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rmcielwain
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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 4:08 PM

Or further south, that stretch of I-10 between San Antonio & El Paso.
An interesting, but a long 12-hour ride: once you got to Van Horn (all buses
used to stop at a local cafeteria), the end was in sight!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 4:26 PM
I have to admit, that's one drive I've never made... and don't see in my future. ;-) But I've learned to never say never when it comes to high school (or in our case, jr high) football trips.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 4:40 PM
Hey Twister, how close are you to my ancestral stomping grounds of Voss, Paint Rock, Ballinger, and San Angelo. We're planning on a trip down that way this summer.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 4:48 PM

In 1973 it was even more tricky since parts of I-10 were still under construction,
and one part I remember was the bus going around a curve which looked to be on a very high ledge.
Then in 1976, had a near-accident west of Fort Stockton due to a driving rainstorm (about 9 PM)....looking from the station to the west, very ominous/black;
I decided to "sleep"....about three hours later, my sister said that the driver had to swerve to avoid hitting a truck in the other lane.
Overall, we traversed all of Texas on I-10 four times (twice each direction) on the way to/from Florida-California.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 7:07 PM
Bill, close enough to call myself close by west TX standards, anyway. We're up near Snyder, about two hours north of SA. Which way are you traveling?

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 04/29/05 7:49 PM
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Originally posted by benjo

Grew up in da Aloha state


Benjo,
Can you explain, then, why Hawaiians have the obsession with canned "formed ham product"? I understand that all those products - Spam, Treet, the generics, and the locals, combine to give Hawaiians the highest per capita consumption thereof - something like 74 cans per person per year.
I mean, I LOVE good pulled pig BBQ (ESPECIALLY with a tangy dark mustard sauce!), but hanged if I could eat it 7 days a week, which a person would have to do with Spam-alikes to munch down on 74 cans of it a year!
Can you offer any explanation? I'm flat dying of curiosity, and - doubtless - so is Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Uncannily, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens, Georgia.
P. S. I'll have MY Spam with Spam sauce! ...Wonderful Spam!
P. P. S. Next I'll report back to the Ministry Of Silly Walks... galump, galump.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 05/13/05 11:32 PM
I lurked for a little while then decided to register. I found this forum from the Red Barn website (barnbuster.net). By day, i install HVAC equipment in residential new construction. By night, I spend too much time online and restore vintage TV sets (50's and 60's era). I like good food. Many things i found here interest me. My cooking skills, supposedly. are good, but I open the can and microwave (due to work). I also have a website on TV restoration.

www.geocities.com/evilfurnaceman

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 05/14/05 9:54 PM
Cripes, I'm a baby in comparison to the other posters. I feel so...insignificant. Anyway, I live in Toronto, ON, and I'm a mere 18 years old. Despite my size, I suppose one could say that I'm a little bit of a food addict. I don't eat much, but I revel in new food experiences: I love travelling and visiting restaurants I've never been to before, I love tasting new "junk food" (or at least finding out about it--white chocolate M&M's anyone?), and I ADORE cooking (although I've yet to master the art). Sure I'm a big health nut, with my organic cereals and veggies and tofu and lean meats and stuff, but I believe that food should be enjoyed, and not ONLY eaten in order to live. And yeah.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 05/14/05 11:57 PM
Im Dave from Waterford,Michigan. I like NASCAR and Ribs and Waffle House,etc. Im a student. I enjoy country music. Im single for all you ladies out there who want a real man like me. I love the USA. Family Guy is reel cool. I also love fried chicken and Spaghetti.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 05/25/05 5:13 AM
I haven't been here in awhile, but I decided to come back. If I start a "What are you having for dinner, etc?" thread, don't get mad at me this time.. This is a cool site!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 1:58 PM

