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Santa, Shopping & More

Santa, Shopping & More

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Every so often, I post a bunch of links from other bloggers that I think you might enjoy.  These all pertain to the holidays so figured now would be a great time to share some great info from those who want to do all the research for us. (Lots of hyperlinks below….click where it’s underlined!)

SANTA CLAUS 

The first share of this week is an incredible roundup of Santa Experiences in the area.  I have taken my kids to a few over the years, usually the easiest is the Santa at The Westchester Mall.  I have the photo of that same green chair year after year.   I loved Baby Got Chat’s summary of the good, the bad and the ugly– or as she called it the Naughty or Nice Santa’s.   I don’t know how she got all of this info on the Santa’s but this is some good scoop!   http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/santa2017 

BLACK FRIDAY

If you’re gearing up for Black Friday the online way, I recommend following MyPurseStrings Twitter posts on best deals, some of which are available right now!   I don’t know how she scours the site for the best deals, but when she posts, I know it’s the lowest it’s going to be.    She will share them on her Twitter page but her site is worth following too.  Her posts are about apps, technology and suburbia.   Oh, she just got a really cute dog too, if you’re interested in reading that!

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

LOVE fifi + hop for family travel stories.   Shawna and I worked with her recently on a post about a ski vacation to Whistler and this week she posted about Christmas in New York.   She’s Westchester based and a great resource for family travel, day trips, staycations and more!

Travel Exchange: Why Whistler Resort Makes for the Ultimate Ski Vacation

SHOPPING EVENTS

Last but not least….and there are many.  Shopping Events, live and in person, supporting local vendors and independent sales consultants.  I don’t have them ALL but I will share yours if you give me a shout.   The few I know off right now are:

Athleta Scarsdale– Black Friday, 11/24

Junior League of Central Westchester, Scarsdale, Friday 11/17

Moms of Pleasantville Holiday Boutique 12/4

Moms of White Plains Holiday Boutique, 11/30 at La Bocca 6:30-10:30

Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, 12/4

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet CC Benitez

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet CC Benitez

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Each month, we feature a Westchester Woman for our “Westchester Woman Wednesday” series.   This month, we’ve decided to feature CC Benitez, who is relatively new-to-Westchester mom.   CC is originally from Oregon (she and Shawna connected instantly) and believe it or not, we found each other by way of Twitter.   CC lived in Brooklyn for a time and recently moved to the suburbs, just over the city line to Yonkers with her husband and son, the way many city dwellers do.   The goal was space, schools and ultimately a new business!   Not the typical path for most of us, but CC decided to take her fashion and retail background, along with her Brooklyn sensibilities and open Lil Chameleon in Tuckahoe.

I find more and more, that women are not working in the fields they started out in.   So many of us “Westchester Moms” have gone to school for something, worked at it for a time and then veered off in another direction.   Sometimes it’s an entirely new career path (the lawyer turned yoga instructor) and sometimes it’s using the same skill set just in a different way.   CC decided to create the “mommy haven” that every mom wants and needs, that many of us did not have when we were new moms.   Lil Chameleon is exactly what she dreamed up: a play space for kids to take classes to learn and grow, a cafe for moms to hang out and meet other moms over a cup of coffee and a healthy mom and child snack and a resale boutique where moms can buy, sell and trade outgrown clothing items and toys.   It’s a 3 for 1, one stop shop and it’s not like anything else nearby.

People ask me: Is it a consignment store?  Not really.  Is it a jump-around play place?  No.  Is it a drop off?  Nope.  Really, it’s an experience and you won’t truly get it until you check it out for yourself.   It’s a place where moms can meet up with other moms while their kids play.  It’s a shop that takes things off your hands, gives you cash on site or store credit for future purchases.   It’s a place where your child can take a toddler yoga class or Intro to Spanish class, while you catch up on your email and make some new mom friends.  It’s clean and beautifully decorated and takes the stress out of hosting a playdate at home.   (I think of those embarrassing times when my son refused to share with a child we’d invited over our house.)   Everyone’s on neutral territory, you’re not locking up the dog or feeling like you have to prepare delicious and healthy snacks that your guests will enjoy.   I honestly would have loved Lil Chameleon when my kids were younger.  A place to eat, shop and play…. my three favorite things.

