I am sitting back, eating a delicious BLT&P (bacon, lettuce, tomato and parmesan – oh yeah!) that Jeff made for lunch and reflecting on the day we had yesterday. Before I tell you about yesterday; I have to share some photos of the sandwich with you!
The BLT&P was messy and flavorful – just the way I LOVE a sandwich!!!
Anyway, back to yesterday. Jeff and I and our friend Ron (wish his wife, Leslie, could have joined us) took a road trip to Kennett Square, PA for the 28th Annual Mushroom Festival. We had no idea what to expect, having never been there; but the three of us are always up for an adventure and can always regroup and go to plan B if necessary. Fortunately, however, it wasn’t necessary!
The first (of two) glitch of the day was when we came to a complete standstill while we were traveling on Route 283. We never did determine what the hold-up was, but we sat at a standstill for about 20 – 30 minutes. Always one to find the silver lining, during that time I learned about a new-to-me app, Waze. Waze is an app that allows drivers to share real-time traffic information to help one another. Of course, you have to use the app BEFORE you’re sitting in a parking lot on the highway!!!
The second glitch of the day was at a “quick” coffee/potty stop at McDonald’s. We ordered our coffees (tea for Ron) and then waited…and waited…and waited…and waited. You need to know that Jeff is a relatively patient guy. He rarely complains about a wait and normally gives people the benefit of the doubt. After about 15 minutes waiting for two iced coffees, I thought his head was going to explode. He finally complained to a manager and we quickly received our coffees and were headed to the parking lot and back on our way. Or so we thought…after the first sip of his coffee he declared, “This is really bad. It doesn’t even taste like coffee.” So we encouraged him to go back in – of course, we warned him that the next version of the iced coffee might taste a little like spit.
While Ron and I waited, I backed the car out so that Ron could get in (thank you to the person who parked VERY closely to our car) and then we did some laps around the parking lot. Finally Jeff came out and we got back on the road. Whew….as far as glitches go, we were really lucky!!!! Again finding the silver lining, had I not taken the driver’s seat, Jeff wouldn’t have gotten on Facebook to see our niece’s status. Vanessa had just posted, “What a perfect, pretty day! Now what to do with it?!” Knowing that Kennett Square is not too far from where ‘Nessa lives, Jeff texted her and asked her to meet up with us at the Mushroom Festival and she agreed. The more the merrier!
So Jeff coordinated the meet-up with Vanessa and I found a place to park. We paid our admission fees, got our arm bands on and began our mushroom adventure. While we waited for Vanessa to park and take a shuttle to meet us, Jeff and Ron and I meandered through the festival. There were many vendors including restaurants, crafters, retail stores, culinary products, clothing and accessories, etc. And of course, there was a lot of food, many dishes made with mushrooms and some made without mushrooms. We took many pics while we walked and waited for Vanessa….here are just a few.
As we strolled from booth to booth, the arepas grabbed our attention. So while we waited for Vanessa’s call, the three of us shared one. Arepas are a staple food in Venezuela and are thick corn cakes split and filled with cheese. When they are heated the cheese becomes ooey and gooey and the corn cakes get slightly brown and crisp. Let me just say, mmm mmm mmm – Venezuelan comfort food!
One of the best things about hanging out with friends is being able to share food – you can try different things when you’re just having a bite or two of each!
Shortly after the arepa, ‘Nessa called and we headed back to where we had started to meet her. When at last we met up and introduced Ron and Vanessa and we were all fast friends, we began our festival experience in earnest. While the arepas were good, they didn’t have mushrooms in them, so we had to get going on our mushroom tasting! Had to….
Our first mushroom stop was at the stand of a Kennett Square restaurant called Portabellos.
Everything that the people in front of us in line were ordering smelled and looked wonderful. It was hard to decide what to order, but we decided to share the Roasted Mushroom and Gorgonzola Hummus. It turned out to be a good choice. Although it was difficult to detect the gorgonzola, it was still really good and really mushroomy!
If I had only been going to order ONLY one thing all day, I may have chosen Portabellos’ Portabello Mushroom Cheesesteak Sandwich because it looked fabulous – but, there were too many things to try to fill myself up on only one thing!
The sky was bright blue, the sun was out and although the day started off on the chilly side, after the first hour at the festival I was wishing I hadn’t worn long sleeves and a BLACK long-sleeved top to boot. But you live and learn! We continued to look at the stands, stopping to look more closely at things that caught our interest and passing those that did not. We talked and laughed, sometimes in a group of four and sometimes in pairs. It was nice to have some time to catch up with Vanessa and find out how things are going with her. We had a brief reprieve from the sun and snapped some more pics when we explored The Market at Liberty Place on State Street.
I have to get ready for work so please stay tuned for MmmMmmMmmushrooms – Part II detailing the end of our adventure at the 28th Annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, PA.