More than a marker

It was a gray, rainy day in January when we laid my grandfather, Arthur Ralph Gipson, to rest in the family cemetery on the outskirts of Randolph County. He had lived the bulk of his life in this tiny corner of northeast Arkansas. His children and grandchildren had come from across the country—I came from…

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November Best Bites

The Pittsburgh Natural State Sandwiches, Fayetteville Do we believe in love at first sight? Well, let’s just say that when we came across photos of the mile-high sandwiches stuffed with seasonal local ingredients served up by this Fayetteville food truck, we knew we had to have one—2 1/2-hour drive from Little Rock be damned. (617…

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Homage to Fromage: The Best You Can Brie!

If ever you find yourself at a party hosted by Little Rock’s Blair Graves, heed this advice: If you scoop up a bite of gooey, triple-cream cheese, you better eat the rind. As the cheese buyer for Boulevard Bread Company, Graves is familiar with the major sins against cheese plates, and leaving the flavorful rind…

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Border Battle

As a football-rivalry-loving state, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that we’re not South Carolina. With the recent expansion of the Southeastern Conference, the Gamecocks’ new permanent cross-divisional rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies, are some five states and 1,037 miles away. That’s a 15-hour haul for any USC fans looking to make…

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License to Chill

As hordes of choppers, cruisers and rat-rods roar up and down Fayetteville’s most famous drag in anticipation of the annual Bikes Blues and BBQ festival, the low, aggressive growl of their engines seems fundamentally at odds with what’s going on inside the small retail space on the corner of West Dickson Street and North Church…

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In A Nutshell

Any day now—perhaps even today—Clark’s Pecan Grove in Mayflower will be crawling with people, some of them quite literally, as they scavenge beneath the grove’s nut-laden trees, questing for what owner Leanna Clark calls the “cat’s meow” of pecans. Those are the almost-2-inch-long papershell varieties prized for their plump, sweet meat and easily crackable shells.…

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First Taste: Kemuri

[maxgallery name=”kemuri”] Often, American restaurants become the place ethnic cuisine goes to die. We torture it, mangle it and stereotype it until the food bears only passing resemblance to the dishes from which it originated. In Arkansas, Japanese cuisine means big sushi rolls stuffed with cream cheese, slathered in mayo-based sauces and served up with…

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Where Roots Run Deep

On the southeast corner of the manicured grounds surrounding the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, Louisiana, a giant grows. Rising 126 feet above the earth where it’s been nurtured for some 500 years, the cathedral’s gnarly live oak, whose massive branches twist around its trunk like petrified tentacles, is said to be…

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Crowning Achievement

At 14, Ashton Campbell told her parents she hoped to attend the University of Arkansas. She had the grades, but college isn’t cheap they told her, and to make that dream come true, she’d have to help pay for it. Six years later, after being crowned 2014’s Miss Arkansas and winning more than $20,000 in…

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Telling Tails

Retired Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Sgt. Bret Staggs understands there is something almost magical about a campfire’s ability to start even the most reserved of men telling tales—the longer those embers glow, the wilder the stories grow. But as Sgt. Tracey Blake, the current AGFC officer in charge of Lonoke, Arkansas and Prairie counties—and…

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