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Warfields in Clifton Springs

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Heading east across the Finger Lakes region on Route 96, we were looking for a spot to stop for lunch.  Between Shortsville and Phelps we headed south to Clifton Springs and stopped at Warfields.

If it’s a sunny summer day ask to dine outside next to the English Garden.

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Clifton Springs is such a pleasant visual surprise. Matching store fronts invite you to stroll down the street and explore.

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What was once a health community, founded because of the believed healing minerals  of sulfur springs, remains today as a an integrative medicine center and spa.

For more history on Clifton Springs, check out the Foster Cottage Museum.

June 20, 2016 at 2:32 am Leave a comment

Café Sol: A Bright Spot in Bristol

CafeSolIf you’re looking for a bright spot just down the street from Bristol Mountain, try Café Sol, located at the corners of Bristol Road and Route 64 in Bristol.

Four of us arrived early on a Saturday night to avoid the crowd — you should make reservations — as it gets very busy.

We started with the popular Hummus appetizer. This is enough for a group to enjoy with three types of hummus: Classic, black bean and peanut butter (Which sounds gross but is awesome!)

Next we enjoyed the Hawaiian stir-fry which is loaded with veggies, Pan-seared Scallops with a blood orange poppy seed reduction, and the Lamb Ragu, and I tried the Mediterranean Mussels off the Tapas Menu, with a house salad. We did not order the Bacon-wrapped Java rubbed Filet Mignon —  this time — it sounds delicious! There is Naked Dove Beer on tap as well as a nice selection of wines.

The service was attentive and the chef friendly, with lots of good choices whether dinner or tapas. The chef, Julia offers a varied menu with a lot of specials, which sources local produce.

Best was the fact that they staggered our courses keeping us eating for a long time and allowing us to catch up with old friends who had recently moved to Canandaigua.

They also serve breakfast at 8am on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:30a.m. 4 p.m.
  • Dinner Friday thru Sunday 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m till 2 p.m.

Cafe Sol
4503 State Route 64
Canandaigua, New York 14424
585.229.2233

 

February 14, 2016 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Pultneyville: Maritime History, Modern Charm

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.52.01 PMSituated along the east bank of Salmon Creek on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, and the well-traveled Seaway Trail. Pultneyville is a town that combines maritime history and modern charm. It is located on Lake Ontario about 25 miles east of Rochester.

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.42.49 PMThe Landing at Pultneyville offers unique shopping and dining experience in the midst of a historic hamlet in the Town of Williamson. The Landing is among 37 Pultneyville properties, that in 1975, became listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, with a historic district reflecting Federal, Second Empire and Greek Revival architecture.

The Landing at Pultneyville a shared space between The Pulneyville Grill and Artisans’ Loft.

Artisan's LoftWe stopped for drinks and appetizers one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed the undivided attention of the bartender who warmed us right up after a chilly hike.

The Grill has a tasty menu, but has done a great job of pairing wines with each entrée and offering special wine pairing events. There is live music summer and winter, on the weekends.

The gallery features the work of over sixty artists, on two floors of exhibition and special event space,

Just down the road is a great spot to picnic, right on the lake. B Forman Park.

March 8, 2014 at 3:53 am Leave a comment

Cosmos Pizza, 51 years on Marshall Street

Cosmos has been on marshall Street since 1963.

Cosmos has been  on Marshall Street since 1963.

Cosmos Pizza and Grill offers a large slice of Syracuse University tradition. Nothing fancy to look at yet, it is as vivid a memory for me as crossing  the windy quad with a t-square at 2am, deafening basketball games in Manley Field House, and the endless sets of steps I traveled for four years.

CosmosPizza3The founder George Cannellos of Cosmos passed away in 2013 as Cosmos celebrated its 50th year. When I was a student Cosmos had few booths, and often long lines for a seat. They have doubled their space since then, and have a unique decorating style.

Another favorite Cosmos dish was the “THB.” A toasted honey bun with  ice cream and coffee around 11pm was fuel to get me through many all-nighters.

