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Re: “POLITICS: Meet your pols

When are we going to break the political divide between Rochester and Monroe County ? I'm thinking that Maggie Brooks and Lovely Ann can get the job done. It would only benefit all. 210,000 in the City and 800,000 in the County. Let's make it 1.2 million people working together.

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Posted by crm135790 on 04/04/2014 at 10:41 AM

Re: “LIVING: Getting settled

Bev- Give me a call. We're going out for an evening!! I'm going to introduce you to a dozen great restaurants and you'll understand!! You'll meet the best chefs in town, you'll drink great wine, enjoy great service, and be converted!! We'll have a blast! I'm serious! Mark Siwiec 330-8750

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Posted by Mark Siwiec on 04/01/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “LIVING: Getting settled

"Culinary sophistication"?? huh?? Who on earth is he giving these tours to?? I think he needs to get out more...or quit fooling himself!

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Posted by Bev on 03/31/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “MUSIC: Sing, sing a song

The Boulevard on Empire Blvd has Karaoke with DJ Glenn on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm-2am.

Posted by Jenna Fries on 03/29/2014 at 1:42 AM

Re: “CITY/COUNTY: Know your neighborhoods

I believe that the language describing the relationship between the 19th Ward and our college student residents is more reflective of the "youthful vibe" used to describe Monroe Ave than "friction". The 19th is overflowing with youth potential.

I also want to push back on the politically loaded language of "open air drug markets". This is big city language that is being improperly imposed upon our smaller city drug activity. Please do not misconstrue this comment to imply tacit support for drug dealing, particularly as we as a nation grapple with issues of legalization of marijuana juxtaposed against increased use of heroin. No one should get it twisted, the 19th Ward is a good place to live in a great American City
Diane Watkins 1St VP 19th WCA.

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Posted by watdi33 on 03/27/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “WINTER GUIDE: Good cold fun

XC skiing is great! You can probably find cheap used skis on Craigslist and you really don't need lessons, you'll probably be able to figure it out yourself. Another good spot closer to the city (Park Ave area where I live at least) than Mendon Ponds and Durand is Ellison Park.

Posted by Culver on 01/27/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “WINTER GUIDE: Good cold fun

Don't forget about Cross Country, or Nordic, Skiing! The Rochester area has a 40 year history of not only sending Sec. V high school nordic athletes on to competing at the college level and up to the Olympic level.....but there are thousands of local citizen skiers who xc ski the four groomed parks:

Mendon Ponds, Webster, Durand Eastman County Parks, and Harriet Hollister Spencer NY State Park in Canadice.

Visit www.RXCSF.org for ski conditions; an all volunteer foundation keeping Rochester Cross Country Skiing forever.

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Posted by Ann Mangan on 01/22/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2012: Restaurants

I love all the sites that provide insight into good food in rochester. We all have our own idea about what is good. I personally agree that the majority of what people find "good" is pretty sad and unimaginative...but looking at family and friends ( and I love you all) its no surprise! Its great to find a creative place on any level...and any food well done a fab find. Jays gets points for being there 24/7 ,but as for the food...well its quick and edible. Edibles is awesome and the chef owner really puts passion into his food , and cares what his customers have to say...its a find. 2 vines still very good but has lost its creative edge. Rooneys ,sadly, for upscale dining is a no go for us anymore...it has slipped with new ownership, big time, especially at that pricepoint. For another great italian place try otto tommatos, east of victor village...great food with creative twists, generous portions (I can get several meals from most), great friendly family run ( not always great on precise reservation time..its small... but worth the wait). Would love to hear great dessert places...not easy to find these days! Keep up the suggestions folks!

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Posted by its me on 01/11/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “It's curtains for you!

I agree that without curtains rooms are incomplete . A good article on DIY about the curtain is shared , I liked the idea very much I'll definitely try it.
http://www.grannyflatfinder.com.au/

Posted by markedward on 01/11/2014 at 5:21 AM

Re: “You light up my life

Chandeliers are best for decoration of dinning hall.They are best decorative material to enhance the beauty of your house.
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Posted by sarahoaks on 12/16/2013 at 12:28 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2012: Restaurants

Thank you City for your hard work and efforts to promote these hot spots in the Rochester scene. Looking forward to this years polls and winner announcements. We more folks to promote the #ROC like you do. As a local business owner (of www,Peppernutz.com ) - we need your support to drive folks into our economy.

Posted by Peppernutz.com on 12/14/2013 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Moving past the Turkey

Congratulations to City Paper for featuring an article on vegan holiday fare! While I doubt that the majority of eaters would eschew the turkey in favor of sides, this will hopefully inspire folks to try a few new things. As a longtime meatless eater and proponent of local foods (who looks forward to all of the side dishes), I would like to offer a few insights and points of clarification on some of the things Nicole Milano mentions in her article:

Tofu and tempeh are not on the same plane as branded meat substitutes (foods pretending to be meat), such as the "chik'n nuggets" mentioned in the first paragraph. Made from minimally processed soy beans, tempeh and tofu are traditional, protein-rich foods that have been a staple of various Asian cuisines for hundreds and thousands of years, respectively.

