It was a fast trip, Elena had a Girl Scout thingy she wanted to go to Saturday night, so we left early in the AM Sunday and just got home about 1/2 hour ago...so why am I blogging? Well, part of the trip was a visit to "Super Duper Weenie" in CT.. See Mike and Elena are fans of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Now Mike and I are "foodies"-years ago we saw a PBS special called "The Hot Dog Show" and it featured "Super Duper Weenie", which is off of I-95 in Connecticut. So years ago, before Elena was born, on a trip to see Mike's mom, we jumped off the interstate in search of "Super Duper Weenie", which when featured on the PBS show, was a huge hot dog truck-however, we soon learned the owner had actually bought a building and now "Super Duper Weenie" was a little restaurant. After driving around for about 45 minutes (and no we did not ask anyone for directions because "men do not ask for directions"), we found it. Gary, the owner, was a graduate of culinary school, made all his own toppings, etc. Almost every trip we made after that, we would stop, either on the way to or on the way home from Massachusetts. Well, Mike's mom passed away 5 years ago and the trips became less frequent and some of them weren't for fun, but emergency trips when Mike's brother developed cancer and subsequently passed away almost a year ago. Mike flew up then, other times he would drive all night and get home the next day, so we hadn't been to "Super Duper Weenie" in a few years.
Fast forward, last month, Episode 513 of Guy's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and there it is-"Super Duper Weenie" Elena and Mike watched the episode and Mike mentioned it was on the way to Massachusetts. So, part of the spontaneous road trip was a stop on the way back. It changed a little (they enclosed the side area with tables), but not much else changed. We walked in and Elena spotted Gary, with his American Flag do-rag and I swear she swooned. We ordered the food, the place is busy as heck and went to the side room. Elena was babbling about "I wonder how many do-rags he owns, I can't believe I am here, etc". So I wait a few minutes, peek in the other room and Gary is standing on the side, eating a salad (irony, no?) and I approach him. I explain that we first came in the shop from the PBS show, but recently my 9 year old saw his restaurant on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and would he please let me get of picture of him and her together (he had come into the dining area earlier while we were waiting and spoke to some regulars and honestly, I thought Elena was gonna faint). His response was, "No problem" and he put on his apron, had his now infamous dew rag (he owns 2 dozen he told Elena), had his Super Duper Weenie t-shirt on and walked into the dining area behind me calling out Elena's name. She froze, face reddened and smiled from ear to ear. He sat with her, showed her the photo album from when Guy Fieri was there, talked a bit and then they had their pic taken together.
When he left to go back to work, Elena said "this was one of the greatest days of my life!", so I asked what the greatest day was and she responded, "Okay, okay, it was today-O(h)-M(mmm)-G(ee) Mom, that was awesome, I can't believe you asked him to come out and talk to me and got a picture of us together!" She giggled all the way home from there (a mere 3 hours or so) and told me she would never forget how awesome it all was. This is from the child who has been to Massachusetts countless times, Cape Cod (yes, technically this is in Massachusetts, however as many people from New England know, it is another world), Nova Scotia, Bermuda twice, Aruba, Disney where I waited in line for over 2 hours for her to get a picture with Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, San Diego, Baltimore three times and countless other place in between. Sure, she'll have a gazillion more "best days of her life", but for now, it was the coolest day of her life, so score one for Mom (and dad) on this and yes, the hot dogs rocked!