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Highway Fare: Lansing, IL

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Road trips often include hours in which you are stuck sitting in traffic. We flew to Chicago several weeks ago and rented a car. It wasn’t necessarily suprising to us that we got stuck in traffic between O’Hare and downtown Chicago. Nevertheless, I started to look at the signs for restaurants and wondered if it wouldn’t be a good idea to get off, find something to eat, and wait for some of the traffic to clear. When you aren’t from the area, finding a neighborhood where you will feel safe stopping can be tricky, though.  We didn’t end up stopping in Chicago.

Our travel was booked through Priceline. We got a good deal but, as they say, you get what you pay for. The neighborhood architecture was far from charming: it looked like the building across the street was a recently-closed Kmart. Our Red Roof Inn did not offer anything more than coffee for breakfast, but IHOP was right next door.

We stayed for a few days, so we tried a couple of  non-chain restaurants.  Two you might try if you find yourself near Lansing, IL:

Round the Clock Restaurant:

“Lunch”  includes everything (soup or salad + rolls + entree + choice of side + dessert), and they are in generous portion sizes. I chose the gyro with sweet potato fries + salad. When the waitress came to tell us that dessert was also included, I had her box up a piece of cheesecake.

Saturday’s special was 4 for $4. We each knew, just looking at the menu, that 1 thing from each of the 4 categories was going to add up to too much, but economically it made sense to order the special rather than a regular entree or a la carte.

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop:

I especially liked the decor. They have different-styled seating areas to suit your purpose. It was nice to have cajun food as an option.

 

 

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Four Cups of Coffee

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Anna and Joel volunteered to host the first tasting of 2017 in their home. The cold and the falling snow outside was perfect weather for a late-morning coffee tasting.

My husband had to drive to Ambler to purchase some locally-roasted beans. Our newest supplier is only open Thursday and Saturday mornings. It is worth following their schedule, because the “farmer’s market” that also sells their beans adds $6/lb to the price they charge.

While he was purchasing a pound of Aged Sumtra, I caught a ride with our neighbors. When we all arrived, our hosts had the table set and our Coffee Tasting Charts ready.

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Our newest guest got to figure out what the proper ratio of grounds to hot water should be.

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We tried her Guatamalan bean brew first.

Aroma: earthy, nutty

Acidity: low (some said tart)

Body: tea-like

Flavor: sour, cocoa (most said bitter)

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Next, we used a fancy hand grinder for our Aged Sumatra.

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We were a bit hasty on the brew. So the characteristics weren’t as pronounced as they could have been.

Aroma: cardboard, earthy (nutty)

Acidity: pointed

Body: velvety

Flavor: sour (some also added “bitter”)

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Our neighbors’ beans were also from Parry Coffee Roasters. The Kenya AA+ brew was prefered by all.

Aroma: floral, cocoa (earthy)

Acidity: low

Body: medium, round

Flavor: complex, cocoa, fruit

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Our host and hostess brewed Fresh Market’s Blend. Perhaps some of its downfall was it’s place in the tasting. After 3 other samples, your sensory faculties can get worn out.

Aroma: old, dirty, stale (several people described it as “Industrial”)

Acidity: low

Body: heavy / medium

Flavor: cocoa, stale

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Anna’s breakfast casserole, some cheese bread, and a bowl of fruit were a welcome finish to our Saturday morning get-together.

 

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