Roadfooding in Central NY 8/16/08-Day 4
Mom and I took a trip to New Hartford, NY so I could purchase my
first suit to wear at her wedding. I know, crazy, right? I always
had a jacket and cress pants and every other wedding I was in the
party, so I had a tux, but I felt there was no better time than
walking my mom down the aisle to look sharp. So a few hundred
dollars and a dark charcoal grey suit later, we made our way to NORTH
STAR ORCHARDS for some blueberries. For some reason though, my
Roadfood radar kept going off and between New Hartford, Kirkland and
Westmoreland, I added about 15 places to my master list of food to
check out on future trips to the area.
A little overcast today, but the bounty inside was plentiful.
A shot of the sign and Rte. 233 in Westmoreland, NY.
Lots of tomatoes...
Hinerwadels salt potatoes are available pretty much anywhere in CNY.
They truly are a taste of summer.
These tomatoes look so fresh.
Some locally made smoked cheddar.
Half Moon cookies.
A wide shot of the interior
We initially came for the blueberries, but they didn't have any in
the store, only the U-Pick and we didn't have time to stroll.
Lots of sweet corn fields all over CNY.
So I picked up some Palatine Smoked Cheddar...
Some locally made pita bread...
Some Bread and Butter pickle chips. Another taste of summer for me.
We always had sweet pickles at every picnic I went to growing up and
I didn't develop a taste for dills until I was an adult.
I wish I had noticed the HFCS ingredient on the label before I bought
them, but I thought the quote on the label was a nice touch.
I didn't know we could get Whoopie Pies here in Central NY. I've
never seen them with confectioner's sugar on top, but this was
fantastic! Pillowy soft cake and lightly sweetened cream in the
The only thing that made this complete was eating it off of the
Hanna-Barbera plate with Magilla Gorilla on it I used as a kid
As much as I loved the Whoopie Pie, this Half Moon is what I was
craving. Almost every bakery in Rome and Utica carried these and
I've eaten my share over the years. Oh, I miss Hemstrought's
Bakery!! This looks very similar to the
"black & white" cookies of New York City, but is really quite
different. First, half moon are always made with a soft, chocolate,
brownie-like cookie and the frosting (not icing) is creamy soft, not
a shell on top. Greedily, I did NOT share this or the Whoopie Pie
with anyone else!
Cut open to show detail. This was sooo good! I wish I had bought two!
My mom picked up these Peanut Butter cookies...
...and some Raspberry filled pillow cookies
Before we went to dinner with our relatives up north, we noshed on a
snack platter of the smoked cheddar, pickles, cherries and pita. The
cheddar was very creamy and the flavors really came out when it was
eaten close to room temp and paired nicely with the fresh pita bread.
The pickles were both spicy and sweet. The cherries were plump and
fresh. If you in CNY, check out North Star or any local orchard and
you'll likely find lots of fresh tasty produce that make for a great
snack or lunch.
They were ok, but a little too sugary sweet for my taste.
We left Rome and drove past the Delta Lake dam, near where I lived
and spent summers as a kid. The old Village of Delta was actually
purposely flooded and is under Lake Delta. We made our way past
Griffiss AFB and up to White lake, NY in the Adirondack Park.
The next series of shots were taken at my Uncle Joe and Aunt Joan's
summer house in White Lake. Lots of great memories here with family
picnics as a kid. It ended up being a bit overcast, but being on the
lake has always been very peaceful and relaxing for me. I was so
happy we were able to come up for the day as we are always welcomed
into their home and they are the nicest people. I always look
forward to visiting.
A couple of kayakers on the lake.
We took my niece down to the lake with some bread and we fed the ducks!
Uncle Joe's wood shop. He could take just about anything and make a
dresser, bench or whatever you could want out of it.
He's been making these for years and my mom gave me one for Christmas
a few years ago. One of the nicest gifts I have ever gotten.
Another shot of the woodshop.
Leaving the park for dinner.
Come up to the Adirondacks and you'll likely see many of these
snowmobile crossing signs.
The Wigwam, a local bar, I believe. I've never been in, but for me
it was always a unique landmark that helped me remember how far I was
from my Uncle Joe and Aunt Joan's place.
