Jordan Lawson

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Jordan Lawson is a Forbes Travel Guide correspondent based in Atlanta. After discovering a love for journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he honed his abilities at Country Living, Men’s Journal and EuroCheapo.com. He’s visited everywhere from Las Vegas to Florence and is always looking for a new favorite destination. When Lawson is not writing or editing, you can usually find him playing (or watching) tennis.

  • On June 17, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What’s new in Knoxville?

    While not the most recent thing to hit town (it opened in October of last year), I finally got a chance to dine at Tupelo Honey Café. This farm-fresh, Southern eatery sits in a corner spot in Market Square in downtown Knoxville. It’s an Asheville restaurant that, thankfully, made its way to Tennessee (with new locations planned for Chattanooga, Johnson City and Greenville, South Carolina).

    A friend and I popped in for lunch and sat outside on the outdoor patio, a spot perfect to catch some rays, enjoy the warm weather and people watch (and with all the activities going on in this part of town, you’ll always see someone you know or someone interesting going about their business). We started with the fried green tomatoes, served with delicious goat cheese grits, and then were each served a generous biscuit and jam. For my entrée, I ordered the roast beef po’boy (with the meat served cold for the full roast beef flavor), topped with fried green tomatoes, cherry pepper aioli and served on Gambino’s bakery bread and fried okra as a side. All of the sandwich’s elements blended perfectly and made for quite the lunch. My friend picked the Venerated Veggie Bowl—a huge helping of salsa verde black eyed peas, sautéed greens, fried okra and goat cheese grits. It was a tall, but delicious order (which I was fortunate enough to get to try). And the service (attentive and helpful but not overbearing) combined with the delicious food made for a superb experience on the Square.

    Oh, did I mention that the mimosa here comes in a pint glass?
  • On June 17, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What’s new in Knoxville?

    While not the most recent thing to hit town (it opened in October of last year), I finally got a chance to dine at Tupelo Honey Café. This farm-fresh, Southern eatery sits in a corner spot in Market Square in downtown Knoxville. It’s an Asheville restaurant that, thankfully, made its way to Tennessee (with new locations planned for Chattanooga, Johnson City and Greenville, South Carolina).

    A friend and I popped in for lunch and sat outside on the outdoor patio, a spot perfect to catch some rays, enjoy the warm weather and people watch (and with all the activities going on in this part of town, you’ll always see someone you know or someone interesting going about their business). We started with the fried green tomatoes, served with delicious goat cheese grits, and then were each served a generous biscuit and jam. For my entrée, I ordered the roast beef po’boy (with the meat served cold for the full roast beef flavor), topped with fried green tomatoes, cherry pepper aioli and served on Gambino’s bakery bread and fried okra as a side. All of the sandwich’s elements blended perfectly and made for quite the lunch. My friend picked the Venerated Veggie Bowl—a huge helping of salsa verde black eyed peas, sautéed greens, fried okra and goat cheese grits. It was a tall, but delicious order (which I was fortunate enough to get to try). And the service, combined with the delicious food, made for a superb experience on the Square.

    Oh, did I mention that the mimosa here comes in a pint glass?
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  • On June 14, 2013

    That sounds like a perfect invention for NYC!

  • On June 14, 2013

    I'm headed to NYC next weekend AND the following weekend, so your packing tips could not be better timed. The shoes are the hardest part, especially for ladies in this fashion era of the teetering high heel and precarious platform! I need convertible shoes that let me pop-up a heel once I get to my destination!

    On June 14, 2013

    That sounds like a perfect invention for NYC!

    On June 14, 2013

    If you don't mind, I'd like to pop into this packing conversation, too! I have a popular YouTube video showing how I fit several days of clothing into a carry-on. And guess what... I brought three pairs of shoes! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRxGlYsBPf8

  • On June 13, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What should I pack for a trip to New York City?

    When traveling to New York City, you have to pack smart. There are two main factors to any bag that you'll need to consider — shoes and the weather.

    It's New York, so you'll want to have fashionable footwear, but you have to be practical and pack something that keeps with your style that won't leave you hobbling after walking around the city for an hour.

    Then you need to consider what time of year it is going to be. Going for a summer trip? Pack comfortable and light clothing that will keep you cool — the subway gets might hot when you're waiting (not to mention the pavement). Heading to the Big Apple in the winter? You'll want layers, so if you get hot walking around you can take something off and then quickly put it back on after a big gust of frigid wind chases you down an avenue. And for winter and fall, take a mix between the two and check the weather before you start packing.
  • On June 13, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    What should I pack for a trip to New York City?

    When traveling to New York City, you have to pack smart. There are two main factors to any bag that you'll need to consider — shoes and the weather.

     It's New York, so you'll want to have fashionable footwear, but you have to be practical and pack something that keeps with your style that won't leave you hobbling after walking around the city for an hour.

    Then you need to consider what time of year it is going to be. Going for a summer trip? Pack comfortable and light clothing that will keep you cool — the subway gets might hot when you're waiting (not to mention the pavement). Heading to the Big Apple in the winter? You'll want layers, so if you get hot walking around you can take something off and then quickly put it back on after a big gust of frigid wind chases you down an avenue. And for winter and fall, take a mix between the two and check the weather before you start packing.
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  • On June 12, 2013
    Jordan Lawson answered the question: Jordan Lawson

    Should visitors rent a car in Knoxville?

    If you want to go anywhere outside of downtown, you won't technically need to rent a car with Knoxville's bus system (KAT), but it might be a good idea for the flexibility. Walking anywhere outside of the downtown area is fairly rare, and with the city being spread out, you'll want a car for easy access to other parts of town — not to mention for exploring the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

    But if you're just staying downtown, and you don't feel like exploring, just grab a cab at the airport and head to your destination. Otherwise, it's a good idea to rent a car.
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