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:
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:
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.
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!
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:
Sur la Table in White Plains and Yonkers have cooking classes for kids and teens. Check out the overview and see which locations has the dates that work best for you. Classes are Mon-Fri from 9-11 or 12-2 and cost $250 for the 5 days. https://www.surlatable.com/category/cat500429/
Club Pilates in Scarsdale is offering a teen pilates class on Sundays at 12:30. Ages 12-17. $35 per class or 4 classes for $99. Call to register.
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.
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.”
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.
You can learn more about the gardening classes and other programs by following the link below or contacting Madeline at
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!
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’mbasically stitched together with a delicate recipeof 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: diversityof 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 bizarreand 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 forparents 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.
(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)
(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.
(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)
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!
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)
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, 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.
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! https://www.instagram.com/lillianliming/
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.
FashionABLE – www.livefashionable.com – 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 – www.nozomiproject.com – 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.
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
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 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.
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.
Shop the Booked Marketplace Pop-Upon 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/booked-parties-13201894868
2. Visit thePleasantville 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 pleasantvillefarmersmarket.com
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
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.
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 Meetup.com. 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!
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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:
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 CookieDo 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!
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!