Food Blog: Cafetero

With the Cafetero team

Coffee, tea, and pastry lovers should check out Cafetero at 111 Centre Avenue, a little south of Main Street, within the new Modera building.  Founded and operated by the team behind the much-loved R Patisserie on Huguenot Street, Cafetero is bright, airy, comfortable, and elegant — a great space to relax, chat, and/or happily fuel up.  Catie and I started there for a recent amble through the rapidly changing downtown, viewing murals from Street Art for Mankind, which line the wall just outside, and visiting the new public plaza at One Clinton Park, which is just a block away.  It is truly exciting to see our vision for a more vibrant and welcoming city center beginning to take shape, with great, home-grown businesses like Cafetero a sign of things to come.

Food Blog: 179 Bar and Grill

My Ahi Tuna Tacos at 179 Bar and Grill

Had a great lunch with a friend at 179 Bar & Grill, which opened recently on Main Street, by Lispenard and Old Boston Post Road.  Several very good restaurants have occupied this space over the years, and 179 keeps the streak alive.  We shared baked clams and shrimp dumplings to start — both really flavorful — and then moved on to beautifully presented ahi tuna tacos as a main.  Looking forward to a return visit.

Food Blog: Smokehouse Returns

Our mixed grill, consumption in progress.

BBQ fans rejoice!  Smokehouse Tailgate Grill is back and better than ever, just re-opened in a new location within the Rockwell on North Avenue, across the street from its previous site.  The space is wonderful — high ceilings throughout and a glass wall that opens to the sidewalk making for a fun, lively indoor-outdoor experience.

My family and I arrived for a recent dinner with hearty appetites, determined to sample as much as possible.  We started with tailgate wings and brisket empanadas, then shared the mixed grill of chicken, brisket, and ribs, with mac & cheese and a kale caesar on the side.  All smoky, juicy, spicy, and wonderful, especially washed down with a couple of beers from local breweries.  We left very, very happy and very, very full.

Welcome back, Smokehouse!


Farmers Market Opens for the Season

New Rochelle’s Friday Farmers Market is back for another season at Thomas Paine Cottage.  I got my weekly fix of pickles and olives this morning, along with a carmelized onion and goat cheese quiche and a strawberry-rhubarb pie.  Mmmm.  The Market, sponsored by Down to Earth, will be open every Friday through the fall.  Enjoy!