Park Avenue Afternoon

Benjamin tries his lemon gelato from Roman Holiday.

Nick enjoys his brownie from Spin Caffe.

I have great affection for the Park Avenue neighborhood in Rochester.

Minus the year we lived in Savannah, Tom and I lived in this neighborhood from 1997 until Nick was 10 months old. I loved being able to walk out the door and walk to galleries, boutiques, bakeries, coffee shops, and great restaurants. The only thing missing was a grocery store.

Yesterday after Nick's t-ball camp and lunch, we headed to Park Avenue and parked on Argyle Street. We walked up and down Park Avenue for a nice stroll and then decided to have a snack.

Nick doesn't like ice cream, so we first stopped in Spin Caffe so he could get a mammoth M & Ms brownie. It was so big that we brought home 2/3 of it. The damage? $2.75.

We then walked next door to Roman Holiday Gelato so Ben and I could have a small treat on a beautiful day.

Ben chose Lemon and I had the Turkish Coffee with a small scoop of chocolate chips on top.

This coffee buff enjoyed the flavor of this gelato! It had all the flavor of a full-bodied espresso with a hint of ground espresso beans. It was delicious. The damage for one kiddie and one small dish? $6. I do have to say that the kiddie and the adult small are identical in size. Ben, my 4 year old ice cream lover, was only able to eat about 1/2.

A note on the gelato texture--this was less creamy than I have had before. It is more like that of a sorbet--meaning it was a bit more icy. I would like to go next week further down the avenue to another new to me gelato shop called Roam. I am hoping for a creamier gelato there. That being said, there were a couple other flavors I'd like to try at Roman Holiday: Strawberry Chocolate Chip and Tahitian Vanilla.

The best part of our outing was just sitting outside Roman Holiday at a table to chat and people watch together, just the boys and me.


City Girl said...

What a fun afternoon :)

ecogeneration said...

I went to U of R for two years and Park Ave. was the best memory I have of my time spent there. The only chance I got to leave the campus was to hitch a ride with someone who was going downtown. So I lingered on Park Ave. peaked in all the funky shops and had my thrill until the next chance I'd get a chance stroll again.

Since I left Rochester, our best friends settled in Fairport and we visit frequently. I, now, have new found pleasure of visiting the cold Flour City and once again, I stroll down Park Ave...this time with my family.

Thanks for bringing back my fond memories of Park short as it was.

Karley said...


I was fun!

You're welcome! I first started enjoying this gem of a neighborhood in the city when I was a student at Fisher. Even though some shops and restaurants have come and gone, my favorites remain and it is nice to be so close.

One of my favorite things to do is sit out on a warm day enjoying breakfast at Jines or Charlie's Frog Pond, too.

Lady P said...

i love how different neighborhoods have different places for you to discover - there is not a gelato place for miles from me in my little burg, and you have at least two to try
which sounds just wonderful to me
what a great little outing

Karley said...

Hi Lady P! Are you enjoying your little vacation?

Lavanya said...

sounds like fun! And I'm like Nick- I enjoy a brownie more than icecream..:)