Re:NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves!
Mon, 07/12/10 2:49 PM
Hello there! I'm Marence, at least when I'm in front of a computer, which is more hours than I ever want to add up, having a long and sometimes troubled past with computers, starting with my first BASIC class in 1977. (not a typo)
Anyway, I've been lurking for a few years, being relatively new to the whole concept of actually eating roadfood, instead of just reading about it. I was raised in a car-traveling family who never deviated from the safe chains or restaurants at the destination that have been previously vetted by friends or family. In my first marriage, I was exposed to carnival food, but he too preferred the safe haven of McDonalds or Taco Bell when on the road. It wasn't until I met my boyfriend (now husband) that I was able to visit actually roadside attractions and really eat roadfood, and I only lament that it didn't find this wonderment back when I could still eat chili & a good hot sauce.
I can't eat most of my favorite roadfood anymore (chili, doughnuts & other deep-fried stuff, bbq with a good hot & spicy sauce) but I'm always ready to try any BBQ without sauce, or with a mild one, a good cheeseburger, pie, and ice cream. Or nearly anything else without onions and peppers.
I love to cook and bake. The only thing I can't make is a good pie crust, but I'm working on it. I'm gardening again, in a tiny space behind my apartment between the parking lot and the fence. I've been gradually becoming a localvore, although I hate that name. I also hate the word "foodie", but it describe my husband and me. We like to eat really good food, whether it's in a 5-star restaurant, cooked at home, or eaten standing in a parking lot in front of a 55-gallon drum cooker.
When we're not out driving around, our favorite pastime, my husband works in the music business, and I work on finishing my thesis and making (mostly) short documentary films. Between the two of us, we have 3 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, 1 grandson, and a bunch of grandpets.
My current ambition is to drive around the country making documentaries about the roads, the roadside, and all the cool weird things you can see out there, going beyond the wigwam motels and muffler men and capturing the essence of towns, restaurants, or attractions, and showing people that the journey is the reward. Anyone want to fund me? Just kidding. OK, not kidding. I'm always open for meetings with executive producers...
I'm planning on using the great reviews and road trip reviews posted by you guys here as a reference when we make our late-summer roadtrip, following a 1939 TripTik from Cleveland to Biddleford, Maine and back, using a circle route of mostly US Route 20 to get there, and Route 6 back. I'm looking forward to seafood on US Route 1 from Portland to Boston.