Saturday, February 19, 2011

gather 'round the table for a yearly ritual

It never fails, but  come mid-February and I get finished with winter-whether or not winter is finished with the Finger Lakes region, and take the drive through the hills and windy roads to http://www.cartwrightsmapletreeinn.com/ in Short Track for buckwheat pancakes.
 It has become a tradition in our home, and if we happen to have a visitor, then the pancake house is the place to go without a doubt. It's one of those restaurants that is hard to explain. You have to go there!
Sitting in one of the large dining areas around a table with family and friends is just the perfect thing to do, especially after a good hike in Letchworth State Park. Can that justify the extra pancake or two covered with homemade syrup? I sure hope so!
The table is simple- covered in a plastic checkered cloth and  paper placemats advertsing local businesses. That's really all that is needed though, other than a waitress bringing on all the pancakes that you can eat.
Celebrating the coming season with a meal is a great way to anticipate joyfully what is ahead.