Thursday, September 27, 2012

DAY 3: Effort, PA and DAY 4: NYC and Hamden, CT

DAY 3 - Wednesday, September 26th, 2012: Effort, PA

We woke up at our campsite and left around 10:30am.  It was about a 7 hour drive to Effort, PA. Driving through Pennsylvania was fairly uneventful and boring, so we were happy to get to my cousin's house.

Mitch made dinner for all of us, we hung out, and called it a night.

Jens (my cousin's husband) and Mitch making dinner.

Britta's son, Jens Jr.

Britta's daughter, Jovi, a.k.a. Smokey the Bear.

Total Spent on Food Trucks: $0

Spending for Day 3: 

Gas: $80 (Thanks for the BP Gas Cards Katie Scheffen and Allison McCreadie!)
Oil Change and new car battery: $181 :(

TOTAL: $261 (over budget)

Leftover from our $6000 budget: $5259

DAY 4 - Thursday, September 27th: Bronx, NY and Hamden, CT

The next morning we left their house around noon and stopped at Heckman Orchards farm market on the way out of Effort.  

What we bought:
5lbs of Honeycrisp Apples
Apple Cider
Homemade Soy Candle
Total: $16

Heckman Orchards in Effort, PA.

Perfect fall day in Pennsylvania.

Picking out some produce.

We left the farmers market and started making our way towards NewYork City.  It was about an hour and half drive.  We weren't planning on driving through the city with a camper, but made the last minute decision to drive through the Bronx.  We thought we might be able to find some food trucks near Yankee Stadium or the Bronx Zoo.

Drinking and driving (cider).

George Washington bridge that connects New Jersey to the Bronx, NY.

As we were driving through the city, we realized it was not the easiest thing to do with a huge trailer camper being towed behind us.  We drove through the Bronx neighborhoods for an hour or so, past the stadium and the zoo, but decided it was going to be too hard to try to park the camper.  So instead of stopping at one of the million food trucks we saw, we started heading towards Connecticut.  

Driving through the city with the camper.

When we got into Connecticut, we decided to drive the scenic route instead of the Interstate.  While we were driving through Stamford, CT, we immediately found a food truck called El Churritos.  We were so hungry, so it was perfect timing.

The awesome cashier who was so nice!

El Churritos food truck.

Awesome food!  We were happily surprised.

What we ordered:
Fish Tostadas
Taco de cabeza
Taco de Chichirrone
Jarritos Soda

Total: $11

After our food truck meal, we continued our way up to the Hamden/New Haven, CT area.  We got there at 7pm and easily found our friend Tom's restaurant, the 'Park Central Tavern' where Tom is the executive chef.  Tom is Mitch's mentor and Mitch was Tom's Sous Chef at Smyth at the Iron Horse Hotel (Milwaukee) from 2009-2011.

The Belafonte parked at the PCT.

The two of us with Tom at Park Central Tavern.  He made us an amazing meal for dinner.

Dinner was Disco Fries, Seared Scallops, Buttermilk Fried Clam Tongues, Seared BBQ Tuna, and Crab Stuffed Clams.  Delicious.

After dinner, Tom took us to a local bar called 'The Playwright.'  The bartender, Eric, gave us a bunch of suggestions of places to go to find food trucks in New Haven near the Yale campus.  This was so helpful to us!  We're going to check them out before we leave town tomorrow morning.

'The Playwright Irish Pub' - New Haven, CT.

Total Spent on Food Trucks/Farmer Markets: $27 (under budget)

Spending for Day 4:

Gas: $85 (Thanks for all the Shell Gas Cards, Thomas and Hutter families and Deb & Gwen!!!)
Food Trucks/Farmers Markets: $27
Ice: $6
Target for a mattress topper to make our futon more comfortable: $21
Drinks at Playwright Pub: $12
Tip at dinner (dinner was paid for): $20

TOTAL: $171 (under budget! Finally!)

Leftover from our $6000 budget: $5088

Tomorrow we are heading towards the New Jersey coast, Philadelphia and Baltimore (yes, we're WAY behind schedule!)

More soon!
XO Mitch and Laurel

1 comment:

  1. Are you eating seafood now Squirrel? I sure hope you are because Tom's din din sounded stellar... also, what are Disco Fries? Love you guys... give Mitch a hug for moi.