Sonora: experience an innovative menu featuring the flavors of Spain and Latin America

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For a long time Sonora has been on my list of restaurants in Westchester to visit. This classic eatery owned by renowned Chef  Rafael Palomino features the  Latin flavors of Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and other Latin American countries.  Chef Palomino weaves the tastes and ingredients of these countries  into a delightful and innovative menu with something for everyone in your party.

Located  in Port Chester, N.Y., the home of a vibrant dining scene, Sonora resides off the well traveled path of Main Street and occupies a quiet corner of a residential area  that makes the perfect  venue for this dining destination.  The interior is warm and inviting, with its soothing neutral colors, walls decorated in what appear to be cave paintings, modern banquettes, soft lighting and warm colored tile floors.  The effect is such that it creates a  comfortable and inviting atmosphere.  Though it was a Sunday evening, the entire first floor of the restaurant was filled.

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The cocktail menu ($12-14)  also draws on its Spanish and Latin American roots with such innovative drinks as the Brazilian Cosmo with Blood orange vodka and a sugar rimmed glass which was both refreshing  and sophisticated.   The classic Margarita was given new life with a Mango Madness Margarita featuring tequila, orange liquor, mango juice and lime.  As well the Organic Grapefruit Margarita was yet another fruity and innovative spin on this favorite cocktail.

Tapas can be enjoyed as a meal, to share or as your starter.  It is nice to see the chef has included vegetarian and vegan options on the menu to  make everyone in your party feel welcome.  We sampled several tapas  from the menu including the Quinoa Empanadas from Peru prepared with roasted eggplant, quinoa and  goat cheese filled  empanadas with  chocolate vinaigrette. Healthy and delicious.

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The Portuguese style Pulpo, Grilled octopus served with fingerling potatoes, arugula, diced chorizo and  chimichurri  was a great selection and can be enjoyed as an app or a main dish ($15).   We also sampled the Tacos de Mahi Mahi ($12) with succulent fish served with pineapple, cabbage and citrus wasabi in a  soft flour tortilla.  A real favorite and highly recommended.

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Main dishes at Sonora include beef, seafood, chicken and vegetarian dishes.  Influences for these dishes are drawn again from Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the U.S.   The Camarones y Vieras ($26)was a wonderful dish  shrimp, sea scallops, black bean, Monterrey jack cheese raviolis, and  sweet corn-chipotle-chardonnay sauce served in a delicate woven and edible nest.  A beautiful presentation and nothing like I imagined and was really fantastic.  I was expecting just ravioli, which I discovered at the bottom of the “nest”.  Great dish.

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Camarones y Vieras

 

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Pulpo

Paella is a classic Spanish dish and our table sampled the  Palomino Paella  ($30) and the health seafood dish with  shrimp, clams, mussels, lobster, chorizo, saffron rice with sofrito sauce was filling as it was good.

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Seafood Paella

For the vegetarian in your party, the chef has crafted a Paella dish that was terrific.  The Vegan Paella was a unique and flavorful dish and a real winner.  Presented in a pan similar to a regular paella, this dish was a blend of farro, pumpkin slices, roasted brussels sprouts, beets, cauliflower topped with tofu aioli.   A really healthy dish for anyone and certainly a welcome sight on the menu with so many diners seeking healthy choices when the dine.

It is easy to see why this restaurant is so popular and has such a loyal following. Chef Rafael Palomino has crafted a fine and interesting menu drawing influences from Europe, Latin America and the United States that are innovative, healthy and satisfying.  If you have not been to Sonora yet, I certainly encourage you to make a reservation soon.

Menu items also available through Uber Eats, Grubhub and Seamless.

Sonora

179 Rectory Street  Port Chester NY

tel.  914-933-0200

web>>>  https://www.sonorarestaurant.net

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Greenwich International Film Festival announces its 2018 slate of films and events! May 31st to June 3rd 2018

 

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Ashley Judd to be honored at the Festival

The Greenwich International Film Festival is right around the corner.  Tickets for the festival ‘s 2018 program features over 70 events. Purchase tickets for films, panels, parties and events are below. If you have questions, please contact the GIFF Box Office at 203-862-9696 or visit GIFF at 55 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT, beginning May 7th.

