Monday, July 28, 2014

Fish & Game - A Fabulous Farm to Table Restaurant in Hudson, NY

During a brief break after the 4th of July weekend, we had the opportunity to finally try the new (or new to us!) farm-to-table restaurant in Hudson, NY - Fish & Game.

The restaurant is located on 3rd St near Warren St (the main "drag" in Hudson) so it is very easy to find and plenty of on-street parking, at least when we were there.

Upon entering the establishment, we were immediately charmed by the blend of rustic and modern decor. It felt very welcoming and comfortable.


The menu for dinner is an seven course tasting menu, with 2 optional courses, which, of course, we opted for! They do not list the menu on their website because they are all about "fresh from the farm." This means that the menu is always changing as it is based on what happens to be available on that particular day/week from the many local farms that they showcase in their dishes. They also make it clear when you make the reservation that there are no menu or ingredient substitions. What they serve is what you get. Lucky for us, that's our favorite way to dine - surprises from the kitchen!

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I just took a few quick photos of two of my favorite dishes because I was there to enjoy the experience and not be a food paparazzi!

This was a tender and sumptuous layering of pork belly and strawberries. Yum. It practically melted in my mouth.

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I loved this combination of oh so fresh peas with onions, basils, and garlic scapes. One of my favorite things about having an organic vegetable garden is being able to pick fresh peas and eat them right off the vine. This was almost like that, but better because of the blend of other flavors.

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I would definitely recommend trying Fish & Game when you are in our area. Hudson is only about 30 minutes from our Inn and is always a fun town to visit for the great restaurants and shopping.

The Full Tasting Menu during our visit:

  • Mushroom and Onion Top Bouillon with spicy garlic paste
  • Bluefish with cucumber, cherries, and kimchi
  • Pork Belly with strawberries and sprouted fenugreek
  • Peas with onions, basils, and garlic scapes
  • Lamb and Rice Porridge with sprouted wheat berries and leaves
  • Beet Chips with shiso cream, chicory, and chocolate
  • Anise Hyssop Cake with toasted sweet oat milk

The optional courses were a hardboiled egg wrapped in thin sliced cured ham as a starter and then a final course of local cheeses.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Products in the Art Supply Shop

Our art supply shop is expanding! We now carry a selection of Golden Fluid Acrylics, Gessoboard (both plain and cradled), Holbein Extra Fine Artists Oil Color, Derwent's Inktense Blocks and Pencils, and watercolor sketch books.

As artist's also get hungry, we also carry Liz Lovely Gluten-Free cookies! These cookies are so delicious, even if you don't need to be gluten-free. My favorite is the Ginger Snapdragons!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Around and About at the Inn

I always enjoy walks around the inn to discover what new flowers are blooming.

I finally got the planter boxes planted with flowers. Spring was so late in coming and then zipped by so fast and into summer that somehow the planter boxes were neglected in favor of rose and tree planting.

Here we have some petunias and some plant that I grabbed when the clerk at the nursey said "get one more 4 pack and all the 4 packs will be cheaper." I think it might be some sort of daisy. We'll see once it blooms.

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The side carriage house garden is coming along nicely, but its full color is yet to come in the summer with all the coneflowers. The butterfly bush in the center is once again "playing dead." It may in fact be dead, but the last time it looked like this I cut it way back in preparation of pulling it out, but then it started to sprout new growth. So I've done that again, cutting it back to short stumps, and if there is no signs of life, I'll dig it out next spring and put in something else.

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This is the New Dawn climbing rose along the flowering fence that we put in 2 years ago. It is just covered with pale pink blooms that have a lovely light fragrance.

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The climatis are doing really well in their 2nd year, too.

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This year I have all orange marigolds in the side lawn herb garden.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Flowers Abound

We are already deep into our workshop season with the painting and fiber/art quilt workshops, but we still take time to stop and enjoy the flowers that blooming in profusion all over the property.

We had a week of rain followed by a week of bright sunny weather that has really shifted the plants, vines, and trees in to high growing gear.

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All that flower admiring is making me hungry! Here is a nice bowl of our house-made granola topped off with lots of fresh fruit that is always available for breakfast. Yum!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring is a Time for Change

Spring was a long time coming this year, so when the weather finally started to warm, like many I was struck with the urge to get to the closest nursery to buy some new plants for the garden!

Not planted this spring, but flowering for the first time are the gorgeous Muriel tulips, which my mother (who's name is Muriel) gave me for my birthday.

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We also planted two pear trees in the front lawn. Pear trees are such lovely trees, with their shiny leaves, and if we happen to get some pears to eat, too, so much the better.

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The next major change was to the front porch garden. There use to be this big ugly shrub there. It was yanked out and in its place we planted three David Austin roses. The area surrounding the roses will be filled in with more perennials when I decide what they will be.

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On the other side of the front porch garden, we planted another rose bush, along with some foxgloves, hollyhock, delphinium, and some "Dalmatian" flowers. Also coming up in this area are more of the Muriel tulips that I planted last Fall.

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Mean while in the back yard, the flowering fence is being filled in with sprouting climatis and climbing roses.

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The pool is sparkling and ready to be open for Memorial Day.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Room 2 - New Quilts

Another room outfitted in quilts I have made! This time it is Room 2, which is in the Main Inn on the second floor. It has a queen bed and a twin bed, so I made "matching" quilts using a star-in-a-square block. I do the design, piecing, and binding and then the quilting was done by long arm quilter, Karen Gibbs.

Here is a look around the room:

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Looking Back to 1905

The Greenville Arms 1889 Inn was built in 1889 by William S Vanderbilt as a second residence for his family. He also had a house in New York City, where he served as treasurer of the Knickerbocker Trust Company.

Here is the house in 1905 (the one to the back right) . . .


And here it is in 2005 . . .

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