Posts Tagged ‘Ithaca’

Gulaschsuppe (German Goulash Soup)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

I like my Gulaschsuppe served along with a pretzel roll and a salad of baby spinach, chopped apple, walnuts, oil, & vinegar…

Ithaca, NY, which is located on the southern end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lake region, is one of the quaintest little towns I know of.  While the name Ithaca may not be familiar right away, it might ring a bell when you hear that it is home to Cornell University (and the Moosewood Restaurant!). (more…)

Kilpatrick’s Publick House, Ithaca, New York

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

During our stay in Ithaca, Mike and I ate dinner at Kilpatrick’s Publick House, which is a cozy, pub-style restaurant and bar in downtown Ithaca with a huge menu.

We were initially seated in the front of the restaurant, which is very homey and inviting with a fireplace and a large mural on the wall (and I have to add that there’s good lighting for taking pictures because of nearby windows!).  Unfortunately, there was a table of about 12 rowdy patrons (our waitress told us they had been there for happy hour) right next to us who were so loud that Mike and I had to scream to be able to hear each other.  We ended up moving to a secluded booth in the back of the restaurant, which was very quiet and private but had very dim lighting. 
I would have sacrificed the conversation and my hearing (ah, the commitment of a dedicated food blogger, right?) and stayed near the windows for the good lighting, but I was vetoed…which is why I had to use a flash on the pictures.
The service was wonderful – our waitress (Jocelyn) was attentive and the food arrived quickly.

Our Wonderful Waitress, Jocelyn

Once we were seated in our private booth, we were served fresh rolls.  The rolls were small (two bites per roll) but delicious.  They had a nice crusty exterior with a yeasty smell, an open crumb, and a slightly sourdough-y flavor.

Fresh Rolls, Hot & Delicious

The house salad was brought out with two different house dressings, apple vinaigrette with garlic and orange honey mustard.  The orange honey mustard was a little too sweet for me, but the apple vinaigrette was the perfect balance of sweet (from the apple) and savory (from the garlic).

House Salad with Two House Dressings — Apple Vinaigrette with Garlic & Orange Honey Mustard

To start the meal, Mike ordered Wings over Ireland, which was basically Buffalo wings.  The wings came with celery sticks, blue cheese dressing, and herbed garlic aioli.  The wings weren’t the best wings I’ve ever had (I thought they were just a tad overcooked), but the blue cheese dressing and the aioli were fantastic.  The blue cheese dressing was both slightly sweet and slightly tangy, and it had large chunks of blue cheese.  It was one of the best blue cheese dressings I’ve had.  The aioli was incredible and Mike and I thought it was delicious paired with everything from wings, to raw veggies, to French fries.

Wings over Ireland, Served with Celery, Blue Cheese Dressing, & Herbed Garlic Aioli

As an appetizer, I ordered the Prata Cake, which was described as:  “A hearty blend of chunky baked potato, blended with fresh herbs, gorgonzola and cheddar cheese then deep fried and served with cranberry and raspberry dipping sauce.” 

Prata Cake with Cranberry & Raspberry Dipping Sauce

I was pretty disappointed with this dish.  Instead of having a chunky, baked potato interior, it was shredded potato and quite dry.  Also, as you can see, the fresh herbs, gorgonzola, and cheddar cheese that were promised to be inside were very sparse (I actually couldn’t taste them at all).  I was excited for the cranberry and raspberry dipping sauce, as I thought it would have a nice sweet/tart flavor that would complement the cheeses in the cakes well.  Unfortunately, the flavor of horseradish completely dominated this sauce (and horseradish wasn’t even in the description!).  I ended up slathering on some of the herbed garlic aioli instead.

Prata Cake Interior

For his main course, Mike ordered the Gaelic Filet, which came with a delicious Brotherhood Cabernet Suavignon Reduction; he substituted French fries for the mashed potato that it was supposed to come with.  The steak was cooked perfectly (tender, juicy, and flavorful) and the wine reduction was the perfect accompaniment to it.  The fries were delicious (especially with the aioli ;) ) – golden and crispy outside and soft and tender inside.

Gaelic Filet with Brotherhood Cabernet Suavignon Reduction

Golden French Fries

For my main, I wanted to order the Sheppard’s Pie, which sounded amazing:  “Tender Beef Marinated in Jameson Whiskey and Guinness combined with potatoes, carrots, celery and onions topped with creamy potato and our toasted hazelnut crisp.”  Sadly, they were out of it.  Our waitress recommended Corned Beef and Cabbage and I’m glad she did because it ended up being absolutely fabulous. 

Corned Beef with Cabbage & Chunky Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

The beef was fork-tender and very flavorful with the corned beef spices.  The cabbage was tender and mild-flavored, and the mashed potatoes were garlic-y in flavor and rustic in texture with chunks of potato and pieces of potato skin included.  It was an amazingly delicious meal, especially topped with malt vinegar.  The portions were very generous also – Mike even helped eat my meal and we still had about two-thirds of it leftover.  And the leftovers were just as fantastic.

The Perfect Bite

Mike and I both enjoyed this delicious meal and we would definitely go back next time we visit Ithaca.  (I’m still dying to try the Sheppard’s Pie!  ;) )

Kilpatrick’s Publick House

130 East Seneca Street

Ithaca, NY 14850

Tel.:  607.277.8900

Our 5th Wedding Anniversary & City Lights Bed & Breakfast, Ithaca, New York

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Mike and I recently had the pleasure of celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary…I really can’t believe how fast time flies.  These past 5 years have been the happiest, most fulfilling years of my life and I’m looking forward to a lifetime of anniversaries with my wonderful husband.

For our anniversary we wanted a little weekend getaway, not too close to home but not too far to drive.  We decided a bed and breakfast in Ithaca, NY would be perfect.  Ithaca is a quaint college town (home to Cornell University) located in New York’s Finger Lake region. 

On the drive to Ithaca…

The Ithaca Commons

Part of the Sagan Planet Walk, a walking scale model of the solar system…

City Lights Bed & Breakfast:  Part of the common rooms of the house…

The lovely kitchen…

All dressed up for breakfast…

The North Suite where we stayed…

Private entrance to and patio for our suite…

The view of Ithaca from the bed and breakfast…

My favorite part about our stay was the lovely attention to detail all around the house.  There were vases of fresh flowers all over, books to read, and little knick-knacks.  The fee per night for the North Suite where we stayed is $165, which includes a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted muffins, toast, eggs, juice, and coffee.  Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we want to thank our wonderful innkeepers for their hospitality. 

Soon I’ll be posting a review of a restaurant where we had dinner during our stay in Ithaca…stay tuned!

City Lights Bed & Breakfast

1319 Mecklenburg Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850

Phone:  607.227.3003

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