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Food for Thought – Middle Eastern Dining at Its Best

by Linda Viertel –  One of the joys of life along the river is that the melting pot of cultures that have come to live and work here has produced a wide range of restaurants offering the food of many lands. Still, Melike, featuring the cuisine of Turkey and the Middle East, comes as a refreshing – and delicious – ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Two New Taste Treats in Our Rivertowns

Brrzaar Bridge Street, Irvington With the grand opening of Brrzaar Bridge Street (formerly Bridge Street Café) on October 2, Brrzaar’s owner, Michelle  Leddy, has formally expanded her highly successful Brrzaar at the Irvington Station fro-yo venue, but this time with a new culinary twist. Hailing from New Orleans, Leddy has hired chef Dedra Williams, also from NOLA,  to create a ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Corn and Tomatoes: Simple Recipes for Enjoying Late Summer’s Bounty

by Linda Viertel September is harvest season, the most vibrant time at our farmers’ markets, when corn is at its freshest, tomatoes are bursting with flavor, cucumbers and radishes are crunchy and delicious, and leafy greens are in abundance. It’s when simple cooking reveals clear and robust tastes because the ingredients have just been harvested at their peak. Dinner can ... Read More »

Food for Thought – July Smoking, Grilling and Barbecuing

by Linda Viertel July 4th is the unofficial holiday when Weber grills, electric and coal smokers, and barbecues of all dimensions become the preferred cooking method for summer dining. Who doesn’t love that smoky aroma wafting through the air while a perfectly grilled steak, hamburger, pork chop or fish fillet is sizzling away? This summer, take time to purchase sustainably ... Read More »

Food for Thought – A Delicious New Season at The Irvington Farmer’s Market

by Linda Viertel For those who love to cook, reconnect with farmers, friends, fish-mongers, artisanal bread bakers and cheese purveyors, and who delight in joining our diverse community – kids and dogs included – celebrating the start of summer at a farmer’s market is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. While TaSH’s first seasonal outdoor market opened Saturday, May 27th ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Celebratory Dining in May

The arrival of spring signals a time for festive dinner gatherings, outdoor seating, and family celebrations. What better way to honor mothers and grandmothers than to treat them to a wonderful repast where they won’t have to slave away in the kitchen or clean up the dishes? Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Elmsford’s Rini’s are offering special experiences on Mother’s Day, one ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Barbecue Heaven in Irvington

Jacob Styburski

Revenge BBQ by Linda Viertel “Happiness is the best revenge,” said Jacob Styburski, owner and pitmaster of Irvington’s newest culinary destination and take-out eatery. In fact, he is so passionate about barbecue, Texas-style brisket in particular, that he has named his new place Revenge BBQ (Revenge is his three-year old son’s middle name as well.) This guy is serious! Styburski ... Read More »

Red Zebra: Sleepy Hollow’s New Italian Restaurant Destination

  by Linda Viertel Red Zebra – not only the catchy name of a beautiful heirloom tomato, is now also the notably memorable restaurant appellation that represents co-owners David Starkey’s and Neil Benson’s farm-to-table take on fresh local ingredients. Together, with their Culinary Institute of America (CIA) trained chef, Beau Widener, they have combined a love of Italian street food ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Recipes for Christmas Puddings

by Linda Viertel Every family has a favorite holiday dessert, no matter what celebration brings friends and family together. Tastes vary wildly between those who adore chocolate or vanilla, others who love fruit-based confections, and those who crave nut-based creations. So, why not prepare a few “Christmas puddings” that satisfy everyone’s cravings and combine taste preferences? You can flame them ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmers Market

Irvington Farmer’s Market – Sundays Arlotta Food Studio<https://arlottafood.com/>Watermill, NY Arlotta Food Studio is a family-owned business based in Watermill, NY. Their story began generations ago, raising olives in orchards in southern Italy. Today, their organic olives are grown and harvested in California on a small family farm using the same traditional methods. Arlotta Food Studio is proud to bring the ... Read More »

Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow

Red Zebra, a new restaurant in the heart of Sleepy Hollow that opened late November, is taking a modern look at Italian cooking with locavore integrity. Hand-cut pastas, fresh baked breads, Italian small-batch wines, micro beers and craft cocktails. The food, like their favorite heirloom tomato, is beautiful on the outside, deep and flavorful on the inside. A striped beauty with no equal. Red Zebra joins Sweetgrass ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Turn Leftover Turkey into a Savory Stew

by Linda Viertel Thanksgiving feasts are culinary delights that keep giving long after the fourth Thursday in November. And, I am talking about leftovers. Debates rage between those who love the Thanksgiving meal most; others love nibbling on turkey bones and heating up everything from the day before for Thanksgiving meal number two. If energy for kitchen activity still persists, ... Read More »

