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Salsa, Bread, Gluten-Free Baked Goods, and Fresh Produce on Sale at Bronxville Farmers' Market PDF Print Email

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By Pascale Le Draoulec, Director, Bronxville Farmers' Market

 

Jun. 19, 2019:  What happens when a Texan weaned on salsa moves to New York and can't find any salsa worthy of her family's homemade version? Well, she gets her hands on her Aunt Lilly's closely guarded recipe and starts making it and jarring it herself. That's what. Ashley Nilsson, with her ridiculously good (and reasonably priced!) salsas that come in all sorts of spice levels from "not hot" to "hot" to "way too hot" is just one of several new vendors joining the Bronxville Farmers' Market this season.

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TEX@NY Salsa, Aunt Lilly's original recipe. 

This year, the weather has been good to us on Saturdays and we are crossing fingers (and toes) that we will be spared the heavy rains of 2018.

Dry weather is especially important for vendors like Wave Hill Breads, Connecticut's star baker, which has also joined the market with its dizzying array of French and Italian breads from classic baguettes to olive-studded focaccia. And, of course, let's not forget its ever-popular pull-apart "monkey bread." Though the bakery is based in Norwalk, CT, owners Tim and Angela Topi live in Bronxville, so they couldn't be happier to finally be at their "hometown" market.

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Three-grain bread from Wave Hill bread

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Monkey Bread from Wave Hill Market

Mostly Myrtle's owner, Debra Sandowski, has retired from markets. Worry not: we have plenty of gluten-free offerings at Meredith's Baked Goods as well as Bohemian Baked and Anke's Fit Bakery. Anke is a personal trainer who makes unique and crisp oat-based cookies that are as healthy as they are delicious. And her packaging makes these cookies perfect for gifts.  

While our rotating vendors are always changing, you can count on our produce and fruit vendors to stay constant. As we have for the last three years, we offer both conventionally grown and organic greens. Sun Sprout Farm is certified organic and from Black Dirt country, as is Morgiewicz Produce, the behemoth stall holding up the rear of the market.

Orchards of Concklin is with us as they have been for nearly two decades. How lucky is the market that the owner himself, Rich Concklin, comes to sell strawberries, peaches, and plums himself? And apple cider donuts, too. 

Our on-site market manager, Natalie Rivera, continues to be the friendly face that greets you at the market each week. She is a nutritionist AND a personal chef, so don't hesitate to ask her questions like "what do I do with kohlrabi?"

Thank you, Bronxville shoppers, for your constant support! Follow the Farmers’ Market on Facebook to see its list of vendors every week.

Pictured at top:  Swiss chard from Sun Sprout Farm.

Photos courtesy Bronxville Farmers' Market vendors 

 
Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


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A First-Rate New Restaurant Opens in Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot

May 29, 2019:  A first-rate new restaurant has opened in Bronxville, Tredici Social, at 104 Kraft Avenue. It serves contemporary Italian food with a modern flair.

The décor is a cross between old world and modern. Black and gray are used as the colors throughout, and one side of the restaurant’s walls is covered with flocked velvet wallpaper and the other side has gray walls with black wainscoting below. 

The restaurant is divided into two sections, the front, where there is a nice-sized and usually busy bar and a shiny silver tin ceiling, and the back area, which has a black, gray, and white glass divider that separates the two rooms. You can’t help but notice the three large white artichoke steel lights over the bar and in the back, a large red steel light, aptly named Big Bang.

The energetic hands-on owner, Michael Colucci, is front and center making sure that everyone is well taken care of with delicious food and wonderful wine. 

A basket of bread and very good garlicky olive oil were brought to the table after we were seated.  We then ordered the following appetizers: "ham & cheese" arancini, homemade crispy risotto balls filled with house-cured prosciutto cotto, spring peas, pecorino cheese, and fontina over Parmigiano fonduta and a special of the evening, smoked arancini risotto balls with flavorful mushrooms and truffle oil. Another popular item is the “inside out” meatballs, a mixture of beef, pork, and veal stuffed with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and fontina cheese panko breaded and fried, topped with homemade crushed plum tomato sauce.

Our entrées were garganelli “umbriaco," hand-rolled penne with homemade crushed plum tomato sauce and a touch of cream with a shot of Grey Goose, finished with basil dust (also available in half portions). The very best rendition of chicken scarpariello is here: free-range organic chicken sautéed with sweet cherry peppers, roasted garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, wild mushrooms, and crumbled sausage, topped with crispy fried potato chips. The chicken was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the sauce was outstanding. Our third entrée was lobster ravioli filled with homemade burrata and topped with Maine lobster, ramps, nettles, spring peas, baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and a touch of cream. 

The fabulous executive chef, Giuseppe Fanelli, is a master at creating all of this special food and its artistic presentation. 