The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is proud to announce the full film slate and programming for the 4th annual festival running May 31st -June 3rd in Greenwich, Connecticut. Nearly half of the films in the program are either written or directed by women. THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING, a documentary by Academy Award Nominated filmmaker, Nathaniel Kahn will be the opening night film.

Other highlights of the festival weekend include:

  • The Changemaker Award Gala honoring Ashley Judd for her work with the United Nations Population Fund and Community Changemaker Duncan Edwards for his work in education with the Waterside School in Stamford, CT on May 31st.
  • A performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Opening Night Party on Saturday June 1st at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich.
  • The Social Impact Awards with a jury chaired by Actor Ryan Eggold
  • Spotlight on: Tony Goldwyn panel sponsored by Connecticut Office of Film, TV, Digital Media held at 5pm on Saturday, June 2nd at Cole Auditorium
  • Spotlight on: James Ivory panel sponsored by Douglas Elliman held at 1pm on Sunday, June 3rd at Cole Auditorium

As previously announced, The Changemaker Gala will take place on May 31, 2018.  This year’s Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, actress and author Ashley Judd, will be honored for her work with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Duncan Edwards, the Community Changemaker honoree at the 2018 festival, will be recognized for his work in education with the Waterside School in Stamford, CT.

Greenwich International Film Festival also previously announced Ms. Lauryn Hill as the performer for its 2018 Opening Night Party, taking place June 1, 2018 at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. The party will follow the Festival’s Opening Night Film Premiere.
 
With a focus this year on female filmmakers and empowerment within the industry, Ms. Lauryn Hill is an exciting and timely choice of performer for the Festival. Best known for her critically acclaimed solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, which earned a record-breaking five Grammy Awards, Ms. Hill is an embodiment of female strength and recognition within the music industry. Proceeds from the Opening Night Party will benefit the Lauryn Hill Charity Fund, which supports education, health, agriculture, technology, and community-based businesses throughout the Diaspora.

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 About Greenwich International Film Festival:

Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The fourth annual festival will take place May 31-June 3, 2018, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus.  The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, engaging panels, an honoree gala, and more.  For additional information, please visit

www.greenwichfilm.org.

 

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Ola Latin Kitchen: escape to the tropics with the flavors of Latin fusion

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It is always great when to find a new place to dine.  In this case we discovered a great little restaurant that made us feel we were on vacation for a couple of hours.  Ola Latin Kitchen located in Fairfield County was a pleasant surprise.  A Latin American/tropical themed decor matched with a latin fusion menu was the recipe for a fun evening.   The interior of blue and golden walls remind one of the ocean and the golden sun, while ceiling fans, potted palms and banana trees create the illusion of the tropics. The menu of Latin Fusion blends flavors and cooking styles from Latin America, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.

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It was in this inviting setting that we dined.  We sampled some wonderful tropical cocktails including the Passionfruit Mojito and the Coquito Tropical, both refreshing drinks to start our meal. Ingredient selection can make or break a cocktail and you could tell these cocktails were made with fresh .

Ola Latin Kitchen is a great place to enjoy tapas (small plates) that you can share with the rest of your dining party and engage each other in a communal enjoyment of your food.  We ordered the QUESADILLA DE VEGETABLES, a nice veggie dish prepared with seasonal fresh vegetables, three cheese blend in a creme fresca.  So good.

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We also enjoyed  the Tacos de Quinoa, a healthy alternative to tacos made with organic quinoa, plantains, mushroom, spinach, and pico de gallo.  A interesting and flavorful take on this Mexican staple. The Calamari was fantastic, lightly breaded and served with a mango and chipotle aioli. Very fresh and tangy and a nice presentation as well on a long rectangular white plate.

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For those who desire meat, the Pinchus is a good choice. Seared beef served on a skewer with rectangle shaped fried yucca, pico de gallo and a chipotle aioli and presented with a violet flower.  A great dish with a fine presentation.

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I always love a good Seafood Paella and I was anxious to try this dish which is available for one or two.  The presentation of the dish was beautiful with twin slices of fried plantain crowning the dish.  The dish consisted of shrimp,mussels,clams,scallops,fish of the day ,smoked chorizo, saffron, braised tomatoes and a roasted garlic sofrito.  A really fine interpretation of this classic Spanish dish and highlights the Latin fusion influences in the menu.

