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burrata, ramps and los compadres (dutchess co).

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burrata, ramps and los compadres (dutchess co).

bob gaj | May 14, 2006 09:10 AM

i was looking for burrata cheese, and someone mentioned olde hudson gourmet (in hudson, but rhinebeck was closer to me). i stopped in there yesterday and talked with dick about the cheese. they DO carry it - but haven't had it for 2 weeks. apparently, customs has stopped something else in the crates when they've been imported from italy, so no burrata. he did give me a number that i can call (with a goal of getting them next friday, though i can't get up there next weekend) and check if it's arrived. very nice person, and the shop has a variety of interesting cheeses and assorted gourmet foods.

thanks for the help on ramps. the adams in POK does NOT carry them, but the one in kingston does. the poughkeepsie adams said they could get them from kingston if i wanted - i guess the stores have enough stuff going from one store to another.

but...when out for the burrata, i saw an organic food store in the montgomery row part of rhinebeck. and wala, they had ramps! (they also had szechuan peppercorns in a container, but i have some at home, and prefer to get mine sealed so they're fresher) so i got a little bit of them so i could cook for myself...if i want a larger quantity, i'll just have the local adams get them for me before the season is up.

finally...there's a mexican restaurant in poughkeepsie called los compadres. it's on main st. next to the car rental place, and across the street from the mcdonalds. they serve both authentic mexican and american mexican (ie. their 'tex-mex' quesadillas are what most places serve up as quesadillas). i was looking for a huitlacoche quesadilla, and when they didn't have that,i got a tex-mex 'safe' chicken one for my wife. quite good, tasty, and a couple peppers + sweet spices combined for a nice flavor.

i realized after the fact that they DID have quesadilla de calabaza, which was squash blossoms..one of the dishes i've wanted to try. i wish i remembered my spanish well enough.

how do i know they're authentic, when this is only the second time i've been there? most of the signs are spanish. they have the drink/juices in the huge glass containers. jukebox all spanish music. the specials are only in spanish (the printed part is spanish with english translations). they use oaxacan cheese. they have tripe and a bunch of other stuff, some of which i don't like but all of which is more than the usual beef/chicken options. sopa de mariscos, and a good variety on the menu.

the tables are low-brow, and it's not fancy. but it's authentic.

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