CC is a woman who recognized a need and made it happen.  She spent months researching and planning, settling on Tuckahoe as her desired location.  Since construction in the summer and her grand opening this fall, CC has learned a lot about Tuckahoe and the surrounding areas, including Eastchester, Bronxville & Scarsdale.   The locals are stopping in and supporting her store (yay!)  The moms have great taste and are savvy spenders (absolutely!)  The surrounding businesses offer city life in the suburbs, with great dining, shops and now a place just for moms (and dads) to buy, sell, trade, relax and play.

 

Lil Chameleon is located at 29 Elm Street in Tuckahoe.

You can find CC in the store pretty much any day and anytime or follow her happenings on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/lilchameleonresale/

Visit Lil Chameleon online, view class schedules and more:  https://www.lilchameleon.com/

Thanksgiving Meals:  Dine In or Dine Out Options

Thanksgiving Meals: Dine In or Dine Out Options

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Roast Turkey- City Limits

 

Moderne Barn

Celebrate the all-American holiday with a 3-course, prix-fixe menu by Executive Chef Ethan Kostbar.

Details:

  • $65 per person
  • $32.50 per child 12 and under
  • A la carte menu not available on Thanksgiving
  • Reservations accepted from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Menu Highlights:

  • Lobster Bisque: Maine lobster, brioche croutons, tarragon
  • Heirloom Kumato Tomatoes: Burrata cheese, house-made pesto
  • Traditional Roasted Turkey: Herb cornbread stuffing, chestnuts, brussels sprouts, natural gravy, cranberry chutney
  • Butternut Squash Risotto: Black truffles, roasted chestnuts, goat cheese
  • Pumpkin Pie: Whipped cream, cranberry chutney
  • Apple Pie: Ginger ice cream, caramel sauce
Heirloom Salad- Moderne Barn

City Limits Diner

City Limits is selling their famous Thanksgiving dinner take-out package!

Details:

  • $399 + tax for complete dinner for up to 12 people
  • Reservations for pick-up must be made before Thursday, November 12 or until sold out
  • Holiday dinner includes:
    • 18-20 pound whole roasted turkey
    • Mushroom, leek, potato and turkey confit stuffing
    • Cornbread & sausage stuffing
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Candied yams with citrus glaze
    • Autumn vegetables with chive butter
    • Turkey giblet gravy
    • Field greens salad with red wine vinaigrette
    • Cranberry orange relish
    • City Limits artisan breads
    • Spiced pumpkin pie
    • Cinnamon apple streusel crisp

If you’re traveling to a family or friends house for Thanksgiving, don’t show up empty handed. City Limits Diner will be offering take out desserts.

Details:

  • City Limits bakery and retail counter will be open from 7:30 am to close on Thanksgiving Day (and days leading up)
  • Deadline for specialty ordered pies is Sunday, November 12
  • Select desserts will also be available for same day pick up on Thanksgiving, on a first come, first serve basis
  • Desserts include:
    • Spiced pumpkin pie
    • Cinnamon apple crisp
    • Banana cream pie
    • Pecan & wild turkey bourbon pie
    • Cranberry & poached pear linzer tart
    • Valrhona chocolate mousse torte
    • Pumpkin & Tahitian vanilla bean cheesecake
    • Flourless chocolate truffle torte

 

City Limits Diner will be open on Thanksgiving and accepting reservations. Enjoy a special dinner menu with traditional Thanksgiving fare.

