Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Trip to Amish Country


 

 This past Saturday, we headed down into Ohio country...


 ...stopping first at Smucker's in Orrville...


 ...where jelly jars glowed...


 ...various curds were available for sampling...


 ...and the Pillsbury Dough Boy was the perfect photo-op.


 I mean really - look at that!


Next, we headed deep into Amish country...

 

 ...where Lehman's seemed an obvious choice...

 

...with its large selections of stoves...

 

...pickled eggs...


 ...novelty beverages...


 ...and cooked meats in a can.


Since Lehman's provides non-electrical goods...


 ...it was cool to see gas refrigerator alternatives...


...to help make Amish life a bit easier.

 

After a few trips to the salad bar...

 

...and lunch bar at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen in Mt. Hope...


 ...we ended our afternoon at Hershberger's Farm and Bakery...


 ...where you could come for a bit of farm-life shopping...

 

...or head straight to the animals...


...where they waited (im)patiently...


 ...to be fed...


 ...petted...


 ...or ridden.


After a bunch of Purrell, we finished our visit with some kettle corn...

...and some delicious baked goods.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Paczki-time at Rudy's Strudel in Parma



As pre-Lenten Paczki season approached, I went to my favorite Facebook foodie group (NEO Foodies) to seek out their wisdom.

One thing I really don't like is a paczki filled with a non homemade jelly...the type that reminds you of fruit pie filling in a can.  So I wanted something different than the traditional flavors...something that reminded me more of either a creamstick or perhaps something exotic (coconut cream perhaps?).

Immediately, the group informed me of Rudy's Strudel and Bakery in Parma.  Not only did they have 25+ flavors (many of which were buttercream flavors), but they offered savory paczki as well.

Savory.

I was sold.

This past Saturday morn, I took Max with me to Rudy's and we got to meet Lidia, the owner of the bakery, who was gracious enough to run around the bakery and fill our large order (got a little for everyone)...


...but not before making us feel at home with chairs and toys...


...so that Max could make a masterpiece.


Soon I was driving back a ton of paczki...

 

...as Max slowly enjoyed a chocolate buttercream in the backseat.


Other flavors we got included vanilla buttercream, strawberry buttercream, lemon creme, poppy seed, prune, and marshmallow...


...and most of them were really filled to their limit.


But I was also really interested in the savory paczki where their paczki sandwiches included corned beef and kraut, kielbasa and kraut, potato and cheese...


...and a delicious egg, cheese and bacon paczki that I ate on the way home (like a croissantwich but without the flakiness).


Of course, once we stopped at my brother's house, I started cutting into the sweet paczki too.



Monday, July 13, 2015

Italy 2015 - Part 13 - Gallarate (End of the Trip)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


 

 That morning, we took a train back to the airport hotel...


 ...and met up again with Rosalba and Nino for a dinner out at Sapori d'Italia in Gallarate.


 Nino got an incredible dish that came in a cooked pizza crust...


 ...and was filled with scialatielli pasta, mussel, clams and more.


 He ate all of it (Bravo!).


 I had an incredible scamorza and salmon pizza...


 ...while Max went all out with this French fry pizza.


 We finished with some ice cream and a stroll...


 ...and I got to carry Max one last time before bed.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015



 Even with such a fantastic trip in Italy, I think we were all ready to get back home.


Eaten alive by mosquitoes, Max was particularly pooped on the plane...

 

...and he especially didn't make it long once we got into the car at the Cleveland airport.

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 That night, before bed, we reminisced about our trip...


 ...talking fondly of our Scopa matches...


 ...Pinocchio Park...

 ...the wonderful meals...


...and the people.


What really made it special was the people!