An Apple A Day November 13, 2008Posted by smooregasbord in Around Town, Food.
A few weekends ago we drove out Route 66 to see the fall leaves. In addition to taking in the beautiful colors, we stopped off at an orchard to pick a few apples. Stribling Orchard not only grows over 20 different types of apples, they also grow a variety of peaches during the summer months. If you’re not already impressed, they also produce honey from their own beehives, and they have a bakery on site that produces pies and breads. We purchased a loaf of apple bread that was to die for. There were H-U-G-E apple chunks baked into the center…mmmm. We picked about four pounds of apples and at 50¢ a pound, I realized how much I’m getting ripped off at the store!
After the apple pickin’ adventure, we stopped by Chateau O’Brien winery located just next door. I really enjoyed Buddy’s Bistro Red named after their mascot, Buddy the French Bulldog. We even got to meet Buddy while we there. He’s a generous dog…he donates $1 of every bottle sold to a charitable animal organization. The delight of this pitstop was their Apple Wine, a dessert wine made with apples from Stribling Orchard which would pair nicely with a slice of cheesecake.
Time for lunch. Sticking to the theme, we grabbed a bite to eat at The Apple House in Linden, VA. We enjoyed homemade hickory smoked barbeque sandwiches and the pièce de résistance – apple doughnuts!!! These may be the singular most fabulous thing I have ever eaten. Good enough to make you want to smack yo mama! After all of this excitement, we didn’t quite make it into Shenandoah, but none of us left disappointed or hungry.