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Driving from Piffard (Geneseo) NY to Toronto

Food Tourist Mar 8, 2007 05:40 AM

On Sunday, March 25th around 3:00 to 6:00 pm, I will be returning to Toronto from the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, NY. http://www.monksbread.com/html/monast... Has anyone tried the Monks' bread, preserves or brownies?

I am desperately craving southern barbecue and Buffalo wings, and would love to stop for take-out on the way home.

Any suggestions for stopovers? I am driving 3 other people so can't take any long detours or eat in. If I could find a Victoria's Secret shop on the way, that would be perfect too, since I can do some duty free shopping.

  1. Sra. Swanky Mar 8, 2007 07:45 AM

    I went to school at SUNY Geneseo - I loved having the Abbey of the Genesee nearby - what a great place. And their bread is awesome! Definitely try all their baked goods. Their cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite.

    You might like a stopover to the Marketplace Mall (in Henrietta). Off of 390 North - take the exit for Hylan Drive and it'll take you to the Marketplace Mall - They've got a pretty good food court that's located on the main entrance level (Tom Wahl's is a great place for hamburgers and BBQ) and I'm sure you can get your Victoria's Secret fix there too.

    1. Food Tourist Mar 23, 2007 09:18 AM

      Any other last minute suggestions? Leaving at 3:30 today.
      Is Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester worth the detour if I can get some free time on Saturday to leave the monastery? (Hey, food is a spiritual experience!) That way I can do my VS shopping and eating there.
      Or is BBQ in Buffalo better than Dinosaur?

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      1. re: Food Tourist
        lizrdkng67 Mar 23, 2007 12:01 PM

        Hey - hope this gets to you in time - My students just left, so I'm getting on Chowhound for the first time today. I heard AMAZING things about Dinosaur BBQ - If you're really in the mood for BBQ, the one in Rochester will take you less time to get there. Enjoy the Abbey and all your adventures in between!

        1. re: lizrdkng67
          Sra. Swanky Mar 23, 2007 12:03 PM

          Ditto to everything lizrdkng67 just said! Have a great trip, FT!!

      2. Food Tourist Apr 4, 2007 12:09 PM

        The Monk's Bread, though tasty, wasn't "all natural" as I had hoped. Bought Genesee Rye (with caraway) and Sunflower (with cinnamon) $1.50 each; and Maple Cinnamon ($2) which was very sweet. Slices are uber-thin. Wasn't as impressed with the whole wheat version. Didn't even want to try their brownies or cake based on the list of ingredients (BHT - scary!) They also sell all-natural jams and honey from other monasteries and those tasted great.

        Made it to Marketplace Mall in Henrietta, but didn't have time to go all the way to Rochester. Tom Wahl's was a big disappointment - they didn't have BBQ but I ordered the pulled pork sandwich which was terrible (they actually put creamy coleslaw inside the sandwich). Abbott's frozen custard was pretty good - I ordered vanilla. I'm no longer a frozen custard virgin (we don't get it in Canada)!

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        1. re: Food Tourist
          Sra. Swanky Apr 5, 2007 07:26 AM

          Didn't know they put those additives in the Monk's Bread! Sorry to hear that Tom Wahl's was a letdown. They specialize in burgers than BBQ. Try a burger next time - you won't be disappointed. Glad you liked Abbott's - it's one of Rochester's true specialties. I've been really missing my frozen custard fix bigtime!

          1. re: Food Tourist
            kevger Apr 8, 2007 11:40 AM

            You need to detour for Dinosaur!! They have national award winning food, support local farmers, fantastic food, hot waitresses and not to mention EVERYTHING is made fresh on a daily basis - make the trip. And whoever suggested Tom Wahl's for BBQ? Who are you? They're a fast food joint! Not BBQ....

            1. re: kevger
              Sra. Swanky Apr 15, 2007 07:38 PM

              I'm Sra. Swanky! Yes, I know that Tom Wahl's is a fast food joint and not a BBQ place - with mainly burgers as their specialty - that's what I told Food Tourist. (They have BBQ on their menu though - never tried it - I stick with the burgers.) I made the suggestion of Tom Wahl's, cause it was a good local food chain in a place where FT could also find a Victoria's Secret. (The Marketplace Mall) Lizrdkng then suggested Dinosaur BBQ and said it was amazing. Just trying to help someone kill two birds with one stone, that's all, kevger - nothing more.

              1. re: Sra. Swanky
                Food Tourist Apr 17, 2007 06:45 PM

                I do appreciate your help but BBQ is definitely not on Tom Wahl's menu. The pulled pork is oven roasted not BBQ.
                However, my shopping trip was extremely fruitful!

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