Roadside Diaries: Stillwater, MN

Stillwater, MN is a great small river town on the St. Croix River with a cozy Main Street area and another hip section on top of the bluff. The town may be somewhat small, but it has a big appetite for interesting food – whether it’s traditional German fare or more modern cuisine. And there’s some nice wine represented. Here are some of the neat places I found for your “must-eat” list if you are heading there anytime soon. (Words and photos by Chip Walton. Originally published in Winter 2009-2010 edition of Edible Twin Cities.)

Brewhouse Bulletin: Milk & Quackers Chocolate Nitro Stout

Once upon a time I wrote a beer column for Hill Country Directions. I blame it for putting me on a path of beer obsession that has stretched into many articles for it and many other publications… as well as my current job shooting/editing a homebrewing/craft beer webcast called Brewing TV for Northern Brewer Homebrew Supply.

This was my first “Brewhouse Bulletin” installment. It features the Milk & Quackers Chocolate Nitro Stout at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus in Boerne, TX.

(Words and Photograph by Chip Walton. Originally published in Sept./Oct. 2007 edition of Hill Country Directions “Think for Yourself” issue.)

Slim Richey

I cannot say enough about the amazing Slim Richey. Ahem… the most dangerous guitarist in Texas, Slim Richey. My wife and I first met him in The Elephant Room jazz club on Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. We started going to see any band/combo/ensemble that he was a part of (and he’s a part of a lot of them!). We became acquainted with him and I always looked for an opportunity to do a profile piece on him. Once again Anthony Head, my editor at Hill Country Directions, provided the platform for me to fulfill another of my life’s goals.

Six months after this was published, Slim became an even more important part of my life when my wife and I asked him, his wife, and band to play our wedding reception at Indenpendence Brewing Company in Austin. It was an epic evening. Even though I haven’t seen him in-person in more than three years, it’s safe to say I’m still learning things from Slim Richey everyday. Here is my short profile on one quirky and calm dude. (His life would fill a volume of books, which should be undertaken by someone some day.) We love you, Slim. Long live, Eternal Camp Peckerwood!

(Words and Photographs by Chip Walton. Originally published in Sept./Oct. edition of Hill Country Directions “Think for Yourself issue.)

Life’s Lessons Learned at Home

I have always been intrigued by the idea of homeschooling. So I eagerly accepted this assignment to learn much more about it and how different families handle homeschooling – specifically in the state of Texas. (Words and Photographs by Chip Walton. Originally published in Sept./Oct. 2007 edition of Hill Country Directions “Think for Yourself” issue.)