ENGLEWOOD — I recently returned from a trip to Norway to see two foreign exchange students who lived with us in the past. Norway is a beautiful country, but the weather was unseasonably cool for this time of year. Some of our crowd went swimming in the North Sea, but I refused to even put my big toe in because it was sooooo cold!
As I mentioned last month, I plan to continue this column on travel with some unique books that may capture your wanderlust for adventure but not necessarily on a big ticket or as far away as Norway.
Eating Your Way Across Ohio — 101 Must Places to Eat: Food lover and author, Karen A. Patterson, has traveled the Buckeye State on a 7,000 mile journey where she reviewed 160 eateries of all types. She chose 101 of the best that met her criteria of good food, great atmosphere, convenient location and reasonable prices. Not only did the food have to be exceptionally delicious but it could not be a chain restaurant and it must have been in operation for at least five years. The book is arranged in six geographical areas, is illustrated with detailed directions and has delightful menu reviews. Karen wrote, “This book is guaranteed to thrill travelers trekking across the state in pursuit of their next eating delight.” Not only that, it’s just like a satisfying meal — it hit’s the spot!
Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives — An All-American Road Trip: Many of you may have watched the hilarious Guy Fieri on his television series on the Food Network. He dishes out this delightful book accompanied by the sequel, “More Diners, Drive-Ins, Dives — A Culinary Cruise Through America’s Finest and Funkiest Joints.” The books are co-written by Ann Volkwein, a food and lifestyle writer, who followed Guy around as he hung out in kitchens and restaurants that dished up delicious comfort food. They have mapped out the best places you have never heard of — more than fifty establishments off the beaten path. How about a no hands apple pie eating contest at Bobo Drive-In in Topeka, Kansas, or tantalize your taste buds with sweet, spicy love sauce at Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken in Memphis, Tennessee. There are some great recipes in these books as well. As Emeril Lagasse wrote in the book’s Forward, “So take an adventure with Guy across America with a true gem of a book. Hold on tight as Guy puts you in the zone — the American food zone!”
Back Roads & Byways of Pennsylvania — Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions: Now that we’ve filled our stomachs as we travel about, how about slipping across state lines to our eastern neighbor, Pennsylvania. Author David Langlieb takes you on a trip to the beaches of Lake Erie, the banks of the Delaware, the endless mountains of the southern tier or the Amish farms of Lancaster County. Each trip covers history and trivia, recreation, shopping and what to see along the way. David said he had the time of his life researching this book and added the state is blessed with 45,000 miles of rivers and streams, nearly eight million acres of farmland and thousands of miles of picturesque country roads tying it all together. William Penn wrote in a letter to King Charles II, “The country itself, it’s soul, air, water, seasons and produce, both natural and artificial, is not to be despised.”
Walking & Orienteering: For those of you who may be more adventurous and might like to walk on the wild side, you may want to check out this book by Peter G. Drake. This is a practical handbook for anyone wishing to explore the back country. He tells you how to cross hills and rough terrain in safety and confidence. This is a professional manual for hikers, paddlers, horse trekkers and extreme cyclists. It gives easy-to-follow advice on navigation skills, how to use a map and compass, orientation using the sun, moon and stars and understanding natural navigational signs in the landscape. Peter writes in the Introduction, “It is hoped that the skills outlined in this book will help set you on a sure path to adventure, and give you the confidence to walk, hike, bike or canoe your way safely through the wilderness.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to check out some of the 101 places to eat in Ohio, plus a few diners, drive-ins and dives and Pennsylvania is definitely on my travel check list, but I don’t know if I’m quite ready for “Orienteering.” Happy traveling and reading, everyone!