On the other hand, store-bought "pretend meats," unlike tofu and tempeh, are often built on a base of wheat gluten (which has its own set of issues) and riddled with complex chemical combinations in the form of preservatives, artificial flavorings, and colorings. (Just because something is marketed as "vegan" doesn't mean that it's necessarily good for you!) Whether you're vegan or not, it's a good idea to read labels. If you're scoping out a processed food item and can't pronounce an ingredient, need to Google it on your phone while you're in the store, or think you would need to buy a vowel to complete its spelling on Wheel of Fortune, you're probably better off leaving it at the store.

While chef Brian Van Etten of the Owl House clearly has a sweet tooth, it's important for everyone (not just vegans) to balance their blood sugar. If every vegan side dish on the Thanksgiving buffet is packing some secret sweet ingredient (e.g. Craisins, which are incredibly high in sugar), chances are you'll be slumped over from a sugar headache before you even have a chance to sample Jennifer Morgan's [Almost] Vegan Harvest Pumpkin Cupcakes (local maple syrup would be a great alternative to honey—or fake honey!). Sweet-n-savory is definitely a compelling flavor combination, but save that secret weapon to punctuate maybe one or two dishes out of your whole delicious array of offerings.

For vegan baking, the best egg substitute is ground flax meal and water. For the equivalent of one egg, use 1 tbsp. ground flax to 3 tbsp. warm water. Mix well in a small container and set aside for a few minutes. It will develop a viscous texture very similar to a beaten egg! Once it starts to get sticky, you can add it to your recipe. You can buy whole or ground flax seeds at most stores in the area. It's important to store them in an airtight container in the fridge once they're opened to keep them fresh and keep their Omega-3 content from breaking down. If you purchase whole flax seeds, you can use a clean coffee grinder to quickly grind them yourself on an as-needed basis. (Incidentally, our bodies can get far more nutrients from the ground flaxseeds than whole ones, which, in the words of The Doors, tend to "break on through to the other side.")

As for making the most of our local harvests, the Public Market is not the go-to destination for locally grown/raised foods in Rochester. Sure, it's fun for people-watching on a Saturday, but many of the vendors at the Public Market actually import their goods from far-flung places (like California), and it can be really difficult to find local (and organic) produce without conducting an interview with each vendor.

The South Wedge Market emphasizes local and sustainable products, but is not year-round (it closes for the winter in mid-October). The Brighton Farmers Market emphasizes locally grown food farmed with organic and/or sustainable practices (it's not all "certified organic;" that's a topic for a whole other article, but suffice it to say that the growing practices are generally better than those represented at the Public Market). The Brighton market also stays open year round; they recently moved indoors for winter (Sundays, 1–4pm Brookside Center; http://www.brightonfarmersmarket.org/), and there's also a winter farmers market at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Highland Park on Wednesdays from 3–6pm (http://highlandwintermarket.com/). Penfield's East Side Farmer's Market is also year-round (Sundays, 10am–2pm at Grossmans Garden and Home).

Regardless of one's dietary inclinations, another great way to access local, healthfully farmed produce is through the Good Food Collective (http://thegoodfoodcollective.com/), which organizes fresh, whole-food products from an array of Rochester-area farms and offers them for weekly pickup on a seasonal subscription basis. This is similar to CSA (community supported agriculture) offerings from individual farms, except that the Collective orchestrates harvests from many small farms and operates year-round. They even freeze surplus fruits and veggies from the summer months to ensure a local food supply throughout the winter! They also have a pretty active Facebook group where many members post recipes.

Vegan or not, cooking with more fresh, local ingredients will also generate a lot more food waste at home. Don't throw it away! If you have a yard, it's really easy to compost your food scraps, turning it back into rich soil that you can use to grown your own veggies next summer (that's about as local as it gets, folks). If you're not vegan and have a yard, consider getting some chickens, who will be happy to recycle your kitchen scraps into eggs! And, for the conscious apartment-dweller or those lacking the time and space, there's a fabulous local service called Community Composting (https://www.communitycomposting.org/). For a nominal fee, they'll supply city-dwellers with a green bucket in which to collect your compostable materials and pick it up from your doorstep weekly. Every month, they'll either give you kitchen plants (like fresh herbs to grow on your windowsill), a bin full of very fine, composted soil to use in your own garden or houseplants, or will make a donation of compost to a community garden on your behalf.

I don't work for any of the above organizations; I just want to offer readers a more thorough guide to the numerous options for healthy eating/living here in Rochester, and to elucidate some of the points from Nicole Milano's article. As for recipe resources, here are a few of my favorites:

The Vegetarian Times:
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/
(a veritable compendium of reliably delicious vegan and adaptable vegetarian dishes)

Very Vegetarian, by Jannequin Bennett

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman
(many of the recipes are already vegan or can be easily adapted)

Babycakes, Erin McKenna
(the ultimate recipe book for vegan, gluten-free baking)

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Posted by Kelly Murdoch-Kitt on 11/22/2013 at 2:37 PM

Re: “A Toy Story

"Well, the boys could get them too, but their friends will razz them for a long time. They'll start asking you things like "Hey, did that bow come with a tiara?" and "What happened on yesterday's 'General Hospital?'" But I digress."

