Garbage Plates, Lilacs and Books, Oh My!

My friend, Loretta, is visiting from England. With just two and a half short days to spend together before she heads off to NY City, I wanted to try and give her a sampling of what our little corner of the world has to offer. The Lilac Festival seemed a logical place to start, so on Friday morning we set off for Rochester, where we enjoyed a stroll through Highland Park. Though many of the lilacs had come and gone, the ones that remained gave it their all. The scent was heavenly.

A mind-boggling amount of food choices made it difficult to decide on lunch; Italian sausage? Gyros? Roasted turkey legs? I decided Loretta couldn’t leave Rochester, New York without sampling a Zweigle’s hot dog, so in the end, we went for a couple of garbage plates. I joked with her that she could go back to the UK and tell her pals that she came to America and paid $8 for a plate of garbage. And enjoyed every bite!

On Saturday I wanted to show off our gorgeous countryside, so we ventured to Ontario County to the Hamlet of Honeoye. Our destination; Mackerel Sky Books and More.

What a treasure Mackerel Sky turned out to be! Sunshine streamed through the oversized windows, casting its cheerful rays across paintings by local artists and shelves and shelves of books. Carol, the store’s owner, stocks many of the latest fiction and non- fiction titles, as well as a nice selection of “twice touched” treasures.

I think Loretta is going to need a bigger suitcase!

Carol has even been kind enough to reserve shelf space for the works of yours truly.

This is a book lover’s paradise, so when you visit, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to browse. As an added bonus, Mackerel Sky’s next door neighbor is a delightful place called the Red Coyote Coffee Shop.

With its warm autumn colors and the luscious aroma of specialty coffees hanging in the air, the Red Coyote beckons its guests to linger at its charming tables painted with checkerboards. And linger we did. I indulged in a cup of Hazelnut coffee while Loretta enjoyed a cappuccino and a pastry. All in all it was a fabulous day.

As I watch Loretta board the train this morning, bound for the hustle and bustle of New York City, I hope she has enjoyed her visit to our little corner of the world. I hope she has collected some lovely memories to take back home, along with her books and her cakes of lilac soap.