Wednesday, February 10, 2010
You Gotta Eat Something
As a technical director, I have worked through more than one lunch or dinner break due to some problem that couldn't be resolved without my help, but when traveling all around this great country of ours, I get to stop every now and then to grab a bite to eat somewhere special.
Most of the time, after a game, it's the fast food solution on the way back to the hotel if I have enough energy left to do that. Certain venues like Robertson Stadium in Houston have the every present Subway, Wendy's, and Burger King within walking distance from the truck. I've stopped going to the Shipley's Donuts.
There are the rare occasions when you are presented a dinner beyond belief as pictured above. At the 2010 Editor's Retreat in Miami, we were treated to an authentic Cuban buffet with pork, plantains, mushrooms, black beans, and rice. It was definitely a night to remember as we were served the exact same meal in 2007 and I loved it then.
Some locations aren't nearly as food friendly to the production crews. In December, I worked a Rice basketball game. The director and I spent the better part of an hour walking around the campus looking for anything to eat.
It didn't help that the school was on Christmas break, that it was a Saturday night, any number of reasons. The story doesn't ever change - just the location and you end up going into your backpack to find the Southwest Airlines peanuts from two months ago.
There are exceptions to the rule and one is here.
Pictured above, I have found a new discovery but I haven't gotten to eat there yet.
They were closed... maybe the next time I'm in El Paso!