As a family we love taking road trips, especially after having moved to Brooklyn, where we feel a bit constricted by the “concrete jungle.” It’s fun to load up the car, punch a few digits into the nav system and go explore what surrounds the city: Long Island and the Hamptons to the east, Upstate New York to the north, Pennsylvania to the west and south.
Tradition wants that we never leave for a road trip without a couple of bags loaded with food, and possibly a cooler with drinks: When traveling with kids, it’s always better to be ready rather than to all of a sudden become slave to a tantrum because of an empty stomach. Therefore, whenever we embark on a new road trip adventure, we never leave without our mortadella or prosciutto sandwiches, the absolutely necessary slices of pecorino cheese to eat with some fruit, and the occasional yogurt, cereal bar or bag of cookies. What we carry along with us goes into our “first-aid kit” in case of hunger; otherwise we usually have tons of fun trying to figure out what to eat locally and where. We ask people on the side of the road; we read every sign posted; sometimes we even track down smells. Imagine driving on a late-summer afternoon and smelling barbecued meat and fresh corn. Wouldn’t you stop the car to smell the air and adjust your route?
When we travel across Italy it is extremely easy and safe to rely on the local Autogrill, a fantastic chain of highway pit stops where the food is prepared on the spot by cooks from the area.
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Chances are you’re spending some time on the road this summer. And chances are you’re going to get hungry on your road trip. It happens to me almost every time I take a trip, and despite being a nutritionist, I’m usually not prepared. So as a summer resolution, I’m going to take some time to figure out what types of food I should pack for trips and share with you what things I get at gas stations and rest stops when I’m stuck with an empty belly.
What to Pack
My primary rule is that it should include something you’re excited about and also include something healthy. It should also store relatively well. Cucumbers, sugar snap peas or green beans are good veggies to pack since they’re crunchy and fun to eat. Plums, nectarines, grapes and apples all travel relatively well if you’re looking for something fruity. In terms of excitement, I like to pack some dark chocolate-covered almonds or popcorn. Single-serving cheeses (like string cheese) or mixed nuts or trail mix are also good items to round out the fruit or vegetables you’re packing.
What to Pick Up at the Gas Station
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As we’ve become busier in our lives, and our work on the farm and at Beekman 1802 Mercantile has kept us more “sedentary,” we rarely have time for long-distance road trips. So when we do, we take the time to indulge.
It’s like our own version of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. We are shamelessly attracted to mom-and-pop roadside culinary adventures. And if there’s authentic neon signs involved, we can’t pass it up.
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