I was puzzled as to why this digression actually turned into a way to insult girls and women by suggesting that all they want are tiaras and soap operas -- and to insult boys by suggesting that they're carrying around really outdated and ridiculous notions of what being a girl means about your interests. And to go further, there's nothing wrong with kids using toys marketed to the other gender -- because there's nothing wrong with being a boy, or being a girl. Neither one is better. I think this digression could have been considered more carefully, with an eye toward trying not to actively denigrate anyone.

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Posted by Hrm on 11/20/2013 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2013: Local Color

Park Ave is... Not... by far the best neighborhood in Rochester, Upper Monroe and North Winton Village are hands down better places to own a home and live in our great city. All Park Avenue has is large old rundown homes split into crappy rentals for short term occupants. Everyone lives there when they are 20 and in college, but people who want to make Rochester their home for long term or their lifetime will find the Browncroft area and North Winton Village is the place to be for half the price,

Posted by James Roth on 11/05/2013 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2013: CITY Critic Picks

Hi La Moore, I just wanted to clear up some confusion. The "Critic's Picks" section is a space where some of City's writers (myself included) can draw attention to a variety of people, places and things in the area that they personally enjoy. I chose to write about Whatta-Bánh Mí's bubble smoothies.

I don't claim that they have the "best" bubble tea in Rochester; I haven't sampled nearly enough in the area to make that distinction. I picked them because I find them really tasty. This wasn't a consensus decision made by the entire City staff, so the "you guys" in this case is just one guy: me.

I'll definitely have to make it a point to try the bubble tea at White Swan Cafe, though. I look forward to broadening my bubble tea horizons, and theirs sounds like a good place to start!

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Posted by Adam Lubitow on 11/02/2013 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2013

Did we not vote on best local radio station this year? I don't see it...

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Posted by Frank Forkl on 11/02/2013 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Best of Rochester 2013: CITY Critic Picks

I can't believe you guys think Whatta-Bánh Mí is the best bubble tea joint in Rochester. They use powder-mix in a home-grade blender! which works if it's DIY. But if you want fresh-fruit, and fresh bubble, and your money's worth - go to White Swan Cafe on South Clinton, $3.

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Posted by La Moore on 11/01/2013 at 4:16 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

you're the BEST man for the job... i hope you run and get in again...you've done so much good for our city.. and you treated everyone FAIRLY> i don't think warren would do that !!i know where my vote will be on the 5 th...

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Posted by judy lewandowski on 10/31/2013 at 10:45 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENT: Still the best candidate for mayor: Tom Richards

I think the current Mayor has put us on a solid path. Lovely has already said she wants to take a closer look at some of the projects in the pipeline. That statement alone could disrupt the progress being made. If she wants to change anything, she should just say it up front before the election. Being on city council she already knows how she feels and should make a public statement.

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Posted by johnny on 10/31/2013 at 9:51 PM

Re: “ENDORSEMENTS: City Council and school board

In response to.....statement “(I)well intentioned but don't have the strength and insight necessary for the board." I would like to share more information about my work experience and community involvement. I have been in Management for 17 years, and have worked as a senior level manager for 4 years. As a senior level manager, I have to ensure that we are in compliance in all fiscal areas (budget, taxes, payroll…etc.). I work with a diverse and growing workforce, and I serve the members of the community who patronize our establishments.

In addition to my work in management, I have also served as a parent representative of the Rochester City School District's Audit Committee, where we assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for audit, internal control, and financial reporting processes. I am also the only person running in this election who has served on a board of directors for a successful education establishment (Geneses Community Charter School). I, reluctantly, did not seek reelection due to my desire to run for the Rochester City School Board. I felt that I would not be able to give my all while campaigning and working a full time job.
Also, as a parent advocate, who has worked with many of the children and parents of the Rochester City School District whom the Parent Advisory Council, the Office of Parent Engagement, and many school board members have neglected, I have a complete understanding of the issues that our district is facing and a solution-based platform to address these problems.

As a result of all of my experiences, I have interacted with every level employee of the Rochester City School District up to and including Dr. Vargas. I have offered viable solutions to address the many complex issues that our district is currently facing. We have low morale (from parents, students, teachers, building administrators and central office) due to an inept leadership, a lack of student achievement, and a lack of parent engagement.

This is a board that has continuously approved budgets that are flawed and misappropriated. Currently, we are $50.8 million in debt, which would be unacceptable in any other school district but ours. We have numerous administrators that are making over $100,000 a year and our results are the worst in the country. While the leadership in the Rochester City School District is looking to finance the employment of “high end-level” administrators, it is taking away the valuable supports that are needed for our children to be successful (such as teachers who specialize in Reading, Writing, Math, & Technology, as well as special education and social/emotional staff).

I do not see any media outlets truly focusing on the major issues that directly affect our children. So, as a result, I will.

Posted by Ronald Hall on 10/31/2013 at 5:38 PM

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