Local Flavor Blogs

Sucher & Sons: The Best Star Wars Store This Side of Tatooine

If you’re a diehard Star Wars fan, you must—we repeat must—plan a pilgrimage to the epicenter of the Star Wars universe, Sucher & Sons Star Wars Shop. Search your feelings, you know it to be true! We discovered it while blazing through Aberdeen, Washington on the way to the rainforestsĀ ...

Things to Do in the Mission District

One night we wanted to go out in our San Francisco neighborhood but not spend a lot. “How much is a lot?” asked Rachel. “Just the money in this small change-purse,” I excalimed. “That’s the laundry money,” protested Rachel, but…it was already too late: the gauntlet had been laid down:...

As Seen in Kansas Part 1: Hedge Apples

Introduction to the “As Seen in Kansas” Series When you get used to a place, you forget the fantastically weird things happening all around you. Once in a New York park, I watched a couple of picnicking Aussies get mobbed by a pack of squirrels. Having never seen a squirrel,...

Eerie Antique Lamps in New Orleans

If you boiled New OrleansĀ  to its essence — you’d have a gumbo of musical oak trees, drunken pot holes and fried smoked meats. This delicious dish would be romantically illuminated by the gas lamps that line the historic town-homes of the French Quarter and the stately plantation-inspired mansions of...

The Mardi Gras Indians

From the moment I heard about the “Mardi Gras Indians,” I knew I had to see’em. And I’m glad I did, because photos can’t capture it. Mardi Gras Indians are dressed in meticulously handmade costumes, covered from head to toe in feathers and beads. The Mardi Gras Indians only march...