Nestled in beautiful, lush Texas Hill Country and divvied into two districts, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park features everything from the “Texas White House” and an airplane hangar to a self-guided driving tour through a working ranch and an immersive visitor center highlighting national parks and… movie nights?!
Considering all the time we’ve spent in New Mexico, especially Albuquerque and Santa Fe, I knew I wanted to dust off my culinary canon and make something special for him at some point. So, naturally, meatloaf seemed the perfect fit! I decided to put a locally inspired stamp on the loaf by adding green chilies and using crushed blue corn chips in place of breadcrumbs or crackers.
Set on the East Coast of central Florida, along one of the longest stretches of undeveloped coast in the state, Canaveral National Seashore is a place of immense wildlife, deep Native American history, important fishing lore, and explosive innovation from nearby Kennedy Space Center.
On this bonus episode of “Traveling Eats,” we torture ourselves by delving deeper into Maine’s culinary history and reminiscing about brown butter lobster rolls, pumpkin whoopie pies, and cocktails in a prom-worthy bar.
To me, few ingredients sing of summer quite like fresh blueberries and corn. Throw in some ripe tomatoes and you’ve got a party. Succotash is a dish that seems like an apt celebration for all these harmonious flavors.
Canaveral National Seashore holds a special place in the National Park Service, home to many miles of pristine Floridian coast, award-winning estuaries (yes, they give awards for such things), some pretty immense wildlife, an unexpected clothing-optional beach, and of course, the famed Kennedy Space Center, where you can crawl through makeshift rocket ships and ride a launch simulator.
When it came time to get crafty for an #NPSDinnerParty to pair with our Maine episode of “Traveling Eats,” whoopie pies were an obvious pick. That and the fact that the grocery store only had live lobsters, not ready-to-go lobster meat, and there’s no way I’m killing an animal in my RV to make my own lobster roll. So in order to make my whoopie pies as Maine-tastic as possible, I studded the batter with fresh blueberries and splashed pure maple syrup in both the cakes and the cream cheese frosting.
Today, Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, showcasing an endless array of rock art along with volcanic history and quintessential desert wilderness, all on the western edge of New Mexico’s largest city.
During quarantine, Matt reread the entire Harry Potter series, and we’ve been rewatching all the movies as well. Suffice to say we’re obsessed with all things Harry Potter, and for this edition of happy hour, we chat about our favorite characters, which Hogwarts houses we’d be in, what magical subjects we’d teach, and more.
Any place that combines ancient petroglyphs, dormant volcanoes, hot air balloons, the best beer in the country, and a museum dedicated to rattlesnakes is a place I love. These are just a handful of reasons why Albuquerque is so great, and we celebrate them all (and more!) with this week’s photo journal.