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If you’ve had anything to do with an airplane recently (gotten on one; awaited for a loved one in arrivals; worked in an air traffic control tower), then you don’t need me to tell there are a crazy amount of delays on the tarmac recently. Some travelers have made the very best of an annoying situation - it’s worth watching a string quartet of Philadelphia Orchestra musicians do a pop-up concert on their three-hour–delayed flight. And the crowd who sang “I Believe I Can Fly,” on their grounded, non-air–conditioned jet.
Or you can avoid the possibility of spontaneously singing R. Kelly in a very hot airplane and drive (in the 48 contiguous states anyway). Benefits include the possibility of dropping in at one of the country’s amazing food museums, where you can become an expert at everything from Spam to pizza to Pez.
Mark your calendar for National Mustard Day (August 3), when the museum offers free hot dogs, music, games and mustard sampling.
Pizza Brain - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Because looking at all this memorabilia will make you hungry, Dwyer smartly installed a pizzeria, too, with a reputation for great pies such as the Esteban Destino (white pie with slow-roasted pork, cilantro, jalapeño and black beans).
The SPAM Museum - Austin, Minnesota
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia - Burlingame, California
Idaho Potato Museum - Blackfoot, Idaho
If you can’t get to Idaho, the website offers a recipe for potato chip cookies as well as an argument for why “the potato is a near-perfect food” (nutrient-dense and 99.9% fat-free, they say) but you’ll miss the “box of yummy potato products” they give to each adult ticket holder ($3) who visits.
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