I spent most of today behind the wheel of the car, driving along Route 95 from New Jersey all the way to Cape Cod. This is the second year that we’ve decided to have Thanksgiving up in our ancestral home (well, one of them anyway). It’s a lot of driving just for a weekend, but nothing beats Thanksgiving in New England.
The drive up was surprisingly light. I had braced myself for a 10 hour trek through hellacious traffic and miserable weather, but neither was really a problem. Even with a one hour walking and shopping break in Olde Mistick Village to pick up pasta for tonight’s dinner and olive oil for tomorrow’s roast (and try on a few pairs of cowboy boots), we made the trip in under 9 hours, arriving early enough to do a little grocery shopping before the stores closed up tight. Up here, the grocery stores don’t open Thanksgiving morning for those last-minute runs to buy the one ingredient you forgot, so we had to make sure that we had everything we need for tomorrow already in hand tonight.
Food-wise, today was a bit of a mess. I had very little vegetable or fruits until dinner, but that’s the reality of eating road food. At least finding vegan options had gotten easier, and there is even a vegan-friendly rest stop on 1-95 in Connecticut, where we found vegan hot dogs at Good to Go Organics. I could go on about how awesome it is to finally find a healthier food option at a rest area, but the New York Times already did it for me.
- Whole wheat everything bagel with peanut butter
- New Orleans style coffee with soy milk
- Coffee with cardamom with soy milk
Lunch @ Good to Go Organics, Milford CT 1-95 Rest Stop:
- Vegan hot dog on multi grain bread with mustard and sauerkraut
- Sweet potato chips
- Iced tea
- Coffee with soy milk
- Chili lime almonds
- Pasta with pesto from the Extra Virgin Oil Store in Mystic, CT, and tofu sausages
- Mixed greens with Tequila Lime Vinegar
- Cape Cod Beer Dunkleweizen. 2 pints
- Candies from the Hot Chocolate Sparrow