CosmosPizza2A recent visit to Cosmos for breakfast with our friend Professor Alejandro Garcia, provided a star sighting of Jerami Grant, the 6’8″ forward for  SU Basketball, who stopped by to pick up a breakfast sandwich.

Other famous SU stars to frequent Cosmos were athletes Ernie Davis, Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Carmelo Anthony.

Cosmos is open seven days a week, from 8am to 1 or 2pm, located on Marshall Street near the SU campus.

February 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

Armory Square, Syracuse

Walking around Armory Square you can find interesting shops and LOTs of places to eat

Walking around Armory Square you can find interesting shops and LOTs of places to eat

The Armory Square district in Syracuse was originally settled in 1804. The Erie Canal and later the railroad helped to put Syracuse on the map as a center for industry and manufacturing. Most of the area buildings were constructed between 1860 and 1890 as factories or warehouses.

Armory Square at Jefferson Circle

Walking toward Armory Square on Jefferson

Part of  the Armory Square district consists of a circular street, West Jefferson, with Armory Square Park at the 12:00 spot (N) on the circle. The Jefferson St Armory was actually three buildings used to house both the cavalry and the infantry.

Today the area is bustling with hotels, restaurants, businesses, loft apartments as well as cultural elements such as the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), the Red House Musical Theater on Fayette, and the Landmark Theater on S. Salina St.

We enjoyed a nice quiet lunch at Lemon Grass.

We enjoyed a nice quiet lunch at Lemon Grass.

Well-known area restaurants include Pastabilities, and Lemon Grass and bc. We ate at Lemon Grass enjoying great service and a nice view onto the Circle.

Interviewed by local TV station

Intrepid reporter working the square

This area is best known for its night life as it has a many bars close together, The Empire Brewing Company, Blue Tusk and The Syracuse Suds Factory, which in the summer open onto the square and street. It is fun to hop from one spot to another to listen to live music and sample local brews.

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February 4, 2014 at 4:04 am 2 comments

Celebrate New Years Wisely at the Owl House

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Located on Marshal Street, just off Monroe Ave

Happy New Years 2014!

Tonight our family will take our combine dietary challenges and relax in a sumptuous feats at The Owl House. We have a Celiac, a couple of Vegetarians, a couple of serious Meat-eaters and the Owl House’s New Years Eve Dinner is guaranteed to fill all tummies and give me a rest as scullery maid. Hooray!

Annual Owl House New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner!

December 31 2013

 4 courses. Complimentary Prosecco toast. Wine pairing optional.

55 / Person
70 / Person w/ Wine Pairing

MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE
December 31st, 2013

55 / Person
70 / Person w/ Wine Pairing

FIRST

Local Winter Squash, Lemongrass & Coconut Soup w/ choice of:

Cider Glazed Smoked & Pulled Chicken (Gluten-Free)

Roasted Pear, Roasted Chestnuts, Watercress (Vegan / Gluten-Free)

-Pascal Jolivet – Sancerre (2012) France

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View of the bar

SECOND:  Choice of One

Moxie Braised Lamb Shoulder, Pomegranate, Polenta, Pine Nuts, Poached Egg (Gluten-Free)
or
Roasted Local Beets, Dill, Polenta, Nasturtium, Pine Nuts (Vegan / Gluten-Free)

-Tenuta Rapitala – Nadir (2010) Sicily

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Note all the drink specials!

THREE :  Choice of One

Citrus Marinated Smoked Scallops, Shiitake Bacon, Mint & Almond Gremolata (Gluten-Free)

Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Red Curry Chimichurri, Bone Marrow (Gluten-Free)

Brined & Roasted Japanese Yams, Crispy Beet & Eggplant, Lime Crema (Gluten-Free / Vegan)

-Tenuta Rapitala – Alto(2010) Sicily
or
Maison J. J. Vincent – Bourgogne Blanc (2011) France

FOUR :  Choice of One

Dessert TBA

Lamberti – Prosecco DOC (NV) Italy

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Seating downstairs

For more 4-season info on The Owl House, check out my previous post.

