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Monday, December 31, 2012

Destination Pizza: Posto in Rhinebeck

Posted By on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

The Morandi (Grana Padano, red onions, pistachios, and rosemary) pie at Posto Pizzeria
  • The Morandi (Grana Padano, red onions, pistachios, and rosemary) pie at Posto Pizzeria

Rich and Maya from Elephant suggested we try a pizza joint, Posto, that opened up recently in the courtyard off East Market Street in Rhinebeck. Lee Anne and I stopped in for a revelatory afternoon nosh a couple days ago.

The space is spare and unassuming, with a wood-fired brick oven (imported from Modena, Italy) behind the counter in one counter and a smattering of tables looking out on the courtyard. On our visit, we were the only patrons, so we struck up a conversation with the proprietor and pizza maker, Patrick Amadeo, a man who is serious about pizza.

Like the space, the menu is uncluttered—there are six basic pies, four salads, and some antipasti. Amadeo likes to keep things simple and focused, and the must-have pizza reflects this dedication.

We ordered a bottle of Orvieto from the small and reasonably priced wine list and the Morandi—Grana Padano cheese, red onions, pistachios, and rosemary (no tomato sauce)—which at first blush is an odd mix of ingredients, reminding me of a sweet potato-topped pizza I ate at Baba Louie's in Hudson. But don't let the quirky toppings fool you: This is ridiculously good pizza.

Two things about the Morandi: I could take or leave the pistachios. They were fine—nutty, crunchy, slightly blistered from the oven—but nonessential. What made us realize we were in the hands of an artisan, however, was the crust: light, almost flaky. This was the main event. Most pizza is served with an avalanche of toppings to disguise the inferior quality of its key ingredient—the bread. Amadeo strips away the nonessential ingredients to showcase his crust, achieving an almost ethereal lightness of texture and a lovely blistering from his 850-degree oven.

A Margherita pie cooking in the wood-fired oven
  • A Margherita pie cooking in the wood-fired oven

We then tried the Margherita, the standard pie you get a slice of in a any pizza joint. Tomato-y and cheesy as you would expect, it was a better slice than you'll find almost anywhere in the Hudson Valley, but I missed the bare crust of the Morandi with just some cheese and olive oil.

Amadeo is making very good pizza at Posto. You'll undoubtedly be hearing more about him, as he's only been open six weeks and word hasn't gotten out yet. Better hurry and get one of those few tables while you can, because once word gets out about this pizza, you may have trouble finding a seat at Posto.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Woodstock: Hot Soup & Snow

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The window at Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Woodstock
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  • The window at Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Woodstock

Noodle Soups at Yum Yum Noodle Bar

Yum Yum Noodle Bar is open year-round, but my favorite time to go to the Woodstock location is when it snows. I think snow is something to celebrate here in the Hudson Valley since a good deal of tourism depends on a white winter. (Sorry snow-haters!) Last Friday night we took our daughter out for soup at Yum Yum Noodle Bar in Woodstock since it is very kid-friendly. If your child likes to try different foods, order the Kids Yum Yum Bento Box. The restaurant serves Korean and Thai influenced cuisine, and prides itself on being eco-friendly. (They even use a paperless ordering system).

They have nightly specials, but I love their soups. We ordered vegetable dumplings to start which were delicious. I ordered the miso broth with tofu and ramen noodles. My husband had the special Beef Pho Soup with rice noodles. My daughter had the kids chicken noodle with ramen noodles. For dessert she had a red velvet Moxie Cupcake, which was a perfect ending to a perfect soup meal. I have yet to try one of their specialty cocktails. Will put that on the list of 2013 resolutions. Yum Yum Noodle Bar opened up in uptown Kingston in 2012, but I have yet to eat there. Yum Yum Noodle Bar, 4 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY. (845) 679-7992

Go to HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com to find more Hudson Valley Good Stuff.

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Brian K. Mahoney Talks with Robin Hood Radio

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Chronogram editor Brian K. Mahoney

Sharon, Connecticut-based Robin Hood Radio may be the country's smallest public radio station, broadcasting on the following frequencies: WHDD (91.9 FM), WLHV (88.1 FM), and on WHDD AM 1020. Robin Hood is a local, listener-supported, and broadcasting to an underserved media market in the northwestern CT region.

