Saturday, June 17, 2017

Equilibrium Grille and Taproom- Middletown, NY


I've heard some good things about this new brewery in Middletown and we decided to pop in and see what it was all about on a Saturday afternoon. 

The design is nice, taking an old factory or warehouse and utilizing the exposed brick and wood. There are two levels, a bar on the first floor and the dining area, with its own bar, on the second. Good idea as the first level could be a bit louder and the dining are is quieter. 

It was quite a bit crowded, but we only had to wait ten minutes or so for a table. I started with a flight of four for eleven bucks, a bit pricey but the best way to get a feel for the offerings. 

They had six brews listed, but one had just kicked. I list in order of my preference. The Photon, their signature IPA at4.8%, which had a nice clean, and ever so slightly fruity taste. Next was the Mmm...Osa which is the Photon with oranges added. Nice fruity taste without being overpowering. The third was the MC2 which is the Photo ramped up to 8% as an Imperial IPA. The best was the Optimization, a double at 8% which had the hint of a sour taste to it. 



The food was excellent. We both ordered blue cheese burgers (twelve bucks) and mine was cooked to a perfect medium while Teresa's came the perfect medium-well that she ordered. She had a side salad while I opted for the fries, which were crispy on the outside with a soft inside and seasoned properly. 

Overall, a nice experience and I think they will do quite well. Stop by and check them out sometime. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival Announcement





THE 2017 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 
SERENDIPITY 2017 MOST INNOVATIVE CHEFS

Food Network’s Alex Guarnaschelli to Join Celebrity Chefs 
Scott Conant and Adam Richman 

Greenwich, CT – The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine ([http://www.greenwichwineandfood.com)/]www.greenwichwineandfood.com) with beneficiaries The Friends of James Beard Benefits and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation, has announced this year’s class of Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs who will be honored at the event’s Master Chef Wine Dinner at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park by the water’s edge on Friday, September 22.  The dinner will also honor famed restaurateur and author Scott Conant (“Chopped”, “Top Chef”), with Travel Channel star Adam Richman (“Man v. Food”) attending as a special guest.

This year’s list includes:
  • Carlos Baez (The Spread in South Norwalk, CT) 
  • Lisa and Steve Maronian (Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes in Cos Cob, CT)
  • Mike Pietrafaso (Ada’s Kitchen + Coffee in Riverside, CT) 
  • Brad Spence (Amis Trattoria in Westport, CT)
  • Ian Vest (Back 40 Kitchen in Greenwich, CT)
  • Marc Weber (On the Marc Catering in Stamford, CT)

“We are thrilled to return for our seventh year, welcoming back Festival favorites Adam Richman and Alex Guarnaschelli, and for the first time, Scott Conant,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Media and the Founder & CEO of The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival. “This year’s group of Most Innovative Chefs truly represents the incredible breadth of talent cooking at the top restaurants in Westchester and Fairfield Counties and pushing the culinary envelope on a daily basis.”

The Master Chef Wine Dinner will shine a spotlight on this year’s awarded Serendipity Most Innovative Chefs, who will interact with guests while preparing and serving their creative cuisine, alongside Festival Ambassador Chefs, who have not only been honored in the past but continue to champion the Festival’s mission.  The evening will also feature carefully selected wines, creative cocktails and a live musical performance by platinum-selling southern rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters (“Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior”). 
Tickets for Friday evening’s event, as well as Saturday, September 23’s full day of food, beverage and world-class music are now available.  Visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com to purchase tickets, and for updates on musical and culinary talent as well as the full event schedule. 

