Doc Lawrence

GOURMET HIGHWAY: Christmas in Original Florida

By Doc Lawrence – In 1928 Pulitzer Prize winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings left New York for the wilds of Florida, lamenting that her “first Christmas at Cross Creek would break my heart,” but she stayed on to become one of America’s most acclaimed writers. With full knowledge she would miss the traditional celebrations up North, …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Florida’s Grapefruit League – An American Tradition

By Doc Lawrence – Bart Giamatti, a popular commissioner of major league baseball famously observed that life for kids of all ages begins again each spring with the first crack of a bat meeting a baseball. You get a head start on the annual rebirth in Florida where a select number of baseball teams come …

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Gourmet Highway: Release The Gypsy in Your Soul

By Doc Lawrence – Love should never become dormant. Old love is mature love, but sometimes creeping benign neglect takes a toll. The good news that rekindling the coals isn’t rocket science. Dining adventures during this special month when we honor love as an essential institution is tailor-made for rejuvenation through celebration. It’s a journey …

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Gourmet Highway: Tennessee’s Magic – Whiskey, Bell Buckle and Barbecue

By Doc Lawrence – Two villages in rural middle Tennessee showcase much of America’s grass-roots mosaic. If you suffer from the dreaded Big City Blues, but have no yearning for roughing it, then destination gems Bell Buckle and Lynchburg will welcome you with friendly arms. For years I have meandered along twisting, two-lane roads into …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Smoky Mountain Brigadoon

By Doc Lawrence – For lowlanders the steep winding road up to Cataloochee Ranch is daunting, While the highway to heaven isn’t easy, bountiful rewards await those who reach the pinnacle: welcoming smiles and open arms, clean air and pure water, blue skies and lush landscapes. There’s the bonus of laughing children, sighting a red …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Spirit of Cascade Hollow

By Doc Lawrence – As summer winds down, my journeys over the years regularly take me back to Tennessee. Kinship is a lure with family near Nashville. But, increasingly the draw includes the taste adventures of Tennessee whiskey, the delightful food served in country restaurants and the taste thrills from the remarkably ascendant Tennessee wine …

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GOURMET HIGHWAY: Snowbird in Summer

By Doc Lawrence – Julia Child advised those seeking fulfillment to “find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” Entrepreneur Robert Rankin has a passion for his Snowbird Mountain Lodge and his interest in hospitality qualifies him as much more than one of the South’s top innkeepers. His philosophy is to “get …

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