Jamesville pastries are fit for a king, queen, and commoners

There is tucked away, and then there is, tucked away. The Pastry Palace, in Jamesville just off Route 173, is tucked away. But the friendly owner will tell you that people know him and people find him. I just wasn’t one of those people until this past Saturday when Wife L and Father-in-law D and…

Emma’s helps ease conflicted feelings toward Cazenovia

I always have had the feeling that there is some tension between Cazenovia and the rest of Madison County. The village  is a charmer, no question. And it has money, and it has its rules (i.e. required permits for out-of-town fisherfolk who want to use its lake), and it has this air about it that just rubs…

Drive to nowhere nets some views but no food

OK, so not every driving venture on the byways and little highways of CNY work out. Case in point: a ride in search of a trail head in the DeRuyter State Forest, with a stop at the Red and White Cafe afterward as a reward for my hike. Fail. My friends over at CNY Hiking…

Finding bologna and lobster in the North Country

There is a lot of open country in the North Country. Wife L, Daughter B, and I drove to Canton on Monday to tour another institution of higher learning. We took Route 26 through West Leyden and past the Milk Plant Tavern, up into Constableville,  and then to Turin and its Snow Ridge ski area,…