I probably ate most regularly while in North Carolina (I told D this is all due to MandyE who kept us all on track) and also most healthily.
In NYC D and I did our usual thing (when without kids) which is to eat as we feel led. Which means lots of junk.
The things that were different from South Africa:
- glasses of water without asking (this was good for me because that's my drink of choice anyway)
- in NC, sweet tea and... I'm not a lover of sweet tea. I like my tea hot and with milk :)
- too much ice in everything. I'm not into ice so much especially with the aircons on full blast but the people there seem to love it.
- they bring separate bills without batting an eyelid (so much more civilised than we do here where we all haul out our calculators!)
- seemed like they mostly added a tip automatically (I didn't mind because it was easier than working it out, and there was actually service)
- they also didn't even blink when asked for peanut butter sandwiches and milk for the kids. I've never asked for PB in SA but maybe I should try.
1. On the border - Mexican
Loved all Mexican food. I loved that there were different bits to the
meals... And the black beans!
2. Mimosa Grill
This is where I had some of the best trout ever. Served on mashed potato with green beans. Yum! I didn't have dessert but Mandy had crème brulee and J had peach cobbler.
Mexican again. This time with the other Mandy and her family too. Yummy food. I love the chips that keep on coming.
4. City Smoke
Here I had pulled pork, Texan toast and two sides (I had mac 'n cheese and Lexington slaw). Beth had fried chicken with fried okra, things I'd only read about. D was aghast when I said I didn't even try grits or any of the Southern food. I tried the chicken and okra though.
New York City
For the internet, obviously. I don't even like coffee and it about killed me to pay those prices for 3cm of a drink plus ICE.
D and I had a Thai meal here on night 1. It was delicious. Surprisingly reasonable for Times Square. I think we spent about $30 for the two meals.
7. Panera Bread
Oh, how I love bread. We had bagels and cream cheese here one morning for brunch - delicious.One of my regrets is that I couldn't have more of their food. It all looked so good.
More bagels one day...
9. Barnes and Noble
One evening I had a quick supper at B&N - soup and a sandwich.
Supposedly the best pizza in NYC - it was good enough but not the best. We went here after the Susannah Conway talk on the Wed evening.
11. Dunkin Donuts
I had the Most Delicious doughnut ever - an apple cinnamon one. Oh MY - a taste of heaven.
12. Auntie Annie's Pretzels
I bought a cinnamon sugar pretzel before we went to Top of the Rock and people, it was the best thing ever. Bread plus cinnamon = drool. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm still dreaming about that pretzel.I pinned a recipe for pretzels today and can't wait to try make them.
|this is the dude making them - he thought I was mad for taking pics|
13. Mc D
Boring but had to be listed. My very first meal in the US and I had hot cakes (flapjacks), scrambled eggs and orange juice.
We went for drinks here with Heather and Tom.The food looked and smelled delicious.
And out to supper here. The food was amazing and we met the chef!!!
Whenever I leave the country, I get a bit crazy when I come back. It's the reverse of converting to $.
I start thinking how cheap our food is and how we ONLY pay Rx for a meal... as opposed to $y. The minute I landed (while waiting for D) I went to Illy and bought a hot chocolate for R20. And suddenly it seemed so cheap. And buying a bottle of water for R6 - R7 compared to R20.
The joys of travel!
(I also have to post about things that I REALLY loved in the US. My list will probably surprise you).
So, did any of the USA vs SA differences surprise you?
Do you prefer to decide on a tip yourself?
And how do you like your tea - sweet and cold, or hot with milk?