Saturday, July 21, 2007

in search of the perfect piece of pie

As I have said before, here at the farmers wife we spare no expense to provide you with an authentic midwest experience.

Earlier in the week I spent two days in historic Galena, Illinois along the Mississippi. Today I am in Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain. We must pack in enough experiences to last us through the long and cold winter and create fair weather memories while we can.

Sorry, there's no way to post pictures at this time but be assured that there are some interesting things to report and see from here on the mighty Mississippi. River towns seem to share some qualities.

We had dinner this evening at Lulabelle's Restaurant and B & B. It was once a bordello and now provides hospitality of a different nature. The bus boy was a curious person, wanting to know where the diners were from. He talked about the growth of St. Louis, 100 miles to the south, and stated his hope that some of the development would reach his little part of the world. I suggested that he enjoy the lovely and peaceful little town that he calls home. But you know what they say about the bright lights of Paree.....or Chicago.


pablo said...

The writer Sue Hubbell once did a piece for The New Yorker no less about roaming the countryside looking for the perfect piece of pie. She said it was one of her caffeine-induced articles. She was drinking too much coffee with a friend and they came up with this idea, and it sounded good at the time.

I love Hannibal. When we lived in St. Louis we would make one or two treks a year up there just to poke around. I guess I love river towns too since I've always lived in one (although St. Louis and Kansas City probably don't qualify as "towns" at all).

Let me know if you look up Larry Ayers of the Riverside Rambles blog.

KatKit13 said...

Sounds like you're on your own version of Feasting on Asphalt. (can't wait, season 2 starts 8/4)

What fun!!

Come here, I'll make you a rhubarb pie. :)

Zanne said...

OK, I'm at a loss....what's "Feasting on Asphalt?"

I'm quite sure it's something I need to know. What channel? What time?

Pablo, thanks for the heads up on Riverside Rambles. I'm not quite sure how I've missed his blog.

KatKit13 said...

Food Channel, Alton Brown. It starts August 4. He goes on motorcycle trips scouring places for good food finds. Last year it was a cross country ride. This year he's following the Mississippi River. I cannot wait!