resurrect The Orpheum (and along with it, all of downtown), make him a Memphis champion you need to meet. (If you want to see Wicked, War Horse or The Book of Mormon, those details are all here, too.)
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$5 museum admission, a parade and free entertainment are just a few things the National Civil Rights Museum has planned for its re-opening weekend. Tavis Smiley will be there, and President Obama's been invited. What are you doing April 4-6?
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Our European friends wanted to hear about steamboats on the Mississippi...what do you have to add? 
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What?! You haven't seen Motel Mirrors live yet? Read my ditty about them for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Then, go see them this Sunday (Feb. 9) at 8 p.m. at Otherlands Coffee in Memphis!
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"Where Restaurant Iris is exclusive and reverent, The Second Line is everyman and raucous. It exposes the grit on English’s chef whites, accumulated growing up in Louisiana and surviving college on kitchen jobs and cold leftovers." 
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Memphis-based freelance writer and editor
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Hi from Memphis! Follow me weekly at Tennessee TripTales to discover all that's good about West Tennessee, from the outdoors to the music and, of course, the local eats and drinks. (As I have a six-year-old travel companion/research assistant, I guarantee you a regular dose of family-approved itinerary ideas, too.) I also contribute to Virgin Atlantic's Flying in the Face of Ordinary blog (more on Memphis!) and you can read my annual features in the official Tennessee Vacation Guide and Memphis Map & Tourist Guide

What's next for my readers? I'm busy crafting Southern-fried itineraries for my newest client, TravelSouthUSA.com, and my first book, 100 Things To Do in Memphis Before You Die, is due out VERY soon.
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