My new friend Lois and I have been holding meetings of our two person button club. I truly enjoy our time together and come away rewarded with a new story, more information on buttons (you can tell a lot about a button by biting it…no joke!), and a deeper friendship with a woman right around the age my mom would be if she were alive.
This week Lois had this framed piece up. Three menus from three different motels around Yellowstone Park in July, 1949. Memories from a vacation she enjoyed with her family.
• Interesting breakfast options at Mammoth Springs Hotel:
Omelets: plain, ham or jelly ever heard of a jelly omelet? Sweet + eggs? No appeal to me!
Toast: dry, milk or butter I’ve only known milk toast as a metaphor! M.F.K. Fisher calls it “a warm, mild, soothing thing, full of innocent strength”
• Lunch options at Canyon Hotel
Cauliflower Polonaise boiled cauliflower, fried in butter, w/ bread crumbs and chopped boiled eggs
Brown Betty Pudding consists of apples, lemon peel, brown bread, suet (!) and spices
• Dinner menu items at Old Faithful Inn
Steamed Sweet Rice and Peaches, Coude ?????
Grilled Cube Steak, Colbert more ??????
Boysenberry Cobbler I’m ready to go back in time
Cheese and Saltines I’m amused that this is in the dessert section
How much fun is that? What a fine memory to have on your kitchen wall! My family laughs because every description of a vacation always starts and ends with the food. One of our rules when we travel is that we don’t eat anything we could get in our hometown. You won’t find us at Denny’s in Alabama. (You won’t find us at Denny’s at home either!) We always try to avoid franchises. If there is a local specialty (like sauerkraut on pizza in North Dakota) we’re game to try it.
Your turn! What’s the best food you’ve had on a trip?