Saturday, November 5, 2016

Lakeview House- Newburgh, NY

We went to the Lakeview House a couple of years ago and it was great, so when I saw that they were participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week we decided to pop in for lunch today. It was amazing and we left full after having a three course meal for twenty-one bucks each. 

I started with the French onion soup and Teresa got the potato appetizer. For our main course I got the chicken cavatappi and Teresa had the shrimp almandine. Both were excellent. 

It won't be a couple of years before we go back, this place is a hidden treasure. Oh, and the service was excellent. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Plaza Azteca- Exton, Pa.

We stopped by Plaza Azteca in Exton for lunch today and were quite impressed. I had the Tacos al Pastor shown above. Quite tasty. Teresa had the green enchiladas which were quite good as well. Prices are reasonable, ambiance nice, and excellent service. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Greenwich Wine + Food Festival 2016 Photo Recap

The Greenwich Food + Wine Festival for 2016 is in the archives and what a festival it was. I will write more later, but I think the pictures speak for themselves. 

Monday, September 19, 2016


Can't believe how fast this is coming up. I am excited about this years line-up for what I consider to be the premier food and wine event in the region. Clear the calendar and come on out! 

Greenwich, CT – The sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine ([] benefitting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang CampWholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation, has announced the 200+ food and beverage participants that will be taking part in the centerpiece of the entire festival, the Culinary Village, on Saturday, September 24 from 12:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich. 

Participants in this year’s Grand Tasting will offer samples from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and include:
Angelini Wine, Ltd.
Bakery On Main
BGOOD Greenwich
Blue Tulip Chocolates
Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery
Brown Dog Fancy Mustards
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Calcutta Kitchens
Chelsea Piers
Cielo e Terr Winery - Murphy Distributors
Colby Davis of Boston
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Connecticut Cookie Company
Cutco Cutlery
Dan Rooney's Restaurant
Darien Social
DeCicco and Sons
Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
Don Julio 
Don Sebastiani & Sons - Murphy Distributors
Drunken Fruit LLC
Dubrovnik Restaurant
Entrée Nous
Fishers Island Lemonade
Fjord Fish Market
Flinders Lane
Fourth Creek Foods
Frank Family Vineyards - Murphy Distributors
Full Moonshine
Gates Restaurant
Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill
Ggachi Bakery
Gifft Wines
Greenwich Cheese Company
Hilton Club New York
KAS Spirits
Latitude Beverage
Le Pain Quotidien
Little Mexican Café
Little Pub
Maple Craft Foods
Martin Miller's Gin
Meatball and Co. 
Mt. Kisco Smokehouse of Greenwich
MW Coastal Goods
New Canaan Olive Oil
NoMa Social
Nonno's Trattoria
O.N.E Coconut Water
Pinot's Palette
Punzone Italian Vodka - Murphy Distributors
Pure Leaf
Rosemary and Vine
Rudy's Executive Transportation
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Rutini Winery - Murphy Distributors
Rye House
Saltaire Oyster Bar
Sap on Tap Maple Water
Schweppes Seltzer
Sea Bags
Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters
Simply Delicious Catering
Sonora Restaurant 
Spiked Seltzer
Stella Artois
Stubborn Soda
Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes
Teff Stamford
The Ginger Man
The Granola Bar of Greenwich
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
The Olive Oil Factory
The Pine Leaf
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood
The Rye Roadhouse
The Two Oh Three
Tomatillo Taco Joint
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Val's Putnam Wines and Liquors and Val's Fine Wines and Liquors of Glenville
Veal Made Easy funded by the Beef Checkoff
Wave Hill Breads
Whole Foods
Wholesome Wave
Winam Wines
Wine Wise
Wooster Street Meats
Zesty Z 

Bud and Burgers Tent will feature the following restaurants sampling their artisan burgers for guests to taste and vote on their Foodies’ Choice Award from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.:
b Restaurants
Bareburger CT
Brown Dog Fancy Mustards
Cask Republic
Dan Rooney’s Restaurant
Flipside Burgers and Bar
The Blind Rhino
Westchester Burger Company

Grill Master Tent will feature the following restaurants sampling everything from grilled meat to pizzas from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.:

