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Genesee Brew House: Enjoy the Sparkling Waters of the Genesee

View of Beer House from Pont de Rennes above High FallsHigh above the “sparkling” waters of the Genesee River in Rochester NY, is the Genesee Brew House, once a century-old packaging center, the  Brew House has transformed the 9,200 square-foot space into a beer destination, featuring interactive exhibits, multimedia content, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurant.

Pilot BreweryThe Brew Pub offers all the classic Genesee Beers plus a changing array of delicious microbrews, I loved the Expresso Porter. The bar upstairs was built from old beer barrel boards. It was opened in September of 2012, after a LONG restoration process which is well documented.

Genesee Brew House StoreThe  retail store sells irresistible “Beer Gear,” the great selection of vintage t-shirts, with the full “Brew-story”. We were not wowed by the food, but the beer on the terrace with this fabulous view was well worth the price.

View from the TerraceHours: Mon-Wed 11am – 9pm Thurs-Sat 11am – 10pm Sunday Noon – 9pm 25 Cataract St. Rochester, NY, 14605 Get Directions 585-263-9200 Check out their reviews on Yelp.

May 13, 2013 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

Cure, #50 Public Market, Rochester NY

Cure for the common cold, cure for what ails you, Cure is all and more, creating a warm and inviting slice of good taste.

Since they are the only thing happening at the Public Market at night, parking is NOT a problem. I noticed their window said “Javas,” and found out that they share the same market space as a daytime coffee house — brilliant.

Continue Reading September 8, 2012 at 6:47 am 2 comments

Finger Lakes Fun: 2012 New York State Fair

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Photo contest runner-up, 2011

Here it is — everything you need to know about the 2012 New York State Fair. I’ll be attending, and you can attend too — free — compliments of the NYS Fair — if you let me know your favorite fair memory. I have tickets to give away, so impress me. I’ll pick a winner August 22, contact you, and you can pick up your (2) FREE tickets at Will Call.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23, to Monday, Sept. 3, 2012
  • Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
  • exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • 375 acres filled with fun: Free Stuff to do and see:
    • Butter sculpture / Sand sculpture
    • Animal shows, petting zoo
    • Nightly parade at 6 p.m.
    • NEW: Monster truck show
    • NEW: BMX stunt show
    • NEW: Interactive rain forest learning exhibit
    • NEW: Midway Music Series – built around local and up-and-coming bands
    • NEW: Great Lakes Lumberjack Show
    • Different acts each day at 2 and 8 p.m.
    • All shows at Chevy Court are free with Fair admission
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Photo Contest Winner — 2011

Signature State Fair Food:

  • Lots of food deals: $0.25 cup of fresh milk, $1 baked potatoes (Horticulture Bldg.), hot beef sundaes, salt potatoes
  • Deep-fried mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, candy bars, cheesecake, PB&J sandwiches
  • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Gianelli sausage sandwiches
  • Big Kahuna Donut Dog

Tickets:

  • General admission is $10 (children under 12 free every day)
  • Advance sale tickets $6 – save 40% – (on sale at a variety of locations throughout New York State, click here for a full list).
    • Can also purchase six-day frequent fair passes (valid for one person) $30, pre-paid parking passes for one day $5

Special Days:

  • Senior Citizen Days: Aug. 27 & 28 (free admission 60 and older)
  • Veterans Day: Aug. 30 (free with military ID)
  • Student’s Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for students 16 and under)
  • Native American Day: Aug. 31 (free admission for Native Americans)
  • NEW: College Night: Aug. 31 (college students will receive vendor discounts)
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photo contest runner-up 2011

Midway:

  • Unlimited rides for one price: $25 wristbands on six days
    • Thurs 8/23, Fri 8/24, Mon 8/27, Tues 8/28, Wed 8/29, Thurs 8/30
  • This year we will again offer the Discount Strates Shows Midway FunCard worth $24 for only $14 if you purchase by Aug. 22
    • Available at most advance sale locations
    • 24 credits per card each ride requires 2 or more credit.
    • A savings of $10 off the regular ride book price.
    • The FunCard System replaces traditional ride books and individual tickets with a single electronic, bar coded card that can be used on all of the of the rides at the Midway and Kiddieland.
  • NEW: This year, Fairgoers can also buy advance sale midway wristbands and ride tickets online through Aug. 22. There will be a price discount for those purchasing online.

 Mobile Fair Site:

  • A mobile version of nysfair.org
  • It functions like an app on a smartphone and allows smartphone users to have easy access to the most popular Fair information (concerts, visitor guide, food guide, etc.)

QR Code:

  • NEW: This year, QR Codes will be placed on agricultural signage around the Fairgrounds allowing Fairgoers to scan the QR Codes and learn more about NYS Fair agriculture.
  • There is a QR Code on the advance sale posters and counter cards at all advance sale ticket locations. The QR Code will also be placed on print ads.
  • If you can scan the QR Code with a smartphone, you can enter into a drawing to win a free, one-day parking pass to the Fair.
  • Those without a smartphone can text “parking” to 24587 to be entered into the free parking drawing.

Updates:

August 14, 2012 at 11:35 pm 3 comments

Geneva’s Friendliest Pub — The Red Dove

Geneva is a charming college town located at the north end of Seneca Lake. While researching some Finger Lakes history at the Prouty Chew House, we stopped at the Red Dove Tavern a “gastropub” on Castle Street, in downtown Geneva.

