Sunday, January 6, 2019

Top 3 Things You MUST Try in Rochester, NY - Old Pueblo Grill, Cafe Sasso, and BXCR

       Hello 2019! The new year is already here and I wanted to take the time to discuss three quick and delicious places to stop in Rochester, NY. I also want to make some suggestions of what I think are the tastiest items on each menu that you should try. Some of these establishments have been Rochester staples for quite some time, but many of you may not know the absolute best specials and deals you can snag at each one. Whether you are looking for a date spot to take the person you kissed at midnight, or a meeting spot to make new plans for the new year, these three locations would be the perfect fit. All three have menus with something for everyone, as well as some hidden gems you won't find elsewhere.

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Market Cold Press & Eatery at M/Body Fitness in Rochester, NY

       From the same restaurant group that created Native Eatery in Rochester, NY and Label 7 in Pittsford, NY, Mueller Restaurant Group has introduced a new, sustainable eatery located right next to locally-owned fitness center, M/Body Fitness. The restaurant is open to the public, so you don't need to attend a fitness class to stop in. What I liked best about The Market Cold Press & Eatery was how central it was and easy to get to. For those of us who live in the city center, parking can be an issue. Unlike Native Eatery's location which might have more limited parking or Label 7 which is a little more out of the way, The Market is located at the corner of University and Culver where there is plenty of parking for all of the shops there and less city traffic, to boot. As my friend and I made our way out on a cold, rainy night, we were comforted at the door by the cozy atmosphere of the cafe. The design was heavily based on a combination of brick, wood, and black accent pieces, with really cute earthenware dishes.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Kabob Revolution in Rochester, NY at Chortke

       Kabob, or sometimes kebab, is a dish that is associated with and found in many countries around the world, and each one seems to taste unique in its own way. I have traveled near and far to find my favorite kebab, some of which include the Turkish version at Doner Kebab House in downtown Toronto, Canada as well as Kapitol Kebab in Pescara, Italy. However, kebab is also popular in Greece, Lebanon, Israel, and Iran. Here in Rochester we've been lucky enough to have an Iranian kebab restaurant open up at downtown Village Gate Square. Chortke House of Kabob is a fast, casual, build-your-own Iranian kebab restaurant owned and operated by an Iranian native, Yasha Aghdasi, who fell in love with a Rochestarian and opened his own business here. From our brief observance and discussion with him as he himself was turning the kebab meat on the grill, we learned that his wife, Rana Rezaei, also works at and co-runs the establishment, and she was there ringing up the orders right at the front counter. From the cute industrial chic decor to the plentiful, but simple, food options, I also fell in love right away with Chortke Kabob.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Top 5 Picks for Rochester, NY Fringe Festival 2018

       If you are anyone who knows me well, you know that I am a crazed fan of Rochester's Fringe Festival. Ever since its inaugural year in 2012, I have attended or, more recently, volunteered at the festival every single year. This year I am trying to hit all of what I believe to be the coolest events at the festival, and I invite you all to join me on this journey. I will be attempting to review almost every production I hit, including giving you a preview today on what I think will be some of my favorites. If you aren't sure where to start connecting with Fringe Fest, I recommend seeing at least one of the following shows to get a taste of that blended "arts smoothie" goodness!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Shareable Plates at Native Eatery and Bar in Rochester, NY

       While looking for places to bar hop around in Rochester, NY for my friend's birthday weekend, we decided to check out the fairly new restaurant, Native Eatery and Bar, for dinner and a drink to start our evening off right. There has been a lot of buzz about Native and its locally-sourced cuisine since it opened on the corner of Woodbury and Clinton in the Center City area - right across from Geva Theatre. When we arrived on a very warm and pleasant evening, Native had opened up two of it's four giant windowed walls as if to expand its porch area right into the restaurant. While taking our spot to sit at the ginormous rectangular bar, it felt as though we were still outdoors!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Taco Tuesday at Rio Tomatlan in Canandaigua, NY

       During my birthday week this year I wanted to go somewhere special for Taco Tuesday since I absolutely love Mexican food. My friend talked up this restaurant in Canandaigua that he had been to a few times for cheap, yummy Tex-Mex food and I was dying to try it. From what I could tell, Rio Tomatlan doesn't have any food specials for Taco Tuesday like some of my other favorites, Bitter Honey or Silver Iguana, but they did have some cute drink specials for the day, such as a Pomegranate Negroni made with local Honeoye Falls Distilling Devil's Bathtub Gin, and the food was so inexpensive anyway that it was 100% worth the trip. According to their website, they also import many of their ingredients directly from Mexico to make sure they get the right flavor and feel in their menu items. However, they claim that their produce specifically is locally sourced where possible.

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