Syracuse Bacon Fest … Needed More Than One Day

When they announced the first Annual Bacon Fest in Downtown Syracuse’s, Clinton Square I was like “Yes!!!!”

When they announced it was only going to run for one day I was like “What????”

Clearly they underestimated CNY’s love for pork.

Hell, the Middle Eastern Fest is four days long.  

So I parked my car down at the Inner Harbor with Liam so I didn’t have to pay or fight for parking then strolled up the Creek Walk to the square and let’s say I wasn’t surprised.  

Each vendor line was easily 30 people deep.  Some we’re just lined up to get lemonade.  

So let’s just say they were a little overwhelmed.  

But I did get to sample a few delicious items in between Liam’s requests for M&Ms. 

Bacon Mac and cheese from MacaRollin

Chicken bacon ranch Gyro from Byblos Street Grill

And a ground beef and bacon Pazzerotti (FriedCalzone) from Pascarella’s

Nice idea for this event.  But it needs more time.

Fillmore Glen: South Rim Trail

Liam is becoming quite the little hiker.  Traveling almost three miles  yesterday by himself.  

Some highlights included him dragging a 6 foot stick for over a mile  ( no exaggeration).  Then stopping to examine every accorn.  “Scrat corns” he would say.  In reference to the Ice Age movies where the saber toothed squirrel is always on the hunt for acorns.   And his excitement over the newts or salamanders ( I couldn’t tell) near the end of the trail. 

“More wizards, daddy?”

Tipperary Hill – 6 AM

The roads are never more peaceful than on a Sunday morning

On the west side of Syracuse you will find the  Irish Community of Tipp Hill.  

Home of one of the most unique  Syracuse landmarks : The upside down traffic light.  

The story goes that the local Irish residents were upset that their Irish green was depicted below British Red.  So they would throw stones at the traffic light until local officials flipped it upside down. 

The area is also known for its popular pub scene and religios architecture.  

Coleman’s Irish Pub is pictured below with it’s double phone booths in front.  One for us. One for leprechauns.  

All in all.  It was a relaxing stroll on a beautiful morning.  

Americana Village : Hamilton, NY

I’m going to take you back to the late 1800s.  Where there was one blacksmith, one school, one general store, and one school house.  

Tucked down a side street in the little town of Hamilton is a restored 19th century village.  

The property is owned by a nearby conference center and is often the site of many wedding photos.  

You can read a recent article on this hidden gem right here

Finger Lakes Circuit : Skaneatles Lake and Carpenter Falls

Skaneatles Lake is definitely my most visited Finger Lake.  I usually stick to the village of the same name but today we ventured to the far side of the lake to Carpenter Falls.  

 Such a beautiful sight but also a very steep and dangerous one.  Experienced Hikers only on this one.  

After, we headed back to the village to let Liam check out the lake.  

Relaxing night after a mentally draining day at the office

You can check you my visit to Skaneatles earlier this year by clicking here. 

Taste of East Syracuse

Hot day here in Syracuse.  I took a short break from painting to head into the village of East Syracuse for their 12th Annual “Taste”.  

Now, I really haven’t spent much time in the village.  It’s the location of one of the best firework shows I have seen but other than that, East Syracuse isn’t kinda of a “transitional” town.  Not much going on here except for a couple bowling alleys and a few thrift shops.  Just a place you pass through to grab some ice cream or hit the diner.  

The Taste was a motley assortment of about half a dozen local family restaurants.  

I sampled the meatball sub from Tony’s Family Restaurant and the Chicken Riggies from Twin Trees while Marcy Playground played on the stereo.  “Who’s that casting devious stares in my direction?”

Both were amazing.  Worth another try next time I’m passing through.

Clark’s Reservation

Needed an early morning hike and some much needed time to myself.  

Clark’s Reservation, south of Syracuse, offers some moderate hiking challenges as well as some awesome views.  

I was the only person here so it was nice to just sit and take it all in.  I could hear the undisturbed wildlife moving all around me.