Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ithaca Day Trip

Grandma lives in Binghamton, in upstate New York, so this fall when we spent a weekend there we did a drive to Ithaca, where we had never ever been.  Although we went on a Sunday, when the entire town is pretty dead, we still had a great time.  (But don't go on a Sunday, if you can help it.)  First of all, remember Moosewood, the James Beard award winning cookbooks--our favorite is Pretend Soup--the only cookbook Clara grabs off the shelf, and she has at least 5, thanks to my former job at Cookie Magazine---which had a giveaway table with tons of books and beauty products and clothes and...but wait, I'm not supposed to be wistful about my old life...back to too is closed on Sundays.   So I can't say I ate there, but I will when I go back on a Saturday.
Now, it's in an old building called the Dewitt Mall, that has shops inside that are really worth a wander...a nice bookstore, an organic coop called Greenstar, a great cafe called Cafe Dewitt that we ended up at because Moosewood was closed, and a nice and note expensive antique store.
Then we wandered around the 'commons', which was empty and mostly closed, but I could tell it had promise.  Here's what else I would check out in the area:

The waterfalls/hiking

Watercress: 607-257-0823 has an organic children's menu

Farmers Market on Saturdays from April to December

Jillian's Drawers:  It made me wish I was still doing the Cookie 100, our annual list of favorite finds...she had the best lunch kits, baby gifts....

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