Details:

  • Regular menu will not be available
  • Reservations can be made between 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Menu Highlights:

  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Turkey Meatball Pizza: Jalapenos, mozzarella, tomato
  • Slow Roasted Turkey: Cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, traditional condiments, gibley gravy
  • Beef Wellington: Brussels sprouts, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red wine sauce

 

Warm Apple Pie- Moderne Barn
Petit Beignets- Moderne Barn

 

Mark’s Quality Meats & Gourmet Seafood

Mark’s Quality Meats & Gourmet Seafood

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One of the best finds of late is Mark’s Quality Meats.   When school begins, I get back to my cooking dinner routine and find myself every September wondering what to make for dinner each night.  It’s kind of like starting over, getting everyone back on routine with activities, homework and a sit down dinner.   I was thrilled when a friend recommended Mark to me.   With skepticism, I called and made an appointment for Mark to come to my house and tell me about his services.   I made a few careful selections to start just in case the food was not terrific but once I tried everything, I was amazed at how much I loved each thing.

Mark has a very simple business concept: Restaurant quality food delivered to your home.   And that’s exactly what he does.  He delivers to the Hamptons, NYC, Westchester and Fairfield Counties.   When you call to set up your appointment, he will let you know what day he is in your area and if you’re not home, everything is left in dry ice for when you return.  It couldn’t be easier.

I started with 36 Kobe sliders, 12 filet mignon steaks, a bunch of baby back ribs and a gigantic bag of chicken fingers.    Over the course of a few days, we tried each item and were very happy.   All items are vacuum packed for freshness and delivered frozen with instructions on how to cook.  First thing we tried were the ribs– well only my husband tried them, since no one else eats them.  He said they were perfectly tender and seasoned and actually compared them to the ribs he had at The Taphouse!   Quite a compliment for something that came through the door frozen and cooked at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.  I made homemade mashed potatoes in 30 minutes while they cooked.   Kids and I enjoyed the sliders that night and Mark even supplied mini slider rolls for us!   So that was a win!

The next night was the filet mignon.  Truly amazing.  I have had few steaks in a restaurant that were better.   Yes, they were expensive, the way any filet mignon is, but so worth it.    I cooked 4 of them and have 8 for the next two times I want to serve filet mignon for dinner.   Easy to cook on my stove top grill pan (Im scared to grill) and prepare salad and vegetables while they cooked.  10-12 min on each side and it was perfectly medium-rare.

The next night, my husband and I went out for dinner and left the chicken fingers for the sitter to give the kids with fries.  15-20 minutes at 350 degrees and they were done.   I’d estimate that the bag had 75-80 chicken fingers in it so should last us quite a while.  Fresh white meat, not overly breaded and my daughter said they were better than when we go out to restaurants.  I told her that they are the same as the restaurants– so no need to have UBER Eats deliver them to us when we have a sitter!

Mark has offered to give any Emma Westchester reader a free package of chocolate chip cookie dough with their first order.  Trust me, you will love his food.  I did not even get to his seafood or his catering items this time around but with the holidays coming up, I will be sure to try them out.    A first order, with staple items was a major success and saved me a lot of trips to the supermarket in the past couple of weeks!   I’m including his website, some gifting options and menus below.     He has made me actually enjoy cooking dinner again!

https://marksqualitymeats.com/

https://marksqualitymeats.com/gift-boxes/


Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Hannah Fastov

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Hannah Fastov

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I’m a little early this month!  It usually takes me until closer to the end of the month to get my act together and get the Westchester Woman Wednesday post up, but for October I wanted it live before this woman’s one year work-anniversary.

Hannah Fastov is the designer, creator and founder of Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash (it’s Morse Code!) or simply shortened for the sake of her URL: https://godashdot.com/

Yes- Only ONE year ago Hannah launched this project.  Her goal was to design, create and manufacture a bag that would change the way women lived, in more ways than one.  This bag would do the job of many bags. The Infinity Bag is named for it’s infinite possibilities.  It’s an all-in-one bag that holds everything from gym clothes, a change of shoes, a laptop, lunch, a water bottle and more.  With many compartments and pouches, there’s a spot for everything– even a yoga mat!  The bag is functional, yet fashionable, with stylish tassels and straps (more on that below).  There’s also a Weekender (a larger Infinity bag) and a Backpack.

