Sorry this has been so long in coming. I think at lot of this has been because the trip itself was so lackluster. This year there were very few, if any, real highlights.
I left Martinsburg, WVa. on Sunday morning July, 18th about 8AM after having worked all night. With the large ice chest riding in back with some sodas for the trip. The real reason for the ice chest will become apparent later :)I stopped at the WH for a quick breakfast of ham&cheese omelet with a double order of hash browns scattered. About 10 miles down the road I discovered that I had left my Cincy trip folder at the office. It had all my Roadfood info with maps on how to get where. It also had my reporting instructions for Monday and some other vital info. I thought about turning around and going back for it. Naaa... It wasn't that important.
I stopped in Zanesville, Oh for lunch and gas. I looked around for a local diner or something interesting but I wound up at Steak 'n Shake. See what I mean? Boring.
About 1630 (4:30PM) I arrived at Jungle Jim's huge grocery store just outside of Cincy. If you ever get close to Cincy, you have gotta go to this place. I picked up some special treats for the coming week. Apple smoked thick sliced bacon, with the rind. A couple kinds of Feta cheese. Some cold smoked salmon, ya know good stuff I don't usually buy at home. I also bought 4 of the bigger bottles of Cholula hot sauce (12 oz?), my favorite. A couple jars of Vidalia onion relish (wish I'd bought more) and a couple harder to find items to take home.
Next I went a little further up that road to the Viet/Chinese restaurant Saigon Dragon. The following is sampled from a TJ Jackson post. Thanks, TJ
In Fairfield, a few miles north of Jungle Jims on the right hand side as you travel north on Rt 4.
This hole in the wall is one of the best kept secrets in Cincinnati. Really, really great chinese and vietnamese food, really low prices. Easily my favorite lunch spot in Northern Cincinnati http://www.mixconnections.org/CinciDiningChinese.html
I have to agree with TJ here. A very worthwhile stop if you like Chinese. Especially if you combine it with a stop at JJ's. I had a seafood combo meal (Happy Family?) with mixed vegetables and fried rice. A Spring roll or 2 and a small bowl of Pho noodle soup. I RARELY drink coffee but after an 8 hr drive plus being at work all night before I decided to try the French roast coffee with a sweetened coconut milk and then iced. Boy was this tasty! I ordered a second one. The waitress looked at me funny when I did. They bring you a coffee cup with a stainless steel device on top of the cup. In this device is hot water on the top and then in a different compartment are the coffee grounds. It brews 1 cup at a time. Pretty slick. In the cup is the coconut milk. When the coffee is brewed you pour it out of the cup into a glass of ice. Thus iced coffee. Very nummy.
Next stop, the hotel. I stayed at the Garfield suites downtown again this year. I really like that place. Older, but the service is great and the large rooms are bigger then some apartments I’ve seen.
Oh yeah, once I got settled I called work and had them fax me the most important stuff out of the forgotten folder
Next post, Monday