While a healthy and active lifestyle is incredibly important to me, as a full-time traveling consultant it is often necessary to make exceptions. When a chapter asks me if I would like to taste the best doughnuts in town, I find it difficult to say no. Thus I have approached this year with an "everything in moderation" attitude—making sure to sneak in my fruits and veggies in between the burgers and cupcakes. Heading into my last month and a half of life as an ELC, I have decided to look back on some of my favorite foods along the way.
The five eateries listed below are just a small representation of my awesome dining experiences this year. If you are ever within a 50-mile radius of any of these locations, they are sure worth the trip.
- Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe, Pullman, Washington (Alpha Sigma Chapter) Eats: Blackberry Ripple. This ice cream joint is hands down the best in the area. Students at Washington State University churn their world-renowned Cougar Gold cheese at this same creamery, and neither the cheese nor the ice cream leave anything to be desired. Don't let the mile and a half long line stop you from going in. The blackberry ripple, a vanilla base with swirls of blackberries, will melt in your mouth and make you forget the wait.
- The Soup Spoon, Rochester, New York (Theta Lambda Chapter) Eats: Mee Katang. Just a few miles from the University of Rochester campus is College Town, an area with your typical array of student-friendly takeout. Tucked between Chipotle and Jimmy John's is Cambodian comfort cuisine. Try the mee katang, wide rice noodles tossed with veggies, egg, and your choice of meat or tofu. It will knock your socks off.
- Distrito, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Beta Eta Chapter) Eats: Super Nachos. If you're a fan of cheesy Spanish cuisine, you should stop by Distrito. Every dish in this Spanish-style restaurant is loaded with crema. I recommend the super nachos—they're super delicious. Mixed cheese, red peppers, black beans, chilies, and chicken make this dish a sure winner. An added bonus: there's a hollowed-out VW bug in the back just big enough to seat two and an order of these nachos.
- Black Dog, Champaign, Illinois (Delta Chapter) Eats: Pulled Pork Sandwich. Being a West Coast gal, I have had limited experience with BBQ. Who knew my favorite BBQ eats so far would come from the middle of rural Illinois? Black Dog's pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, and assorted sauces are enough to make any Southern Californian consider moving out east.
- Atticus Bookstore/Cafe, New Haven, Connecticut (Epsilon Tau Chapter) Eats: Organic English Breakfast Tea. There is nothing quite like a warm cup of tea when the weather is gloomy. At Atticus, you have the pleasure of pouring tea from your own personal teapot while taking in the comforting scent of books. In the era of Starbucks and Kindles, this is a nice reminder to slow it down and smell the roses, or whatever floral tea you prefer.
What's your favorite dish to eat? Share with us in the comments below!
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