This little crossbody bag is a bag inside a bag. Easily snaps in and out.

 

Early in 2017 Hannah began selling her bags at trunk shows and in small boutiques across the country. Before hitting the one year mark on October 15th, she’s already in contract with Nordstrom!   A pretty impressive achievement for a woman who has been in business for less than one year.

Here are some local places that carry – – . – – – bags!   (Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash, which means GO)

New York

LUV2BFIT, Rye Brook

Great Stuff, Scarsdale

Great Stuff, Rye

Great Stuff, Chappaqua

Pedigree Ski Shop, White Plains

Connecticut 

Pedigree Ski Shop, Stamford

Great Stuff, Greenwich

Great Stuff, Westport

Online

www.freepeople.com 

Amazon

https://godashdot.com/collections/all

“This name was months in the making and feel it truly speaks to who we are; we are the bags that let you –.— GO! All of our handbags, and any future products we create, will enable you to carry your stuff, neatly and organized, so you can focus on living.

Morse code is the universal language. That is exactly what our products are, universal. No matter where life takes you: navigating your early years out of college, becoming a mother, dealing with long commutes, retiring and taking to the jet set life, we got you covered.

Dash Dash Dot Dash Dash Dash is long. So as our friends, please call us by our nickname, Go Dash Dot.”

-Hannah 

Lastly, on the topic of changing the lives of women, it’s not just the modern American woman that Hannah has in mind.  She has partnered with artisans in Bhutan and Kyrgyzstan to make additional straps and tassels for her bags.  Locally, she’s partnering with My Sisters’ Place donating half of the proceeds to help struggling women here at home.  15% of ALL SALES WILL GO TO MY SISTERS’ PLACE DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

Hannah Fastov is a Scarsdale native, living and working in NYC.  You can follow her on these social media platforms:

Instagram: @go_dashdot 

https://www.instagram.com/go_dashdot/

Facebook: @godashdot

https://www.facebook.com/godashdot/

 

 

Lil Chameleon OPENS on 10/4!

Lil Chameleon OPENS on 10/4!

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Announcing Lil Chameleon’s Opening Date & Live Online Class Registration

Lil Chameleon is proud to announce it is opening its doors Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 9:30 am-6:30pm.  

Where else can you buy carefully selected, nearly-new, high quality brands for a fraction of the price?  Where else are you able to buy, sell and trade your own child’s best outgrown stuff and earn 30% cash or 50% in store credit?  With the best immediate payout around, you’ll quickly see the value shopping at Lil Chameleon.

Why not enjoy a class while out running errands, too?  With online class registration now open, an expectant mother can enjoy the benefits of pre-natal yoga or bond with other moms in a Doula-Yogi guided Stretch & Circle Time. Your kids can explore unique art forms and expand their creative horizons.

Lil Chameleon offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for the entire family.   Maybe you want to learn how to decoupage like Marie Antoinette or explore the world’s reptiles and mammals with Critter Caravan.  Young children are introduced to Spanish through music, and you can express the exciting, overwhelming, powerful feelings that come with new motherhood while taking Art in the Midst of the Storm lead by a licensed art therapist.  

Classes at Lil Chameleon are designed to help mothers (and partners) relax and reflect.  They allow kids to get creative juices flowing, find hidden strengths through art or grow physically through toddler yoga adventures.

Find more information about all Lil Chameleon offers, how the buy, sell, trade process works and register for all available classes here.  Read more about the talented and diverse instructors here.

 

Join Lil Chameleon’s mailing list to stay up to date with the latest announcements and exclusive registration deals.  And visit Lil Chameleon starting Wednesday, October 4 as they proudly open their doors to the public!

