Eat. Drink. Repeat. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:47:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Must Stop in Morrisville Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:28:09 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Submitted by Nate from Liverpool – The Copper Turret is his MadSpot!

The Copper Turret is one of those restaurants that you leave wanting to go back for more. Led by executive chef Kerry Beadle The Copper Turret in Morrisville is a great example of what true hospitality is. Walking in to the restaurant it looks and feels like you are at home; you get a warm feel from the wood interior with copper accents. From the moment you walk in the customer service is excellent, they go above and beyond to make sure that your every need is met. Their fresh local food is to die for, not to mention a great drink selection.

After starting with a complimentary salad I had the pulled pork macaroni & cheese. Cooked to perfection and plated perfectly it was great mix of pulled pork and macaroni & cheese. The portions are a good size and value for what you are given.

The handmade desserts looked great and tasted even better. I had the toll house cookie pie which was great. Then at the end of the meal no tipping required, with their no tipping policy. I can’t wait to go back and try their sizzlin’ summer dinner specials and their seasonal handmade Deserts.

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La Iguana’s Abundant Authenticity Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:38:02 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Let’s face it, you can find “Mexican” food just about anywhere these days. Taco Bell sits right next to your local Pizza Hut, folks in western New York love their Mighty Taco, and we’ve all been welcomed to Moe’s. Sure, these spots have their upsides, but we’d all be hard pressed to describe eating a “Number 1” off the dollar menu as a dining experience.

And that’s why I love La Iguana in Hamilton. Not only are many of the ingredients used in their dishes homemade, but the décor and ambiance of the restaurant are wonderfully authentic.

I chose a seat by the window overlooking the Village Green on my left and a beautiful painting of an iguana on the opposing wall to my right. Then I warmed up with their homemade chips and salsa—and I do mean warmthis salsa was muy caliente! Though the fresh tomatoes and cilantro balanced out the spice quite nicely.

Just as my basket of chips bottomed out, my burrito arrived. The flour tortilla was filled with picadillo beef, rice, black beans, salsa, plus cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. Just for kicks I dripped even more salsa on top. And because I don’t like guacamole, the chef was kind enough to give me two scoops of sour cream on the side instead.

There was a lot to like about this burrito. In fact, if ever there was a time that I wanted to pick up my food and give it a little hug, this was it. The beef had touches of onion and lime, the cheese was prevalent and even the rice stood out. And you know a burrito is good when even the rice is notable.

Simply stated, La Iguana takes the time to get it right. With homemade dishes prepared with fresh ingredients served in an authentic atmosphere, La Iguana is a true Number 1 dining experience.

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Good Nature to Host “Malt and Mold” Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Beer and cheese go together juts as fine as wine and cheese if not better in my book. On Sunday June 23rd, you have the chance to find our for yourself as Good Nature Brewing hosts “Malt and Mold” pairing cheese and ales.

The event is a class with Ryan from  La Petit Fromagerie at the Tasting Room on June 23rd at 3PM. There will be eight cheeses paired with eight Good Natured Ales, and a wealth of information about what goes into pairing them. Includes a glass of a GNB brew of your choice and the opportunity to take home some fabulous cheese and learn about an incredible Clinton-based cheese shop.

Tickets are $40 and are on sale in the tasting room or online.


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Open Farm Day Set for July 27 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:21:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Building off of several years of successful events, Open Farm Day is set to return in July and it is your best chance to meet, greet and purchase direct from the farmers that work so hard to put locally sourced foods on our tables.

open farm dayCornell Cooperative Extension is thrilled to announce the 6th annual Open Farm Day, on Saturday, July 27th between 10am and 4pm. 37 farms will be opening their gates to the public on this day. Open Farm Day is an amazing opportunity for you, your family and your friends to travel Madison County, tour the farms, sample some homegrown products, see farm animals and experience the bounty of Madison County Agriculture.  All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler to bring home lots of local food.  If you have been trying to find ways to connect to your food, or introduce your kids to a farm, you really can’t miss this event.

While the event is a perfect way to spend a day, there are prizes too!  This year, the Open Farm Day Prize for visiting 3 or more farms is a Madison County Picnic Pack, an insulated drawstring backpack. Just get your Passport stamped at 3 different farms, fill out the survey on the back of the Stamp Card and turn it in at your final stop in exchange for the Open Farm Day Prize.

Open Farm Day is the best way to experience the diversity of locally produced products and Madison County farmers. The planner have gotten a lot of help from Price Chopper which very generously prints 20,000 full-page brightly colored Open Farm Day Passports. These will be available at 10 Price Chopper locations in CNY, mailed directly to thousands of homes in Madison County as well as distributed to key locations in Onondaga, Oneida and Madison Counties.

For more information on Open Farm Day participants and the availability of Passports please visit: – or “Like” Madison County Agriculture Economic Development on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the latest Open Farm Day news.

Open Farm Day would not be possible without the support of our sponsors:  Price Chopper Grocery Store, Farm Family Insurance, CaroVail, Chobani,, Gorman Foundation, Farm Credit East, Buy Local Madison County, Country Folks, Northeast Hop Alliance, Eagle Publications, Clinton Tractor and Implement Co., Morrisville State College,  WMCR, Gifford Foundation, Plank Road Magazine, Farm Bureau of Madison County, Empire Brewery, Colgate Inn, Upstate Institute at Colgate University, Organic Valley, Hamilton Partnership for Community Development, Southern Madison Heritage Trust Inc., Den Kelly, Kriemhild Dairy Farms, Tanner Ins., Parry’s, Foothill Hops, Wormuth Dairy & Refrigeration LLC, Charles Husted Inc., Cargill, Obreza Trucking, Endless Trails Farm, Queensboro Farm Products Inc., M. Burton Marshall, Cooley’s True value, Empire Buffalo, Ingallside Meadows Farm, Creekside Meadows Farm and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County.

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Spend your Saturday on the Farm Thu, 16 May 2013 14:19:19 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Learning about where your food is coming from, or how hard farmers work can be a lot of fun.  This weekend Creekside Meadows Farm will hold an Open Gate event from 10-3 on Saturday.

You and your family will be able to tour the farm and learn what, how and why they farm in and how they raise the animals.  Check out the new born calf roaming the pasture, see the baby duroc piglets, chicks and turkeys.

If you like what you see there will be plenty of opportunity to purchase products from the farm.  Everything from grassfed beef to fresh pasture pork turkey breast and samples from 2 Kids Goat Farm and Krienhild Dairy.

Feeling lucky? Enter their raffle for a 20 pound turkey breast, benefiting the roof on the farm stand.  Spring is here, the pastures are green and lush, so what better time to bring the kids out and reconnect with the farmer in your neighborhood.

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Good Nature Brewing Wins Big at Tap NY Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:52:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]> TAP New York, the state’s largest annual beer festival, handed out its hardware and Madison County’s own Good Nature Brewing won a big award.  They took home the John Calen Award for Best Beer (in a traditional English style) with their India Pale Ale.

good nature brewingThe Calen award changes each year and focuses on a specific style.  Last year’s style was porter and of course IPA’s were the choice for 2013.

It is more good news in a string of big happening for Madison County’s first brewers.  In the first 15 months of existence it has already more than doubled its production capacity, and is in the process of opening a new tasting room on Broad St., in the center of Hamilton. The new tasting room could be open this week.

All we know is we could not be prouder of Good Nature and the hard work they are putting forth as our first brewery in Madfoods Country.

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