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DISH '12: Introduction 

Fill up your plate

They say you are what you eat. I submit that if you eat some of the food mentioned in this edition of Dish, you will be awesome. This time out our writers found some of the most outrageous, interesting food and drink items in the Greater Rochester area. Frog-leg garbage plates. Birthday cakes shaped like your favorite cat. Artisan coffees. It's all here.

            If you're tired of ordering the standard entrees at area restaurants, check out DaynaPapaleo's list of inventive, extraordinary dishes at local eateries. From avocado-based chocolate mousses to sushi pizzas, I practically guarantee she found at least something you never knew existed. But beware: the Yeti Burger at Monty's Krown nearly reduced our staff photographer to tears, so great was its girth.

            Summer is nearly upon us, and for many Rochesterians that means a leisurely stroll along the Park Avenue business corridor. Ever notice how many food and drink establishments there are in that neighborhood? We did, and asked Paloma Capanna to do a door-to-door survey of all the Park Ave places you can eat or drink. Hitting them all should keep you busy through fall, at least.

            City restaurant critic James Leach takes a look at the fascinating world of local artisan coffee roasters. We have quite a bustling coffee business in this town, and our roasters vary from women learning job skills to a forward-thinking, scientifically complicated roasting business aiming to please true java aficionados.

            For dessert, check out Heather Charlton's piece on some of Rochester's fancy cake shops. Our area is awash with amazing bakeries, but Heather scouted a few that specialize in super-elaborate creations. They're perfect for special occasions, not-so-special occasions, or any occasion to stuff your face with cake.

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