After great cocktails and our meal we managed some room to sample some Latin desserts and the Tres Leches cake with coconut was delish and was the coffee flan and the empandas with nutella.

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Ola Latin Kitchen is a great place to escape for a few hours to the relaxing vibe of the tropics.  The fantastic Latin fusion menu under chef/owner Rene Lemus will having you return again to try more exciting dishes.

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Ola Latin Kitchen

694 Brooklawn Ave Bridgeport Ct  (on the Fairfield  border) 

web:   http://www.olalatinkitchen.com

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Greenwich International Film Festival returns May 31st to June 3rd 2018

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On May 1st 2018 the Greenwich International Film Festival kicked off the festival season with its launch party at Richard’s in Greenwich.   At the party guests and media heard from GIFF  founders Colleen DeVeer, Wendy Reyes and Executive Director and COO, Ginger Stickel who informed guests of the exciting program that they have put together for this years festival.

The film festival runs May 31 to June 3rd 2018 and will feature documentary films, full feature films, panel discussions, short films, opening night party, and the Changemaker Gala .  It is four days packed with film and more with an emphasis on making a strong social impact, and to raise money for deserving charities.

Greenwich International Film Festival announces the honorees for the 4th annual Changemaker Gala, which will take place on May 31, 2018. The Changemaker Award honors artists who have used their public platform and the power of film to further positive social change.  This year, actress and author Ashley Judd, will be honored for her work with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Duncan Edwards, the Community Changemaker honoree at the 2018 festival, will be recognized for his work in education with the Waterside School in Stamford, CT. The school, conceived as model for future efforts, is an independent school  serving children and families regardless of limitations in income or circumstance. Past honorees include Renée Zellweger, Christy Turlington Burns, Freida Pinto, Trudie Styler, Abigail Breslin, Harry Belafonte and Mia Farrow.

Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that hosts a world-class film festival in Greenwich, CT. The goal of the festival is to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy. The fourth annual festival will take place May 31-June 3, 2018, and will support important human rights initiatives, as part of its social impact focus.  The four-day event will feature a star-studded Opening Night Party, film premieres, engaging panels, an honoree gala, and more.  For additional information, please visit

 www.greenwichfilm.org.

 

 

 

Arts Westchester’s Arts Birthday Bash: art, food and more comes to White Plains

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ArtsWestchester has announced a special event to celebrate 20 years in its historic building in downtown White Plains.  The county’s leading arts advocacy nonprofit organization has put a new spin on its annual ArtsBash spring fundraiser this year by calling it Arts “Birthday” Bash. The event, which will feature food, fun and contemporary art, is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., followed by a Family ArtsBash celebration on Saturday, May 19.

At this year’s party, ArtsWestchester will be celebrating the transformation of the former People’s National Bank & Trust Building into a cultural hub of activity for artists and creative businesses.  Since the organization acquired 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains in 1998, it has been hard at work restoring and creatively adapting the use of the nine-story cultural treasure into an arts incubator and multi-use arts center, while preserving the landmark building.

This year’s Arts Birthday Bash on May 17th will feature delicious cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 prestigious restaurants, as well as the opportunity for guests to meet well-known artists in their open studios throughout the historic building.

In addition, ArtsWestchester’s newest gallery exhibit, the “ArtsWestchester Triennial,” will provide the backdrop of the event, featuring artwork by contemporary artists of the Hudson Valley nominated by top museum directors and gallerists.

Some of the restuarants participating in this year’s Thursday evening Arts Birthday Bash include:

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Baked by Susan ,Blockheads Brother, Jimmy’s BBQCafé of Love, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Coffee Labs Roasters, Coopers Mill @ Marriott, Crabtree’s Kittle House,Dan Rooney’s at Empire City Casino, Falafel-Taco, La Bocca, License2Grill, Lola’s , Mexican Kitchen, Mediterraneo, Meritage. Penny Lick Ice Cream Company, Sofrito, Texas de Brazil, The Briarcliff Manor, The Horse and Hound Inn, Tre Angelina

The 2018 Arts Birthday Bash is a fundraiser to support the programs and services of ArtsWestchester and will take place on Thursday, May 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at ArtsWestchester located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. This year’s Family ArtsBash will take place on Saturday, May 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets to the Thursday evening reception are $75 and are available online at artsw.org/artsbash or at the door Thursday evening.

