Doubleday’s in Dobbs Ferry- Brunch After A 5k Race Holiday Hustle

Ran the 5k in Dobbs Ferry, NY a weekend ago and went to brunch with some friends afterwards at Doubleday’s Restaurant & Bar on Main Street. This is a bar that is frequented and loved by many of the local residents. I was the newcomer that got to experience the magic. My friends love this place and said that the food is as good as any bar food can be. They are correct!
TWO EGGS: Sunny side up with home fries and baconEGGS BENEDICT: two poached eggs with Canadian bacon on a whole wheat English muffin, topped with hollandaise sauce, served with home fries
THE BIG BREAKFAST BURRITO: scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, cheddar cheese, and pico de gallo stuffed into a flour tortilla and topped with spicy salsa  TWO EGGS: scrambled with home fries

Typically, if I look at this meal strictly from the food perspective, then I would say that this felt like something I can make myself, homey that is. But if I look at this as a local place where everyone comes to feel right at home – like what a pub is supposed to be in Ireland, then this is the place because the restaurant filled up so quickly after they opened. People come because this is a place of gathering. It has a meaning that is way beyond food just like people you meet along the way in life. Acquaintances can become meaningful friends in some ways, at some point in time, if you let them. Mimosas to new friends and old!

This experience took place at

Doubleday’s Restaurant & Bar

83 Main St
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Phone:(914) 693-9793

Run Fast Live Fearless- Dobbs Ferry Holiday Hustle 5K and Reindeer Run 2015

I am not one to buy expensive workout pants because I feel a pair that costs $30 is almost as useful as a pair that costs $100. One day, I went to a SoulCycle class without a pair. Seeing how I was in a dress, it would not have been cool for the riders behind me. The cheapest option in the SouCycle Boutique was a pair of Nike capri at $98. I bought it.

Little did I know that this is a pair of powerful pants. It sent me a message. I was inspired by my pants.
This Sunday, December 13th, I will be running the Dobbs Ferry Holiday Hustle 5k and the Reindeer Run 2015 where all proceeds going to benefit the Dobbs Ferry Youth Services Council.

Would you like to join me? Let’s RUN FAST and LIVE FEARLESS in our best holiday gear. See you there. Kisses and love to all!

P.S. This is my 8 of 17 challenge, where I write one post a day until I leave for vacation on the 21st.

The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, NY – Where the Marketing Beats the Products

To eat is to live. To live is to love. I love food and I found a piglet on the carving board delicious and non-repulsive. Thanks to Jessica Bassin Fehn and Michael Beaudry for getting me to write again.

The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry has a handsome chef (David DiBari) and that was the reason why my friend Christine told me to go. I have come to find the restaurant has great marketing (check out their site with the Vimeo video clip by the chef narrating his vision) and above average food. My expectations were high! Unfortunately, beauty isn’t everything.

I went for a Sunday brunch and ordered the pre-fixe and my friend ordered as he wished. The Cookery is a small plates restaurant that allows you to sample and eat until you are content as long as your wallet allows.

Of course, I ordered a carving from the suckling pig that laid on the board under the heat lamp. The skin was crispy but that crispness went away quickly. The meat was tender. This was definitely above average.

This was the complimentary ham. Too salty and the slice was too thick. There was a minor issue with who was supposed to do the carving. I believe the rule was the restaurant manager was supposed to but he was busy so our waiter started it. When the manager took over, this thick slice of ham was what we got. It was not easy to chew.

Arugula with oranges, pistachio, shaved fennel, citrus vinaigrette. What can I say? I also socialize with people who eat vegetables. It was “nice.”

Radiatore with lamb bolognese, parmigiano, mint. Lamb is on the menu! This was mine. Leveraging a microeconomic concept, this dish’s utility curve dropped like a sharp cliff after the initial tasting. It tasted almost divine on the first few bites (the lamb and the parmigiana sang together) and then the taste of too much saltiness took over. I was really hungry, too!

Pastina with butter, parmigiano, black pepper. This turned out to be the best plate for the meal. Perfectly done. Creamy. Not too salty. Homely. Happy.

Egg in a jar with cheddared polenta, hollandaise. Sounded interesting and looked interesting. However, this is a Frankenstein science experiment gone wrong. The Hollandaise and the egg separated from each other and it had this layer of liquid that is kind of clear but not. The taste was simply yucky.

Cider doughnut French toast with sausage, fried egg. I will give you the split opinion here. My friend Danny thought this dish had a great combination of sweet with salty; he thought the cider doughnut French toast was ingenuous. I thought it was completely disgusting to have a doughnut French toast – ruined the good name of French toast. The texture was rubbery and soggy.

Maple cream cinnabun. Should never have someone else ordered the dessert. This can pass as an acceptable American dessert but can never compete with a competent French dessert.

I believe the sucking pig and the whole pig dinner idea are excellent and worth the time. The visual of the pig in the window is fun to see and has a great shocking value to the vegetarians/vegans/animal loving folks. The marketing is also very well done on the site. The restaurant is hip with a comfortable vibe and live singing. The food outside of the pig was above average but certainly not as outstanding as I had been led to believe. This is when marketing covers for the products. As a digital marketer whose job is to cover for the products, my hat is off to the Cookery.

This experience took place at

The Cookery
39 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, 10522
(914) 305 2336

Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry, NY – A Sunday Afternoon Treat

A friend and I on a whim decided to go to Half Moon in Dobbs Ferry, NY, for a late Sunday lunch partaking in the gorgeous Hudson River view. Today was particularly sunny for NY and when the sun hits the river, it created this shimmering effect on the river. What a glorious afternoon sitting on the deck looking at the water flowing by and discussing the importance of being true to self.

The view of Hudson River flowing south. The photo cannot adequately depict the feel of the sun on my skin, the calmness of the river and a good friend’s company. It really was much better than the picture.

The bread basket had little fatty mini corn muffins, croissants and French orange jam. Nice!

I was extra hungry today because I felt I earned my big lunch after a long workout this morning. This is the Crew’s Ration; this is as lumber jack as I get. It was fine but I believe the view really enhanced the taste quite a bit.

My friend ordered a Caesar Salad with Shrimp. A safe and healthy choice. She was pretty happy with it.

The best part was the view. The food was absolutely the secondary focus. This is a great place to take a date to, especially for those who need to impress a new friend. 🙂

Bon Appetit! Wish you all had a Sunday as great as mine was today.  Love to ALL!

This experience took place at

Half Moon on Hudson
1 High Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522