Chronogram's editor, Brian K. Mahoney, spoke with Marshall Miles of Robin Hood Radio in late December about the current issue of the magazine and the recent relaunch of Chronogram.com.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Screening of Hyde Park on Hudson with Screenwriter Richard Nelson at Upstate Films

Posted By on Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Laura Linney and Bill Murray star in "Hyde Park on Hudson"

While none of the Roger Michell's biopic was actually shot in Dutchess County, where the action of Hyde Park on Hudson is set, during a royal visit in 1939 when King George VI (Damien Thomas) and Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) came calling on the president at his Hyde Park home, the film has been generating a great deal of buzz about our fair region.

At a special screening today at 1:30pm, screenwriter Richard Nelson will talk about crafting the script of the film, which centers around the affection between FDR (Bill Murray) and his distant cousin Daisy Suckley (Laura Linney). Were they lovers? The film hints at the possibility, but draws no definitive conclusions.

For more information, visit Upstate Film's website.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Juice Up for Good Health

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 1:14 PM

"Make juice, not war," is a favorite saying of Kris Carr, the self-described wellness warrior, cancer thriver, and author based in Willow, NY. After writing about Carr for Chronogram in "Power to the Plant Eaters" (Nov. 2012), I dusted off a friend's hand-me-down juicer and started making the delicious, Technicolor brews myself. I'm hooked. Though green in color, these juices are nutritionally golden in every way, and a surefire way to get your share of essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. All this raw-food goodness helps to increase the micro-electric potential of your cells; in other words, it keeps your body running like a lean, green, finely-tuned machine.

If you're lucky to have a juicer handy, try the following recipe from Carr's new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution. And learn more about Carr's crazy sexy wellness strategies at Kriscarr.com.


Morning Glorious
(serves 2)

1 large cucumber
A fistful kale
A fistful romaine
2 or 3 stalks celery
1 big broccoli stem
1 green apple, quartered
1/2 peeled lemon, quartered

1. Wash and prep all ingredients.
2. Juice all ingredients.


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New Year's Eve Events in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Fireworks at Hunter Mountain
  • Fireworks at Hunter Mountain

Wondering what to do for the big night? We've got some recommendations for you, whether it's a four-course Italian feast in New Paltz, contra dancing, daytime activities for the family, or a brassy New Orleans-style stomp.

New Year's Fiddle and Dance Weekend
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason host world-class musicians and dancers at the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge for a weekend of learning new moves and showing them off; styles include cajun, zydeco, contra, swing, waltz, and blues. Admission includes classes, music, food, and bunks, culminating with celebratory parties, dinners, and dances. Click here for more info.

New Year's Eve Celebration at A Tavola
Less than two years after A Tavola in New Paltz opened, it has been included in Zagat's America's Top Restaurants Guide for 2013. See why this New Year's Eve with their four-course celebration menu, featuring housemade lobster ravioli with blood orange and chive, and chestnut honey panna cotta. Presecco toast at midnight. Click here for more info.

New Year's Eve in the Mountains
Windham and Hunter Mountain ring in the new year with all-day entertainment. Music from DJ Brian starts at 11am at Windham with kids entertainment, and the Amish Outlaws start at 8:30pm followed by fireworks. Hunter's festivities start at 4pm with a kids' torchlight parade and ends with a procession down the mountain followed by fireworks. Click here for more information on Hunter, and here for more info on Windham.

Millbrook Rotary New Year's Eve
For the 9th year, the Millbrook Rotary Club is giving back to the community with this afternoon festival. Kids can enjoy performances by the Bindlestiff Cirkus, the Puppet People, and Dog on Fleas as well as model railroad displays, arts and crafts, and balloon twisting, all before 9pm. Events throughout Millbrook. Click here for more information.

New Year's Eve Full Moon Celebration
Spend your New Year's Eve watching psychedelic live-painting by artists Alex and Allyson Grey, stilt walkers and a laser light show while dancing to the music of Narkatta, Room of Voices, Eli, Ohia, Dr. Masgnosis, and Psylander at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls. Click here for more information, and here for a recent article on Alex Grey.

Uptown Kingston's New Year's Eve “1913” Celebration
Kingston's Historic Stockade District will be re-imagined as it was 100 years ago. Boitson's, Duo, Stockade, and BSP will simultaneously host era-specific festivities, with gift/discounts to patrons dressed in period outfits. The evening culminates with the first ever ball drop at the corner of N. Front and Wall Streets. Click here more information.

