The Carnivorr Roadtrip

Leaving New York was an extremely bittersweet decision. NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities, and I spent an amazing four years there. I’ll always remember it as the place where I went to college, where I got my first “real” writing job in the food industry, and, of course, where I started my food blog. It’s where this whole thing began for me. It’s a city of dreamers and go-getters, a place where you can design your own career around something you’re passionate about. New York changed my life, and I’m so grateful for that.

As excited as I was to embark on new adventures in California and around the world, I knew it would be hard for me to say goodbye to a place that had so molded and shaped me into the person I am today. I’m not over-exaggerating – leaving New York really felt like going through a breakup. Instead of blasting the Adele and moping around with pints of Haagen Dazs, I decided not to make leaving a goodbye, but turn it into adventure. The Carnivorr Roadtrip!

I’d never done a cross-country road trip, nor had I explored much of the country I’m proud to call home. I’ve been to lots of places on the west coast, and lots on the east coast while in school, but not much of the middle! And there’s soooo much good stuff (read: food) in middle America. Instead of dealing with hassle of a cross-country move and shipping stuff to California, I decided to rent a minivan (thanks, Avis!), throw all my stuff in the back, and drive it back to sunny Los Angeles. With a couple of pit stops along the way…

Of course, I had to enlist one of my favorite eating companions, my mom to come and join me on the adventure. Not because I really needed help moving, but because I needed a travel partner who would help me eat the massive amounts of food I wanted to eat on our route. We carefully planned our trip, picking cities we’d never been to, and after much restaurant research finalized our itinerary. NY -> DC -> Nashville -> Atlanta -> New Orleans -> Austin -> San Antonio -> Santa Fe -> Flagstaff -> Grand Canyon -> LA. We had a pretty flexible schedule (we just had to be home by Mother’s Day) so we decided to allow ourselves a full two weeks to be able to explore each city properly (and have enough meals in each spot!).

Spoiler alert: we had the time of our lives. Stay tuned to hear where we ate and what we did in each city...

Following along on Instagram? See more pics from the trip at #CarnivorrRoadtrip