This next RF stop was brought to you in part by the letter "E".
After the Hall of Fame Mom and I decided to get lunch before I was to take the train back to NYC. Mom was leaning towards Panera Bread but I convinced her that Voss BAR B Q
would be the better choice!
Pancake breakfast, Spaghetti dinner benefit, Voss' usually has some local goings on posted in their window.
They just started selling ice cream pies!! Yes!!!
My turkey BBQ sandwich (with extra sauce, of course). Mom saw this and thought they had spilled the sauce by accident. I assured her it was per my request and all part of the plan! Plenty of sauce to mop up with the bun and as a dip for my fries.
A hot sausage sandwich with homemade chili on top. Tasty but I wish the sausage had been hotter. The chili brought some of the heat I was looking for and a whole other layer of flavor.
A vanilla malt (with extra malt powder, ordered "thin"). I enjoyed it but I think I would order it thick next time as I think I just prefer them that way. Good malt flavor but I'd like even more. Too much is never enough for me.
Our last stop of the day was at North Star Orchards
on Rte. 233 in Westmoreland, NY. A favorite of mine for years with local produce and an in house bakery.
For all of your Halloween decorating needs...
If you think these items are seem far fetched...in the fall of 1997 when my friend Greg and I were roommates in Boston we picked up a carload of hay bales for people to sit on, corn stalks to staple to the window frames and a block of ice in which we carved a channel for "luge shots" of Jaegermeister at our Halloween party. Good times!
Some really nice looking grapes.
And some interesting flavors of popcorn made locally in nearby Little Falls, NY.
I opted for a mini cherry pie.
I couldn't wait until I got back to the apartment so I broke this open on the train. I bit more "filling" (as opposed to fruit) than I like but there were plenty of cherries and the flavor was great. The crust could have been browner/golden but there was no mistaking the homemade taste and texture.
And I couldn't leave CNY without one of my most favorite treats, a chocolate half moon cookie. Perfect.
Though these pies weren't from this trip I felt the need to shoehorn them in somewhere. My friends Doug & Marisa had been telling me about the homemade pies at Green Acres Farm and Bakery
near Craryville, NY (near the southern NY/MA border) for some time and have been introducing me to them for the past year. I have been up that way but just never had time to stop and check out the place for myself. However, these pies blew me away every single time I've tried them that I feel obligated to post some pictures.
This is the peach pie that Marisa's mom brought to their first house the weekend I was helping them move in (August 2011).
We would paint, then hear Marisa call out, "Pie break!". Move some furniture, pie break. This happened a few times over the weekend and I ended up with half of this pie back at the apartment. It was the perfect combination of fresh fruit and buttery, flaky crust. I still dream of it. Best pie I ever hung a lip on so far (I know, miles to go...)!
Apple-Raspberry pie. Another winner and the flavors of both fruits really shone through.
Apple-Cranberry pie from Thanksgiving 2010.
Pecan pie from Thanksgiving 2010. All of these were just incredible. My apologies for not having more info about Green Acres. Next time I talk to Doug & Marisa I'll get the info and update the report. It's definitely worth drive and not too far from the Roadfood reviewed West Taghkanic Diner in Ancram, NY.
I always look forward to going back home to visit my family and friends. It was truly wonderful to run alongside my coach and to see my family and especially my niece cheering me on and handing water to me on the race route. I'm also glad that I was able to tackle a number of new-to-me food spots that I could share with you here. That's all for this report, hope you enjoyed it!
"Eating is an adventure, enjoy the ride." - billyboy, 2011
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