Travel Day & Restaurant Review
After leaving The Resort at Massey’s Landing in Millsboro, DE and arriving at the Philadelphia/West Chester KOA in Coatesville, PA yesterday afternoon, Russ & I both agreed that “Moving Day” is always tiring. Even without any issues or problems, it is still a lot of work and recently involves sweating through a shirt or two. TMI maybe? But since I told you, you might as well send some laundry quarters our way. :) We did end up a road or two that might have not been the best option for our Big Rig. What’s up with that Garmin? We have truck GPS that typically doesn’t lead us astray. After finding a place to pull over and a quick call to the campground, Dick reassured us the route we were thinking was correct really was. In all honesty, the GPS really was trying to keep us off a road that had a trailer length limit. So I guess you are off the hook this time, Garmin! Once we were on the road it did say RVs Permitted, so we were good to go! So with that being said, it always feels good once everything is set up and we are “home” again.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are a few things I tend to do upon arriving at a new location.
- Set up “house.”
- Check to make sure the A/C is turned on. Come on, it’s hot people!
- Find the nearest anti-gravity chair & sit my butt down.
- Add a stop to our map on the TrackMyTour app. You can follow our stops with this app. Our map is See Simple Love or use this link.
- Add another state to our app “Been”. Since we have already camped in PA, it wasn’t applicable this time. We are tracking the states we have stayed at least one night in our Camper Charlie.
I’m glad I didn’t skip out on that last step because our dinner from the Couch Tomato Cafe was pretty tasty. Much better and easier than trying to come up with a decent meal from the bare fridge I faced inside the camper. I am excited to hit up some local farmers’ markets in this familiar territory and the Trader Joe’s that isn’t too far away. Must get more Scandinavian Swimmers. Have you tried them? They are mighty tasty. Plus the name - get it? It’ s play on Swedish Fish. I’ll be honest…. I didn’t get it until Russ made me think about it. Duh!
I may have got a little off track. Thank goodness we aren’t talking about the Olympic track because those people are running fast and I would more than likely get trampled just trying to get out of the way. Anyone else having fun watching the Olympics? We definitely are. There I go again getting all off topic….
So back to our visit to the Couch Tomato Cafe in West Chester, PA. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the casual industrial decor of the restaurant with exposed brick and rustic wood topped tables. The menu featured craft salads, signature sandwiches, scratch-made soups, and wood fired pizza. Almost all the items were available with a gluten-free option making the decision making process a little more lengthy for Russ. He usually doesn’t get a wide variety of options at restaurants that typically have a very limited gluten-free menu. We each decided on a salad and added a cup of tomato basil bisque and cheesy breadsticks to split. The salads were nothing super special, but had great combinations of flavors making them a treat to the tastebuds. I was a big fan of the combination of baked falafel and lemon vinaigrette atop my salad. You know how there is boring from a can tomato soup and a little more textured tomato soup with more explosive flavor? Both are good, but the latter is without a doubt better. This soup definitely fell into the second category. Good news for you is that they feature their famous tomato basil bisque daily. So no need to plan your visit accordingly. Whew - one less thing to have cluttering upyour calendar. The salads and soup came out together before the cheesy breadsticks were ready. I would tell you all about them, but I think this photo might be worth a thousand yummies (I mean words).
Sure doesn’t look gluten free does it? It was incredibly tasty and even better is that half of it still remains in my fridge for lunch tomorrow. Or wait, maybe I will just stay up until midnight because I heard midnight snacks are a legitimate thing.
While The Couch Tomato Cafe wasn’t the best place we have ever been, they did have a large selection of gluten-free options. Don't worry they have gluten-full versions of things as well. We would definitely return and would probably order up one of their wood-fired pizzas. West Chester is a small college town with a great mix of trendy restaurants and artsy features among the many historic buildings with eye-catching architecture. A fun place to walk, eat, and meet!