Good Ol’ Country Livin’

15 04 2010

Whenever I think of New York, I think of New York City and the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, thin crust pizza, unlimited wine at Wolfgang’s, specialty cupcakes, boating in Central Park and the swagger that everyone has in Brooklyn.

I DO NOT think of dilapidated barns, grazing cows, bleating goats or rolling green bluffs.  But, as we are back on the road and traveling in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, this is what we have.  It’s pretty cool to be out in the country – a whole different experience.

It’s been a nice change to explore all of these small towns (villages really) and take in the local flavour.

We’ve been eating in small town diners, although one flavour that we tasted that we probably won’t taste again….Scrapple.  What do you think of when you see “2 Eggs and Scrapple” or “A side of Scrapple” on the menu.  We sat at the table debating what this meant… ‘another word for a scrambler?’, or ‘maybe it’s saucy apples.  Scr-Apple?  Apples?  That makes sense right?’  The most country of our group told us that she didn’t think it had anything to do with apples or any other kind of fruit.  Well, she was right.  When we asked our server what Scrapple was she said, ‘Exactly what it sounds like.  The Scraps – all the parts of the pig that you can’t sell off, ground together and fried.  Cooked well done’.  Ohhh………

Well, we can say we tried it.  Check that off the list.

While we were in Pennsylvania we had the opportunity to stay at an Inn.  140 year old building.  8 rooms.  And a bone-in ribeye to die for.

To be honest, we were a bit wary of staying at an Inn.  Are there going to be shared bathrooms?  Do we have to sit at breakfast and dinner and introduce ourselves and stare at other people awkwardly while they’re looking at us looking at them?  Is there going to be Internet?

As we drove up to this quaint building, The BriMarie Inn   ( and walked into the house, we were pleasantly surprised and ended up extending our stay.  It felt like home.  I admit, I was nosy and explored all of the rooms that I could while we were there.  And we spent our evenings with a couple of drinks on the front patio and eating dinner in our own dining area drinking good wine and eating great food.  If you are ever in the Sayre, PA area, you definitely have to stop by.

Today we drove through the winding roads in none other than American Idol contestant Aaron Kelly’s home turf.  How do I know that?  Well, we saw signs everywhere.  How cool is that?




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