Bumped up again for all of the new posters that have checked in as of late!
Welcome Aboard!!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 3:20 PM
Cripes!
Leave it up to me to run my yap for 50+ posts before I see this thread!
I'm Copper (Lifetime nickname) from Georgia. I have lived my entire life on the outskirts of Atlanta but recently moved about ninety miles SSW. Although sometimes I miss my family, I have never regretted the move because I just couldn't take the traffic/noise/lack of space and privacy another day. So the moment arrived when my kids were grown I sold my home "as is" and played gypsy from 1997-2004, working in all types of restaurants just as I had while raising them. I finally settled here where I plan to stay. Its five acres of woods and one tiny old trailer, but its Paid For.
My interests include:
1. Reading (mostly on the internet these days such as "How to build a coop and raise chickens", "How to build a vermicomposting unit" blah blab blah
2. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
3. Beadwork
4. Cooking
5. Music
6. Silversmithing (nothing too fancy, mind you)
7. and animals, Animals, ANIMALS

My newest venture is my "Eatin' Kitchen" due to arrive before or after Dennis. I can't wait to get it and plan my airbrush logo and such!

I chose the name Caramel Copper because of a bet I had with a local Soul Food cafe' that I could make an Old Fashioned Caramel cake their customers would believe the 75-year-old black AWESOME cook in the back had made. I won, and the proprietess gave me that handle. I'm damned proud of it. (OK, it took three tries)

I love it here.....a variety of personalities and lots of great info!

Copper






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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 4:21 PM
Welcome aboard Copper! Your posts have been interesting! Good luck with your new venture!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 5:08 PM
Hi All,

my name is Leo Starrenburg from The Netherlands. Our oldest daughter was an exchange student in KY until June of this year and while preparing our visit to her we came across Roadfood.com .

Our town lies in the southern part of The Netherlands and we still have a good range of traditional butchers, bakers, greengrocers and a fishmonger that's in the race for the title 'Best Fishmonger Nationwide' A decent number of restaurants, food stalls and cafeteria's / diners. Opening hours are limited in relation to the US, breakfast starts at 6AM in the gasstations' DeliFrance bakery, McDonalds opens at 8AM (I think), most other places have lunch and dinner with the kitchen closing around 10~11PM.

We hope to be return to KY but it won't be before spring 2006.

cheers, Leo.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 5:22 PM
Howdy! boilermaker is the name, and yes, I attended Purdue University. I found this forum a while back when I was travelling extensively (I'm consulting now, but hope to get back on the road soon). I currently live in Arlington, TX and am continiously looking for good places to eat.

I am a foodie - my former employer was a food broker and I ended up travelling to 44 of the 50 states (including Hawaii and Alaska). In addition to my regular duties, I played chef at grand openings, sales calls, trade shows and special events (one of my treasures is a chef's coat that I got Wolfgang Puck to sign). So yes, I can cook too. Like many of the other posters here, I had no idea what BarBQue was until I started working for Texans and travelled throughout the South (I think I was a Southerner in a past life).


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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 6:03 PM
Hi my name is Mark I'm 48 years old,
I was an Army brat for my first 18 years and grew up in Italy, Germany, Japan and Hawaii, MD & NoVa. As a kid we visited all 50 states as my father would be stationed on the East Coast and we'd have a month to drive across country (in the 60's) to the West Coast to fly or take a ship across the Pacific. So I have traversed the lower, the middle lower, the upper middle and the upper routes across country multiple times on long long Long road trips.

It's with this travel bug and wanderlust and my parents who loved all kinds of ethnic cooking and loved to experiment and explore that I'm cursed with this affliction (tongue in cheek).

Settled in the Quad Cities (IA & IL) after college and lived there for 12 years then moved to Auburn Hills, Michigan for another 8 years and now live in Owings Mills, Maryland. I have a job that keeps me on the road every week of the year, traveling all across the country so I get to sample the true roadfood finds and small Mom & Pop places. Whenever I get to a new place I always ask for the local places (not chains) and what the area is known for.

Hobbies are Travelling, Scuba Diving, seeking out the best in Pizza, BBQ, Beer, Hot Dogs & Sausages, Hoagies (et al) and Mexican from across the country and also Scouting.

