Extra baggage

@postaday 176; #postaday2011.

The 'Rents: Kimberly and Lou, my brother; me and John. At Lou & Kimberly's house.
We ALWAYS have to buy a suitcase when we visit New Jersey to bring back the spoils of joy. Even at 7-percent sales tax, we still find amazing bargains that throw our resolve to travel light out window. I’m paying to check everything through to Honolulu. I do not want to change planes in Chicago and Los Angeles with all these bags. Not when we’re going home.
Anti pasti salad by Kimberly, whom bears a striking resemblance to Giada DeLaurentis.
And yes there’s some extra baggage around the waist. I must say that all of the walking we did on this trip — in New York City, on Long Beach Island, in Washington, D.C., even at the Palmyra Nature Center — did help us burn off the extra calories. What can I say? When you can get four hoagies for under $20, or a giant cheesesteak Italiano and two slices of pizza for under $12, or 25 Philly soft preztels for $12, you tend to add another item to the bill. Fortunately, my favorite vegetable was in abundance and I had lots of broccoli raab just about every time I ate in an Italian restaurant. Yay for greens sautéed with garlic!
Broccoli raab from http://www.ragazziMarlton.com. As is the cheesesteak Italiano.

All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go. One final night in South Jersey. My friends and my family showed us wonderful times. It’s been a great trip and I know my girls will remember it for a long time.
Soft pretzels from the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory in Moorestown, N.J.


Foot-long cheesesteak Italiano: steak, provolone, broccoli raab, roasted peppers and onions. Take the canoli. Leave the sandwich!

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

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