Last weekend, we took the Wild Diet on the road to run wedding errands in the Finger Lakes.
I know by now that preparation is key for traveling, and that especially applies to your diet. So the night before we left, I sliced up a bunch of carrots and red peppers and hard boiled five eggs, peeled them, and put them in a Tupperware container topped with sea salt, black pepper, fresh dill and hot sauce. I also made a couple of green smoothies to have on-hand just in case.
We left Saturday morning after drinking a mug of bone broth, but midway through our drive, we got hungry and munched our way through about half of our carrot and pepper sticks and the hard boiled eggs. We still felt like we didn’t have enough to eat, so we made a gas station pit stop to buy some roasted nuts and beef jerky. It wasn’t ideal, but it was better than being hungry. With the nuts and jerky, we had enough food to keep us going until dinner.
I’ve found that when it comes to eating Wild, new American-style restaurants offer by far the most options, so we made a reservation at a local farm-to-table restaurant called Kindred Fare in Geneva for dinner. We shared all of our orders, including a salad with blue cheese, braised beef goulash and a sweet potato gratin that was almost sinfully delicious. Despite sharing the food, we both felt very satisfied and slept blissfully that night.
We were staying at an Airbnb that doubled as a working farm, and breakfast was included as part of the deal. So when our amazing and gracious hosts brought us trays with stacks of pancakes, fresh homemade pie, and fried eggs on Sunday morning, we couldn’t say no. They told us all about their farm and how they tried to source their ingredients as locally as possible. Since I had already gone for a run that morning, I figured a pancake or two wouldn’t do too much damage. Plus, sometimes you just have to enjoy the things that make life amazing, like a delicious breakfast made by people who truly care.
Before we left, I had the chance to tour the farm and meet some new animal friends, including Goatie the lamb and a couple of intimidating-looking but nice alpacas.
Later that day, we stopped at a local hot dog and burger joint for lunch. Normally, a place like that wouldn’t even be on my radar, but after going Wild, I knew we could probably make it work. Sure enough, the chef was kind serve our burgers bun-less. They were enormous and delicious, and I realized (not for the first time) that eating a substantial meal before driving really does help you avoid snacking or feeling the need to snack while you’re traveling. We made it back to the city with bellies still full from lunch, and not needing any pit stops to hold us over.
We had so many great encounters over the weekend, making new friends and finding new favorite restaurants. Food isn’t the end-all-be-all of a trip, but done right, it can open some doors to amazing new experiences.