Why on a food blog would I write about the USS Midway? Not only do I love food, but also I love history. And when I can combine the both, well, that just makes my day.
This past month John and I travelled to San Diego. We decided to tour the USS Midway. This floating museum is full of history from how they named the aircraft carrier to one of its last missions. The museum docents (tour guides) know their stuff. Each one was full of little tidbits who were passionate about their exhibits, one in particular that I will be writing about. John and I spent about 3 hours aboard the ship and still did not see everything. We worked our way through the crews sleeping quarters, the engine room, jail, admirals and captains quarters, to the flight deck.
One particular place of interest to me was the crews’ mess hall and kitchen that may not have been as fancy as the officers, but it was huge. The knowledgeable volunteer in this exhibit was very passionate. He showed me the ovens, talked about the food, and the differences between the crew and officer food.
I told him I was a huge foodie, which spurred him on to ask me if I wanted to see something. Now I’m not going to say his name because I’m not sure if I was suppose to get this very private tour. I say very private because when I said yes he took me to a steel door and opened it. When we went through I left it open and he said, “Oh, we have to close that.” Okay. No bells ringing in my head or alarms going off. Just me thinking, I see John’s back to me as the metal door closes….hmmm, maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. No one knows where I am and it would probably be days before I was found. (joking) Oh well, I’m along for the ride.
He opened another door and it was dark inside. He pulled out his flashlight and in we go. Then he turned to me and said, “Maybe I should have warned you before we started.” Maybe, but all I see is his light shining on a huge mixing station and I was beside myself getting this very special tour. He showed me the proofing table, proofing ovens, baking ovens, just about everything. It was the highlight of my time aboard the ship.
As we walked out I thanked him for showing me the room. I felt a kinship toward him, as I am very sure he used to be a cook aboard a ship. He was just full of information, stories, and passion… passion for food folks.
I found John who said he was wondering where I was but knew I must have talked my way into seeing something. I did, I did.
Until next time, happy creating.