(Marlene – I hope this is ok to post this kind of report. I thought that since we’d become private it would be alright. If not, just delete it – I won’t be a bit offended!)
We left on June the 6th for a visit with friends in Indiana. Old time eG’ers will remember the incredible and incomparable Racheld who used to write the most wonderful posts there. Her daughter Caroled still posts there. We were visiting them and their extended family including Rachel’s husband, C, their DIL K and granddaughter, Miss O. Rachel and I became email buddies after ‘meeting’ at eG and this was actually our 2nd visit. On the way we stopped in Charlottesville, VA for our first breakfast. Doughnuts at Spudnuts:
Not a lot of selection:
Just fabulous, soft, delicate doughnuts:
Second breakfast was at a cute looking diner in western VA. Fairly standard food. We didn’t take pictures and I don’t remember what we ate. Enough said.
We stopped in Ohio for lunch. Which put us in reach of this fellow:
If all you have is Shoney’s, you may not know the deliciousness that is Frisch’s Big Boy. Mike had the pork tenderloin:
This sandwich is something we had never heard of until we lived in Indiana about 25 years ago. We’ve still never seen it in VA and that is a sad thing. It is a wondrous sandwich and should be embraced everywhere.
And I had the Big Boy – what the Big Mac is trying to be, but won’t ever be:
When we got to Rachel’s we were too busy talking to bother taking pictures, but they served chicken and rice and fabulous Southern long-cooked green beans with potatoes. She taught me a good trick, too. They buy rotisserie chickens and pour off the juices and add a little soy sauce to them. Makes a great little moistening sauce for the chicken or the rice.
On Sunday we had breakfast at Lincoln Square in Indy. The dishes:
Cornflake crusted French toast. Incredibly good. I will be doing this one at home. Greek Omelet and perfect hashbrowns:
Mickey Mouse pancake:
Gotta love a place that will make a special pancake for a kid.
Their gorgeous “Extreme Angus burger”:
If I ever get back to Lincoln Square at lunch time, that’s what I’m having!
A Western Omelet:
On Monday – Caroled made a lovely brunch:
It included perfect hashbrowns, scrambled eggs and crustless quiche:
Also croissant French toast, bacon and perfectly ripe and sweet strawberries:
Something that I missed getting a picture of was the topping for the French toast. She basically stewed fresh plums with sugar and made a syrup chockfull of sliced plums. It was absolutely ambrosial.
Dinner that night was a group effort. Caroled made sausages and some of the best baked beans I’ve ever tasted (didn’t get a close shot of the beans):
Rachel did a tomato salad, potato salad, and a creamy jalapeno dip (some pictures missing there, too – we were hungry and talkative):
Everything was fresh and delicious. C did ribs. Here’s a picture of the groaning board:
C’s ribs were a big surprise. He does them from raw on the grill in about an hour. They were very, very good and had a perfect texture: tender without being mushy. Mike was paying close attention!
On Tuesday we had lunch at Shapiro’s Deli in Indy. I’ve wanted to go here forever. Rachel posted about it on her eGullet blog and I’ve seen it on TV, too. The dishes included their famous Rueben:
Completely perfect and perhaps the best rye bread I’ve ever eaten. The pastrami on rye:
Gorgeous and moist. The exact right amount of fat. The chicken salad on an onion roll:
I had the peppered beef, a sandwich I’d heard about on Food Network’s show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate”:
I am so glad that I had this. Different from any deli meat I’ve ever tasted. Wish we could have brought home a pound or two. We shared a couple of dishes and desserts. Lovely chopped liver:
Key lime pie and German chocolate cake:
Everything was so good. We were sorry that we didn’t know about Shapiro’s when we lived in Indiana.
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Edited by kim shook, 24 June 2015 - 08:16 PM.