Lewiston NY: One Of The 2012 Best Small Towns in America

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My friend Mary Lesa posted something on my Facebook wall yesterday. My beloved home town was included in the 10 Best Small Towns in America..

Lewiston NY was ranked fifth on the list. Our town participated in the 2012 Best of the Road contest and rallied together to host the Road Bros in what turned out to be an epic visit.

Small towns can be quite amazing. It is difficult to explain unless you experience it. When you walk into your local cafe someone will know you. Your local pubs are filled with folks to clink your glass. The food you eat in local restaurants are not only prepared by your neighbors but they are likely family recipes passed from generation to generation.

To my friends in Lewiston and Youngstown, feel free to comment on this column and plug your restaurant or shop. Let’s build some momentum for Shop Local Saturday.

“Like” my Facebook page and give yourself a shout-out to let folks know why it’s not only fun but smart to shop locally.

I will feature as many as possible so come on, play!

Have a yummy day!

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A Lovely Evening At Water Street Landing

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The weather today was just like our wedding day, 32 years ago…it rained all day long in spite of my mother hanging rosary beads on the bushes outside the house. You cannot stop the rain…my mother still is not over it!

We decided to celebrate close to home at Water Street Landing in Lewiston, NY. I’d say the view was fantastic (if it were daylight or not raining I would be correct) but the lack of daylight and clouds reduced the opportunity.

But, if you are there just for the view then you have not taken the time to look at the menu. There are always specials and I usually like to try those because you are sure to get the freshest catch but I was uncertain about lobster with maple. Maybe it’s just me…

We started with our favorite cocktails served to our satisfaction. Mine was a lemon drop, the perfect combination of sweet and, well, sweet. It was filled so high I had to sip it on the table in the best ladylike sip I could muster.

We ordered calamari with our drinks. They were lightly fried with a Vietnamese chili aioli. I like the aioli but did not find it particularly spicy.

We shared a bowl of lobster bisque, sliding it between us. I really enjoy this soup and try to order it each visit. It did not disappoint.

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My entree was the Lobster Pasta. I loved the bite of sun dried tomatoes. The tomato sherry cream sauce was smooth and mild. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, just the way I like it. There was a perfectly cooked Australian Lobster Tail, split, in the shell on top of the perfect pasta. The Langostinos were chopped and generously mixed through out the dish. I brought home more than I could eat and enjoyed each bite.

We drank a nice Australian Malbec but don’t remember the vintner. I appreciate a restaurant who understands that wine tastes different depending on the glass. Our server also did not over fill the glass, allowing us to enjoy the wine completely.

It was very cute to see the staff decked out in Halloween finery. Our server was a devil but sweet as heck!

She offered dessert and after listening to the offerings decided on a Creamsicle cheesecake. It was served on a large white plate with a fruity sauce scribbled on the plate. The sauce was tart and the cheesecake brought back memories of the ice cream truck and the creamsicles that made me forget the guy didn’t have chocolate!

I think what makes me the happiest is that we have so many wonderful places to eat just a few miles from home. Water Street Landing was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary.

Have a yummy day!

Lewiston Getting Jazzy This Weekend!

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20120821-081527.jpgMost people go to the Lewiston Jazz Festival for the music and I’m here to say “Me, too!”

20120821-081430.jpgI am also going for the food. The next few days I will give you my Jude The Foodie take on a way to plan your culinary experience along with your listening pleasure.

20120821-082717.jpgI have the honor of singing to honor Canada and the United States of America before the headliner, Diane Schuur, who sings on the main stage at 8:00 pm. She is a Grammy winner and I hope I get to meet her…how cool! Check out the Historic Lewiston Jazz Festival website for many more details.

20120821-082330.jpgMeanwhile, since this is my own blog, allow me to do some shameless self promotion. I along with my talented singing partner Loretta Frankovitch and fast fingered accompanist Claudia Andres will be performing at the Orange Cat Coffee Company at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 25, 2012

 

20120821-082539.jpgIf I could sing while I cook and make a fine living I’d quite my delightful day job before you can say Accidental Jazz!

20120821-083938.jpgHave a yummy day!

 

Lewiston: Let’s Keep This Ball Rolling!

20120717-181825.jpgThat fateful day, January 27, 1991 when Scott Norwood kicked that ball into the air during what is now referred to as Super Bowl #1(or the wide right game) we were convinced we were going to win. Nope and the rest is Buffalo Bill’s and WNY history. Our psyche has been knocked around for a long time, and ever since Johnny Carson joked about all of the snow we got during the Blizzard of ’77 we started thinking as if we were nothing but a bunch of losers. 20120717-181836.jpg

Hell, everyone knows Dallas Star Brett Hull was in the crease during Game 6 at the Arena in June of 1999…but we’re not bitter…well…maybe just a little.

20120717-181843.jpg“Baby” Joe Mesi, the undefeated heavy weight boxer from Tonawanda, referred to as Buffalo’s Third Franchise, ended up losing his chance at the big fight due to that last hit…I guess it always does…that ended his career…we just can’t win!

Lucy ALWAYS lifts the football and Charlie Brown ALWAYS tries to kick it anyway.

Something strange happened to me today. First, and I think it is so much of my WNY brainwashing, I was fully prepared to lose the Rand McNally Best Of The Road contest. I cannot say it was based on rational thought, maybe perhaps, simply based on trying not to be too disappointed. It’s sort of like talking yourself out of getting the Schwinn Stingray bike with banana seat when you can only hope for the girly bike with the streamers coming out of the handle bars (too specific?).

I have never been a part of something so special in such a short amount of time. We moved forward so quickly we did not have time to over think the process. I think we were very successful and should feel like winners. Mike and Brian had a blast and fell in love with our small town.

‘Okay…so, we lost. We are not going to “get on the map” on their GPS. We are, however going to be on the Travel Channel on July 25th at 8:00 PM. It may only be for a minute but who cares? The winners will not likely get much more time than we do. How do we keep this momentum and build on it?

We have such an opportunity. What are we going to do with it?

It’s not an end. It’s a beginning.

Lewiston – what’s next?

Have a yummy week!

JudeTheFoodie.com

Cherry Mojito

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Diana’s super mixture at Hops N Vines! Ask her for one!