A eleven hour Christmas shopping trip in northern New York has left the stash enhanced and found me a new favorite cafe. The Blackbird Cafe on the main drag of Canton, New York was a real treat after a drive east north east with the family, aiming to hit a few favorite stores, drive some great roads and stock in some treats for the Yuletide. I noticed the beer selection at the Blackbird included Stone, Left Hand, Magic Hat, Middle Ages and a bunch of other craft brewers. I was drinking coffee as the tour's driver but the choices were pretty sweet. I had a sandwich called "The Toboggan" because, frankly, it was called "The Toboggan" but now I know turkey, avocado and bacon deserve each other. Back at The Big M in Potsdam was also proving that a small town can support good beer. Was tickled to see a big bottle of Nostradamus... then I remembered I recommended they stock it.
Best thing. I declared it all - the beer, the groceries, the winter boots for kids, the stuff and the rest of the stuff - and we got a wave through. I think we imported about 12 pounds of cheese. God bless you, customs officers, God bless you every one.