Category Archives: Food

Unexpected Plums? Clafouti!

By Christopher Matthews Our ancient red plum tree served as an early muse here at Upstate-Downtown. And we’ve received lots of plum goodness from it over the years. It has, unfortunately, fallen on hard times recently, a victim of “black knot” plum tree disease and … Continue reading

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A Serious Summer Pink (and Other Food/Wine Matters)

By Christopher Matthews I had tarragon on the brain. We have a perennial patch of tarragon upstate, and this summer, it has produced like no other year. Normally, I have to constrain Kathryn from pillaging the entire clump in one … Continue reading

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Ramp Fest Hudson 2015: Gone in a Flash

By Christopher Matthews On one of the most beautiful days of the year upstate (so far), the fifth annual Ramp Fest, a culinary celebration of “the wild onion of myth and mystery”, took place last Saturday (5/2/15) at  Basilica Hudson in Hudson, NY. … Continue reading

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Locavore Passion at Murray’s in Tivoli

By Kathryn Matthews Eating real food that nourishes the body is important to us.  And when we learned that there was a newly installed chef—Amy Lawton—at Murray’s in Tivoli, Dutchess County, we were thrilled. We’ve often found that women in … Continue reading

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Roma on the Hudson

By Kathryn Matthews As the fast-waning days of summer soon shift to autumn, we look forward to tasting the change of seasons at Mercato Osteria & Enoteca, interpreted by chef-owner Francesco Buitoni. A talented chef who continues to cook at … Continue reading

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Two Boots Bard: Dude Food, Suds and Tunes

By Kathryn Matthews Meat. Cheese. Crust. Beer. Righteous pizza attracts most guys—and a lot of girls.  Add live music to the mix, and it’s dude heaven. Two Boots, a Cajun-Italian eatery founded downtown (the East Village) in 1987, has delivered … Continue reading

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Go Down to CrossRoads (in Hillsdale)

By Christopher Matthews “Farm-to-table” has become a buzzword for many restaurants in the Hudson Valley — and around the country. And while it’s a great trend to support, using local and/or organic ingredients doesn’t always guarantee a great dining experience. One Hudson Valley … Continue reading

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