2812 Erwin Rd,
Durham, NC 27705
When we told our friends we were going to Duke University to visit a friend, and would be staying there for 4 days, their first reactions were ‘but there’s nothing to do in Duke!!’ Yeah, we know, there’s absolutely nothing in Duke, but that’s not the point. We really wanted to visit a friend of A’s, who’s in Duke starting on her Masters, and we just wanted to chill out and relax for a while after soaking up the sun in Orlando.
They were all right. There is nothing to do in Duke. Absolutely nothing. The Duke chapel is quite pretty, but that just takes you half an hour at a stretch to visit. There’s a large-ish gift shop for Duke memorabilia, but that too takes not more than half an hour. We managed to entertain ourselves for a full day going shopping in their mall (which was absolutely empty because we went on a weekday so it was lovely being able to shop without throngs of crazy shoppers). 4 days in Duke is quite plenty to see everything, and that’s putting it mildly. However, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Duke, mostly due to the wonderful company we had. A’s friend CM was a great host, driving us around to explore the area, and introducing us to her friends, who were a really nice bunch of people to hang out with. We know she’s in good hands while she spends the rest of the academic year in a foreign land.
One of the places they brought us to was Nosh (nORsh is how we would say it, nAHsh as the Americans would). This is a cool little café that serves simple bites like sandwiches, breakfast items, and soups. We ordered our food and managed to find a table to sit the 6 of us. All around the dining room are a variety of games for customers to play with while they wait for their food. (Very good idea in fact, it frees up to kitchen to take their time with orders, so food can be prepared in a less stressful environment.) We took the scrabble set, and played Speed Scrabble! The game works like scrabble, but instead of all players working on one board, each player has his own board, and the first to use all their tiles to form words wins. It was a blast!
Back to the food. K had a breakfast burrito with eggs, cheese, and a side of potatoes. This was quite filling, very tasty, and the hint of curry in the potatoes was very nice. There were some egg shells embedded in the burrito unfortunately, which isn’t the most pleasant thing to bite into. They’re a pain to remove once you’ve bitten into them.
A had buttermilk pancakes. They were HUGE. Each pancake was the size of her face, and they were so thick and filling that one pancake would have been more than enough for her. Luckily, they were quite good. The pancakes were light and fluffy, but one still wonders how anyone would be able to finish a large stack of these things, as they start to become quite one-dimensional (read: boring) after a while. Bring me some bacon!!