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Westchester Woman Wednesday: Summer Cooking

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Summer Cooking

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June is a crazy month for everyone.  With all that’s been going on, Shawna and I did not have time for monthly “lunch” with one of our favorite Westchester Women.   Instead we decided to share posts from three Westchester bloggers instead.    The focus is food and summer cooking.    We think you will enjoy these three articles.  One is on homemade, healthy ice pops;  Another is on the T-Fal OptiGrill (an indoor grill) and the third is on a place called The Twisted Branch in Valhalla.   For those who like to cook, these summery ideas should come in handy.   Happy Summer!

Popsicle Recipe: Carrot Apple Almond Milk Ice Pops

Optigrill + by T-fal

The Twisted Branch: Olive Oil & Vinegar Tap Room

Guest Blogger:  Westchester Daddy

Guest Blogger: Westchester Daddy

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We’re so happy to feature a Westchester dad today for Father’s Day.    It’s always interesting to me to hear how people who aren’t Westchester natives discover Westchester, decide to make it home and best of all, hear what they love most about their town.  I believe that Westchester has something for everyone.  This dad does too!  🙂

(You can follow him online at or @westchesterdaddy on Instagram)

From Claremont to Claremont

by Kevin Hylton

I knew I was going to be ok in the burbs when I found the Bronxville coffee shop Slave to the Grind.” I have two daughters (four years and 16 months) and I’m basically stitched together with a delicate recipe of caffeine (by way of coffee) and IPA.

I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic. I was excited to move to the suburbs.  I was the riot leader in our family trying to make the move happen for years.  But even when our one bedroom apartment in Morningside Heights was bursting at the seams, the possibility and eventual reality of a signed contract of sale to move to southern Westchester kinda made me regurgitate my fish tacos.

I moved to NYC after I graduated from law school and worked for a large law firm.  But I actually moved to NY to try become a screenwriter/take advantage of the entertainment industry in Manhattan. Soon after moving to Harlem I pivoted from the law and started writing as a theater and film journalist, then a playwright and eventually I got a gig screenwriting for Disney animated TV.  All this I did from my tiny apartment in Harlem on Claremont Avenue.

When we had our second daughter, I decided to shelf the screenwriting dream for a bit.  I turned my interest in architecture and real estate into a job and became a Real Estate Broker with Houlihan Lawrence’s Bronxville office (where I still work).  Still, I secretly held on to the desire to do some screenwriting on the side but assumed moving to the burbs was the end of the writing dream.

But within months of moving, I found a HBO producer, production company owner, and a comedy central contact all while walking our dachshund in our new Fleetwood neighborhood.  Huh, I guess the suburbs are not a total cultural wasteland where dreams must go to die.

I was never cool enough to be a hipster. But I liked to feel as if I was a bit ahead of the curve. When I moved to Claremont Ave and 124th in the City it wasn’t a Columbia U outpost yet.  It was a bit dodgy. It was, however, a great place to grab an amazing taco for a buck at an authentic hole in the wall. My friends uptown were a collection of my neighbors (who at that time didn’t move every 2 years), the postal and ups workers, the woman in the laundromat, and the guys who owned the liquor store.  And my fears of moving out of this wierd NY City neighborhood was that we’d lose everything that made life feel real: diversity of culture, opinion, and genuineness.   All that and solid tacos, cafe con leche, and a decent selection of beers at the local bar. 

Little did I know that what I’d find in Westchester is exactly what I loved about Morningside when I moved uptown some 12 years ago.  Mom and pop coffee shops, restaurants (including Cuban, Cajun, Mexican, you name it), indie pharmacies and bookstores all are either in my town or a neighboring one. It’s walkable, people are friendly, and I can be at grand central in 24 minutes on the train (15 to Harlem). 

I still can’t quite fathom how we ended up buying our house on Claremont Avenue in Fleetwood.  The coincidence that years of searching for a house would lead us to move from Claremont Ave in Manhattan to Claremont Ave in Fleetwood is bizarre and oddly, really comforting (my 4 year old already knowing what street we live on.)  Regardless I’m happy we made the leap.    

If you follow my blog at or track me on Instagram (#westchesterdaddy) you’ll see some parenting cartoons, resources for parents in the burbs, and the occasional piece on real estate in the area.  I started the blog primarily due to my experience searching for a home for my family in Westchester.  We couldn’t find a site that combined parenting resources with details on towns and info on real estate. Hope you like it.

If you are still in one of the Boroughs contemplating how you could possibly find another place to call home, check out my site to learn more about Westchester.  Or just give me a call (646.388.0030). I’m partial to Fleetwood but if you like Park Slope maybe Hastings or Dobbs Ferry will be your thing. Regardless, you’ll be surprised by what you find. I now believe Westchester has a home for everyone.

If you’re in southern Westchester, below are some of the local spots I’ve found that made me feel right at home.

Slave to the Grind

(Bronxville. Solid coffee and treats in what could be an East Village coffee shop.  Piercings, suits, and flip flops all appropriate)

The Bayou

(Fleetwood.  The most amazing Cajun food and music outside The Crescent City. Like in the Big Easy you don’t have to spend a lot to have a good meal.  Order the red beans and rice some Monday and you’ll see what I mean)


(New Rochelle authentic taco spot. Legit tacos. If you’re in the know you already known about Bar Taco in Portchester.  If you are down south check this spot out.)

Bronxville Diner

(Bronxville.  Kitschy diner with nice attention to detail.  Small but mighty. This place reminds me of EJ’s in the City.)

Joes of Fleetwood

(Fleetwood. Many claim this to be the best pizza in Westchester. It gives any old school spot in the City a run for it’s money.  Grab a slice in their no frills spot or sit down to dine in the adjoining restaurant.

Beer Noggin

(Bronxville. If you’re serious about beer you best stop in here. Excellent collection of bottles and rotating taps at this beer shop with regular, daily happy hour and growler options.  Their website has a blog covering beers as well)

For more spots to hit in the Many villages and towns around Westchester check out my site at

City Perch – New Seasonal American Restaurant Now Open in Dobbs Ferry

City Perch – New Seasonal American Restaurant Now Open in Dobbs Ferry

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(Sponsored Post)

Chef Sherry Yard, Tuck Hospitality Group Chief Operating Officer and three-time James Beard Award winner recently inducted into the Foundation’s prestigious Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, officially brings her critically acclaimed City Perch Kitchen + Bar to Dobbs Ferry, NY.

“Priding itself on a menu of contemporary comfort food with ingredients sourced from nearby farms and waters, City Perch Kitchen + Bar will be the largest iPic-owned Tuck Hospitality Group concept to date, housing 4,600 square feet of spacious drinking, dining and private event space.  City Perch Kitchen + Bar’s playful dishes are complemented by a sophisticated beverage program designed by nationally lauded Master Bartender and Advanced Sommelier Adam Seger, specializing in handcrafted farm-to-glass cocktails, local beers and boutique wines.”

We recently had an opportunity to try out this restaurant and the food was as delicious as the pictures depict.  This is the perfect restaurant to meet for Happy Hour, host a dinner with friends and family celebrating good food and good company or enjoy a leisurely brunch over the weekends!


DINNER Served Daily: 5-10pm

BRUNCH Served Saturday + Sunday: 10:30am-3pm

BAR Open Daily: 10pm-close

HAPPY HOUR Open Daily: 3-6pm

LIVE DJ SPINNING Friday + Saturday: 9pm-12:30am


Frank’s Top 5 Favorite Sandwiches

Frank’s Top 5 Favorite Sandwiches

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Summer is just around the corner, and as my husband recently said his “winter fat is gone and now he’s working on his spring rolls”.  Gotta love men’s humor and their appetites.  Not a fan of just getting a salad for lunch, I had Frank put together a list of his favorite “go to” sandwich spots in our area.  The best part of this list is that all of his suggestions are locally run (not chain) businesses that offer more than just sandwiches.

Favorite Simple & Fresh Sandwich…”Prosciutto & Mozzarella” at Dante’s Deli (429 Central Avenue – White Plains, NY).

