Category: United States

Taking a NASCAR Daycation

Can someone not too familiar with stock cars still have fun at a NASCAR race? You bet! Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Racecars, A Roadtrip, and a Lot of Potential A great trip does not always have to be had by decamping to someplace exotic or romantic and far, far away.  I am introduced to a whole new world—just a couple of…

Celebrating National Taco Day at Bedford’s Truck

Savoring the oyster tacos at Bedford, N.Y.'s Truck restaurant on National Taco Day. What is your favorite filling for a taco? Photo credit: L. Tripoli. #NationalTacoDay

Let’s Make #NationalTacoDay Every Day So many tacos to choose from at Bedford’s Truck! In observation of National Taco Day, I choose a couple of fried oyster tacos and a side of beans and cilantro rice. Heavenly—and fresh! —Lori Tripoli…

Old Sturbridge Village for Grownups

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts provides the younger set with a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but will grownups be interested in what this living museum offers? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Takeaways May Vary from When You Were 10 My memories of Old Sturbridge Village from a school field trip a number of years ago trend toward the role of women, how much time they spent in the kitchen back in…

Menu for the Last Supper, Chelsea Edition

The Last Supper menu: Is that a baked potato or a dinner roll? This image of the Last Supper is on display at Our Lady of Guadalupe at Saint Bermard Church on West 14 Street in New York City. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini. http://bashfuladventurer.com #BashfulAdventurer

What Did Jesus Eat? Almost as interesting as observing how Jesus Christ is depicted in art (some places, he’s a white guy who looks a bit like a hippie; sometimes he is a Viking; sometimes he is shorter and a…

The Best ‘No Soliciting’ Sign Ever

Seen on the Jonathan Archer house in Salem, Mass.: The best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever. It reads: “No soliciting; we are too broke to buy anything; we already know who we are voting for, we have found Jesus, seriously, unless you are selling thin mints, please go away!” Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seen in Salem Found on an entry to a house built in Salem around 1710 by Jonathan Archer, cordwainer, is the best ‘no soliciting’ sign ever—unless you are selling thin mints, do not knock! For the curious, cordwainers made shoes.…

Seeing Salem in a Single Day

How to Make the Most of Limited Time in Witch City An extemporaneous trip to Salem gives us an adventure to look forward to—quickly—but it also means that we are too late to book a hotel in Salem itself. No…

Side Yard to Table at Bedford’s Truck

Food miles—the distance food travels from farm to plate—seem to be kept to a minimum at Truck restaurant in Bedford, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

There is something blissful about sitting beneath the Truck sign in the dining room of the restaurant of the same name in Bedford, N.Y. and looking out the window at the garden where some of my lunch comes from. I…

In-N-Out Burger: Real Food Fast Food

Curious about In-N-Out Burger, two travelers make an effort to eat at one.

Worth a Detour in Santa Rosa or Anywhere What inspires me to make an effort to find an In-N-Out Burger during our short stay in California is the penchant of actors to swing by on Oscars night. Who can’t relate…