Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Heading Home

The trip home from the OBX took us through the heart of North Carolina with as few stops as possible. We made one lunch stop at a favourite "road food" destination so we could feed the kiddos and ourselves. Somewhere along the way we stopped in at a Sonic for some burgers, tots, Barq's and cheddar peppers. Yummy stuff in my book! We are unfortunate to not have a Sonic anywhere near our home, they all managed to close up due to incompetence in management. Sad thing, too since we love their food. I don't think there's much better than being on the road and hitting a Sonic for a Barq's and some drive-in food! I love those Cheddar Peppers, even if they don't love me!

We also made a stop at Mackey's Ferry Peanuts to buy some boiled peanuts. While we were there we also sampled and bought a few other treats we hadn't run across before like their Blister Fried Peanuts and their French Fried Peanuts. Maaaaan! These were finestkind peanuts and I am sad that they are gone, now. Mmmm...I can't wait till the next trip! Not only were their Boiled Peanuts just great, those fried nuts were a treat unlike any other. Top quality, local produce prepared with love and pride. That's a product worth selling and certainly one that is worth buying!

The Blister Fried Peanuts on the left were just deep fried peanut goodness. You can see why they're "blister" fried when you look at them. The French Fried Peanuts on the, just when you thought it couldn't get any better it does.

These peanuts are lovingly fried to perfection, skin and all and are salted just right. Both of these peanuts are like handfuls of peanut crack. You'll find yourself going back time and again for just another little handful. And another. And another....

We did go a little out of our way for a post breakfast snack the next morning in Asheville, NC. We sought out a local Krispy Kreme for coffee and doughnuts for the next leg of our trip (Lexington, KY). As usual, the Krispy Kreme's were just right and the coffee was great. I admire a doughnut joint that has a good coffee and KK's blows Starbucks out of the water where a cup of Joe is concerned. After all was said and done our trip out to the Outer Banks was a good one. It had its culinary ups and downs, but that's part of the trip. Now if I could just manage to find some decent BBQ next time....

Next up: Local food in the Indianapolis area and some recipes! Stay tuned!!

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