Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Rare Books library on the Yale campus. I have heard a lot about this library and was so excited to finally have the time to go! This library is more of a museum than a library. There were lots of tourists taking pictures. This library even has 2 copies of the Gutenberg Bible, which are apparently very rare to come by! The coolest part of this library is that the exterior is made of a special material that does not allow UV rays to enter so the books can be kept in pristine condition!


The coolest library I have ever seen!


Gutenberg Bible


The cool exterior

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You wouldn’t think that New Haven is necessarily the place to find great Cajun boils, but university towns are always interesting places. I’m so glad I took a chance on this relatively new Cajun Boiled place though because it turned out to be amazing! Clearly run by a Chinese family (yes, this might be stereotypical, but so true), these people knew how to deal with their seafood. To order a boil, first you picked your combination of meats, then sauce, then level of heat. There are also some pre-ordained combos that you can choose from, too, which is what we did since that ended up being a better deal. We ended up trying one with mussels, shrimp, and crayfish. All of these I enjoyed, but I realized while I was eating that crayfish just aren’t that great of a deal because of all their shell! More shrimp next time!


Welcome!


Asian-style Cajun broil menu


Mussels


Cajun Boil with shrimp, mussels, and crayfish


Patron-decorated decor

When in New Haven, I just knew that I wanted to try out a few of the breakfast/brunch places that my sister had raved about since her move to this city. When of these places was The Pantry. While the establishment looks a bit strange on the outside and the menu looks extra old-school because of all the random music notes (though I suppose it goes with the overall decor theme), the food was absolutely delicious. Set up similar to an old diner that’s crowded with a few tables or chair too many, we arrived at just the right time so we only had to wait about 5 minutes. Otherwise, the wait (I hear) can get pretty bad and by the time we left, there was a crowd out the door. The Pantry boasts many kinds of Eggs Benedict, which we were keen on trying. Beyond that, I had my heart set on ordering one giant cinnamon roll pancake. I’m so glad I did because that thing was pure heaven!


The menu options


The scene


The Eggs Benedict with avocado


The Eggs Benedict special with pesto hollandaise sauce


The cinnamon roll pancake

Did you know there was such thing as clam pizza? I mean, I’ve had plenty of interesting things on pizza like anchovies and pineapple and corn … even lobster, but clam? Anyway, it turns out that New Haven, Connecticut is actually quite a pizza haven. There are tons of extremely famous pizza places here that top the lists of best pizza in the country! One of them is Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana. There’s a line here so long every single night, but it’s well-worth the wait even in the bitter cold! They happen to be known for their white pizza that’s topped with tons and tons of clams. I was a bit skeptical at first and so impressed with it! We got a half white clam pizza and had the other half topped with another one of their specials: spinach, mushroom, and Gorgonzola. In fact, it turned out that I couldn’t even really decide which half I liked more! Yum-alicious!


Welcome!


Options!


Half White Clam and Half Spinach, Mushroom, & Gorgonzola Pizza