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Is there a better place to buy fresh orange/grapefruit juice or lemon/limeade than Stew Leonards?

Whole foods in chappaqua?

about 23 hours ago
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

hudson restaurant, briarcliff manor, ny

So I bought a groupon for haymount house because it's so close to me and I thought it was worth a try. Hopefully it wasn't a mistake. Has anyone been recently-- any recommendations?

Jul 24, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Saint George Bistro, Hastings

I realized I never posted a review of a wonderful dinner I had at Saint George.

All the food we had was wonderful, especially their French onion soup that is quickly becoming legendary in my family. We also had a lovely fresh salad, the delicate ricotta dumplings, and six very fresh oysters. Of the entrees the overwhelming favorite was the chicken fricassee, which was surprising, as I don't usually think of chicken as the star of the show. The duck was quite good though not the best I've had. The fresh fish preparation was quite good, and I'm blanking on what else we had.

The profiterole was just as good as I remember and the slightly boozy chocolate mousse was outstanding. Nice wine and beer selection. The service was professional (moreso than last time) and pleasant. Acoustics are excellent, take note!

I will definitely be returning....

Jul 24, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

I've been craving that cookie skillet so I am booking North for me and my husband for our anniversary in August. Sometimes I feel like just going to the bar for a drink and a cookie skillet!

Jul 24, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Go on a weeknight early for less noise. It does get quite loud and it's more annoying than Fortina because it's so small.

Also, wincountrygirl, I think you should try Saint George in Hastings.... noise isn't an issue there and the food is great.

Jul 24, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

ice cream help

Jul 22, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Manhattan

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Despite my complaining, I did go and loved it-- see below. :-)

Jul 20, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Just had a great late lunch here. It's so weird knowing what this place used to look like as Orissa and how it looks like they spent a good amount of money making it look pretty industrial (ok, crappy) inside. But the large windows in front still open like they used to and we sat right by the window and it was really, really nice! All the tables have weird mismatched chairs, some of which look extremely uncomfortable.

Anyway, the food was very good. The market salad was excellent and reasonably priced (I think $8) for a portion that could have fed 3 people. Loved the shaved aged goat cheese that permeated the salad and the crunchy sweetness of the granola... Lovely fresh greens in it and a light fruity dressing. At $5 my cup (yes cup) of pinot grigio was large and hit the spot.

The pizzas are I guess a bit pricey given the size, but I am a big fan of their crust. I wish the center of the slices held their shape a bit more but the crusts are addictive-- charred, chewy with great flavor. We shared the margarita which is made with their excellent housemade mozzarella and well seasoned sauce, along with basil, and the lemon which was a real surprise-- an intriguing mix of flavors and textures that balanced out in a really delicious way (spice from the red pepper, citrusy sweetness from the lemon, smokey scarmorza). We had about a third of each leftover.

For dessert we couldn't decide so we got two-- the homemade rainbow cookies and the brookie. The rainbow cookie were more like little pieces of layer cakes-- the layers are thicker than a typical rainbow cookie. Not the best value at $5 for 3 chunks but really tasty and a nice sweet way to end a meal. Of course, why have one sweet end to the meal when you can have two? Not to nitpick but my idea of a brookie is a brownie bottom and a cookie top (see: http://www.marthastewart.com/314447/b...) and they are just serving a brownie cookie. Delicious but can't hold a candle to North's cookie skillet.

So glad I finally tried this place and can't wait to go back with a more adventurous dining partner to try some of the more interesting specialty pies!

Jul 19, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Sorry for being vague! Fino in Croton was reviewed in the Times today.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/nyr...

Jul 19, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Ooh, great! I rarely get to the chappaqua market but that's a good reason to!

Jul 19, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Haha yes I figured out the hard way when we first moved here, it's getting down Ashford across 9. Depending on the time of day that could take a lot of time. There are so many good restaurants down in those river towns I just wish it were easier. Or that we had more good restaurants within a 5 -10 min drive.

The place in Croton reviewed today looked good; have you been there, elisa?

I convinced my sister to go to the parlor with me today so I will report back!

Jul 19, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

The Parlor- new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry

Great review. I haven't been yet but really want to. Wish Dobbs ferry wasn't so annoying to get to from Ossining!

Jul 19, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Good to know... it's smaller?

Jul 18, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Squash Blossoms/Zucchini Flowers in NY?

This thread is quite old but I'll just add that taliaferro at Ossining will surely have them when the time comes.

Jul 18, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

Weekdays were fine. The one Saturday we went out places were mobbed. Unfortunately our weather was not great. The first full day was gorgeous and some afternoons were salvageable but there was a lot of rain... So we ate more in the time we had set aside for beachgoing. :-).

Thanks for your posts too. The photos really got me excited for our trip!

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

Cortlandt Manor Area

Just passed by here yesterday and my husband wondered if I'd heard anything and I hadn't. What's good there?

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

Hope these posts help future travelers. My trip to SS is proof that you don't need to do Michelin dining to have a completely life changing food experience in the Basque region. We loved the convivial, interactive, relaxed experience of pintxos, the creative and fun (and more traditional) food we ate, the amazing default house wines, the friendly and no nonsense bartenders, and the pride in culture evident in the region. Thanks to all for help planning!

