Swarthmore Pizza in Swarthmore, PA has become a tradition. We almost always try to arrive at Wallace Ayer's house in early evening so we can go to get a Mediterranean pizza at SP - it's just a short walk from her house. Often it is capped with some cheese cake.
Richard Walker's Pancake Restaurant is another tradition. It is in Schaumburg, IL. We always take Maggie and Jerry with us as a thanks for their hospitality. We didn't have time to go there this time on the way out, but I'll bet we do on the way back! Ellen always gets the Dutch Baby pancake. I usually get an omelette.
|Richard Walkers in Schaumburg|
|The Dutch Baby - it's mostly egg. Good for you!|
Of course, we have had MANY meals at Maggie and Jerry's house. Sometimes Maggie prepares a meal, sometimes its make-your-own sandwiches, sometimes they order out - usually Chinese or pizza. There are always sweets. We've had many a good time round their dining table. Maggie likes to decorate and make things look fancy just for fun.
|A typical dining table event at M&J's!|
|Better go easy on these!|
We have had many memorable meals at Betsey and Rob's in Columbia. Rob prepares great meals at home, and we have also been taken to some of Columbia fine restaurants. One of our favorites is the University of Missouri faculty club - that is always a really special treat. This trip we went to Kampai Sushi Restaurant. It has a wonderful variety of sushi offerings.
|An appetizer at Kampai|
Of course, we can't live that high off the hog all the time. We do frequent some fast food chains. One of our favorites is Sonic. It is a bit retro - a drive-in restaurant with carhops on roller skates! You have to stay in your car. Unfortunately, they no longer use those trays that they used to clip on your window. They are said to have over 3000 restaurants in 43 states. Ellen especially likes their milkshakes. I'll often get one of their salads. A salad is usually a fairly safe bet in almost any restaurant . . . it's hard to make a really bad salad. We went to a Sonic in Spokane, WA this time - it was a bit of a disappointment. We waited an awfully long time for our order to come. But we'll probably give them a try again.
|Drive right in!|
|The Casey's logo with coffee and bun|
When we got to Boise, ID we found a nice frozen yogurt place, Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt, in downtown Boise which is an example of a growing phenomenon which, I suspect, is wildly successful: the self-serve frozen yogurt parlor where you have many flavors of frozen yogurt (at Aspen Leaf maybe as many as 16 or more) which you yourself put into a dish (a size of your choosing) and then select from oodles of possible toppings. You are charged by weight.
|Aspen Leaf Yogurt, Boise, ID|
|Aspen Leaf parlor|