All Taste, No Travel: Explore Street Food at El Segundo

There is no doubt the culinary world has been influenced by pop culture. As the Food Network became a household name, chefs’ profiles increased dramatically, shedding some serious light on the previously-mysterious activities of the back of the house. New restaurants popped up with windows into the kitchen, where diners get an inside look at the life of a professional food prep, the craziness of the Friday dinner rush fully exposed. Local chefs became mini-celebrities. The rise of social media has certainly helped things along. Encouraging collaborations from the restaurant next door, to the restaurant across the globe, chefs have [...]

Craft Beer & Smoking Cocktails with Killer B in Norwalk

A dude walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a Fuzzy Baby Duck. There’s no punchline, and it’s bound to happen at Killer B in Norwalk, where bacon, burgers, bourbon, and (you guessed it) beer rule the menu. The beer mecca is one of the only bars in Norwalk bound to have the Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA, brewed by New England Brewing Co. out of Woodbridge, CT, on tap. And if you consider yourself a craft beer connoisseur, you’ll know just exactly how hard it is to get your hands on. When it comes to building the best [...]

Egg Whites + Instagram: What’s Shaking with Eli Brazell of Harper’s Bar

When I first tasted Eli Brazell's cocktails, I didn't know the man behind the mixology at Harper's Restaurant & Bar. I just new craft cocktails were at the finest at the Dobbs Ferry eatery. But recently, I became obsessed with @The-Alcoholist on Instagram, and realized the connection. And I knew in an instant—those tantalizing, high-end photos of bar fare were just as good as they looked. The likes averaging in the hundreds on each photo, looks like I'm not the only one who knows what's good. Eli, who says he is relatively new to the mobile app, is already #instafamous, building a virtual [...]

IntoxiKate Guide to Summer Cocktails

When I think of summer, I think of backyard barbecues, al fresco dining, and beaching it up with friends. And all three have one thing in common—they are not complete without your favorite adult beverage in hand. Enjoyed in moderation, of course... When this summer came around, I felt my usual go-to selection was a little tapped out. So I consulted with my experts—from Yonkers, NY to Ridgefield, CT—to find out what our favorite mixologists were whipping up for the summer. I’ve got cocktail recipes from Westchester’s own Chef Peter Kelly to cookbook author Arlen Gargagliano (who makes one killer [...]

Crafty Libations + Upscale Pub Food at Rye House in Port Chester

ON THE MENU Click on the images below to dive in to some serious #foodporn. THE DETAILS Seasoned restaurateurs Michael Jannetta, Robert Lombardi, Dan Forrester, and Jeffrey Skiba offer a spirited American tavern combining upscale pub food with a master mixology program, with craft beer, lively libations, and a very accessible wine list. Rye House in Port Chester offers  sharable small plates, seasonal salads, and hearty entrées, taking culinary cues from the many cities, ports, and cultures that [...]

By | 2017-04-17T13:54:28+00:00 April 17th, 2017|cocktails, craft beer, eat + drink, savory, sweet, westchester|0 Comments

Celebrate Season 6 with Game of Thrones Cocktails

Season 6 of the HBO hit series Game of Thrones kicks off tonight at 9 p.m. EST, and I, for one, am looking for a lot of answers. (Say it isn't so, Jon Snow!) Whether you are gathering friends around the TV for a viewing party or if you just need a little liquid courage to make it through the potential lost of your favorite face, I've got some character-inspired craft cocktails created for the occasion. "The Crows' Old-Fashioned" by Tad Carducci, bartender, mixologist and co-founder of Tippling Bros. Highlighting a rustic, old-world brandy from Chateau du Tariquet, the Crows' [...]

By | 2016-04-24T17:42:17+00:00 April 24th, 2016|cocktails, recipe|0 Comments

IntoxiKate Paint Night with Alvin (+ Friends!)

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Join me for an Alvin + Arlen’s Double Header Bring-on-Spring Paint and Sip IntoxiKate Event! Thursday, March 31st • 7 to 9 p.m. Alvin & Friends: 14 Memorial Hwy, New Rochelle This paint party is a paint party like no other, featuring background and painting tips from artist Alvin Clayton and inspired libations created by Arlen Gargagliano. RSVP now below! […]

By | 2016-03-23T12:45:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|westchester, wine|0 Comments

Restaurant Trends You Can Taste in Westchester

The StarChef’s International Chef Conference featured chefs from all over the world showcasing the latest culinary trends. Here’s a quick roundup of some of my favorite finds from ‘15, and where you can taste restaurant trends locally! RAMEN Ramen is here to stay, and includes more originality when it comes to ingredients. Westchester’s very own Chef Mogan Anthony (Village Social in Mount Kisco) competed in the StarChef’s Ramen challenge. TASTE THE TREND Anthony’s MURA Ramen + Gastropub not only showcases his playfulness with ingredients, but also features his noodle-making skills! VISIT MURA pops up every once in a while, and tickets go fast, so [...]

By | 2015-11-21T17:26:09+00:00 November 27th, 2015|westchester|0 Comments

Digging the Desserts at the Mix, White Plains Crowne Plaza

Ladies and gents, there’s a new happy hour in White Plains. Well, it may not be “new” per se, but if it isn’t already on your radar, it should be! When I was invited to check out the White Plains Crowne Plaza’s restaurant, the Mix Cocktail Bar + Kitchen, it was originally focused to check out their dessert menus. But what I found was a whole host of delicious food, served in a hip bar paired with staff who are not only knowledgable about the food, but passionate about it too. While you can visit the Mix anytime—and no, you don’t [...]

By | 2015-07-27T12:33:54+00:00 July 20th, 2015|westchester, wine|0 Comments

{Fall Into} Cedar Street Grill’s New Menu

Autumn. The season presents itself as a packaged deal—there's a spectacular showcase of golds, reds, and oranges painted on the foliage, but there's also what seems like the never-ending chore of raking leaves. There's chillier temperatures ahead, but there's also the introduction of comfort food menus those cooler temperatures always promise, featuring the favorites of the fall harvest. While all of the fall activities are enticing, it's the latter I like to explore, visiting restaurants to taste everything chefs {and the season} have to offer… The IntoxiKate Guide to Fall is a brief look into that exploration process but, for [...]

By | 2014-10-20T16:09:45+00:00 October 20th, 2014|westchester|0 Comments