I recently had the opportunity to make a rare work trip to Huntington, West Virginia. Since Pittsburgh is only a five-hour drive away from Huntington, I assumed that it had similar characteristics to my hometown, technically the largest city in Appalachia. While our accents were different, the warmth of the people in Huntington was definitely not.
So where has all the real food gone? It is still out there, but is now well hidden under sauces and spices and the notion that fine-dining need be synonymous with scientific wonderment on your plate. For my money, I want exceptional food that tastes like food. Things that my body recognizes for what they are, and knows how to digest!