Monday, May 14

A Mother's Day Brunch

My son and I celebrated a Mother's Day with a lovely brunch at The State Room, together with my very good friend and her family. The restaurant is located inside the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The offered entrees were in a nice variety, and complimented with buffet lines of appetizers, salad, and beautiful desserts. Food and services were great. We had a very nice time!
The State Room was remodeled last Fall -- adding a stylish bar, and transforming into an upscale casual atmosphere. I love the new decors and ambiance, and think this would be a great place to grab drinks with friends. After all, they have one of the best wine lists in town if you haven't heard.
Set up for brunch is very lovely and inviting. 
 What's a brunch without a mimosa?
 All of our entrees include appetizer and salad buffet to start off.
Prime Rib  Traditional Yorkshire pudding, roasted mushroom whipped potatoes, asparagus, rosemary demi-glace
Lobster Supreme Casserole  Maine lobster, cheddar cheese, fresh garlic, macaroni, herb-crusted bruschetta
Grilled Shrimp & White Cheddar Omelet  Thick smokehouse bacon, roasted redskin potatoes, asparagus tips
Bananas Pistachio French Toast  House-made caramel sauce, herbed chicken sausage, fresh fruits of the season
Roasted Vegetarian Strudel  Eggplant, zucchini, wild mushroom, summer squash, red & yellow peppers, with walnut citrus rice pilaf, red pepper coulis sauce
Dessert time 
I hope you had a nice Mother's Day as well!

Saturday, May 12

Lansing City Market

An unexpexted soccer game cancellation brought us a visit to Lansing City Market on a rainy Saturday. We enjoyed yummy gelato, homemade bakeries, and live music there. Then, bringing home some fresh local produce afterward. It was a nice afternoon.

And I think the boys had a good time.

Thursday, May 3

Terzo Piano at The Art Institute of Chicago

Another great restaurant I visited with Lynne while staying in Chicago was this gorgeous Terzo Piano. It is located on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Just walk up the bridge from Millennium Park, you will find one of the beautiful looking restaurants. Terzo Piano is proud to support the local farms and purveyors. They are committed to serving only farm-raised meat and poultry, local and organically grown produce whenever possible. Everything produced in their kitchen is done from scratch. Our lunch was very delicious and beautiful. We both went with Restaurant Week menu, and did enjoy everything.
A drink to start the meal 
Chickpea and vegetable soup with tahini, cumin, fried chickpeas, cilantro salad
Crispy perch with red beet puree, marinated beets, frisee, dill vinaigrette
 Chilled shrimp salad with mixed greens, capers, marinated peppers, red onion, lemon
 Hand crafted tagliatelle 'alla Puttanesca' with olive, capers, tomato, goat's milk cheese 
Our meal was eneded with a very lovely banana tiramisu with brown butter gastrique. Happy ending!

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