Fine Dining--extravagant and otherwise

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Maryland
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Havre de Grace is a nice little bay town, at the mouth of the Susquehanna. The night before our Havre de Grace school, we decided it was time to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. We did a little research, and found the Tidewater Grille, which sits prettily on the river. Kelsey enjoyed a dish of orange-glazed tilapia with mashed potatoes, and I ate spinach and grilled salmon with rice pilaf.

It was very good food, and a very relaxing evening.

When your life is, quote/unquote, "normal," eating dinner out or staying in a hotel is a treat. It's a nice break from routine. But when your life is composed of eating in a restaurant two or three times a day, and sleeping in a different hotel every night while lugging around all possessions in three suitcases, then you need to do something special to break out of that normalcy. In our case this evening, it was fine dining, necessarily higher than normal family dining. But you know what, we are equally refreshed and excited by cooking up a microwave dinner and popcorn in our hotel room, and brewing up some hot cocoa. The things we do to shake up our routine take different forms, whether extravagant or mundane.

Indeed, when we left Havre de Grace, we drove up toward our next school in New Jersey. We had to run some errands in town, and stopped at a ShopRite. We've never seen such a grocery store. It was extremely nice, with endless varieties of all sorts of foods. The produce was fresh and neatly displayed; the bakery tempted us with all sorts of tarts, cheesecakes, pastries, cakes, pies, and cookies, and several food bars offered your choice of olives, hot meats, sandwiches, salads...
We thought it would be nice to get some fresh things here to eat and forgo restaurant dining that night.
Kelsey got some sundried tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella balls in olive oil from the olive bar, and a French baguette. I simply bought a plate of California roll sushi. That was dinner!

Traveling around like we are doing may sound exciting and exotic--and it is, sometimes. But even that forms a baseline of normalcy, and we find ourselves having to do things to break up the monotony. These two nights were just that, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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