Loretta had tickets to the President's Dinner at Taylor University, which was the defining reason we took this trip when and where we did. There were 700 diners in the dining commons. It was set up beautifully.
The purpose of the dinner was to thank people who donated to a scholarship fund for international students (I was just a guest). So recipients of the scholarships were also seated at the tables. This is Kyala from Kenya talking with Loretta.
We also had David from Afghanistan. He was very outgoing. Both guys have already lived in many places around the world.
This was easily one of the best meals I've ever had for a large group. There was a tomato and basil salad, shrimp cocktail, mixed cauliflower (white, green, purple), roasted carrots, yellow peppers stuffed with a rice-corn-red bean mixture, chicken, and prime rib. Everything was cooked perfectly. The veggies were real (not from a can) and cooked perfectly. That's a real feat for that many people. Dessert was little cakes- raspberry or chocolate. Yummy and not overwhelming.
We ate brunch at Cracker Barrel on Sunday, and dinner at a restaurant in Bluffton called Milli's. We each had a "special," and they were huge.
Monday we had a light breakfast at a new place in Upland called The Bridge. That left us one eating slot before leaving and going our separate ways. We'd been trying all weekend to find room in our stomachs for a "must-do" experience.
Ivanhoe's has been operating in Upland for 50 years. They boast 100 flavors of shakes and 100 flavors of sundaes. They were there when we were students! So we decided on ice cream for lunch. We ordered regular sundaes. Makes sense, right? They were HUGE! We should have split one. Nothing like fixing yourself with a sugar high for the rest of the day.
I ate enough food over the weekend to last a week. Too bad I continue to get hungry at mealtimes.
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