I look forward to learning and experiencing and sharing.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 07/8/05 10:06 PM
Hi I am Joe aka "Sop That", strange name, but it comes from the Texas style BBQ that my father in law taught me. Pit BBQ, long and slow, frequently mopped with a thin "Sop" sauce. I figured if the beef he BBQed was great using this method I would try and find another subject to Sop and bbq in the method I was taught. So I sopped many different meat products and while the beef my father in-law introduced me to is still the king, I make a pretty good variation using a pork tenderloin. Enough about the name...

Bill Voss suggested filling in the blanks, so here is mine...

Fill in the blanks:

You're driving a __1995_ (year) ___Firehawk___ (car make/model) down some Sonoma County road (highway or street) in _Nor Cal_ (roadfood locale), on your way to Mustards (roadfood establishment). The radio is playing _Too Young to Die_ by _CSN_, your favorite Roadfood song. The weather is _Blue sky_. In the seat next to you is _my wife of 23 years (be honest!).

The best part of roadfood for us is the discovery and building up an appetite enjoying the drive then the food.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 07/11/05 4:22 PM
Octopus here, where the name comes from who knows. I live in the Albany, NY area, Clifton Park actually. I am 36 and currently work for an insurance company. Only for now, I have always loved Cooking and next year I am returning to school to get my degreee in Culinary Services. I should have listened to my school Guidance Cons. when she told me I should become a Chef. As far as me I love to Travel and Love to eat so Roadfood is a natural for me. Found Roadfood.com on my Yahoo home page. Since then I have been hooked.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 07/11/05 5:09 PM

Greetings and a warm Welcome to all of you who are taking the time to introduce yourselves here on this thread. We hope you find the companionship and information on Roadfood.Com a welcome addition to your 'Net activity.
Join in where ever you have an interest, and help make this a better place !
AL

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 07/11/05 6:03 PM
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Originally posted by Caramel Copper

Cripes!
Leave it up to me to run my yap for 50+ posts before I see this thread!
I'm Copper (Lifetime nickname) from Georgia. I have lived my entire life on the outskirts of Atlanta but recently moved about ninety miles SSW. Although sometimes I miss my family, I have never regretted the move because I just couldn't take the traffic/noise/lack of space and privacy another day. So the moment arrived when my kids were grown I sold my home "as is" and played gypsy from 1997-2004, working in all types of restaurants just as I had while raising them. I finally settled here where I plan to stay. Its five acres of woods and one tiny old trailer, but its Paid For.
My interests include:
1. Reading (mostly on the internet these days such as "How to build a coop and raise chickens", "How to build a vermicomposting unit" blah blab blah
2. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
3. Beadwork
4. Cooking
5. Music
6. Silversmithing (nothing too fancy, mind you)
7. and animals, Animals, ANIMALS

My newest venture is my "Eatin' Kitchen" due to arrive before or after Dennis. I can't wait to get it and plan my airbrush logo and such!

I chose the name Caramel Copper because of a bet I had with a local Soul Food cafe' that I could make an Old Fashioned Caramel cake their customers would believe the 75-year-old black AWESOME cook in the back had made. I won, and the proprietess gave me that handle. I'm damned proud of it. (OK, it took three tries)

I love it here.....a variety of personalities and lots of great info!

Copper






uummm WOW! Copper can feed me anytime! 1-4 pretty much describe my interests as well

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 07/11/05 9:10 PM
Well, I've posted a bit and finally found this forum.

I'm Laura. Born and bred in Chicago, I moved to NYC five years ago and subsequently Nassau County, Long Island (Lawn Guy Land to us resident aliens).

A friend pointed me in the direction of Roadfood a few months ago. Thanks Matt!

Living on the eastern seaboard, mere blocks from salt water is a novelty. I frequent the I-95 corridor from NYC to DC and sometimes as far south as South Carolina. For a midwest girl, the ease of travel and accessibility to historical places (I've been to DC and B'more two dozen times in five years) is opportunity not to be missed.

As others have indicated, I plan trips around great food. Regional specialties, local cuisine, call it what you will.

