Michael Mackie

Shreveport: The Revisiting

Shreveport: The Revisiting

The first time I visited Shreveport, it rained for 72 hours straight. We’re talking torrential downpours. Meh. Meh. And meh. Repeat. The only time I ventured out of the hotel… Read more

Southern Brunch at Lula Is Decadent and Delicious

Southern Brunch at Lula Is Decadent and Delicious

Chef Bradley Gilmore strikes again. The North Carolina native who opened his pop-up Lula Southern Cookhouse in late 2021 just added Sunday brunch to the roster. It’s an amazing mix… Read more

Kind Food: New Space, New Menu Items, New Attitude

Kind Food: New Space, New Menu Items, New Attitude

For more than two years Kind Food was nestled in the cramped confines of a shipping container in the Iron District. When they opened in late 2019, owners Jonelle and… Read more

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

Barceló Puerto Vallarta: Lush, Luxurious Escapism

The litmus test for me at any all-inclusive resort is whether or not I feel the need/desire/overwhelming urge to escape after a few hours. That certainly wasn’t the case at… Read more

My Dream Gig

My Dream Gig

The nanosecond I turned 16, I went on the hunt for my first job. I marched my happy, unjaded ass into a nearby Pizza Hut and politely asked for an… Read more

Ring the Bell at Hotel Grinnell! A Former Junior High School Finds New Life as a Boutique Hotel Destination

Ring the Bell at Hotel Grinnell! A Former Junior High School Finds New Life as a Boutique Hotel Destination

Rising out of the Iowa cornfields (and a prestigious nearby Midwest college), you’ll find the Hotel Grinnell smack dab in the city’s picturesque center square. Amidst a quaint coffee shop,… Read more

My (Un)Successful Stint as Santa Claus

My (Un)Successful Stint as Santa Claus

Trust and believe, my general disdain for small children is well-known. Even as a burgeoning kindergartener, I was never a fan of others in my age bracket. I find kids… Read more

The Highlander Hotel ROCKS!

The Highlander Hotel ROCKS!

Funny how the universe works, and by universe, I mean, LinkedIN. A while back I got a message from a PR firm asking if I was, indeed, a University of… Read more

Bianca Del Rio Dishes on Loving Life and That Insane All Stars 6 Lip Sync Gag

Bianca Del Rio Dishes on Loving Life and That Insane All Stars 6 Lip Sync Gag

When I talked to drag superstar extraordinaire Bianca Del Rio in mid-August, she had just returned from a four-night run of sold out shows in Amsterdam. Besides being a wee-bit… Read more

Here’s What I Learned In Santa Fe

Here’s What I Learned In Santa Fe

This year I made a pact with myself: if I’m gonna spend a kazillion dollars traveling somewhere, it’s gonna be to a place I’ve never been before. Given that I… Read more