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Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:42:15 GMT

 



Seeking a baker: Tart to Finish at Greig Farm in Red Hook

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:42:15 GMT

All- Way back when, there used to be a bakery and shop called Tart to Finish at Greig Farm in Hudson, NY. My wife and I used to stop in semi-regularly, and we were just talking about how they had the best blueberry muffins either of us has ever had. The baker/proprietor closed up shop and moved on years ago, but since it's a small-world part of the country, I'm hoping someone knows who he was and where he went. This many years out, I'm wondering if he'd be willing to share that muffin recipe.



Fat Tuesday, Valentine's Day & Lunar New Year...

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:37:47 GMT

February is loaded with food-centric celebrations. Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras takes place on Feb. 13th. Get ready to pucker up on Valentine's Day, Wed., Feb. 14th. And, Chinese Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog, begins on Friday, Feb. 16th. Festive foods tie in with all of these events. Where do you go to celebrate in the metro area? Some restaurants feature special meals and banquets. Or, do you shop and prepare something at home? Please share...



Having breakfast on Long Island

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:59:09 GMT

I was going to be in Westbury earlyish today, so I took the chance to give Thomas's Ham and Eggery a chance again. I had the corned beef hash and eggs; my guest had the quinoa bowl special. The best part: two very nicely poached eggs. The not so great part: the hash itself was merely adequate, nothing special at all. Forgettable. The worst part were the home fries. I specifically asked for them well done, but again they were un-browned and insipid. How does a place consistently make griddle-cooked potatoes taste like plain boiled? My guest's quinoa bowl also underwhelmed. It was topped with two properly poached eggs, but the quinoa's seasoning was uninspired. Worse, it wasn't warm, let alone hot. Not cold, merely room-temperature. I still don't get why this place is popular.



Reviews of Passover Hotel Programs?

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:47:16 GMT

Well, it's that time of the year again and I need info on the latest Pesach programs for 2018. Last year we were at the Rosen Hotel in Orlando but don't remember the program name but do remember the food which was very good. We liked the program but we are looking to try new venues that are not so expensive. Thanks.



Wegmans grocery store coming to Harrison, NY

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:38:01 GMT

WP, do you mean White Plains? The store is for West Harrison, near where 684 and the Hutch meet.



Gaucho Burger Co. coming to White Plains...

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:27:40 GMT

They were wildly popular at the White Plains Farmers Market this past year. Their station drew lines each time I passed thru. Now, Gaucho Burger Company is opening a storefront restaurant on Mamaroneck Ave., across from City Center. It is still a work in progress at this writing. It is run by some of the same crew from sprawling Gaucho Grill on North Broadway. Meanwhile, a small sign at the entrance to Gaucho Grill at One North Broadway, White Plains, says 'Closed for ongoing maintenance.' Gaucho, in its heyday, was quite a dynamic restaurant. Management changed there last year, and I hope they are able to come back in style...



Freebird Kitchen & Bar coming to White Plains...

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:21:06 GMT

Wanted to do a takeout dinner a few weeks ago. Looked at the menu in the window. I thought the prices were way too high and went instead to the crepe place next door. Ordered a steak crepe and an apple crepe. Delicious and reasonably priced.



Yonkers, Portugese

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:20:42 GMT

Thanks for pointing this out, MOREKASHA. I am curious, too. Have not have a good Portuguese meal in quite a while...



Long Island Dumplings

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:19:44 GMT

This is a really good list: https://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/restaurants/long-island-restaurants-serving-great-dumplings-1.7426999 Kudos to Erica Marcus of Newsday for this well assembled list.



Where do you eat at the Palisades Mall?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:26:23 GMT

Yes, we really enjoyed SC in its heyday. I still remember my kids getting the make your own stir fry where they gave you a bowl for veggies. They had it down to a science, extending the bowl by lining it with snow peas and then filling it to the brim (and beyond). They got more food in a kids portion than many adults got. And then there was their ill-fated decision to offer free refills on the stir fry, so you could get a full order to go.



Brooklyn Couple Relocated in Yonkers & Westchester

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:08:37 GMT

good list :) fantasy cuisine also has good soup dumplings. we also like mp taverna in irvingtron but haven't been in a while. If you don't mind the drive to pleaseantville, dai sushi is excellent.



Empire Harley-Davidson Chili Cook Off, New Rochelle, Jan. 21st.

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:53:24 GMT

It's a great time of the year for chili, and Empire Harley -Davidson on Industrial Lane in New Rochelle is holding their 2018 Chili Cook Off on Sunday, Jan. 21st, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can be a participant: either bring your best chili, or be a taster judge. Registration is free. For info: go to events at www.empireharley.com Anyone been to this event? My companion makes a great chili and is thinking of entering...



Recommendation for Western Suffolk

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:06:01 GMT

It's funny--I thought of Old Fields right off and then dismissed it because I didn't think it met the parameters. Which isn't to say I wouldn't go myself. I love the burgers. Thanks for your input.



