post off: what’s your favorite destination food?

I spent this past weekend in Philadelphia. Before we left town, we made a pit-stop at the famous Philly landmark Jim’s Steaks for a cheesesteak. The line was long and the service was surly, but my food was just what I had hoped for. I feel the same way about eating lobster when in Maine, cheese while in Wisconsin, and so on and so on. What are your favorite destination foods? Do you chow on etoufee while in New Orleans? Do you insist on a slice of deep dish pizza when vacationing in Chicago? –Erica P.

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post off: what's your favorite destination food?

I spent this past weekend in Philadelphia. Before we left town, we made a pit-stop at the famous Philly landmark Jim’s Steaks for a cheesesteak. The line was long and the service was surly, but my food was just what I had hoped for. I feel the same way about eating lobster when in Maine, cheese while in Wisconsin, and so on and so on. What are your favorite destination foods? Do you chow on etoufee while in New Orleans? Do you insist on a slice of deep dish pizza when vacationing in Chicago? –Erica P.

Photo by jcyoung

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travel gear giveaways at trustypony.com

Here’s a little something that may make holiday travel a little more tolerable: our friend Berit at trustypony.com is giving away some of her favorite travel gear items. We love this Chicook bag by Yak Pak. It’s lightweight, waterproof, big enough for travel guides plus a few souvenirs. Plus it’s super cute. Log on over to Berit’s blog to enter her giveaway. Deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday at 6pm CST.

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vw camper dreams: now even dreamier

My husband has long dreamed of owning a vintage VW Westfalia camper van, and the enthusiasm is catching. We may have to upgrade those dreams now that we’ve seen the Verdier, a camper concept based on the classic Westfalia design (though not an actual VW endeavor) but with a hybrid engine and completely self-sufficient, sun-powered electrical system. Not to mention incredible style! (They have it staged with Wassily chairs as outdoor seating? Cool, but kind of hard to pack.) The Verdier’s solar panels would provide electricity to the on-board accessories; an on-board computer and GPS would track the sun’s movements for optimal power. The harsh downside to this dream? Price, of course — I’m reading that it could be upwards of $129,000. Oh well — at least exploring the Verdier site is fun. (There’s music, so turn the sound down if you’re at work.) –Mary T.

Want more? We do have the camper bug around here:
Eco-friendly campers from Tonke
Build your own teardrop camper
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plan a visit to wright’s famous oak park houses

Is the economic downturn putting a damper on your travel plans? How ’bout going to visit a domestic treasure that’s within reach. It’s a tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing private homes in Oak Park, Il. The housewalk is planned for the weekend of May 16th. Tickets are $95 and will give you entry to eleven structures, including four new homes never before seen by the public highlight the Wright Plus 2009 collection. It’s the ultimate trip for Shelter junkies like us. Maybe we’ll see you there! Visit gowright.org for more information.

Photo by James Caulfield courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

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