I will post separately on the France board about our delicious lunch at Olhabidea in French Basque country in Sare.

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

Madrid

Unfortunately I think we were really spoiled by the Basque region because we were much less impressed by Madrid. We had very limited time in Madrid (really only about 30 hours) and our hotel was in what I realized was an extremely touristy neighborhood. We also usually prefer smaller cities or towns for vacationing so I think I was a bit overwhelmed in planning.

Mercado de San Miguel- Not impressed. Well, I was at first, just at the size and variety, but when I started looking closer and tasting some things, I really wasn't feeling it. It seems like a tourist trap full of all the typical Spanish things you'd possibly be craving but none of them seemed to be done exceptionally. Expensive too. Very disappointing....

San Gines- another very touristy place but I actually liked this. I appreciate the history of the place and the fact that it's open 24 hours is just amazing. Any time of day you need churros, they're there for you! The churros themselves were tasty and I definitely ate too much of the chocolate with a spoon. But when in Madrid....Not sure if there are better versions than this but it was convenient to our hotel and was a good spot for a break from walking.

El Cucurucho del Mar- We were so tired after walking around Madrid and we settled in for a menu del dia here. While it is a great bargain for a sit down meal (11.50 for 3 courses, plus a few mussels and an ENTIRE bottle of wine (half a bottle per person)), the value isn't great for the quality of food we received. My husband's caldo gallego and his flan were the highlight of our meal, along with the wine (which we almost finished, necessitating a siesta-- we are not used to a bottle of wine with lunch!) but everything else was forgettable.

Cerveceria Cervantes- not much of a beer selection for my husband but we liked this old fashioned bar and the bartenders and the casual way they slammed down some delicious complimentary cheese wedges for us with our drinks. On a funny side note, outside of here we saw a mob of hundreds of girls chasing a member of One Direction down the block to his hotel... funny how some things are the same the world over....

Taberna de la Daniela- another old school bar where we enjoyed a fresh made mini tortilla espanola, cocido, and something else that slipped my mind. I think there were lots of locals here and we were made to feel welcome.

Casa Alberto- our favorite place in Madrid. We got complimentary chicken wings and vegetable salad along with our ordered tapas while we watched a world cup game. We devoured the beef on a bed of goat cheese served with little skinny fries and the lightly fried codfish.

Alhambra- loved the friendly and historic atmosphere but the tapas here were just so so.

PHOTO 1- drinks and free cheese at Cerveceria Cervantes
PHOTO 2- churros at San Gines
PHOTO 3- a la minute tortilla at Daniela
PHOTO 4- delicious beef upon a bed of goat cheese (drool!) at Casa Alberto
PHOTO 5- more tapas at Daniela, cocido on the left

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

Bilbao

Guggenheim cafe- After almost fainting from hunger and thirst (I blame the Serra installations that made me dizzy!) we finally found the cafe where we enjoyed three pintxos (a little mini jamon sandwich, Idiazabal mousse on a foccaccia like bread, and anchovies on baguette) that were surprisingly good and well priced. The perfect snack to tide us over.

Gure-toki- We walked from the Guggenheim to Casco Vieja, where we stumbled on this place I had bookmarked, where we had a light pintxos lunch including an enormous platter of wedges of Idiazabal cheese, an oxtail croqueta, and a delicious mushroom and egg dish that reminded me of a dish I had both at the NoMad and at Blue Hill in NY, served at a fraction of the price and in a much more laidback atmosphere. So many culinary treasures here in the Basque country, hidden where you wouldn't necessarily expect it!

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

AMAZING Cocktails and Beer at La Madame:
I had read about La Madame in the NY Times and was intrigued on behalf of my husband about the craft beer they are featuring. So on the MOnday night we were in SS when pickings were a bit slim we headed over hoping to get dinner and drinks. Well, they have a limited menu on Mondays (that night it was only kung pao chicken which I find too spicy) so we opted just for drinks.

My husband, who was going through beer withdrawal at that point (we had spent the first four days of our trip in Brussels, so Spain was a bit of a letdown in terms of beer), was thrilled to try two different local beers that were delicious. I on the other hand imbibed in two different excellent cocktails, the first of which was a mojito that was perfectly balanced (and quite strong) and the second a gin fizz.

I love a good gin cocktail and that gin fizz was perhaps one of the two best gin cocktails I've ever had in my entire life (the other the Sippy Cup from the NoMad in Manhattan). This bartender was so focused and artful in his drink making and I ended up with a drink that was so beautiful I barely wanted to drink it, and when I did drink it, it tasted even better than it looked. I can't even describe how much I enjoyed it!

The atmosphere is decidedly un-San Sebastian, which was actually a nice change at that point, since my husband and I could actually have a quiet conversation without people right next to us. Recommended for drinks!

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

Bakeries, baked goods, and other sweets in SS:

Paries- couldn't get enough of the cereza version of the pastel vasco here. The shopkeeper convinced me to get a large one to take home, which kept extremely well at room temperature while we were in Madrid and was in perfect condition to share once we got back to NY.

