Saturday morning at Morgan Samuels started off with a breakfast to top all breakfast’s and left us wondering “how did we eat it all”. If only it hadn’t tasted so good. Starting with a fruit tray of more cut fruits than I’ve seen in one place at one time (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries (red and yellow), blackberries, kumquats, melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon), dried fruits (figs, prunes, apricots), nectarines, plums, and pineapple to name just a few. This was followed by a homemade fruit muffin and a choice of herbed scrambled eggs, two different omelets, French toast or pancakes, each with sausage, bacon or ham. Needless to say, you don’t go away hungry. As always, when we are with Bill in Lynda we can count on two things: rain and good food. Thursday it rained and Saturday morning began our foray into meals that are quite different from what we usually eat.
After breakfast we were unsure that it was a good idea to have scheduled the seminar on wine and food paring at the New York Wine & Culinary Center at noon. But true of our love of wine and food, we were intent on participating.
However before we went to the center, we were asked to be part of a promotional video to be featured on the B&B’s website. Tom and I were interviewed and the four of us were filmed eating breakfast and talking on the Victorian Porch before we headed out for the day. Good or bad, the video will be on the website next month.
By the time we were done with the “filming” it was time to leave for the center. There we were treated to a lunch of strawberry and goat cheese stuffed chicken breast and a spring pea salad. Along with the luncheon we tasted wines from Dr Frank (semi-dry Riesling) and from Anthony Road (a dry rose. These are both Finger Lakes wines of course. The choice actually boils down to your wine preference: dry or semi-sweet. They both compliment a light meal such as this.
After the luncheon, we had time to go to Liberty Cottage in Canandaigua. – My favorite wool store: If they don’t have exactly what you’re looking for – it probably doesn’t exist. This is the first time that I have been in the new store since it was moved last October. The new store is quite a bit larger and much better lit than the old location and still carries the best wool selection in the area – and Sue is still as helpful as ever – just making the visit that much more enjoyable.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon walking around the downtown area and then drove to Naples to a neat art gallery. On the way back to the Inn we all agreed that there was no way we would be able to enjoy a full dinner at the Brown Hound Bistro. (Tom and I had eaten there on our winter trip and were delighted at the warm atmosphere and great food of this restaurant. The intimate atmosphere is just perfect for a special dinner with friends). We opted instead to split an appetizer at Applebees followed up with a walk along the pier on Canandaigua Lake with their unique boathouses.
The first houses were built on the Canandaigua City Pier in the 1850’s. Train and trolley tracks serviced the steamboats as they transported produce and passengers along the lake. To accommodate additional boathouses, “finger piers” were built at the same time. Today they are an attraction to artists tourists and photographers. This area is part of the ”Canandaigua Historic District” and as such the renovations that are being done to the buildings must follow very strict guidelines.
What an enjoyable day and a great way to spend time with long-time friends.