With international readership, Chickpea keeps a full plate

With international readership, Chickpea keeps a full plate

As one of just two people behind Chickpea Magazine, Cara Livermore always has a full plate. The Rochester-based vegan quarterly publication — which Livermore runs with her partner, Bob Lawton, who handles sales and shipping — is a collection of recipes, stories, and articles from people around the world.

A long time coming, Bitter Honey opens on Railroad Street

Zack Mikida's enthusiasm is contagious. On the day we sat down to talk, everyone who walked into Bitter Honey (127 Railroad Street), Mikida's new venture with SCN Hospitality (The Revelry, Branca), whether it was an employee or a customer, was greeted with a high five or a hug.

Upcoming kitchen incubator The Commissary to give food businesses a leg up

In the lobby of the Metropolitan, formerly known as Chase Tower, the buzz of power tools echoes off the high ceiling as hard-hatted construction workers intermingle with downtown nine-to-fivers coming and going from the new arched glass entrance on South Clinton Avenue. One of the most recognizable landmarks in the Rochester skyline, the Metropolitan is undergoing a substantial makeover, and more changes are coming.

The Spirit Room revels in Rochester lore

Rochester has an intriguing spooky side. You've probably heard the stories about the Lady in White, the haunted stacks of the Rundel Memorial Library, or the Fox Sisters.

Beer's best friend

Beer drinkers locally and nationally are experiencing something of a craft brewery renaissance. According to Datafiniti, Rochester now ranks 16th per capita nationally with 3.2 breweries for every 100,000 people.

Roll with it

My first question to John Syouthoum, the owner of Roll'n Yen Thai Fried Ice Cream (656 South Avenue), is "Why is it called 'fried ice cream' when it's not fried?" The house-made ice cream is spread out on a flat surface and then scraped into rolls and placed in a cup — there isn't a fryer in sight.

Final market finds of the summer season

Rochester-area markets and farm stands by this time of the year are overflowing with seasonal fruits and vegetables of all colors, shapes, and sizes. The summer season is fleeting, though, and fall is in the air, so look for late-summer finds before autumn arrives and the farm stands start to clear out.

A renovated Dicky’s reopens and returns to the family

Residents of the Highland Park neighborhood, many of whom grew up there and decided to raise their own families in the area, are well familiar with the green building on the corner of Meigs and Caroline Streets. The building was built in 1880 and purchased by the Salvaggio family in 1922.


  • Re: With international readership, Chickpea keeps a full plate

    • Such a wonderful article! Love hearing behind the scenes info about my favorite artists!

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: A long time coming, Bitter Honey opens on Railroad Street

    • SIX bucks for a taco? Seems like millennials will eat it up, along with the…

    • on October 18, 2017
  • Re: Upcoming kitchen incubator The Commissary to give food businesses a leg up

    • This is the best development that I am so excited about for Rochester New York…

    • on October 7, 2017
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