food fun (excerpts from random days) part 1

i opened a can of tuna two days ago–guess what, i bet you can’t, water but no tuna

today i tried to make waffles in a george foreman grill—lol

last night I wanted Peruvian and when I got to the restaurant it was in darkness–no signs

bought french cookies topped with dark chocolate–yummy

was hoping to hit a Bastille celebration this year–missed the day but the restaurant week was still going on–why did i not partake–money does not grow on my tree like that– I am seeking French friends as a result ūüôā

discovered that my supermarket has some hot food at lunch time–so what did i get: plantains, empanadas and chicken wings–plus at home I added some rice and broccoli

my husband bought a happy meal and got harassed in a good way–my daughter got a minions toy that she is afraid of

busy mom deciding if i want to go out and hit a festival–food or work, the food you get, the work part: pack bag for kid, get kid ready, get self ready, drive to location, deal with the beating sun, ¬†—–it should not matter right, do all things in the name of food right

Destination Nowhere part 2 (NY, CT, MA VT, NH)

We did some off-roading¬†which meant the potential to get stuck in mud.¬†And you know that if you drive too hard, you will get stuck. ¬†Also there were no lights and you’re like a mile inside the forest. ¬†So we would have to walk a mile out to go to civilization and even if we saw someone, who knows. That person could be sketchy, based on some of the homes we saw. ¬†Some homes had everything out on the grass- like extra chairs, patio sets stuff covered, and even cars. I saw a Camaro. ¬†The other day someone joked that it was for the parts probably. Then we saw open spaces and signs for the sale of this three-acre area but it looked like we would have to clear the land and we really didn’t know if part of the plan was to clear land. I kind a wanted to live in an area that had a natural clearing, so that at some point I could drop a house and not disturb the peace.

I was looking for animals perhaps a deer.  Not one did we see.  We were driving around one day in our neck of the weeds, where there are tons of people, and we actually saw a family of deer loitering in these expensive condominiums not even really close to a forest.

What I liked about our trip was that we went to New Hampshire and we crossed over into Massachusetts through a small town and it looked like it was up-and-coming although the buildings were really old and the paint was chipping and it didn’t look like anyone cared.¬†They should beautify the town, but the houses are typical of mining and industrial towns and there was an area with visibly lower income people and racially diverse. There were both Latino and Black people. ¬†We did not see a lot of older people, therefore old money. ¬†We did a big senior home though, which is probably where they were all hiding out.

So along our¬†journey we saw lots of farms. ¬†We even saw a mini prison (hence the barbed wire) just right on the edge by the water -so they can escape downriver and who knows -there were no lights so at night time it would be ridiculous. ¬†We concluded that one can only look at these places in the daytime so we would never want to be there at night and these places were on the edge of the river leading down to the road. So if your car slid or the road wasn’t clear –ah well. ¬†Good luck. ¬†We took the road but knew that if there was snow¬†there would be no clean¬†path. ¬†And you kind of know that if you are going to drive up there for your second house.¬† You however are only doing that in the summer with your Porsche. ¬†In the winter four wheel drive or something with¬†somewhat of a high clearance I necessary. You can then handle these non-destinations. You still require some preparation though.

For your non-destination road trip you will no less take good pictures and you will relax. If you just want to relax and do nothing but just read a book and watch some TV, lie in bed¬†all day and just go out for food when you’re hungry like a bum, it‚Äôs possible. Also, in this¬†kind a trip, if you want fancy food– bring your own, especially if the place has a kitchenette because the restaurants are cool but there were only a couple. On the bright side of that- it’s these places that are ripe¬†for you to come to (for me to come) and bring my small business and actually and have a successful business as the pickings¬†are slim in the town of North Adams Massachusetts.

The population in North Adams was negligible but just enough to maybe have a weekend only business– small restaurant where everyone hangs out–wi fi and the like. ¬†You only need a small space. ¬†I am guessing that¬†the rent is ridiculous‚Äô cause it’s not New York City.

If you have a destination nowhere to share‚ÄĒplease do.

Until then, always road trip with snacks just in case you cannot find a place to eat.

road trip -destination Nowhere NH, VT, MA, CT, NY

Destination nowhere

what do you do in New Hampshire and southern Vermont

what do you eat, where do you hang out

I wanted to see what the landscape looked like outside of major cities. You know, a real small town where you can see the edge of town on both sides in between the mountain, so basically the valley.  Also you wonder, what do these people do with their lives on a day-to-day basis and where do they work.

When we first arrived there in the vicinity, we needed a place to eat and the pickings were slim. Of course there were two China buffets. How does that happen!! Yeah they find their way everywhere. So since we don’t do China buffet’s at home, we were like “why not!” We could have done a chain restaurant like McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Taco Bell and those were the only choices right around where our hotel was. We actually passed some other restaurants on the way but uncertain about the quality of food we passed. This particular town, Brattleboro had a lot of car dealer ships, just a couple of the motel looking places, and a few cool looking places to eat but it wasn’t like the town you want to be stuck in and I was glad we are passing through during midday. ¬†We stayed in a place called Keane, which had a state college, not that big, but then again there are not thousands of people in New Hampshire. ¬†We went down the main road, parked to walk and saw some little shops. I wondered where the heck was the supermarket? ¬†We found it and there was a little area that had all of the stores which meant it was a livable town and you do have some run in with the outside world.

So destination Keane, what do you do? Just hang out? As long as there is a clean comfortable hotel, food, a TV and a pool to keep yourself busy, then you don’t even have to go anywhere else. It’s not even really touristy, so the hotel could be your destination. ¬† This is why I think resorts came about and why there are¬†hotel destinations filled with busy activities. ¬†It is just to go and do nothing sometimes, maybe take a drive and still do nothing as well. ¬†While we were in Keane we noticed that everything closed at nine. ¬†Just maybe one or two stores were open till 10. ¬†I had to drive through the “downtown” and it didn’t have stop signs but rather walking paths, so each time I saw a path I was supposed to or had the potential to stop. ¬†I learned my lesson when I nearly mowed down a group of kids because I was just Sunday driving and didn’t realize that they were there and I just ‚Äďjust saw them. They waved to me saying thank you. But on my mission I was in search of food and all I could think was “No thank you really” thanks for not letting me mow you down. I ended up having pizza and spaghetti & meatballs because that was all I could find open. ¬†After that I thought that traveling to Vermont was a chore. ¬†In the beginning I thought that I was going to get some pretty decent meals. ¬†I even spotted a food co-op, which was their answer to Whole Foods as the prices were the same and similar to stuff I saw in other gourmet shops like the one I worked at previously. The people seemed nice.

PART 2 Coming