no worries. I pretty much spent the time on the down low too.
I didn’t get a chance to get Dino BBQ, but I did get to Heid’s and a little chef-owned Pan-American restaurant (mostly Mexican, though) in Syracuse called The Mission, which is in an old small red church next to the Civic Center.
Hey Scorereader, dorry man, didn’t even occur to me to hook up w/roadfooders on that trip. I spent a lot of QT with the family and a lot of catching up on my sleep when I wasn’t tooling around at the mall or at Wegmans (four trips to that store in four days!). Although we HAD to stop at Dinosaur one night for takeout!
Billyboy, had I known you were going to be in Liverpool/Clay area over Christmas, I would’ve tried to meet up with you. I was staying in Liverpool from Christmas to almost New Years. I even went to Great Nothern Mall for the first time in a couple years. The collectibles store near Macys has been there for almost 20 years, and is a fantastic collectibles store, I always walk out of the store with something – usually some coca-cola for my kitchen or an interesting mug, glass and the like. This time I found a Capital City Brewing 10th anniversary glass from 2006. Which is ironic, because I now live 25 blocks from Capital City Brewing and I’ve never seen the glass. The time before was a great Utica Club glass mug and some collectible 8oz coke bottles.
I was actually glad we went to the mall just because I had forgotten about the collectible store. I told my wife, that I need to make more regular stops there…she wasn’t pleased…oh well!
I also stopped at Toys-R-Us next door for some last minute toys.
Nice job Billy. Like most things A&W is not nearly as good as it was years ago.years ago. My first exposure to them was when I was stationed at Red Bluff, CA in 1960.
sahale makes some good stuff. i buy them off amazon but you can also get them at target.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
So we stayed in Syracuse for about 5 days. I didn’t explore Roadfood as much as I would have liked, but I did find some interesting things. I bought a lot of regional goods at Wal-Mart and Wegman’s (photos to come later on some of those). I did get some in house ham salad and sub rolls and made myself lunch one day. The next day I had a "beef on weck" from Wegamn’s that was pretty tasty (the top roll dipped in the jus, of course). I’ve never been to Buffalo, so I can’t compare it to Charlie’s or Schwabl’s. We had takeout from Dinosaue Barbeque one night for sinner and I got the Mojito Criollo Chicken Steak with salt potatoes and beans as sides and an extra side of carrot raisin salad. We started out with the "Chili On The Half-Shell" appetizer. This is a great app as they use fried torilla chips served with either A.K. Chili or BBQ Pork & Black Beans topped with cheddar cheese, pickled jalapenos, onions and tomatoes. We had ours with the chili. I’m really fussy about chili and I really like theirs as it isn’t muddied up with too many ingredients and parts of the tortilla chips get soft from the chili and other parts are still crunchy. A nice contrast of textures. My dinner was a grilled 10-12 oz. Mojito marinated boneless, skinless breast topped with my choice of Chimichurri Sauce or BBQ Sauce. I had the Chimichurri on the side and I’m glad I did. I wasn’t crazy about it as it was too herby for my taste. The chicken however, was very moist and had great grilled flavor and was just lightly seasoned (probably S&P). The salt potatoes were perfect as always as were the beans. The carrot raisin salad was good, but I’m not sure it’s my thing. It was dark and golden raisins, shredded carrots and it was mayo based. Not something I grew up with, but something different to try on that night. My brother-in-law had the Big Ass Pork Plate and the minute he opened it up, I was jealous, but I was happy I tried something new that night.
I went to a movie at the Angelika Film Center in NYC a few months ago and they had these snacks at the concession counter. I fell in love with them and haven’t been able to find them in the city, but Wegman’s in Syracuse has them in their natural foods section. I haven’t tried the whole line, but the KSAR pistachios are addictive. Check them out at http://www.sahalesnacks.com.
This is my very favorite caramel corn in the world. Norma, who is my mom’s friend for 30+ years and who cut my hair for years makes this every holiday and I have yet to try any that even comes close. This is the yardstick by which I measure all others. They did just open a Garrett’s here in NYC near Penn Station, so some research must be done. The magic of Norma’s corn though is that there is a harmonious balance of caramel (which balances of the edge of burnt caramel) and crispy corn. There is just a slight chew to the caramel that doesn’t overwhelm the corn or drown the crispiness of it the way Crunch-N-Munch or Fiddle Faddle does. I inhaled it this year and am already missing it, although Norma gave me the recipe so I can just make my own, but I don ‘t think it’ll taste the same.
We drove by Doug’s Fish Fry on the way to a friend’s house in Camillus, NY. This appears to be a new place. I had first read about Doug’s here on Roadfood. I think they’re based in Cortland. Have yet to try it, but the photo,29,353848,0,23974,188.8.131.52
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