On the Road Again

I found myself driving Route 17 toward Binghamton, N.Y., last night for the second time in a week. My husband and I are in the Finger Lakes for a wake and funeral in his family so I’ll be offline the next couple of days.

If you ever find yourself in Skaneateles, N.Y., not far from Syracuse, don’t miss Doug’s Fish Fry. Doug’s is a Finger Lakes institution and uses peanut oil to deep-fry. It’s healthier, and the fried scallops, haddock, and shrimp come out tasting lighter than usual.

The steamers are also awesome. Last night my husband said, “I don’t know if it’s the steamers I like so much or the melted better.” Ditto.

He was in seventh heaven last night because when we walked into a restaurant in Auburn, N.Y., a picture of his high school basketball team was hanging on the wall, next to head shots of Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. No one seemed to know how the 1967 Mount Carmel High School men’s basketball had earned such a a hallowed place in the establishment’s sports hall of fame.

No doubt a picture of Michael Phelps will be up on the wall soon after the Olympic swimmer won yet another gold medal last night. Like many of our national heroes, Phelps is a Cancer. Since the sign of the crab also rules food and sustenance, I’m getting a chuckle out of all the publicity the swimmer’s massive caloric intake — between 8,000 and 10,000 calories a day — is getting.

Julie Bain over at Reader’s Digest has a very funny post on what we all could eat each day if we consumed as many calories as Phelps. You can read Julie’s post here.

Speaking of food — with a Cancer Moon, it’s a main topic for me — I’m very excited because I get to go to Wegmans for the second time in a week. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better supermarket in the world. Evidently Fortune magazine agrees with me, having several times named the Rochester (N.Y.)-based grocer one of the nation’s best places to work.

I’ve never worked at Wegmans so I can’t attest to Fortune’s ranking. What I do like about the store besides its produce is its lighting, which isn’t harsh the way it is at the Price Chopper I visited later in the day.

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7 comments on “On the Road Again

  1. Hello to you and your husband. Wish it was time for dinner after reading your post. Actually, I’m a totally newbie at this and haven’t left too many comments. All the best to you.
    Happy Days – Maxi

  2. Regina — If you mean that I’m drinking the Wegman’s Kool-Aid, you’d be right. I think what makes Wegman’s look so good is that when you pull into a de-industrialized town in Central New York like Auburn (the poor cousin of Skaneateles), Wegman’s is an oasis of local farm produce, decent coffee, and fresh flowers that you can bring your mother-in-law in the nursing home.

    Remember those folks who went around blogging for Wal-Mart in their RV? Tell Rochester I’d gladly do the same for Wegman’s. But I’m not on their payroll, I promise you. Thanks for the condolences. — Monica

  3. Maxi — Thanks for stopping by. I think you’re well on your way to having your own blog! I used to comment on other people’s sites all the time and then I realized I needed my own soapbox. I think I’ve offended some people with my unvarnished opinions here, but I’ve made lots of new cyberfriends. Looking forward to more comments from you in the future! — Monica

  4. I resist Wegman’s Kool-Aid because I was forced by editors to drink it for so many years before we started schlepping to Buffalo when Bob’s dad was declining. It was always shocking what they didn’t sell: duck, crab meat, great cheese. Maybe I’m a food snob (you think?), but I was always much more dazzled by the big Everyman Supermarket (whose name escapes me) and the small convenience store closer to their house (ditto). The array of things I consider vital was always outstanding. Even though we still made the schlep every trip to the two Wegman’s. And then detoured to Premier (best wine store in the whole state, attached to a really excellent food shop).

    And Buffalo is nothing if not de-industrialized. I think the difference between it and, say, Auburn, is that Buffalo still supports local florists and butchers and fish markets. It’s a vastly underrated city. If only, as you have pointed out a quadrillion times, someone had listened to DP Moynihan and put that high-speed rail link in to NYC. . . .

    (PS: Check with Wegman’s. I wonder.)

  5. Well, comparing the respective populations of Buffalo and Auburn certainly merits a Google search, but it’s beyond my capability at this point in the day. But you make an excellent point: Buffalo was a real city. Auburn, even at its zenith, was a town. I can say with certainty that Auburn doesn’t support a butcher right now.

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