Category: New York State

History, Hucksters, and a Highway in Brewster

The grave of a Revolutionary War soldier at Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Putnam County, N.Y. How many times have I stopped for ice cream and miniature golf at the Red Rooster in Brewster, N.Y., or headed just a little further north to Aversano’s,…

Springtime, Bedford Hills

The aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Open garden days are a great way to travel locally to see what you might have been missing all year long. Here, the aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y. where I could probably spend the entire summer. —Lori Tripoli…

When I Am Cheating on Starbucks

Crêpes are a good accompaniment to the cappuccino at Little Crêpe Street in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I like cappuccinos at Little Crêpe Street in Mount Kisco, N.Y. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~  ~Advertisement~ Do You Like Hanging Out in Mount Kisco, N.Y.? You might like these posts: Visiting Mount Kisco’s Invisible Church Watch with a Tourist’s Eyes ~Advertisement~…

Out at Pound Ridge

Inn at Pound Ridge

Given all of the positive publicity Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Inn at Pound Ridge has received, there’s probably little to no way the place could ever live up to its larger-than-life expectations. For those who remember the tiredness of earlier iterations of…

I Say ‘Rice Pudding,’ You Say ‘Milk Tofu’

milk tofu

Lately, I feel like I need a course in restaurant marketing just to help me understand what I order when I order it. My 92-year-old grandmother always chuckles when I mention eating polenta at a restaurant; it’s what she called…

A Closet History at the Eastman House

Are the bedrooms of historical figures really this neat? A bedroom in the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Hat Boxes and the Past in Rochester, N.Y.   Should visitors to Kodak founder George Eastman’s house in Rochester, N.Y. feel nosy upon peeking into closets at the old place? What would someone find if she were to glance into…

La Crème de La Crémaillère

La Crémaillère restaurant on Bedford-Banksville Road in Bedford, N.Y. (Westchester County) Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Contemplating all things France lately (or, mostly, Joan of Arc as I read Kathryn Harrison’s 2014 biography of the Maid of Orléans), I glide on the arm of the Brawny Sherpa into La Crémaillère in Bedford, N.Y. one gray, soggy…

Reason to Go to Yonkers: Vanilla Stout

Beer is made on the premises at Yonkers Brewing Co. in Yonkers, N.Y. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Living in the far northern part of Westchester County, N.Y., I somehow don’t often breach what has been referred to as “the great 287 divide”—a phrase referring to the interstate highway that bisects the county. Those living north of it…

Margaritas, Straight, Salt: Southeast

The atmosphere at Las Mananitas in Brewster (in the Town of Southeast), N.Y. is dark and alluring. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

If you seek the perfect margarita in the North Suburban vicinity, look no further than Las Mananitas restaurant in Brewster, in the town of Southeast. The food is pretty good, too; the fire in winter is warming, the patio in…

Interesting Signage: North Salem, N.Y.

So many rules, so little time to adhere to them all. I especially like this sign in North Salem, N.Y. limiting sleigh riding to residents. I don’t think many people have sleighs anymore—although in North Salem, you never know. All…