Comments & Countdown


A big thank you to all of you who take the time to comment on my random thoughts which masquerade as blog posts.

I have been very tardy about responding but have gone back over the past 4 weeks since I last responded and replied to all of your comments.

Although I will make a concerted effort to reply each day I will check and catch up on the comments each Sunday from now on.

It is now 9 weeks until we head off on our big adventure to the USA.  All of the accommodation and transport are booked so now we are concentrating on researching what we plan to do and see in each place we visit.

One of the things I had read about in New York was the new(ish) High Line Park which is built along an old elevated railway line above Manhattan.  There is an access point to it quite close to where we will be staying.  You can read all about it in this post I stumbled upon.

Any tidbits or suggestions will be gratefully received.  Our itinerary includes Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  We will be self-catering for much of the trip and I am keen to maintain the same criteria as I do at home.  That means local, seasonal, organic and minimally packaged food so if you have any thoughts in this regard I would really appreciate them.

10 thoughts on “Comments & Countdown

  1. It sounds like in Philadelphia you will really enjoy the Reading Terminal Market ( which has bakery and farm merchants, as well as a number of Amish vendors who sell local meat, dairy goods, and baked goods from the Amish parts of Pennsylvania (1.5 hrs away). The Amish live a very low-impact lifestyle, so you may be interested in trying to get out to Lancaster County to learn more about them. The Italian Market area in Philly also has quite a bit of locally made/grown ethnic food:

    This site includes information about Philly “localvore” restaurants and other local food options:

    For Washington: Eating local may be more difficult here as DC prides itself on being an internationally inspired city. Eastern Market ( has a few options for local eats, as well as local groceries. The Maine Avenue Fish Market ( also sounds like it could be interesting for you if you eat fish. Crabcakes are a local specialty.

    In both cities I highly recommend the food trucks/food carts (street vendors, effectively restaurants on wheels), if you go to the right ones. You don’t get more local than these places and they put the “small” in small business. In DC the food trucks go to different places every day and they often have some of the most local, inexpensive, and best food in the area. Avoid the food trucks on the National Mall. They’re overpriced and only sell hot dogs and ice creams, and the park rangers jokingly call those trucks the “roach coaches.” Save your money on the Mall for a meal at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Mitsitam Cafe instead. ( It’s the best food on the mall and an educational experience at the same time. Quite expensive, unfortunately, but worth it in my mind. There are not many food options on the Mall, just to warn you. It’s mostly fast food so I would suggest packing most of your meals here.

    In Philadelphia the food trucks park at the same location each day. or

    When all else fails, the large grocery chain Whole Foods always carries ethically and locally-sourced foods. In DC there’s one easily accessible on the metro’s red line at Friendship Heights.

    Hope that helps!

    • Thanks for the comprehensive information, Joanna. I will certainly make a note of your suggestions. The Reading Market sounds fantastic and is on my to-do list.

  2. You will love the High Line – it was one of the highlights of my trip! It was quite crowded when I was there, since it was such a beautiful Sunday, but if you go during the week it might be a little less busy. Just looking at the ways the greenery had been incorporated into the original structure was fascinating.

    I can’t be much help with food, but as we were discussing on Saturday, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are good bets for picking up local and ethically sourced food. My friend Shannon in DC also highly recommends the Indian Mitsitam cafe!

  3. “…my random thoughts which masquerade as blog posts.” – hilarious! That’s how I feel about my blog. I am not a writer so I am always grateful that people drop by to read my crap.

    I am super jealous of your upcoming trip. You’ll have a blast!

    • We are staying in Chelsea, quite near the HighLine and it is definitely on my must do list. Thanks for the article – it is rather interesting.

      I will email you re our dates etc in Washington DC.


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