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On the american food trail

31 December 2012 | Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Voahangy
Fort Lauderdale, Dec 31th 2012

Well, our 7 months in the US of A are coming to an end. It’s been swell, as they say, and going back thru the various posts ( some are still unpublished, you’ll just have to be patient and then put up with out of sequence stories), I feel really fortunate that we managed to see so much and get a feeling for this big country. Nowhere else during our cruising life, have our trip been marked by the change of seasons and weather, local celebrations (Memorial Day, 4th July, Thanksgiving, Winter Holidays…) and let’s not forget the Presidential Election which lead up dominated most of the summer. For all its idiosyncrasies, we do love America, its scenery, its history, its people, even its food. Yes, as I alluded in my Washington post, there is more to American food than burger and fries; and with the boat filled with the holiday scent of cinnamon and sugar; I think it would be fitting for this last 2012 post, to take you along a food trail of the USA.

I can’t start without mentioning the famous hamburger which has been elevated to an art form at the Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the Frenchy Burger: beef patty topped with brie, apple, ham, garlic aioli, onion crisps on a brioche.
Now that I have your attention, let’s keep with the iconic calorie laden stuff, like this hot dog in NYC, pizzas with the works in Mystic, CT, or a fried combo of fish and prawns at Disney World!

How about some “regional” dishes like steamed crabs in Washington DC, shrimp and grits in Charleston NC, rainbow trout in Shenandoah National Park VA, this massive plate of smoked ribs which serves 6 of us in Newport RI or this ultimate comfort food, fried chicken and waffle, found all over the southern states!

Love Asian food? There’s plenty to be found here, but the Americans can’t help themselves and they have to tweak with even the simplest dishes. Grilled garlic shrimp and crispy spinach in Fort Lauderdale FL, some jazzed up sushi roll in Annapolis MD.

And of course, there is dessert, sweet and sinly: cookies on the run in NYC, ice cream in Martha’s Vineyard, a mile-high blackberry cream pie in Shenandoah and a layered chocolate cake which passed for a Christmas log in Fort Lauderdale.

Finally, for these of you who may start thinking that we never ate at home, let me share some of my cooking experiments on board, trying to make the most of the local produce. Our favourite grilled lobster dish, followed by when terry got sick of grilled lobster. Then we fell in love with flank steak miso glazed and grilled with noodle salad, and my favourite salad Brussels sprout petals with cherry tomatoes and candied pecans has featured at least weekly on our menus during the holidays.

If this post tickled your tastebuds (or if the photos didn’t upload properly) there is more in the photo gallery. We are now several pounds heavier (surprise, surprise!), and probably will not have any deep fried food or burgers for a few weeks. Still, it’s been a lot of fun eating and our fridge and freezer are full of these items we may not find easily again (cranberries, good steaks, turkey sausages…)

Our last 7 weeks in Fort Lauderdale wrap up our American adventure when we will see the end of 2012 on the beach tonight. 2013 starts with us setting sail for Cuba on January 1st, goodbye comfort zone, hello exotica!!! Happy New Year to you all, enjoy and take care.

Et voilà, nos 7 mois aux Etats-Unis viennent à leur fin. C’était super, comme on dit, et en revenant sur les différents billets du blog (dont certains ne sont pas encore publies, un peu de patience et de tolérance a l’avenir pour mes histoires toutes en désordre !), je réalise la chance qu’on a eu de pouvoir découvrir tant de choses et dans cette immense pays. Dans notre « carrière » de plaisancier, aucun de nos voyages n’a été autant rythme par les changements de saison, de météo, les traditions et fêtes locales (memorial day, 4 Juillet, Thanksgiving, les fêtes de fin d’année…) sans oublier l’élection présidentielle et sa campagne qui a dominé tout l’été. Malgré (ou à cause) de ses particularités, nous adorons l’Amérique, ses paysages, son histoire, son peuple, même la cuisine. Oui, oui, comme j’y ai fait allusion dans mon billet sur Washington, la cuisine américaine va plus loin que les hamburgers et les frites ; et maintenant que le bateau sent la cannelle et le sucre, en cette fin d’année 2012, je pense que c’est le meilleur moment pour vous emmener dans une expédition culinaire des USA.

Commençons par le fameux hamburger donc, qui est devenu une véritable œuvre d’art a la Ram’s Head Tavern à Annapolis. Mesdames et Messieurs, je vous présente le Frenchy Burger : viande hachée, tranche de brie, pomme, jambon, aïoli, oignons frits dans un pain brioche.

Maintenant que j’ai votre attention, continuons dans la rubrique hypercalorique avec the hot dog à NYC, cette pizza « avec tout » a Mystic CT, ou encore ce mélange de crevettes et poissons frits a Disney World !
Et pourquoi ne pas gouter a des plats régionaux comme les crabes à la vapeur à Washington DC, crevettes et grits (bouillie de maïs ) à Charleston NC, de la truite a Shenandoah national Park en Virginie, cette énorme plat de ribs sauce barbecue a Newport RI ou enfin l’ultime « comfort food » qu’on trouve dans tous les Etats du sud, le poulet frit sur une gaufre !!
Envie de cuisine asiatique ? On en trouve partout ici, mais les américains ne peuvent s’empêcher de modifier même les plats les plus simples. Tels ces crevettes grillées a l’ail servies avec des frites de feuilles d’épinard a Fort Lauderdale, ou encore ce sushi roll enrobe de sauce à Annapolis.

Et bien sûr, il y a les desserts, sucres ad nauseam : des cookies à grignoter sur le pouce à NYC, des glaces a Martha’s Vineyard, une énorme part de tarte à la framboise a Shenandoah, et pour finir ce gâteau au chocolat qui a fait office de Buche de Noel au réveillon a Fort Lauderdale.

Enfin, pour ceux d’entre vous qui commenceraient à se demander si on mange a bord, laissez-moi partager avec vous certaines de mes expériences gastronomiques « a la VOAHANGY », ou j’ai essayé de faire justice aux produits locaux. Le homard, d’abord, grille simplement ou saute avec du risotto quand Terry en a eu assez du homard grille. Ensuite nous sommes tombés amoureux de la bavette de bœuf locale, surtout marinée dans du miso (pate de soja), grillée et servie avec une salade de nouilles chinoise. Et ma salade préférée : des pétales de choux de Bruxelles, tomates cerises, et noix de pecans caramélisées…qui a eu la place d’honneur sur notre table en cette période de fêtes.

Si tout cela vous a donné l’eau à la bouche (ou si les photos ne passent pas correctement), vous pouvez en voir plus dans l’album. Nous sommes maintenant enrobes de quelques kilos en plus (sans surprise vraiment !) et sans désir de fritures et hamburgers pour les semaines à venir. Qu’importe, nous avons eu grand plaisir à savourer les Etats-Unis et nos frigos sont pleins de produits dur à trouver ailleurs (airelles, des bons steaks, ses saucisses de dinde…)

Ca y est donc, la boucle est bouclée : les 7 dernières semaines se sont passées a Fort Lauderdale, c’est la fin de l’aventure américaine ou nous allons aussi dire au revoir a 2012. 2013 commencera par une traversée sur Cuba le 1er janvier, on dit au revoir au confort et salut à l’exotisme ! Bonne année à tous, profitez bien et prenez soin de vous.
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Vessel Name: VOAHANGY
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 560
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
About:
Terry, 71, skipper, ex-pilot, surfer, aerobatics champion, can fix anything, never sea sick, loves a beer, hates the cold, is happiest anchored off a deserted beach. [...]
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S.V VOAHANGY

Who: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
Port: Sydney