Favorite Hearty Sandwich…The “Meatball Sub” with mozzarella, tomato sauce & parmesan on garlic bread at Cooked & Co

Favorite Fork & Knife Sandwich…”The Chickwich” at Mason Sandwich Co (photo courtesy of Westchester Magazine)

Favorite New York Classic Sandwich…The “Pastrami & Swiss” at Giannoni’s Deli in Scarsdale Village known as “Nonni’s” to the locals (22 Garth Road – Scarsdale, NY)

Favorite Chicken Cutlet Sandwich…Chicken Cutlet, lettuce, tomato, avocado and aioli spread at Martine’s Tuckahoe location (10 Fisher Avenue – Tuckahoe, NY)


iPic Dobbs Ferry

iPic Dobbs Ferry

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We go to  A LOT of movies throughout the year and our go-to theater of choice used to be the AMC Palisades Theater.  Yep, we would drive the 20+ minutes and cross the Tappan Zee Bridge just so we could have a nice movie going experience seating in reclining reserved seats.  Recently, the new iPic Theater opened in Dobbs Ferry and we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy last Friday.  WOW – WOW – WOW  no more driving across the bridge.  We have found our new Date Night and Family Movie Theater right here in Westchester.

iPic Theaters indulges moviegoers in a new standard of affordable luxury unlike any other movie theater; deftly combining the highest levels of comfort, hospitality, and amenities that turn an ordinary experience into a unique and extraordinary movie-going escape. Whether you opt for our oversized, plush leather seats or custom Chaise Lounges in the Premium section, or treat yourself to the luxe comfort of our reclining seats and personal PODs in the Premium Plus section (complete with a personal pillow and blanket and complimentary popcorn), every seat is first-class with impeccable views of the big screen. Tempt all of your senses with next-level in-cinema dining. Premium seats are fitted with tables, perfect for housing selections carried in from iPic Express; or have it all delivered in the Premium Plus seats featuring a table to accommodate seat-side service, direct to your chair at the touch of a call-button by ninja-like servers throughout the movie.

Here’s a few tips on purchasing tickets:

There are multiple pricing options (starting from $15 – depending on the day of the week, time of movie and seat selection so check out the website or download the IPIC app to confirm pricing).  Fundamentally there are two seating options – Premium (green seats) and Premium Plus (orange seats) .  The main difference is whether you want to recline and/or have food and beverage service throughout the showing of your movie which is an additional VIP fee added per ticket.

Premium Seat Category (1st Row) of Chaise Lounges which are for only parties of two.  Single seats are not available in this section.  These seats do not recline and they do not include food or beverage service via servers, however purchases can be made at that iPic Express counter.

Premium Seating (2nd Row) do not recline nor do the have food and beverage service via servers, however purchases can be made at the iPic Express counter.

Premium Plus Seating (available in the remaining theater) that has an additional $15 VIP Fee added to the ticket price which includes a personal pillow and blanket and complimentary popcorn.  The seats fully recline and servers are on hand throughout the showing by simply touching the call-button and your server will quietly take your food and/or beverage order throughout the movie.

Maple & Rose Delivers Dinner (and more)

Maple & Rose Delivers Dinner (and more)

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Maple & Rose, a new market-driven catering company in Westchester, is cooking up outstanding seasonal eats for the home, office, and special events. Co-founded by Eastchester resident, Matt Gorney, and Larchmont resident, Chef Ryan Hart, Maple & Rose aims to bring together friends, family and community through its rustic, elegant, and comforting food experiences.
In addition to their event catering services, they are offering two delivery services that are of particular interest to #momslikeus. The first is Simple Supper, which is a seasonal, three-course dinner, delivered to your door. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner or an easy way to impress some guests, Simple Supper will change what you think when you think delivery. Currently they are delivering Wednesday through Saturday, South of 287 and East of the Bronx River Parkway.
The second is an amazing Mother’s Day Brunch complete with five different seasonal dishes. Drop a hint to your loved ones this year and relax in your home while enjoying this elegant meal with family and friends.
A Simple Supper
Mother’s Day Brunch
Delivered, Serves 6-8.  $225
Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Lillian Huang

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Lillian Huang

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Before this month comes to a close, I realized I must post our Westchester Woman Wednesday.  Where did April go?  Weeks ago, I had lunch with Lillian Huang and decided she’d be our Westchester Woman of this month.  We literally met on Instagram earlier this year because for some reason, I follow calligraphy accounts.  If you don’t follow them, you should.  I swear they’re therapeutic.   Some of the pics are artsy photos with an inspiring word or phrase above it.   The videos are incredible, where you find yourself watching someone handwrite the letters of the alphabet to a full quote.   I guess because I love language and the physical art of handwriting, these accounts sort of capture both in an artistic way.   Anyway, Lillian is my new favorite Instagrammer and once you follow her account, you’ll see why! 

Lillian is somewhat new to the area, but has already introduced me to new dining spots in the area.   (She has a background as a food blogger, so I trusted her choices immediately.)  She highly recommended Bibille, a Korean Fusion restaurant in Tarrytown and Cafe Trois in Northvale, NJ (review) which is really a few miles over the Rockland/NJ line.  She also raved about T Swirl Crepe in White Plains; which I learned has many locations in NYC and a menu of both sweet and savory crepes as well as some amazing teas!  (check out this menu)

She’s not a shopaholic, but loves to support projects and enterprises that support women.   Certainly not what I had expected in the “shop” category and it’s giving me some time to think and reflect on how many people there are out there who work to help others achieve a quality of life, through their passion. – They create opportunities for women in developing and at-risk communities and their beautiful products are a result of empowering and teaching the women how to earn a living rather than depending on charity.

Nozomi Project – – Nozomi (means hope) is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products.  Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery.

Lillian’s idea of fun is exactly what I expected.  She enjoys traveling and visiting new places, one of which is Westchester, which she is new to.  She likes immersing herself in places and seeing how others live, exploring what makes each place unique.  She’s someone who really stops to “smell the roses” which I think so many of us don’t take time to do.  Many #momslikeus are busy with our work and family responsibilities and we forget to absorb the beautiful things around us.  I guess that’s why I enjoy her IG account so much….there’s a sense of beauty and calm that I crave.

Check out Lillian’s website and course offerings here:


Mamaroneck’s Food Truck Makers & Market –  April 30th

Mamaroneck’s Food Truck Makers & Market – April 30th

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Kicking off Small Business Week, join the Village of Mamaroneck in bringing together an eclectic mix of local food, artists & artisans in the Industrial Area of Mamaroneck, NY with special highlight on the area’s small businesses.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
(Rain Date To Be Announced)
Noon – 5PM
Mamaroneck, NY
Location Fayette Avenue between Fenimore Rd & Ogden Ave., near the Mamaroneck MetroNorth Station (Entrance Between Majestic Kitchens & Bath & Vincent Service Station, Inc. (Mamaroneck, NY)

The Bott Shoppe – Art Gallery & Gift Store (Mamaroneck, NY)
Chatsworth Antiques & Consignments LLC Lounge (Mamaroneck, NY)
MADE: my art + design experience (Mamaroneck, NY)
Bullseye Glass Resource Center New York (Mamaroneck, NY)
Breadcrumbs Mag (New Rochelle, NY)
Mamaroneck Self Storage (Mamaroneck, NY)
Chocolations (Mamaroneck, NY)

School of Rock Mamaroneck (Mamaroneck, NY)
Artistree Performing Arts (Mamaroneck, NY)

Walter’s Hot Dogs (Mamaroneck, NY)
Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream – Rye, NY
Boxcar Cantina – TexMex (Greenwich, CT)
HAPA Food Truck – Asian Fusion / Vegeterian (Stamford, CT)
The Souvlaki Truck – Greek (Yonkers, NY)
Dough Girls – Fire Oven Pizza (Greenwich, CT)

Mesh Print Studio – Mobile Print Station (Mamaroneck/New Rochelle, NY)
A Party With A Plan – Glitter Tattoos & Face Painting (Hartsdale, NY)
Henna Tattoo by Naty (Queens) – Henna art
Yard Games & More!

GK Designs Jewelry – Handstamped Metal & Crystal Crfeations (New Rochelle, NY)
Soapz Unlimited – Handmade Soaps (Yorktown Heights, NY)
Three Peas Jewelry – Upcycled Accessories (White Plains, NY)
Cynthia Wyffels – Handkit & Adorned Accessories (New Rochelle)
Yapa Artisanal Collections, LLC – Charity Collective (White Plains)
Spook Bunny Deliriums – Art Prints (Dobbs Ferry)
Hillary Short Photography (Rye, NY)
Dennis Dempsey Illustration – Paintings & Prints (Mamaroneck/New Rochelle, NY)
Half Pak designs – Bow Ties for Men & Kids (Rye, NY)
Grass & Clovers _ Upcycled Home Goods & Clothing (Hartsdale, NY)
Dennis Cucinella – Handmade wooden bowls and furtniture (Mamaroneck, NY)
Arts ThreeSixty – Laser Etched Products (NYC)
Jewelry from Washingtonville Housing Alliance‘s Women’s Artisan Collective (Mamaroneck, NY)

Community Resource Center (Mamaroneck, NY)
LMCTV Public Access Television (Larchmont/Mamaroneck, NY)
Relay for Life of Mamaroneck/Larchmont
American Cancer Society – Relay For Life
Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment
Save the Sound (Mamaroneck, NY)
Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute (Irvington, NY)
YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network (Mamaroneck, NY)
Artisan NR (New Rochelle, NY)
Mamaroneck High School Impressions Magazine

MetroNorth Mamaroneck station, walk, skate, bike.

Limited parking. Check signs for EVENT PARKING, street parking also available in the area including at MetroNorth station. Please check the signs to avoid a ticket.


