Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Grand Day Out

I drove up to St. Paul today to have lunch with Peytie and hear about her first three weeks at college. We had lunch at Shish, a Mediterranean cafĂ© at 1668 Grand Avenue, near the Macalester College campus. Peytie had an enormous chicken gyros, and I had the "maza mix"—a plate of hummus, baba ganoush, a pair of felafels, tzatziki, olives and feta, and a generous basket of pita bread. The two of us ate for about $17. If you're in the Macalester neighborhood, I recommend Shish for an affordable, fast, and delicious meal. The place is very relaxed and informal—the decor is basic; you place your order at the counter and take a number back to your table—and full of a good mix of college students and folks from the neighborhood, including quite a few small children. We lingered over our meal for two hours while Peytie told me all about her classes and her life at college, then she gave me a quick tour of the campus before rushing off to an audition for the college gospel choir. Being there on Grand Avenue brought back happy memories of the fall of 2005, when I spent an hour or two each week tutoring Peytie in Latin at her house in the neighborhood near Lexington and Grand, then drove down Grand to the University of St. Thomas to teach Latin to a classroom full of Catholic seminarians.

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