If You Let Your Kids Wear Crocs, I’m Embarrassed for Both of You!

I love my SouthSide neighbors.  Really, I do.  They've created a Southern micro-economy that can support two charcuterie, a botox clinic, and countless restaurants serving $20 hamburgers.  But every so often, my neighbors engage in behavior that reminds me I'm no longer in Brooklyn or Seattle.  These transgressions can range from the occasional gender-blivious pronoun …

Advertisements

It’s Been Three Days Since My Dog Pooped on the Sidewalk, and the City Still Hasn’t Cleaned it Up!

There's so much to love about Chattanooga.  From the gluten-free scones at Frothy Monkey to the hand-chiseled ice at STIR to the seasonal kale salads at Main Street Meats, this city literally has something for everyone.  But every so often I'm reminded that unlike my prior hometowns of Brooklyn or Seattle, Chattanooga is still a …

Despite Nooga.com’s Recommendation, I Hated Taco Bell’s New Beefy Crunch Burrito

One of my favorite recurring features on Nooga.com, Chattanooga's digital newspaper of record, is Date Night Dining.  Each week, lifestyle blogger Sean Phipps and a plutonic companion visit a local restaurant to share scrumptious meals and stimulating conversation.  This week, Sean visited his local Taco Bell alone to sample a menu item the company is …

My EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW With The Man Responsible For #TacoGate

What an exciting week its been in the world of SouthSide lifestyle blogging.  As loyal readers will recall, the Internet lit up Saturday afternoon as angry attendees of the Chattanooga Taco & Tequila Festival bombarded Facebook with angry messages about long lines, short supplies, and the general feeling that they'd been scammed.  My persistent journalistic …

All Traffic On Market Street Should Stop When I Leave the Sports Barn

We all know jaywalking is a dangerous and unnecessary public nuisance that jeopardizes pedestrians and motorists alike.  That's why it's against the law.  But we don't have to look too far back in history to find examples of laws that were bent or even broken in pursuit of a greater justice.  Such was the case …

Nooga.com Finally Gets Around to Covering TacoGate

Tuesday morning saw a new development in the unfolding controversy known as TacoGate.  Nooga.com, the city's digital newspaper of record, finally got around to covering Saturday's debacle at the Chattanooga Taco & Tequila Festival.  The piece featured quotes from angry ticket-holders who were happy to vent about long lines and few choices.  Additionally, reporter Chloe …

More Horror Stories From the Chattanooga Taco & Tequila Festival

Yesterday I reported on the Facebook riot that ensued after some Nashville con-artists *allegedly* rolled into town and scammed a bunch of innocent Chattanoogans with the promise of delicious tacos.  Lying is wrong under any circumstances, but it's especially heinous to lie about tacos.  And now the event's organizer, Acklen Park Productions, is facing mounting …

Chattanooga Taco & Tequila Festival: an Abortion of Justice

It was supposed to be a glorious riverfront celebration of fine food and drink.  Instead, the Chattanooga Taco & Tequila Festival allegedly devolved into a shameful display of mismanagement and misleading marketing.  Now many Chattanoogans are demanding a refund from what they have labeled a scam. The event was produced by Acklen Park Productions, a …

Your Search for Local Hand-Crafted Vegan Beer Soap is OVER!

Until recently, soap was for washing and beer was for drinking.  But as Bob Dylan prophetically sang, "the times have already changed again." Nowadays kids are chugging Tide dish soap while tastemakers in the homemade vegan soap industry have started infusing their products with beer.  Yes, beer!  If you'd like to get in on the …

Local Non-Profit Helps Poor People by Teaching Them How To Be Vegans

America's permanent underclass is beset by problems like crime, drugs, poverty, gangs and institutional racism.  With so many fires to put out in their own personal lives, it can be difficult for the poor to focus on equally important societal issues like animal rights and the environment.  Thankfully a local non-profit has stepped in to …