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route 22 chow excursion (lengthy!!)

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route 22 chow excursion (lengthy!!)

erika | May 23, 2005 12:12 PM

so yesterday i took a ride up 22 from lower westchester and ate so much food i thought i was gonna bust (but all for a good cause of course). we were looking for a good farm stand, but didnt really find any, but hopefully theyll spring up as the summer gets closer (and hopefully the weather gets better). we started off at the cascade winery in amenia, which was a nice little find off a country road in an old rustic house. we tasted about 6 or 7 wines and they were all very nice on the palate. there were 3 whites, a rose, 2 reds (one being in a beaujolais style) and an amazing desert wine that i ended up purchasing a bottle of. it was pretty sweet, but had such nice hints of vanilla and cinammon that reminded me of spiced wine (the weather was pretty appropriate for it too i must say). the man pouring was also very friendly and generous so that just added to the pleasant experience. after that, we ventured to millerton (such a cute town) to try irving farm, which lucia had suggested awhile back. this is a very quaint bakery/cafe place, w/ good coffee drinks and nice sandwiches. i had this wonderful panini w/ artichoke hearts, smoked gouda, carmelized onions, portabello mushrooms, and a sundried tomato pesto. the bread was some kind of whole grain w/ a hearty texture. it really hit the spot. and only $6, which i thought that was decent (depending on where u live). the bakery selection wasnt all that so we decided to have dessert on the way back home.
ended up having a little snack at mckinney & doyle in pawling. we only were in the bakery part, but man what good stuff! i had this chocolate chocolate cookie that was perfect - nice n soft w/ chucks o chocolate. they also had amazing looking cakes (but at a whopping $8.50!), so we just bought a banana walnut cream cheesecake. it is so moist and delicious and has little hunks of cheesecake throughout the loaf (and i dont even like ny cheesecake). they are a bit pricey but worth it i think as long as it tastes good and is fresh. they had a good selection of fruit tarts, cherry tarts, rice pudding, soups, and all that kind of good bakery stuff. just bring a lot of cash.
we made another pit stop (yes we are total gluttons :)) at big w's bbq truck. i remember reading about this truck here, but remembered they open at 3, so i was psyched to see the smoke comin from the smoker on the way home. it's memphis style bbq (dry rub), and he has whole chickens, ribs, and pulled pork (possibly more). the pp goes for $9 but is a lb.+, so i just got a 1/2 order that was a good amount for $5 and he threw in a side of slaw. i dont know why people would put coleslaw on meat thats been cooking for like 20+ hours tho. wouldnt it just ruin the taste of the meat? anyway, i only tasted a lil bit cuz i was so full at that point but it was really good, it had a real smoky taste, and i had never had memphis style before so i didnt know what to expect. they gave me sauce on the side (which is excellent i think, w/ lots of onions and a nice tang), so it was a good deal imo. plus you gotta support your local bbq man! his name's warren and i think he's there wed-sunday from 3 p.m. on. go check it out - he's right in front of pawling collision over by the hannaford's intersection.
last but not least we stopped at the hot jalapeno mexican diner in patterson. yes, that's right, a MEXICAN diner. i was so psyched that this place was open cuz it always was closed when i drove by it (all 2 or 3 times). the place was dead, so we just bought a couple of things to take home: guacamole & chips and black bean soup. the nice woman who helped us gave us some salsa too but it was way too peppery. the guac was good but i can make better and the soup was just plain weird. id go back to try some of their entrees tho.
in all it was a fantastic day (minus the weather), w/ good grub and some good wine even. cant wait for the next trip. happy eating!

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