In Search of Great Asian, Sukhothai in Beacon

Sukhothai Beacon BarSukhothai in Beacon was good, not quite Spectacular!

I love the Yelp or Trip Advisor reviewers who use superlative words, and you shake your head and say, wow, they have never even experienced “Spectacular.”

Now Sukhothai certainly does deserve many of the good reviews they have, but we live with a diners curse. We’ve had “Spectacular” a lot of it. Places like Sailor Thai in Sydney, Australia, really authentic Thai in Queens NY and San Francisco. We just are not happy with good or very good we want spectacular.

Fortunately, there are many people and places that are doing exceptional, spectacular, food here in the Hudson Valley, just not Asian it seems We will keep trying. Reviews on Palace Dumpling and Ramenesque are coming.

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Spring Wines and Dinner for One

Tariquet Classic Côtes de Gascogne

With weather like we are having today

my daydreams drift off to spring wine. One of our favorite regions for bright fun wines for spring is the “Sud-Oeust” a beautiful region is south west France.

Here is one you’ll love by environmentally conscious Domain Du Tariquet from the region called Côtes de Gascogne!

Diana was out for the evening at a meeting in New York City so I decided to make myself a nice dinner for one and try this wine.

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Peakskill Brewery is a Fav!

Peakskill Brewery Beer Board

and is another place that sold us on the eastern bank of the Hudson River

When we began our search for a new home last summer Peekskill was on our list.  Which of course brought us back to Peakskill Brewery.  We had visited their original smaller location a couple of years ago, were not all that impressed at the time. But the new place, Wow! We decided we would love to have a bar like this in our backyard.

The beer, cocktails, food, staff, ambiance is all fabulous here.

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Sustainably Produced Wines

Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc

like this delightful Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa

are all we drink these days.  Call it Organic, Bio-dynamic, Natural, what have you as long as they are made with due respect for our dear Mother Earth.

In the coming months we will be writing a lot about local Hudson Valley wines and  sustainably produced wines from around the world.

For the wine we made local versions of some dishes from a recent Bon Appetite article Inside Shed, Sonoma County’s Charming General Store and Restaurant

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Best Coffee in Cold Spring is

The Pantry Cafe Cortado

at The Pantry

and their Cortado is Diana’s favorite pour now, at the best place for coffee we have found in the area. From Spain, it’s like a macchiato, an espresso with a small cut of milk, at The Pantry on route 9 in Cold Spring.

We have enjoyed breakfast here many times and is one of our go-to places for craft beers.  The sandwiches and salads, as well as fresh squeezed juices are terrific. And there’s more.

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This Week’s Cocktail – The Handsome Gentleman

Handsome Gentleman CocktailWe created this cocktail

for a small dinner party this past Friday evening. Made with all local ingredients, almost.

From the Hudson Valley, Millbrook Distillery, Founders Rye; The Hudson Standard, Apple Coriander Maple Shrub, Dutch’s Spirits, Prohibitters. and from Jerez, Spain, Lustau Amontillado Los Arcos Sherry.

Fabulously delicious.

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The Hop in Beacon

Diana and Cathy Hanging at The Hop
is one of the places

that sold us on the Hudson Valley was the bar, beer store, and restaurant called The Hop in Beacon. Say hello to Diana and close friend Cathy who joined us with Conrad who farms hops in Cooperstown NY, for a great lunch.  Conrad was buried in The Hop’s fabulous menu.

We loved The Hop in it’s original small rendition, and are even more excited about the new expand restaurant, with more seats and still all the charm. Continue reading The Hop in Beacon