An Expat Returns Blog

Perfect Proper Pork Pie

And Prizewinner! Kate Schlenker, owner of Newbury Park Pastries, took home one of the Best Food Vendor prizes at this year’s Savor! event. The competition was judged by Dominique Crenn, the San Francisco Michelin...

Is it a Flying Saucer?

Nope, it’s a pie crust top from Monica’s Pies in Naples, New York, The Grape Pie Capitol of the World. Monica Schenk has been baking pies since 1983 with her family involved in every...

The Quintessential Frozen Custard

Chocolate Almond Frozen Custard is a Rochester flavor favorite that has been around since the 1940’s at the old Don and Bob’s restaurants on Monroe Avenue and Sea Breeze. Don Barbato was the original...

Cutting the Mustard

Rochester and Western New York are melting pots of cultures who brought their traditional recipes from Eastern and Western Europe in the 1800’s.  French’s, the iconic Yellow Mustard producer was invented here in Rochester....

Cookies, Cannolis and more Cookies

When I think of Italian cookies in Rochester, Savoia Pastry Shoppe is the first to come to mind. Originally opened in 1929, the shoppe was purchased in 2005 by Kathy and George Privitera with...

Wickedly good Beef on Weck

I worked part-time at B. Forman Co. in Culver-Ridge Plaza while I was attending high school. There was a restaurant that adjoined the store and occasionally I’d order a Beef on Kimmelweck also commonly...

Authentic Hot Italian Sausage

  The Italian community has always been a huge influence in the Rochester, NY, area in culture but especially in food. I remember going to delis with meats hanging from the ceiling, breads resting...

Don’s Original Meat Hot Sauce

I grew up going to the iconic Don and Bob’s Restaurant on Monroe Avenue in the 60’s-70’s with family and then boyfriends having their famous Ground Round burger. Their Meat Hot Sauce is a...

Meanwhile back in NY

I left Rochester in 1979 in the pursuit of new adventures in cultures, food, personalities and the differences and common thoughts people share. It’s been beyond my dreams of fun, traveling around the world...