How lucky am I to be back in New Jersey, just in time to be part of What I Ate Wednesday presented by our buddy Jenn at Peas & Crayons!?! So here goes…
Our trip back was long and interesting and long and scenic and long. I’ll talk more about the trip itself over the next few days, but for WIAW…it’s all about the food. Let’s just say we left El Paso on Sunday at 4pm. We arrived in New Jersey at 2:52am Wednesday morning. I think that’s enough to say at the moment. The fact that my eyes are open and my fingers moving is fairly amazing, but here I am!
We left Silver City on Saturday to travel to Anthony, Tx. near El Paso to visit our friends. We got a bit turned around regarding which exit, where the street was and we had forgotten to bring the address with us!! Turns out, since everything is big in Texas, even small towns have 3 exits off the interstate. We of course took the wrong one.
It was actually our good fortune. We were hungry and decided to stop for lunch so that we could clear our heads, call our friends and get proper directions. We stopped at The Great American Land & Cattle Company. This has got to be the most vegetarian-friendly steakhouse I’ve ever visited.
I had the half Caesar salad with dressing on the side and
Tortilla soup-a tomato and green chile soup with cheese, tortilla strips and avocado on the side. It was quite spicy, but really good! Ralph got cole slaw and beans with his burger. He made me taste the cole slaw which was sweet and tangy at the same time. Turns out they put pineapple in it! Also, our server told us that the beans had no meat in them. Since they were too spicy for Ralph I ate most of them and they were delicious! Also spicy. Wish I had known there was no meat in the beans to start…I would have added them to my soup. An overall good experience!
We got to our friend’s house and spent a pleasant evening. Sunday morning we got up and headed to Old Mesilla, a wonderful town in New Mexico! Gee, didn’t I just LEAVE New Mexico! Anyway, it’s lovely and I’ll tell more about that visit later. On the way back to Texas, we stopped at Stahmann’s Farms. Apparently, Texas is big pecan country, I didn’t know that, did you?? Big business, not big pecans…they’re just regular size…
Well, at their country store, they have wonderful ice cream. My choice of course was…butter pecan!
I started gobbling it before I thought to take the picture. It was delicious!
We left Texas at 4pm and drove all night except for about a 1 hour nap at a gas and go place. Actually that helped a lot. We continued on until we got to Arkansas and found the town of Brinkley. We were both so tired and hungry, all we could think of was something to eat and some place to sleep. We found a Pizza Hut, somewhere I hadn’t been in a long time and we each had a personal pan pizza.
Mine had mushrooms, green peppers and black olives. Pay no attention to the missing bites…I was really hungry and this was quite good.
We crashed at our motel, forget which it was…We headed out by 7am on Monday and didn’t stop till we passed downtown Memphis. We wanted to avoid the rush hour traffic.
We stopped at a Bob Evans for breakfast. I had one of the stuffed omelettes with spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, onions and cheese.
Neither of our omelettes were really what you’d call hot which disappointed us. They were ok, but we really only go for the biscuits anyway!!
It was a LONG day and there may have been a few indiscretions including a Blizzard and a turnover but we won’t mention those just now.
There was also many beautiful sights! We took a route we hadn’t taken before and it was quite interesting…but today is Wednesday and it’s all about the food. Over the next few days, I’ll share some of scenery and adventures from the road.
Time to get back to reality…We have to unpack the car and return it to the rental company. Do laundry, grocery shop and try to make myself not ashamed to show up at Weight Watchers on Saturday!!
Sorry there was a lapse on posting, but it just didn’t work out for this side of the road trip. More road details to come.
Beautiful reflected sunset from Monday night. I actually forget where we were!! Probably Tennesee or Virginia.
Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Time to get back on track!!