Breaking bread together has long been a symbol of trust, goodwill, and fellowship, and is central to the rites of hospitality. During our travels in the Southwest we have eaten at a variety of wonderful restaurants. For example, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we ate at Zia Diner, featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and in Tucson, Arizona, we ate at the oldest continually operated and family owned Tex/Mex restaurant, El Charro Cafe.
|I could only eat half of the admittedly enormous piece of green chili meatloaf from Zia. It was actually really good!|
|At Pasta Jay's in Moab, UT I ate an entire bowl of penne and meatballs! And a bread stick! I even managed to go on a hike 30 minutes later without getting sick! A remarkable day in many respects.|
|A less successful attempt, from the Bryce Canyon lodge. I ate all the fish, but couldn't get the veggies.|
I've had to come to terms with this dilemma over the course of the last two weeks, and have determined that I shouldn't make myself sick by trying to finish large dishes in one sitting and to just eat as much of the leftovers as I can, when I can. Despite my difficulties in trying to do justice to the quality and quantity of my food, I have truly enjoyed the chance to expand my culinary horizons in the Southwest.
|At the Carver Brewing Co. in Durango, CO|