Saturday, July 01, 2006

travel notes

Things I have learned in my first two days (ever) in North Dakota, mostly food related:

Large parts of this state are very bare and uninhabited but quite pretty and serene.

It may not be advisable to ask the first shirtless, sweaty, panting guy at the side of the highway exit for a restaurant recommendation. Then again, maybe that was the best restaurant in town.

Every small town restaurant we have encountered offers a minimum of seven potato choices with your meal (for example: fries, curly fries, American fries (?), baked, mashed, home fries, tots, gems (again ?), hash browns (always-any time of day!), chips, natural chips (those were ok). Of all possible choices do not order the mashed. They are the only ones that can be fake. We learned that the hard way.

“hot dish” really does exist and I am surprised how frequently it is eaten/discussed. It seems to be eaten regularly even in hot weather when it is way too hot to bake.

Hot dish can include tater tots.

Coleslaw should never, ever, be sweet. I am guessing this happens when one mixes cabbage with miracle whip and sugar. That should never happen.

Dessert seems to be mandatory.

Our hotel has free internet access and I am currently propped in bed with Jason’s dad’s computer and a bad action movie including Sandra Bullock on a life boat in the background. Henry is eating cold cereal across the street with his grandparents, great grandparents and various relatives at the great grandparents’ apartment. The bed is terrible but otherwise things are as they should be. I am just hoping we can find some food that hasn’t been fried or covered in mayonnaise. Really hoping. More soon, although I think I have figured this mid-western in-law vacation deal out.


Blogger honey said...

LMAO at the potatoes thing! isn't that a little scary, considering obesity rates in this country? I bet finding a nice green salad is ummmm, challenging 'round those parts.

And, what is "hot dish"???

7/01/2006 11:13 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

One of the best things about traveling is trying the different foods. Curious about the potatoes. Must be proximity to Idaho, maybe?
I enjoyed visiting your blog, by the way. Great writing and pictures

7/02/2006 1:45 PM  
Blogger mama without instructions said...

i think hot dish is just what we call a casserole. the salads are even worse. anything mixed with a large quantity of miracle whip is called a salad. i am dying for fresh vegetables!

7/02/2006 8:19 PM  
Blogger liz said...

you have to embrace the cuisine. try some macaroni salad. seek out some fried cheese. savor the hotdish (yes, the rest of the country refers to it a casserole), there are probably some sort of bars for dessert. you should maybe steer clear of jello salad...with the tiny marshmallows...:-) don't worry, there are surely vegetables growing close by.

7/06/2006 1:15 AM  

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