Diner Girls

January 20, 2012

Was it really 6 months ago that I went to The States? Apparently so. This trip really blew me away. It was so fabulous, so full of wonder and excitement, new sights, tastes and sounds…it all feels like a dream. I was so fortunate to meet up with two groups of beautiful, beloved girlfriends on this trip, spend two incredible weeks in New York City, and also be part of a dream Wedding. I also had some blissful alone time – four long, glorious days in San Francisco, where every step took me from one delectable bite to the next. Lucky.

You know how they say that some things are too good to be true? Well sometimes it feels as though that is what happened here, as it can all easily become a blur. A blissful blur, but a blur nonetheless. Whenever I feel this way I look at my pictures, I settle in to my couch and scroll back over my blog posts. And then, in a brilliant, frenetic rush, it all comes flooding back. Those surreal, foggy images instantly sharpen and I’m there. I’m back. It’s real. And it’s fabulous.

These next pictures bring me particular joy. It feels right to end my USA posts on this note. With me and my Diner Girls.

Two days before Denita and Tim’s New Hampshire Wedding, we went out to a Diner to celebrate Denita’s birthday. Our little contingent of Australians prompted the venue choice, no surprises there. We were so well taken care of, American friends were phenomenally accommodating to all our whims and wishes, even when they appeared to be a little mundane and somewhat perplexing – like our excitement at seeing a chipmunk whilst eating pumpkin ice-cream (I know, I know, it’s far too terrifically American to handle!). And to us eager Aussies this was a truly fantastical moment. For on this beloved night we became Diner Girls. Well, for one meal anyway.

Malted Milkshakes

Cherry Cokes

Cheeseburgers and Fries

The novelty factor was unabashedly high.

Harriet and her girlfriend, Marilyn.

Embarrassing De with a “Happy Birthday” chorus.

We turned up thrilled for the experience, we were certainly not expecting a five star meal. Yet the food was surprisingly good – not at all as greasy as I had imagined. How happy I was. I had tried my first real onion ring, I sat in a booth and sipped a malted milkshake, and for one hour I was in a Diner with my girls. We were Diner Girls.

If only I had room left for pie. Oh well, I’ll guess I’ll just have to visit The States again soon. So I can get myself that slice of pie…

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

    LOVE the novelty factor!!!

  • Jennifer January 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

    How awesome! I love the menu, it looks so retro.

  • Johanna Anning January 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    New York and San Fran would have to be among my fav cities. New York is like a dream isn't it, I had to pinch myself when I was there, sometimes feeling like I was in a movie set!

  • Gourmet Chick January 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Gotta love an American diner and cherry cokes – how US of A can you get?

  • Julia @ Boredom Abounds January 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

    There is nothing more satisyfing than a really, really good malted milkshake, cheeseburger and fries. Trufax.

  • Michelle Chin January 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    never been to a diner before so reading this made me feel really curious about what a diner is like.

  • Heidi January 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Lisa – crazy cool 🙂

    Jennifer – super retro, I loved perusing it 🙂

    Johanna – oh completely! such a dream…

    Gourmet Chick – it's the ultimate!! SO cool Well, to us 🙂

    Julia – amen 😉

    Michelle – it's awesome!!

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah January 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Looks super fun & retro! haha I'm so surprised there are real cherries in a cherry coke! xx

  • Hannah January 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I suppose that's just what you'll have to do. Sigh! It's a hard life for we travel-dreamers… (And yes, I did mean that half-seriously 😉 )

    I've been looking forward to this post since you mentioned it was coming up! How truly perfect and fun and such a quintessentially American-happy-times memory to hold onto.

    I mean, it's no Tasti D'Lite, but it'll do.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Haha that's so cute! And I know what you mean, we get so excited apparently over yellow school buses. When I was in Canada the tourism people pointed them out because apparently Australians go crazy over them. And sure enough, we all started snapping pics like mad! 😛

  • msihua January 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I can't get over that cherry coke has actual cherries in it! OMG!!!

  • Heidi January 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Hannah – cool, hey? 🙂

    Hannah – hehe yes quite so. American-happy-times 🙂 so many of them!

    Lorraine – when I first saw them in San Francisco I was super excited too!! hehe 🙂

    Msihua – super cool, right?!

    Heidi xo

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com January 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Love love love retro diners! There's many in New York!

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) January 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Such a wonderful evening! I love the cherry coke had really cherries. 🙂

  • Heidi January 24, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Kiran – they're so awesome 🙂

    Kath – hehe me too!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie January 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

    what! was it REALLY 6 months ago? seems like just last week! I'm going to Misty's American diner on Friday to get my USA fix. Bit cheaper than flying but no where near as fun!

  • Heidi January 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Michele – yup, 6 months ago – crazy!! Yes I must hit up Misty's one of these days 🙂 xo

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