MA Road Trip: Seattle At Last
Three thousand, seven hundred and two miles, 13 states and 20 days later, I have landed in Seattle, my destination and home to Casa Appetite PacNW. Whew. It's hard to believe I can really put both feet on the ground.
As Mister MA and I zigzagged our way through the Cascade mountain pass and into the Emerald City late Sunday afternoon, we were given a "Welcome Home" downpour so there'd be no confusion about where we were.
Toto, I don't think I'm in Arlington anymore.
The new Casa is charming, but it will take time to figure out where Mister MA has put everything and how to jigsaw the kitchen into a pretty little picture. Ah -- there's the sun!
During the course of my journey, several folks I met asked for my thoughts on the dining scene across America and how I planned my route. Aside from Denver, where I focused solely on restaurants, this trip, by and large, has been about people and terrain rather than about dining rooms. For years, I had spent time only in the big cities of the west and east coasts and had hardly dipped a toe into the interior of this country. It's kind of like eating the crust of the pie and ignoring the filling. It was high time that I eat the whole slice.
Now that the trip is over, I find myself hungry for more American pie. Although happy to have arrived at my destination, there's a part of me jonesing to repack the bags and hit the road again. As physically grueling as the driving can be, the experience of being on the open road is a gift, one we should all give ourselves before we die. I've loved every crumb.
Talk to me today at Noon ET, live from Seattle, for this week's What's Cooking.
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