Paul is a noted freelance writer with hundreds of articles online and in print. Paul is motivated by regional foods. His most recent project is cataloging unique events in Michigan History. You can find more of his work at Michigan4You.com
Two Days in Dublin, Ireland
Day 1: Diving Deep into Dublin's Gritty Heart Day 1 in Dublin is not just a journey; it's an expedition into the soul of the city. Temple Bar, with its cobbled streets and historic echoes, is more than a destination—it's a narrative of Dublin's tumultuous past and vibrant present. Here, every corner tells a story, from the scholarly halls of Trinity College to the legendary walls of The Brazen Head, Ireland's oldest pub.
Vintage Dish Collectors, Take Note: Your Cherished Corelle Might Harbor a Hidden Danger
Today, I'm diving into a topic that's close to our hearts but might be a bit unsettling. It's about our beloved vintage Corelle dishes. Yes, those charming pieces that remind us of grandma's kitchen and simpler times. But, as I've recently discovered, there's more to these dishes than meets the eye. Let's talk about the unexpected guest hiding in some of our favorite collectibles: lead.
Exploring Tampa's Culinary Delights
Tampa, Florida, a vibrant city nestled on the Gulf Coast, is not just known for its picturesque beaches and sunny weather, but also for its rich and diverse culinary scene. From the freshest seafood to authentic ethnic cuisines, Tampa's food landscape offers a plethora of flavors that cater to every palate. In this exploration, we'll delve into the city's dining culture, uncovering hidden gems and celebrated establishments, including the renowned Bern's Steak House, a beacon of culinary excellence in Tampa.
A Warm Embrace in a Bowl
It was a bitterly cold winter evening at our cottage in northern Michigan, the kind where the snowflakes seemed to freeze mid-air before they even touched the ground. I had just returned from a grueling day exploring the towns of Port Austin and Bad Axe. I took some pictures, but an interview I had scheuduled for a new story fell through. My spirits were as low as the temperature outside; I was questioning the impact of my work, wondering if it was reaching anyone or making a difference.
Railstalgia - A Journey Beyond Tracks
I found myself aboard the "Eagle's Wing," a train so luxurious it made the Orient Express look like a subway car. Railstalgia hit me—a yearning for a time when train travel was an art form, a ritual of crossing landscapes while sipping bourbon.
Unearthing the Enigma of Homemade Prison Wine
Today, we're venturing into a realm less explored, immersing ourselves in the intriguing world of homemade prison wine, also known as "Toilet Batch". As we embark on this journey together, remember to view this as an exploration of a unique subculture, not an endorsement of illicit activities.
The Pursuit of Hoppiness: An Ode to America's Most Popular Beers
There's a quote I once heard that beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. And if that's the case, the almighty must hold a particular affection for the United States. Now, I've journeyed across continents, traversed through cultures, and dabbled in my fair share of fermented beverages, but there's something uniquely American about a cold brew on a hot summer day. Or a crisp fall afternoon. Or a cozy winter evening. Alright, let's face it, any time is beer time. This is my journey through the crowded, colorful, and ever-bubbling landscape of America's most popular beers.
Explore Michigan's Shoreline With Boat Tours
As the gentle waves of the Great Lakes caress Michigan's picturesque shoreline, a world of nautical adventures awaits. From serene river cruises to thrilling voyages on the vast open waters, boat tours in Michigan offer an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rich history of the Great Lake State. So grab your sea legs and embark on an unforgettable journey as we dive into the wonders of Michigan's shoreline with boat tours.
Cracking the Code of the Perfectly Grilled Dog
Alright, folks, buckle up, because today we're firing up the grill and talking hot dogs, a gastronomic gem that transcends culinary borders. I mean, who doesn't love a good hot dog? But today, we're not just talking any old hot dog - we're talking about grilled dogs that are bursting with flavor and decked out with all the fixings. The kind of wiener is a food that can put you in a great mood. These aren't just your average, run-of-the-mill dogs. These are the kind of dogs that'll make your taste buds sing and have your neighbors peeking over the fence in envy.
A Journey through the Beach Towns on Lake Huron
Imagine a place where the air is filled with the soothing sounds of water lapping against the shoreline, where the morning sun paints a breathtaking panorama over the crystal-clear Lake Huron, and where every sunset is a heart-tugging spectacle. Yes, my friend, these are the tranquil beach towns on Lake Huron, and if you haven't discovered them yet, you're missing out!
Top 10 Cities with the Highest Crime Rates in the United States
Crime is a complex issue that resonates across the United States. Every city battles its share of crime, but some areas grapple with significantly higher rates than others. This post provides a thorough analysis of the cities with the highest crime rates in America, looking closely at the root causes and potential preventive strategies. The key question we aim to answer is: How does your hometown fare in the context of these statistics?