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Not feeling Fancy? Don’t want “Fast Food”?

Today was pretty much a day off for me. I went to see Bard College Women’s Volleyball in a Tri-match, (three schools, three matches), The first match started at 10 am and the last one finished at 5 pm. Why? My daughter is the head coach! I love watching volleyball. And the kids are simply awesome to interact with. We had a great time and since it runs all day we, of course, have to eat. Today we decided we didn’t want J&J Gourmet Cafe Continue Reading →


Pleasant Surprises

Wedding bells were ringing this weekend as my youngest daughter, Mallorie got married. The happy couple are now off to Paris for a week to enjoy everything that amazing city has to offer. The last three days have been a whirlwind for me, so I can only imagine what it must have been like for them.

Papilon Bistro and Bar

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What a Huge Mistake I Made! – Pangea Discovered

Culinary Institute of AmericaPangea Restaurant Culinary Institute of America


I have lived in New York’s Hudson Valley Region for over 35 years. In all that time, I never visited the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park even though it is a mere 27 miles from my home. Instead I chose to go into New York City for fine dining. Let me tell you, what a huge mistake! Friends and I visited their Pangea pop-up restaurant yesterday for a fabulous, over-the-top, four course lunch yesterday that left us yearning for more … soon! Continue Reading →


More Than Just a Great American Steakhouse!

Last week I accompanied my friend, Jen, to an appointment in New York City. She can’t always get someone to go with her and I love making the trip! After handling our business we stopped for a late lunch at Benjamin. Wow was I pleasantly surprised! What a fine dining area to go with some equally amazing food.


Benjamin Restaurant & Bar
603 2nd Avenue @ 33rd St.
New York, NY 10016 • (t) 212.889.0750 




Jen ordered the Grilled North Atlantic Salmon with Meyer Lemon, Verdicchio and Herb Sauce, Chive Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables. What a treat. The sauce was smooth and luscious with just the perfect amount of lemon. The sides were equally impressive. The potatoes cooked home-style mashed and very flavorful. The vegetables just like we like them with a bit of crispness. Everything was seasoned perfectly and the portions were so generous, Jen could not finish the entire plate.

I ordered two appetizers for my lunch. The Truffled Mac and Cheese and Aunt Jennie’s Meatballs with Grated Pecorino Romano and Marinara. The Mac and Cheese was delicious with just the right amount of truffle flavor. Aunt Jennie’s meatballs were to die for. Perfectly moist and delectable and seasoned just like they came out of Mom’s kitchen!

We highly recommend you stop in to visit David and his staff whenever you have the chance. The service is excellent, the atmosphere equally enjoyable and the food … well, what else can we say.