Breakfast with Strangers: Newlyweds' Book Project Comes to Dallas

Categories: Food News

Breakfast With Strangers
So, do you think you're interesting? Sure. No. Hell no. Depends on how you define "interesting."

Can you write 500 words about how interesting you are in order to convince someone to buy you breakfast? Are you even inclined to share your story, or perhaps you would rather buy your own breakfast and eat in quiet peace?

Next round: Do you talk to strangers? Prefer not to? Love to?

Final round: Ever wanted to go on a cross-country voyage collecting interesting stories from random strangers, but just can't nail down the financing?

Well, the newlywed Webbers have figured all that out. Matt and Courtney Webber, 37 and 41 respectively, created a Kickstarter campaign last May to raise $8,000 to drive across America to have breakfast with strangers. The 50 most interesting tales will be included in a book they're writing, Breakfast with Strangers: 50 Meals Across America.

The concept of the mission is that none of us talk to strangers enough. Thusly, we miss opportunities to meet interesting people and hear their stories.

The Kickstarter campaign reached its goal in about one month with 134 backers. Then, the Webbers made it official with the purchase of a gold minivan, dubbed the USS Pancake. Shortly after, they got hitched, packed all their belongings into large plastic boxes, piled them Tetris-like into a POD unit and hit the road on July 18.

With the back of their minivan outfitted with a plywood bed frame, the Webbers started in Portland, Oregon, and headed east to Portland, Maine; then back again. To find their breakfast companions in new cities, sometimes they just start asking people if they "know anyone interesting," or post signs, or take to Reddit.

They've been documenting some of their meals and new friends on their blog. The neo-hippies have sipped coffee with a self-reliant mountain man who performs the occasional search-and-rescue mission for hypothermic lost hikers; a girl who is paid to listen to phone conversations at a prison; the Lieutenant Governor of Montana; and the purveyor of The National Mustard Museum, who began collecting the yellow condiment as way to deflect his heartbreak when the Red Sox lost the 1986 World Series.

This Monday and Tuesday they'll be in Dallas and need some breakfast companions. If you're inclined, per their recent Reddit post, pen "500 words or less why you'd be the awesome breakfast interview as we travel across the USA. Please include 'Dallas' in the subject line. Send an email to:"

Or follow their tour on Facebook and on their blog where they frequently update with their interviewees. Wonder who they'll dig up in Dallas.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

I love this story!  It's like a modern day On The Road.  Who hasn't taken off from Cape Cod Mass. on a spring day in 1988, with nothing but a bag of pretzels, some old clothes and like, 143 bucks?  And then just head west.  Head west in that old Toyota with the backfire tailpipe, the duct tape all over it (the sea basically ate it, but it only cost me 300 bucks), and dad imploring that "when you get stuck in Pennsylvania or Kentucky, I ain't coming to get you, or  sending you money!".  His fear was only exacerbated by the fear that, oh yes he was!  And he knew it; and hey when your the favorite, your the favorite. 


Ahhh, sleeping in rest stops, listening to the Jefferson Airplane on a cassette deck, basically driving naked (with only boxers with skulls on them) all the way across this land.  Listening to, and talking with different folks.........'s primal. 



It's great idea by them, and an excellent way to travel the country.....kudos to them!  Funny thing, when I'm "in city" I avoid folk at ALL COST; but when I'm traveling I get this primal urge to listen and explore.  Last week , my 3 year and I made acquaintance with a husband and wife team from Men, Arkansas, that operate a country store. You couldn't find two people the polar opposites of us; and normally I would have NOTHING to do with this sort (see my rambling kergie notes about Oklahoman's and country folk in the DO the past three years) of folk; but a weird thing happened- we listened, and the story they told was INTERESTING!


Same thing happened on a mountain in New Mexico when I fed a park ranger Shrimp and Angel Hair in a Lemon Butter Sauce.....I just, ......, listened.  

TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

The USS Pancake?




That is beyond irritating.


Neo-Hippies! Thanks for the great story! M&C

Now Trending

From the Vault