The original focus of iwritearkansas.com was primarily on the restaurants I traveled to along the interstates and highways from my home in the northwest corner down through the central part of the state into the delta toward Tennessee. Although, besides being a writer, I am a chef by trade, I didn't focus on fine dining experiences or the latest culinary trends. Instead my posts have been about places like Stoby's in Russellville, Johnson's Tasty Freeze in Cabot, and Poncho's in West Memphis. These are restaurants that, besides having food that tastes great, have a place in my heart for their Arkansas charm.
However, as my focus has changed, so has the website. In 2019 I decided to pursue my interests in the outdoors. I wrote a post on Lone Pine Campground which was my very first camping trip. Since then, posts on outdoor experiences have been taking over the website, and will continue to do so. In fact, I will be chronicling my experience going from novice outdoorsman to bushcraft expert whether it is setting up a hammocking rig, learning to tie new knots, or cooking over an open campfire. Arkansas is full of great outdoor experiences and living those experiences has become a passion of mine.
New restaurant experiences will, of course, still pepper my content, but culinarily my plan is to focus on both outdoor (campfire and grill) cooking along with classic Arkansas southern meals. I've always felt Arkansas is a melting pot of the foods of the surrounding states. Barbecue from Missouri and Tennessee, Cajun and creole from Louisiana mix with classic southern cooking for an excellent combination in the natural state.
I hope you continue to join me on this journey through Arkansas.
David Thornton is a two time national award winning writer, chef, husband, father, and fitness enthusiast.