Pervert. I know what you thought when you read that title. Freak.
Ever since becoming a previously fat guy I’ve lived vicariously through Food TV shows such as Man vs. Food, Throwdown with Bobby Flay and my favourite Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. As I was planning the trip to Knoxville I started scoping out some famous spots they have visited. Imagine my joy when I discovered Famous Food Finder. All the restaurants they have visited plotted out on a nice Google map with a route planner too! Way too handy.
It was a pretty uneventful drive. The 403 to the 401, over the border and on the I-75 to Cincinnati. Uneventful but I did see some interesting things along the way. I am a big beef jerky fan and it just so happens it is good for you so it is one thing I haven’t had to give up. Imagine my smile when I cam across this place :)
Forty kinds of jerky, all made on site, in a variety of flavours! Beef, pork and turkey jerky that you could mix and match for $18.99/lb. I grabbed pile that looks like it will last a month and it was only $10. It is by far the best jerky I’ve ever had.
A little bit later I was in Ohio. Once I hit Ohio the temperature started rising and the further South I got the warmer it got. It was nice to feel 32C again after a long Winter and lousy Spring. One driver seemed to be enjoying the weather a bit too much and wasn’t paying attention to the roads.
One thing I found was that the fuel economy of my Nissan Rogue is pretty good. I got 650KM out of the tank of gas and that nearly got me to Cincinnati. The other thing I noticed is that gas is waaaaayyyyyyy cheaper in the US. Before leaving I filled up and it cost almost $78 to fill the tank (55L) and here I paid $54 to fill the tank. Not a bad deal and that will save me about $100 on what I thought I’d spend on gas on this trip.
Once I got to Cincinnati it was time for a Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives stop. Cincinnati is famous for “Cincinnati Style” chilli and it is server up from 3-way up to 6-way. The basic 3-way is spaghetti, chilli and nuclear orange cheese. You can add onions, beans and/or jalapeño peppers to your liking. There is a big chain in the area called Skyline Chilli and there is one just down the street from the hotel. But I prefer the smaller, hidden gem, mom and pop type operations and Triple D’s was at a local spot called Blue Ash Chilli.
I went for the 3-way. Simple, elegant and delicious.
So good in fact I had a second order. To be fair it wasn’t the biggest portion, definitely not normal “US sized” portions. Plus with all that spaghetti I started carbo loading for Sunday’s race a day early :) Tomorrow I’ll be on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail for a bit and swing by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, the oldest bourbon distillery. When I do drink I do like a good bourbon and Woodford Reserve is one of the finest. Maybe I’ll grab a bottle to have at my Ironman finisher celebration :)