I have some very regional prejudices to which I admit openly and freely:

1. Pizza. It's like Thanksgiving stuffing, you want what you grew up with.
(Thus, I don't eat pizza outside the Chicago Metro area)
2. Bagels. It's a New Yawk thang. I take them with me, so there are some pretty dissatisfied folks in Chicago (my family) who can't find anything to compare there. At least they're always happy to see me (grin).
3. Crab buns. It is one of my goals in life to introduce and addict every person I can reasonably drag out for crab buns to them. So far the record is 37 for 37. It's like that wella balsam commercial: ANd he told two friends, and she told two friends......

Other than that, I love hot dogs of all kinds, a great burger, steak, barbecue of most styles (that mustard stuff doesn't thrill me but in a pinch it'll do), thai, sushi, and a particular favorite is Afghani. Tough to find but worth the search.

Now that I'm starving, thanks to the Sterns and all the contributors who make this a delightful site to page through.






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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 1:24 PM
Laura, I certainly hope you have stopped at Helmand on one of your trips to Baltimore. Give a shout next time your in the neighborhood, so you can shoot for number 38. What the heck is a crab bun anyway?

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 2:37 PM
Well hello out there! I am an extreme newbie! I happened across this site looking for salsa recipes...I love trying new things!

Let's see, a little about me. I am a 25 year old mother of 3 (ages 6, 4, and 7 months) and single at that. I don't have a ton of time to cook but when I do I tend to cook enough for the whole neighborhood!

I work for the military making training software. I must say, I LOVE MY JOB!

I am Puerto Rican and love spicey food. I don't really believe in cooking out of a box...so the only time my kids get Mac and Cheese is at daycare. I will make my own homemade though!

Hobbies:
playing outside with my kids
sports
shopping
learning
reading
cooking/baking
computers
arts/crafts

Favorite foods:
Pasteles (puerto rican style - not pastries)
tostones
bacalao
malanga
pizza
fruit (just about any kind)

I love to eat grilled food, but haven't yet mastered the art of grilling...shoot me later!

Well, that's all for now! Thanks for this great site!

Ciao amigos!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 4:07 PM
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Originally posted by signman

Laura, I certainly hope you have stopped at Helmand on one of your trips to Baltimore. Give a shout next time your in the neighborhood, so you can shoot for number 38. What the heck is a crab bun anyway?


I was wondering that too!

A big hello and welcome to everyone new! Sue

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 4:16 PM
A welcome from moderator Sundancer to all that is new. It is refreshing to see how many new folks find the site and contribute with new ideas, new foods that are especially new to me. The Puerto Rican lady from Des Moines Iowa (Mammascooking) really intrigued me with her new foods that I have only briefly experienced in San Juan and the rest of the island.

Caramel Copper, thanks for your input.

All others, please continue to post and give us your new ideas. At times the site gets bogged down and all of a sudden along comes new folks with new ideas and it really creates interest. I am so glad all of you are here.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 5:21 PM
Hello and welcome aboard to y'all! seems i should get here more often and reply to your posts so that i dont come off as a snob---so again--welcome--and jusp on it the waters great!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 6:21 PM
Tiki, I'm not sure you can live in small town oklahoma and be a snob.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 6:40 PM

Trust me, My Okie Friend, No one who has ever met you would think of you as a snob ! There's a major difference between having 'likes and dislikes' and voicing them...and being an arrogant 'snob' who puts down other people who may have a differing opinion.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 7:05 PM
Tiki a snob???????????? I don't think so. He may be a lot of things but he ain't a snob. Maybe a holdover hippie from the 60's that that is it. I view him a a dude who likes good food and gives his point of view on that.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 7:18 PM
I'm Steve, from St. Louis (hence the handle). Saw the Stern's books at the library, checked one out, did some research on the web, and landed here. Good site.

I'm in my mid-40's and for quite a few years did the corporate chase across this great country of ours. Last count, I've done 43 states. The road can really be a grind, and I always enjoyed finding a local place as opposed to a chain. Like everyone else, I hit the chains when it's convenient, but give me a local place I can't get anyplace else, and I'm happy. It's been interesting to see just how many of the places listed here I've actually been to.

