Odds and Ends and Bits and Pieces
OK I promise the final top 10 list will be posted tomorrow
however I thought I would post some of the highlights of 2010
First I'll include the Roadfooders
that I met for the first time this year.
The year started for me with Charleston Glee Club Event in February with side trips to Charlotte and ultimately it was down to two heading south along the coast to Florida with Travelin Man
Although some of the regulars couldn't make it last year, their presence was missed, however it was good to meet Nancypalooza
for the first time.
Then in May I made my way to the old dominion with Buffetbuster
and I doing some serious double damage and of course we had the pleasure of meeting Williamsburger
for the first time.
Here is Buffetbuster with Williamsburger
and Williamsburger's husband, Terry.
Also in May I co-coordinated the Central Rhode Island Meet n Greet with Bethgrd
among other old friends, Miami Don Foodosaurus
joined us and it was a pleasure meeting them the first time around. And although I met Ivyhouse
the previous year on the Buffalo-Rochester bus tour, I finally had a chance to spend some time and chat with her.
After the the meet n greet in May, I was pretty much in diet mode all summer, however that didn't stop me for taking a break every once in a while. My friend Ian from New Jersey and I headed to Scranton to see the minor league Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees, play and of course we had to include a visit with joerogo's
Actually it was a pleasure meeting joerogo
In July on another diet break I took buffetbuster's
trip to Maine which he ended up taking vicariously when I sent taunting cell phone photos to him.
After more than a 25lb victory, I awarded myself by Heartlanding through the Breadbasket
and experiences with some old and new friends including sharing a beer with Davydd
for the first time.
Renewing old friendships with Blizzardstormus
and of course enjoying a couple of burgers and a great soul food breakfast with Zaatar
and meeting the legendary Tiki
The weekend after my return, I spent part of the weekend hosting Buffetbuster
and Mariton in Rhode Island and then the other part of the weekend at Citifield and the 2nd Avenue Deli.
Finally my roadfood year ended by Sugar Shackin' it in Vermont
on Halloween weekend.
Anyway here are some more odds and ends....
Although my roadfood year ended halloween weekend..... The best roadfood news I had all year was
The reopening of Jiggers Diner
- located half a mile from my condo and enjoying this plateful of Jonnycakes.
The award for Roadfood Server of the year
goes to..... Troy
- professional magician and owner of Suzie- Q Caf
e in Mason City IA
And although I had many great meals, a few ordinary meals and thankfully no horrendous ones.
Sometimes I will have a good meal but not an extaordinary meal however there is one dish that stands out and really deserves attention, in 2010 it was...
The Stewed Tomatoes at Surrey House
in Surry VA
Although the overall meal was fine, the Stewed Tomatoes really grabbed my attention. Roadfood outlook for 2011: Not Good
I have to spend money on other things this year. Specifically some more condo renovations. I would love to head to Phoenix and Tucson in the spring but unfortunately this is looking more like fantasy rather than reality.
I promised Chi Town Diner
I would try to make it out to Chicago and Milwaukee, unfortunately I can't commit 100% yet, but hopefully I can figure something out- the most logical choice would be to combine it with my straight roadtrip which I plan to take this summer (and most likely my only trip for 2011) which is a straight driving trip from Rhode Island along I70 to St Louis. On this trip I hope to start out in Gettysburg
and check out the Farnsworth House
previously written about in the Roadfood
books, and perhaps venture out and try an Amish Restaurant or two. Continue on to Pittsburgh, through Columbus OH to see the relatively new minor league park, into Indianapolis which I hope includes a side trip to Nick's Kitchen
in Huntington. Eventually I hope to veer into Springfield IL and faceoff with a couple of horseshoes and then make my way to St Louis.
Heading back and stopping in Chicago and Milwaukee may make sense from there...
So there you have it.....
My final list tomorrow..
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