Recommendation: Take a food-themed road trip this summer

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A summer vacation doesn’t need to cost you a month’s wage, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that it should. Between May and August, Instagram becomes a minefield of people you don’t know sitting poolside at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs or whatever. Suddenly, your Brooklyn staycation seems lacking.

I know that nothing is what it is available on social media. It is possible to know this at your core and, at the same occasion, wish you were also lounging on an expensive puddle float shaped like a hot dog.

In times like these, I ground myself with the insight that best available summertime vacation I ever took payment very little and was focused on the singular objective of gobbling a slice of pie in every government in New England.

In the final weeks of my senior time, my college roommates and I sat around our living room contemplating a post-graduation road journey. We hadn’t hitherto territory tasks, so it had to be cheap no hotels , no store. We were also really into pasty at this degree. Why not concentrate the entire trip on pie? A plan for a humble food-themed street trip emerged. We called it Pie Tour 2013.

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For four dates we drove across New England with a directory of bakeries and not much else. In Connecticut, we devour towering lemon meringue slice. In Massachusetts, we bought a mixed berry tart with aces cut into the layer. We dine it straight from the tin on a nearby park bench. In Maine we had my favorite a slice of blueberry pie from Two Fat Cats Bakery that I still go back for whenever I’m in Portland.

In between pie slicings, we’d ballpark the car and walk around for hours, figuring out where where we’d sleep for the nighttime( in a family member’s mansion, a inexpensive Airbnb and a tent, to be specific ).

It is more cost-effective vacation I’ve taken, and, in truth, the most memorable. And trust me when I say that you will have a better period spend money on gas and really good pasty( or barbecue; or doughnuts; or french fries) than you will investing it on a inn chamber you hardly hung out in.

Plus, pasty looks great on Instagram.

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