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Food & Wine in the Finger Lakes

This past weekend we headed north to The Finger Lakes, checked into a B&B and visited some of our favorite wineries and restaurants. One notable spot is Dano’s Heuriger in Lodi. Our family has made some special memories there and it is always nice to enjoy Viennese-style cuisine while watching the sunset on Seneca Lake. I had a wonderful dish of local vegetables with grilled polenta and cheese from nearby Lively Run Farm.

On the southern tip of the lake, in Watkins Glen, you’ll find The Harbor Hotel, where you can dine al fresco while watching the sailboats that dot the lake. The Lobster Cob salad is delicious!

Our favorite winery is Lakewood, on the west side of Seneca. This family –owned winery produces good wines, including a nice port and a lovely sparkling wine called Candeo – can’t leave New York without grabbing a case!

Fabulous Seneca Lake Views

Where to Stay

Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY –

Where to Eat & Drink

Danos Heuringer on Seneca Lake –
Stonecat Cafe –
Lakewood Vineyards –
Finger Lake Wine Country –

Nearby Places to Visit

Cornell University  –
Farm Sanctuary –
Watkin’s Glen State Park –
New York Wine & Culinary Center – 


Good Books & A Vegetarian Potluck

Did you read anything good this summer? I’m currently reading Shark’s Fin & Sichuan Pepper A sweet-Sour Memoir of eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop, sent to me by my Daughter Kate in preparation for our trip to visit her next week – we’ll be visiting Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. Most of what I read somehow involves food, though I just finished a great book called Waking by Matthew Sanford for the book club at my yoga studio, Shine in Perkasie.  It was a wonderful read, followed by a lively discussion and…here’s where the food comes in – a vegetarian potluck. Actually, most of the food was vegan and all so delicious!

Potluck at Shine Yoga Studio ~ yum!

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