Our line up is set but if you want to be a considered a vendor for future events? Submit your info on the vendor form here:

Village of Mamaroneck, New York
Village of Mamaroneck, New York – Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum News
— Village of Mamaroneck Industrial Area Steering Committee
Village of Mamaroneck Recreation Department
Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce
Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council
CityBurb Magazine

Kids Cooking Co. Hosts July Mini-Camp

Kids Cooking Co. Hosts July Mini-Camp

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The Kids Cooking Co. was founded on the belief that when we teach our children the fundamentals of cooking and give them the time and space to prepare a meal from whole ingredients, we are gifting them something special.  In this fast-paced world we live in, all too often meal time is an after-thought resulting in prepackaged and processed foods on the run.  The Kids Cooking Co. aims to help instill in our young people, a life-long love of learning about what and how they eat.  And we do this in a fun and exciting atmosphere.

The Kids Cooking Co. serves the lower Westchester County NY area offering classes for our school aged children at our Bronxville location.  These classes take place in a commercial kitchen.  For our younger clients, the Kids Cooking co. will come to your preschool and extend the day with cooking enrichment.


10 Things To Do in April

10 Things To Do in April

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We don’t keep a calendar of events.   We considered it and realized that every other site has one and that’s where people go for “things to do.”  However, the other sites usually list things for the kids– Not the moms.  So we’ve decided to publish things for the moms to do, alone or with kids.  Each month, we get so many requests to post events, so here’s your “end of the month” blog post: 10 things you might want to do in April.

  1.  Shop the Booked Marketplace Pop-Up on 4/20.  Its being held at LIFE The Place to Be in Ardsley.  Guest will enjoy a unique shopping experience, lite bites, mini-massages and more.   Tickets are $20 per shopper and can be purchased via this link.

2. Visit the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market.

It’s now outdoors, on Saturdays starting April 1st from 8:30am to 1pm.

56 vendors will provide the community with the highest quality regionally grown foods including seasonal vegetables (with 3 Certified Organic producers), humanely raised meat, fresh fruit and berries, prepared foods created with ingredients from regional farms, allergen-free baked goods, flowers, wine, and many other offerings.

Responding to shoppers’ requests, the Market is adding a hot breakfast and a new lunch option this summer, to complement the popular Aba’s Falafel. The Pleasantville Farmers Market attracts an average of over 3000 visitors every Saturday and has become a major regional destination. “Our research shows shoppers come from all over the county for the quality and diversity of vendors present at the Market, as well as the engaging weekly Culinary, Kids and Music programming held throughout the season,” says Steven Bates, Executive Director of Market Operations, Foodchester, Inc, the non-profit operator of the Pleasantville Farmers Market. “Another draw is that the Market is in the center of a walkable Village, close to restaurants, shops and the Burns theater.”   The location is at Memorial Plaza, right at the Pleasantville Train Station.  For more info, visit

3.  Enjoy a Jazz Brunch!   

Starting Sunday April 2nd at East End in Greenwich and Mediterraneo in Norwalk.  So very NYC, finally out here in the suburbs!  (Remember the GIRLS episode where they went to the jazz brunch?  I think Marnie was singing, if I remember it correctly…. )  After watching LaLa Land last week, I am more interested in checking this out.    Menus and pics below.

Guests will enjoy bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and $1 oysters. Live Jazz music will entertain guests every Sunday in April between 12:00-4:00pm. Artists’ featured will include up-and-coming New York City Jazz musicians Margi Gianquinto and Albert Rivera. Reservations are suggested especially for large parties of 8 or more. To make reservations you may call: (203) 229-0000     

4.  Take a Calligraphy Class

Classes are on April 8th and May 6th.    I took this class a few weeks ago and loved it.    By no means am I a calligraphy master but my Crayola Markers are being taken a lot more seriously since then.  Register here:

5.  Mindfulness Workshop at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale- 4/28, 4/29 and 4/30.

Mindfulness Matters Training Class for Parents

6.  Hudson Edit Spring Shopping Event-  4/21 and 4/22.

THE HUDSON EDIT offers Westchester a rotating selection of carefully curated pieces by exceptional designers.

Friday, April 21 10a-3p
Saturday, April 22 10a-3p

Celebrate Spring with food, wine, and fashion! Follow The Hudson Edit on Facebook for more information on our upcoming events.

The Hudson Edit is excited to partner with Meritage restaurant for our spring event! Come browse five incredible lines while enjoying selections from Meritage’s catering menu.   Free admission.


7.  Westchester Children’s Museum Private Playdate- 4/26

Explore the museum and enjoy a special storytime with local author and Scattered Books Bookstore owner, Laura Scott Schaefer. Books will be available for purchase if you’d like to have a copy signed!  Tickets MUST be purchased in advance. $6 per person.  Available by following this link:

8.  Visit One World Trade.

Beautifully written blog post from fifi + hop.   A great day trip for over the Spring Break.

One World Observatory: Complete Visitors Guide


9.   Meet Bill Nye the Science Guy at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester on 4/6.   Wristbands are for sale at 9am and the event is from 7pm to 9pm.  Wristbands guarantee entry for the evening event.  

10.  Book your ticket for Soul Camp on June 10th.

Yes, I am aware that this is not really an April event, but I’d buy now so as not to get sold out!   These events are usually on weekends, but for the first time they are on a single day in this area for NY and NJ folks.    A full day of a variety of healthy, wellness, outdoor activities.

For more info, visit or follow Soul Camp on Facebook, 



Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Aleesia Forni

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Aleesia Forni

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Shawna and I go to a lot of restaurants. Some are chef’s tastings or new seasonal menu previews and others are full service meals or grand openings.  It’s always an interesting assortment of guests and we often wonder afterwards who created the guest list.   We leave with lots of new Instagram followers and some of them, we might never run into again.  It’s a fun way to meet people who love the food scene here in Westchester and try some new places out, that we can in turn share with our readers. One “Westchester foodie” that we have seen at a number of events is our Westchester Woman Wednesday for March.   Her name is Aleesia Forni and she a journalist for the Westchester Business Journal and the Westchester WAG Magazine.  Her food photography skills are incredible. She’s one of the rare foodie experts who actually uses a real camera, instead of using an iPhone with filters.  Because of the work that she does, her IG account is amaaaazing– See for yourself by following Aleesia on Instagram at @AleesiaEats

So we decided we wanted to get together with Aleesia and talk about food, dining and just “good eating” in Westchester.   We met for dinner (most Westchester Woman Wednesday meals are lunch) due to Aleesia’s busy work schedule.  She has a job that any one of us would love.  Between the WAG Magazine and the business journal, she’s busy with pretty awesome assignments.  We knew she was not from the area, but we learned over dinner that Aleesia is anything but a Westchester native.  She grew up on a farm in Ohio, attended Ohio State University and wound up in moving Westchester after a short time living and working in Virginia Beach.  Her longtime boyfriend John has been with her every step of the way, each following their own career paths and building their resumes since college.  Their choice to live in the Peekskill/Montrose area was based on their shared interests.  They wanted to find the balance between city and country life.  In one hour they can can enjoy a sporting event in NYC or find themselves on hiking trails in the mountains.

Aleesia is not what we’d call “moms like us” but she’s a dog mom. A really good one, actually. Without being married or having a child, she already has a college savings account for her first child.  (I think I about fell off my chair at that one actually…) Her dog is her baby for now and she’s factored into her budget, one day a week at doggy day care because she realizes the importance of socializing her dog.  And yes, we asked, the dog also has pet insurance.  Why?  Because she’s researched it and realizes that it’s worth having.  It’s safe to say that she’s uber-responsible and what one would call a “conscientious consumer.”  No fancy doggie clothes or impulse buys for this dog.  On my best days pre-age 30, I don’t think I was ever this logical.

So what does she do for fun in Westchester?  Certainly not what I would have guessed.  She has a Pinterest Group!  (I glanced over to Shawna for a reaction and realized that she had no idea what that even meant. I told her it was like Girl Scouts for GrownUps.) They meet once a month and work on things they found on Pinterest pages.  The group consists of 10-15 women, who found one another on  They knit, make crafts or other projects that have caught their eye.  They meet once a month and take turns supplying materials and space.  I’m certain that Shawna and I will visit one of these groups at some point.

By the end of dinner, I was not sure if I had even covered all of our topics.  I had stopped writing and just listened!  I think we sort of did….although, a very different conversation than we had over lunch with our January and February friends, Cassandra and Julianne!  Our car ride home from dinner was spent talking about post-college days and how neither of us lived or worked the way Aleesia does.  The shared opinion of these two moms is, her mom must be proud!


iPic Theater – The Ultimate Night Out

iPic Theater – The Ultimate Night Out

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SIGN UP for a FREE Premium Movie Ticket and 3-month Sapphire Trial Membership to experience the ultimate night out at iPic Theater.   “Your Night, Your Way” is more than a phrase; it’s the iPic Entertainment philosophy.

iPic Theaters’ plush cinemas indulge moviegoers in a new standard of affordable luxury – deftly combining the highest levels of comfort and service that turns an ordinary night out into an extraordinary escape. Whether you opt for the over sized, extra-cushioned leather seats in the Premium section, or sinfully decadent reclining seats in the Premium Plus level (complete with a personal blanket and pillow), every seat is first-class with impeccable views of the big screen. Take your treats to go – Premium seats are fitted with your own table, perfect for housing your selections carried in from iPic Express; or have it all delivered to you in the Premium Plus seats that feature a table in between each pair of seats to accommodate food service, direct to your chair by our ninja-like servers before and during your movie.


