first things first – i’ve had my blog for 5 years! and it is time to pick back up in this new decade with a fresh, new post. here’s to great things in 2020 for us all. 🙂
somewhat on a whim, my mom and i decided to have a mother-daughter roadtrip after she spent the Christmas holiday with my younger brother clark up in washington, dc. as you will find, this trip was just as much about our appetites as it was our time together, and i wouldn’t change a thing about it!
day one was a drive from the nation’s capital to norfolk, va. for many reasons, it is a sentimental spot for my mother, and seeing as how i had never been, it was the perfect first stop on our trip. during our drive south on i-64 we caught up on anything and everything and solved all the world’s problems at once. if only someone would ask for our opinion, lol!
it ended up being quite a drive with lots of traffic and roadwork, so by the time we arrived in mermaid city, we were a hungry pair. we dumped our luggage at the hotel and had a mostly forgettable dinner at guy fieri’s smokehouse. even though there admittedly were generous lumps of crab meat atop our waffle fries, the best part may have been watching people trying to ride the mechanical bull. that’s always good entertainment. thankfully, dessert on the other hand was a bit better with a sweet treat from the fudgery, which my mom remembers from when she tended bar at a nearby waterside restaurant. isn’t it neat how we can recall things like that?
after a good night of rest, the next day we started with some breakfast at yorgos bageldashery. it had glowing reviews on yelp, and since i love a good bagel, we decided to give it a try. it turns out we have taste just as good as the locals, as they were swarming the place right upon our arrival. we chatted it up with another patron in line who recommended the chicken salad, so we split some of that along side a couple of bagels. mom had a pumpernickel bagel with olive spread (an ode to her mother florence) while i enjoyed a classic plain bagel with veggie cream cheese.
while we waited on the bagels, we dug into the chicken salad first. was it tasty? yes, but when you come from alabama and georgia, your chicken salad tastebuds are a little different. i don’t think we would order it again, but everyone does chicken salad differently, and theirs was all their own.
mom loved her bagel, especially because there was an abundance of olives, both green and black! my bagel was also delicious. i think i would have gone with a different spread (and maybe doubled up on the cream cheese because we all know i love cream cheese) but still ate up every bite of mine.
fueled up with full bellies, our tour of norfolk continued as my mom drove us past a couple of houses her parents owned when they lived there. we even found the church where my parents married nearly 35 years ago now. even though the town may not be exactly as she remembered, it was still fun to be with her as she took a trip down memory lane.