MA Road Trip: Holy Toledo

TOLEDO, Aug. 5 -- The first day of the MA road trip began with a few twists and turns -- even before I got behind the wheel. About an hour before my road companion Jules and I were planning to leave, she had a last-minute business emergency that not only changed the MA itinerary but would keep her in Maryland for an additional 24 hours.

KOD departs D.C. in fine road-trip fashion. Her future's so bright, she's gotta wear shades. (J. Shepard)

As a result, the MA chariot departed without its navigator and I began my journey solo, through western Pennsylvania and into the northern reaches of Ohio. And holy Toledo, I'm typing to you from Toledo, Ohio. (I've always wanted to say that.) Because I got a late start yesterday, I arrived in the "Glass City" just before sunset, which means little opportunity to poke around for eats and drinks. I did have one unexpected delight -- driving across the Veterans' Glass City Skyway bridge as I made my way into Toledo. I had no idea I was in for such architectural eye candy!

Oh, before I forget: if you're ever in Pittsburgh, stop by Kaya for a bite to eat. Located in the Strip District, home to lots of cool old warehouses and funky little shops, Kaya is dishing up fusion cuisine that actually works. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with Manchego and Idiazabal cheeses, teamed up with a kicky mango sambal for dipping and a lovely green salad with pepitas. How's that for a roadside treat!

Alas, I've gotta run -- as I'm picking up my waylaid navigator at Detroit Metro airport, and the blueberries of coastal Michigan are calling our names. Today's lunch plan: Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich. We'll spend the night in Ludington, a Lake Michigan beach town.

By Christian Pelusi |  August 6, 2008; 6:15 PM ET MA on the Road , Travel
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Kim,I am glad you are meeting Jules and the sunglasses are perfect for the trip. I will tell the girls. Keep up the good work and be safe and have fun. Love Mom

Posted by: mother | August 6, 2008 7:05 PM

Kim- We love the sunglasses and miss you! Reading your blogs makes us think of you and your adventure. Can't wait to see you! Zingerman's in Ann Arbor is a good deli Much love and hugs, The Fonzes

Posted by: The Fonzes | August 6, 2008 7:41 PM

Kim, Thanks for keeping us updated. I'm curious to hear about your experience at Zingermans. As a student at the University of Michigan, it was always one of my favorite places to eat in Ann Arbor, though it wasn't easy on the wallet. Some of my best friends think the deli is overpriced and overrated, but it remains one of my favorite destinations. Please let me know what you think. Travel Safely!

PS - Go for the corned beef

Posted by: Zingerman's fan | August 7, 2008 10:15 AM

Oh, Zingerman's is the best. I had my graduation meal there. I hope you picked up some brownies for the road - they are the best!

Posted by: eggplant | August 7, 2008 10:19 AM

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