Carla Waldemar Posts

KC’s Calling You

Honk if you love barbecue. Even better, head to Kansas City. Here, close to 200 pit masters fire up the oak and hickory to flavor anything and everything you can maneuver onto a grill. A […]

Memphis, Soul of the South

What makes hearts beat in Memphis? Is it the rich heritage of America’s favorite music, or its forefront push for civil rights? Trick question, because the answer is yes, because the two are forever intertwined. […]

Portland, Where the Livin’ Is Easy

Welcome to Portland. You’ve heard the hype? How its pastoral life is paraded by its smart, eco-conscious, bearded, tattooed, forward-thinking, public-minded, mellowed-out citizenry? Well, it’s all true. A lot like Minneapolis, but with more pines, […]

Mardi Gras and More

Closet? What closet? There’s no concrete evidence that Mardi Gras was invented by the gay community, but…feathers? Beads? Eyeliner? I’m just sayin’. Every town in Louisiana worth its gumbo hosts a Mardi Gras celebration, but […]

Travel: Winging It

Swearing is not polite; your mama taught you that. So here’s a tip to save you from muttering expletives as your day’s visit to Red Wing draws to an end: think ahead and book yourself […]

Travel: Swiss Charm

On the tram to baggage claim in Zurich’s airport, there’s the sound of cowbells. The blue notes of an Alpine horn. The image of a Heidi-lookalike winking through the window. Everything but chocolates, and those […]

Mucho Mazatlan

You want sunny beaches? Oh, silly me: as I’m writing for my fellow stoics here in the frozen tundra, it’s 22 degrees and snowing. Of course you do. Mazatlan has beaches. But unlike those Mexican […]

Let the Good (Food) Times Roll!

Warning: This column contains material rated unsuitable for the following audiences: members of a punitive, anti-fun-loving sect; those on a Spartan diet; and any masochist who prefers suffering frostbite to vacationing in sunny Louisiana. Those […]

From Paris to Prague along German Rivers

The swans were late for work. They’d been floating past our cabin’s balcony every day since boarding Viking Cruise’s riverboat Alsvin as we made our scenic way through Germany. We were sailing along the Mosel, […]

Kicking Back in Vegas

What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, as far as I’m concerned. I’m here to let y’all in on a few of the city’s secrets, and here’s the first: make it a mid-week stay […]

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