I’ve just returned from a short trip with my step-son Ethan to one of my favorite towns – Ithaca, NY. I’m lucky that it takes me less than an hour to get there, so I try to frequent as often as possible.
Of course, in the summer there are any number of reasons to visit Ithaca, but the winter weather can be unpredictable and it most definitely was this weekend.
We had tickets to see Ira Glass (host of This American Life ) speak at the State Theatre.
I found this to be a very entertaining two hours – a discussion on the topic of radio, This American Life and vocal fry interspersed with audio clips and funny anecdotes (including a few lively jokes about the Adult ‘Bookstore’ located next door to the box office). This is a great old theater built in 1915 and the last remaining vaudeville theater in Ithaca.
Unfortunately, I hadn’t taken into consideration the fact that Saturday was Valentine’s Day and our efforts to find a place to grab a bite before the show were in jeopardy as we were turned away at more than one restaurant without reservations. Serendipitously, we wandered into Sahara Restaurant to find that someone had just canceled and we were able to get a table. Thank heavens too, because I think this is my new favorite restaurant of the moment.
By this time, the combination of snow and wind had pretty much created a white-out situation which made me very glad to have had the foresight to book a hotel room for the night.
Of course, this also gave us the opportunity to visit some other Ithaca favorites, Angry Mom Records, Collegetown Bagel and Greenstar Natural Foods Market on our way out of town the next day where I purchased the ingredients necessary to recreate the Za’atar bread at home and stock up on some of my favorite foods.