Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Westchester

Happy May 5th! If you're on the hunt for the best fiesta for you and your foodie friends, look no further. IntoxiKate has you covered with the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Westchester! {IntoxiKate Tip! Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. While it's not the most important national holiday in Mexico, it is a great opportunity to celebrate the history, food, cocktails, and culture!}   The Taco Project Nick Mesce's Mexican takeout spot maybe one of the newbies on Tarrytown's Main Street, but it's the perfect place [...]

By | 2015-05-05T12:47:36+00:00 May 5th, 2015|entertaining, westchester|0 Comments

Best Places to go for Easter in Westchester

Is this year flying by, or is it just me? A few weeks ago, it was March 1st, and now we're quickly approaching Easter Sunday. If you haven't made your reservations yet, here's a quick roundup of some of the best places to go for Easter in Westchester: For the kiddos: Celebrating Easter Sunday with younger children in tow? Check out Farmer & The Fish's brunch, running from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ($59 per adult; $35 per child). Parents can feast on the raw bar—including Cape Cod oysters, Florida shrimp and crab claws—while the young ones hunt for Easter [...]

By | 2015-04-01T21:33:29+00:00 March 30th, 2015|entertaining, westchester|0 Comments

Westchester Restaurants Open for the Holidays

"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat..." When I think of holiday dining, I can't help but think of the old nursery rhyme/Christmas carol my grandfather  would sing every year. If your goose isn't getting fat {or, you've decided to forgo cooking altogether this year}, you may want to swing by these Westchester restaurants for a meal and a little holiday cheer. {IntoxiKate Tip! Make sure to make reservations ahead of time!}   Westchester Restaurants Open for the Holidays: Where to Dine on Christmas Eve Farmer and the Fish Open: 5 - 9 p.m. The Deal: Four-Course Prix Fixe [...]

By | 2014-12-23T00:54:46+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|entertaining, fairfield, westchester|0 Comments

Give Mom Something Sweet: The Best Bakeries in Westchester

{By Contributing Writer Anuja De Silva} Westchester has so many great bakeries that driving across the county in search of the best cupcake or macaroon is a delicious indulgence that has turned into our family pastime. If you’re looking for where to stop by for the best confections which are a treat to all your senses here is my Westchester bakery guide. Let’s begin to think sweet. Lulu Cake Boutique, Scarsdale This is the ultimate bakery for your special cake. It is the perfect blend of their smooth butter cream that will keep you wanting more. The specialized cake decorators can [...]

By | 2014-04-17T23:03:06+00:00 April 18th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments

IntoxiKate Guide to Spring

Thank you! The editor’s page is traditionally dedicated to the thought process behind the issue’s features, provocatively written to motivate you to read on. While I write and re-write my letter, I’ve come to the 2 a.m. conclusion I just need a genuine, spur of the moment piece... IntoxiKate celebrates it’s one year anniversary this month, and I am completely humbled by the response I’ve received so far. I am amazed each time I check my page views, each time I see another email signed up with the #FoodieNation. I am inspired by the new (and repeat) faces I greet [...]

By | 2014-04-17T09:48:18+00:00 April 17th, 2014|entertaining, farm to table|0 Comments

HVRW: Benjamin Steakhouse

The last time I visited 610 West Hartsdale Avenue, it was Mighty Joe Young's. The safari motif was everywhere—bamboo paper on the walls, fake palm trees in the corner—and it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. A few years ago, the owners of Benjamin Steakhouse, traveled north from their midtown spot, and saw the location's potential. A couple of renovations inside and out, and the restaurant has transformed into a high-end eatery perfect for a first date, Father's Day dinner, or an after work drink with friends. The main room opens up to an expansive dining room, with a few [...]

By | 2014-08-18T00:23:13+00:00 March 18th, 2014|entertaining, hudson valley restaurant week|0 Comments

10 Things You Can Do to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

There's more to St. Patrick's Day than sipping a green beer and gorging yourself on a little corned beef. Add a little luck to your day, and try one of these Irish-inspired activities: 1. Have a traditional Irish breakfast at Eileen's Country Kitchen. Eggs, Irish ham and blood sausage? Yes, please. Available throughout the day at this McLean Avenue diner, don't be surprised if your waiter has an Irish brogue to match your meal. {Eileen's Country Kitchen: 964 McLean Ave., Yonkers, 914-776-2001} 2. Pick up some flavored oil to spice up an Irish dish. Pure Mountain Oil, located in Tarrytown, [...]

By | 2014-03-17T12:20:54+00:00 March 17th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments

HVRW: 42 The Restaurant + Odyssey

First there was New York City's Restaurant Week. Now, there's Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (#HVRW -starting today and running until March 23rd). Then NYC hosted their pop up restaurants. Check, Hudson Valley's got 'em too. (What do they say about imitation being the best form of flattery?) But what our region is missing are those exclusive parties—those "you have to be on the waiting list," "meet in a secret location," and "dress in all white" kind of shin-digs. I generally have a more-the-merrier-kind of attitude, but I think there's something to be said about making an event really special AND [...]

By | 2014-03-10T14:43:52+00:00 March 10th, 2014|entertaining, hudson valley restaurant week|0 Comments

Chocolations’ Chocolate Strawberry “Nazi”

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Chocolations owner Maria Valente, you know she’s as sweet as the delicate chocolates she creates. But when it comes to strawberries, the chocolatier sees red—the self proclaimed “Strawberry Nazi” is super-protective over her chocolate covered variety. {IntoxiKate Tip!} A little birdie told me the later male customers visit the chocolate shop, they are more likely to dip further into the wallet. So ladies, maybe it's not so bad your man waits until the last minute! Weeks before the big day, Valente is making calls to research where the berries are coming from. [...]

By | 2014-02-25T21:43:42+00:00 February 12th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments

The IntoxiKate Valentine’s Day Guide

To some, Valentine’s Day is a manufactured holiday—invented by the evil masterminds behind Hallmark cards or even Russell Stover chocolates. To me, Valentine’s Day has always been about celebrating the things I love. And I happen to love food. {Yeah, no secret there!} So this February 14th, I challenge you to avoid the last-minute checkout lines at CVS, and plan a little ahead. You’ve got a few days here, Westchester #FoodieNation, so take a few minutes to look through the IntoxiKate Valentine's Day Guide. Savor the flavor, relish in that moment, and do something you love. Live life deliciously! #fortina [...]

By | 2014-02-11T03:45:41+00:00 February 10th, 2014|entertaining|0 Comments