I really enjoy

barbecue
diners that serve great breakfast
meat and three places, southern food in general.
anyplace that serves good tenderloins (hard to find in St. Louis)
anyplace that serves good meatloaf (even harder to find)
Italian beef sandwiches
good delis
good cuban sandwiches
and of course, hot dogs, especially Chicago style
I also enjoy ethnic food.

Looks like Roadfood is the place for me.

Enjoying my visits so far. Keep up the good work, guys.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 07/12/05 11:55 PM
Signman,

The Helmand is my favorite Afghani restaurant. I've been known to drive to B'more on the spur of the moment at the mere suggestion of meeting friends from DC there. Birjani at 25th and 3rd is a distant second place, though they do a fine pomegranite chicken.

Khyber Pass on St. Mark's is imminently forgettable, but good for people watching if you can snag an open air table.


Sue and Signman - Crab Soup Buns. See my post in the "Manhattan July 23 and July 24th thread. It's a dedication to converting the great, unslurped masses to the wonders of this little morsel. So far I'm 37 for 37.

And I'm always thrilled to convert more.....


Laura

P.S. The Berghoff's stand-up bar was Men Only for many, many years. While I worked in Chicago's Loop for a decade, it was co-ed and yes, still has top notch roast beef sandwiches. The creamed spinach, well, I'd swim in that too.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 2:12 AM
I goofed. Bamiyam (Not Birjani) is at 26th and 3rd (http://www.bamiyan.com/).

Oh, and I looked, and learned that there are multiple Helmand locations run by members of the Karzai family. I was pretty certain that I remembered the food (I didn't remember the name) from a restaurant I liked years ago in Chicago. Shockingly enough, I was right on this one. See http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=4804 if you're interested.

I found the article even-handed.

Thank you so much, Signman, now I'm craving Kaddo Borawni and Sabzy Challow. Looking at their website just brought tears to my eyes and rumbles to my stomach.

I'm going off to count lamb chops until I fall asleep.

Cheers.



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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 8:00 AM
Well thank you folks!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 11:00 AM
Sundancer7, I am glad that I have peaked your interest in my culture! I have some recipes that I would be glad to post! I am not sure where to put them though, they are not Mexican and that is the only one I see for Spanish food. San Juan is a very beautiful place! The food is excellent too!

Happy eating all!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 11:17 AM
hi mama, how long have you been in Iowa?

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 11:18 AM
quote:
Originally posted by mammascookin

Sundancer7, I am glad that I have peaked your interest in my culture! I have some recipes that I would be glad to post! I am not sure where to put them though, they are not Mexican and that is the only one I see for Spanish food. San Juan is a very beautiful place! The food is excellent too!

Happy eating all!


We would enjoy your recipes along with some history would be great. You can post under recipes and cooking techniques.

I have traveled every mile of Puerto Rico. I think I enjoyed the western part, extreme south where it seems to be very arid and the extreme east. I love the noisey frogs and the extreme amount of roadside stands.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 07/13/05 12:10 PM
Bill Voss, I have been here my whole life. My family migrated here before I was born but I guess for me Puerto Rico is the home of my heart..., don't get me wrong, Iowa is pretty ok too! There is just something about the Island that is very much enchanting, hence the name La Isla del Encanto (The Enchanted Island).

Sundancer7, I appreciate your guidance, I will start posting recipes!

P.S. I haven't been able to not look at this site since I first found it! I'm hooked on cooking all over again! You all are awesome! Love the stories...makes you feel like you are among friends!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 07/14/05 8:32 AM
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Originally posted by mammascookin


I am Puerto Rican and love spicey food. I don't really believe in cooking out of a box...so the only time my kids get Mac and Cheese is at daycare. I will make my own homemade though!


