Lunchtime poll - holiday food adventures
December 28th, 2010
12:05 PM ET
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My jaw muscles are still throbbing from the truck stop jerky I ate yesterday and I'm pretty sure that motel room coffee has etched a relief map of I-95 into my esophagus. I've been away from my dogs for days and I just want to get back home to snow-buried Brooklyn if we can get anywhere near it.

There have been a few food adventures during this recent Christmas slog to North Carolina - homey scrapple and eggs at the Bel Loc Diner in Towson, Maryland, punishingly salty country ham shards on a tender biscuit from a drive-through in Chapel Hill and Ruth's brand pimento cheese gobbled down with Captain's Wafers in the parking lot of a Roses department store. Mostly, though, we've just been trying to fuel up and move on.

We've had it better than many, though, who have been stuck on tarmacs and pleading for scraps at overtaxed, under-supplied airports, or run up against store closures due to inclement weather. Yes, I am typing this from my car, somewhere north of Baltimore, and holy heck do I want to get home and make myself a proper dinner, but I'm not complaining ... much.

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  1. Nat

    No wonder your so mad at everthing...your freakin hungry!!! EAT THE D@MN BUTTER!

    December 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
    • Meredith

      Bwahahaha! I concur...fat is good for neurons and muscle development. Makes you feel full and it's doggone tasty! Eat the butter!

      December 29, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  2. Katy

    Myeating habits are most affected by losers talking out loud. Basicly any restaurant makes me want to binge and purge. Then run a marathon. Hit the sauna, then the steam room, then the jacuzzi, then 40 laps in the pool. Then sleep, then 3 days of non-stop snowboarding at a mountain that has night snowboarding. Then I have a piece of toast, with a whif of butter. Thats right I don't actually put the butter on the bread, I just smell it, then I eat the toast.

    December 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  3. J.B.Jingles

    We made it home Sunday without much of a delay, thank goodness. A couple years back I got stuck overnight at the St. Louis airport, and had to scrounge to find an awful hot dog and soda at 1 a.m. after no food for 10 hrs...not fun. Drive safely Kat!

    December 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  4. Evil Grin

    I had bank interference in my groceries, but no inclement weather interference. The snow missed my area and hit north. For that I am deeply appreciative. Although the mere mention of snow can sometimes clean the shelves of staples like bread or milk when people inevitably panic, which is an inconvenience to those of us who need to do normal shopping. I do try to always keep enough food in the house to be comfortable for at least a week should anything at all happen. You just never know anymore.

    December 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
    • Jerv@EvilG

      Yup, about a weeks worth of food and liquor for me. In my neck of the woods, the mere mention of a hurricane sends mindless minions to the stores for buy up all the bread, bottled water, batteries and spirits that they have in stock.

      December 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  5. a. dee

    I love diners as much as the next person, but for some reason, I could never bring myself to like Bel Loc diner no matter how hard I tried. The food I had was never good or even looked appetizing to me and the restaurant's interior was such a turn off to me. And I'm by no means a pretentious eater.

    December 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  6. Jerv@Kat

    "homey scrapple and eggs" Surprised you ate that if Brooklyn is your home. I love it fried with jam.

    December 28, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Brooklyn is my home, but I used to live in Kentucky, Baltimore & Philly. I think of it as really comforting in it's unfanciness. It'snot trying to be anything else; it's just good.

      December 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
      • Jerv@Kat

        I completely agree. And I know your puppies will be so happy to see you, snow or not.

        December 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
      • Evil Grin

        Keep safe on your drive home. I'm not sure about your route, but some places look bad. Hopefully you won't encounter too many problems.

        December 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
      • RichardHead@Kat

        If ya get stuck let me know. The BIG Truck can cut a path through anything. And that includes Brooklyn.

        December 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
      • Kat Kinsman

        I seriously kept passing trucks and that one Richard Head? is that one?...

        December 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  7. RichardHead

    The only problem I'm having is my guests are hording all my toilet paper,for some reason. Gotta be an Indiana thang!

    December 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
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