HVRW at Dubrovnik in New Rochelle

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (#HVRW) is the perfect opportunity to try new restaurants in and around Westchester. The event runs through this weekend, so make sure to make those reservations to take advantage of the deal—$32.95 for a three-course dinner and $22.95 for a three-course lunch.* At the beginning of two-week-long event, I offered my tips on where to go this year, and mentioned I was checking out a restaurant that's been on MY list for quite some time. The interior is small but very cozy. Upon collecting my valet ticket (thank goodness for that in this area of New Rochelle), [...]

Music, Country Fair Bacon, and Peaches in Norwalk

When I think about peaches, I think about wrapping my hand around something soft and fuzzy, pulling the small fruit off its perch from one of my dad's trees. It's a nostalgic moment—definitely summer, and I can almost feel the juice run down my chin as I take a bite. Refreshing. When it comes to Peaches Southern Pub & Juke Joint, I'm not thinking soft and fuzzy, but I am thinking refreshing. Here, my tastebuds aren't getting the same effect as sinking my teeth into a ripe peach, but I will admit, the collaboration between owner Greer Fredericks and executive [...]

By | 2017-02-01T21:32:22+00:00 February 1st, 2017|cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Southern Comfort Brunch: Judy’s Bar + Kitchen Stamford

Misconceptions can be everything with food. And I, of all people, should know better. Normally I'd tout that you can't get southern food like you can in the South. I'd also be bold enough to say I'm not a huge breakfast fan—savory is my thing and I usually find too many sweets on morning menus. But Chef Judith Roll, of Judy's Bar + Kitchen in Stamford, may have convinced me otherwise on both accounts. Greeting you on the table are some tradition Southern breads to start you salivating—small portions of corn bread and bite-sized cheesy biscuits in small, stainless steel colanders [...]

By | 2017-01-26T17:45:54+00:00 January 26th, 2017|chefs, cocktails, eat + drink, fairfield, savory, sweet|0 Comments

Veggie is King Again at Dig Inn Rye Brook

When I first walked in to Dig Inn's new (and currently only Westchester) location in Rye Brook, I thought I was transported to Brooklyn. No, I'm not talking about the exposed brick walls and hanging Edison lightbulbs of yesteryear. It's more what you'd expect from a farm to table restaurant—light, airy, utilitarian (but beautiful) design. You're almost dining in an atrium, with the high ceiling in the back filled with skylights. Everything from the bowls to the lighting to the furniture looks like it was designed for them. And it turns out, most of it has been. I wasn't sure if [...]

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 [...]

Experience Thai + Malaysian at Sambal in Irvington

Join me Wednesday, January 25th at 7 p.m. at Sambal in Irvington where you can explore—and taste!—traditional Southeast Asian street food with bold flavors and an intense balance of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and spicy. Navjot Arora, co-owner of both Sambal and Chutney Masala (which relocated up Main Street), and Chef Lucky Thai created an amazing price-fixed, VIP dinner exclusively for fellow foodies—for $45 per person*, you can enjoy a signature drink, passed appetizers, family-style dinner, and a plated dessert. Wine and beer will also be served with dinner. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, visit intoxikate.com/intoxikate-experience. EVENT MENU Experience popular street food from [...]

By | 2017-01-11T13:29:30+00:00 January 9th, 2017|cocktails, eat + drink, experience, savory, westchester, wine|0 Comments

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

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: La Tienda Paella Making Kit

{La Tienda Paella Making Kit: For the Authentic Chef}   La Tienda’s Mini Paella Kit includes all of the essential ingredients for making an authentic Spanish dish. It includes the proper pan and all the ingredients you need, all housed in a box perfect for gifting. Give it to the cook in your family or make it to share with a loved one (the included recipe feeds two!). Upgrade the dish by adding fresh chicken, fish, or vegetables. Jonathan Harris, owner of La Tienda, shares his love for Spanish cuisine. For more great edible gift ideas, check out the IntoxiKate [...]

By | 2016-12-19T00:32:04+00:00 December 19th, 2016|eat + drink, for the kitchen, recipe, savory|0 Comments

Italian Thanksgiving with Cheftini

This is Tina, a.k.a Cheftini! I am a cooking show host and recipe blogger who loves to cook, I’m thrilled and honored to be contributing some of my favorites here with IntoxiKate. It’s hard to believe we are just days away from our most Thankful Holiday … Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons, but mostly because it is the one special time of year when we all gather together to celebrate all our blessings. I for one feel blessed to have been handed down so many family recipes and traditions.Growing up in an old fashioned Italian family food was always the center [...]

By | 2016-11-23T18:51:45+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|eat + drink, entertaining, recipe, savory, westchester|0 Comments