Wine and Dine

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?!…..so… 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…)

Quinoa Salad with Fresh Peas, Mint and Honey

Potato salad, macaroni salad, and pasta salad can get a little boring at all the cookouts this summer, not to mention time-consuming and covered in mayo.  I thought I’d give a fresh, simple and healthier quinoa salad a try.  (more…)

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2016 – Recap

 

The question is, “Can the Adirondack Wine & Food Festival top it’s debut year?!”  Yes they can and they did! Over 60 vendors spread out over most of the Charles R. Wood park on the shores of beautiful Lake George, NY. (more…)

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival 2016

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The second annual Adirondack Food and Wine Fest 2016 is coming up soon and its on my calendar!!  June 25th and 26th. Here is my recap from the first annual festival last year for the Saratoga Food Fanatic and this year proves to be even bigger! Word has it that there will be over 60 vendors to tantalize your taste buds! See you there!

http://www.saratogafoodfanatic.com/?s=Adirondack+Food+and+Wine+Fest

For more information, tickets and times, visit www.LakeGeorge.com

Rhubarb Ginger Cod Over Minty Spaghetti Squash

Recently, Rachel, my friend and Managing Editor of EdibleIndy, asked me if I would contribute a Pescetarian dish for her magazine’s website, it was a challenge I couldn’t resist!  (more…)

Sweet Beet Hummus

Spring has sprung but it’s going to be a long time before we see fresh Spring veggies at the Farmers’ Market unless our farmers are utilizing their greenhouses. Fortunately, we still have our root veggies in abundance.  I made this hummus (using this term loosely) without tahini or sesame oil but added a few cashews to compliment the beets and to lighten it up for Spring snacking.  It’s lemony and sweet……so worth the stained fingers!Beet dip 3 (more…)

Roasted Chestnut, Leek and Lentil Soup

CN soup1This time of year, chestnuts are on every street corner in New York City and memories of standing in front of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza conjures up the smoky sweet smell of those nuts that were served up in a plain brown bag.  I roasted the chestnuts in my oven for this recipe but later found preroasted, peeled, organic chestnuts ready to go (of course!). (more…)

Oyster Stuffing – History Dictates!

Oysters and seafood were most likely on the table of the settlers in Plymouth, MA in 1621.  This pescetarian thinks that’s an awesome idea!  Click here to get this recipe!

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