Eating My Way Down the East Coast (Part 1)

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I just relocated to Miami.  Because of this, you’ll probably see many posts with me referencing my new home, the flavors of Miami, and different restaurants.  I still have a TON of exploring to do!

Today, however, I want to share my experience of the trip down to Miami.  Well, mainly my stomach’s trip down to Miami.  So here are a few places we stopped along the way:

Day 1 – Philaphelphia, PA

This photo needs no introduction.  When you think of Philly, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a cheese steak (or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia or maybe Rocky.)  Jon just had to have one.  So we put little post out on Facebook asking for recommendations and we were told to go to Steaks on South.  As you know, I don’t eat meat so I just took Jon’s word for it when he said it was tasty.  And I believe he ate the whole thing (sans Cheez-Whiz, which is supposedly how you are supposed to eat them in Philly.)  By the way, notice the bite taken out?  You’ll be seeing this in a few of my photos as Jon always got to the food before I had a chance to get my camera out.  Guys get hungry, what can I say?

Now for dessert!  We walked past little store front and the pink just drew me in.  We decided to step inside and check it out.  We met Roz, the owner of this cute little shop called Homemade Goodies by Roz.

The kitchen is open for you to see and there were bakers peeling apples and pulling things out of the ovens.  Roz explained that they are a Kosher and non-dairy bakery.  I was interested in trying the buttercream icing because of this.  We ordered a mocha cupcake and it was delectable!   The cake was so moist (I’m not afraid to use that word) and not too sweet.  The icing was soft and flavorful.  To be honest, it tasted a bit more like maple than mocha but I’m not complaining because it was that good!

Day 2 – Ocean City, Maryland

Maryland is known for their crabcakes so I was on the hunt for some.  We walked the boardwalk in Ocean City looking for the right place to go.  Everyone boasted to have the best so how was I supposed to choose the right one?  I turned to Yelp, which is my favorite food finder, and was told to go to Captain’s Table.  The cakes were fantastic!  The tartar sauce had a bit of dijon mustard in it that complimented them so nicely.  As you can see below, the food bandit hit once again.

While in Maryland, we were told that we had to try the Fractured Prune for the best donuts ever.  I hadn’t had donuts in so long and my mouth was watering just thinking of them! (My mouth is watering NOW just thinking of them.)  We got there and they were closed!  I guess they close at noon because who would ever think about eating donuts in the afternoon?  I mean, that’s just crazy.  So, if you’re ever in the area, please go there and let me know how it tastes, or kindly ship me one.

To be continued…

But even if I’m left high and dry at the end of this wild journey, just taking it is a great feeling.  -Olivia Wilde

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Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Moving..oh my.

Just a quick post while I’m waiting for my coffee to kick in…

All I have to say is that Jon and I are going out with a bang!

Eathquakes and Hurricanes all in one week!

The EARTHQUAKE happened while I was in the midst of packing.  I felt something under my feet but had no clue what it was and then I saw the TV, computer, and speakers shaking.  I thought maybe I stepped on a lose board to make them shake.  I grabbed the TV to steady it and then I got a text from my husband asking me if the house shook.  So I knew he felt something at work too.  My first thought was a gas line explosion because they are doing gas work and Jon’s work is close to home.  Then I heard someone run outside and scream “Earthquake!”  I couldn’t believe it.  Everyone was buzzing about it the next few days.

The HURRICANE had been talked about all week of course, but weather always changes so no one knew what to believe.  By Friday, when we found out the MTA was shutting down the subways, we started to get concerned.  Our city started asking people to evacuate and even put a ban on driving for Saturday night into Sunday.  Let’s just say that the best way to get packing done is when you think a giant hurricane is coming.  I’ve never packed so fast in my life!  We wanted to get it all off our floor because we are in a ground level apartment.  Saturday afternoon we drove to a friends house who lives farther inland and stayed with them.  (Thank you, Chris and Megan, for letting us stay with you!) I couldn’t sleep that night because they wind and rain was loud.  We woke up the next morning and it was silent.  A few trees were down and power was out in half of the house.  We found out the eye was right over us.  We decided to head home and see if there was any damage.  We had a few obstacles, road closures from flooding and downed trees, but it was a lot easier than we expected.  We arrived home to a dry house!  We got lucky because a lot of people around us had water in their basements.  Here a few pics I took around the neighborhood:

The wind really picked up after the eye passed over!  I read that most of the hurricane related deaths were from tree branches falling on people.

This tree fell after we had already arrived home.  It landed about 50ft from our car.  Phew!

Lots of leaves everywhere!

I have more pictures on my camera but unfortunately the cord’s packed up so maybe I’ll post them when I’m in Miami.  Only 3 more days of packing left!  Better get to it!

P.S. Soon we will have a guest blogger but bear with me!  Her basement wasn’t so lucky!

P.P.S.  Don’t tell my husband that I posted, he’s going to ask why I wasn’t packing (Love you honey!)

You do not have to be a hurricane, to turn things around. -Loesje

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