About Chris O
Lives in London
Since Aug. 2007
Hi. I’m Chris, an American freelance creative living in London. I keep busy working as a blogger, photojournalist, community manager, consultant, curator and more. The opportunities and challenges keep getting bigger, better and more meaningful for me every year! I’m having so much fun. Favorite destinations are many and my list of must-see places to visit seems to get longer the more I travel! I’m a huge fan of Lisbon, Istanbul and Queenstown – to name but a few preferred repeat locations. I also love heading back to the States every chance I find and cannot get enough of the Deep South – Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the Carolinas – and Hawaii holds a particularly special place in my heart as well. And even though I’ve been based in London for years, it and the whole of Britain still yield myriad wonders for me.
Gift & Speciality Shops
Waaay back in 1876, Abraham Schwab opened his general store on Beale Street, and his historic shop — complete with soda fountain — still thrives today as one of the city’s most popular attractions. Home to a freshly made taste of old-time flavor, a visit to A. Schwab’s, the only original business still in operation on Beale Street today, is hard to beat.
Arguably the best and definitely the most celebrated (all day) breakfasts in town are made from scratch here at Brother Juniper’s. This affordable local gem boasts three key ingredients to its tasty home style cooking: food, family, and community.
Central is famous for its smoked ribs, pork, chicken, turkey, brisket, sausage, and bologna rubbed with a no sauce/dry spices mix and marinated for 24 hours before a 'low and slow' session in a pit of hickory and pecan woods.
Inspired subs, tacos, burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, and more are the draw of this humble but boldly flavored 'shack' located in the parking lot of a Lowes hardware store.
The best way to keep cool in Memphis is to visit this local favorite for a famous 'sno cone.' Jerry’s menu features all sorts of unique hot treats too, like toasted ravioli, fried pickle spears, corn nuggets, barbecue bologna, cheddar pepper, and 'Frito pie.'
All sorts of freshly made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, brownies, and more are baked here, and offered alongside an assortment of local favorites such as banana pudding and pimiento cheese. Plus, big taste and portions are all served with a big heart at Muddy’s, where the eggs used are free range, the milk is organic and hormone-free, there’s no use of Styrofoam, and rather than accept tips the staff invite customers to leave change for a different local non-profit each month!
Food doesn’t get more southern than a plate of fried catfish with a few sides of vegetables. And Soul Fish is a fine place for such regional delights, whether you’ve enjoyed eating catfish all your life or you’re trying it for the first time. The question is: do you have your catfish served as a po boy? Or tacos? Or classic style in a basket with fries, hushpuppies and coleslaw?
Juicy, southern fried chicken is so tasty here that 'if the colonel had Uncle Lou’s recipe, he’d be the general!' One bite of the Uncle’s chicken and you'll fall in rank and salute him along with his many fans.