Monthly Archives: November 2013

334. Potters Tree Farm

In the spirit of the holidays it’s time to start considering some Christmas trees.


Potters tree farm, one of the best spots to get a christmas tree in CNY!

They’ve got big trees, little trees, medium trees…everything you can imagine, they’ve got it!

Tip: PB & J’s lunchbox will be there from 8:30-4pm today!

location:1229 Kingdom Rd Baldwinsville New York

333. Wine and Chocolate Festival

Two of my favorite things on earth, aside from Tim Riggins and online shopping are Wine and Chocolate.


I was just thinking this morning how I never used to be a sweets person, but now I can’t get enough of chocolate. ….or wine.

Thankfully, tomorrow at the fairgrounds they’ve got both! The CNY Wine and Chocolate Festival combines two loves and makes them one. It’s Friday November 29th from 3-9pm.

Honestly, and this goes to all men and women out there… what better way to spend your black friday? Tasting wines, eating chocolate & treats and shopping among the booths set up.

It’s hosted by Alex & Ani, which I’m pretty sure is the biggest thing to hit Syracuse since Ugg boots.

Tip: Tickets are $20 & can be purchased here or at Wegmans

location: NYS Fairgrounds

332. Dickens Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

We’re now exactly 33 days until New Years Eve. How exciting is that?!

This blog has come a long way, and I’m so thankful for all of my supporters, readers, likes, and the activities in Syracuse for giving me a reason to blog! It’s been quite the ride so far, I can’t believe we’re almost done.

One of my favorite things to do in Syracuse is to head out of town for a few hours…weird, right? A blog about things to do IN syracuse, and the person writing it likes to leave the city every once in a while… but hear me out….


Sometimes, you have to shake it up a little and the best way to do that is to explore areas around you. I’ve got a serious case of chronic wanderlust. I’m always looking for a new adventure, and sometimes..the most exciting things are happening outside of our city.

Tomorrow, for example, Skaneateles is hosting their annual Dickens Christmas celebration. It’s one of the most beautiful and interactive christmas activities in all of upstate NY…and it’s exciting to be a part of something so special.

It includes horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, strolling dickens characters performing interactive street theater, free roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and more.

It’s really really special. I strongly encourage people to check this out, it’s a beautiful experience. Especially in the quaint town of Skaneateles. The town sets a nostaligic backdrop for a Dickens christmas spectacular..

If you’re avoiding the black friday sales, this is a great alternative. If you’ve already got your heart set on those door buster sales, don’t worry…there are always other weekends. The christmas parade is also on the 30th, December 1, 7 & 8th.

Tip: It starts at noon and lasts 4 hours.

location: Skaneateles

331. Clinton Square Tree Lighting

Every year, the city of Syracuse comes alive around the Holidays.

I love going downtown and seeing the lights on the trees and the snow and ice skating in Clinton Square.

To kick off the holiday spirit, the tree lighting is this Friday at 6:30pm.

clintonsquaretreeThis event brings joy to the people of Syracuse. It’s an exciting time and sharing it with everyone is very exciting!

Tip: Traffic should be pretty crazy Friday, if you’re going to the tree lighting, you might way to leave early in order to guarantee a parking spot/avoid the traffic.

location: Clinton Square

330. Hercules Candy Company

Whenever candy is in the title, I have to remind myself of two things.

1) Moderation

2) More Moderation.


However, with the holidays there’s a special exception to every rule. Aka: I’ll be throwing moderation out the window this week!

The Hercules Candy Company is offering an Open House this Saturday November 30th at 10am.

The open house will include a free tour of the candy making factory AND you get to watch as they make candy canes!!

Candy canes…a sure sign Winter is here.

Tip: Check out the facebook page for more event details

location: 209 W Heman Street, East Syracuse, NY

329. Turkey Trot

Last year, I ran the hardest 5k of my life.

