Ok, I haven’t written for a while, and this isn’t going to be about glass, well, at least not in the beginning. I said I would write about lots of different things and right now we’re on our first real vacation in a very long time. Having a great house/pet sitter makes it possible for us to get away, but we haven’t planned this long a trip in quite a while. The first part of the trip will be spending some time in Upstate New York, an area we haven’t explored in over 20 years. The plan is to visit some waterfalls and lakes, taste some wine (and maybe even bring some home, if it lasts that long) and find some interesting food - no big chains for us on this trip! Also, there is a glass festival in Corning this weekend, so I will get around to some glass stuff later.
For the first time together, John and I took the northern route to get to the other side of Lake Michigan. I was a little concerned about the “BIG” Mackinaw bridge, but it turned out to be nothing to worry about. Helped that it was a beautiful, clear day with barely a breeze. On the other side of the bridge in Mackinaw City was a restaurant called Skalawags which was my “destination” for lunch. Of course we got a late start so instead of lunch it was dinner. You may or may not know that our favorite place to eat is Skaliwags in Algoma, so when I saw Skalawags it had to go on the to eat at list. I knew going in it was a fish and chips joint, not fine cuisine, but it was worth the stop. Some of the freshest whitefish I’ve ever had dipped in a light batter and fried with barely a trace of oil left. Very tasty tartar sauce, and a good whitefish chowder. Didn’t get a picture, but if you’re ever in Mackinaw City looking for a tasty treat both of us would recommend Skalawags. The drive to Saginaw for our overnight stay was long, but we made it before the lounge at the hotel closed - YAY!
The next day, we drove to Buffalo, NY to get in a good position to visit Niagara Falls the next morning. Our hotel was in downtown Buffalo which has a little bit of everything going on, from very nice to very ragged. We were going to visit the Anchor Bar for the original Buffalo wing experience, but the concierge at the hotel steered us away with a different recommendation for a good wing experience. Being fans of The Sopranos, how could we say no to a place called “Bada Bing”?? The hot wings were just as we remembered from our days on Long Island and so much better than any we have had outside of NY. Some good paninis and beer served by a very personable waitress and we were happy campers!
Now, this is what Buffalo wings should look like!
One happy guy!
This morning we spent a couple of hours being tourists at Niagara Falls. We both love waterfalls, so this was a fun morning. I’ll post some pictures later on. For lunch we found a great Italian restaurant called Como away from the “tourist” area. I had ravioli - singular and about 4-5” across - with some of the best marinara sauce I’ve had in a long while. Then we started driving to the Finger Lakes region. Tomorrow we plan to do some wine tasting. The area is known for some really good dry rieslings, but there are many more wines to try. Wish us luck!