Category Archives: Hudson Valley

Ramp Fest 2013 in Hudson, NY

By Christopher Matthews Here at Upstate-Downtown, it’s no secret that we’re crazy for ramps — those pungent wild spring onions ripe for picking this time of year. And we’ve written extensively about them, from foraging, preparing and cooking and pairing with … Continue reading

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Black Twig: Tennessee Apple, Thriving on the Hudson

By Christopher Matthews As Thanksgiving approaches, the harvest is winding down quickly in our corner of the Hudson Valley. Looking back, 2012 was mostly a banner year for produce (depending on location, of course — a late frost hit some). Despite being … 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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Despite Tough Vintages, Some Hudson Valley Wines Shine

By Christopher Matthews In one sense, the 2012 Hudson Valley Wine and Spirits Competition was like Ground Hog Day: as usual, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery  took home multiple honors, winning Winery of the Year, and picking up not only Best White … 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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Spice Rave in Rhinebeck: Cinnamon Indian Cuisine

By Christopher Matthews The Hudson Valley’s agricultural bounty has attracted many passionate chefs and restauranteurs, who are offering creative farm-to-table cuisine, mostly riffs on classic American, French bistro or Italian.  Yet for other ethnic cuisines in our region, the experience … 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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Poughkeepsie’s Culinary Cornerstone: The Artist’s Palate

By Christopher Matthews Poughkeepsie, NY, a once-thriving river town on the Hudson, but long economically depressed, is often our gateway to upstate New York, via the Metro North train. But when we first bought our farmhouse in Dutchess County, there … Continue reading

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Luna 61: Clean Vegetarian “Speaks” Good Asian

By Kathryn Matthews After a recent meal at Luna 61, a 17-year-old eclectic vegetarian restaurant in Tivoli, New York, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that husband-and-wife owners Debra and Peter Maisel, were able to deliver what I hadn’t been … Continue reading

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Bloom Times in the Hudson Valley

By Christopher Matthews Every year is different, but as springs go, 2012 has been quite the rollercoaster in the Hudson Valley. After virtually no winter, March shattered records for warmth, remained unusually dry and generated historically early blooms — plum trees, … Continue reading

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