…the setting of the greatest story ever told. Name that movie and i’ll buy you a drink.

Last weekend was spent in Ithaca, New York, the best little hippy college town, ever.

Ithaca is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and the Ithaca Farmers Market, voted one of America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets. A great place to be for students and foodies alike.

HOWEVER, Ithaca is not a great place to be if you scare easily. Why, you ask? Because the deer have gone mad. An overpopulation of deer in the Tompkins County Region of NY has caused a change in deer behavior. It seems that “deer in the headlights” are a thing of the past. The deer stand on the side of the road, UNDAUNTED, when cars zoom right past them! This actually happens, I witnessed it myself several times over the weekend. There is now a community-wide debate over an effective yet humane solution to problem. Damn crazy deer.

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You don’t even blink, do you?

Ithaca is also abundant in awesome BAGELS! For breakfast Saturday morning we went to Collegetown Bagels, a local restaurant landmark and sister restaurant to equally awesome Ithaca Bakery.

Collegetown is one of those feel-good bakerys with tons of colors, smiling people and the intoxicating smell of fresh bagels. Ordering is a bit overwhelming, the menu is huge, the bagel options are endless, and everyone ahead of you in line knows exactly what they want, because they probably go there everyday. “Hell, I would, I’d have seconds and I’d polish it off with a tall, cool Budweiser.” Name that reference and I’ll buy you two drinks.

We decided on the California Sunrise on a Sundried Tomato Bagel:

And the Mexican on a Spicy Italian Bagel:

Yes, that is literally cheese melted on top of cream cheese. Whoever invented that deserves a prize.

The California Sunrise was great but the Mexican came out on top. The combo of the CHEESES, salsa and spicy bagel turned out to be the trifecta of ingredients to a perfect bagel.

Oh, and they have a great selection of local coffee. “Love Buzz” has extra caffeine, so I got it.

Hey, if you’re not a bagel person, Ithaca can offer you a great selection of multi-faceted minerals OR bongo lessons by the creek – there’s really something for everyone!

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2 Responses to Ithaca

  1. skratch says:

    the quote above is from Space – The Infinite Frontier with Will Ferrell as Harry Caray

  2. Meesh says:

    correct! I owe you two drinks (happy birthday BTW!)

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