Mamma, you can cook for me anytime you want to sugar. Bacalao and malanga make my heart go pitter patter.
Amost forgot, welcome to the site mija!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 07/14/05 9:25 AM
Thanks enginecapt! If you are ever in Iowa...hehe. Be ready to eat because you won't leave my house if you don't!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 07/14/05 6:01 PM
Welcome aboard mamma. My wife,son and I visitted Puerto Rico two years ago and fell in love with old town San Juan. My wife fell in love with mafongo. I look forward to learning more about Puerto Rican recipes and cooking. Again, welcome.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 07/23/05 9:27 PM
I live in San Francisco and travel a lot as a professional storyteller and giving seminars to teachers and librarians. I have been a huge fan of the Sterns and their work since SQUARE MEALS, one of the greatest cookbooks ever. It is sadly out of print, but I just scored five copies of the paperback for gift giving.


I enjoy most foods, and have used the earlier versions of ROADFOOD and EAT YOU WAY ACROSS THE USA as guidebooks, as Jane and Michael have rarely led me astray.

I just joined today and I am trying to figure out how to identify myself--I haven't seen a chance to fill out a profile.

Walter

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 07/23/05 10:42 PM
I also am a new member as of today and work as an RN at a community hospital. When I was in nursing school 13 years ago, I had gotten Roadfood for my husband for Christmas, but I was the one who ended up reading it as an escape from the stresses of studying my nursing and science textbooks. Many were the nights that I fell into a peaceful and contented sleep, drooling on my pillow after reading the Sterns' mouth-watering descriptions of pies or seafood or barbeque or doughnuts or burgers as they traveled all over the country. I thought I'd give anything to have their lives!

We love authentic, old diners and we also love road trips, just for the day or longer, and we research diners along routes or research routes along diners. I often imagine I'm one of the Sterns as I try to order what they might-- always try the croquettes or in Maine, blueberry something-or-other. When we took a New England road trip in 2001, we went to Polly's Pancake Parlor which the Sterns had recommended and it was exactly as they had described and a highlight of our time in New Hampshire.

So I'm a huge fan and this is a really nice, wholesome, fun site.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 08/15/05 8:25 PM
Hi All..I am a new member..Just bought the book and can't put it down. Have been to some places in it being from Dutchess county NY. The wife and I made a road trip to New Haven last weekend to try Louis Lunch, but it was closed for inventory. You did say to call ahead! This weekend we were going to Bethel CT to try the Sycamore Drive-In. I called ahead around 1:30pm and was told they are open but would be closing at 2:30 because of a Honduran Festival???? Oh well there is plenty of time to try more places...Mike

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 08/19/05 2:54 PM
I'm Jim, but you may call me Big Ugly Mich. It's a nickname I got from two friends I served on the Constellation with in the eighties and since lost touch with, so I use it for everything hoping they'll recognise it.

I was born in Milwaukee, WI, like the smiley face. I'm 47, but the smiley face is only 33. I served for 4 years in the Marine Corps, 6 in the Navy and got out. Not long after that, I was enrolled in Milwaukee School of Engineering and Reagan pulled my GI bill right out from under me, so I've worked labor and food service jobs, not counting a hitch as a Pinkerton security guard, which offered no overtime, and I donated their uniforms to where the Mrs. works.

I like to drive the wife nuts by going to restaurants simply because, "We've never been there yet."

I like camping and photography, and wish I had more time to spend in the kitchen experimenting.

I have two kids, Jesse and Ed are both seven. Jesse is a shepherd-huskie mix, and Ed is a cat, and my wife's baby. Jesse is everyone else's baby.

I currently live in the bustling megalopolis of Trevor, WI, JUST north of the Illinois border, which makes for VERY interesting football seasons, especially Packer-Bear weeks. I'm also a die hard Cub fan (as if there's any other kind), which makes for very interesting visits home to Mama and the brother and 4 sisters.

I'll post a picture of the Mrs and myself as soon as I figure out how.

