Road trip food (and fragrance)

What’s up, Posse folks? Hope everyone is doing well. We are heading up to see son at college, then farther afield to see some of my family. So I was wondering: When you’re traveling through areas that you’re not familiar with, how do you handle eating on the road?

Do you stick to tried-and-true chains that you know, do you research local favorites before you go, or do you just plain wing it and stop at any mom-and-pop or hole-in-the-wall eateries that catch your fancy?

I think we’ll do a little of it all; taking to the chains when on the interstate and trying to make time, and then making some stops with local flavor. In one town we’ll be in, we already know of a good pizzeria with fabulous garlic rolls, so you know that I’m stopping there, bread lover that I am.

Are any of you in or familiar with the southwest Virginia area? At one point, we’ll be in Roanoke/ Christiansburg and environs, and if anyone has any suggestions, we’d be most grateful.

Perfume-wise, as we’ll be heading into cooler climes than ours, I’m hoping to wear some of my fall beauties, at least in the evenings on our road trip. Maybe even pull out the smoky vanillas, the Bois des Iles, or maybe even the Coromandel if the temps drop enough!

Hope everyone has a great week!!

  • Portia says:

    Hey Ann,

    Jin is a mad Trip Advisor fiend. No matter where we go he will find us a selection from the Top 10 in the area that we can choose from. We’ve never been steered wrong yet.
    WOO HOO! Bringing out the cool weather perfume big guns, YAY!
    Have a good trip.
    Portia xx

  • Dina C. says:

    If we’re driving to a place we go to often, then we tend to stop at the exact same restaurants every single time. DH is all about getting to the destination as fast as possible — none of this “enjoy the journey” crap — so he’s all about the fast food (but not McDonalds). ūüėÄ Once we’re at the vacation site, then we can relax and enjoy nice places to eat. I’ve always got my eyes peeled for antique stores that might have some vintage perfume bottles tucked away for a bargain price. 

    • Ann says:

      I hear you, Dina! My DH is often the same; hurry up and get there, then enjoy it, and then hurry up and get home! When we used to take my beloved MIL with us on trips, we could double-team him and get him to stop at antiques shops, etc., but with just me, nothing doing now, ha!

  • Nerd+Girl says:

    Hmmmmmm, does this work?

  • March Moore says:

    Hey everyone, my comment on the new comment format — I believe they are now set to post last to first, so the most recent is at top, which is the way a lot of blogs do it.  I figure I’ll leave it like that while people fiddle with the new comment format elements and see what you like and don’t like.  Thoughts?  You can edit your comments now! 

  • Maya says:

    I posted last of the first 6 comments but am shown as first. Is this intended? It makes it odd because I was responding to March, Taxi, and Ann about being prepared. I just tried to reply to my post but it won’t work. Let’s see if this posts and where

    • March Moore says:

      Maya — lol, I’m going to post separately but I think the comments are showing last to first?  Which is the way a lot of people do it.  Newest comments at the top.  I believe I can change that, but I thought I’d wait and see what people like and don’t like, since there are so many changes — for instance, you can edit your comments!

  • Maya says:

    I wing it. I never worry about food or drink. I take my chances. And I’m a fan of McDonalds and they’re everywhere – a Big Mac and fries and I’m good to go. If I stay in one place, then I explore and if a place looks or smells nice, I try it. Usualy it’s a win, occassionally a *meh*.
    Oh, I saw today that Areej Le Dore has released some new fragrances. One is called Plumeria de Orris. I love plumeria! Can’t wait to try it.

    • Ann says:

      Good to know, Maya! And I’m pretty much always up for a freshly made Egg McMuffin. That scent sounds great — must try it also!

  • ElizaC says:

    “Road Food” by Jane and Michael Stern.  They started writing about roadside regional restaurants in the 70s and their book (or the newest updated version), accompanied me for years.  They also have a website.

  • March Moore says:

    Hey you!  I don’t have any restaurant suggestions, but I definitely try to do some research if I know I’m going to be in a town at a mealtime.  If your mobile plan allows, you can sit right there and look while you’re in your car.  We also tend to bring a lot of snacks along; I’m weirdly anxious about being trapped in the car (by traffic? velociraptors?  I dunno) without anything to eat.

    • Taxi says:

      I get anxiety too unless I have water in my car.  Saw too many early TV  westerns (Death Vally Days) hosted by Ronald Reagan & sponsored by 20 Mule Team Borax.  As wagon trains crossed deserts, there were always cattle skeletons.  Cars driving in the Southwest often had canvas water bags hanging from the bumpers.  I’ll never die of thirst in my car because I drive with lots of water. I even have an empty, filtering water bottle in case I’m stuck by a dirty river with a breakdown & no cell service!  How’s that for nuts?  Funny what scares little kids forever.

      • Ann says:

        Yes, yes, yes!! I’m nodding my head vigorously to
        you, March and Taxi! As I’ve gotten older, I’m tending to over-prepare for various situations because life has just gotten so crazy. So I’m right there with you guys!