Inside the Red Dove I was instantly reminded of the friendly tapas bars we frequented while in Barcelona’s Barre Gotic neighborhood. However unlike the limited fare at traditional tapas bars, The Red Dove’s mission is to “expand palettes” and the variety of offerings on the blackboard menu above the bar was tempting proof.

Continue Reading March 3, 2012 at 7:30 am 1 comment

Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub and Grill: Brew and a View

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The best view of the falls is from the patio of the pub

Honeoye Falls describes itself as “a friendly little village situated on the upper falls of Honeoye Creek approximately fifteen miles southeast of Rochester, New York.” The village has been a productive center of commerce since the late 1700’s, when mills and factories began to pop up along the upper and lower  falls. It changed names many time before becoming known as Honeoye Falls in the mid-1800s.

Located right in the four corners of town is the Honeoye Falls Brewery Pub & Grill, which  has been a tavern/pub, & or a restaurant for over 70 years, while the building itself has housed everything from a millinery, shoemaker, & a bakery, over the previous 70+ years.

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Located on the four corners of downtown Honeoye Falls

The Brewery Pub and Grill offers the only view of scenic Honeoye Falls while you enjoy casual dining. You can it outdoors on the deck during the warm months, or enjoy the ambiance of a fireside meal in the enclosed gazebo complete with a fireplace.

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13 Lucky Drafts made Syracuse Basketball lucky

We visited on a quiet wintry Saturday. I was interested in sampling the 13 Lucky Drafts:  a changing selection of microbrews from across the US, and a burger — for which they are well-known. It was a tough choice — should I try the Southern Tier Eurotrash Pliz or the 3 Heads Brewery Loopy. Better try them all.

Charlie ordered the “No Bun Mo Fun Burger” — 8 oz. Angus Beef atop a mound of French Fries with Chili, shredded Cheddar, scallion & sour cream. I ordered the Brew Burger which I believe was designed to maximize my beer quaffing experience.

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Lunch in the gazebo

After we enjoyed our lunch we stopped at the bar for another round while Syracuse University Basketball was on TV. The bartender knew everyone by their first name and the cast of regulars made us feel right at home. While at the bar we were also able to meet the chef, Kirk, who was an old friend of Charlie’s friend Ginger.

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Charlie's poet friend from Atlanta, Ginger Murchinson, recommended we say hello to her good friend Kirk

The Brewery Pub is located at 8 West Main Street in Honeoye Falls.

Hours:
Monday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tue-Thur: Lunch 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Tue-Thur: Dinner 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Lunch Available Till 5:00)
Sunday Lunch: 12:00 PM – 5:00PM
Sunday Dinner: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

February 19, 2012 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

Ithaca — Come Visit in the Winter

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Taughannock Falls, higher than Niagara Falls, just outside of Ithaca

Great article in the Albany Times Union about winter fun in the Ithaca area

Ithaca may be best known as the home of both Cornell  University and Ithaca  College, but the city offers a cornucopia of attractions for  outdoors enthusiasts.

Situated in a valley on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, about a three-hour  drive from Albany, the city’s streets slope steeply toward the water. There are  more than 100 waterfalls and gorges within 10 miles of Ithaca, leading to the  local slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges.”

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/living/article/A-gorges-place-for-winter-visit-2751638.php#ixzz1kxDK56Jv

Besides great food, beer and gorges sites, Ithaca has a great music scene.

January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm 2 comments

Doug’s Fish Fry: BEST in the Finger Lakes

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In 1982 a tiny storefront opened in Skaneateles called Doug’s Fish Fry. It sold a long slab of breaded cod tucked precariously inside a too small hamburger bun.  I watched cases of fish, packed in ice and carried off a truck, into the long skinny restaurant, which was just big enough to tight pack workers in and fry fish, while running a long line of people through, in the front door, and out the back. Doug claimed that he shipped his fish in fresh every day, and based upon the taste it made a BIG difference. Within a very short time there were lines of people coming out of Doug’s on Friday and Saturday nights winding way down the street, as people patiently waited for their fish sandwich, french fries and coleslaw (which by my opinion is the BEST you will get anywhere). Back then there wasn’t even a place to sit down. Doug set up picnic tables outside in the back, and eventually bought a separate building to seat the growing numbers of  Doug’s Fish Fry Fans.

Doug's Bumper Sticker on cook stove with fans, Whitney and Emily

Fans take a free bumper sticker as they leave, travel back to their homes, ALL OVER THE WORLD, and send Doug a photo from a far off location featuring the bumper sticker. Today as you wait in line at Doug’s, you can look at the gallery of photos spanning the last 20-something years.

Doug, like his restaurant, is a now a famous fixture in Skaneateles. I caught him as he passed though on a Sunday afternoon and chatted with him. His comment was “I’ve only been here since 1982, so I’m  a newcomer.”  The restaurant has gone through several expansions over the years and now has a large dining room attached to the kitchen area, but still has the picnic tables out in back.

There are lots of other great things to try besides the fish sandwich, like scallops, clam, lobster,  and home-made seafood bisque. Doug retired a few years ago. He sold the business to one of his first employees, who started with him in 1982 as a teenager. Its run just the same way as always, but now they have another store in Cortland and they are also at the New York State Fair.

I was 21 years old when Doug’s opened. I have raised my kids to judge the world of fried fish and coleslaw against his famous fish dinner. Alex my son is now 20 and we look forward to his celebrating his 21st birthday at Doug’s so we can get him a beer to go with his fish dinner, and complete the perfect meal.

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June 27, 2011 at 7:31 am 1 comment

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