Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Road Food…a class of dining that has its own rules and favorites, as distinct from food eaten routinely at home. In my mind, road food is further defined as that which is eaten in the car as distinct from food eaten while on a road trip. This means to me that, unless it is an emergency, any full meal is eaten indoors, not in the car. Now I know there is a whole subset of road food which is cooked in the engine compartment while driving but I have never subscribed to that school of cooking. And, I don’t fancy my Dinty Moore beef stew with eau d’ Quaker State overtones. Now, back to actual dining while on this Mega journey. The first rule for me is that drive through ordering is only for pelting rain, dodgy surroundings or desperation from a lack of open restaurants. This doesn’t mean Burger King, Subway or Wendy’s are off limits, it just means I park the car and go inside to sit at a table. So, to reiterate, road food means snacks and they should be special snacks one doesn’t usually have at home.
It is time to confess that I lied at the beginning of the previous post when I said that snacks should be low Cal and healthy. They should be nothing of the sort. Since neither my mom nor Ann is present to screen any of my purchases from the gas station/convenience store, anything goes. I mean, she can’t even protest after the fact or make me take it back. So let me share some of my favorite road foods.
First on the list, because it is so tasty and forbidden, is the perfect road snack. I was introduced to this delicacy by Bill Howard who entrusted the recipe to me and I only pass it along to true “Car Guys”. Take a can of Kraft Easy Cheese – bacon cheddar preferred, (I refer to this as hydraulic cheese for obvious reasons) and fill Frito’s Scoops individually. Eat as many as possible for great satisfaction and a year’s worth of cholesterol. Pound them down until you are stuffed; washing them down with Cokes. And, by Coke I mean Classic Coke with sugar and caffeine! Now we’re talking.
Another snack you can find at any convenience store, but never at the market, is Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies, two soft oatmeal molasses cookies sandwiched around a layer of sweet and gooey vanilla cream filling. Oh yeah! And, finally, to fill in between these major caloric injections when a small hunger pang strikes that just needs a tickle, a large container of peanut M&M’s provides that little boost; ready whenever the hunger pangs hit and the other two snacks just seem to be too much. That should about cover it for all you rookies out there, while you veterans can just nod and smile.
Add an occasional Almond Joy, Snickers or Butterfinger bar and you’re set. And, that, my friends, is how to keep the driver nourished and alert to any road condition he might encounter!
Hi, I’m Ross and I’m a tripoholic. I love driving especially in my old cars and then writing about the adventure that always follows. I’m old enough to know better but that doesn’t stop me. If you like stories of the road, every word true no matter how far fetched it may seem, then grab a beer or a cup of coffee and join me!
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