the young cashier, was kind enough to
lower the alt rock when I strolled in
at 6: 30 a.m. At Charlie’s Restaurant, I
chowed on delicious venison chops after
getting my buzz on with a tangy Pear
The best meal I had was at Caribbean
Cowboy. I’m very picky about duck (if
it’s gamy at all, I go ballistic), but the
duck rolls here were fantastic. And the
Bayou Cakes were mouthwatering. I’d
tell you what was in them, but I had
already downed two Painkillers (a whopper of a cocktail) and was having trouble
writing. Drinking alone is ordinarily
pretty sad (Leaving Lake Placid, starring
Nicolas Cage?), but the atmosphere at
Caribbean Cowboy was so convivial,
there was no chance I’d plunge into a
depression and throw myself into the
lake (Mirror or Placid).
My vote: Give the Winter Games to
Lake Placid again; it deserves the world’s
attention. Actually, scratch that. Lake
Placid is perfect the way it is: vibrant
but intimate, a small-town wonder with
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Make sure to lace up your
snow boots, bundle up and
join Lake Placid’s Holiday
Village Stroll the weekend
of Dec. 11-13, including a free
holiday skating party at the
Olympic center, local choir
group performances, a Santa
visit on Main Street and The
Nutcracker at the Lake Placid
Center for the Arts. For more
information, as well as avail-
able hotel packages, go to
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