Balducci’s Catering Menu

Balducci’s Catering Menu

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With spring holidays around the corner, I’m finding it hard to get motivated to locate recipes and prepare for the big meal.   Today is a snow day, and I have comfort food on my mind.  I’m making homemade cookies and muffins and preparing my once a year, corned beef and mashed potatoes St Patrick’s Day meal today, because I know I will be home for the 3-4 hours that it takes to make it.  My hope is that by Friday I will not be stuck in the house.   Hours upon hours in the kitchen is only for certain occasions, like a snow day.   

I was happy to see that Rye Brook’s Balducci’s location has this catering menu.  Catering is perceived as “so expensive” or only necessary for a large group.  Balducci’s is smart; their menu can work for parties as small 6 guests.  I so prefer to enjoy my company on a holiday over spending the whole time cooking, serving and cleaning.  Going out for Passover/Easter meals can seem impersonal, so if you want to stay home and not have the headache of shopping and cooking, I suggest Balducci’s.   They have it covered; from appetizers to desserts.  (Those chocolate covered pretzels are amazing!) 

The menu should be available online this week, but here’s a sneak peek.  The store is located in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center. You can find Balducci’s online at:  

Happy Spring….It’s around the corner, despite today’s blizzard conditions!  


Foodies of Instagram Top Picks (and pics)

Foodies of Instagram Top Picks (and pics)

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Some of the best pics on Instagram are pics of food.   I never post what I cook and rarely post what I eat.   But I love looking at others pics.   I started following this food account and learned that it’s created by two high school students.   I asked them to send me a list of their “Best of Westchester” and here’s what they think is the best.   Some are good old fashioned favorites like the Candlelight Inn and some are old-turned-new, like the new breakfast menu at the Scarsdale Metro Diner.   They’ve shared the best bacon-egg-cheese sandwich, pizza, wings, burgers, guacamole, baked goods and more. This list would take the average Westchester-ite years to compile.  Not the healthiest, but these basketball playing student athletes work plenty of calories off at practice and games each week!   Their account on Instagram is below, along with their pics and list of favorites.

This account all started in Lancaster Pennsylvania. My friend and I travel a lot for our AAU basketball team and in doing this we visit a lot of new and delicious restaurants. We were in a diner eating cheesecake and taking pictures of it when our mothers suggested we create a food account on Instagram to post all our pictures on. At first, we made a joke of the idea, but then we actually considered the possibility and then we created f00diies_.

It took us a while to gain fame and get more followers, however after a while we slowly gained fame. We would have never expected to have over 5,600 followers when we first made the account but now looking back I am glad that we did. Posting the pictures and eating all these delicious foods has been a lot of fun. People tag us in and send us pictures and the time and feel honored when we post their pictures. We hope to continue to gain followers and share our delicious meals with our awesome followers.

F00diies_ Favorite Picks in Westchester:

Scarsdale Metro Diner

From omelets and eggs to burgers, panini and wraps and their new and improved breakfast menu, Metro has it all. You can’t go wrong with anything at the Metro diner, all food is made fresh and tastes delicious. Be sure to try out their new breakfast menu that includes cannoli pancakes and Nutella toppings etc.

Candle Light

Candle Light has an abundance to choose from, besides their best seller… the famous wings. Candle Light overall has quality food and tastes delicious. Their waffle fries and potato skins are to die for. Also, their tacos and salads are delicious. They even have special New York Juniors cheesecakes on their menu. Their outside dinning in the nice weather is a bonus!

Rio Bravo of Larchmont

By the far the best Mexican food around. The fresh made guacamole is out of this world. The service space and quality of food is outstanding. All around everything on the menu is delicious, try the mango quesadilla it is one of my favorites.

Italian Job 

A little touch of Italy is now in Tuckahoe! Italian Job is a new restaurant and is extremely delicious. The pizza is made fresh in their brick oven. They even have Nutella zeppolis and Nutella pizza for dessert.

Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza White Plains

Anthony’s is one of the best restaurants around. They have the best meatballs with fresh ricotta cheese I have ever had in my life. Their coal fire wings with caramelized unions are to die for. And to top it off they have awesome pizza in many different styles.

Ardsley Diner

An awesome diner with a great variety to choose from. All foods are quality made and delicious. The breakfast menu is out of this world with Nutella, and s’mores toppings to add to French toast, waffles, and pancakes. Their paninis and wraps are also very delicious, they also have the best milkshakes in town.

Pipers Kilt Eastchester

When you are craving a burger, you must try Pipers. Pipers has one of the best burgers in Westchester along with their potato skins, union rings, mozzarella sticks, etc. And don’t forget their awesome French onion soup!

Chianti Tuckahoe

Hands down the best authentic Italian food in Westchester. The quality of the food and the quantity given will last beyond one meal. The Penne Vodka is extremely rich and creamy and their potato croquets melt in your mouth. They have mouthwatering dishes from chicken, veal, fish, to homemade pastas and more! Don’t miss out on this, and make sure you make a reservation.

360 American Grille Mamaroneck

Awesome place in the heart of the Mamaroneck! The burgers are superb and their mac and cheese is magnificent. They even have a s’mores dip for dessert! And don’t forget to try the cowboy nachos and their array of salads.

Pizzeria Veloce White Plains 

A new restaurant in White Plains. You can either make your own salad or pizza. All ingredients are fresh and organic. They have a super friendly staff and atmosphere. Don’t forget to try the delicious desserts.

Beascakes Bakery and Breads Armonk

The best bakery in Westchester. Well worth the ride! Their cakes are heavenly, they even make their own cookies and cream filling. The chocolate chip cookies are filled white rich chocolate and the cupcakes are exceptional.

Auray Gourmet Larchmont

A cute little café in Larchmont. They have the best crepes in Westchester. The crepes can be filled with Nutella strawberries and bananas. They also have a variety of sandwiches and paninis on their menu.

Romas Tuckahoe 

Old school pizza with old school décor. They have thin crust delicious pizza. They have had one of the best pizzas in Westchester for a long time. They also have a very large menu of regular meals to choose from as well. The bread is warm and delicious and their mozzarella sticks are divine. Definitely worth a visit.

Lange’s Deli Bronxville

Hands down the best bacon egg and cheese in Westchester. You can even add avocado to your bacon egg and cheese! They have an array of options to choose from. Their sandwiches are fresh and delicious.

Buon Amicis Deli Scarsdale

An unbeatable deli full of the freshest Italian ingredients in town. The chicken cutlets are thin and crispy. One of my personal favorites and most popular sandwich is the 007, which is chicken cutlet, mozzarella, bacon, and hot sauce on awesome panini bread. Helpful Hint: call your order in the lines are usually long.

Cookie Dough….Delivered.

Cookie Dough….Delivered.

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I love structure, schedules and plans.  But I also love being creative and spontaneous, sharing a good find when I want to.  I realized last week that I have been lacking in the “eat” posts and made it a priority for this week.   I’ve been thinking about “what’s trending” on the food scene (and on IG food posts) and it’s that new cookie dough place in the city, called Cookie Do NYC (pronounced “dough”) The one where you have to wait on line for over an hour, just to get indoors to buy cookie dough.   

Over the winter break, I had a girls day in the city with some friends and Do was on our list.   We had planned to go to the taping of the Harry Connick Jr Show in midtown, down to the village to Denino’s for lunch and for cookie dough after.   At the end of the taping, I checked my Facebook page and saw a friend posting pics of her and her kids at Do.  I private messaged her asking how long the line was and she replied, “about an hour and half.”  Long story short, we never made it there.

This week, while thinking about what I could post in the eat category, that was real and genuine (and something other than Restaurant Week which is going on from March 6- March 19th) I came across a friends post about Edoughble and said, that’s going to be my post!

Cookie Dough, delivered.  That’s my kind of cookie dough.  Because I don’t do lines.

I have a discount code for you too!  For 25% off your order, follow this link:

Most popular flavors are what you’d expect.  Chocolate chip, birthday cake, s’mores, Oreo cookie flavor….their names are fancier than I am giving them credit for– I’m writing them from memory.   They have vegan and gluten-free options too.    You can follow them on FB to see some more pics!



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at Wyatt Lily Boutique

Friday, February 10, 2-6pm

1 Chase Road in Scarsdale


Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!


Come in to shop our Lilies and Lace Trunk Show, be fitted for your bra and champagne! 


Pizzeria Veloce

Pizzeria Veloce

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I was introduced to Pizzeria Veloce in White Plains by Melissa Tomlin a few weeks ago and since my first experience, I’ve been back many times.  This easy “go to” restaurant specializes in making artisanal personalized pizzas and salads to order with an amazing selection of fresh ingredients.  What I enjoy the BEST about this place, is that everyone gets their own individual pizzas, made exactly they way they want with no cross-contamination (as Korben calls it).