I'll also post some pithy comments to other posters when I can. I gotta rest up for Milwaukee Ala Carte, and the Kenosha County Fair tomorrow. Bye all.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Fri, 08/19/05 7:20 PM
My name is Jim also,I've been lurking in the background for some time. The reason being is the nuns at school put on my permanent record that I don't get along well with others.I am currently retired, worked as a teamster then high rise construction and I do miss it. Always tended bar part time to get me by during lay offs and any other sneezes in the economy. I'm currently going back to school looking to pick up a degree in history also studing Italian. The Italian has come in handy here in the Boston area due to the number of great Italian restarunts in the area love the food. The old Italian women are alot like southern cooks, they can turn a sows ear into a silk purse. I,ll be checking in more often taking a road trip to old Virginia in a couple of weeks doing the battlefields and other touristy things the hell with the gas prices,might not be here tommorow.Any suggestions for local spots down there would be appreciated stoping at the Redding Termnial in PA. on the way down. This is a great site with some fine postings.Chow

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 08/20/05 8:46 PM
Hi, all! I'm Evie, but you can call me Curlz; it's rather fitting since I have quite the head of long curly hair, after all!
I can't believe it took me this long to visit the site, but here I am. I originally logged on b/c I'm heading up to Cape Cod next week and wanted some suggestions, but I see that this site is not only helpful, but also friendly. I'll certainly be on and off before the trip and will post once I return.
Cheers!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 08/20/05 9:12 PM
Welcome again to all of you new folks. we hope you find the time to visit often and get to know some of the others who appreciate good roadfood.
Curlz I don't know if congratulations on your roadtrip to the Cape will jinx the trip. Man, Heading for the Cape the Weekend before Labor Day reminds me of driving to Vegas from SoCal on a Friday for a New Years Celebration. Good Luck!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 08/20/05 9:57 PM
I live in Wilson, NC, the "vatican city" of eastern NC barbecue. 4 barbecue joints (Bill's, Parker's, Mitchells, Cherry's) + 1 Wal-Mart. We even have one legendary joint, Cherry's, strategically located 6 miles out of town in case a disaster hits the town.

I travel about 60K miles /yr. doing self-employed travelling sales of Pharma equipment. Formerly "big shot" in Pharma industry who got tired of politics, buyouts, mergers, etc. Male, 48 yrs. old.

Typically, a highlight of the day is where we're gonna stop for supper after cruising all day. Always on the lookout for a good NON-franchised restaurant.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 08/29/05 10:44 PM
Hello!Been reading this Board for a while.In the last year I have been living and working in Portland,Or,Memphis,Tn and now for my second trip to Sonoma County Ca.The last few years have been a whirlwind of Roadfood.Being a woman of a certain age who used to live the crock-pot lifestyle I now will make a U-turn for a taco truck.I'm staying now in the Twin Peaks of Sonoma County, Monte Rio .Really miss the Memphis Q or Bar-Bee-Kwew and Krystle Burgers.I do enjoy the quality selections of fine foods in this area and organic farmer's attempt to clean up the food supply.The hormone free milk sold here is excellent!Really like boutique cheesse and garlic stuffed olives,ect.My next job this fall is in Reno,Nv this fall what's up over there?

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Mon, 08/29/05 10:52 PM

NanCan
Welcome aboard. Reno/Carson City? Other than Casino diets, think BASQUE !! Nice area. It was on our list of the ten places we might head for retirement. (not in the top 3 though). I think you'll like it !

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 09/1/05 12:06 AM
Hi there!! :::waving:::

I live in Hollywood Beach, FL, and both my partner and I travel around the world in search of good snorkeling, and good eating. In fact, we base most of our trips on eating. LOLOL!

I will always post a log of where we have gone, and where we have eaten. We're not into full course meals, instead, we love to graze. Our thinking is.... we can try more restaurants with grazing, rather than eating a full course meal at one restaurant and missing out on 4 others.

We are devastated, like the rest of you with what has happened in LA/MS/ and AL. We are especially heartbroken that one of our very favorite eating towns has been desicrated. We were just planning a long weekend with another foodie in New Orleans in September.

We have a list of 1,000 places we must go before we die. Hopefully, I'll be able to post about some of these places before I become too old and feeble to travel.

Looking forward to becoming part of the Roadie family.