 

 

Lil Chameleon

29 Elm Street

Tuckahoe, NY 10707

914.346.5148

info@lilchameleon.com

 

 

www.lilchameleon.com

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Taco Project Opens in Yonkers

Taco Project Opens in Yonkers

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I lived in Texas prior to moving to NY and am always on the quest to find a great fast casual Mexican restaurant that lives up to my standards of “Tex-Mex” goodness.  The Taco Project checks off all my boxes (quality, freshness, value for your money, clean surroundings and items on the menu that my whole family will enjoy) and has become a staple in our rotation of restaurants.  We have been going to their original location in Tarrytown for a few years and they never disappoint.  Recently The Taco Project opened a 2nd location in Yonkers at the beautifully renovated Boyce Thompson Center – just as good as the original location but with plenty of parking and additional seating.  Make sure you save room for the Churros…Korben’s favorite.

 

Lil Chameleon: Opening Oct 2017 in Tuckahoe

Lil Chameleon: Opening Oct 2017 in Tuckahoe

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Are you staring at an overflowing closet, filled to the brim with great kid’s stuff, just a size too small for your lil one?  Or is your garage filled with nearly-new toys and gear that look straight out of the box? 

CC Benitez faced these first world problems after having her son a few years ago.  She was desperate to clear out her “graveyard of the outgrown”, but she quickly became frustrated with the process selling online, through social media, through resale shops and consigning. 

She knew there had to be a better way, a way that was fair and transparent, a way that paid today and didn’t mean running to the post office or all over town.

Introducing Lil Chameleon:

The cool kid’s resale boutique, a cool cafe, and even cooler happenings.

As a premiere kid’s resale boutique, Lil Chameleon buys, sells and trades both new and nearly-new clothes, toys, books and gear. By offering the highest payout around and a transparent 30% cash or 50% in-store credit based on the resale price, you’ll know what you’re making.

So here’s the hypothetical math…

You bring in a girl’s dress. Lil Chameleon wants to buy it and will price it for resale at $10.  You get 30% of that in cash ($3) or 50% in boutique trade ($5) valid for 6 months.  You get an itemized receipt with a product list, their retail price, and both your cash and trade value.  You choose how you want to get paid. 

And If there are items Lil Chameleon can’t buy, you choose to take your goods home again or you can even donate them. Lil Chameleon is working with The Sharing Shelf, part of Family Services of Westchester and The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester amongst others to facilitate your donation which help others in the Westchester community.

And by providing an area to enjoy healthy, locally sourced snacks in the self-serve, cashless cafe, families can take a break.  Lil Chameleon sells organic when possible and helps support other local small businesses by selling their yummy snacks and treats. Looking for additional enrichment for your lil one or even yourself?  Lil Chameleon offers classes ranging from Intro to Spanish through Music to Printing with Recycled Materials, from Expectant and New Moms Circle to Make Your Own Gourd Instrument.  Membership packages offer special discounts, class variety and even a concierge service with online buying appointments including free pick up. 

Wait, you need to throw a birthday party, too?  Lil Chameleon offers both DIY space rental, party ad-ons, a signature COLOR party or custom party packages.

Founded by a nearly 20-year veteran of the fashion industry, a mom, and a Brooklyn transplant, Lil Chameleon’s mission is to help mom with life’s lil things. Now there really is a way you can do it all. 

Sign up for the email list and be the first to learn about Lil Chameleon’s Fall programs including registration with early-bird discounts exclusive for email subscribers.

Classes tentatively start Oct 10 with registration starting at the end of September. 

Check out the website and social media for even more information about all of Lil Chameleon’s happenings.

www.lilchameleon.com

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Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst- Sept 15-17

Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst- Sept 15-17

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DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS

A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6 – 16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. Mansion tours are additional. Show hours are Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions visit www.artrider.com or call 845-331-7900.