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My ingredients (sausage, mushroom and peppers) will never touch a slice of Korben’s cheese pizza and Frank can enjoy his “Hawaiian” pizza with as much or as little cheese as he wants.  The portions are just right, the pizzas are delicious, prepared quickly and the pricing is affordable. Not in the mood for pizza but the rest of the family is crazing this for lunch or dinner – no problem, the salads are just as delicious.  What more can you ask for?  Sample from their Menu of “Build Your Own Pizza”.

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Located at 19 Court Street – Downtown White Plains, NY 10601 – OPEN from 11AM – 10PM Daily 

More About Pizzeria Veloce: “As our name suggests, our philosophy is to prepare amazingly delicious artisanal pizzas and chef designed salads at today’s expeditious pace. As a company we aim to say goodbye to fast food as we know it and introduce a new fast casual experience using only the freshest and most authentic ingredients. From our homemade mozzarella to our locally grown vegetables, we strive to maintain the integrity and purity of most of our products.  Here at Veloce you decide!! Pick from one of our signatures or bring your own culinary creation to life. There is never a right or wrong combination. This is all an indication of our pledge to only use the finest, most healthful ingredients.  During the Veloce experience you will witness some of Naples oldest traditions. It all begins with the art of hand rolling of artisanal dough, the pulling of homemade fresh mozzarella & the hand crushing of our imported “San Marzano” tomatoes, a process one can only be justified by finishing it in our hand crafted 800 ̊ rotating oven. This all attributes to a product worthy to be considered a true culinary masterpiece!!”

Balducci’s Rye Brook Location is Now Open

Balducci’s Rye Brook Location is Now Open

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Last month, we posted this article about Balducci’s in Scarsdale, with the news of their second Westchester store opening in Rye Brook. 

Well, Rye Brook’s location is open and it’s amazing!   Shawna and I checked out their Grand Opening last week and it was everything we expected it to be.  It was funny how each of us approached the sections, as we are two different types of moms.  Shawna’s the full-time working-mom who doesn’t like to cook but enjoys good food, usually from a restaurant.  Her refrigerator looks like mine when I’m emptying it out before a vacation.  Just the basics– milk, some store bought items, a few leftover containers and nothing but ice cream in the freezer.

I’m a mom who can cook and will cook, but I’m not above “hunting and gathering.” I go to 3 supermarkets each week to get my grocery shopping done– and that’s after a weekly home delivery of basics for things like paper products, cereals, water bottles, milk, eggs and snacks for the kids school lunches.  My cabinets are always overflowing and I throw away unused things that I didn’t get around to using in time.  My trips to Balducci’s are usually for high quality meats and vegetables and some prepared items for nights I have to go out and leave a nice meal in the refrigerator for my husband to heat up for himself.   This is usually something I wouldn’t prepare myself.  I’m not the type to make chili in the crock pot on a weekday.  I’d sooner buy it ready to go and reheat, get him a bag of blue chips and call it an easy dinner!

Between the two of us, we managed to find what we needed.  There’s pretty much everything from a hot bar, a deli, a cheese section, flowers, gifts, candy, prepared food items, a ramen noodle bar (yes!) a Mediterranean bar, salad bar, amazing bakery…..and more.    A grocery store with mini stores inside.  Make a coffee while you shop, or meet a friend for lunch and eat in the store.

Quick Gourmet Meals:  Easy meals don’t need to sacrifice on quality and taste. Simple Balducci’s recipes will have your family wanting more.  Complete RECIPES can be found ONLINE.

Alternatives to Pizza Night/Take Out:  Looking for a healthy alternative to family pizza night or take out?  Here are a sample of a recipe videos available from Balducci’s.





Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Cassandra Caruso

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Cassandra Caruso

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Last month, Shawna and I had one of our working breakfast meetings and we had a list of people we wanted to get together with in the new year.  Some that we have worked with for years, others we’ve met in the past couple of months.   “Let’s do lunch,” is an annoyingly overused (and grammatically improper) phrase. Sometimes, it’s even an insincere way to exit a conversation.  We really LIKE having lunch.  We like trying new places and finding ways to collaborate with others, so we decided to plan some lunches with our favorite Westchester women and feature them on our Westchester Wednesdays, today being the first one!

Cassandra was our natural first choice because she’s someone that meets our criteria for “favorite people.”   We love her work, we’ve both ordered her products and she’s truly one of the most humble people out there.



Because she’s a full-time working mother of two, lunch was hard for her.   So we decided to meet for coffee and catch up, see what she’s up to and ask her to be the first interviewee for this new project of ours.  Instead of a Q&A format, asking silly questions, we decided to stick to our three main topics (eating shopping and playing in Westchester) and see how goes.

Cassandra is a Silver Lake Girl.  This means that she’s from West Harrison, which is not White Plains nor Harrison.   West Harrison residents call themselves Silver Lakers.   She loves being from a community where everyone sticks together and shares the feeling of hometown pride.  Her first job was at an ice cream shop in town, Scoops. Cassandra’s now working as a graphic designer and has her side business Hello BeYouTeeFul where she designs and makes custom items of all types, from tee shirts to paper products for kids, brides, bachelorette parties and even my daughters Halloween costume this past year.  She takes an idea and turns it into a reality.

Ellie and her friend wanted to be “social media” for Halloween. She made these dresses and headbands so they could be “Instagram” and “Snapchat.”


Where does she like to eat, shop and play?   She likes cooking at home and loves her crock pot and a tiramisu from Martine’s in Scarsdale is her dessert of choice.  She loves H&M for jeans and her go-to outfit is a denim shirt, leggings, boots and a scarf.  Besides going shopping at Michael’s for paper products and craft inspiration, we learned that she visits the H&M location in the city because they have a home furnishing department (we had no idea).  As a 20-something, she enjoyed clubbing and dancing (we were shocked, due to her reserved demeanor) but fun in her 30s is up-cycling things she finds on Craigslist.   She loves spray painting the most and credits her dad who worked in an auto body, for this skill.   Here’s a before and after project of hers.

DIY Project– Upcycled table, spray painted.

Her work speaks for itself and there’s really nothing she can’t do.  You can find her online at

Tees she made for my daughter and I when we took a girls trip to San Diego
End of the year gift to my Girl Scouts. Peace Out Girl Scout on the front and their names on the back.
Party favors….for a fox themed party.
Yes. You can really order this! RHoWC
Mother and baby tees/onesies. Not exactly matching, but coordinating for moms who don’t want to be too matchy.


Siegel Bros. Marketplace Grand Opening Feb 2, 2017

Siegel Bros. Marketplace Grand Opening Feb 2, 2017

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Fourth Generation Family Owned and Operated Marketplace For How People Are Eating Today

January 17, 2017, Mt. Kisco, NY: Lots of activity has been seen through the window wrapped storefront of Siegel Bros. Marketplace this past week. Large refrigerator cases were stocked with domestic and imported charcuterie and wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Jarlsberg cheese. Prosciutto was hung from above and the guys could hardly contain themselves when they received grass fed beef from Ease Acres Farm in Berne, NY, pasture raised lamb and pork from Arcadian Pastures in Sloansville, NY, ready to be hand butchered and trimmed to order, and 100% all natural antibiotic hormone free chickens from Free Bird Poultry out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“The Guys” are brothers Doug, Jeremy, and Chef David Nevins, and butcher/fishmonger Don Meyers, the driving forces behind this fourth generation owned and operated specialty food market which picks up where Abram Siegel left off in 1912 when he first opened his kosher butcher shop in Woodbine, NJ. Adding to this family affair is Siegel Bros. co-owner and seasoned hospitality industry professional Ed Costa.

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Taking its cues from an era gone by, Siegel Bros. Marketplace embraces their real food mantra of providing humanely and sustainably raised animals that are grass and grain fed and raised without hormones or antibiotics, therefore providing their customers with the best tasting, most tender, and healthiest meat and poultry possible. These same practices are applied to the fish department; sustainably raised farmed products and seasonal fresh wild caught fish are sourced from the most reputable seafood suppliers from here and abroad, guaranteeing the best products in the market today are being offered. Customers can look forward to MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified sustainable options.

Siegel Bros. also features an expansive cheese counter and charcuterie selection featuring imported and domestic cheeses cut straight from the wheel, as well as cured, smoked and dried meats such as salumi, prosciutto, and braciola. A select line of olive oils, accoutrements and seasonal items will also be available.

The Siegel Bros. food experience is further enhanced by a robust, from scratch, prepared foods section spearheaded by Executive Chef David Nevins in their on-site kitchen. In keeping with the practices and principals of the quality food items found at Siegel Bros. Marketplace, a seasonal and revolving selection of land and sea, vegetarian and gluten-free, comforting and healthful dishes will be offered.

