Category: New York State

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…

If It’s Buffalo, It’s Got to Be the Anchor Bar

I imagine not many vegans or vegetarians wander into the Anchor Bar hoping for a pick-me-up. The place where Buffalo chicken wings were born when the owner’s son and some friends showed up late one night and she didn’t feel…

Niagara Falls from Above

Seeing Niagara Falls from All Sides I both love and loathe Niagara Falls. The roar of the falls almost compensates for the schlock that humanity has allowed to surround it. On my most recent visit, I can’t help but wonder…