Sushi Night

Lots of photos, lots of Sushi, and lots of fun!

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That was just the first plate.

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Can you tell I’m excited?

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Our second plate.

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And Third.

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We actually had a few more but got sick of taking photos.

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Green Tea Ice Cream wasn’t very good…

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Red Bean Ice Cream, however, super delish!

Anniversary Weekend. Yes, please!

This year Henry and I desperately needed to get away. We tossed around a few ideas. We really wanted to go camping, but Upstate NY in late October can get a little cold, so we crossed that idea off our list. Then we toyed with the idea of flying down to NYC. I’d never been, but we figured it’s kind of a lot to take in for just two days.

We decided to have a little “staycation” here in the Rochester’ish’ area. I wanted to surprise Henry by doing a little bit of the planning (I’m not known for making decisions, so I wanted to have everything all planned out). First, we only were able to get away for one night. My mom and Aunts came to watch the boys for a long weekend. Henry had to work during the week, so we had Friday night to get out of the house.

I thought it would be super fun to stay at a bed and breakfast and do some wineries. Apparently if you try to make reservations two days before you need the room its pretty unlikely a room will be open 😦  Luckily I stumbled upon a little gem of a Motel in Canandaigua, New York. Henry and I went to Miami for our “honeymoon” after we had Aiden. So when I found this I was SOOOOO excited. The reviews were great. I called and again, lucky for me, there was a room available!

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The journey began with 6 wineries. I even used a fancy thing called Mapquest and placed each winery on the map and printed it out. I know, super high-tech.

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We started our winery tour at Casa Larga. It was about 15-20 minutes from our house. It wasn’t very pretty on the outside ( we were actually super bummed when we pulled up to the building), but we still went inside. We had to wait for about 20 minutes to have the tour, but our tour guide Kristara was amazing. Super friendly, really informative, and she let us have extra wine tastings. Always a good way to get two thumbs up-MORE WINE. You can read a little more about them here .

From there we decided to drive down to Naples NY and drive back up to our hotel and hit up the wineries along the way. I was really bad at taking photos on this trip-probably because we were having so much fun wine tasting. Below are the wineries we went to and a little about them.

Casa Larga Winery
You can’t help notice Casa Larga’s stunning vineyard as you take in a full production tour of the wine making process in their pioneering wine making facility.  Your educational tour & structured tastings allows you to discover the diverse portfolio of their award winning winery.

Arbor Hill
Enjoy a “sweet beginning” at this quaint winery owned by the Brahm family.
Explore the extensive portfolio of John Brahm’s wines sourced from grapes along
prized vineyards near lake Canandaigua.

Inspire Moore

Check out this chic winery for a tasting of Tim and Dianne Moore’s creative and intensely flavored wines made onsite in the micro facility in the heart of Naples.

 Hazlitt “Red Cat” Winery
For the wine enthusiast in all of us, we offer an educational walk & structured tasting at one of the larger pioneering wine making facilities on the Canandaigua Wine Trail.
Learn more about the winemaking process while sipping traditional varieties and world class Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris.


Heron Hill
The tasting room on the hill is the sister location of the famous Keuka winery.  Enjoy an educational tasting in the renovated Century Barn overlooking the proprietors “Ingle” vineyard.

Once we got back to our hotel and settled down, I had a dinner planned at a local German restaurant called Rheinblick.

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It was just so cute! I have to admit, since I wasn’t doing a very good job thinking about my blog, the picture above with the owners is from google images. So sorry.

We had a curry wurst for an appetizer-not amazing but good.

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I had Wienerschnitzel with Sauerkraut and a Beer 🙂

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They had my favorite beer EVER. Spaten Optumater. (sorry for the missing umlauts- for all you German folk) If you ever get the chance to try it, its dark and magical. I’m thinking about it right now. Yummy.

The next day we drove home, after a delicious breakfast of bagel, muffins, and fruit (from our hidden gem of a motel) and then ventured back to Rochester to relieve the babysitters of their duties. Overall, it was a much needed restful “staycation”.

Oh, I COMPLETELY forgot to mention we tried out Victoire- a new favorite of Henry and mine right here in good old Rochester.

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Check out the menu!

two years. two babies.

September 3, 2013 Henry and I celebrated our two year anniversary, well, actually we celebrated this past weekend.

We got a babysitter for the kiddos and drove to Ithaca for the day, stopping at Watkins Glen State Park. The weather was PERFECT! We hiked the entire thing (which is only about 1.4 miles each way) and were ready for lunch.

We didn’t eat breakfast so we were STARVING and went to and Indian buffet right downtown. We gorged on delicious food and literally had to walk it off the rest of the day. We had full intentions on going to Just a Taste for dinner, but were too full. We went to Madeline’s for drinks and dessert instead. Yummy!

While we were “walking off” our lunch I ran across this huge mixer. I had to get a photo.

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As we were leaving town I realized we hadn’t gone a single photo of the two of us. We stopped at Taughannock Falls State Park just outside of town and took a few photos. Here is one worth sharing.

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I just have to thank my lovely husband for the most amazing two years I have ever had in my life. You have brought me so much joy. We have moved across the country twice, had two beautiful babies, and have shared so many other amazing adventures together. Thank you for being such a wonderful Husband and Father!

I love you!

Sodus Point (okay, not really).

This past Saturday, Henry and I packed up the boys and the car with beach supplies, snacks, lunches, and anything else you could possibly think you might need on an outing to the beach with an almost 2 year old and a 2 month old. We even stopped on our way out of town to get sand toys.

On our way up to Sodus Point we discovered the most magical place: Burnap Fruit Farms.

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We almost drove right past it, as it was not our actual destination. But then we spotted this train.

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And then this truck.

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It was like all of Aiden’s things built out of wood and made just for him to play on. Did I mention they also had a chicken coop? As you can see Aiden was just having an amazing time chasing the rooster around the coop.

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He WAS a handsome fella, and I’ll admit I found myself chasing him around the coop 3 times in order to capture his glory.

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We had actually only planned to stop for a few minutes, and ending up staying for at least an hour and a half. Henry and I ordered the most amazing lunch ever at the most adorable Garden Cafe. Freshly made bread with veggies and chicken for me, and a homemade hoagie with turkey and pesto for Henry. Simply amazing. If you ever make it to upstate NY, you have to try this place. A hidden gem for sure.

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Many thanks to Tina, our navigation system, for taking us this way to Sodus Point. Next time maybe we wont just “stop by” this secret treasure and we’ll actually make it to the destination we didn’t even get out of the car to see 🙂

family adventure.

july 25 through july 28. 2013.

Thank goodness we are closer to family and friends in Rochester! And thank goodness everyone missed us enough to start visiting right away (maybe it had something to do with Oliver arriving and Aiden growing-up so quickly) but we’ll pretend it’s because of Henry and I 🙂

Tyra and Kathleen drove to visit us for an extended weekend and we had a BLAST! The last time Henry and I went up to Ithaca to Robert H. Treman State Park to see the waterfall the path was closed, we were super excited it was open and we could take the girls there.

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Aiden decided the water was perfect for playing in… and sitting in. I personally thought it was a bit cold. But I guess I’m not a two year old anymore.

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Thank goodness the girls are expert photographers, because we hadn’t had a family photo with little Oliver yet. Saturday morning (more like afternoon-I take forever to get ready these days) we packed up the car and headed to the beach! The photos turned out amazing!

Here are a few of my favorites.

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To end the weekend Saturday night we made home-made sushi rolls! Totally AMAZING and DELICIOUS and we are planning a repeat sushi night again very soon.