10 Barrel Joe IPA & Golden Road Wolf Pup 
Amore Cucina & Bar
Baked and Sauced
Benjamin Steakhouse
Brother Jimmy's BBQ
Elysian Spacedust IPA & Elysian NightOwl          
Gentry Bourbon
Greatest Blaze & Co.
Hoodoo Brown BBQ
Mike's Organic Delivery
Pizza Luca
Shock Top & Shock Top Pretzel
Skinny Pines Mobile Wood Fired Catering
The Pizza Truck Company
The Ultimate Sandwich Tent will be serving unique and innovative sandwich creations from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with participants including:
Black Hog Brewing Co. 
Blue Point Toasted Lager & Blue Point Oktoberfest
Corbo's Corner Deli
Garden Catering
Goose Island IPA & Goose Island Sofie 
Judy's Bar + Kitchen
Pearl at Longshore Restaurant & Bar
Tabouli Grill
The Pine Leaf
The South of the Border Tent, presented by Don Julio, will offer samples of Mexican dishes and festive cocktails using Don Julio tequila from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and include:
Bodega Taco Bar
Don Julio 
Halstead Ave Taqueria
Hapa Food Truck
Sonora Restaurant 
Tomatillo Taco Joint
Val's Putnam Wines

Please note that all participants are subject to change.  The Grand Tasting Tent, Bud and Burgers area, Ultimate Sandwich Tent and South of the Border Tent are open to all Saturday ticket holders, in addition to the Demonstration Tents, Celebrity Green Room, presented by Serendipity, viewing of the 5th annual Burger Battle, hosted by Adam Richman, the 3rd annual Top Bartender Showdown in the Empire City Casino tent, the 1st annual Ultimate Sandwich Take-Down, Diane’s Books (celebrity bookstore), presented by Barbara Zaccagnini and co-headliner musical performances by Ziggy Marley and Old Crow Medicine Show on the Main Festival Stage, presented by Pepsi.

Tickets for Saturday’s events are available starting at $150.00, with VIP tickets available for $375 (this includes access to the Festival VIP Tent, which is equipped with a private lounge and restrooms, full bar, secluded seating areas, private restrooms and parking, private concert viewing area and a special VIP Sustainable Dinner, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and Michel Nischan, featuring more than a dozen Ambassador Chefs serving an incredible feast sourcing all proteins, seafood and produce locally and sustainably to ensure the highest quality and minimal impact on the environment) and VIP tickets with the addition of an Intimate Dinner with Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster Harlem beginning at $450.  For all ticketing options, visit the Festival’s website:

The multi-day event will also include Friday’s Master Chef Dinner, hosted by Adam Richman, with food, wine and cocktails from this year’s class of Most Innovative Chefs and Ambassador Chefs from Connecticut and New York, and a live concert by The Bacon Brothers (tickets start at $325 per person).  

Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling 203.588.1363.

The event’s Facebook page,, and website will also continue to post event news, restaurant participants and schedule updates over the coming days.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants and those with strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Habit Burger's New Hatch Pepper Menu

Habit Burger is an up and coming burger chain and the reason it is up and coming is that they have a good product and deliver it consistently. We stopped by the relatively new location in Parsippany, NJ today for lunch to try the new Hatch Pepper offerings. We found the restaurant to be spotless, the staff to be friendly and enthusiastic, and the food to very good. 

We went a tad overboard on our order as we wanted to try so many things. Well, the summer is wrapping up and we do need to restart our diets soon, so we binged a bit. We shared a Hatch Pepper Burger and sweet potato fries, both of which were excellent with a nice balance of flavor notes. 

We also shared a Hatch Pepper chicken sandwich which was my favorite of the day. The grilled chicken went well with the pepper and the sauce. Quite good and I would order it again. 

And if that wasn't enough, we had to try the Hatch Pepper Chicken Salad. Teresa said this was her favorite and she would definitely have another. 

Okay, so we added shakes too. How can one not have a shake at Habit? 

Stop by one of their locations and try out the new menu. You will not be disappointed. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

PB&J Burger at Victory Brewing- Parkesburg, Pa.

That creation above is a peanut butter and jelly cheeseburger with bacon and jalapeño rings on a sesame bun with house made pub chips. Yes, I said peanut butter and jelly. I saw this on the menu at the new Victory brewpub in Parkesburg and just had to try it. While the combination seems odd, the flavors blended perfectly to create a nice balance of taste. The peanut butter somewhat muted the heat of the peppers and the jelly added to the saltiness of the bacon. 

