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I Travel Therefore I Eat 
Jul. 29, 2010 6:09 am 
Updated: May 22, 2011 7:42 am
I have said it before and I will say it again, I travel way too much for my job but until they invent a mortgage that pays itself, I'll keep doing what the paycheck factory wants me to do. That of course doesn't mean that I can't try and enjoy myself a little as I schlep my way from city to city in search of the next big deal. So I do. I don't take on food challenges like Adam Richman and I don't eat creepy disgusting stuff like Andrew Zimmer but I do try to find good regional cuisine & foods that are famous for whatever reason. Then I head home to my kitchen and try to recreate some of the dishes but with my own special twists thrown in.
Going forward on a semi-regular basis (mainly because I never know when I will get the time to actually write) I will recount & share with you (my loyal 1 or 2 readers) my culinary experiences both good & bad from past trips and from trips we have yet to take. I do get around and my sister has always said that she can tell what I am going to order by looking for the most bizarre combination of flavors on the menu. You know what ? She's right. I can find plain old boring food just about anywhere, so why not live on the culinary edge ? Why not have that meal or dish that you can talk about later with your friends and have them look at you with either awe or sympathy ? Just wait until I tell you about the time I had the "Slice of Pizza as Big as Your Head" in Kennesaw, GA. or the time I tried to order duck at the Peabody Hotel. I guarantee you, the stories are only about half as bad as the writing.
So help me out. Give me some ideas of where to go and what to try as I head around this great big melting pot of a country. There is virtually nothing out there I won't try at least once.
And that's all for now from Swampy's Kitchen. Come back next time when we talk about something. I just haven't decided what yet.
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Jul. 29, 2010 11:54 am
You know, my husband thinks like you! LOL! But we have the most fun trying the most amazing food. We love Cajun spices and one of the best things he makes is his gumbo. I cook all the normal food, but when he cooks, all bets are off! Where are you headed next? We like to try out all the hole-in-the-wall places in the cities we visit - Mexican, Thai, Indian, you name it. :)
Jul. 29, 2010 12:39 pm
Hey MessyMama - thanks for checking in. The next 2 stops on the schedule are Salt Lake City & Portland Maine...Hole in the Wall local joints are always the best - when I lived in Dallas we swore that the worse the mexican restaurant looked, the better the food. I don't think we were wrong.
Jul. 29, 2010 1:13 pm
Geezi Peeze couldn't they send you to places that are near to each other? Can't help with those two areas but if you are in the Mid-Atlantic!
Jul. 29, 2010 6:55 pm
Thanks for stopping by Dog Fish Head aka Fabius....my regions are all over. I spend most of my time traveling through the southeast. I will take suggestions though for everywhere & anywhere. You never know when or where you will be next.
Aug. 2, 2010 8:54 am
I always tell people to come to Nashville and try our meat-n-threes, but then again, I'm probably just a bit biased :) Happy travelling!
Aug. 3, 2010 5:05 am
Hey Nashville Nosher - I have been told I also have to get the Onion Tower at Stoney River...tell me more about these meat-n-threes.
Aug. 4, 2010 9:45 am
I've never been to Stoney River - out of my budget, but our meat-n-threes are delicious AND economical. You basically get a meat and two to three veggies (fried green tomatoes and green beans are two of my favorites.) Simple, Southern food, usually served in a dive, which seems to make the food taste better. Oh, and corn bread is a staple, too. And not the kind with sugar in it :)
Aug. 5, 2010 5:36 am
A lot of my travel Nashville Nosher is on the company dime so places like Stoney River are available to me but I am much more at home in a dive any day.....and don't look at my cornbread recipe (it has sugar)
May 22, 2011 7:42 am
Google the list of Drive-ins, Diners and Dives, it has it listed by city. I hear it is a great list of eats to consult for traverls.
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About Me
My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
My favorite things to cook
Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
My favorite family cooking traditions
We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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