December 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

NOTA: Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts

At the western edge of downtown Rochester there is a neighborhood full of turn-of-the century homes, restaurants, cafes and a bakery, gift shops, and dance and artists studios, referred to as the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA). It is only 15 city blocks long and three blocks wide, with boundaries reach north to Main Street, south to East Avenue, west to the Inner Loop that surrounds the center of the city, and east to Culver Road (East Avenue to Atlantic Avenue).

Continue Reading October 3, 2013 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

Downtown Skaneateles Walking Tour

Doug's has the least wait around 3pm.

Doug’s has the least wait around 3pm.

Downtown Skaneateles is charming AND tasty! Making stops at Doug’s Fish Fry, the Skaneateles Bakery,  and the Patisserie would be way too much food for one day, but great if you are here for a week. While you are here, stop in at Rhubarb and Pomodoro to check out the great gifts.

Delicious breakfast or lunch

Skaneateles Bakery — Delicious breakfast or lunch

Best Donuts in town — made fresh while you wait.

Skaneateles Bakery — Best Donuts in town — made fresh while you wait.

Best Granola, beautiful baked goods and cakes

Best Granola, beautiful breads, baked goods and cakes

Wedding cakes in the window of the Patisserie

Wedding cakes in the window of the Patisserie

Great ideas and gifts for the kitchen and garden

Great ideas and gifts for the kitchen and garden

Creative gifts, and the  guys can sit outside on the porch in rocking chairs!

Creative gifts, and the guys can sit outside on the porch in rocking chairs!

Beautiful landmark restoration, landscaping and repurposing into townhomes

Enjoy beautiful landmark homes

September 17, 2013 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Brown Hound Bistro — A Lovely Stop — In Between

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare, much purchased locally.

The Brown Hound features fresh, healthy fare.

Driving from Canandaigua Lake towards Naples and then veering towards the rolling hills of Bristol we came upon the Brown Hound Bistro — a lovely little restaurant — in between.

We did a quick wine tasting at  Arbor Hill Grapery, before we walked next door. A Grapery is a store that has LOTS going on with grapes — jellies, candy, gifts and of course wine. The tasting was generous and we sampled cheeses at the same time.

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

View of Brew and Brats (left) and The Arbor Hill Grapery

The Brown Hound is located between Canandaigua and Naples, in South Bristol. They offer brunch, dinner, and more, all with a focus on local foods and Finger Lakes wines. The Brown Hound is located in a tiny 100-year-old house.  We sat out on the wrap-around deck, which was not fancy, but very comfortable. and cool on a hot day.

Our waitress was friendly, fun and helpful — answering our endless questions about whether ingredients, checking with the chef through the kitchen window. We sat out back on the deck and it was about 80 outside and was perfect temperature on the shady deck. Starting with local wines and some amazing sourdough bread, we had plenty of time to relax and unwind after playing a round of golf.

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

Braised Scallops with Quinoa

My top recommendation:  the seafood bisque which had a roasted red pepper/lobster taste that was rich and creamy.

My husband enjoyed the Wild Mushroom Risotto:  Creamy, slow-cooked arborio rice with assorted mushrooms, parmesan, white wine, finished with white truffle oil and vegetable.

My friend enjoyed braised scallops over quinoa with peppers and other veggies. The quinoa was really tasty.

I had a tuna steak (“meh”) with sweet apples and a yummy radish cake (daikon).

We ate very early in the evening and I noticed that the tables were filling up early on a Saturday night.

The Brown Hound is just a few minutes south of Bristol Mountain ski area, The Brown Hound can be easily access via RT 21 from Canandaigua, or RT 64 from Bristol.

6459 State Route 64, in South Bristol.

Call for  a reservation 585-374-9771.

Reviews

May 24, 2013 at 6:40 am 1 comment

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

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