Siegel Bro. Wine & Spirits, located adjacent to the market, opened over the holidays. Stemming from prominent pedigree within the wine world, the Nevins brothers were strongly influenced by their father Bruce Nevins (Abram’s grandson), a renowned wine importer and retail giant that made a name for himself as the owner of Hay Day Wine Market in Ridgefield, CT and Grand Harvest Wine in New York’s Grand Central Terminal.  Siegel Bros. is the Perfect Paring of Food and Wine

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Marketplace – 39 S Moger Ave
Wine & Spirits – 41 S Moger
Mount Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 864-0690

Dig Inn Now Open in Rye Brook

Dig Inn Now Open in Rye Brook

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We recently were invited to preview the new Dig Inn that opened in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center where we had the opportunity to get an exclusive first look at their new space before it opened to the public and sampled some of their amazing “vegetable forward” signature dishes.

The kitchen is in the center of the restaurant serving “just in the moment” cooking, where customers select from a variety of locally sourced items.  Dig Inn is more than just a fast-casual restaurant, they are a business that wants to create a net positive impact to the community.

There are a lot of firsts for the Rye Brook Dig Inn that we get to experience…

  • First non-urban location
  • First location to offer a kids menu
  • First location that offers a 10-seat Chef Counter
  • First location to offer a Vegetable Charcuterie Plate/Board
  • First location to serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner
  • First location to offer a selection of Family Meals (serves 4-6) where one can chooses a protein, base and 3-market sides and can eat in the restaurant or pick up and take home.

This is is a place where you will feel good about what you’re eating (freshly prepared sustainable items) and who you are supporting (local farmers) in an environment where you can grab a quick bite, have a sit-down meal or order take-out for the entire family

Dig Inn’s Mission…

BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH FOOD.  We do this by forming genuine, trusting relationships with our farmers and partners, and serving food that embraces the seasons.  In our kitchens, our chefs prepare real food from scratch, inspiring them to cook up their best ideas and their own best futures.  We believe in the power of a shared table—for the everyday and the extraordinary—a place where friendships are made and ideas are born.  Let’s start with a meal.

Dig Inn – Rye Brook 112 S. Ridge Street (The Rye Ridge Shopping Center) Rye Brook, NY 10573 914-305-8463 Monday to Friday, 7:30 am – 9PM Saturday to Sunday, 8 am – 9pm

Balducci’s in Scarsdale; Rye Brook Next

Balducci’s in Scarsdale; Rye Brook Next

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My husband is a very modern, forward-thinking guy.  If I had to pick one way that he’s traditional (or let’s say old-school) it would be in his appetite. He likes a nice dinner when he comes home.  Breakfast is usually on the go each morning after his 7 am workout and his commute to the city.  Lunch is wherever he is during his work day. So dinner is his only sit-down meal of the day.  Not to say that I slave over a hot stove (I don’t) but I try to make him meals that I know he will enjoy and appreciate.  When there are weekends like this one coming up, where I have overscheduled myself, I find myself going to Balducci’s for some “cheat meals” for when I’m gone.

My 10 year old is dancing tomorrow at Lincoln Center which has turned into an all day affair from drop off, to dress rehearsal, a lunch break and then a 2pm performance.   Sunday is a small family get together during the day and then Monday, I’m organizing an outing for 120+ Girl Scouts. I want to know that when I am in and out of the house all weekend, that there’s plenty of things for him to snack on.  My son….he’s fine; yogurt and cereal, a turkey sandwich, some goldfish- standard 6 year old food will do.   So today after running some errands, I made a stop to Balducci’s and got some essentials for the weekend.

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At the last minute, I made myself a tea to-go and picked up a small thank you gift for the dance teacher, saving me a trip to another store afterwards.  A beautiful chocolate covered pretzel platter, complete with Caspari napkins and a Papyrus card!   Only the best, down to the paper goods!IMG_3605


At Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, taste comes first with hand-selected produce, prime cut meats, fish flown in fresh from the wharves, restaurant-quality Chef Prepared foods and exceptional imported cheeses and patisserie treats. What started as a produce stand run by “Pop” Balducci, has now become a food powerhouse, with stores located in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut.

Balducci’s is more than a quality market, it is a destination for the food lover, the adventuresome pleasure-seeker who knows that eating is more than just a part of living life – it’s part of enjoying life.  Below are a few of our exceptional services.

  • Catering: We make our restaurant-caliber meals available for catering. Balducci’s in-store chefs have crafted a menu of fabulous foods including everything from starters, sides and entrees to baked goods and custom dinners. Additionally, our catering team offers party planning capabilities perfect for any event or occasion. Whether you have business lunches or lavish receptions, our consultants can assist you in choosing impeccable offerings for your next soiree.
  • Team of Experts: The heart of our gourmet markets is our team of chefs, cheese professionals, butchers, fishmongers, pastry chefs and bakers. We have an Executive Chef, butcher and specialty food experts in each of our locations who assist customers with their selections, from hand-cut cheeses and quality meats to fresh seafood and delectable desserts.
  • Gift Baskets: For all of life’s special occasions, celebrate with great food. Make a memorable impact on friends, family, or colleagues with a variety of traditional and gourmet treats delightfully packaged in one of Balducci’s Gift Baskets.

Pad Thai Squash Tofu Bowl Salmon Quinoa Lentil Bowl Squash Noodle Ramen and Flank Steak Bowl








Balducci’s Chef Prepared Items

  • Balducci’s specializes in healthy and indulgent Chef Prepared entrees and side dishes that will satisfy everyone in the family. Stop in, grab a side and save time in the kitchen!
  • A seasonal highlight includes our new Chef Prepared grain and noodle bowls that are deliciously wholesome. Enjoy the taste of vegetable noodles, ramen or quinoa mixed with a variety of fresh toppings. Packed with protein and filled with fiber, you can choose your favorite combination of meats, seafood or tofu for a filling, grab-and-go meal!


New Rye Brook Location 

Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market is excited to share its love of food with Rye Brook, NY at its newest store location at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.  The grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, January 27th and will launch with a commemorative bread cutting ceremony, in-store tastings, chef demonstrations, prizes, and advice from a nutritionist with the festivities continuing throughout the weekend.

And for the foodies, who really like recipes to follow….Balducci’s is sharing one of their favorites with us.  It meets the 10 ingredients and under rule that I like to follow so I decidd to post it and I might try it this week.   I suppose the sauce could go with any pasta, for those that don’t like ravioli.


Serves: 2


One 9 oz package Balducci’s chilled Gluten Free Four Cheese Ravioli

2 tbls butter

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

3 tbls chopped fresh basil

3/4 cup good quality dry white wine

1 cup heavy cream

Parmesan cheese shavings


Cook ravioli in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well. Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add pecans and stir until slightly darker and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pecans to small bowl. Add shallots and basil to same skillet. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and cream. Increase heat and boil until sauce is reduced to generous 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes.

Add ravioli to sauce; toss. Season with salt and pepper. Divide between bowls. Sprinkle with pecans and Parmesan.


IntoxiKate Experience: Sambal Thai & Malaysian

IntoxiKate Experience: Sambal Thai & Malaysian

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Explore (and taste!) traditional Southeast Asian street food. Join IntoxiKate Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at Sambal Thai & Malaysian in Irvington. The eatery, located in the old Chutney Masala location in Irvington, celebrates traditional Southeast Asian cuisine with bold flavors and an intense balance of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy. Navjot Arora, co-owner of both Sambal and Chutney Masala (which moved up the street), and Chef Lucky Thai created an amazing price-fixed, VIP dinner exclusively for fellow foodies—for $45 per person, you can enjoy a signature drink, passed appetizers, family-style dinner, and a plated dessert. Wine and beer will also be served with dinner. Learn more about Sambal Thai & Malaysian.

January 25th at 7 p.m. | $45 per person*

Space is limited. Tickets must be purchased in advance. *Ticket price includes tax, but does not include gratuity.



Experience popular street food from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and more!

Signature Cocktails

Singapore Swing

Elephant Trail
Rye, Amaretto, Dry Vermouth, Orange Peel, Orange Bitters

Golden Triangle
Vodka, Ginger Liqueur, Pineapple Juice

*Wine and Beer also available during cocktail hour and dinner.

Passed Appetizers

Curry Puffs (v)
Malay curry puffs with spiced potatoes and a tamarind mayo drizzle

Kai Satay
Marinated chicken strips on skewers with a peanut sauce and cucumber onion ajat

Larb Nuer Crostini
Marinated, tender grilled beef, thai sauce, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, mint and cilantro

Sugar Cane Shrimp Cakes
Grilled patties, chopped shrimp, cut corn, scallions, carrots, jicama, plum sauce

Poa Pia Sod
Crispy spring rolls with shredded vegetables and served with a sweet chili sauce

Papaya Salad Cups
Green papaya, lime juice, fresh chili, garlic, tomato, palm sugar, peanuts

Peek Kai Tod
Crispy Thai-style chicken wings

Family-Style Dinner

Hainanese Duck

Gai Pad Krapaow

Pad Thai Shrimp

Lamb Massaman

Pineapple Fried Rice

Tofu and Vegetable Green Curry (v)

*Wine and beer also included during dinner.