Barrenetxe- gorgeous pasteleria with each baked good more delicious than the next. I'm going to post a photo of something I need help identifying. We tried the txintxurro (delicious little muffin topped with caramelized nuts) and an elephant ear with a caramelized top that shattered when you ate it, delicious.

Oiartzan- helado- tasty but not as delicious as my favorite ice cream in Saint Jean de Luz

Pasteleria Geltoki- cute little corner breakfast stop- delicious fresh baked croissants with a bit of sugar on top

PHOTO 1: Breakfast at Geltoki
PHOTO 2: Delicious pastry filled with custard, can't recall the name, any ideas?? We also saw it in Madrid
PHOTO 3: Elephant ear at Barrenetxe

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

More photos-
PHOTO 1: The bar at Atari
PHOTO 2: veal cheek braised in red wine at Borda BErri
PHOTO 3: magret at Borda Berri
PHOTO 4: One of the delicious antxoa toasts at Txetxepa
PHOTO 5: My favorite bartender at Zeruko pouring txacoli
PHOTO 6: delicious sea urchin at Zeruko

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

More photos of the pintxos:
PHOTO 1: La cepa's jamon
PHOTO 2: La vina's cheesecake
PHOTO 3: So much cheesecake!

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

7 nights in Spain: Basque Country & Madrid

We're back from Spain so here's a recap! In San Sebastian we got so caught up with pintxos we never had an actual sit down meal. It was an amazingly fun and delicious few days!

SS PINTXOS:

A Fuego Negro- I think that it's a bit overpriced compared to some of the other places, but it's really laid back and the bartenders are friendly and helpful. Our favorites were the gildas and the baby kobe hamburgers with banana chips.

Borda Berri- VERY crowded. Delicious veal cheek in red wine and duck. Its popularity makes it difficult to order, moreso than at other places.

Zeruko- It was so hard to choose a favorite but I think that this was ours. Our first night we were so impressed we just stayed and kept ordering more. Our favorites were the bacaloa kokotxa, bogavante rosa (this was a tall little shot glass with some sort of red cooking liquid with a little chip bowl on top holding delicious lobster), the cochinillo, erigo de mar (love how this translates as hedgehog of the sea), and their delicious Bob Limon dessert (the composition of which was so whimsical and creative). Loved the bartenders here too. We went here twice.

Cuchara de San Telmo- So crowded but by this time I had gotten my pintxos chops and we were able to squeeze into a space at the bar where we enjoyed the warm goat cheese disc with veggies on top the most, along with the risotto with mushrooms. Yum!

La Cepa- hands down the best jamon iberico we had on the entire trip (and we ate a lot.... A LOT of it). Not greasy, whisper thin, artfully sliced and served on a beautiful tray. Another amazingly friendly bartender. We were so sad they were closed on our last night... that jamon will be a happy memory for a lifetime.

La Vina- had their amazing cheesecake twice, there was so much hype around it and it EXCEEDED the hype. Incredible. Loved the brusque and very serious bartenders here.

Atari- Our favorite bartenders were here and though the tapas didn't quite live up to our favorites we had some very good house smoked salmon here.

Txetxepa- More traditional and old school, with more amazingly friendly bartenders, we gobbled down several of their antxoa toasts, our favorite with trout roe.

PHOTO 1: bacalao kokotxa at Zeruko
PHOTO 2: the scene at Zeruko
PHOTO 3: Gildas and homemade pickles at A Fuego Negro
PHOTO 4: Baby burgers at A Fuego Negro
PHOTO 5: Bogavante shooter at Zeruko
PHOTO 6: Cochinillo at Zeruko
PHOTO 7: Bob Limon dessert at Zeruko

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

Eating out in Healdsburg

Neither of my suggestions are in Healdsburg proper, but maybe they'll appeal to you anyway...

I know you said wine, but if you are at all interested in beer, you have to check out Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa. Totally unique beers and a really fun casual atmosphere.

Our favorite fancier meal in the area was at Applewood in Guerneville. If you're planning on going to Louis Armstrong Park to see the redwoods, this would be convenient for you. There are posts on this board about Applewood if you do a search.

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in San Francisco Bay Area

Need advice - pais vasco - Bilbao (mainly)

Thanks for your report! Wish we had made it to Hondarribia. I'll post my report today.

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in Spain/Portugal

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

Friendly employees? What are those? lol

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

The parking lot is awful, and the construction is going to continue for a while longer.

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Costco in Yorktown Heights?

I've kind of accepted the Yonkers store as a necessary evil. It only takes about 20-25 min for us to get there and we usually have other errands to do down there too. We go very first thing in the morning on Saturday or Sunday with a very organized and focused list and it usually isn't too terrible (made the mistake the first time of going Sunday afternoon and my husband almost went into catatonic shock (he hates crowds :)). I can't see myself going to Danbury, Nanuet or New Rochelle, but maybe I"ll try the Port Chester one this summer.

I love Fairway but I only get there every six months or so.

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)

Crabtree Kittle House [Chappaqua]

Glad you enjoyed! Anything else new and interesting on the menu?

Jul 17, 2014
i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream in New York State (exc. NYC)