For Family ArtsBash, there is a suggested family donation of $10 at the door. For more information, visit artswestchester.org.

Arts Westchester

31 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY

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Two Chefs, two nights, two locations: enjoy an evening of great food with the Chef’s Test Kitchen and the Chef’s Table, May 1st and 2nd

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A fun event for foodies is coming to Rockland County on May 1 and May 2, 2018.  The first event will be held May 1 at 8 North Broadway restaurant in Nyack NY and is called  the “Chef’s Test Kitchen” . The event is billed as an evening of ingredient tasting, playing around, and serious cooking. Sounds like fun!

On May 2nd another great evening to be held at Casa Hudson overlooking the Hudson River in Haverstraw New York.  It will be another fun evening with the same chefs and is billed as the “Chef’s Table” Come say ‘hello’ and meet your fellow Hudson Valley foodies and enjoy 3 hours of culinary bliss ,16 courses of tapas and the ambiance of Casa Hudson.  You can even bring your own bottle of wine.  Events presented by the South Nyack Supper Club.

The chefs:

Chef Constantine Kalandranis

Constantine Kalandranis grew up in Astoria, Queens with a love of food. From cooking alongside members of his Greek-American family to preparing for holiday gatherings, he learned the connection we all have to food.  He owns 8 North Broadway in Nyack as well as two additional Westchester restaurants, 273 Kitchen in Harrison, and Popojito in Scarsdale.

Chef Jose DeJesus

Jose DeJesus, the Trill Cooker, is an ingredient focused, eclectic-international trained chef. Jose designs an exclusive menu for each of his events that is focused around a theme that takes your taste buds on a journey. He makes everything from scratch and uses the freshest ingredients. All his creations and recipes are uniquely put together.

For more information, and tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/test-kitchen-with-chef-constantine-kalandranis-chef-jose-dejesus-tickets-45262097151?aff=es2

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City Wide Scavenger Hunt comes to Norwalk on Saturday April 28th

 

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A unique and fun event is coming to Norwalk Ct on Saturday April 28th.  Norwalk Now presents a fun day with its City Wide Scavenger Hunt for adults !  The event takes place in Norwalk and the hip destination of SoNo (South Norwalk) as participants group together in teams of no more than 4 solve clues around Norwalk to win.

The City Hunt begins at O’Neill’s Irish Pub at 93 North Main Street in SoNo and proceeds from there!   The event runs from 10:30 am to 1pm and is followed by an after party from 1 to 3pm for all participants.  Location for that event is to be revealed during the hunt.  Directions and clues will be provided on the app that will take you through the streets of downtown Norwalk and SoNo.   It sounds like a fun event and I can’t wait to participate.

Cost is $40 per person and includes event swag and the after party.

For more information :

https://norwalknow.org/events/2018-04-28-51-norwalk-city-hunt

https://norwalknow.org/news/whose-ready-for-norwalk-city-hunt

Norwalk City-Wide Scavenger Hunt
Solve the Clue – Complete the Challenge – Repeat!

Hallelujah! Sister Act now at the Westchester Broadway Theater

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Sister Act the musical has arrived at the Westchester Broadway Theater stage. The musical which is based on the 1992 film of the same name and starred Whoopi Goldberg, has been staged as a musical in London’s West End and on Broadway in 2011.  The musical score was written by Tony and Oscar winning composer Alan Menken. This production features direction and choreography by Donna Drake who has been involved in numerous Broadway shows including A Chorus Line, Woman of the Year and  many others.

The story opens in the late 1970s in Philadelphia where we meat Deloris Van Cartier (Zuri Washington) who is an aspiring disco singer who is looking for an opportunity to be discovered.  Unfortunately she is the witness to a murder by a local gangster and is forced into hiding for her own protection.  The police want to keep her nearby as they prepare their case, so they hide her in a local Catholic convent run by Monsignor O’Hara (Ken Jennings) and Mother Superior (Mary Jo McConnell).  Mother Superior has no tolerance for the flamboyant Deloris and Deloris finds the restrictive life in the convent too hard to bear.