I say hardest loosely…it was difficult because not only was the course hard, but it was on Thanksgiving and all I wanted to do was sleep in!

However, at the end of the race I felt more accomplished than any one of my friends & family who did not participate…and knew I could eat guilt free all day! Which was exactly what I did.


The B’ville Turkey Trot. in it’s 45th year (!!!), is definitely the most popular of the various Turkey Trots in the area. Hundreds of people show up, some dressed as turkeys! There is an excitement in the air, it’s a feel good morning.

It’s this Thursday at 9:15am for the 5k & 10am for the 10k.

The course starts at C.W Baker High school and runs through the neighborhoods surrounding the school. You get a great view of the old homes in B’ville along with encouragement from neighbors and friends. It’s really a great race. If you’re thinking of doing a holiday race this year, make the Turkey Trot the one

Online registration has closed but you can still register up until 20 minutes before the race, or in the days before the race at Fleet Feet in E. Syracuse.


Tip: It’s hilly!

location: 29 E. Oneida Street Baldwinsville, NY

328. Picasso’s Pastries

It’s sunday morning…and all you want is something sweet. Something from a cute little bakery…something…..pastry. Picasso’s Pastries


They’ve got breads, muffins, cookies, cream puffs, cheese rolls, cinnamon buns, donuts and more! Oh my!!!

With it being right before the holidays, this is your 1 stop shop for something to bring over to your relatives house for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Check out their facebook page for daily specials, hours, and more!

Tip: Try their lemon basil cookies…they’re delicious!

location: 466 Westcott Street, Syracuse NY

327. Change of Pace

With Syracuse football playing Pittsburgh today, the SU hill is bound to be crazy. There are places all over the city where you could watch the game. Chuck’s, The Saltine Warrior, Cobblestone


A place where a lot of people head to to watch the games, both football and basketball is Change of Pace.

It’s a quaint bar over on Grant Blvd that shows tons of sports games and is known for their wings.

Sounds pretty legit to me. With kickoff at 12:30 today, you’ve only got a few hours to make a decision about where to watch the game! Head to Change of Pace and see what it’s all about!

Tip: It’s kind of hard to miss if you’re passing by

location: 1802 Grant Blvd, Syracuse NY

326. Cuisine for the Cure


Susan G Komen has some great events that go on in this community.  The proceeds go to benefit the CNY Susan G Komen affiliates.

This month & next month there is a program hosted by the CNY Susan G Komen called Cuisine for a cure.

It’s a bit expensive, but I truly believe it’s worth it.

It goes something like this;

There will be 4 participating restaurants in and around Syracuse. They’ll offer exclusive dinners to the participants.

The first dinner was November 3rd at The Brewster Inn

and the remaining dinners are November 24th at Rosalie’s in Skaneateles, December 1st at Kyoto in Fayetteville and Joelle’s French Bistro in Skaneateles on December 15th.

The tickets are $125 each, and all proceeds go towards the CNY Susan G Komen.

Tip: Buy tickets as early as you can, these events fill up fast! Call Jessica Bell at 315-472-6162


325. Bleu Monkey Cafe

On a recent trip to Marshall Street, a friend and I decided that we were going to try Bleu Monkey Cafe.

I had no idea what the restaurant was about, for some reason I thought it only served paninis?

Well, I was wrong.


I walked out stuffed to the brim in the best sushi I’ve had in a long time.

My typical go-to sushi restaurant is Namu. But Bleu Monkey serves the freshest sushi I’ve ever eaten here in Syracuse.  There’s a wide variety of choices, the menu is easy to read, it’s #1 in my book!

Also, they’ve got these really interesting noodle bowls that everyone around us was ordering.  I think it might be their claim to fame. If we had room we were going to order one, but we were stuffed with the two rolls we both ordered.

My favorite kind of restaurant is the no-frills kind, and that’s exactly what Bleu Monkey is!

Tip: They deliver & you can order online!