MSU Dairy Store

31 05 2008
  • 1140 S. Anthony Hall, Farm LaneMSU Dairy Store
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 355-8466
  • Website
  • Menu

The MSU Dairy Store was one of the stops on the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau “Be A Tourist In Your Own Town” event and it looks like it may have been one of the most popular.  The MSU Dairy store is inside Anthony Hall on the campus of Michigan State Univeristy.  After a day of touring our town, we headed out to MSU to finish the day off with some ice cream.  We weren’t the only ones who thought that.  The line wrapped around the walls inside the store, in the hallway outsdie the store and then out the door.  Since we had nothing better to do, we decided to stick it out, but some families with small kids who got in line behind us weren’t that brave.  We ended up waiting about an hour before we finally got to the counter to get our ice cream.

The MSU Dairy store is set up just like any other ice cream store in the country.  The difference is they make all their own ice cream.  There is a huge list of flavors….most of which are named after Big Ten schools.  My girlfriend was willing to experiment and went with Sesquicentennial Swirl and Black Cherry.  The Sesquicentennial Swirl was some kind of cake batter ice cream and the Black Cherry had chunks of cherries in it,  “It was soooo good,” she just told me.  She got two scoops in a waffle cone.  After we walked away and she had a few bites, she said it tastes like they make their own cones.  I happened to notice the waffle irons behind the counter, so yes, they do make their own cones.

I was less adventerous and got a vanilla shake.  They take their homemade vanilla bean ice cream and fresh milk and mix them up to make the most delicious shake I’ve ever had.  The homemade ice cream is DELICIOUS.  We both agreed the hour wait was worth it.  This is probably the best ice cream I have ever had. 

Besides scoops, they offer their ice cream in pints and quarts and they also sell homemade cheese.  There’s a counter before you get to the ice cream filled with cheddar, chocolate cheese, colby jack, jalapeno pepper, and dagano cheese. 

We’ll definately be back and from now on, we’ll take visiting friends and family for a little treat when they’re in town too!  Hopefully we’ll hit a day that isn’t quite so busy though

Pizza Al Forno

11 05 2008
  • 1943 Cedar St.Pizza Al Forno
  • Holt, MI 48842
  • (517) 694-4175
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

No matter where you live in the country, there’s one place that the locals go for pizza.  There’s one place somewhere that is just a little, locally owned, shop that serves up the most delicious pizza you swear you’ll ever eat.  I haven’t had much of a chance yet to find that place and no one has really been able to offer that information up here in Lansing.  I’ve been getting coupons in the mail for some local places, so I figure it’s finally time to start looking.

The first place I tried was Cottage Inn (review here).  That’s kind of a chain, so not really what I’m looking for.  The next place we tried was a little place called Pizza Al Forno in Holt.  I called the order in at about 6:30 on a Sunday night.  They offered delivery, but I really needed to get out of the house, so I got it for pick up.  We headed down Cedar St through Holt to find a pretty non-descript shop in a non-descript strip mall next to the Edru Skae-A-Rama.  It’s strictly a carry-out place….only a counter and the kitchen inside.  My pie was really reasonably priced.  I got a 16″ pepperoni pizza for just under $11.

Once we got it back home, we didn’t waste anytime digging in.  The menu brags that they use all locally grown ingredients and make their sauce from scratch.  That’s what it looked like to me.  The sauce is put on pretty thick and you can taste the fresh tomatos. There was a kind of a sweetness to it instead of a spicyness that most places shoot for.   It’s not a smooth, blended sauce.  There are chunks of tomatos and you get that in every bite.  The cheese was a nice golden brown and held up on each bite.  My girlfriend called the pepperoni’s “cute.”  Instead of a handful of huge pepperoni’s, there were a lot of little pepperoni’s.  The crust is a thin New York-style crust and sort of chewey.

She wasn’t very hungry and only had two pieces and I didn’t finish the rest of it by a long shot.  Even if she had been hungry, the 16″ would have been enough and there probably would have been a little left.  Pizza Al Forno was good.  It wasn’t the knock your socks off I’m looking for, but it is good enough to put the phone number away for another day.