Hudson Valley

Favorite Big Breakfast: Brio’s in Phoenicia

Favorite Big Breakfast: Brio’s in Phoenicia

Big Breakfast: A Perfect Omelette, Home Fries and Toast Quantity is far from my number one criteria for a good meal, but sometimes there’s nothing like a big breakfast. My favorite big breakfast of all is a spinach and feta cheese omelette with home fries […]

The Phoenicia Diner

The Phoenicia Diner

Classic Diner Fare Prepared with Fresh, Local Ingredients If you appreciate simple American diner fare made with high-quality, local ingredients, then put the Phoenicia Diner on your To Do list. It is a dream. The Phoenicia Diner is exceptional in many ways. The view. Every window, every […]

Tanpopo – Ramen and Sake Bar

Tanpopo – Ramen and Sake Bar

Tanpopo in Albany, NY Tanpopo is a tiny Asian noodle restaurant in downtown Albany, on the North Side. The wide, treeless city block is home to large charmless buildings on huge asphalt lots. It’s a typical warehouse district. Unlike its surroundings, Tanpopo itself is steeped […]

Riverview Café in Stuyvesant, NY

Riverview Café in Stuyvesant, NY

Tucked away in sleepy Stuyvesant, NY, the Riverview Café sits just 250 feet from the shoreline of the Hudson River. One step inside and you’ll forget the crazy parking and high speed railroad tracks outside. The real show is what’s happening in the restaurant. Over the years, […]

Murray’s in Tivoli, NY: The Best Cup of Coffee

Murray’s in Tivoli, NY: The Best Cup of Coffee

Murray’s Tivoli There’s so much good food around these days. It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between each of the fabulous farm to table restaurants that have cropped up all over our area of the Hudson Valley. There’s a cool little place in Tivoli, […]

Best Ride NY: Ulster County

Best Ride NY: Ulster County

Favorite Motorcycle Ride: Greene County to Ulster County, NY This scenic ride is surprisingly direct: 23A to 214. While 23A is the quickest route to the Catskill Mountains from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, it is not heavily travelled during motorcycle season. This short ride, just under an hour, speeds past […]

The Asian Supermarket in Albany, NY

The Asian Supermarket in Albany, NY

Located on Central Avenue in Albany Coming late to Asian cooking, my repertoire of Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai and Korean recipes is limited, but there are a number of ingredients that have quickly become staples. These ingredients can be difficult or unreliable to find at […]

Best Potato Chips: Made To Order

Best Potato Chips: Made To Order

The Looney Moose Café The search for the perfect homemade potato chip ended in Stratton, Maine in 2011. The road sign advertising Maine Lobster Roll drew us in, but it’s the homemade potato chips (the default side) that keep me dreaming of going back. The […]


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