The funky industrial chic Silo Hotel not only has a spectacular rooftop view of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront but it’s a seemingly unlikely location that actually serves up some wonderfully unexpected comfort food, including a pulled pork sandwich from the charcoal grill, old school steak fries, Confit pork belly with a gustatory closing act of dark Tarte au Chocolat with hazelnut ice cream, salted caramel and tiny macaroons. All menus are designed by executive chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert: “The food doesn’t want to be too complicated or you get sensory overload,” says Veronica. “I thought we’d bring the food back to being as old school as possible, with three or four amazing elements on the plate that taste like they’re supposed to taste.”
In addition to being famous for his namesake cake mix, Duncan Hines was a traveling salesman and self-described authority on a great many things, including hot coffee, Kentucky country-cured ham and how to locate a tasty restaurant meal (in 1935) for under a dollar and a quarter. Read this wonderful article by Nicole Jankowski about how Duncan Hines did business and experienced life on his own terms; “doing it his own way, by traveling the highway with his pencil and notebook, changing the way America ate on the open road — one adventure at a time.”
Any time you eat a steamed cheeseburger in central Connecticut, it’s likely that Wallingford’s Bob Gattilia is at the hamburger helm. Read this wonderful article in Connecticut Magazine about Bob and the Connecticut story of steamed cheeseburgers: Steamed Cheeseburgers: Wallingford’s Bob Gattilia Carries on Steam Chest Tradition
The latest issue of Postcards from the Highway of Life is on viewsstands! Get your helping of interesting stories and information that fit your travel, motorcycle and good food lifestyle served up by Garrison Leykam.
Over twenty thousand miles of highways and main streets crisscross the state of Connecticut, inviting hungry travelers and locals into the more than one hundred diners that dot the roadways. Among these eateries are some of the most prized American classic diners manufactured by such legendary builders as DeRaffele, O’Mahony, Tierney and Kullman. Author Garrison Leykam hosts a road trip to Connecticut’s diners, celebrating local recipes and diner lingo–order up a #81, frog sticks or a Noah’s boy with Murphy carrying a wreath–as well as stories that make each diner unique. Tony’s Diner in Seymour still keeps pictures of the 1955 flood to always remember the tragedy the diner overcame. Stories like these–of tragedy, triumph, sanctuary, comfort and community–fill the pages in this celebration of classic and historic diners of the Nutmeg State. Order your copy
Wrote and recorded “Distant Eyes” a while ago but it’s still one of my favorites. Enjoy:
Read Robert Reed’s wonderful article, The Front Porch Was Like A Perfect Postcard, in the Arizona Antique Register. From the article:
“The front porch is still remembered in songs like one John Cougar Mellencamp sang, ‘Grandma’s on the front porch with a Bible in her hand, sometimes I hear her singing take me to the promised land.’ And, too, in vintage postcards—but it is seldom seen anywhere else.
…MY BLUE CANVAS SHOES!!!!!!
My parents realized their dream of owning a home and giving my brother and I roots after leading a gypsy life as army brats but the price of the house was that they both had to work two jobs each. Six days of ships passing in the night for 51 weeks but somehow every year they saved enough money to take us on vacation to Cape Cod. And, the night before the road trip began my father took us all to either Klein’s or Korvette’s to buy matching blue canvas shoes from a huge bin filled with them. Sometimes the string holding pair sizes was broken so we had to bob for a matching left or right but the excitement was so great that it became part of the fun. The family shoes were the emotional trigger that we were truly departing in the morning for vacation as a family. Dorothy may have been able to click her heels together three times to get to Kansas but those blue canvas shoes were magical in their own way.