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 …

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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 …

Restaurant Review Review: Syrup & Eggs in the Chattanooga Times Free Press

"If a picture is worth a thousand words," begins Sara Jackson's 900-word review in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, "breakfast/brunch spot Syrup and Eggs has already written itself a classic novel."  I must confess, I have yet to dine at Syrup and Eggs.  But I have read The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath and …

If You Love Country Line Dancing and Classic Rock Cover Bands, Chattanooga has the PERFECT Luxury Apartment For You!

Do you love to kick up your heels and scoot your boots to country classics from the 90's?  Of course you do.  Do you also love the music of Bon Jovi, Journey and Led Zeppelin performed live and loud by guys who kinda look like Bon Jovi, Journey and Led Zeppelin?  I know you do!  …