This is turning into a food blog, but what can I do? I’m driving through the Pennsylvania Dutch / Amish country of Lancaster County, PA. This is a gastronomical adventure. But first…
…the visit with Eleanor Jackson was great, and so was meeting her daughter Cheryl. After swapping stories and reliving some glory days we made our way to “The Country Store” in Mount Joy. Cheryl was going to hook us up with some Lebanon Bologna.
The sweet varieties are a must eat. If you already know what I’m talking about, right now you are nodding your head and smiling (I liked the “Baum” brand best; Kim preferred Cheryl’s favorite, the “Seltzer” but it’s all good). If you don’t know, get in your car, drive to Mt. Joy and see”Donna” at the deli counter. You’re in for a taste bud explosition.
And then there was “Charles” stocking pretzels. When asked which pretzels were the best, he said “The Martins,” which came as no surprise, he was wearing a shirt with the same name. I took him at his word, bought a small tub of them and later gave him a thumbs-up as he was leaving and I was munching. He smiled and wished us well on our journey.
In fact, about half the people in the store did the same. This has to be the friendliest town in PA. Folks at the deli counter were laughing at our excitement upon trying the different bolognas (Donna gave us 7 or 8 varieties to sample), they chuckled at our pretzel conversation with Charles, and greeted us in the parking lot when they saw our Alaska license plates. Kim even met a couple who just got engaged the day before.
Mount Joy was a joy to visit.
On to Lititz, PA. That name will mean nothing to you unless you have learned the best kept chocolate secret in the chocolate state (and I’m not talking about Hershey’s). Lititz is the home of the Wilbur Chocolate Company…
…makers of the delectable “Wilbur Buds.” Words won’t get it done so I won’t waste your time and mine. It’s just down the road from Mt. Joy, so go by Wilbur’s when you get your bologna at the Country Store.
Trust me on this, if you try Wilbur Buds there will be no going back to Hershey’s, M&Ms or anything on that level. I’m salivating just writing about them.
The Buds come in both milk and semi-sweet varieties, but if milk chocolate is your thing, stay home, eat Oscar Mayer boloney and M&Ms candies. You just won’t get it.
So that was our day; a great lady and her daughter, great bologna, great pretzels, the greatest chocolate, and now we’re two states south. Tomorrow we’ll get a look at the Atlantic O.
Now a photo…
See the tunnel coming? That’s life sometimes. We cruise along out in the sun for a while, loving life, then, all of a sudden, here comes a tunnel. The tunnel in the picture was well lit, but some of life’s tunnels can get pretty dark.
The really cool thing is, as a believer in Christ, we can drive right into the darkness, totally confident the Lord is directing us, sustaining us, upholding us. No matter how long or dark the tunnel is, or where it leads, we know He is with us.
And something better is always waiting on the other side.