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.

My trip, via magnets. (Kim O'Donnel)

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.

By Kim ODonnel |  August 26, 2008; 11:36 AM ET MA on the Road , Travel
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Hi Kim! I am glad you had a great trip and are settling in. I love reading your blog and getting tips from you. You have inspired me to be more creative in the kitchen and to be open to new cooking ideas. I look forward to reading your blog every day, regardless of where you live! Best wishes for your new home!

Posted by: Southern Gal | August 26, 2008 1:16 PM

It takes a lot of courage to achieve something like this. Just wondering if there will be any book about this?
God bless

Posted by: fashionate | August 26, 2008 1:18 PM

Glad you arrived safely. You have given me many great ideas food wise. And yes, fashionate's idea about a book would be great.

Posted by: aroc | August 26, 2008 2:50 PM

Hi! I have loved reading every post about your journey. It's been truly a treat to experience your trip via the blog. Thank you :)

Posted by: Valerie at | August 27, 2008 9:38 AM

Hi Kim,

Welcome to Seattle! It's unseasonably cold right now, but the beautiful nature, the bountiful produce, the seafood and wine make up for the clouds.

I have a bicoastal existence (DC and Seattle), and have been discovered your blog last year when I moved to DC. I've enjoyed your entries, and find it so interesting that we have this geography in common!

So will you still be blogging from Seattle, and will you still be writing for the Washington Post??? I hope to continue reading about your food experiences, I've enjoyed your entries!

Posted by: foodie | August 28, 2008 2:34 AM

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