Wedged at the back of my refrigerator I found a bag of dates.
On our road trip last year we visited Dateland
According to Road Trip USA "Dateland, 25 miles farther east from Yuma along I-8, has a café and gift shop selling dates in all possible forms, including refreshing milk shakes."
It has an interesting history
Established in the early 1920's, Dateland Arizona was originally a water stop along the railroad lines. Back then, the old steam engines had to stop every 5 to 6 miles for water.
Dateland's location in the middle of the desert between Yuma and Gila Bend make it an ideal stop, but history and memories have made it a tradition!
(from the website)
Now there's a tacky gift shop and a small cafe selling subs and date-related foods. I had one of the famous date shakes and couldn't finish it - far too sweet for me. But I did buy a pack of dates. And here they are, still in my fridge, more than a year later. If anyone has a recipe for interesting things to do with dates, let me know!
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