Food for Thought: Sambal: Irvington’s New Thai/Malaysian Restaurant

by Linda Viertel Malaysian cuisine, a complex and diverse mélange of flavors garnered from the multi-ethnic populations that inhabit the region, combines Dutch, Portuguese, British, Chinese, indigenous Indonesian, and Indian culinary traditions. So, it makes total sense, that Navjot and Anu Arora, owners of Irvington’s Indian food gem, Chutney Masala, would create Sambal, a modern Thai/Malyasian restaurant. Situated at their ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester’s Only 21st Century Butchery + Charcuterie Opens in Dobbs Ferry

by Linda Viertel “Everything that happens here is an effort to utilize the whole animal,” said Matt Campbell, owner of Campbell Meats Butchery + Charcuterie in Dobbs Ferry, which opened on August 2. And, he means it. Campbell and his co-butcher, Darin Theuret, whom he met when both fabricated meats at the famed Harlem Shambles butcher shop, prepare cuts of ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Eateries Perfect for Picnic Fare

by Linda Viertel Picnics are one of summer’s great delights. Enjoying free summer evening jazz concerts at Pierson Park or Lyndhurst and spreading a blanket on the ground, or climbing onto picnic table benches and “dining out” surrounded by the beauty of our Hudson River and Westchester greenery provides glorious relief from the heat and a hard day’s work. But, ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Restaurants Move Outside for Summertime Dining

by Linda Viertel Summer has finally arrived; patios are being swept off, gardens replanted and seasonal furniture is making appearances throughout our river towns. Sidewalk dining on our Main Streets has become ubiquitous – a touch of Manhattan’s culinary atmosphere in Westchester. But, several new restaurant gardens have cropped up over the past year or two, in addition to patios ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Westchester Magazines’ Wine & Food Festival Welcomes Tarrytown Chefs

By W.B. King Tarrytown’s Little B’s Burger Bar and Babalu’Q, an authentic Cuban catering company, are among 100 of the County’s top eateries presenting at the 2016 Wine & Food Festival. Billed as Westchester’s best block party, the sixth annual event is sponsored by Westchester Magazine and runs Wednesday, June 8 through Sunday, June 12 at various locations. “We expect that ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Irvington Farmer’s Market Vendors

Sundays 9:00-1:30 starting June 5th Main Street School 110 Main Street Irvington, NY 10533 Arlotta Food Studio – Watermill, NY Arlotta Food Studio is a family-owned business based in Watermill, NY. Their story began generations ago, raising olives in orchards in southern Italy. Today, their organic olives are grown and harvested in California on a small family farm using the same ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Farmers Dish the Dirt at First TaSH Talk

by Suzanne Sorrentino Melons that look like beach balls, tomatoes that taste like lychee fruit, bouquets beautiful enough to grace a dining room table but delectable enough to eat. That’s just a taste of what some Westchester County farmers plan to showcase at the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, which opened May 28 in Patriots Park. The farmers spoke ... Read More »

Food for Thought – PikNik in Tarrytown

by Linda Viertel A delectable smokey scent now wafts along Tarrytown’s Main Street, thanks to the opening of PikNik, the newest restaurant/take-out venture from Hassan and Alberta Jarane, whose thriving Mint Premium Foods is just up the block. Real southern barbecue has arrived in our river towns! Whether your favorite is vinegary-based sauce on ribs and pulled pork from the ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Local Farmers Markets Opening Soon

by Linda Viertel The TaSH returns even bigger and better! The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market, also known as the TaSH Farmers Market, opens for the season Memorial Day weekend with the same great vibe, more vendors, expanded educational programming about food, nutrition and the environment and improved access for low-income shoppers. The market runs every Saturday, May 28 ... Read More »

Food For Thought – Nikko Opens on 119 in Former TGI Friday Location

by Linda Viertel Tarrytown’s former TGI Friday location is now home to Nikko Hibachi•Sushi•Lounge, a grand transformation that took place in late February. This sparkling new restaurant provides customers with a full range of sushi, sashimi and teriyaki offerings, in addition to the always entertaining choice of hibachi style cooking, not to mention a lively bar scene. The atmosphere is ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Returns March 7–20

Record number of restaurants to participate in the event’s 10th anniversary by Dorothy Conigliaro Ready? Set? Eat! And there will be plenty of opportunities for good eating during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (HVRW), March 7-20. This year, a record number of restaurants, more than 220, have already registered for the two-week culinary event that’s presented by The Valley Table magazine. ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Valentine’s Day Destinations

by Linda Viertel Valentine’s Day is a holiday about romance, so why not salute the most romantic of the many tales explaining its origin? Legend has it that the original St. Valentine was executed for his role in helping Christians escape from the harsh reality of Roman prisons in the year 275 A.D. Before he was led away, however, he ... Read More »

Food for Thought – Comfort Foods for Cold Winter Days

by Linda Viertel Winter seems to have arrived – finally, and with the chilling weather comes a complementary need for comfort food. Luckily, our river towns provide a wealth of warming sustenance to help stave off the frost and biting cold, an inevitable reality in the coming months. To help relieve the ennui of oncoming darkness and chilly winds, The ... Read More »

Harvest on Hudson – Indoor Places to Explore

by Marcie Cuff Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more ... Read More »

Muddy Water Opens in Tarrytown with a ‘Big Bang’

by Linda Viertel A bustling, vibrant new coffee and café venue, Muddy Water, opened in October and is already attracting crowds eager to sample richly brewed caffeinated and decaf coffees, teas, delicate sweet and savory pastries, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The brainchild of Ossining residents, Loretta Oleck and her partner Linton Suttner, Muddy Water, located at the southern end of ... Read More »