When in America, do as the Americans; Eat!
In the US, you can stuff your pretty little face with anything your little heart desires, and it might not come as a shocker that the USA has a severe obesity problem. Being a foodie myself, and even a foodie with a sweet tooth, it was unavoidable that I gained weight during our 10 day vaccy in the US. Mind you, it would have been a lot worse if we weren’t out and about all day long. We covered great distances on foot, and even though walking around in museums for hours upon end is not considered a work-out (seriously, we didn’t even break a sweat), at least we were active! Still, weight was gained around Old Mamasan’s jelly belly, and her ever widening sit-upon did what it usually does; it widened!
To regain control over my weight, I have now started acting in the way my doctor told me:
Doc: The best advice I can give you… is to move around alittle more.
Old Mamasan: Oh… Does that mean jogging, situps, spinning and the whole shebang?
Doc: Not at all… It is sufficient just to shake your head every time someone offers you something to eat!
Hard Rock Café
This music-themed chain of restaurants will rarely let you down. They have great burgers, they have great desserts (you have to try their apple crumble!), they have great everything. Of course the Karate Kid is collecting the Hurricane-glasses from Hard Rock, so even if we don’t always eat there – we have to pop in and get a glass. Sir Nerdalot seems to collect leather jackets from the Hard Rock Café souvenir shops. (Yes, I live with two Hard Rock Cafe hoarders!)
The Karate Kid has been hounding me for years about Froot Loops. I have told him over and over that he’s not going to like it, but to no avail. So when visiting the US, of course the Kid got himself some Froot Loops, you know the multicolored little rings of artificial-tasting, plain old awful sugary things, that Kellogg’s have the audacity to call a “breakfast cereal”. Seriously, these little rings of nastyness are no good way to break the fast and start the day.
I do see the appeal for young children though, as they tend to like colorful things, and their taste buds are a little different than those of grownups. I still believe that much of the faff has to do with the colors, and that kids eat those more because they are funny-looking then good-tasting.
On the bright side of things, the Karate Kid has now tried the Froot Loops, found out for himself that they are not fit to be called food, and has gotten it out of his system. Finally! He only had a couple spoonfuls before giving up. Had he finished the bowl I’m afraid he would be farting in Technicolor!
Harry’s at the Harrington Hotel in Washington DC.
They said they were famous for their burgers, and I believe them! Sir Nerdalot wasn’t feeling all that well one night, so the Karate Kid and I went down to Harry’s alone for dinner. We both had burgers (huge portions!) Really good burgers. I asked nicely if it was possible to get a burger and fries to go for my sick hubby, and that was absolutely no prob. Back up at the room, Sir Nerdalot also enjoyed the burger from Harry’s, and he concurred that if Harry’s weren’t famous for their burgers – then they certainly should be! There’s a recommendation for ya! Order the burger at Harry’s the next time you are in Washington DC!
We were back at Harry’s on our last day in DC, to spend some time away from the rain and get some lunch in the time between having checked out from the hotel until our airport transfer picked us up. Again, due to a really big breakfast, we weren’t really that hungry, but cups of chowder and chili were available on the menu. And onion rings. Love the onion rings!
Both Sir Nerdalot and the Karate Kid like the Twinkies. Old Mamasan realizes her family is absolutely nuts, however not as nuts as Weird Al Yankovic with his “Twinkie wiener sandwich”. Kids, don’t try this at home!
As if the Twinkie is not nasty enough as it is, you can also find deep-friend Twinkies, which means that you freeze the darn things, dip it into batter and slip it into the deep- fryer – and then you drench it with a very sweet berry-sauce. What a waste of perfectly good batter!
No thank you!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
“As of September 20, 2012, Reese’s is the best-selling candy brand in the United States with sales of $2.603 billion, and is the fourth-best-selling candy brand globally with sales of $2.679 billion—only $76 million (2.8%) of its sales is from outside the United States market.” – Wikipedia
Because they are THAT good!
I love love love Perkins! Mind you, this was my first visit to a Perkins Restaurant. There were a Perkins right next to our hotel in Gettysburg, and we asked the receptionist at the hotel what type of restaurant it was. “Kind of like Denny’s”, she said. Sir Nerdalot and myself jumped with joy, as we both know Denny’s well, and this type of Restaurant was just what the doctor prescribed for our first dinner in the US. And Perkins did not let us down! I remember saying that it was waaaaaay too much food, when the waitress brought us our dinners. But OMG it was good!
As we were tired after a long flight, followed by a couple hours’ drive from Dulles to Gettysburg on icy roads and low visibility, we wanted to turn in early. We stopped at the bakery section and got some cookies to go, for us to enjoy at the hotel room.
Perkins being the nearest restaurant to our hotel, we of course returned there for breakfast early next morning. During the night an ice storm had made the little walkway from the hotel to Perkins glazed with ice, so we started the day with an adventure just getting there with no broken bones. The breakky at Perkins is wonderful, and you do run a great risk of overeating. We certainly overate, and didn’t really eat much more that day. However, it was good to have fueled up on nutrition before visiting Gettysburg National Military Park as there were lots to see, take in and learn.
Old Mamasan and the Karate Kid enjoying fresly brewed coffee in the morning
There are so many food-places I haven’t mentioned (and some that are mentioned in other posts), but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t visited some really great places. Generally you get obscenely humongous portions, and no normal-sized person stands a chance of finishing their plate (mind you, neither of us are particularly thin and petite, being of real Viking-blood we are quite big). Apart from Mickey D, the only places I’ll advise you to stay clear of, are the cafes at the museums. Every one of them that we visited on our journey from Gettysburg, to New York City, to Washington DC – were truly horrific. If you can plan your visit to the museums without meals, then try to do so. Eat before and after.
So, eat much? I sure did!
(and now onto practising shaking my head when food is offered)