Crafts at Lyndhurst is held at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, New York (less than one hour from NYC), is under tents and is a rain or shine event. Pets are allowed on the Lyndhurst property but not inside the festival site.

 

Westchester Woman Wednesday:  Meet Andrea Worthington

Westchester Woman Wednesday: Meet Andrea Worthington

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Happy Wednesday!   Today’s Westchester Woman Wednesday feature is all about Andrea Worthington, of “Baby Got Chat” aka www.babygotchat.com  

Here’s her story:

I came to Westchester from NYC in 2014, as a soon-to-be new mom in my second trimester. I expected to buy a house near the train and use it as a crash pad while I continued doing everything I loved in the city. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the lifestyle this county offers: suburban perks with an urban mindset. I also didn’t expect to fall in love with being a parent to the point where I left my job as an art director at a media/publishing company to raise my daughter and newborn son. My passion for discovering everything Westchester has to offer our children has led me to BabyGotChat. My aim is to try everything so you don’t have to, and report back with direct and honest reviews and recommendations. 

Interestingly, I connected with Andrea via a Facebook moms group and we realized we kind of do the same thing, only hers is for kids 0-5 and mine is mostly for kids 5 and up.  She keeps an awesome calendar and reviews just about anything that moms would like to try, reporting back to her readers.  We both like to write for moms, connect with moms and we share a love of Westchester County; I am a Westchester native and I love when newcomers feel at home. Andrea recently posted this article on her site, The Cheap Moms Guide to Westchester, which I loved.    I also really loved her solo Momcation story this spring.   So here are links to both:

http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/2017/7/9/the-cheap-moms-guide-to-westchester 

http://www.babygotchat.com/featured/2017/5/8/time-for-a-momcation?rq=cruise

Over lunch recently, I had to ask her where her favorite places to eat, shop and play were.  With zero hesitation she answered:  Emma’s Ale House in White Plains, Ridge Hill in Yonkers and Lifetime Fitness in White Plains.   🙂      Here’s how you can follow Andrea’s blog Baby Got Chat and social media outlets:

www.babygotchat.com

Instagram: babygotchat

Facebook: babygotchat

Twitter: babygotchat

 

Yoga Hike, Book Club, Food Trucks, Art Show and Teen Classes!

Yoga Hike, Book Club, Food Trucks, Art Show and Teen Classes!

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We don’t keep a proper calendar of events but from time to time we post an article with some things that we think you might want to know about!    Here are our top eat/shop/play suggestions for the coming months.

August 26th, Hike + Yoga + Meditation 

Start your day with a heart pumping hike over the rolling hills of Rockefeller State Park to the historic Rockwood Hall situated on the banks of the mighty Hudson River. Here we will practice an invigorating yoga flow followed by a guided meditation. Next, it’s time for lunch and free time to explore, journal, and take photos. After that we will practice a walking meditation as we hike it back to home base. Once the retreat is complete leave time to explore the area! The nearby Rivertowns (Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, and Hastings on Hudson) have a wide array of shops and restaurants, many with stunning views of the Hudson River. And the world renowned Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is just down the road from the preserve!

For more info and to sign up: https://www.mindbodyfitnessny.com/yogahikes

 

September 10th, Food Truck Mash Up at Empire City in Yonkers.  

https://tickets.lohud.com/e/food-truck-mash-up/ 

NJ vs. NY FOOD TRUCKS!

Vote for your favorite truck!

The best food trucks facing off for one day only!

Full beer and drink bar, live music, kids carnival games AND MORE!

September 15th,   Emma Westchester’s Friday Night Shopping Party at Athleta Scarsdale.  For those who have attended our Athleta Events in the past, you know they’re not something you want to miss.  You can get styled for fall!   Will have some great vendors and information booths as always.   (Am in the process of lining up some this week and will share as they’re confirmed! )

September 21st, Meet Author Gabrielle Nevin at Barnes & Noble in Eastchester.   Bring your whole book club!    Her book Young Jane Young doesn’t come out until Aug 22nd, so plan ahead, pre-order here and pencil in 9/21 for your meeting.  I’ve gone to the author events at the store and they do a great job!

