5 Great Things We’re Eating and Drinking in March
Our food editor Steve Fowler reveals what to order in the Hudson Valley this month.
Irish Soda Bread
Photo provided by Bread Alone
Irish Soda Bread at Bread Alone
Locations in Boiceville, Kingston, Rhinebeck, and Woodstock
Forget any notion of bone-dry bread crumbling between your fingers; Bread Alone’s version of this St. Patrick’s Day classic is made with a blend of certified organic, New York-grown whole wheat and whole spelt flour for a nutritious, nutty base. Inside, the loaf is chock full of yellow raisins, orange zest, caraway, and anise seeds.
Pop a slice in the toaster, smear it with butter, and you’ll have found the luck of the Irish.
The Bee Tavern wings / Photo by Freddy Galarza
Honey Garlic Wings at The Bee Tavern
29 Center St, Middletown, 845.467.4138
A newcomer located just across from the Middletown Thrall Library, The Bee Tavern uses one not-so-secret ingredient in nearly every item on the menu: honey. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in its chicken wings. While there are six different varieties on the menu, honey garlic hits that perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Oh, and that goes double for the honey sriracha fries.
Citrus Carpaccio at Fin & Brew
5 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill, 917.788.4555
Down south the citrus harvest is in full swing, so it’s the perfect time to savor this tangy flavor — plus, everyone can use a boost of vitamin C this time of year. Fin & Brew’s gorgeous appetizer incorporates a variety of oranges, which are then garnished with bleu cheese, fennel, almonds, and — get this — sambuca. A couple bites of this dish and those warm summer days won’t seem so far off.
Pork Tan Tan at Yum Yum Noodle Bar
Locations in Kingston, Red Hook, and Woodstock
Originally offered as a special, Pork Tan Tan grew to be so popular among Yum Yum diners that it graduated onto the permanent menu. Can’t say we’re surprised: The sesame-miso pork gives these noodles just enough kick to clear out your sinuses — whether you have a cold or not. Just try to remember to breath in between slurps.
Rainy days call for chocolate! I mean salami, I mean chocolate salami. Marcona almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, biscuits and chocolate dusted in sugar to look like salami!! A couple slices after your pasta or to take away a whole pc for your parties this weekend! Or have with an espresso from @brooklynroasting . . . #pasta #pastashop #nyack #dessert #dolci #droppastanotbombs #fattoamano
Chocolate Salami, DPNB Pasta & Provisions
21 North Broadway, Nyack, 845.353.2167
Sadly — or should we say, tragically — this treat doesn’t combine rustic Italian sausage and chocolate (although someone should start R&D on that). Rather, this deceptive dessert combines Marcona almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, biscuits, and chocolate into a roll, which then gets dusted with some powdered sugar and voilà: chocolate salami. For added fun, pick up some for your next dinner party and watch as guests discover the surprise on their own.