Steven, Matt and I took a self-guided tour of downtown Binghamton, snapping pictures of some of the interesting buildings. We also happened upon the Binghamton Walk of Fame. I put together a separate photo album, but I’ll include the attractive Perry Building here in the blog, used in the film Liebestraum. Not the best movie of all time, but interesting in terms of being filmed in Bingoland and for its creepy feel.
The only early-in-the-day food related note, other than the usual trip to Denny’s for coffee, involved some overripe peaches purchased at the farmer’s market. They got mushy sitting in the hot car, but weren’t such great shakes to begin with. What’s with the lousy peaches this year?
Steven wanted spiedies for dinner, so my dad said, “Go to Lupo’s. They’re crazy with this Lupo’s stuff around here. They’re the really famous ones.” OK, well, sold. We drove over the Chenango River to 6 West Water Street and ordered up. Steve and Matt both got large pork spiedie subs and I the large Italian. It’s a casual place plastered with posters of spiedie fests gone by.
Lupo’s lighting is almost fluorescent, so no matter what time it is it feels like 3 a.m., you’re drunk, and you wandered over to eat your way sober before heading home to bed. The subs were good, though – particularly mine. Matt was so enamored of my sandwich that I thought his eyes were going to drill holes into it. I finally handed him some cash and suggested he get his own and to leave me in peace, which he happily did. Lupo’s does turn out a moist pork spiedie, which is not without merit given how easy it is to overcook pork loin, so don’t be misled by all this talk about the Italian subs. I almost forgot about the salt potatoes! We ordered something called “salt potatoes” but did not know what they were. Matthew and I had seen these advertised at the spiedie fest, in fact. They turned out to be small potatoes in their jackets, boiled or possibly steamed with plenty of salt, and then rolled in lots of butter. In Germany there is a potato dish called salt potatoes (Salzkartoffel), but it is nothing like this. I will have to do a little research as said taters were quite salty and savory from skin to center.