Restaurant reviews

Teatime…Actually Lunch at the Whistling Kettle

I’m not a stranger to teatime growing up in a British household, but who has time at 4:00 in the afternoon to stop in this American society?!…… we… lunch!  It was never more prevalent that we Yanks love to leisure over a nice midday meal than when I popped into the Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, NY today.  The tables were filled with girlfriends, nuclear families and business lunchers who were enjoying steaming, well brewed pots of tea and tiered serving dishes filled with delectable courses of sandwiches, salads and scones. (more…)

Craft On 9 – Unexpected Fine Dining


The atmosphere of this place is reminiscent of a taproom/speakeasy that you might have frequented during prohibition in the 1920’s.  The unpretentious rustic warehouse look instantly puts you in a relaxed mode and the chalkboard listing all the craft brews on tap and signature cocktails lets you know that you are going to have fun too!  (more…)

Leon’s Mexican Restaurant – A Great Move

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Last Saturday evening, my hubby and I were going to SPAC (Saratoga Performing Arts Center) to see the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for an 8:00 curtain.  We thought we’d grab dinner out before the show.  Leon’s Mexican Restaurant was a standard in our dining-out repertoire for more than ten years. In the last 9 months and 9 weeks the restaurant has moved from Saratoga to Ballston Spa and we hadn’t ventured to the new place to see our friend and the owner, Roberta Acosta, and knew we had to stop in.  The reason I mentioned the 9 months and 9 weeks time period is because while Roberta was moving to her new venue, she found out that she was pregnant…..with twins!! We got to meet the beautiful 9 week old boys who were in the office under the care of their older sister, Luchiana.  Roberta, not only a great mother and restaurateur….. but a Superwoman!! (more…)

A Thoroughbred of a Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC

Recently in South Carolina for my cousin’s wedding we decided to extend our stay for a week and make this trip our annual vacation. After the uncluttered beaches and non commercial areas of Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet, we ventured to Myrtle Beach for a night away to celebrate our second Wedding Anniversary. As we grew closer to our destination, I seriously didn’t think we’d find the romantic dining experience that I envisioned for our evening… (more…)

Rainy 4th of July in Saratoga… No Problem!

My mother always said not to let the weather stop you from what you want to do…. this is from a woman who grew up in England and told me if they waited for the rain to stop before going outside, they never would’ve gone out!  We did gain our Independence from the Brits but that doesn’t mean we didn’t inherit that kind of sensibility.  So, we grabbed a bumbershoot …. a brolley… uh, I mean an umbrella and headed for downtown Saratoga in search of a  “foodies” 4th of July. (more…)

To Quinoa or Not?

My husband and I decided to venture out and try a different restaurant – The Lake Ridge in Round Lake, NY.  A very pretty restaurant with nice linens and old photos of the Saratoga Springs area on the walls.  The beautiful mahogany bar area was cozy and welcoming.  My kind of place. (more…)

Easter Dinner French Style

“The Chef’s Table”   Franklin Lakes, NJ.  Classical French cuisine expertly prepared!

I recently tried this little gem with my family for our Easter celebration. The restaurant seats about 35 people tops.  The walls are covered with artwork displayed by local artists (for sale at a reasonable price). The Chef’s Table is chef owned and family run. (more…)