RE: NEW POSTERS! Introduce yourselves!
So, I've been posting on here the last few months and hadn't read this thread, so didn't introduce myself until now. My bad!
I was born in DC, am a lifelong fan of American regional food and the beauty of this country, and have driven 5-1/2 cross-country round trips by car, primarily by I-80, I-40, and I-10, usually traveling with a dog. My food heritage included my Jewish father from NYC and my Christian mother from Tennessee, and visits to my grandparents' subsistence farm in Tennessee, as well as great delis and bakeries in NYC throughout my childhood. It led to a broad exposure and appreciation for many different foods and cultures.
I'm also a trained pastry chef (not working, though), and have served as a pie judge at the National Pie Championships in Orlando, FL the past 2 years. Prior to that I worked for NASA and took an early retirement to take care of my aging parents in DC.
So far I haven't attended any of the roadfood festivals because they tend to be on the east coast, and I live in the SF Bay Area and hate flying. I'm trying to get over that, but I haven't gotten there yet. :(
i've so enjoyed reading the posts and comments from everyone--what a great sense of humor and adventure you all have!