A Cozy Merger of Venice and Las Vegas

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

A Cozy Merger of Venice and Las Vegas

I made my first ever trip to Texas last week for a travel assignment in San Antonio. The city’s historic district serves up a must-see dose of pedestrian culture centered around good times and great food.

The world renowned River Walk is a cozy merger of Venice and Las Vegas. People amble casually along the stone and cobble sidewalks which surround a series of canals that are always abuzz with water taxies.

Evening is the best time to experience this cultural epicenter, as the entire scene is lit up in a vibrant matrix of color, sight and sound. The restaurants serve boisterous, beer-fueled crowds of happy diners who love to eat, drink and laugh (and not necessarily in that order).

From a photographic standpoint, the River Walk can be particularly challenging. You’ll never get anything good without a tripod, as evening hours demand long exposures of up to 30 seconds. If you can manage to stake out a good spot and not get clobbered by the mobs of human traffic, chances are good you’ll come away with some very bright, very rewarding images.

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Cypress | Fine Dining in Charleston, SC

Cypress makes fresh food from the ocean in Charleston SC

Cypress makes fresh food from the ocean in Charleston SC

 

Bratwurst with baked beans style boiled peanuts

Bratwurst with baked beans style boiled peanuts

 

Sashimi tuna with oysters

Sashimi tuna with oysters

Travel writing certainly has its perks, and many of them come in the form of amazing food. I was working on a story about local attractions in Charleston, South Carolina, when I got invited to do a review on one of the town’s premiere restaurants, Cypress. Always up for a chance to sample local cuisine, I found myself standing in an elegant venue on East Bay Street, near historic downtown.

All in all, the food was pretty much a modern take on traditional southern cuisine. The creativity of these dishes is definitely something I’ll be attempting in my own kitchen. And while I can’t get fresh oysters at home in Colorado, I know exactly where to find them in Charleston. The next time you experience this esteemed historic city, put Cypress on your list of places to visit.

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