Louisville food + travel writer Dana McMahan

I live in Louisville Kentucky and write about all the things that are cool or interesting in life. My passions change (sometimes drastically) over time but have included (or still do) in no particular order: bourbon, travel, Detroit, Paris, dogs, renovation and design, Airbnb hosting, adventure sports and powerlifting, food and cooking, and look there’s a butterfly! I write about all the things that make me curious or spark my passion.

Here are a few of my favorite things

(and more where these came from)

Bourbon and other food

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Buh-Bye, Hipster: Why the Friendly Bartender Is Making a Comeback NBC

How to Talk About Bourbon Without Embarrassing Yourself Vice MUNCHIES

Now you can minor in bourbon – in Kentucky. NBC

EDWINS in Cleveland Is Teaching Former Inmates How to Run a Restaurant Esquire

Edward Lee Has an Idea That Might Solve the Chef Shortage FoodRepublic

Don’t Like Mint Juleps? You Just Don’t Know the Secret. The Manual

Louisville, Detroit, and ailleurs

Detroit’s unexpected — and unexpectedly moving — outdoor art scene Washington Post

Muhammad Ali’s hometown heartbreak: I went looking for Ali’s Louisville, and it wasn’t there Salon

The horrors of terrorism makes travel an imperative not a luxury Salon

The Secret Lives of Fixers Pacific Standard

Essential Detroit: 15 Places Everyone Should Eat in the Motor City Kitchn

Bourbon secrets of Derby City  Lonely Planet

Detroit State of Mind The Morning News

From Motor City to Cycle City: How Bikes are Changing Detroit CNTraveler.com

DOGS!

Why Dogs Are Good for Our Health (and Help Us Cope With Life) NBC

How dogs teach us to stop worrying and just be happy NBC

Don’t Pet That Puppy! And Don’t Pretend It’s a Service Animal, Either NBC

How to Ace Your Pet Rescue Application – And Why It’s So Tough NBC

Health, wellness, and the life adventurous

Runaway Train, Elle magazine

I hired a stylist — and learned so much more than how to dress NBC

5 Simple Ways to Jump Start Your Healthy New Year Parade magazine

Have we replaced memories with selfies?  Headspace

What Makes a City Unhappy? Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

How Strong is Strong Enough? Greatist

Portland to Patagonia by bike and handcycle Women’s Adventure