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

THE 2017 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL 
The 2017 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates the area’s rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage industries. The mission is to strengthen our communities’ non-profit partners, local businesses and renowned food culture. It will benefit multiple charitable organizations, including The Friends of James Beard Benefits and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. The Festival is partnered with Serendipity magazine. Sponsors to date include 1893 Cola, 90+ Cellars, Aitoro, Budweiser, Coldwell Banker, Dacor, Delamar, Empire City Casino, Hospital for Special Surgery, NuKitchens, PepsiCo, Rudy’s Executive Transportation, Starr Tent, Stella Artois, Tea House Collection, Whole Foods Market, Wüsthof and Barbara Zaccagnini *  For more information, visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Greenwich Wine+Food Festival 2017 Tickets Now Available


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saigon Pho- Wappingers Falls, NY


Saigon Pho is a restaurant we have passed by for years mainly because of the strip mall location. Friends have been raving about it so we finally stopped by for lunch and now I wish I had done so sooner, I've been missing out on some really good Vietnamese food. 

We started with the Spring Roll at five bucks with a peanut sauce. Excellent! We both had Pho, mine was the three meat special and Teresa had the rib eye variety. Again, both were excellent. Total bill was just over twenty-five bucks. 


Stop by sometime and see what I mean. Excellent food and service, clean and bright decor. They have a website for more information. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guacamole Grill Mexican Restaurant- Wallkill, NY


Friends of ours have been raving about Guacamole Grill Mexican Restaurant in the Hamlet of Wallkill, NY for some time now so when we saw they had a burger special we decided to stop in. 

Located on the main drag it looks nice on the outside, and even nicer inside with a fresh, bright look and Mexican music on the stereo. We looked over the menus and decided to have a beef empanada (two bucks) and a fish taco (two-fifty) to start with as we decided what to order. Both were excellent.

I went with the Sweet Bacon Burger and it was great. Fresh tasting beef, perfectly cooked, on a fresh bun with bacon, ranch dressing, fried tortillas, jalapeños, and onions. Nice flavor combination and some crispy fries on the side. Teresa had the chicken enchiladas verde and it was excellent as well. 


All of the above was only twenty-six bucks. The service was excellent as well. Stop by sometime and see for yourself. They have a website for more information. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Carlos Restaurant- Yonkers, NY


We got a sixty dollar gift certificate for Carlos Restaurant a while back and never got around to heading down, it is an hour away, but to day we stopped in for lunch. Before I get any further I have to say that if they were any closer I'd be there every week, it was that amazing. 

After looking over the menus we realized that in order to spend sixty bucks we'd have to order a bunch of food, the prices are quite reasonable. The decision was made for three appetizers and two entrees with anything left over to be taken home. 

We started with the Spiedini Alla Romano, which is a fresh mozzarella on bread, deep fried with a caper and lemon sauce. Absolutely amazing.  


Next up was an order of clams oreganata. Now these were a full size clam, not some minced nonsense, with some great seasoning. You could tell they were fresh made in house. Also amazing. 


I had to try the Polenta which was an Italian version of shrimp and grits. Three huge shrimp over polenta cakes with mushrooms, tomatoes, and a gorgonzola cream sauce. Quite nice and I may incorporate blue cheese in my next shrimp and grits attempt.


By now we were getting a bit full, especially when you add in the delightful bread we were served, and the side salad we shared. However, the entrees were so good we dove in anyway. 

I got the veal Sorrentino and it was perhaps the finest offering of that dish I have ever had. Teresa ordered the lunch sized (it was huge) eggplant parmesian and it was also amazing. Some of the leftovers, including two rather large potato croquettes, are in the fridge now calling me. 


All of the food came to sixty bucks, plus tax and tip. The service was excellent, the food amazing, and the ambiance warm and friendly. This is definately a place to visit for an excellent meal. Check out their website for more information, oh and they have a second location in New Rochelle. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Duck Donuts- Wilmington, NC


We stopped the Duck donuts in Wilmington, NC, located in the Mayfaire shopping center, for desert with the grandkids. 

Duck Donuts is an up and coming donut chain with a neat concept, you create your own donut combination. What you do is start with a coating, pick a topping, and choose a drizzle. I went with peanut butter icing, bacon pieces, and salted caramel drizzle. It was bloody amazing. 

We will be back again over Easter break and frequently after we relocate to Wilmington. 


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. 

























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.