Oh, USA!  Some tastes and moments, pre-book tour!

 

Welcoming committee, Washington DC, Eileen and Betsy

Welcoming committee, Washington DC, Eileen and Betsy

 

Balkan Appetizers, Hell's Kitchen

Balkan Appetizers, Hell’s Kitchen

Summer oysters (ok, they were a little soft) with all their Atlantic brine

Summer oysters (ok, they were a little soft) with all their Atlantic brine

Traveller's breakfast

Traveller’s breakfast

The best I have ever had but perhaps it's the novelty

The best I have ever had but perhaps it’s the novelty

Crispy Cheetos with gimlet, the height of elegance

Crispy Cheetos with gimlet, the height of elegance

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6 Responses to Good Ol’ USA

  1. Debbie says:

    One thing I will always remember from visiting and living in the U.S. are all “the Happy Hour Specials”. Half price cocktails along with free nibbles that my visiting friends from Europe were amazed by. One night a week one of our favourite bar/restaurant put on a huge spread of finger foods, cold meats, tacos etc and all we had to do was order half price cocktails. Not so sure they still do this as I could see people mostly grazing from the free buffet and were not ordering meals. Living in Australia now I do miss the affordability of dining out 5 nights week like we did in San Diego. The U.S. does have a good choice of restaurants and the prices are quite reasonable.

    • Susan says:

      Debbie,

      Happy Hour Cocktails is something so American; it will probably soon catch on down under, don’t you think? Why don’t you put the bug in someone’s ear to try it, it would be a huge success!

  2. Betsy says:

    Having a blast with Susan! Great class in Chevy Chase tonight – looking forward to the rest of the events this week in Alexandria, Bethesda, Washington, DC and Hot Springs!

    • Susan says:

      Betsy, Actually, I’m the one REALLY having fun!!!! What a great class last night, and looking forward to more of the same.

  3. Barbara Allen says:

    Susan,

    Thanks for your fresh seasonality approach. I loved to cook before I really enjoyed eating! Figure that! My parents had a huge garden being German immigrants. Somehow, the food was ordinary. When I got to be a teenager, I sometimes had to cook when my mother was doing her private duty nursing or child care. I would concoct meals unlike those my mother prepared. My father loved them! My first fan! “Mutter doesn’t cook like this.” After an overseas tour (in Lebanon) I made tabbouleh from the fresh parsley in the garden, harvested mushrooms from the ‘fairy ring’, and really turned my mother’s world upside down. She refuse to eat my preparations. Again, my father loved them. I did learn lots from my mother for which I am so grateful, especially the bread making. I do have a small garden, but lots of herbs, though my beautiful rosemary did not survive a harsh winter. A new one takes it place!

    Again thanks for spreading the good word!

    • Susan says:

      Barbara, HOw nice to hear all of this, and I do spread the good word simply because it’s the one that makes sense!

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