Shirley

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 10/19/05 1:23 PM

I thought it may be a good time to bump this thread. I posted here as "Caramel Copper" so I won't post stuff again (for now )

I do however think the newer folks might enjoy the opportunity to introduce themselves, and give new topics in misc. a break.[:O)]

Welcome All,
Cornball Copper

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 10/20/05 11:51 AM
I never posted on this thread; it was so long, I wasn't sure if anyone would dig through and read it. I found this site after a newspaper article about the Sterns and their books. Seemed like an interesting place, lots of good information and comradship among the posters, so after lurking for a while, I began posting.

My id, Berndog, is a nickname given to me by my work friends. My name is Bernie, and I love dogs, especially my cocker spaniel. I also love foods and the information here has been invaluble when I travel and look for a good local place. Unfortunately, with business the way it is today, I now do very little traveling, compared to about six trips per year for the previous decade. This limits my ability to post about new roadfood type places I discover in my travels, but I am always willing to help those traveling in upstate NY, or coming to Rochester with recomendations on where to find good food.

I also enjoy cooking and the recipes and discussions about how to make them are very interesting.

I miss some of the old gang who have decided to leave Roadfood.com, many due to their disliking of posts about chains. My feeling is that all food types are deserving of some discussion, and there are local/regional chains that I am interested in hearing about if it turns out that they are all that are available when I travel in a certain area. I do agree that these threads belong in a specific area. Maybe we need a chain forum.

I also used to wonder about those who would come here for a while, then complain that this site is cold to newcomers. I never used to see that, and the welcomes to new members throughout this post from Mayor Al show what a warm place Roadfood is. However, this seems to be changing. Lately, there has been a lot of flaming when posters disagree with each other. This is very different from the good natured teasing of a year ago. Also, some new posters seem to be very unwelcome because of the subject of their posts, and lack of grammer. In fact, there have been accusations that some of these posters are departed older members coming back and trolling, looking to start flame wars.

I suggest that if we dislike a post due to the subject, we just ignore it and not add to it, or make fun of or pick fights with the poster. Lets return Roadfood.com to the warm, welcoming place it used to be.


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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Thu, 10/20/05 3:37 PM
Hello.. I'm Paul from Lake Mary, FL origianlly from North Haven, CT. I've been in and out of this site for several months, mostly topic-ing about hot dogs, clams, pizza, hot dog carts, New England hot dog buns, etc. I usually end up reminiscing about foods and places to eat in New Haven, CT. Florida has nice places to eat, but you just can't beat New England for GOOD FOOD. Hope to meet some good people here.

My favorite places are Louie's Lunch, Modern Pizza, Glenwood Drive In (got their T shirt this summer).

Take care all! (Wishing hurricanes came in glasses with a straw)

Paul

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Sat, 10/22/05 10:23 PM
Howdy! I'm Kai'leen (pronounced like Eileen, but with a K in front). Our family lives just outside of Jackson, MS. I've been married to my incredible husband, James, for almost 8 years. We have two wonderful children: Rick, 7, and Deirdre, 6. They are both first graders. We're extremely proud of both of them. They are the lights of my life.

I work in a call center, doing quality assurance. James is a stay at home dad. We don't get to take many trips out of town, but when we do, we love to find the off the wall diners and stops. We would much rather support the local establishments than the chains if at all possible.

I've really enjoyed this board, and I'm trying to get my better half to get his rear end on here too.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 10/25/05 9:08 PM

Welcome to you newer folks...and you old dogs too. Berndog , you're right the place is changing constantly..but in general the population has remained friendly and helpful.
Roadfood is what all of you make it! Welcome aboard!

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Tue, 10/25/05 11:17 PM
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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 10/26/05 12:08 AM
quote:
Originally posted by tteltrat

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Man, if only tartlett could make posts so easy to read. See how there is a space after the word "gnitcerrocdna?" That makes things much easier.

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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 10/26/05 12:14 AM
quote:
Originally posted by tteltrat

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llufdekcolb saw ti esuaceb devomer onerehto eht dah ilirtson eno ylno
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RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves! - Wed, 10/26/05 10:04 AM
I don't know how anywone could write that...it would take me years to write backwards.

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