 

Save the Date:  September 23 and 24.   Armonk Outdoor Art Show.   More info to follow.   A great event, this year with some added activities for the kids!   http://www.armonkoutdoorartshow.org/

Here are some things for the kids, tweens and teens:  

365 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583

(914) 449-4411 | 

The perfect class for athletic or inactive teenagers, CP Teen aims to build healthy habits in young participants. Build self esteem, strong muscles, and coordination in a body that is changing and growing. Club Pilates is a fun, safe environment where proper movement and body alignment is learned using the Reformer, springboard, TRX and more.

Savor The Westchester

Savor The Westchester

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So much more than “just a food court”, after a multi-million dollar renovation, The Westchester has opened Savor which is a collection of upscale restaurant quality dining options in an elevated food hall like setting.

Erin and I had an opportunity to meet the owners and try the variety of food options now available at Savor – which offers something for everyone.

Bluestone Lane “dedicated to producing the highest quality coffee and complementary foods, delivered in an engaging way. Focused on creating environments where customers are immersed in the experience and leave feeling like a local. Bluestone Lane Coffee is influenced from the renowned coffee culture hub of Melbourne Australia, where premium coffee is a way of life.”

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque “is familiar and still unlike any barbecue you have ever had.  They cook their barbecue the old school way with plenty of wood and time, adding just the right amount of salt and spice to let that lovely marriage of process and product evolve into something transcendent.”

Whitmans New York “serves burgers and seasonal fare with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Opened by native New Yorkers, the concept was born by friends whose vision was to provide the neighborhood with delicious comfort food in a cozy, intimate setting. The main attraction, modeled after the Minneapolis-originated phenomenon, the “Juicy Lucy,” features two thin beef short rib blend patties pinched together encasing a scoop of pimento cheese, the result: a molten core of cheese oozing from the patty. Whitmans introduced their take on the cult burger in 2010 to rave reviews. In addition, Whitmans offers a vast array of specialty crafted burgers including The Hound, Spicy Patty, and The Mangold just to name a few.”

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Gardening 101:  Thursdays in July

Gardening 101: Thursdays in July

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Summertime is a great time to expose kids to some things that are new and different.  School is out, most activities are over and many of us are looking for fun and educational opportunities for our kids.   I worked with my Girl Scouts and the Food Bank this spring on some volunteer projects and was happy to see this one being offered this summer.   It’s located right here in Westchester (Valhalla) with afternoon sessions to accommodate kids who go to day camp.

I love working with the Food Bank for many reasons but mainly because of the need that exists in Westchester.   Westchester Magazine ran this article in 2016 and it stuck with me.  1 in 5 residents go hungry in this suburban, affluent county in which we live.   This shocking statistic gave me the push I needed to get my daughter and her friends involved with the Food Bank.   This spring, the girls packed bags of groceries for families of preschool children in need, made sandwiches for the hungry in NYC and served local residents at a soup kitchen in White Plains.

Follow 10,000 PB&J’s to learn more about this program. https://www.facebook.com/10000PBandJs/
Packing up healthy grocery bags for families in need. (Food Bank) #FB4W

 

You can learn more about the gardening classes and other programs by following the link below or contacting Madeline at

madeline.sulla@foodbankforwestchester.org

http://www.foodbankforwestchester.org/events/gardening101

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 www.westchesterdaddy.com 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 www.westchesterdaddy.com 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)

Tecalitlan

(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  www.westchesterdaddy.com

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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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!

CITY PERCH NOW OPEN – ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS – LOCATED AT 1 LIVINGSTON AVENUE – DOBBS FERRY, NY 10522 (914-348-7007)

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

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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.
MENUS: 
A Simple Supper
Mother’s Day Brunch
Delivered, Serves 6-8.  $225