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View From Your Table

Reading, Pennsylvania [1]

Reading, Pennsylvania

Now this is a special one. The reader writes:

4,000 solo miles in my VW hatchback, finally arriving to a meal prepared by Marm & Pap. Pot roast cooked in wine, parsley new potatoes, tossed salad, crusty bread, and fresh Amish melon. Just good, simple home cooking with happy parents and me, hopeful to adopt that “little way”! Thanks for hosting me along the way! SE Penn is feeling just as muggy as the dirty south, but the cow-fodder scented air makes it home.

She was a reader before she became a friend. As she was moving from southern California back east to home — The Little Way Of Ruthie Leming [2]helped her make the call — she stayed with us for a night.

Another special one:

Cambridge, England [3]

Cambridge, England

This one was taken at The Eagle [4], the 350-year-old pub made famous by its utter awesomeness, but also because it was the place where, in 1953, Francis Crick stood at lunchtime and announced that he and James Watson had solved “the secret of life” — the double helix structure of DNA. The beer of the diner on the right is the DNA, the house beer celebrating the discovery and its announcement. As for the rest, the reader writes that on the left is the “pie of the day,” not sure what was in it, and he had the Salmon and Haddock pie.

What makes this image special is that the one who took it is the commenter on this site who posted under the name Thursday. And his dining companion is none other than James C. When Thursday said he was headed to England and would be in Cambridge for a couple of days, I asked them separately if they wanted to meet (James C. is American, but lives in Cambridge), and they said yes, so voilà.

Finally, here’s a neat one from a dashboard diner:

Pennsville, New Jersey [5]

Pennsville, New Jersey

The reader writes:


¬† I drove from DC to Pennsville, NJ, today to pick up a few pieces of family furniture before my wife’s grandfather sells his house this week. I rewarded myself with a cheesesteak from the terrific local Italian market and ate it in my car (A/C on a 95 degree day!) with a view of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. By the way, that’s only half the sandwich. The “small” is 10 inches long. (The large is 20.)

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#1 Comment By Eric K. On July 19, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

Can the reader share the name of the Italian market in Pennsville? I make the trip up to Jersey from DC on occasion and am always searching for good Italian cheap eats, which, woefully, are hard to find back in DC.

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On July 19, 2014 @ 5:23 pm

Rod, you must catch the next plane to Milwaukee. The FIRKIN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL is going on in Cathedral Square Park, the same place where Bastille Days was held last week. (Bastille Days is mostly an excuse to bring some Zydeco and Cajun bands up from Louisiana). But its only for one day. The larger Milwaukee Brewfest is July 26th, the same day as the Cuban Revolution commemorates its origins.

#3 Comment By James C On July 19, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

Yes, that’s my arm you see there.

My pie of the day was steak-and-Ruddles (Ruddles is an English ale). My beer is Greene King’s St Edmund’s ale, named after both the Suffolk city where the Greene King brewery is located, as well as England’s longtime patron saint before he was usurped by George (of dragon fame).

A standing invitation to readers: if you’re going to be in the Sceptered Isle, send Rod a message and I’d be happy to meet up.

#4 Comment By James C On July 19, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

Regarding the Eagle, the best seat in the house in my opinion is a table located inside an ancient fireplace. It’s the perfect pub nook in a hostelry with plenty of them. However, it was a stunning warm day out in Cambridge, so we took advantage of the inviting courtyard. Another nice room in the sprawling Eagle is the RAF Bar, famous for its ceiling covered with graffiti from British and American airmen stationed around Cambridge during the Second World War.

#5 Comment By JerriB On July 19, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

Oh. my. goodness.
Is it rude and unladylike to say I’m available next Saturday and would eat any of those?

#6 Comment By M_Young On July 20, 2014 @ 12:44 am

And another American leaves California. A micro manifestations of a macro-trends, as is the bloghost.

#7 Comment By ES On July 21, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

@Eric K.: It’s the Italian Kitchen on Hook Road, just 5 minutes off of NJ Exit 1.