Lewiston Jazz Food Crawl: Think Open Container!

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I’m really excited about the Lewiston Jazz Festival for a whole bunch of reasons. First, I’m singing with Accidental Jazz at 1:00 pm at the Orange Cat on Saturday. At 8:00 pm I sing honoring Canada and the United States prior to the headliner on the mainstage. Cool!

But, what I love most is eating my way up and down Center Street. And, better yet, I can hold my glass of wine and walk down the street. Very civilized! To start, I will likely step off the street and walk down those cool steps to Hops N Vines and pick up what ever their glass du jour happens to be.

You can eat everything from sushi from Wegman’s and crepes from Holy Crepe. KAD Vending is making fried dough…fry dough for me and you have a friend forever!

Pigasus Roasters is making sweet corn and sweet potatoes along with something called stout cookies…call me intrigued. If you want a sweet potato pie look no further than Specialty Pies by Shirlene. The Country Popper is serving up kettlecorn, Singer Farm Naturals has dried fruit and you can get nachos, cookies and flavored popcorn from JD Enterprise/The Nut Hut.

20120824-003354.jpgDo you want pizza? No problem. Brio Pizzeria and Pizza Amore will take care of that.

There are sandwiches and sides offered by many of our favorite food vendors. Water Street Landing has sliders on the menu (brisket and crab) and a bread pudding (yum)! Fortuna’s has a marinated grilled chicken breast and Billy’s Beef has a tropical fruit bowl and funnel cakes. The Brickyard Pub & BBQ is serving their famous pulled pork sandwich along with a brisket sandwich. Both the Silo and Melloni’s are serving hamburgers and hot dogs. Each are also serving up sausage and peppers.

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The new kids on the block, Town Hall American Bistro, are serving Chorizo Lollipops and I cannot wait to try them. Casa Antiqua have their famous rice balls and Artichoke French makes a dish that is best eaten with some crusty bread to sop all the juice. Two of my favorites, filet of beef and ahi tuna are on the Wine on Third menu. Corn Fried Chicken Tenders with Black Bean Dirty Rice and Jazz Sour Cream (that’s the spirit!) can be found at Tin Pan Alley’s food stand. Seas the Day Seafood are preparing coconut shrimp and Louisiana Crab Cakes along with some very decadent dessert items. Macri’s Italian Grille has fried mozzarella along with meatball sandwiches, stuffed shells and rolatini. I am going to save some room for Syros Souvlaki and rice pudding.

Sweet Melody’s will tickle your sweet tooth with Gelato, Sorbert, Chocolate Frozen Bananas. DiCamillo Bakery has their famous ice cream sandwiches.

The Lewiston Village Pub is going to keep us guessing!

Are you going just for the music or are you going to partake in the food and drink? Let me know what you are most looking forward to eating.

Have a yummy Jazz Festival!

Lewiston NY: The Center of My Universe

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20120620-071307.jpg My first memory of Lewiston NY was being in a grocery store the day President Kennedy was shot. I don’t remember the name of the store. Maybe someone can remind me which grocery stores were in Lewiston at that time. I do remember that there were two of them. Was it the A & P?

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I just remember my mother acting weird then not being able to watch cartoons.

I also remember Jay’s Drug Store and going with my dad to test the tubes in our television.

20120620-074024.jpg I can remember him mumbling “I hope it’s not the picture tube!” As a teen prior to the independence of a drivers license I remember being envious of my friends who lived in the village because they “walked into town” to hang out on the railing on Center Street by Jay’s. They were SO cool!

As soon as I could read my mother would bring me to the library on Saturday.

20120620-074505.jpgWe would get books and sit in those worn leather chairs by the fireplace. When I was old enough the librarians would let me sort the cart and restock books.

20120620-074946.jpgWhen my brother was old enough to drive my mother made him take me to the library. He always complained about it. What teenage boy wants his little sister tagging along? Later I learned he loved it because he got to hang out with his friends but just complained to irritate us!

20120620-072524.jpg I received my First Holy Communion at St. Peter’s RC Church on Plain Street and was the first Confirmation class, in 1971, in the “new” “oh my God that’s so modern what were they thinking” church on Center Street.

20120620-072542.jpg While they were building the new church we went to church in the school hall

20120620-072534.jpg because the church on Plain Street was so small there was overflow.

20120620-071343.jpg I took piano lessons here, across from the convent and original St. Peter School now rectory.

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I remember the sesquicentennial in 1972 and being a part of the 150th celebration at the Red Brick School.

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That same year a bunch of my friends who went on to be part of my 1976 graduating class at Lewiston Porter High School graduated from St. Peter’s School.

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I have many memories of Lewiston…I grew up here…I got married here…I go to church here…I love where I’m from and today the country will begin to know why Lewiston NY is the center of the food universe.

Welcome Mike and Brian, http://blog.bestoftheroad.com/2012/06/12/team-road-bros-en-route/ as they learn and explore #LewistonBest.

20120620-071224.jpgin the words of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard:

Mr. DeMille, we’re ready for our close up!

Have a yummy week!

Jude
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