Since the year 2006 I have been traveling solo to a different state each year. At roadside stands I've munched caramel apples in Rhode Island, pepperoni roll-ups in West Virginia and boiled peanuts in Florida. In coffee shops, cafes and restaurants I've feasted on maple-bacon donuts in Maine, fried okra in Tennessee and sopapilla burgers in New Mexico. I've enjoyed craft brewery beers in Vermont and fresh-baked pies in Iowa.
America's great multi-cultural heritage is reflected in our food. We love growing it, creating culinary delights, and even fusing one ethnicity to another—think Asian/Tex-Mex.
Brew a cup of tea or pour a glass of wine, then travel along with me to discover the eateries and food which make America great, and strong.
|After driving 40 miles from the nearest town, the chili and milkshakes|
at The Chugwater Soda Fountain were most welcoming.
|Cypress Corner Market, Apalachicola, Florida.|
I can vouch for the Tupelo honey. The boiled peanuts? Not so much.
|This Ponchatoula eatery is THE place for strawberry beignets.|
Never had a beignet? Read all about it here.
|The Dinky Diner—yes, that's it's name—in Decatur City.|
The turkey melt sandwich and the ginger bar dessert (for $8.00)
offered comfort food on a rainy evening.
|You just know by looking at the crowd outside that this is going to be good.|
I had a slice of peanut butter pie (heavenly) at this Amish bakery.
|Pepperoni cheese roll-ups are a West Virginia specialty.|
The roll-ups I had at Ken Dee's Hot Dog stand were out-of-this-world good.
|The Ferguson Tea Room in Hurricane offers afternoon High Tea.|
|My High Tea luncheon consisted of a pot of raspberry tea, with|
tomato basil mini sandwiches, lemon scones with poppy seed icing
and a pecan tassie (pecan pie in a small cup).
|Breakfast tray delivered to my room at The Harmony House Farm B&B|
in Little Compton.
|This Pleasant View Orchards farm stand near Spragueville|
provided me with the best caramel apple I've ever eaten.
|A sopapilla burger and killer hot sauce at|
Casa de Benavidez in Albuquerque.
|Breakfast at the Gold Street Caffee in Albuquerque.|
A three-egg omelet filled with salsa, cheese and red-chili bacon.
|Dinner at the Resort at Cloudcroft.|
I started with roasted jalapeño acorn squash soup
accompanied by a pomegranate margarita.
Need I say more?
|The Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier. Mint iced tea, curry bowl-of-the-day,|
matchstick carrots in an olive oil, cilantro masala sauce.
Oh, and a molasses-ginger cookie for dessert.
|In Vermont there's a maple syrup stand on every highway and byway.|
At this stand I ordered not maple syrup but, wait for it...a cup of
|These crazy Russian girls were, indeed, crazy.|
They would have to be to offer the cookie, below.
|What's a "Better than Brad Pitt" cookie? It's a double chocolate delight.|
I had to eat one. And you know what? I agree.
Sorry Brad, I'd rather have this cookie!
. Yes, it was that good.
|If you suspect your arteries of being even a teensy bit clogged,|
DO NOT EAT at this restaurant!
My dinner: fried okra, fried catfish, fried hush puppies,
and, yes, fried corn-on-the-cob.
|Orchard Valley Farms in Paonia. This tidy little stand offered a few great finds:|
artisinal farmstead cheese, local honey and wine.
|Congdon's Donuts in Wells.|
A maple cream and a powdered donut, a butter-crunch donut hole
and fresh hot coffee. What's not to like?
|The lazy lobster (already picked from the shell) meal at|
Billy's Chowder House in Wells.
Delicious. The lobster tasted fresh-caught, the potato tasted fresh-dug,
and the green beans tasted fresh-picked. Can't beat that.
|Pie is served all day at the Little Switzerland Bakery in McGregor, Iowa.|