I paired it with a Sour Monkey, a Belgian Triple, which further added an interesting flavor note. The tart, sour taste went well with the burger. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Oskar Blues Brewing

I came across what is one of my new favorite breweries, Oskar Blues. They are out of Colorado, but they have a brewery in Brevard, NC and when I am in my Wilmington home I do try to drink only North Carolina beers. My other favorites are Natty Greene's and Highland, as well as the eight local microbreweries within a twenty minute drive of my house.

My favorite is the Blue IPA which has just the right amount of hoppiness and a nice clean taste. I tried the new Pinner, flavored with mango and it was good. The real surprise was the coconut porter which had a slight coconut taste that didn't overpower a good porter. 

They have a few more brews, including Dale's Pale Ale that I know I can get in New York so I can have them in the other house as well. 

Bitty & Beau's Coffee- Wilmington, NC

Bitty & Beau's is a cool coffee shop located in an extinct Hummer dealership on New Centre St. The inside has been very tastefully done up in black, white, and grey with wooden tables. You get the feel of a large open space with a modern look.

The coffee is good, in fact very good. They have some nice pastries, as well as some sandwiches. Leaving it here, it would be a nice coffee shop. However, there is much more to Bitty & Beau's that make it a special place indeed.

You see, it is a not for profit company whose mission is to provide employment for developmentally disabled adults. This gives these fine people an income, and more importantly, a sense of purpose. When you go in everyone seems so happy to be working there and they take an immense pride and joy in their work. We could all take a valuable lesson from them.

Stop by sometime and see for yourself. In the meantime check out their website for more information, and check out some of the videos and press. We need more places like this.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cast Iron Kitchen- Wilmington, NC

Cast Iron Kitchen is on Market Street, across from the Walmart in Ogden. The decor is modern Southern rustic and they are only open for breakfast and lunch. After looking over the menu I went with the chicken and waffles for $8.95 and got a side of fried green tomatoes for another $3.75. Teresa ordered the Southern breakfast for $7.25 and substituted potatoes for the grits. 

There were two large, homemade, chicken tenders that were crispy, flavorful, and moist in the middle sitting on two very nice waffles. add in a few pieces of fruit and granola with a bit of fig jam and it was delightful. The fried green tomatoes were quite nice as well. Teresa enjoyed her breakfast and we had some good coffee with the meals. 

Overall, a nice experience with excellent food at reasonable prices, good service, and a pleasing atmosphere. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Platypus and Gnome- Wilmington, NC

We stopped by Platypus and Gnome tonight for dinner after having heard some good things about them. They are located at 9 Front Street, where the restaurant 9 Bakery was, and they haven't changed much in the design.

I went with the bacon bacon burger shown above at eleven bucks. It was cooked to a perfect medium and had bacon in the burger, on the burger, as well as a bacon spread. Cheese, lettuce and some really good fries rounded it out. Teresa had the Platy burger at nine bucks which was cooked perfectly to her desired medium well. 

They lived up to the hype and we will be back again. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

60 Days Until The Greenwich Food + Wine Festival.


Event Updates Include Additional Celebrity Chef Participants, Saturday Event Schedule and More

Greenwich, CT – The countdown is on!  The sixth annual GREENWICH WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL, presented by Serendipity magazine ( and benefitting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang CampWholesome Wave and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation, is now just 60 days away, and with ticket sales open, event organizers have announced some exciting additions to this year’s event:

·      Friday’s Master Chef Dinner, hosted by Adam Richman, will feature the 2016 class of Most Innovative Chefs serving their signature dishes.  In addition to the previously announced 10 chefs, Gregori Pena and Eric Haugen of The National in Greenwich, have been announced.  Confirmed Ambassador Chefs who will also be serving up their favorite dishes include Jes Bengston (Brick and Wood), Rui Correia (Douro, Gaia), Samantha Mittler (The Dessertist), Stephen Lewandowski (Harlan Social), Christian Petroni (Fortina), Nadia Ramsey (Meli-Melo) and David Snyder (Char).

