As the fourth in my instalments of themed photos from my trip, I present FOOD.
Yes I was one of those people who whipped out the DSLR at restaurants and cafes and fast food stops, and you know what? I don’t care! I was on holiday and I wanted photos of what I ate. I put a lot of emphasis on eating, it’s one of my favourite things, and here are the photos to prove that American food can be pretty darn good!
Nachos in New York. The Americans seem to have a love for liquid cheese, which is fine while it’s still hot, but ends up being sort of disconcertingly shiny when it cools down.
Frogurt with various toppings in New York. I bought this on my way back from seeing a show on Broadway (it was a version of MacBeth with Alan Cummings and it was extremely good).
New York Pizza; bought from a place near the ferry I took to go around the harbour and see the Statue of Liberty. I have to say, it wasn’t that good, but I probably didn’t go to the best pizza place so I can’t hold that against the New Yorkers.
Tortilla soup in Washington D.C. It was really tasty, but not that hot (to me anyway). I spent a lot of time in the US smothering things in hot sauce. MMmmmm, hot sauce.
After having hot tortilla soup we wanted smoothies. I think we were hoping for something with a bit more fruit and ice, but we ended up with very tasty yogurt and milk ones.
From memory this is ginger ale in a peculiar little place in Whytheville, Virginia. They ran on a very slow timetable, they said that their food was made with love and as a result it would take time. It was quite good, but quite slow.
Curly fries and buffalo wings at Hooters in Memphis. This was not my meal, but it looked good! Also in that Hooters there was a sign explaining that you couldn’t bring firearms into the restaurant. Only in America!
I acknowledge that this meal does not look so good, but it was possibly the best meal I had while I was away. Pulled pork, slaw, beans and a bun. So good, I can’t even tell you (also in Memphis).
Beignets (French doughnuts) at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. The were truly excellent, but you had to be very careful not to breathe in or out while taking a bite or the powdered sugar would get you! This place was also open 24 hours a day, everyday. By all accounts it’s a requirement when you’re in New Orleans to go there.
Chocolate mole enchiladas in Austin, Texas. Another fantastic meal! Also the black beans in the top right were amazing.
Probably the artiest food shot from the collection; gorgeous honey bread in a steak house in Texas. They made the bread on site. The steak was really good too, but I was too busy eating it to take a picture.
I believe this is called the Big Bowl. It’s beans, rice, corn, minced beef, chilli and cheese all together. The puffy thing on the side is a sort of hollow bread puff, called a sopailla. This is in New Mexico.
The last photo in the series is an Asian stir fry meal that we ate in Las Vegas.
One of the things I missed while I was away was Asian style food – Vietnamese and Thai in particular. I guess it’s a geographical thing, a lot of their restaurants are Mexican, because they’re close to Mexico, while here we have a lot of south east Asian food, because we’re much closer. I dunno, but it was a treat none the less.