Dinner at the Buffalo Head restaurant in Forestport, NY. I have eaten
here countless times over the years with family, friends and
co-workers and I have had some truly great meals (countless steaks!)
and would eat here again in a heartbeat. It's mostly a local place
as this is big snowmobiling and hunting country, but I'm sure
tourists find it during leaf peeping season. It's always packed and
I would suggest reservations. Walk in and you'll see most people
chatting with neighbors. There really is a local feel to the place
and there aren't any pretenses, just lots of hearty food for hearty
eaters. Their specialty is steak and prime rib, but they have a
pretty diverse menu and something for everyone. Almost every table
we passed had the prime rib and the one next to us was filled with a
crew of hearty sized long distance truckers who all had the King cut
of prime rib that would have broken Paul Bunyan's spirit!
These tracks are where the Adirondack Scenic railtroad passes through
Forestport and picks up passengers. It's really a great ride!
A little history on the name. Sorry this is so blurry.
This roll was really fresh and pillowy.
This was a pretty good salad: crispy and fresh.
My cousin Joey's Queen cut Prime Rib.
Dutch Apple Pork (boneless pork loin topped with apples, crumb
topping and cheddar cheese)-text taken from menu. It tried this an
it was excellent. I almost wished I had ordered it! Savory sweet
and very moist.
My 24oz Sirloin Steak for one with onion rings and sauteed mushrooms
(ordered medium). It came cooked perfectly, but I didn't love it. I
wished it was more tender. Honestly, I should have gotten a smaller
cut like a 16oz NY Strip or 12oz filet. I couldn't finish this and I
gave it to Joey to which he said "Great, steak and eggs for breakfast
Baked Potato. This was a bit dry, but the butter & sour cream helped
Spaghetti & Meatballs
You know you're in the Adirondacks when you start seeing these John
Deere plates attached to trucks.
On our way back to my mom's house, we stopped at Vescio's Franklin
Hotel to pick up a couple of cakes for mom's shower. I didn't get
pics, but we got a Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and chopped
nuts and a Banana Split cake with vanilla frosting. They saved a
couple of pieces for me and they were both real winners: sweet, moist
Some Sfogliatelles, pusties and chocolate dipped biscotti. Pusties
are custard filled pastry shells. Usually chocolate or vanilla.
A Sfgogliatelle, chocolate dipped cannoli with ricotta filling and a
peanut butter cup.
A cross section of the Sfogliatelle and peanut butter cup. These
were truly amazing! I reviewed this place for dinner a couple of
years ago and I do love their food, but the pastries are an another
level altogether. The PB cup was a different style, rich pb covered
in dark chocolate in a pastry cup. The Sfogliatelle was the best I
gave ever eaten. Many times I end up disappointed as the chesse
filling is somewwhat dry or the pastry is so big that the cheese
doesn't fill it. This was perfect: creamy orange zest tinged ricotta
encased in the crispiest of pastry. Worth a stop if you are in CNY!!
JUST AROUND THE BEND...potato salad from the past, Roadfooding with Lexi's brother (and Gumby, dammit!) in Vernon, NY, a not-so-good experience at the Turning Stone Casino and back where I belong ( a LONG awaited return) at
VOSS' BBQ in Yorkville, NY!!!!!!!!! Yahooooooo!
1.) North Star Orchards
Rte. 233 & South Street
Phone # 315-853-1024
2.) Hinerwadel's Grove (clambake facility and originator of "salt potatoes")
5300 West Taft Road
Syracuse, NY 13212
Phone # 315-458-1050
3.) Palatine Dairy (smoked cheddar)
68 East Main Street
Nelliston, NY 13410
Phone # 518-993-3194
4.) Grandma's Bread Co.
4808 Clinton Street
Clark Mills, NY 13321
Phone # 315-240-6924
Link to Utica Observe Dispatch article: http://www.uticaod.com/business/x415950256/Passing-on-recipes-heritage
5.) Jake & Amos (bread and butter pickles)
6.) Delta, NY (now under the lake)
Web link: http://nlford.com/history/delta/
7.) White Lake, NY
Web link to info on the area: http://nyroute28.com/towns/woodgate_white_lake.php
8.) The Buffalo Head
10626 North Lake Road
Forestport, NY 13338
Phone # 315-392-6607
9.) Adirondack Scenic Railroad (different stations at Utica, Thendara, Lake Placid and Saraanac Lake)
Phone # 1-800-819-2291
10.) Vescio's Franklin Hotel
301 South James Street
Rome, NY 13440
Phone # 315-336-9974
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