To go with all of the entrées, you must order the artichoke salad, which has crispy Jerusalem artichokes over baby arugula tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and Limoneira vinaigrette finished with shaved Parmigiano cheese and is served with crispy fried potato chips.

We enjoyed the following outstanding wines by the glass: Chardonnay–Freelander Napa Valley, Baby Amarone–Masi, Italy, and Cabernet Sauvignon–J. Lohr, also from Napa. The red wine goblets are made of very substantial glass and are super looking.   

Do not skip the homemade dessert, which is worth the extra calories. Choices include the most delicious coconut cake, a decadent moist chocolate cake, both served with whipped cream and strawberries, key lime gelato, and chocolate panna cotta.  

Service is impeccable and our waitress was enthusiastic and friendly. The wait staff are dressed in black, which is a nice touch.

Tredici Social has a sister restaurant, Tredici North in Purchase, and when I asked Michael why they didn’t call this new restaurant Tredici South, he explained that it is a cozy spot similar to Bronxville and the word "social" implies a small gathering, hence, Tredici Social. I highly recommend this restaurant and hope that everyone tries it!  

Photo courtesy Tredici Social

 
New Casual Mexican Eatery Has Opened in Bronxville PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


Apr. 24, 2019:  A new casual Mexican eatery has opened in Bronxville. It highlights a variety of tacos and is aptly called The Taco Project

The restaurant has lively décor and lighting. There are five small tables with chairs that seat two people; the other choice of seating is on small stools scattered along one wall where you eat at counter spaces. You order your food, pay for it at the counter, and when it’s ready, it is brought to you by a member of the wait staff, usually very quickly, so much so that some of the food was not as hot as it should have been. Overall, the restaurant has a fast-casual feel.

I went to The Taco Project for dinner with a friend and the food arrived within ten minutes. For starters, we ordered guacamole, Taco Project salsa, and rice and beans. We enjoyed our guacamole and salsa with very good homemade tortilla chips. 

For mains, we had shrimp tacos and classic beef tacos. The shrimp tacos were tempura-battered shrimp topped with mango salsa, tomatillo sauce, cilantro, and radish served on a soft corn tortilla and were very good. The classic beef tacos with seasoned ground beef, topped with cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, lettuce, and sour cream, were served on a hard-shell corn tortilla. Other taco choices include chicken, fish, steak, chorizo, pork belly, and veggie, all of which come two to an order and are priced from $8.45 to $9.95. All of the food, including the guacamole and salsa, is on the mild side.  

Other menu items include quesadillas, salads, burritos, and burrito bowls, all served in generous portions. You can order vino by the glass in white, red, or rosé or cervezas and Taco Project sangria by the glass or pitcher, along with Mexican Coke, Sprite, iced tea, plain water, or Jarritos, flavored sparkling water.

Because of the small tables, counter seating, and fast-casual feel, The Taco Project may be more of a lunch than a dinner place. It's also good for take-out and has a nice catering menu.  

Photo by K. Talbot

 
 
Bronxville Life & Style Special Easter Edition PDF Print Email
 
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By Karen Talbot

Apr. 10, 2019:  Easter is around the corner.  Below is information about great local places to dine, purchase Easter dinner and get photos with the Easter Bunny!  Enjoy!

 
 
Enjoy An Elegant Easter Dinner at
Sapori of Scarsdale
 
 
Enjoy a delicious Easter meal on April 21st at Artie Lange's new restaurant Sapori of Scarsdale.
 
The restaurant will be open from 2:00pm to 9:00pm offering traditional Easter specials such as Lamb Osso Buco and Roasted Lamb with Spring vegetables. 
  
 
Their regular menu will also be available and they always have a special of the day in the fish, chicken and meat category.
 
Reservations are highly recommended.  Call 914-874-5316
 
2 Chase Road
Scarsdale, NY
914-874-5316
 
 
 
 
Enjoy a Delicious Easter Meal 
at Scalini Osteria
  
 
Scalini Osteria is a lovely spot for a traditional Italian Easter dinner. They will be serving Brunch on Easter from 11:30am to 2:00pm, featuring Chef's Frittata, Smoked SalmonBenedict and Stuffed Crepes, along with a number of other tasty choices.
 
For Main Courses, you can choose from a Roman-style Lamb Abbacchio, which is shoulder of lamb with fresh rosemary, garlic and Chianti wine, which yields tender morsels of lamb full of flavor.  A special Pasta that day will be home-made Pasta alla chitarra, con sugo di carne. 
 
Scalini's regular menu is also available to order from on Easter.  The Dinner menu choices will be served from 2:00 to 9:00pm.
 
Desserts will include Pastiera, which is a traditional Italian Easter Neapolitan Cake and Limoncello Tiramisu.

