Monday, September 1, 2014

Stratford, Virginia, USA

It's September. Let the oyster roasts begin! Folk tradition gives us a template for making food choices: 'Never eat oysters in months without an R.' September has an R; May, June, July, and August don't. For oyster eaters, this is New Year's Day! Recommendation: Partake in Stratford Hall's Wine and Oyster Festival later this month. [2013]

Sunday, August 31, 2014

South Hill, Virginia, USA

Where will you dine when Highway 58 ushers you into South Hill? At Hardee's, because you like the taste of tender goodness? Or at Horseshoe Restau, because you know that any place in business since the 1930s has to be good? [2013]

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Huntington, West Virginia, USA

What hungry behemoth is even bigger than Burger King? McDonald's, of course. Usually, when the arches move in, local fast-food stands go under, but here in Huntington, Frostop has weathered the attack. Its weapon: the hot dog, clad in West Virginia mail. [2013]

Friday, August 29, 2014

San Juan, Puerto Rico

What happens when communities get bitten by behemoths? Local restaurants flounder. Burger King is the second largest burger chain in the United States: When it moves in, culinary preferences change. Breaking news: Burger King has acquired Tim Horton's and is moving its headquarters to Canada. Stay tuned. [2009]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bran, Romania

Rising above the town of Bran is Romania's most well-known habitation: Dracula's Castle. Power was exercised from the precipice here. The border fortress commands the trade route between Transylvania and Wallachia. Want to buy it? It's now for sale, but you will have to outbid the Romanian government, which sees it as a heritage resource. [2014]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bucharest, Romania

Many of the 'hero martyrs' who gave their lives in the Romanian Revolution of  December1989 are buried in this memorial cemetery in Bucharest. For almost twenty-five years now, one grave has been tended daily by a still-heartbroken mother whose son who stood up to the Communist regime and made the ultimate sacrifice. [2014]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bucharest, Romania

Twenty-five years after the fall of Communism in Romania, both large- and small-scale capitalism is flourishing on the streets of Bucharest. Romania is classified today as a solidly upper-middle income economy. [2014]