Great news for all of us who have been craving a convenient way to plan a
trip based on all the good Roadfood restaurants along the way. Roadfood
mapping will soon be a reality. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2004 is a
program that provides customizable maps and routing information for just
about anywhere you'd want to travel, across town or cross country. Stephen
and Kristin have used it with much success on parts of their honeymoon.
Stephen noted that the program supports importing data from another
database, i.e. a ROADFOOD database. With all the Roadfood information
imported, it will be possible to map a Roadfood trip
restaurant-by-restaurant and meal-by-meal!
We need to clean up some of the address information currently in the
database ("At the highway exit across from the Piggly Wiggly" doesn't
compute.), and Stephen is creating a template with the Roadfood.com
locations ready to import. That should happen in a month or so, at which
time we will figure out a way to make the template available to
Roadfood.com users. Meanwhile, we're getting ourselves familiar with
Streets & Trips, and suggest that other Roadfooders who think they'll want
to use this feature to get a copy for themselves (only $29.99 and this
link gives Roadfood.com a tiny commission to support the site): http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009Q6KO/roadfood
September means many things, food-wise, including end-of summer corn and
tomatoes and always a superabundance of zucchini; but in our book, the
best thing about this month is that it is when Casamento's of New Orleans
re-opens after a long hot-weather vacation. Time for oysters galore - on
the half-shell, fried on a plate, and best of all, piled into the
ridiculously large sandwich known as an oyster loaf.
This month also marks the publication of the latest Roadfood cookbook,
from Carbone's restaurant in Hartford, Connecticut. The event will be
marked by a big anniversary party celebrating the 65 years during which
Carbone's became one of the premier Italian restaurants in the Northeast.
We'll post more information as it becomes available.
Meanwhile, we are headed to South Carolina mid-month for barbecue and soul
food, and as many other Roadfood stops as we can manage along the I-95
Hope to see you somewhere along the road.