 
 
Scalini also has a Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and on Easter they will have some special drinks such as: Raspicello (Belvedere, raspberry, limoncello, prosecco and basil) and Mezcal Negroni (Mezcal, sweet vermouth, campari and mole bitters).
 
For Reservations, please call 914-337-4935.
 
65 Pondfield Road
Bronxville
914-337-4935
 
 
 

Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday 
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner at Underhills Crossing
 
Spring has sprung! Bronxville's lush florals are in bloom and Underhills Crossing Restaurant is ready to hop into the flavors and warmth of this lush season.  Our front doors are open, al fresco dining has begun, welcoming you to the aromas of our Executive Chef's lighter fare. What a great time of year to enjoy reconnecting with family and friends during sunny days and balmy nights!
  
Reservations are now being accepted for Palm Sunday brunch and Easter Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner.  

You can make a reservation through our website, www.underhillscrossing.com or by phone 914.337.1200  

We will offer our regular brunch, lunch and dinner menus, along with"Chef Additions" showcasing seasonal delicacies and flavors. A three-course, prix-fixe Easter Sunday menu will, also, be offered throughout the day.
 
Underhills Crossing Restaurant looks forward to celebrating these holidays and special occasions with you! We are happy to cater your special event in our house or yours.
 
74.5 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY
914-337-1200
 
For Easter Dinner, Hors D'Oeuvres, 
Salad, Sides and more
    
 
Enjoy Easter with family and friends without being tied to your kitchen.  Let Ladle of Love do the cooking for you.  
 
Hors D'Oeuvres, Crudities and Cheese
*Crudities Basket
*Signature Artisan Cheese Board
*Hummus Trio Basket
*Truffled Deviled Eggs 
*Gourmet Soups:  No Cream of Asparagus, Potato Leek and Truffle Parsnip.
 
Main Courses
*Beer-Braised Lamb Shanks with snap peas, carrots and turnips
*Honey -Dijon Glazed Ham and Slow-Roasted Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
 
Greens, Salad and Sides
*Spring Greens and Kale, Arugula and Endive Salad 
*Potatoes au Gratin, Roasted Asparagus, Toasted Farro & Green Beans, Honey-Orange Glazed Root Vegetables and Spring Pea & Pancetta Risotto.  
 
Many of these Easter specialties are gluten-free and vegan.
 
Ladle of Love will make your Easter dinner a meal to remember with presentation, creativity and delicious flavors.
 
Please call 914-346-8883 or email CLOAKING for inquiries or to place your order by Friday April 12 th 

Complimentary local delivery is available.

18 Palmer Avenue
Bronxville
914-346-8883
 

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Bar Bites at Morton's: You Can't Beat This Deal PDF Print Email

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By Karen Talbot


Apr. 3, 2019:  “Bar bites,” served during “power hour” in the bar area of Morton’s: The Steakhouse in the City Center in White Plains, are a less expensive alternative to dining on steak entrees. Power Hour is Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm to close and Sunday from 5:00 pm to close. 

The bar dining area, which is all black with some dark gray accents, has seating at the bar or at high-boy tables and chairs. There are three televisions, dim lighting, and a floor-to-ceiling window that looks out onto Mamaroneck Avenue. Parking is available in a large municipal parking garage behind City Center. You can also pay $10 for valet parking, which is quite desirable.

The “bar bites” are offered in $8, $9 or $10 categories; the same items are also available in a larger size at a higher price in the main dining room. Every table is brought a large warm loaf of onion bread, served with soft unsalted butter.

We started with the iceberg wedge bites at $8 with blue cheese, bacon, and tomato served three on a plate, which is great for sharing. On the regular menu, a larger portion would have cost $11.50. Next came mini crab cake BLTs served in threes from the $10.00 category (larger crab cakes are $18 on the regular menu). We followed up with the very popular filet mignon trio, served rare with three tasty toppings, blue cheese, bourbon peppercorn, and béarnaise ($17 for a larger portion on the regular menu). A must-have to go with these delicious bites is an order of the matchstick fries for $8.00, offered in a cone-shaped metal container loaded with warm fries and enough for three people. Parmesan truffle matchstick fries are also available.

During the “bar bites” hours, wine by the glass is considerably less. We had an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay from California, all priced at just $8.50 a glass. During regular dining hours, these wines by the glass would have cost $13.00 each. By the way, the wine was served in very generous portions. Certain cocktails and beers are also offered at reduced prices. Sean Radlein, the general manager and sommelier, was very personable and attentive, and the service was quite good.

There also is a category called “extra bites,” which features Morton’s prime burger for $25.00 and a 9 oz. prime ribeye steak sandwich for $32.00. You can also get oysters on the half shell at $3.00 each and jumbo shrimp cocktail at $6.00 each.

So, if you are looking for good food featuring steak at a good price, you can’t beat this deal!

Pictured:  "Bar bites" cheeseburgers.

Photo courtesy Morton's

 
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