Whew! The seven hundred mile (plus) journey, by car, was a lot harder than the last time I made it seven years ago. Granted, I’m seven years older as well as seven years stiffer. Canandaigua, NY, is a small town: population around 10k plus, but being in the Finger Lakes area, it’s also a summer destination spot, so it has a much wider selection of places to eat than my current city of residence with double the population. I always like to say I eat my way through Canandaigua and the surrounding area. This trip was no exception.

Friday, we went to Stonecutters in Geneva. It’s located on the banks of awesome Seneca Lake, the deepest of the Finger Lakes. I had a Monte Cristo and an order of onion petals. Leftovers for dinner since the servings are humongous!

Stonecutters

Stonecutters

Inside Stonecutters

Inside Stonecutters

Saturday was the 4th of July and a chill-out day, so we had Zweigles Pop Open red and white hot dogs (think big fat franks), baked beans, potato salad, and a variety of potato chips. Betty Crocker’s Fun-fetti cake with Fun-fetti icing was our dessert.

Sunday, Tom and Marti treated me to a birthday lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Pittsford. What did I have? I had a pit beef sandwich and fries–basically a French dip. Fresh strawberry cheesecake. Again, huge servings with leftovers for dinner.

Tom and Marti MIller, my gracious hosts

Tom and Marti MIller, my gracious hosts

Moi, feeling well-fed and relaxed.

Moi, feeling well-fed and relaxed.

Erie Canal

Erie Canal on the way home, near Rochester

Monday was another chill-out day. We headed downtown to the lake for yummy ice cream at Muar House, then a great homemade spaghetti dinner, Italian Bread and garden salads.

Tuesday, Marti and I headed out to Sodus Point to check out the two lighthouses. There’s a nifty museum at the Sodus Bay lighthouse, and a terrific beach at the newer Sodus Point lighthouse.

Sodus Bay Lighthouse and Museum

Sodus Bay Lighthouse and Museum

Sodus Bay Lighthouse

Sodus Bay Lighthouse

Then back to Canandaigua for lunch at Charlie’s. We both had CharlieBurgers. Mmm. Then out to El Jimador’s for Mexican food. My rather safe choice was two beef tacos with refried beans and Spanish rice. No margaritas, alas, since they “weren’t serving alcohol” beverages the night we were there. Guess there was a problem with the license?

Jane, Marti, and Moi

Jane, Marti, and Moi

Wednesday, I headed home to Kentucky. Spent the night in Columbus and had a knockout deep dish pizza from J’s Wings.

Thursday…home at last.