Shreveport, LA

I was starting to lose faith that a place in this country existed where one could sit at a formica counter and leisurely eat delicious, homemade pie. My first day in Louisiana proved that my ideal diner pie did exist. I found it at Strawn’s in Shreveport. While they are famous for the strawberry pie, the coconut was too tempting to pass up and I went to battle with a giant slice.

shreveport_coconut_pieThe pie won. I devoured about 3/4 before I waived the white napkin. According to the waitress they can serve up apporx. 100 pies on a busy weekend between whole pies and slices.


But lest you think I’m spending my days eating nothing but dessert, I in fact had lunch first–the soft shell crab salad from the Columbia Cafe. A great little place tucked away on a quiet street corner


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Meers, OK

meers_signSeveral folks had told me that if I planned on being anywhere near southern Oklahoma I had to stop at the Meers store, so I did. I wasn’t sure what to expect. From photos it seemed as though it was located miles and miles away from civilization. It was in a remote location, to be sure, but there was civilization within a mile or so. The parking area outside was full with tourists snapping pics in front the building. Clearly lots of people tell lots of other people that if they are traveling in the area they simply must stop here.

The inside has a run-down roadhouse feeling, the chairs slightly wobbly, and tables made of old wood. I sat down in one of several dining areas and ordered an iced-tea, cheeseburger and onion rings. Within a few minutes the waitress, clad in a Meers t-shirt, delivered my food in pie tin–the chosen platter for the burgers. So how was it?


It was good, delicious. But was it drive-several-hours-out-of-your-way good? Hmmm, that’s where I think it fell short. The burger was full of flavor and juicy, but frankly I’ve had other delicious burgers in my time. The onion rings are beer battered and extremely rich. I couldn’t finish my plate–there was simply too much food.

Bottom line, if you’re nearby, you should stop for a taste of the locally raised longhorn and to see a little piece of history.


One of the diners was kind enough to take a photo of me in front of the restaurant. He was there with his wife and told me they had just moved to Oklahoma andwere  getting to know their new state. He also informed me that the first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, hence the reason he suggested I stand in front of the now-defunct meter for the photo.

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The Opposite of Storm Chasing

I left Denver early in the morning to avoid snow. I hate snow. No, hate isn’t a strong enough word. Snow and cold make me miserable. The kind of misery that seeps all desire except to curl up in a blanket and sleep until hot, sunny weather makes an entrance.

So when I heard that snow was quickly approaching Denver, I could think of nothing else, not Rocky Mountain Oysters, not wild game, not authentic Mexican food, and certainly not a tour around the city. My only reaction was to pack my bags and hit the highway before any sort of inclement weather fell on the city. And I did.
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