We covered the length of the state of Pennsylvania twice, once on the way to Columbus and again on our way back to Philadelphia and New Jersey. During our road trips I didn’t take a whole lot of food pictures, but I can tell you that plenty of Pringles, granola bars, mint Lifesavers, and Wawa (or Sheetz) coffees were consumed. A few Taco Bell stops were made too. Coming back eastward from Ohio we took our sweet time, stopping in a bunch of interesting little towns on the way.
In Wheeling, West Virginia, I saw a sign for a Wonder/Hostess Bakery Outlet and said, “We’re going there!” The store contained, of course, all varieties of breads and snack cakes, but in the end we decided to pass on the Twinkies and bought some corn bread mix and a bag of beef jerky.
After the Hostess shop we continued to explore Wheeling in search of a caffeine boost. I found a lovely little coffee shop across from Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market called Centre Cup and ordered one of their frozen coffee drinks. The girl at the shop was so sweet, and the huge iced concoction was delicious and perfect on such a hot day.
Another stop on our journey was in the Amish areas of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. J was so interested to see the Amish riding around in their buggies– it really is a unique place. Of course there are all kinds of shops and things in the area geared towards tourists, and we stopped in a few. The first was the Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s Market.
There was all kinds of delicious-looking things there, from baked goods to dried fruits to preserves. I sampled some amazing homemade kettle corn and bought a chocolate chip cookie (which, sadly, was eaten a day or two later, when it was already dry and not so good).
Right down the road from Bird-in-Hand is Intercourse, Pennsylvania. We also stopped there, and by then I had decided that I needed ice cream.
I seriously miss American ice cream and wish I’d eaten more while I was there. Estonian ice cream is too airy, not creamy enough. And of course there’s no cookie dough flavor here. Sigh.
Anyway, in the same shopping center as the ice cream place there was this fantastic shop selling all kinds of preserves and sauces, and everything could be sampled! We must have been in there for an hour tasting the various jams, salsas, barbecue sauces and dips, and eventually we picked out some miniature pots of jam to bring back for his parents. Those samples along with our ice cream was pretty much lunch on that day. Dinner was enjoyed later in the wonderful city of Philadelphia… but you can read about that in the next post!