·      Celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef,” Food Network’s “All-Star Academy”) and Marc Murphy (Executive Chef of Landmarc restaurant at the Time Warner Center, “Iron Chef,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Beat Bobby Flay”) have been added to this year’s line-up of celebrity chef participants, and both will be special guests at the Saturday Michel Nischan VIP Sustainable Dinner.  Rui Correia (Douro, Gaia) will be the Master of Ceremonies. 

The schedule for Saturday’s events, the signature day of the Festival, has also been released as follows:
·      12:00-5:00pm - Grand Tasting Tent, hosting more than 150 food and beverage vendors.

·      12:30-5:30pm – Two stages and a demo tent will feature more than 15 cooking demonstrations and wine, beer and cocktail seminars from renowned experts and celebrity chef participants:
Dacor Kitchen Stage One presented by Aitoro
12:30-1pm Blue Tulip Chocolates
1:30-2pm Adam Richman
2:30pm-3pm Marcus Samuelsson
3:30-4pm Christian Petroni
4:30-5pm The Dessertist (Samantha Mittler)

Dacor Kitchen Stage Two presented by Aitoro
1-1:30pm Michel Nischan
2-2:30pm Marc Murphy
3-3:30pm Alex Guarnaschelli
4-4:30pm TBD
5-5:30 Rafael Palomino

Demo Tent (additional events to be added)
3:45-4:45pm Meet The Masters - We're introducing a special "Meet the Masters" segment with celebrity chefs Marc Murphy, Adam Richman, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michel Nischan and Marcus Samuelsson. It will be an Q&A style conversation (moderater TBA) on how they got to be where they are, from obstacles they encountered to branding themselves to finding inspiration.

·      12:30-6:00pm - Celebrity Green Room, presented by Serendipity, will host attending celebrities, culinary experts and musicians while being interviewed by industry experts in a luxury lounge:
12:30-12:50pm Marc Murphy
1:00 - 1:20pm Marcus Sameulsson
1:30-1:50pm Alex Guarnaschelli
2:00-2:20pm Michel Nischan
2:35-2:50pm The Dessertist
3:00-3:20pm Adam Richman
4-4:20pm Rui Correia
4:20-4:40pm Christian Petroni, John Nealon, Rob Krauss
4:50-5:10pm Kevin Des Chenes

·      12:30-10:00pm - Festival VIP Tent, offering private bars, secluded seating areas, private restrooms, private concert viewing area and a special VIP Sustainable Dinner, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy and Michel Nischan, featuring Nischan and more than a dozen local chefs serving up locally sourced and sustainable cuisine (Open to VIP Ticket Holders only).

·      1:00-5:00pm - Celebrity Bookstore, presented by Barbara Zaccagnini, offers guests the chance to meet the minds behind cookbooks and culinary reads, and have their books signed:
1-1:30 Marc Murphy
1:30-2pm Marcus Sameulsson
2:00-2:30pm Alex Guarnaschelli
2:30-3pm Adam Richman
2:30-3pm Michel Nischan 

·      4:00-8:00pm – Burgers and Brews features area restaurants serving up their best burger.  Guests will be able to vote for the Foodies’ Choice Award.

·      3:30-4:30pm – The third annual Top Bartender Showdown in the Empire City Casino tent will feature area bartenders serving custom cocktails to be judged by a panel of judges, as well as offering samples to all guests.

·      4:00-8:30pm – The Grill Master Tent will feature samples of flavorful BBQ specialties, with local pitmasters on hand to offer grilling advice for home cooks.  The Grill Master Stage will feature the following demos:
4:15-4:45pm Fleishers Craft Butchery
5:15-5:45pm Knife Skills with Wusthof

·      4:45-5:45pm – The fifth annual Burger Battle, hosted by Adam Richman, will feature local restaurants serving up their custom-crafted burgers for judging by a panel of Festival Celebrity Guests including Rui Correia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Michel Nischan and Marcus Samuelsson.

·      5:00-8:30pm – The Ultimate Sandwich Tent will feature local restaurants, delicatessens and cafes creating unique and innovative sandwiches for attendees to sample.

·      5:45-6:30pm – The Ultimate Sandwich Take-Down is a brand new event this year, featuring competitors from local restaurants, delicatessens, and cafes creating the most over-the-top sandwiches! Participants will work with ingredients like: cheese steak, meatballs, chicken cutlets, grilled veggies, French fries, eggs, cheese, marinara sauce, BBQ sauce, lettuce, ketchup and mayo — sometimes all in the same sandwich, with just one being named the Ultimate Sandwich Winner.  Festival Ambassador Chefs will be judging this event, including John Nealon, Christian Petroni and Rob Krauss from Fortina, and Samantha Mittler from The Dessertist.

