We’re on our Foodie Road Trip Honeymoon!
Our plan was to have no schedule (except I had to speak in Des Moines August 1) and no interstates – only food and cute places to stay. We even pulled to the end of our driveway with a “well, which way do you want to go?” We sat there for a moment and I said “lobster roll” and my husband paused (ah… we’re headed to Des Moines, and Maine is the opposite direction…) before he said, “let’s do it.”
We are now in Des Moines after our first week on the road from New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Indiana and Illinois.
Here’s a story in pictures for those who have asked how the honeymoon is going. It’s delicious!
We did not eat here, but we were passing by and just had to get a picture. There was Chinese Restaurant and Town Restaurant along with Coffee Shop and General Store – it was very generically hilarious.
Shira Kiku Korean in Nashua, NH.
This was on the way to the east coast to get a lobster roll.
And yes! I know we drove right by so many friends and family! But alas, we’re on our honeymoon so we didn’t stop in to visit. We waved and mapped out another trip to come visit everyone.
Go there. Ask the bartender Ben what that concoction with pineapples is and wow will you be wowed.
Apparently, it’s not listed. You have to be curious and ask about it. Oh, it’s got chilies in there, pineapple, vanilla beans and white rum. It’s crazy good.
One of our favorite meals so far – Maine Meats! Just outside of Rockland, wow, that place knows there stuff about meat, cheese and all the extras that make it yummy. They had just opened and didn’t even have a sign out! We just happened to discover them while checking out cool looking places. We had planned to go to a fancy place for dinner (kind of rare on this trip) but after finding Maine Meats, we picked some of their prime choices and made a good ole redneck picnic on our cooler in the front yard of where we were staying. Complete with AMAZING wine – Carol Shelton Zin. Yum.
We wanted to hit all the “Triple Ds” from the Food Network’s show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives but sadly, most of them are in big cities, which we’re trying to avoid since they’re litered with interstates and all! But we did make it to the A1 Diner in Gardiner, ME and WOW.
Yummy Thai food (and we mean YUMMY!) in Newport, VT
Skyline Chili – Cleveland, Ohio.
If you’ve never had it, you really should. I was introduced to it years ago when I was in Ohio speaking. I thought chili on noodles sounded disgusting but then I was sold.
And then another favorite – tacos. But the real deal Mexican street tacos we love. This place was remarkable and not even listed on Yelp! A guy at the AmericInn in Oswego, IL told us about it. I’m going to have to get on Yelp and add this place, it was that good.
We had amazing Vietnamese in Des Moines today at A Dong. Yes, it’s called A Dong! Pictures to follow soon, not of the dong.
Then I went for a mani-pedi and my husband sat in a massage chair next to me and got his feet done too – without polish. Although he was tempted to go polka-dot.
The next phase of our foodie road trip honeymoon starts up again after I speak tomorrow. I’ll share those bites next.
May you love and eat well!