Last week ended up being a long but exciting week, one that ended on a good note. The trip to Harrisburg, PA was long, I was fairly happy that my travel luck was changing with flights; but I was wrong. My 45 minute flight turned into a four hour flight, because there was something wrong with the aircraft. I have many grievances when it comes to flying and the airline industry, but venting about it is futile. The icing to my delayed cake was the little kid sitting in my row. I wasn’t sure how to answer her question to why I was sitting with her Mommy and her, when I was the one who let them in to sit. So supposedly I should be the one asking why they were sitting with me not the other way around. All I heard was this nice lady let us sit so keep quiet, I have never felt so nice in my life before this. I managed to make it to the hotel just to find out that I was at the wrong hotel. We had booked the wrong hotel, one a little distant from our destination. Overall it was a long and a very off day for traveling, but happy to say the company made it saner and better.
The thing that makes traveling even better is when you are in like-minded company; for me that includes people who are connoisseur of good coffee and local joints to eat. Harrisburg for some reason has a lot of pubs and bars, maybe because of the amount of breweries they have. It is also known as craft beer country, sadly I didn’t get a chance to taste a single beer there. Hoping a trip there again soon to check out all the breweries and get a taste of the hoppy goodness they have to offer. The food that we had on the first day was okay (The Sturges Speakeasy), nothing to rave about but we were all so hungry with food deprivation that we ate without complaining. Just glad to have something solid going in the body after such a long day of travel and agitation.
There was a new coffee shop (Cuppa) that opened up close to the hotel offering organic coffee. To me the taste of the coffee was not that great, I think being it 6:30 in the morning and I am drinking coffee it would taste twice as good to me. The coffee here was mediocre though, understand the organic and all but I sure missed some of the local coffee shops and my coffee machine as well. Lunch was yet another brew pub with awesome beer list, but my great sense told me it wouldn’t be wise to drink and try to get things done. The fries at this place (The Brewhouse Grille) were delicious, so crispy and seasoned perfectly. The wrap I had here was decent as well, always a good feeling when you have the sauce dripping down your hand. There is something about messy eating that makes the food just sexier. It was a challenge to keep myself awake because all I wanted was a stretched slumber. Dinner was at a Thai place, because after all the brew houses one just needs a little kick to the taste buds. The place (Chalit’s Thai Bistro) was okay, the usual Thai food nothing too original in terms of offering. The best however was the lunch we had on Friday which was at Mid St8 Taco.
This precious joint is located in an indoor farmers market and I would have never known about it if it wasn’t for someone local suggesting it. I sometimes feel that foodies are like magnets, there is a luscious energy that draws them together. This taco station makes their own tortilla fresh, I tried to sneak in a few touristy pictures. The chef/owner here Pippa Calland is a chopped winner in 2009 and also a contestant on Chef’s Race. There is something about eating a fresh corn tortilla than to open the one in a packet. I could taste the corn, just the subtle sweetness and the soft chewy texture was a delight to the mouth. The choice for fillings were rather unique, I had never had a Farro and Wild Mushroom Taco. This one stood out to me, the nachos looked good and the rest of the offerings were pretty much the same as any tacos. The beef tongue taco was a little unique as well, but I am not a beef or pork eater so stayed off from that path. I think the spices could be a little better and bolder but I am not sure if that would hide the nuttiness of the farro. So I made a note to myself that I shall make this soon, as I have some leftover Farro from my last recipe. On the way to the airport we decided to make a quick stop at Zimmerman’s Nuts and Candy, as they are well known for their peanut butter and Wilbur chocolate coating. There is no way we were going to miss out on tasting the famous peanut butter. The candies were delicious, an excellent store for bakers with all sorts of spice and chocolate offerings. I decided to skip the PB to purchase too much of a pain to check bags in, but did get chocolate covered peanut butter squares, raisins and pretzels. Stocked up on some caramel and baking chocolate as well in the hopes of doing some more holiday baking.
As I was waiting at the airport to get back home, I enjoyed seeing this guy struggle just as much as I do when I am trying to open the Sabra hummus snack packs. The pretzel chips make you work before you can open the package. But it’s good to know that it’s the package and not my normal inability to open things in life. The flight back was equally interesting as the lady diagonal to me was busy plucking her eyebrows with a mirror, which every so often reflected from the light and blinded me. I went through that flashing light for 45 minutes, not to mention that she tried to take her drink from a ice glass and pour it back in the can. Of course the ice was all over the place, not sure how she was expecting to put the ice from a juice can hole. Some days I feel like I am an extremely normal person. Friday was long, wait I have been saying that a lot in this post. But we welcomed a new member to the family early Saturday morning, she is a party animal as she likes to stay out till dawn I see her being a trouble already. I think my back and butt is still recovering sitting on the chair at the hospital, but it was all worth it when I got to hold her. A lot of the books that I have read on soul and soul searching, mentions that we choose our family and the people who are around us in our life. The experiences, be it sadness, sickness, or happiness there is something always to be learned and all chosen by us on purpose. I looked at the baby girl and thought, why in the world would you pick such a crazy family? Then I realized, this crazy family of mine is also the most loving and fun family that I have. She is going to be one lucky girl and in a way am glad she picked us for her life experience.
Weekend was hectic a lot of shopping for the holiday food and wine and a few trips to the hospital. Sunday was fun, life is always good to be surrounded by friends and family, though this weekend was also a learning weekend. I have to figure out what kind of experience did I choose for myself in this lifetime and am I around the right people for it? More to reflect on that later, here are a few pictures from Harrisburg and wine and cheese event.
All I wanted to do was eat truffle cheese with spicy sweet chili jam but I decided to be good to myself and make something healthy. In my last excursion with my friend at Costco we came across edamame noodles full of protein, one can’t pass out on noodles that are healthy for you. Though today they seemed a bit fibrous maybe I needed to cook it longer but healthy and filling.
- 1/2 red onion sliced
- 1 cup of mushrooms sliced (I used button and oyster)
- 2 tsps. ginger minced
- 1 tbsp. miso paste
- 2 tsps. red chili paste
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 serving of edamame noodles boiled as per package instructions
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
- Salt to taste
Heat a pot with coconut oil in it. Sauté onion and mushrooms until they wilt and mushrooms turn a bit brown. Add miso, ginger, red chili paste continue sautéing and add the vegetable stock to the pot and let it come to a boil. Add the noodles to the mix and let it come together for a minute before eating up. Adjust salt per your taste.
I have got to figure out something to do with all the cheese in the fridge so maybe I see a savory cheesy biscotti in the future.