EGGS! And, a few other things.

It has been a while since I have felt inspired to write. I have at least 5 posts started, but none of them are complete. Much has gone on since my last published post. I recently moved to Rochester and I have been settling into my new surroundings. I am slowly getting used to this new living and cooking space. I am also orienting myself to the City of Rochester and finding new places to shop and explore. Then, I totaled my car. Which actually worked out in a relatively good way. That being said, I am happy, healthy and ready to write and share again.

EGGS! I live super close to the Brighton Farms Market. It is relatively small compared to the Rochester Public Market, but the quality of the vendors is undeniable. The Brighton Market deserves its own write-up (future post) in order to really do it justice. My favorite purchase so far was suggested by my friend, Amy. It is the eggs from Fisher Hill Farm in Bristol, NY. They are a thing of beauty. I have grown so used to eggs that look and taste a certain way, that it was actually a bit shocking when I first cracked one open. Just picking one up felt different. There is a density and weight to them that I noticed instantly. When I cracked it open, it was beautiful. The yolk was larger than other eggs I have had. The color of the yolk had a glow or vibrancy that seemed like it was almost fake. And the flavor has a depth and richness that was completely unexpected. The cost of the eggs is also awesome. You can get 2 dozen medium eggs for $5 and they are huge! They are sized more like the large eggs you buy at Wegmans.

Today’s haul from the market; 2 dozen large eggs, some organic sweet onions, organic tomatoes, and organic swiss chard.

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Inspired by my finds, I made a 3 egg omelet with blanched chard, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, chopped onion greens, and goat cheese. Add a slice of thick cut raisin fennel toast from Flour City Bread and a cup of Fuego Coffee that I bought at the market and breakfast is served!

Please feel free to share any thoughts, ideas or inspiration.

Thai By Night

I love to try new restaurants especially to places that serve cultural cuisines that I don’t often eat, or that I am not well versed in cooking. This past year, Thai By Night opened in Canandaigua, and it has taken me has too long to visit. The excuse to go there was for my daughter Gabi’s 16th birthday. She also enjoys trying new foods.

The space is relatively small, the tables are close together, and the decorating is simple and tasteful. The food and the service were both was outstanding. All of the food came out quickly and hot, and our water glasses were constantly being refilled by the very attentive wait staff.  

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We had the Crispy Spring Rolls as our appetizer. They were crispy, hot and full of flavor. The dipping sauce complimented the rolls and added some spice. We decided to get two entrees and share them. We ordered Pad Kee Mao with chicken a noodle dish served with flat rice noodles, onions, tomatoes, scallions, and Thai basil and chili garlic stir-fry sauce. We also ordered Mom’s Nam Tak a dish of grilled strip steak, red onion, cilantro, scallion, Thai basil, jaew, and toasted rice powder. Both of the meals were outstanding.

 

 

The Pad Kee Ma noodle dish has an interesting combination of flavors. You have the option to order this dish with three levels of spiciness, mild, medium and spicy. We went with the mild option. I really enjoyed all aspects of this particular dish and how the subtle spicy kick balanced out the rest of the flavors.

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The steak dish was equally as good, and it was cooked perfectly. The meat was tender, flavorful, sliced thin, and served with cilantro and sticky rice. The cilantro seemed to make a perfect compliment to the steak, and I tried to eat a little in every bite.

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I am really bad using chopsticks but I worked hard to eat with them for the entire meal. Gabi is a natural at using them and she enjoyed watching me struggle. Personally, I love that Canandaigua has a restaurant with a true an urban feel. I felt like I was in New York City or San Francisco and the food was great! I also think it’s great that the owners are sourcing the foods and beverages from local farms, wineries, and breweries.

I am linking a few news stories below so you can learn more about the story behind Thai By Night.

Democrat and Chronicle – Thai by Night in Canandaigua blends authentic and creative approaches

The Daily Messenger – Thai food coming to downtown Canandaigua

You can also find Thai By Night on Facebook and Instagram

Overall it was a great experience and I would highly suggest you get in there ASAP!