Posts filed under ‘Rochester’

Red Bird Market — Close to Home

Red Bird Market, FairportImagine a grocery store that specializes in locally produced foods and delivers to your home! Red Bird Market in Fairport is proving that locally produced food can fill a grocery store providing a host of unique and creative choices.

Red Bird Market

Some of the local specialties: Hand-pinched pierogies from The Pierogie Guy, Flour City Pasta made from wheat ground at the pasta factory in Pittsford, amazing butternut squash based hot sauces from the Karma Sauce Company in Bushnell’s Basin, a variety of cheeses from Miranda Cheese, Cuba Cheese Shoppe, Lively Run Goat Farm, and Yancy’s Fancy, grape twists and Healthy Purple fresh grape juice, natural salad dressings, and jams provided by Arbor Hill Vineyard in Naples.

Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 4.24.03 PMHours of Operation:

December – April:
      Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm
      Saturday 9am – 5pm

May – November:
      Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm
      Saturday 8am – 5pm

May 23, 2014 at 1:24 am Leave a comment

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

The History of Corbett’s Glen

This is usually where the salmon run out of gas.

This is usually where the salmon run out of gas.

An early snowfall with a twenty degree drop in temperature. I hear shovels and snowblowers at work. Time to layer up, grab my skis and enjoy Corbett’s Glen.

At the end of my street is a spur trail that takes me into a lovely park called Corbett’s Glen. When Mr Corbett lived here, in the fifties, he mowed a ball field for my sister and brothers to play on. Now it’s a Brighton town park with two miles of paths. The skiing here is some of the best in the county. Although the trails are not groomed like Mendon Ponds, the snow is often here for a week or two longer than any other park.

As you travel through the park you may hear three or four trains pass. Take notice as this is the famous New York Central Line. These tracks are where Abraham Lincoln’s body travelled  as it was transported from Washington DC to Springfield Ill for burial. The train passed through the glen area most likely in the night of the 26th of April of 1865,  as it left Albany April 25,  at 10pm, and arrived in Buffalo, April 27, at 7 a.m., traveling at 20 MPH. Lincoln’s funeral train was the first national commemoration of a president’s death by rail.

Railroad tracks underpass holds the creek and a road.

Railroad tracks underpass holds the creek and a road.

The north-west side of the glen has a Parking lot facing Penfield Road for easy access. The southern side can only be accessed by parking on Glen Road, off 441, and walking under the railroad trestle bridge. Two miles of Trails loop in a circle around both sections of the glen.

My Mom told me years ago that the part of the glen nearest Penfield Rd would never be developed because the Tobin Meat packing plant had used it as a dump during the war. She was convinced the ground was contaminated. My family’s first home was built on Dale Road (formerly an orchard) as soon as construction began after the war. I’ve never read this information anywhere else to verify.

The paths wind through the woods, full of Bittersweet in the fall,  and the prehistoric looking Pileated WoodPecker. There are some unusual geological features:  eskers, and moraines. (eskers are what give the park trails their dramatic pitch and slope. Rivers on the ice sheet would sometimes bore a hole and flow under the ice in a winding tunnel. When the glacier and water were gone these stream beds looked like low snaking ridges of rubble.)

Allens Creek runs through the park

Allen Creek runs through the park

Today the trails are busy all day with dog walkers, families, fishermen, photographers, runners and in the winter, snowshoers and skiers. Allen Creek winds through the southern edge of the park with lovely waterfalls. There are board walks to traverse the swampy areas, a picnic table and benches and boulders along the trails for resting.

December 20, 2013 at 3:50 am 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

Seneca Park Zoo: Kids Can Go Wild!

See the zoo with a child for maximum fun

See the zoo with a child for maximum fun

The best way to see The Seneca Park Zoo is through the eyes of a child. So bring a 6-year old with you and you won’t miss a thing!

What we really liked about Seneca Park Zoo was the great views. The exhibits are constructed to allow you circle around the outside of the animal’s habitat, as well as pass through the center making for up close viewing of monkeys, otters, lions, penguins, rhinos and many others.

Best fun was feeding time at the Baboon House

Best fun was feeding time at the Baboon House

Plan on a 2-3 hour visit. You can certainly find enough to do to stay longer, but this is a manageable sized zoo, you can see the whole thing in a few hours.

Pick up a map on the way in. The map has a schedule of all of the animal enrichment activities for each day. Don’t miss feeding times with the baboons.

The Zoo is open all year long. Closed the first Saturday in June for Zoobilation, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Zoo is located at 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621.

Open  April 1 to October 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may stay on grounds until 5 p.m. Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. for our Zoo members. Click here for Open Late Tuesday hours. November 1 to March 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You may stay on grounds until 4 p.m.

July 14, 2013 at 5:41 pm Leave a 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

Hike + History = Mt Hope Cemetery

Rolling hills make for dramatic views

Rolling hills make for dramatic views

One sunny, warm Sunday afternoon, we took a long walk through Mt Hope Cemetary. This cemetery is famous for the grave sites of Stephen Douglas, Henry Lomb, Hiram Sibley, Nathaniel Rochester, Margaret Woodbury Strong, and Susan B Anthony.

Bronze Mausoleum Doors

Bronze Mausoleum Doors

Mount Hope Cemetery is one of the most remarkable Victorian cemeteries in America. Its 196 acres of lofty hills and picturesque valleys created by glaciers were transformed into a beautiful historic cemetery. A mature, diversified forest  forms an arboretum shading thousands of marble, bronze, and granite monuments. The cemetery is a verdant museum of funerary sculpture and mausoleums spanning more than a century and a half.

Monument to the soldiers of the Civil War

Monument to the soldiers of the Civil War

The Friends of Mount Hope offer guided walking tours each weekend, May through October.

Close-up view of the Civil War Monument reveals beautiful patina

Close-up view of the Civil War Monument reveals beautiful patina

Dedicated in 1838 in Rochester NY, Mount Hope is America’s first municipal Victorian cemetery.

Screen Shot 2013-01-13 at 7.14.52 PMThe cemetery features 82 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves.

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Great names. And he had 3 wives

Great names. And he had 2 wives

Get lost in the sea of green

Get lost in the sea of green

You can hike over many well trod roads as well as less travelled pathways as you view 2 centuries of memorials in every form and fashion. The winding hills and variety of trees make this a top pick when visiting Rochester.

April 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm 1 comment

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