Jimmy Sneed is from the old guard. Chef by profession and self confessed soul-saver by trade…
Firmly back in the land of reality now, after nearly two months off the road and back into the normality of our old routine. It’s easy to let the memories of our amazing trip fade back into he recesses of our minds but the truth is that 8000 miles through the heart of the USA does have a way of changing a person! Both E and I have returned invigorated and in my case slightly more hirsute – but grateful for the opportunities that lie in front of us both. It’s time to change things up.
A week of London, seeing friends, readjusting to being home, all our washing done and I was ready to reacquaint myself with the food that we had eaten on our adventures.
First up: Gumbo. Continue reading
We were staying in a heavily Italian neighbourhood – a good example of this is that down the road there is a store that sells headstones and wood fired bread. Italy’s influence is everywhere in NYC and this can only be a good thing..
Pretty unbiased opinion, then. On the way back from the boondocks, and on the road into le Grand Pomme there is a hotdog stand called ‘Walter’s‘. And it sells tasty little snack-sized wieners that you can buy by the trio to give you a quick fast food fix.We added fries and a malt shake and believe me, it was something special. We’ve since discovered that in 2001, Walter’s hotdog was voted the No. 1 in America. Believe.
Again, our Roadfood book comes up a winner: if you’re ever traveling through the US then it’s a must-have. It’s pointed us in the right direction (nearly) every time…
Joel Salatin is a rockstar farmer. I first saw him interviewed on the documentary ‘Food Inc.’ and he has been instrumental in bringing the farm – and this is the small multi-crop farm, not your industrial scale mono-crop farms – to the public’s attention.
Mobile food is of great interest to me, as is the humble Farmers’ Market. When I bought People magazine a month or so ago, probably whilst picking up some fuel to feed my boredom on the road, I didn’t think that I would be reading about Mark Lilly and his food campaign.
More campfire cooking goodness for y’all: we stayed at a somewhat spooky, if family-friendly campsite while in Virginia and cooked us some stewy porky food that will stay with me for the rest of this trip and beyond. Certainly my memories of the place we ate it in will…
Sometimes ‘destination’ restaurants really trouble me. Why put an amazing restaurant in the middle of nowhere – are you testing the commitment of your diners? How far will they go? Understandably if the setting is breathtakingly beautiful, then sure, I understand, but often they aren’t.
America loves an augmented attraction. It’s not enough to have a 215 feet high limestone archway surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and pine-scented woods. No, what’s needed here is a massive gift shop, a Toy Museum, a Haunted Museum, a reconstructed Native American village and a cowboy riding a dinosaur. Yep, that should do. Oh wait. Actually, we need more. Welcome to the weird world of the Waxwork Museum in Natural Bridge.