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Local Events Close to Home in Westchester County, NY

Hi everyone. . .wow we have missed being able to take our famous “day-trips” in and around the Hudson Valley this summer!  Between all the rain and our busy schedules this year we were not been out ‘n about as much as we normally are, but, the  few places we went were wonderful!

In between the many many rain filled weekends we enjoyed activities much closer to home than we normally do including:

The 14th Annual Peekskill Celebration the first weekend in August.  We rushed  to Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park to watch the Dragons on the Hudson dragon boat races which started early in the morning on Saturday (before the rain).  This was my first time seeing these boats first hand.  The workmanship in the design/ construction of these boats is wonderful; not to mention the much needed strength/stamina it takes to actually paddle one of these boats.  These boats are rich in history and a treat to watch!


Because it was yet another cool/over-cast day, the crowds seemed to hold off in the morning when we were there but as the day went on more people arrived to take part in the Peekskill Celebration, enjoy good food and visit the many booths.



Once again the sun was finally shining on Sept. 10th, we took advantage of the great day and attend the 6th Annual Cortlandt Family Fun Day in Montrose, NY.  This was a cute / fun day for the families in Cortlandt.  And, with the record breaking rain fall during August, the sunshine and a day of games, food and entertainment was just was area families needed.


On Sept. 24th we went to the 3rd Hudson Valley Irish Fest  at the Riverfront Green in Peekskill, NY.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Irish culture and especially Irish music.  My Dad’s family hales from Ireland with my father’s great uncle being Daniel O’Connell, the famed “Liberator” of Ireland.  We sat and enjoyed music by Celtic Cross, a wonderful pop/folk band with a traditional Celtic Irish influence.  Led by lead vocalist  Kathleen Lee (I’m actually named after/for the song “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen“) is outstanding and amazing to listen to!

  Okay, so we all know how very much I love traveling to the Catskills, I’ve been going their since I was a child with my family for Sunday afternoon drives and now I enjoy spending long weekends traipsing around the Catskills.  While I have not yet had the pleasure of staying at Gavin’s, it is without a doubt on our list of places to stay.    At the festival I bought the most amazing celtic cross garden statue! I love it! And, the amazing thing was the designer of the piece Bill Bywater of is the brother of someone my honey used to work with in Poughkeepsie, NY – which made purchasing this handmade piece even more special!

Also on Sept. 24th we attended the  1st Buchanan Family Day at the Buchanan Pavilion in Buchanan, NY.  Like the Cortlandt Family Fun Day, this event was intended to give the families of Buchanan an opportunity to get together as a community, enjoy each other’s company, meet neighbors perhaps they hadn’t met and provide a fun filled environment for the children complete with face painting, pumpkin panting, a DJ providing live music and great food provided by  Buchanan Fire Department and Two Brother’s Pizzeria,!  Buchanan’s newest eatery Taste was also there meeting and greeting their neighbors!   From pumpkin painting to face painting, fun, food and entertainment, who could ask for more. . .the event was well attended and enjoyed by all!



As always, I wish you days filled with wonder – take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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Lov’in the Hudson Valley Farmers and Farmers' Markets!

I am lov’in the fresh fruits and vegetables available  throughout the Hudson Valley this time of year!  We totally enjoy visiting the many farmers’ markets and meeting all the great local farmers and their friends.  Not to mention that I am a huge believer in supporting our local businesses/farmers.  Where ever and when ever possible we make a special point to do business locally!

There are several great farmers markets in Westchester County – each offering a variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables. 

Some of my personal favorites include:

Pika’s Farm Table – the best quiches, tarts we had.  For the past couple weeks my neighbor and I have gone to the Croton-on-Hudson Farmers’ Market and purchased the quiche.  With this unprecedented heat this summer, a quiche and salad makes for the perfect summer dinner!  A couple weeks ago we had their  Spinach and Goat Cheese Quiche which was great!  This week we had the Carrot Curry Feta Tart, hmm hmm good is an understatement!  I asked what was the difference between the tart and the quiche and learned the tart is made with a bit less eggs and cheese, thereby being a bit more healthy; so now I can both enjoy what I’m eating and feel good about it too!

Okay so what would a delicious dinner be without dessert…..and out-of-this-world dessert is what you get when you purchase from Meredith’s Bread.  Originating from Kingston, NY, Meredith’s Bread specializes in a variety of home-made and preservative-free breads, rolls, cakes, cookies, pies and preserves.  This includes several lines dedicated to sugar free, wheat free, gluten free, and organic baked goods. My honey and I tend to favor ANY of the fruit/berry pies & tarts!  I think the mixed berry tart is my personal favorite but I’ve had the others and they all leave you wanting more!

Also at the  Croton-on-Hudson Farmers’ Market this week was  Bread Alone Bakery from the Catskills.  How special, as my honey and I just visited their store last weekend while we were tooling around the Catskills.

So, let’s share – what are some of your favorite farmer’s market finds here in the Hudson Valley, leave us a comment below!

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 


I just learned about this and couldn’t wait to share it with all of you that love the Hudson Valley as I do!  Perhaps you are already aware of Hudson Valley Fresh which is a not-for-profit dairy cooperative dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley and promoting it as one of the premier food regions of the United States.


Michael J. Fox (a resident of the HV also) supports this very important effort.

Currently their main business is producing premium quality dairy products – whole, skim, low-fat and chocolate milk along with half and half, heavy cream, and sour cream.  They believe in supporting sustainable agriculture and are currently preserving 5,000 acres of open land.  Their mission to secure living wages for our farmers and their families.


