Our Top Five Weirdest Food Experiences

Why exploring tastes should be part of any road trip adventure. On the road we get to see and do lots of interesting and unique things we would never get to experience at home. It’s those things and our reactions to them that create lasting memories that we share and the stories that we tell. One of our favorite ways to explore is through taste, sampling unusual regional specialties to dial in to the culture of … [Read more...]

Melt Bar and Grilled (Cleveland)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

For an over the top original dinner, check out the most amazing grilled cheese restaurant ever…Melt Bar and Grilled! My kids and I are big fans of Adam Richman’s show, Man vs. Food (The Travel Channel). They profiled this restaurant on an episode and it looked so good, we thought we’d try it. Everyone was so excited on the car ride over and I was afraid we'd oversold it to our fellow travelers.  There's no … [Read more...]

Schultz’s Cheese Haus (Beaver Dam)

Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Wisconsin is known across the country for it's delicious cheese, and so we decided to break up the drive from Madison to Green Bay by sampling cheese at various stops along the way. Our favorite stop by far was Schultz's Cheese Haus in Beaver Dam.  The folks inside could not have been friendlier allowing the kids and I to sample all kinds of interesting and delicious things while explaining to us about the origin … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Cheese Mart (Milwaukee)

Wisconsin Cheese Mart (Milwaukee)

Wow, were we lucky that we happened to wander into The Wisconsin Cheese Mart, as this amazing cheese store claims to have the world’s largest selection of Wisconsin cheese.  By the looks of the cases I wouldn’t doubt it, this store was chock full of every type of cheese you could imagine. Our luck continued as the store was pretty empty, so they let us sample all kinds of cheese. We were thrilled when they … [Read more...]

Cabot Creamery (Cabot)

Cabot Creamery

Vermont is also famous for cheddar cheese, and no one does it better than Cabot Creamery.  We headed up to the factory in Cabot and learned all about the cheese making process.  The Cabot Creamery is a co-op, which means it is owned by all the dairy farmers who provide their milk- they share the cost and the profit working together to ensure a top quality product.  After watching a short movie about how cheese is … [Read more...]

Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge (Park City)

What could be better than dinner at a cozy fireside lodge on the snowy slopes of Park City? Not much except maybe a sleigh ride to get there.  There are a few places in Park City to have that kind of experience but our friends highly recommended the Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge and it definitely did not disappoint. We arrived at the lodge with fireplaces aglow and were told to meet our sleigh driver … [Read more...]

Tillamook Creamery Factory Tour (Tillamook)

Washington and Oregon

The Tillamook Creamery was one of the first factory tours we ever did and afterwards we were hooked.  Inside you will learn that the Tillamook Creamery is a co-op.  What that means is the local dairy farmers pool their resources together to create the finest quality dairy products and then they share the profits.  We loved the awesome displays and found out the answers to our "cheesiest" questions.  The factory … [Read more...]