Plated Dessert

Mango Mousse and Thai Rice Pudding with Fresh, Seasonal Fruit.

Sweet Treats

Sweet Treats

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One of our main categories is called “eat.”   Shawna is the restaurant-goer out of the two of us as she has a far more sophisticated palate than I do.  I have a total of about 25 food items that I eat in restaurants and am limited to only American or Italian food.  Drives my husband crazy and he hopes my kids will experiment with new foods as they get older; things like sushi and seafood. Shawna enjoys the dining scene and I think I’ve mentioned on another post that she has a 3-visits rule, meaning that she likes to form opinions on restaurants and eateries after 3 times, sampling a lot of items, on different times of day.  And she’s a tough critic.  Between food, atmosphere and service, she weighs them all equally, for the most part.  (There are rare exceptions, like a greasy spoon or dive takeout place, where she will sacrifice the atmosphere for a good meal.)

But truth be told, I have a sweet tooth.   I love my tea and cookies and would happily skip a meal if it meant I could save my calories for a sweet treat; a brownie sundae, a cannoli or a piece of red velvet cake.  With the help of Facebook, I have found some amazing sweet treats for my kids birthday cakes, party favors or for gift giving.   Different occasions call for different vendors. Because I like the rule of 3 myself, I am going to share three of my favorites.  Here’s my rare contribution to the “eat” category.

Heavenly Treats by Rosemarie

Rosemarie is a local mom who creates custom cake pops and desserts for all occasions.   She’s made me red velvet cake pops for my kids birthdays, dipped Oreos with emoji faces and most recently, Vineyard Vines themed cake pops for my friends daughters birthday party.   With about 2 weeks notice she can complete your cake pop order and she makes them by the dozen.   Pops can range between $2 to $4 based on the detail needed.   And they taste as good as they look.


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Abby’s Dessert Bar

Lisa teaches culinary classes to students and in her spare time, bakes cakes and cookies to suit your theme.   She made me a Wonder Woman cake, salted caramel cupcakes and most recently, Vineyard Vines themed cookies wrapped up for party favors.  When I asked her for these cookies, she didn’t know what Vineyard Vines logo even looked like.  She googled it and wrote back saying she’d try it.   They looked beautiful and tasted great, buttery and soft.   Like the cake pops, I’d give her a week to 10 days notice, depending on the size of your order.  I needed 24 cookies and they ran me about $2 to $3 per cookie.


Gotham Cookies

I found Gotham Cookies by asking around on the UES Mommas page on Facebook.   Every year, I send a dozen or so corporate gifts to clients in the city.   I’ve used online ordering sites like Eleni’s and Crumbs Cupcakes in the past.   I want a brand that people in Manhattan will know or will like to know about.   So when I asked the moms on this page, the replies were what I expected and what I had used before.  A few of them mentioned (and liked others comments) suggesting Gotham Cookies.   So I took my chances and sent a dozen out.  I ordered a handful to give to neighbors and friends and to try myself.   A great suggestion– they were amazing.   Highly recommend Gotham for orders big or small.

gotham_cookies_box_largeGift box, holds 12 cookies.   Red velvet, white chocolate chunk, left.   Winter chocolate chunk, right.

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Christmas Cheer Cocktail

Christmas Cheer Cocktail

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Craft Mixologist – Juan Meyer, was recently voted the #1 bartender at this year’s 2016 Greenwich Food & Wine Festival and is a member of the Z Hospitality Group that recently opened Mediterraneo in White Plains and is sharing his special Christmas Cheer Cocktail with Emma Westchester readers.



2 oz. Grey Goose Pear Vodka

1/8 oz. Orange Blossom Water

4 oz. Sparkling Wine

1 oz. Cranberry Syrup

0.5 oz. Pavan Orange Liqueur

1 5oz. Lemon Juice

4 Fresh Cranberries

3 Large Mint Leaves

1 Tsp. Fresh Ginger

2 Inch Lemon Rind

Method:  Muddle cranberries, mint, lemon rind and ginger with cranberry syrup in a shaker until well combined.

Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the sparkling wine. Give a firm shake and strain into a glass with the honey and lemon & nutmeg salted rim, top with fresh ice, sparkling wine and garnish with mint sprigs and fresh cranberries.

Garnish: Lemon & Nutmeg Salt: Zest of 3 lemons, half of a nutmeg finely grated and ½ cup of salt.

Combine all ingredients and shake well to combine and store in a cool, dry place until needed.

Dip the glass rim in honey and then in the lemon & nutmeg salt.

Cranberry Syrup Recipe:

1 Bag of Frozen Cranberries

1 Cup of Super Tuscan Red Wine

1 Cup of Orange Juice

2 Cups of Sugar

2 Tbls of Cinnamon

1 Tbls of Allspice

Method:  Bring all ingredients to a boil, keep stirring until you hear the cranberries start to pop, transfer to blender and blend until smooth. While hot, strain through fine sieve to strain out all seeds and skins, save the purée for other uses like a dessert topping. Refrigerate the syrup and purée until needed. Cranberries have a natural pectin so when they cool it will thicken.

Mediterraneo White Plains

Mediterraneo White Plains

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Distinguished Chef, Albert DeAngelis and his Z Hospitality Team Bring their Renowned Mediterranean Cuisine to White Plains


Erin and I were invited to the ribbon cutting celebration opening of Mediterraneo in downtown White Plains last month.  The 3-story building in the heart of downtown that had been sitting empty for many years, has now been transformed into a breathtaking 3-story restaurant and just last week we had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting with Executive Chef, Albert DeAngelis.


The 7-course meal highlighted some of Chef DeAngelis’s signature dishes, homemade pastas and farm to table seafood and vegetables.  The White Plains restaurant offers Mediterranean foods in a casual yet chic and ambient atmosphere, with an open kitchen and wood-burning oven.



Each Week, Mediterraneo is hosting special happy hour offerings from 4:00-7:00pm, a 50% discount wine appreciation on Tuesdays and prix fixed lunches throughout the week, $18 for 2-courses and $21 for 3-courses.image001-2

Haven’t made plans yet for New Years Eve?  Make your reservation at Mediterraneo and enjoy the celebration of of a NYE countdown with a 4-course meal and midnight toast.



Getting Into The Holiday Spirit at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit at The Ritz-Carlton Westchester

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Spent a wonderful morning at The Ritz-Calrton Westchester decorating gingerbread houses, a tradition that started a few years ago with just Ellie and Korben has expanded.


If you missed this fun event, you can still get into the holiday spirit and head over to the Ritz-Carlton Westchester and start a new tradition with your family.

Breakfast With Santa

Sunday, December 11, 2016 Arrive anytime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Join Santa for a delicious breakfast buffet, along with face painters and balloon artists. The hotel’s beautiful ballroom will be transformed into a holiday wonderland that the whole family will enjoy. A great time to take your family photos with Santa.

$79.00 per adult, plus tax and gratuity
$45.00 per child ages 2-10, plus tax and gratuity

Advanced reservations are required. Please contact Katie at (914) 467-5826

Afternoon Tea

Saturday and Sunday’s. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017

Dazzle your winter with The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester’s afternoon tea. Relax by the fireplace and pair your Ritz-Carlton experience with traditional afternoon tea. Enjoy your choice of tea, fresh scones, homemade jam, tea sandwiches and petit fours.

Hudson Valley afternoon tea is $45.00

Reservations are required. To make a reservation please call the Lobby Lounge at (914) 467-5717.

Lobby Lounge Breakfast Buffet

Saturday’s and Sunday’s only 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Indulge in breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester Lobby Lounge. Enjoy a live omelet station, warm cinnamon rolls, chicken apple sausage, roasted potatoes, an array of muffins and croissant, and more.

Breakfast buffet is $31.00 per adult and $19.00 per child. Seating is first come first serve. Reservations cannot be made.

Wine Down Wednesday

Every Wednesday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Unwind each Wednesday in The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester. Wine Down Wednesday’s are the perfect time to break up your day and relax by a roaring fire. Selected wines are $10.00 and can be paired with many great offerings on the Lobby Lounge menu. Whether dining for lunch or joining us for happy hour, let us enhance your Wednesday.

Seating is first come first serve. Reservations cannot be made.

Enjoying a German Tradition of “Kaffee und Kuchen”

Enjoying a German Tradition of “Kaffee und Kuchen”

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Married to a German it’s all about “Kaffee und Kuchen” (KOO-khen); translated to “Coffee and Cake”, which is similar to British teatime.  A cultural tradition celebrating that time between lunch and dinner having a piece of cake (or two) and a cup of coffee or tea with family and friends.  Traditionally this is done on a Sunday afternoon between 3-5PM at home or a cafe and every summer when visiting Frank’s mother in Kiel, we celebrate at the Cafe Koditorei Fiedler.


Not only am I a horrible cook, but I’m no baker and having our son attend the German School in White Plains for many years, I have hosted and attended many a traditional “Kaffee und Kuchen” with German expats.

