Category: New York State

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…

A Cuppa at Cupoccino

Considering a visit to Cold Spring, N.Y.? You might like these posts: Cold Spring for the Holidays Cold Spring, N.Y.: Geo. Washington Drank Here Boscobel for the Holidays

Cold Spring for the Holidays

Cold Spring, N.Y. on a snowy day Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I could make myself crazy going to five different stores to get all of the ingredients for a homemade bûche de Noël along with coffee, after-dinner liqueurs, everything for a very-vegetable Christmas dinner, plus appetizers, snacks, bread for sandwiches afterward—or…

Boscobel for the Holidays

Planning to stay for a few days at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring, the Brawny Sherpa and I stop on a snowy Wednesday at Boscobel, an historic house in nearby Garrison. It’s the perfect time for a visit…

Food So Good I Almost Eat the Plate

One place I don’t go to enough is Lalibela, an Ethiopian restaurant in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Ethiopian restaurants are a great choice for mixed couples: carnivores like the Brawny Sherpa can enjoy the beef/lamb/chicken, and vegetarians/ vegans/flexitarians like me have…

Steak and a Sleepover, Rochester

Chalk up on my list of belated discoveries the Inn on Broadway and its accompanying restaurant, Tournedos. The inn, the former home of the University Club of Rochester, was built in 1929 and is now a boutique-style hotel. A short…