MéLore Café, Oceanside

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:12:40 GMT

Went there a couple of weeks ago for breakfast. There was one particular thing I liked from the get-go: there were multiple things on the menu that looked really good. I like the "problem" of having to choose from a bunch of things that I'd like to eat. I ended up getting the "Tartine Eggs: Scrambled Eggs ~ Parmesan Cheese ~ Scallion, Served on Garlic Toast with Crisp Asparagus" Very good.



The Flour Shoppe in Rockville Centre

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:05:47 GMT

I'm puzzled by their seeming obsession with mornay sauce (an item I dislike). Of their savory breakfast offerings, one-third have mornay on it.



Jordan Hall 10803 now JH Bar & Grill, Pelham...

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:16:07 GMT

There's a new menu and management at JH Bar & Grill on Fifth Ave., Pelham. It previously operated as Jordan Hall 10803, an Italian steakhouse with upscale steaks and chops and a piano bar on weekends. New general manager is George Figueiredo, a veteran of the hospitality business. The menu has been toned down a bit offering a comforting variety of specialties from Angry Shrimp Toast, Kale & Quinoa Caesar, to Fish & Chips and Chicken Pot Pie. During a recent Happy Hour we shared tasty Smoked Salmon Knishes and Crispy Calamari served with Olde Bay tartar sauce along with our cocktails. A few of the 'Hall Classic Steaks', like the Colorado Rib-Eye, have remained on the menu. Weekday Happy Hours are 5-7 p.m. At this writing, the restaurant has melded their former website with new entries so there may be some confusion. www.jordanhall10803.com



Gingerbread cookies from Slovakia

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 23:38:08 GMT

I have to say, they are lovely. Soft and tasty. I was afraid they would have been too hard for eating since I used the Spelled flour. Fortunately, they turned out to be the softest gingerbread cookies I have ever prepared. So, let's give you more information. (family secret recipe) We will need: 400 grams of spelled flour (preferably plain/smooth one) 80 grams of an unsalted butter 2 bigger eggs 140 grams of powdered cane sugar 2 soup spoons of honey (I suggest you buy higher quality one, the taste is much better) 1 tea spoon of a baking soda (I used a baking powder for gingerbread, but you do not have to) 2 tea spoons of a gingerbread seasoning 1 tea spoon of cinnamon 1 soup spoon of a Cocoa (I also suggest you to buy higher quality one, the taste is much better) Recipe: 1. We shall mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl until we have a nice, smooth and non-stick dough (the texture should remind a modelling clay/play dough for children). Put the finish dough into the food foil and leave it to rest in the fridge for more than 12 hours (I left mine for about 16 hours). 2. Make some place (use a big board for example) and very lightly spring it with a flour. Slowly roll out the dough until it is about 3 millimetres thick. 3. Let the oven warm up (170°C). You can now cut in desires shapes. You will need some Christmas tuned cutters. When you put them into the baking trail, leave enough space between the cookies, they will become a bit bigger while baking. 4. A lot of people say not to potter the cookies with an egg yolk before the baking however I potter them before I put into the oven and after I do the same. It depends of your personal preferences. 5. Bake it for about 6-10 minutes, every oven bakes differently, so just keep checking them until they are nice, brown-gold coloured. In the end, potter them with an egg yolk as I have already mention. 6. Let them rest for about an hour and then you can decorate them (I am not good in this as you can see on the photos). My sugar frosting was consisted of 1 egg white, a few tiny drops of a lemon and a powdered sugar. Mix it as much as you can so you will have a nice sugar frosting. Please, use a blender, I did not have, and I had to do it my myself. It was horrible, it took a long time and the result was not the same. And then let your imagination spread and decorate your cookies. My personal tip is to also use food colouring, that would be beautiful. Let me know your opinion and how yours cookies taste to comments.



Dinosaur BBQ, Stamford still hits the mark for us...

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:33:59 GMT

We stopped off at Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford yesterday for lunch and it was as wonderful as ever. Their full-rack with choice of 4 sides and corn bread is still a good deal. Ribs were so tender. Hardly needed any sauce. We took half home. Also got a holiday gift card for friends that came with a $20 bonus. Of course, we had to start with their amazingly flavorful and plump Honey BBQ Wings...



Ambadi Kebab & Grill, White Plains, hangs new signage...

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 23:20:47 GMT

On Facebook they say they are closed for renovations. "Grand opening 1/26/2018".



What's your favorite Holiday dining venue...

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:44:53 GMT

I have to make a special mention of Le Sirene in Larchmont. What a jewel box of a restaurant it is! Met a friend for an early dinner and the place was all done-up for the Holidays. Understated and lovely. The food: this has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants since its opening two years ago. Regional Italian prepared and served with finesse and flair. The Bruno family knows how to do it: complimentary thin house made breadsticks and herbed olives to go with our wine; their light Eggplant Cannelloni; fresh Octopus Salad; Gemelli pasta with a rich Lamb Ragu; and a decadent pizzetta from the wood burning oven topped with fresh tomato sauce, prosciutto and burrata cheese.