New Year's Eve New Orleans Style with Glen David Andrews
The trombonist rings in the new year with his horn at Hudson's Club Helsinki. His southern style will be matched by a special New Orleans-inspired menu. The jazzman has played Lincoln Center and made appearances in Spike Lee's Katrina films When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and If Da Creek Don’t Rise. Click here for more information.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

SUNY New Paltz Professor Gets Grant for Harriet Tubman Opera

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM


Nkeiru Okoye, an assistant professor of music at SUNY New Paltz, was recently commissioned by American Opera Projects to develop and present her opera, “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed the Line to Freedom.” The $15,000 grant in support of the project comes to the Brooklyn-based AOP from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The two-act theatrical work tells the story of how Harriet Tubman, a young girl born in slavery, went on to become the legendary “conductor” of the Underground Railroad, the covert network for helping runaway slaves escape to freedom before the Civil War. Excerpts from the project will debut in February 2013 at concert on the New Paltz campus, and a performance tour is being planned in New Jersey, Maryland, and New York, states along the Underground Railroad in which Tubman was active.
Okoye, who joined the SUNY New Paltz music department in August 2012, is a native New Yorker of African American and Nigerian decent and earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University. Her work has been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Virginia Symphony, New Jersey Symphony and other orchestras. Okoye was a composer mentor at the University of Ghana for the 2005 International Society of Contemporary Music’s World New Music Days, and in 2006 became an International British American Project fellow.
For more information on “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed the Line to Freedom,” visit Harriettubman.com.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Farmer's Almanac Aids Young Farmers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM


The six-year-old Hudson based nonprofit, the Greenhorns, have published The 2013 New Farmer’s Almanac. The 336 page almanac (with a hole punched in the top so you can hang it in your outhouse) aims to help the future farmer with advice on how to deal with problems like monoculture, population flux, and an increasingly urban society.

Essays, poems, historical excerpts, and illustrations, both contemporary and historical, fill the book. There is also an audio variation of the almanac in podcast form, with interviews, songs, and lectures.

The Greenhorns were founded by Severine von Tscharner Fleming in Berkeley in 2007. Fleming filmed local farmers and she began to grow a following. A loose pack of techies, graphic designers, cartographers, filmmakers, and soil enthusiasts formed. The group relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2008 with the mission to support new young farmers through 21st century technology.

In 2009, the Greenhorns made a documentary on chronicling the lives of the new generation of agrarians. They've also ventured into radio, essay books, and workshops. The almanac went to print last Friday.

To learn more go to thegreenhorns.net.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Folk Rockers Forge On

Posted By on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM


Syracuse-area band the Vanderbuilts have been going since 2010, playing their alternately wistful and edgy indie folk rock at SXSW and sharing stages with Leon Russell, Titus Andronicus, Cults, Eytan and the Embassy, Red Wanting Blue, and other notable names. Earlier this month the group, which is led by Rhinebeck native Sam Kogan, released “I Wish I Was a Saber Toothed Tiger,” a single (with accompanying video) from the group’s upcoming album.

Here’s a video of the band performing the tune at the Bitter End in New York:


Still unnamed, the new album is set for release in early 2013. Kogan explains the record is “influenced by [filmmaker] Werner Herzog’s 2010 masterpiece, Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and “toys with ancient themes/sounds/images.” The disc is the Vanderbuilts’ third self-released offering, after 2011’s Far From Here and 2012’s Miguel’s Orchard.

Check www.thevanderbuilts.com for more details on the forthcoming release and show dates.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dining in the Hudson Valley

Posted By on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Table at Liberty Public House in Rhinebeck
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  • Table at Liberty Public House in Rhinebeck

Looking for a place to eat and relax on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? Look no further than these fine restaurants in the Hudson Valley:

1) Go to the Dutch Ale House and Brewery in Saugerties if you are in the mood for delicious gastro-pub cuisine and the best beer in the Hudson Valley. They will be open on Christmas Eve.

2) Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties will be open for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Brunch.

3) River Station in Poughkeepsie will be open for Christmas Eve.

4) The Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck is having a Christmas Day Buffet.

5) Mariner's Harbor in Kingston will be having a Christmas Eve Buffet.

6) Cucina in Woodstock will be open on Christmas Eve, and will be serving a prix fixe Christmas Day Brunch for $44. I have never been here for brunch, but I have been here twice for dinner. They don't disappoint!

7) Liberty Public House in Rhinebeck will be open on Christmas Eve. My husband and I enjoyed a scrumptuous dinner here last Sunday night.

8) The Dutchess Diner in Poughkeepsie is family friendly and will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Follow my blog HudsonValleyGoodStuff.com: Where to Eat, Play & Recharge Your Spirit in the Hudson Valley for restaurant reviews in the Hudson Valley. I only write about my good experiences!

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