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Good Eats ~ Country Style

A warm spring day in Niagara. A healthy appetite. Yearning for a bit of adventure. Whadd’ ya got? Our Saturday trip to the country! So if you like farm-sourced food, delicious house-made baked goods, a drive in the country, and a few good snaps, you’re in for a treat.

First, hats off to a little place in Ransomville, called “Knead the Dough”.https://www.facebook.com/Knead-the-Dough-412887704147/?fref=ts  It’s an unassuming place, on the main drag, with a lot full of cars.
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There’s nothing too surprising for a country restaurant, on the outside…

But on the inside…

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And the food was perhaps as surprising.

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From scratch corned-beef-hash

Knead-the-dough, Ransomville

They make their baked goods including the croissant for this plate.

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The home fries weren’t greasy. The burrito filled with lovelies. Different taste combinations, friendly staff. We give it 4 chicks! 

Then it was off to the Farm! There were…
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Fine-feathered turkeys…

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A chicken laying eggs…supervised by a rooster…

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A Chick NOT laying eggs, supervised by a Rooster…

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Speaking of eggs…and rocks…

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Speaking of roosters…

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And chickens…

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Isn’t this farm just ducky?? (HAD to do it)…

Oh, and did we mention the farm was at a market? Or rather, the market is at a farm?

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Dispenza’s is a rather unique, family owned market that sells meat and dairy products, as close to nature as they are practically able to do. If you are interested in such things, it would be a good idea to visit them. https://www.facebook.com/DispenzasMeatMarket/?fref=ts
They have farm fresh milk and eggs and other locally sourced food items, along with some standard, popular Western New York fare. We chicks certainly enjoyed the items we purchased! Best milk we ever had…

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Then, we made a quick stop over, Youngstown way to Sanger Farms for some fresh baked goods, like cherry pie and banana pineapple bread. The aroma of fresh baking hit us right in the nose,when we walked in the door. https://www.facebook.com/sangerfarms/?fref=ts

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There’s no place like the country for good eats! Niagara County is just really good at it…

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Your farm friendly chicks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter!

 

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Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica

I couldn’t wait to post this one…a day early.

A popular pilgrimage and destination, and close to Niagara. If you enjoy glorious old churches, made in the grand way of by-gone days, and you’re visiting the area, you will want to add this to your itinerary. If like me, you’re from around the area, please take the time to visit. It will be worth your while.

Have a blessed and Happy Easter!

Delaware Park ~ Olmsted’s Buffalo Paradise

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One of the great things about living or vacationing in Niagara, is it’s proximity to some pretty outrageous scenery, cities, parklands and more. Delaware Park, in nearby Buffalo, is one of our favorites! It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and mainly completed in 1876. Olmsted is of Central Park reknown.  https://www.bfloparks.org/ and http://www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted/learn-more/olmsteds-buffalo-park-system-and-its-stewards/ *Also, keep in mind our previous posts regarding America’s Oldest State Park, the Niagara Reservation State Park http://www.niagarafallsstatepark.com/Americas-Oldest-State-Park.aspx

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At the beginning of the park is the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The Greek Revival structure was dedicated in 1905. This is a spectacular building, adding to the ambiance and beauty of the park.

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Let’s stroll the perimeter of Hoyt Lake together…

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There is nothing like a bike ride around the Lake on a lazy summer day.

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Marcy Casino is open to the public as a beer garden and also for private events. http://marcycasino.com/historic-location/

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Lovely flowers are placed around the park, especially by the entrance to Hoyt Lake, by the art gallery, and the beautiful rose garden as well. Japanese gardens are on the other side of the park. (Another post, yet to come).

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Reading lake-side.

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Shakespeare in the Park, a summertime Buffalo tradition.

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Weeping willows are an art unto themselves.

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Olmsted’s glorious vision.

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The end of the park gives way to less manicured gardens, and more natural growth.

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Silver light slicing through sky and water as the sun begins its descent.

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The sun setting over the statue of David.

A stunning replica of Michaelangelo’s classical statue of David. It stands 17ft high x 5.17ft wide x 3.5ft of depth, not including the base.  http://buffalovr.com/david/

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Arriving again at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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The sun getting low over the museum.

The Buffalo History Museum ‘bookends’ the Albright-Knox on the other half of Delaware Park.

http://www.buffalohistory.org/Visit/

We hope you’ve enjoyed your visit with us, and plan to come back again for a tour of another of our area’s jewels!

Artsy-Fartsy Niagara

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Western New York is home to a diverse art scene. We take great pride in our artistic history, and its diverse expressions – from the well known architecture to its museums and art galleries. We would like to focus our attention today on the visual arts.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery of Buffalo began in 1862, and is among the oldest public arts institutions in America. It is an easy 25 minute drive from Niagara Falls.

http://www.albrightknox.org/

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State College has a multi-arts focus, and is only a few minutes from the Albright-Knox.

http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/

One of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Buffalo is the Elmwood Village. A vibrant and creative community, there are plenty of boutique-type shops, small art galleries and stores, and trendy restaurants. Both the Albright-Knox and the Burchfield Penney are located in this area of the city.

http://www.elmwoodvillage.org/

Located less than 1 hour from Niagara Falls is the small town of East Aurora, NY. Back in 1895, an artistic community was started, and has been maintained in one form or another ’til this day. It began as a printing house and grew into a community which evolved into various forms, including the Arts and Crafts movement including the creation of beautiful glass, furniture, and copper work. It is now a campus with several buildings, including the Roycroft Inn. Tours and classes are available, and eating at the Inn is a special experience.

Some examples of the glass work:

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The Roycroft Inn:

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Niagara Falls itself is home to Niagara University, which has its own art gallery, The Castellani Art Museum housing various exhibits,and is open to the public.

http://www.castellaniartmuseum.org/

Recently the 24 Below Cafe and Art Gallery has opened, just feet from Niagara Reservation State Park, and Niagara Falls itself. Many local artists offer their wares in a pleasant atmosphere in the hub of tourist central. Concerts, classes, and activities are offered. One of the “Chicks” happens to be an artist there! 😉

https://www.facebook.com/24belowgalleryandcafe

For those of you who are inclined to appreciate the arts, you will find many things to discover, and won’t be disappointed.

Spirit of Springtime in Niagara

 

 

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Dear Readers,

We know that you’ve been cooped up indoors for a long, harsh winter… We know that the snow drifts have been taller than your car (or in some cases, your house.) We understand that your eyeballs have frozen solid in their sockets! We are here for you. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to warm the cockles of your heart and soul. We may not be able to offer you any soup for the soul, but we can give you a feast for your eyes. Ah yes, we know some of you live where the weather is warm year round…. Lucky you. But, you can look too.

While we were freezing our socks off here, we took a day to visit the neighboring city of Buffalo. We included two things in our day trip – first we went to the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens, which was displaying an orchid show that day.

http://www.buffalogardens.com/

Secondly, we went to Our Lady of Victory, National Shrine, which is just down the street from the Gardens. Both of these facilities were built in the early 20th century, and are kept up very nicely. People come from around the world to visit and tour Father Baker’s Basilica.

http://www.ourladyofvictory.org/

So please, take a moment to “smell the roses” or in this case, “view the orchids”.

 

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