By ensuring a fair price for their farmers’ goods, HVF is keeping those farmers in business, which means preventing the loss of their land to development. Consider this – in the 1970s, there were 275 dairies in Dutchess County, the highest number of dairy farms in New York State — and now there only 26.   They formed a dairy cooperative in 2004 to provide a sustainable future in agriculture for participating cooperative members by stabilizing market prices.

The HVF milk is sold in the Mid-Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New York City and Connecticut. 


All HVF dairy farmers live within 20 miles of the processing plant at Boice Brothers Dairy in Kingston, N.Y. (conventional milk usually travels hundreds of miles before it reaches the processing plant.)

By keeping farming economically feasible, the farmers in turn spend their income on local goods and services. Studies show that farmers put most of their income back into the local economy, i.e., by buying feed, farm machinery, veterinary services, hiring plumbers, electricians, and using all the services in their community.

The economic multiplier factor ranges from 1 1/2 to 4 times. This means the $32 million estimated farm product sales per year from Dutchess County farms puts any where from $50 to $120 million back into the local economy.

Hudson Valley Fresh Milk Locations


Consider trying the HVF Milk For Yourself at the Following Milk Tastings:

Event Name Date Time Location
Nature’s Pantry 4/24/2010 10-2PM 142 Route 17k Newburgh, NY 12550
Whole Foods 4/24/2010 11-3pm 2101 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, NY 11030-3528
Whole Foods 5/1/2010 11-3pm 270 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007 USA


For more information about this amazing organization and their efforts please visit the Hudson Valley Fresh website (  


Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Returns!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010

Okay so many of your already know that my fiancé (a.k.a. “my honey”) and I enjoy traveling around the Hudson Valley and we enjoy eating at the many delectable restaurants (especially those along the Hudson River providing waterfront dining) we are surrounded by.


Lucky for us the 4th Annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week begins March 15th and goes through March 28th! During these 14 days, your can enjoy three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20 and/or three-course dinners for $28 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).  With so many “wonderful” farms across the Hudson Valley, many of the chefs include locally grown products to compliment your meal and provide an even greater sense of all the pride and beauty the Hudson Valley has to offer.


Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley



So whether you are in Ulster or Westchester, Columbia or Dutchess or any of the 7 surrounding counties, why not try a few of the nearly 90 restaurants participating in this “wonderful” event.


We have had the pleasure of dinning at four of these restaurants and are looking forward to adding as many more as we can to our list of dinning experiences during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  As always, we look forward to sharing our dinning experiences with you and encourage you to share your dinning experiences with us by leaving a comment below.







As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!:)



With the forecast for New Year’s Eve being a bit of a wintery mix, we decided to go out to dinner tonight and enjoy a quiet evening in tomorrow night watching the ball drop in Times Square ushering in 2010.

Iron Horse Grill

Iron Horse Grill

We enjoyed an absolutely delicious dinner at the Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville, NY.  Pleasantville is a quaint village in northern Westchester County .

 We started off by sharing the TRICOLOR SALAD WITH CRISP CALAMARI “CROUTONS”, Lemon Vinaigrette which was delightfully different and uniquely flavored with the Lemon Vinaigrette.

Then I enjoyed the GRILLED VEAL CHOP, Craisin-Apple Relish, Spiced Yams, Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts while my fiancé enjoyed the Heirloom Pork with caramelized pears in a delightful sauce. (Please excuse the images as they were taken with our camera phone and not our digital camera.)
Grilled Veal Chop

Grilled Veal Chop

Heirloom Pork

Heirloom Pork








Then, we of course had to sample the dessert.  True to form, we always split the dessert so tonight we indulged in the CHOCOLATE MARQUIS with Pistachio-Mint Ice Cream as I also enjoyed a delicious cappuccino! 

Chocolate Marquis

Chocolate Marquis

 The Iron Horse Grill received high ratings from Zagat (26 – 22 – 25).  Normally I do not have a great desire to return to a place once I have been there, however, I must say, I would return to the Iron Horse Grill without hesitation.


As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! :)

Out-and-About-Another Day-Trip

Today was a dreary daPhoto by KF All American Drive-Iny here in the lower Hudson Valley, so, of course we decided to take another one of our famous “day-trip” adventures!  As you will remember, we already visited Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT (one of America’s best Hamburger places according to the Travel Channel) so next on our list was the All American Drive-In in Massapequa, NY.

 Simple and to the point, the hamburgers here are truly “all American” – do you want fries or onion rings with your burger?  I had the Photo by KF Cheeseburger @ All American Drive-Inbasic cheeseburger (and yes, American cheese is the only option) and fries and loved it!

After our famous hamburger lunch we decided to drive further out on the island.  We headed for Fire Island and to my surprise, cars are not permitted during peak season.  Okay so I’ve lived in Westchester County my entire life, heard a great deal of wonderful things about Fire Island, just not the fact that cars are not allowed.  So with that said, my “wondering” mind wants to know how do you get groceries out to your vacation house on Fire Island-do you bring them on the ferry?

So while we were “out-and-about” in Long Island we also drove through Babylon, Islip, Bayshore and more.  We had a great dinner at Horace & Sylvia’s in Babylon(we unfortunately didn’t get out own picture of this great place).  We would highly recommend this place when passing through Babylon.

That’s was our “day-trip” today – next on our list of famous hamburger places is World’s Famous Ted’s Restaurant in Meridian, CT.