Two Strikes You’re Out

by Joanne on March 16, 2010

Ted and I tried that new PAMA liquor on Saturday.  It just about knocked our socks off. My socks were no where to be found but Ted had a bit more tolerance.  I couldn’t finish this drink…WAY too strong.


This was the recipe:

Rosé the Riveter
1 1/2 ounces Gin
1/2 ounce PAMA
1/4 ounce honey syrup*
3 ounces dry rosé (we didn’t have any rose’ so we mixed red and white wine to get 3 oz)
Lime for garnish
Shake with ice and strain into tall glass filled with cracked ice. Garnish with lime wheel and straw.
*Mix equal parts honey and water for a simple syrup. Do not heat up. Let dissolve naturally.

We have to find better ways to use that liquor.  Any suggestions?  I’m tempted to try chocolate cupcakes and add the PAMA.

Two Strikes You’re Out refers to a restaurant unfortunately.  Maybe it isn’t quite fair to judge by our second visit because it WAS  a buffet style and not off the regular menu.  The Canal Side Inn.

This is the link from our first visit. You will note that I said it was enjoyable.  Ted did have some qualms but nothing too terrible.  Sunday night we went to an event which raised funds for the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, New York. 

We saw a movie: “Who’s Killing The Famous Chefs Of Europe


– Each famous European chef is killed in a manner of his most famous dish (the lobster chef for example was drowned).  It starred George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset and Robert Morley.  It was very enjoyable. Ted’s comment: “It was something different”.   The movie was funny and light hearted. It is not for hard core Vegans nor Vegetarians. Some meal preparations are disturbing.

One of the most memorable dialogs in the movie was when an Italian police man said “He would NEVER kill him. He HATED him too much.  Didn’t you know that Italians love to HATE someone as much as they LOVE to love someone?!!!!”.    Come to think of it…..  😉

DSC00688 The movie was approximately 112 minutes and immediately following was a dinner buffet at Canal Side Inn.

The Canal Side is owned and operated by Chef James Aufmuth.  We saw him running around putting food out then as we were leaving he was behind the bar pouring liquor over a Bombe… in appreciation for the pastry chef, Jacqueline Bisset from the movie.  We didn’t stay to see the “Bombe” go off, as it was getting late and we had a 30 minute drive home.



The cuisine is defined as traditional American/French.  It is gourmet food although both Ted and I did not experience what we define as “gourmet” on Sunday evening.

DSC00690 This wonderful glass of Chardonnay was the highlight of our evening.  Somewhat earthy, not buttery nor heavy, a balanced grapefruit finish.

One of the chef’s in the movie was famous for his “pressed duck” and there was, of course, a duck press in the movie.  This is what we saw upon entering the Canal Side Inn:


The rest of the photos are somewhat grainy as the light was very low and not even my favorite camera could offer a good photo.

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There was a chicken dish offered but that, as described by Ted was simply thighs and legs and nothing but sauce.  Too dark for a photo – sorry.


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The desserts did look good, but we don’t do dessert …

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Please keep in mind, the Canal Side has been in business since 1982.  You don’t stay in business in our little area that long for serving bad food.  Sometimes we order the wrong meal, sometimes we visit on the wrong night and sometimes the tastes of the chef just don’t match the taste of certain patrons.  However, in Ted and Joanne’s opinion: Two Strikes – YOU’RE OUT!  Here is a link for more positive feedback.

Have you ever gone to a restaurant people RAVE about only to leave wondering what was so good about it?


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  • At 2010.03.16 07:09, kristy said:

    What an interesting story especially the press duck! However, I think those photos still look great but too bad they don’t sound as yummilicious as they look!
    .-= kristy´s last blog ..Tiramisu With Sugared Almond Praline =-.

    • At 2010.03.16 07:11, Samuel Scialdone Jr. said:

      WOW, Joanne, that was one of my favorite restaurants. I need to check this out myself.

      • At 2010.03.16 07:35, Miranda said:

        First of all , I admire that you give links to positive reviews. I think that is so kind of you and unique. You never see both sides. Thank you.
        .-= Miranda´s last blog ..Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Heath Bars =-.

        • At 2010.03.16 09:13, Dawn Hutchins said:

          Yes that definitely happens to us. I remember a particular instance when I was in Daytona. I asked a friend who grew up there some good places to go and the place she suggested ended up being so generic yet expensive we were really disappointed.
          On a more positive note…you won an award! Come visit this morning’s post on my blog and congratulations!
          .-= Dawn Hutchins´s last blog ..Meat Sauce Over Spaghetti Squash =-.

          • At 2010.03.16 09:24, Joanne said:

            Kristy: The use of that contraption was quite disturbing to this Vegetarian. I never knew a duck press existed.

            Sam: Sure. I recommend you give it a try and let us know.

            Miranda: Thanks for your comment.

            Dawn: I hate that. At lease we didn’t over spend with that buffet dinner and we DID enjoy the wine 🙂

            • At 2010.03.16 12:08, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

              Yes we have gone to restaurants that people rave about and then wonder what in the world. Is it because we went the wrong night? But I always feel like it should be consistantly good so no wrong nights can happen……
              Oh well, at least you won’t waste your money there again!

              • At 2010.03.16 12:55, Nicole. RD said:

                Yes! I hate that! That happens to me a lot with both Italian and Mexican restaurants all the time. I am all about quality and authenticity with food!

                That drink looks right up my alley…saving that recipe 🙂 And I love that you shared that simple syrup recipe…I’ve always thought you had to use sugar!
                .-= Nicole. RD´s last blog ..Back to the grind! =-.

                • At 2010.03.16 21:45, Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling) said:

                  I’ve gone to restaurants that people love only to be completely let down. Some places only have a couple of dishes that they do really well and the rest is meh!
                  The buffet dishes don’t look good at all, looks like they’ve been sitting in there too long. Sorry it was unpleasant, at least the wine and the company was good. Cheers to that!

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