In order to not embarrass myself, I never attempted to bake anything but instead picked up cakes, pastries and pies from some amazing bakeries and pastries around lower Westchester and wanted to share my favorites.

FAVORITE MARBLE & COFFEE CAKES: Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe (Two Locations)
10 Fisher Avenue – Tuckahoe, NY
48 East Parkway – Scarsdale, NY


1985 Palmer Avenue – Larchmont, NY
Phone: (914) 834-8340
Fax: (877) 834-6110


69 Harney Road – Scarsdale, NY
(open Friday, Saturday and Sunday)


Mason Sandwich Co: Fast Food Done Right

Mason Sandwich Co: Fast Food Done Right

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Mason Sandwich Co recently opened in Eastchester.  I wasn’t expecting much when we stopped by one afternoon after Korben’s soccer practice but was pleasantly surprised.


On our first visit, we tried their Muffuletta and Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup – YUM!  We enjoyed the sandwiches so much, that we went back a few days later and had their Chickwich Sandwich and Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken – AMAZING!


The quest for a better sandwich led brothers George & Louis Brindley to open their own sandwich shop. Tired of the same old fast food options and disappointed with the offerings of “gourmet” food restaurants, the guys decided to make their own craft creations and make it truly special.


Mason Sandwich Co is a casual neighborhood restaurant offering quality fast food at affordable prices and has become my new favorite “go to” lunch spot.

33 Mill Road, Eastchester, 914-776-2766
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
The Time Nyack Hotel: Truly an Experience

The Time Nyack Hotel: Truly an Experience

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This is one of those posts that writes itself.   The pictures will tell it, thankfully because there are no words to describe The Time Nyack Hotel, that opened up last week in Nyack.   A historic brick building, that used to be a factory is now home to the first hotel of this type in the Hudson Valley. It’s chic, sophisticated and luxurious.

Check out the photos taken on Wednesday when Shawna and I toured the property and had lunch with Christine Zipparo, the hotel’s Director of Sales, also a Westchesterite.  Lunch, btw was at BV’s Grill by Bobby Vans.  Yes, of Manhattan and Hamptons Bobby Van’s Steakhouse fame. Absolutely incredible.


This photo was taken poolside, right off the restaurant.   There is plenty of outdoor seating, a beautiful bar and relaxing pool area with beautiful chaise lounge chairbeds and umbrellas.


The lobby is decorated beautifully.   Eclectic furnishings with a variety of area rugs, armchairs and light fixtures. It’s urban-style reminds me of what you’d find in Miami Beach or in the trendiest NYC locations.


A nice range of wine and champagne choices presented beautifully upon entering the restaurant.  :-)    It was lunchtime, so I didn’t partake, but I hope to visit again and enjoy a cocktail outside this summer.


Loved this beautiful entrance to the lobby from outside.  You’d never guess it was so close to the highway.  They’ve installed sound barriers to handle the noise and they really work!    Similarly, the guest rooms have a frosted window for each guests privacy.

What makes it different is that it’s all about the details.  Instead of writing them all out, I will list them:

  • 133 modern loft style rooms with high ceilings, some with balconies
  • Frette linens, turndown service and Bigelow bath amenities
  • 24 hour fitness center, local courtesy shuttle,  bike rentals
  • BV’s Grill, lobby lounge bar, meeting/events space, rooftop bar and lounge, in-room dining
  • Complimentary wifi, Smart TVs, safe, refrigerator and Keurig Coffeemakers

It’s like nothing else in the area.  Sure, Westchester has a variety of hotels to choose from.  But the price point, for the level or service almost doesn’t make sense.  Starting at $199, it’s a no-brainer.  The hotel will shuttle you to a nearby spa, to shop at the Palisades Mall or to the Shops at Nanuet in their shuttle, a Mercedes Sprinter.   There’s a Tesla charging station on site.  It’s all about luxury and service at The Time Nyack.   Your experience will be wonderful, the service will be incredible and the amenities will be top-notch.

As a local Westchester resident, I am thinking of how I can (and will) make sure of The Time Nyack.

1.  I will absolutely visit the restaurant.  Many times, my husband and I meet friends who live outside of Westchester mid-way for dinner.   This is a great dining option.  I’ve traveled to Ruth Chris for a nice dinner experience, I will happily cross the bridge for a nice dinner.

2.  Staycation.  My husband and I often spend an overnight in the city and can have the exact same experience at The Time Nyack for half the price.   Last weekend we stayed at the Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City and while very beautiful, it was an expensive overnight.   The Time offers the amenities, exercise, meals for a lot less.  (No giant parking garage fee upon check out either!)

3.  Sunday Jazz Brunch.  Yes.   That’s coming soon.  So very NYC.  So millennial, I know, but it’s in!

4.  When hosting out of town guests, even just for overnight.   It’s not midtown Manhattan and it’s not cheesy suburban.  I’ll never forget when a relative came into town for a funeral and used the “find the nearest hotel” feature and had their car stolen from the parking lot at the hotel that they blindly selected, or let the internet select for them!  Or the time we hosted a 5 year anniversary party at our house and some of my husband’s work friends from the city selected “some nearby options” and had a terrible experience. (Not naming any names of course.)  I felt like they thought Westchester was a horrible place and questioned why we lived here!


Above: My Instagram pic and Facebook post got a lot of love this week. ♥

You can find out more about The Time Nyack by following this website:

Better yet, go see it for yourself.  You won’t believe this is located right here, just across the bridge from Westchester.

Time Nyack- 400 High Street, Nyack, NY 10960. 845-675-8700

808 Social Opens in North Eastchester

808 Social Opens in North Eastchester

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img_4809-1-e1470801679967-300x96On Monday night, my husband and I visited 808 Social for dinner. We’ve been watching them every step of the way and knowing 808 Bistro pretty well, we knew it would be anything other than a “typical pizza place” which some feared it would be. The chef, Sal Cuccullo wouldn’t let it be typical. His menu items are his own creations. They change from time to time based on popularity and season and he admits that as much as he loved creating the menu for 808 Social, many dishes didn’t make the cut. How many? About 15-20 items didn’t make the menu but he hopes to offer them from time to time as specials. He enjoys experimenting and taking Italian favorites to a new level.

When I say it’s not typical, I will share the menu and some pics and let you see what I mean. Seafood sausage, Italian Egg Rolls and Calamari Tacos were a few of the “small plates” we sampled. Pizza and some burrata smothered bread too. And the desserts…. incredible. I wish my picture of the cannoli came out well, but trust me when I tell you that honey/cinnamon ricotta is to die for. Like nothing I’ve ever tasted. Taking a traditional Italian dessert and making it just a little different.

Aside from the food, the atmosphere is great. Frank Sinatra on the wall, Saturday Night Fever on TV and Red Hot Chili Peppers playing. Followed by Nirvana. An incredible bar, u-shaped and about a dozen seats with a variety of drink choices on the menu.

“You’s Cant Leave” until you’ve seen the dessert menu: (sorry it’s blurry!)


More about Chef Sal and his first location, opened in 2010:

The North End of Eastchester has needed a place like this and 808 Social really got it right!

808 Social, 185 Summerfield Street, 914-723-2600

On The Way Cafe:  Perfect for Breakfast or Lunch with Friends & Family

On The Way Cafe: Perfect for Breakfast or Lunch with Friends & Family

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I love a good brunch and I thought I would be introducing two friends to a hidden gem of a restaurant called On The Way Cafe in Rye last Saturday afternoon. Yet, when we arrived I had made reservations for the wrong day and to make matters worse they weren’t serving breakfast any longer nor did they serve brunch that day…what a bummer!

Grace Degenhardt, one of the co-owners immediately greeted us when we entered and was so friendly and accommodating that we decided to stay.


I wasn’t too happy. I really had my mind set on having breakfast but we ended up having a great lunch of comfort food that was “sophisticated yet simple” highlighting the ingredients with perfectly proportioned sizes – sourdough and gooey gruyere grilled cheese sandwich, lean pastrami on rye and thin sliced LaFrieda rib eye philly cheese steak wedge. We really didn’t have enough room for dessert but couldn’t resist ordering their Nutella cream puffs and homemade carrot cake…with each of us taking only a few bites but savoring those bites leisurely over individual pots of tea and delicious coffee. A perfect ending to our unexpectedly good meal.


From the outside, this restaurant is not much to look at. In fact, if you weren’t paying close attention you could easily miss the parking (from the front or back). If one is not familiar with the area, definitely trust your GPS and look for the Sunoco Gas Station.


I went again on Sunday to FINALLY have brunch and it was well worth the wait; ordering the chef’s special jumbo crab and goat cheese omelette served with rye toast and a delicious cup of coffee and my husband had the country style pancakes with whipped cream and organic maple syrup.


On The Way Cafe
34 Ridgeland Terrace
Rye, NY (914-921-2233)
Serving Breakfast and Lunch (Tuesday-Saturday 7AM – 3PM; Sunday Brunch 7AM – 2PM; Closed Mondays)
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Recently Reviewed by Steve Reddicliffe of the NY Times – CHECK OUT THE REVIEW BY CLICKING HERE