Host the Best Super Bowl Party in Westchester

If you are a foodie like me, you are hosting the best Super Bowl Party in Westchester. Even if your team isn’t playing, it’s a great opportunity to gather family and friends to watch the big game (and a great excuse to experiment with some fun recipes in the kitchen). But take it from me—the hostess with the mostest—it’s always nice to have a few items ready to pick up so you can concentrate on the fun stuff. Here are the game day VIPs—aka the BEST resources in Westchester—playing a supportive role to the action in the kitchen: BEER Head [...]

By | 2017-02-03T12:48:22+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|craft beer, eat + drink, entertaining, westchester|0 Comments

Gourmet On The Go: Got Thyme Westchester

Okay, all my fellow foodies who are kickstarting the new year with a 30-Day Transformation, or those of you who are actually sticking to their new year resolution to be healthier in 2017—what is the hardest part of being on your new meal plan? TIME! I get it. When I was on my elimination meal plan to jumpstart my digestive system, I battled the clock on a daily basis. With our long work hours and family responsibilities, it's getting harder and harder to sit down to a healthy meal, let alone a home cooked one. Pair that with efforts to avoid certain foods—whether [...]

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Borlotti Risotto Recipe

Cranberries always remind me of the holiday season—I bake acorn squash stuffed with cranberries and apples for Thanksgiving; Prosecco with Candied Cranberries for Christmas; and this amazing Pinterest-pinned Baked Goat Cheese Roasted Cranberry appetizer for holiday cocktail parties. These ruby red fruit are also fantastic superfoods, boasting a whole host of health benefits. That's why I am a fan of Paradise Meadow Cooking & Baking Cranberries. Newly release to the market, these dried cranberries are prepared with those holiday recipes in mind, allowing them to withstand cooking high temperatures. They are available in two varieties—Julienne and Whole—for a bigger, bolder cranberry flavor. I [...]

By | 2016-12-27T22:16:16+00:00 December 27th, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, for the kitchen, recipe, savory|0 Comments

The Perfect New Year’s Eve Cocktail Recipe

Sure, you're accustomed to hear a little bubbly pop to ring in the new year, but when you combine Zonin Prosecco with a little Japanese whiskey, you've got a concoction that creates the perfect New Year's Eve cocktail. Zonin Mojito Cocktail Recipe Recipe by Noel Nepomuceno, Head Bartender at Megu Restaurant in New York Ingredients: 2 oz Santory Toki Japanese Whiskey 1.5 oz Fresh Ginger syrup 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Strawberries 10 Mint Leaves Topped with Zonin Prosecco Directions: In a pint glass, add strawberries and mint leaves. Muddle until leaves and berries are broken down.   Add [...]

By | 2016-12-27T21:49:45+00:00 December 27th, 2016|cocktails, eat + drink, entertaining, holiday|0 Comments

Where to go for New Year’s Eve in Fairfield, CT

The best places to ring in the new year in Fairfield, CT.   BONNE ANNÉE (THE FRENCH WAY!) BISTRO VERSAILLES New chef J. Carlos Rodriguez offers a holiday-inspired menu to ring in the New Year. Classic French cuisine options include a Potato Leek Soup with Bacon Lardon and White Truffle Oil, Torchon de Foie Gras, Arctic Char, Pork Belly Confit, and more. Oh, and dessert includes a decadent German Chocolate Bomb with Pecan Coconut filling. TIME: Dinner hours COST: A La Carte RESERVE: 203-661-6634 GO: 339 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich   DOUBLE THE FUN BAR BQ & MCFADDENS The collaboration between [...]

Where To Go for New Year’s Eve in Westchester, NY

The best places to celebrate New Year's Eve in Westchester, NY. 80s NEW YEAR PARTY LITTLE DRUNKEN CHEF Yes, we’re headed into 2017, but Little Drunken Chef is offering a throwback to the 80s. Dress the decade and dance to music by DJ Matthew Maxwell. Enjoy “Drunken” munchies all night long and a champagne toast at midnight. Confetti, contests, and party favors are also included. TIME: 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. COST: $75 per person RESERVE: 914-242-8800 GO: 36 Main St., Mount Kisco   DINNER & DANCING THE BRIARCLIFF MANOR Head to The Briarcliff Manor, and you’ll be greeted with a welcome cocktail. Dinner [...]

By | 2017-10-04T16:44:45+00:00 December 26th, 2016|cocktails, craft beer, entertaining, holiday, westchester, wine|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Island Creek Oysters

{Island Creek Oysters: For the Shellfish Aficionado} Per Se. The French Laundry. Nico Osteria. The White House. What do all of these locations have in common? Island Creek Oysters! Not only are Island Creek Oysters served in some of the best fine dining restaurants in the country, but they grow some of the finest oysters on the east coast period. That's why they make the PERFECT gift for the seafood lover on your list. Sure, you can order a batch delivered to your front door—what a way to ring in the New Year!—but the company just launched an Oyster of the Month subscription [...]

By | 2016-12-21T10:52:53+00:00 December 21st, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, farm to table, savory|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Molly’s Bakeovers

{Molly's Bakeovers: Stocking Stuffers EVERYONE Can Enjoy} It’s no secret food allergies are on the rise—I have more friends who suffer from gluten, peanut, and dairy allergies than I can count. It makes entertaining and gift giving a bit difficult. But thanks to Molly’s Bakeovers, I can feed all of my foodie friends with no problem. Molly’s Bakeovers gave the traditional cookie recipe a serious makeover. The result is a tastier, more nutritious cookie that’s free of gluten, dairy, peanuts, egg, and soy. I’m not entirely sure how they’ve baked such amazingness in a bite-sized cookie, but they’ve done it. [...]

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Creme Delicious Cookies

{Creme Delicious Cookies: For the Food Lover Looking for Edible Art} Sandy Patangay, owner of Creme Delicious, spent years crafting traditional Henna art, but it wasn’t until she moved to the United States when she transfer that craft to pastry. The result? Intricately hand-decorated artisanal cakes, cookies, and French macarons sporting designs inspired by the ancient art of Henna—swirls of colors creating one-of-a kind, edible works of art. Check out my interview with Sandy, and how she transformed body art to bakery art. For more information about Creme Delicious, check out the IntoxiKate Edible Holiday Gift Guide.

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:54+00:00 December 4th, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, holiday, sweet|0 Comments

IntoxiKate’s Edible Holiday Gift Guide: Dana Confections’ Calissons

{Dana Confections: For the Food Lover Who Loves Paris} While I’m pretty on top of regional cuisines in the savory field, I’ve got to educate myself a bit more in the sweet realm. And I’m going to start with calissons! This French candy has two layers—a chewy, fruit and almond blend topped with royal French icing. Rachel Dana, owner of Dana Confections, puts her own twist on this traditional sweet, and is one of a handful of confectioners who offer calissons in the US. Plus, she sources most of her ingredients locally, ensuring the freshest ingredients are used to create [...]

By | 2016-12-05T10:16:44+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, holiday, sweet|0 Comments