Friday, June 1, 2012

2012 Summer in the Finger Lakes Begins

There are a lot of wineries in the Finger Lakes. Some of them have lunch. The kitchen at Thirsty Owl Winery's Bistro is quite familiar with gluten free dining, and the Bistro is a relaxing and beautiful place to eat. Most of the tables are outdoors on the newly covered deck which overlooks Cayuga Lake and some of Thirsty Owl's vineyards.  (Click on the link to see a picture on their web page -- it really is beautiful.)

This was my first lunch of the summer there so I am afraid that I overdid it. Steve and I split a dish of mussels, which they served with large thick slices of a seed laden whole grain gf bread. (You have to ask for the gf bread. It normally comes with gluten laden bread.) I asked which of the entrees were gluten free. The waiter said that any of them could be made to accommodate a gf diet, but that the Crispy Skinned Salmon was gluten free in and of itself. I ordered the salmon. It was served over a creamy white sauce with spinach and small navy beans. I took half of it home in a takeout box because (1) I had eaten a lot of the mussels and pretty much all of the bread, and (2) I was going to have dessert. We had split a bottle of Thirsty Owl's 2011 Dry Riesling and I didn't have any left in my glass, so I ordered an iced tea to drink with Diamond Custard over Strawberries. The custard is called “Diamond” because that is the name of the wine used in the recipe. Diamond is not so sweet as to be a dessert wine, but is definitely one of the sweeter wines that they offer. People who like sweet wines love it. People who like dry wines are not as enthusiastic, but Diamond does make a lovely creamy golden custard that complements the strawberries beautifully.

I'm so happy to be back in the Finger Lakes. What a great place to spend summer.


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