My Playlist – Part One

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Music is something I have always been passionate about, and this road trip needs a soundtrack. A string of memories that will last a lifetime and bring back smiles for the miles spent on the road.

From the time I was very young, I remember musical moments having an impact and staying with me over time. As a dancer, music became even more significant in my life, and now there is nothing I can do to stop myself from moving when I hear a piece of music that stirs me. Even in my sleep, my feet move to the beat – so I have been told.

I enjoy most types of music, except for hard metal, which just makes me anxious. From country to classical my favorites crisscross genres like a Florida driver changes lanes.

This journey started with “Let the Monkey Drive” by Sparks. As time passed, I bounced around including my favorite Pandora station: Sunday Funday Brunch. This is my go to in the mornings. I love the classics! “At Last” by Ella Fitzgerald, “Unforgettable” by Louis Armstrong,  and “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra

At night the Gipsy Kings are always on the menu. This band takes me back to my early days in Sarasota, living in a warehouse, teaching, and dancing the night away at the Alley Cat Café. Listen to “Djobi Doba.” Get up and dance!

My favorite soundtrack is Reservoir Dogs, and I am a sucker for some old-school rap from Arrested Development. “Mr.Wendal” makes it to the top of this list.

I recently saw Public Service Broadcasting live in Brighton, England. If you haven’t heard them, check them out! As a lover of the space program, I get down to “Go,” but enjoy all of their work. When you combine the subject matter and artistry with the appreciation of musicians and their instruments, it is magic.

My guilty pleasure is Pink and her new album, “Beautiful Trauma” is great. I play it end to end every time and “I Am Here” needs to be played at full volume!

More to come…what song stirs you?

Oh yeah, food blends nicely with music as well! I stopped by the market after a busy day and grabbed some veggies to grill out last night. Skewered vegetables painted with a little olive oil, and S&P on the grill – voilà – dinner. I poured my first glass of Candian red wine and turned on “Both Sides” by Candian artist Joni Mitchell to round out my evening. 

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Planning – my happy place

When I started to think about how I wanted to travel around the country, I knew that one thing I want to appreciate is the local flavors without breaking the bank on expensive restaurants – though I am sure there will be a few.

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So, I started with a bit of food planning and cooking. Vegetarian ingredients, so I don’t have to worry about keeping meat, things that I can pair with local veggies I pick up at markets as I travel, AND items that could last a month in the freezer.

 Veggie chili and lasagna, dal tadka, pesto, sundried tomato pesto and roasted garlic hummus.

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Since the freezer in the Airstream is small, and I try to stay away from disposables as much as possible, I bought a case of canning jars (for $8) and started chopping, sauteing and processing. I have to say, as someone new to cooking, I love America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks. They lay it out straight, give you best practices and even more importantly for a Virgo like myself, the reasons why it all matters.

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Since I rented the RV in Florida, I brought it home and packed my own kitchen complete with a food processor, french press,  soda stream, and Le Creuset dutch oven.

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Pulling into camp and cooking a real meal is so much fun!

Oh, by the way, there is a Le Creuset factory store in Georgia and EVERYTHING is 50% off the discounted prices. You’re welcome!

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