Deloris however begins to bond with some of the sisters, and soon joins their chorus which she discovers is in dire need of  her musical talent.  With an injection of funk, fun and lots of soul, the nuns find the declining attendance at church has been turned around by their choir.   The pews begin to fill to listen to their music, and with their celebrity brings media attention.  It is this attention is how the gangster finds where Deloris is hiding. I won’t give up the rest, but leave it you to enjoy at the theater.

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Sister Act is a fun filled and fast moving evening of music and dance.   There are wonderful performances from the large cast and I would be remiss if I did not mention the charming performance of Lani Corson as Sister Mary Robert, the youngest of the nuns.  Despite her petite size she takes over the stage and lifts the audience with her tremendous vocal range.

Sister Act is a night of musical delight as it blends the uplifting revival of a church choir with the funky, soul sounds of the 1970s.  The mainstage production runs through July 1, 2018.  Dinner is included in your ticket price and is served prior to the show.

For more information and tickets

Westchester Broadway Theater

1 Broadway Plaza  Elmsford New York

tel. 914.592.2222 

web   http://www.broadwaytheater.com

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Flinders Lane: A multi cultural menu with down under roots comes to downtown Stamford

A new eatery has opened in the heart of Stamford right on Summer Street.  Flinders Lane has opened its doors and has created an urban space that features craft cocktails, a large selection of wines and an interesting cuisine featuring the flavors of inspired by the multi cultural neighborhood of Flinders Lane in Melbourne, Australia.

This is my first foray into this type of cuisine and I found it to be interesting and loaded with flavor.  The space for Flinders Lane is located on Summer Street on the bottom floor of the Summer House apartments.  The decor is sleek, clean and urban.   A small bar is in one corner, tables fill up the rest of the space, and the kitchen is open to the diners so that they can see the chefs work their magic.

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We started the evening with some cocktails from their unique list and enjoyed the Torquay Tonic (Bacardi Rum, The Kraken black spiced rum, combier,  passion fruit, and bubbles) and the Melbourne CBD a delish concoction of Strawberry infused vodka, elderflower, and pressed lemon.  Both very refreshing.  Cocktails run $12-$14.   Our table sampled some of the appetizers on the menu.  We started with Tuna Tartare, along with Arancini Balls rice balls made with mushrooms, and black garlic mayo. Both a nice light way to begin the meal, yet infused with flavor.

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The Diver Caught Scallops was a delicious offering with grilled scallops, with chili, cashew relish, hijiki and pea shoots.

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Diver Caught Scallops

I soon learned from the Chef Brad Stewart that Australia has many immigrants from Vietnam, Singapore and other countries of South East Asia that have brought some of their spicy filled dishes down under. They have influenced traditional Australian cuisine by infusing those dishes with the spices of their home countries.  You may want to alter your amount of spice to your taste.   Chicken San Cho Bau was next and continued the Asian influence with this dish of sliced chicken with Bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, bean sprouts and served in a lettuce cup.  Light and tasty.  Appetizers run $7-$17.

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Chicken San Cho Bau

The entree portion of the menu continues the dining adventure. The menu has only 7 main selections which include seafood, lamb, pasta, steak, and kangaroo.  Yes, you read that right.  We did not sample the kangaroo, though members of our party did and they seemed to enjoy the dish.  We sampled the Branzino which was light and delicious and a new addition to the menu.   We look forward to an expansion of this part of the menu and a vegetarian option would be great to see.   Main dishes run  $21-$34.

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Flinders Lane (which also has a location in NYC) is a welcome and interesting addition to the Stamford dining scene, and should you feel a sense of adventure, then this is the spot for you.

Flinders Lane

184 Summer Street Stamford Ct.                          tel.203.323.3137

web>>>> https://www.flinderslane-nyc.com/location/stamford/

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Monteverde at Oldstone: a classic Hudson Valley restaurant is reborn

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We are fortunate to live in the beautiful Hudson Valley.  One of the most scenic areas of the valley is the Hudson Highlands, that stretch of river from Bear Mountain in the south reaching up  to Mt. Beacon a few miles to the north. This region is not only filled with great scenic beauty and vistas, but rich history as well.  The Hudson Highlands once home to Native American tribes was then  settled by the Dutch, and then the English.  Here Dutch captains sailed through the narrow turns of the river, the Americans built forts during the Revolution, and later great estates would be built along the shore to take advantage of the natural beauty.