·      6:00-8:00pm – Taco Party! will feature local restaurants showing off their top tacos to taste, along with a festive cocktail.

·      6:00-10:00pm – VIP Intimate Dinner featuring Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster Harlem, offers a limited number of attendees the opportunity to sample the best of Harlem in a stunning waterfront setting. Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson will prepare a meal inspired by the roots of American cuisine at a seated dinner with table service. Attendees can take in the evening’s musical performance from private tables on an elevated stage or from reserved, lawn table seating (this is a separate ticketed event).

·      6:00-10:00pm – Michel Nischan VIP Sustainable Dinner with Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy will feature top local chefs, including Devin Bozkaya (Campagna at The Bedford Post Inn), David DiBari (The Cookery), Nick DiBona (Madison Kitchen), Walter Estrada (Napa & Co.), Eric Gabrynowicz (Restaurant North), Frederic Kieffer (l’escale), Rafael Palomino (Sonora), Forrest Pasternack (Bailey’s Backyard), Debra Ponzek (Aux Delices), Nancy Roper (Truck), Matt Storch (Match), Bill Taibe (The Whelk, Kawa Ni), Luke Venner (Elm) and David White (Vespa), preparing an incredible feast sourcing all proteins, seafood and produce locally and sustainably to ensure the highest quality and minimal impact on the environment.  This event will also feature a full bar with premium liquors, beer and wines, VIP private restrooms and a private viewing area for the main stage music entertainment (this event is open to VIP ticket holders only).

·      6:30-10:00pm – The Pepsi Music Stage, featuring Grammy Award winning co-headliners Ziggy Marley (6:30pm) and Old Crow Medicine Show (8:30pm).

·      FREE parking will be available on Saturday at Greenwich Plaza and at the Horseneck Lane Commuter Parking Lot, with guest shuttles sponsored by The Ashforth Company.

Tickets are now on sale via or by calling 203-588-1363.  Options are as follows:
·      Friday’s Master Chef Dinner, hosted by Adam Richman with live music by The Bacon Brothers:  $325.00 per ticket.

·      Saturday All-Day Pass, including admission to the Grand Tasting Tent, cooking demonstrations, celebrity bookstore, Top Bartender Showdown, Burger Battle, Grill Master Tent, Taco Party! and lawn seating to co-headliners Ziggy Marley and Old Crow Medicine Show:  $150.00 per ticket.

·      All-In VIP Weekend Pass includes admission to Friday’s Master Chef Dinner and a VIP Pass for Saturday, which includes access to the Sustainable Dinner:   $600.00 per ticket.

·      Saturday VIP Pass with Intimate Dinner featuring Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster Harlem includes access to all events and areas of Saturday’s festival, VIP parking and restrooms, all-day access to the full bar in the VIP tent, Samuelsson’s private dinner and private seating for the evening’s main stage musical entertainment:  $450.00 per ticket for lawn table seating; $4,000 for a lawn table of ten; $525.00 per ticket for on-stage table seating; $5,000 for an on-stage table of ten.

·      VIP Festival All-Day Pass with Sustainable Dinner includes access to all events and areas of Saturday’s festival, VIP parking and restrooms, all-day access to the full bar in the VIP tent, Nischan and friends’ dinner and VIP viewing for the evening’s main stage musical entertainment:  $375.00 per ticket.

The event’s Facebook page,, and website will also continue to post event news, restaurant participants and schedule updates over the coming weeks.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants and those with strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted. 

The GREENWICH 2016 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a multi-day event that benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses, as well as The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation and Wholesome Wave Organization.  The festival is presented by Serendipity magazine, along with Pure Leaf, PepsiCo, Citi®, Empire City Casino, and Stamford Lincoln.  Other official sponsors include Coldwell Banker Preview International, Cabot, Stamford Tent, Barbara Zaccagnini, Whole Foods, Westy Self Storage, Rudy’s Executive Transportation, Dacor, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits, Granoff Architects, Shearwater Organic Coffee and Wusthof.