All articles by Margaret McCormick

Seoul Kisses for New Bakery

Tous les Jours cafe brings the taste of Korea to Central New York

For HeeRak Kang, a visit to the new Tous les Jours cafe and bake shop on Erie Boulevard is a taste of home.

Chowdown Throwdown to Benefit Clear Path

Sky Armory to host a competition-style event to benefit Clear Path for Veterans

The Food Network’s Chopped is a high-energy and high-stakes cooking competition TV series that pits chefs against each other for a chance to win a cash prize. The chefs are challenged to turn sometimes incongruous mystery ingredients into an elaborate three-course meal. A chef is “chopped,’’ or eliminated, after each round, leaving two duking it out at the dessert course.

Local Foods Find a Home on Aster Menu

Aster Pantry & Parlor’s organic menu is a welcome addition to Armory Square

Neil Miller was excited about dining at Armory Square newcomer Aster Pantry & Parlor before it even opened its doors in September — with good reason.

Eating With a Purpose

John and Leigh-Ann Tumino’s mission is to help feed the homeless, one dish at a time

John Tumino used to cook for a full house every night at Asti Caffe, the Tumino family's popular restaurant on North Salina Street. Now he feeds homeless people living under bridges and overpasses in downtown Syracuse, delivering chef-prepared, home-cooked food two times a week.

News from Downtown Nelson

Big things are happening in the town of Nelson

The Madison County town of Nelson, between Cazenovia and Morrisville on Route 20, might not be on your radar. But it should be. Things are happening there.

Boom Boom Reloads with New Owner

Boom Boom Mex Mex’s new owners bring welcome change to the Camillus eatery

The restaurant at 3263 Howlett Hill Road, Camillus, looks the same on the outside. The no-frills dining room, with long tables topped with brightly colored plastic tablecloths and seating for about 80, is the same.

Winewagen Tours Keep Truckin’

Winewagen Tours offers unconventional, yet fun, excursions for sightseers

Zach Cutlip loves the Grateful Dead. He also loves tinkering with “old things.” It makes perfect sense that he would want to own a 1971 Volkswagen bus, an icon of the hippie movement among hardcore Deadheads.

Great Escapes

Plan scenic fall getaways with the I Love Upstate New York blog

Andrea Parisi loves her job. Four days a week, she makes the drive from Sackets Harbor to Syracuse University, where she serves as the assistant director of marketing at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. It’s a fast-paced job in a creative environment, where no two days are the same. She also adores her leisure time. Parisi, 33, has a passion for art, design, social media, travel, nature photography and all things nautical. She combines all of her passions in her side project, the travel and leisure blog “I Love Upstate New York” (

PB&J’s Bread Lines Make Headlines

PB&J’s Lunch Box’s menu goes beyond the childhood favorite

You might think the words "award winning" and "peanut butter and jelly sandwich" don't belong in the same sentence. But you would be wrong.

The Yolks On Us at Clear Path Brunch

Clear Path’s new monthly Sunday brunch is a hit with veterans

Clear Path for Veterans exists to help service people who come home and are in transition. It’s a welcoming, peaceful place, where vets can have a quiet cup of coffee and enjoy breathtaking views, find support services and programs, take a hike, enjoy a meal with family and friends, get a massage, pick strawberries (in season) and pick up the skills needed for a career in the culinary arts.