Carla Waldemar

Swedes Along the Mississippi

By Carla Waldemar / October 21, 2021

Stockholm (pop. 97) is a blink-and-you-miss-it settlement hemming the Mississippi as it widens to become Lake Pepin: no gas station,…

Stalkin’ the Balkans

By Carla Waldemar / September 23, 2021

It’s breakfast time, but I can’t smell the eggs Benedict. And where’s the cappuccino? Oh, that’s right. That was yesterday—and…

Sidebar 2.0

By Carla Waldemar / September 9, 2021

I’ve heard of people being put into a medical coma….but—a restaurant? Covid’s the culprit. Last September the Surdyk clan opened…

Let Us Sing One Song for….Louisville!

By Carla Waldemar / August 26, 2021

What draws visitors to Louisville? Well, for sportin’ fans, there’s that little event called the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday…

Saint (Augustine) Be Praised

By Carla Waldemar / August 12, 2021

Like many restaurants, Augustine’s in St. Paul’s Union Park neighborhood shuttered during the pandemic. The good news is it’s back,…


By Carla Waldemar / June 17, 2021

The Cooper Burger I’d gone to Nashville for the music, came home with an even tastier passion: Nashville hot chicken.…

Estonia – Queen of the Baltic

By Carla Waldemar / June 3, 2021

Old Town of Tallinn. Photo by Kaupo Kalda, courtesy of Visit Estonia Estonia is ready for her close-up, and I’m…

Tastes Like Chicken

By Carla Waldemar / June 3, 2021

An army travels on its stomach, according to French Emperor Napoleon, who probably carried a Michelin Guide into battle. So…

South of the Border

By Carla Waldemar / May 6, 2021

Photo courtesy of Iowa Tourism Office Heading south for spring break? Sure! But Daytona Beach may be a petri dish…

Sanjusan Restaurant: Pasta for Madame Butterfly

By Carla Waldemar / April 22, 2021

Photo courtesy of Sanjusan Note to trend-watching diners: Fusion menus are back in fashion, at least if the bold-name chef…

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