In need of a fast, slightly indulgent lunch, we headed for the student center outpost of Valentino's Pizza.
The pizza was enjoyable. It sported a thicker crust than is traditional for New York pizza. The sauce and cheese both hit the craving buttons. The salad was quite large and my vinaigrette dressing was enjoyably light.
My Nebraska friends suggested Lan House for a good Chinese lunch near campus. As usual, their suggestion was spot on.
My dish came with this comforting bowl of egg drop soup.
The dumplings were tender and flavorful with a dash of vinegar.
The restaurant's name comes from their Lan Zhou noodle. My bowl of noodles had the trademark toothiness and plump richness of handmade Lan Zhou. The hot sauce gave the tofu a nice punch and infused the noodles as well. Lots of complex flavor, great stuff.
Sunday was a good day for a leisurely breakfast. Mine started with multigrain pancakes from the King Arthur Flour cookbook. I added bananas and fried a few extra on the side. I topped one with strawberry preserves and ricotta, the other two with chocolate hazelnut spread and ricotta. The result was very satisfying (and hopefully not too unhealthy).
The Contes invited me to a very enjoyable dinner at Old Hickory House. When I arrived, I found the restaurant standing alone with the surrounding strip mall razed. The staff assured me that they have been grandfathered into their site and will not disappear. A new apartment and shopping complex will go up around them. This new addition should give them another generation of customers to enjoy their food. I had one of my usual dishes, the pork ribs and some fried okra (plus a salad not shown). The sauce combines sweet and sour elements and is a great complement to pork.
Catherine very much enjoyed her BBQ plate, as did everyone. BBQ's informality is a great setting for catching up and enjoying the company of friends.
I'm not sure if I have eaten at a Silver Diner before but I certainly enjoyed my breakfast. Their theme seems to be American-style healthy and hearty food.
This is my roasted veggie huevos rancheros, which is definitely a modernist take on that traditional dish. It includes beets, brussel sprouts, peppers, two over easy eggs and a host of other ingredients over a bed of quinoa. It was a great melange of flavors and a very comforting texture. This breakfast kept me going well into the afternoon.