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It is at the south end of the Hudson Highlands in the town of Cortland Manor sits Monteverde at Oldstone.  Monteverde is a fine dining restaurant and is situated in a historic mansion built by the Van Cortlandt family in the 1700s.  The mansion would remain in the family for decades and during the 20th century it would serve a new purpose under new owners  as an inn, a restaurant, and later as  a catering facility.  The current owners have fully renovated the mansion and have returned it to its glory.

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The Grand Dining Room  ( photo credit Monteverde)

On a recent visit we dined at Monteverde.  The restaurant is located on a high bluff overlooking the Hudson.  Vast  green lawns reach out from the mansion toward the river.  On the late afternoon we visited ,the rays of  setting sun danced on the surface of the river.  To the west, the mountains of Bear Mt. State Park  create the perfect scenic backdrop for our evening of dining.  The mansion has several different dining rooms all with their own atmosphere including The Grand Dining Room, The Veranda Dining Room and The Governors’ Dining Room each with river views. There is also a warm and charming bar room with rich dark wood paneling and fireplace.  In warmer weather there are outdoor dining areas as well.

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The Veranda Dining Room and the view

We started with cocktails as we sat at our table in the Veranda Dining room.  A curving bank of large windows framed the fantastic scenery.  We enjoyed the Monteverde Martini  and the Hope Latham and both cocktails were a fine way to start our meal.

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Monteverde Martini

For  appetizers we selected the Baby Clams which were prepared with  black garlic, bacon  and Fresno Chilis.  The effect  was smoky from the bacon and very flavorful and I have never had clams prepared this way.  Very innovative and a worthy selection.

We also sampled the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes prepared with preserved lemon ailoli and grilled endive.  The crab was fresh and unlike many crab cakes which lose their taste with the addition of too many ingredients and filler, this cake was the perfect balance of seafood flavor which was accented by the lemon ailoli.   We paired our dishes with a glass of Savignon Blanc which was selected by our waitress who made excellent suggestions for us throughout the meal.   The menu has just 6 appetizers on the menu ($14-17)  and it would be nice to see a expansion of this part of the menu to include additional items including more seafood and vegetarian options.

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Lump Crab Cake

Our entrees for the evening were the Braised Short Ribs, served in a citrus Hoisin sauce.  The short ribs are slow cooked for almost a day and can easily be enjoyed with just a fork as the meat is so soft and tender.  The Hoisin sauce gives the ribs an interesting Asian influence as it enhances the flavor.  A fine dish and a nice presentation though some diners may feel the portion could be larger.

We also selected the Scottish Trout (on the Specials menu) which was prepared as a filet and sauteed.  The trout was more mild than expected and was more akin to salmon in taste and appearance.  A really excellent selection and presentation.   We also shared the Lobster Tagliatelle one of three pasta choices and the lobster dish included mussels ,clams in a saffron sauce served with pasta.  The pasta was cooked al dente which gave the pasta a more substantial feel and perfectly complimented the fresh seafood.  A really great dish.  Entrees on the menu range from $18-$26.  The dishes do not come with sides and we ordered several which complimented our meal including the polenta, and the roasted garlic potato souffle.

With just a bit of room left we shared the Blackberry Teacake with Mango sauce, a sweet confection that was a  perfect way to cap an evening of fine dining.   Chef Eric Korn has crafted a menu of both classic and innovative dishes that raise the level of fine dining in the region.  The bread and butter is made in house as are all the desserts.  The staff was first rate and attentive and our waitress Stephanie was both knowledgeable and professional.   I am looking forward to returning to Monteverde at Oldstone with the return of warmer weather to experience the seasonal update to the menu and of course the panoramic vistas that are a real treasure.

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Blackberry Teacake in Mango Sauce

Arlene and Brent Perrott are the current owners of this historic mansion and purchased the property in 2011.  At the time it had been abandoned and they saved the mansion from destruction.  With modern restaurant design focusing on a sparse post-industrial motif, it is such a pleasure to dine in a historic structure that his been lovingly restored with great attention to authentic detail and craftmanship. Their efforts and vision in bringing this Hudson Valley gem back to life is something to experience.

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Monteverde at Oldstone

28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road
Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567 
Restaurant: 914-737-6500

web:  http://www.monteverdeatoldstone.com/

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