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To Florida, for Destinate

I am off on a work trip, to help set up Destinate for its next phase: a full-on expansion throughout the state of Florida. Here are a few pics from my Instagram story that day.  Rainy day at Newark Airport. Orlando! Tarmac. […]


New Clock, New Chairs

Some new furniture at the farm! Our new Nelson Eye Clock, nabbed at a recent Design Within Reach warehouse sale, and two new Noomi Swivel Chairs. Clock! Chairs! The chairs have replaced the red wing chairs, which were the last […]


Oratamin Winter Social

The annual Oratamin Winter Social was a fun and fabulous party, held at Nikki and Danny’s house this year. Look at these fabulous women! Pics from the evening: Nice spread. More party-goers. Les dorkages: Megan goes in for the cake: […]


Rockland Lake Walk

Rockland Lake on a misty morning. A good walk. Related posts: Rockland Lake Walk A Walk at the Lake A Snowy Walk at the Lake More Biking: 16 Miles to Rockland Lake and Back


Cyndia’s in Totowa

I have become more than a little obsessed with the Spinach Salad at Cyndia’s. It’s a little luncheonette in Totowa, N.J., just a few miles from my new office. And this salad fits my new low-carb diet to a T. […]


The Twisted Oak in Tarrytown

When the chef says he’s going to cook for you, and you plead that he take it easy because you’re off carbs? And you have a great meal and still stick to your diet? That’s a great evening. Thank you […]


The Centennial of Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers — author, playwright, tragic figure — would have turned 100 years old this year. She spent more 20 years living in a house on Broadway in Nyack, where she wrote some of her best-known works, including Member of […]


Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn

A cemetery to the famous. And the not-so-famous. Green-Wood, a historic landmark, is home to the resting places of such notables as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horace Greeley and Leonard Bernstein. At least those were the three we chose to visit. You […]


Design Within Reach Warehouse Sale

Next step on our Big Day of Fun: The Design within Reach warehouse sale in Industry City in Brooklyn. A balmy day, indeed. This is a similar sale to those that Greg has often worked in Secaucus. Tables: Furniture: Our […]


Pok Pok NY in Brooklyn

No sleep til Brooklyn! We are heading out on a Big Day of Fun people, and it starts right here with a delicious Thai meal at Pok Pok NY. Heading down in the family truckster: We were a few minutes […]


Broadway Nights: Sunset Boulevard

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a night at the theater with Boo. Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close was a treat. She alone was worth it. I started with a Manhattan in Manhattan, at Brasserie Athenee. Grilled shrimp.  Pretty […]


Aviation Cocktail

We haven’t been drinking many Aviations lately. But they are an old favorite. This one was particularly delicious. Absences makes the palate grow stronger? Aviation Cocktail Makes two drinks. 3 ounces gin 1 ounce maraschino liqueur 1 ounce lemon juice […]


Snow Day at the Farm

Our first real big snowstorm this year. We weathered it fine, and at the end, enjoyed a nice drink. Cheers. Related posts: Snow at the Farm: So We Have Hot Chocolate Snow Day at Sour Cherry Farm Snow at the […]


Old Fashioned

Recipe here: Old Fashioned. That is all. Old Fashioned. . . . . . ————————– #foodie #foodporn #foodgasm #nom #nomnom #food #yummy #hungryaf #westchester #rocklandcounty #lohudeats #lohudfood #northjerseyeats #njeats #cocktails #rye #instafood #instadrinks #sourcherryfarm A post shared by Liz Johnson […]


A Visit to the Archives of The Record

The Record has a rich and long history, and has chronicled the history of North Jersey for more than 150 years. The archives are meticulously organized, and stored at the printing facility in Rockaway. We paid the archive a visit, […]


Orsay in Manhattan

A fine place for brunch on the Upper East Side is Orsay, which serves a killer bloody mary and some very tasty eggs Benedict. Paper butter cover. A kid burger for Samantha. Eggs benedict. A fine rendition. The 411 on Orsay. Related […]


Bear Mountain Zoo and Trailside Museum

This is the second time in recent memory we’ve visited the Trailside Museum and Zoo at Bear Mountain. I said it then and I’ll say it again: what a treasure! And this time, we got to see the bears, too! But […]

cooking, entertaining

Brisket Supper

After all this travel and work, it was a pleasure to settle in for a long MLK Jr. weekend and do a little cooking. I made two recipes from the wonderful Canal House Cooks Every Day book, brisket and — […]

cooking, entertaining


Kris and Tom came over to celebrate Destinate! They brought a lovely bottle of Champagne, and we had this yummy, yummy Beef and Beans Chili with Chorizo. It’s a chili kind of night. #sourcherryfarm #nyack #southnyack #chili A photo posted […]


Beef and Chorizo Chili with Beans

A dusting of snow on the ground, a fire in the fireplace and this chili in our bowls. Welcome, winter. Beef and Chorizo Chili with Beans 2 pounds ground sirloin 3 links chorizo (about 1/2 pound) 1 tablespoon olive oil […]


Tappan Zee Bridge in Progress

Seen from my walk along the Esposito Rail Trail. It’s really coming along! Related posts: Left Coast Lifter on the Tappan Zee Bridge Looking Up at the Tappan Zee Bridge Superstructure A Foggy Commute Across the Tappan Zee Bridge A […]


Hendricks in Manhattan

No, not the gin. The restaurant. And it’s where I met the girls for a good catch-up. An Old Fashioned was in order. Kelly, Liz, Boo and Mel. Posing with a sweet gift from Ed, a congratulations for my Destinate win. […]


Newark Penn Station

Traveling back from DC to Newark Penn, I had a few minutes to spare while waiting for my ride. What a gorgeous old bird this place is. Astrological signs, just like in Grand Central. Old wooden benches. Such hope and […]


Wildfire in McLean

It’s time to celebrate! Our team had a big win, getting the top prize in the Gannett Innovation Challenge with Destinate! Here we are, celebrating with Team Nashvillle, too. And here’s the Rochester crew! A big-ass New York Strip: Creamed […]


Destinate Wins!

Destinate, the mobile-first website that helps hungry travelers find great local restaurants close to highway exits, has won the second annual Gannett Innovation Challenge! Ready to kill it! Breakfast at corporate: Here we go! Hi. I’m next! Yes. Ready. Let […]


Founding Farmers in Tysons, Va.

Dinner with the Destinate crew and Founding Farmers in Tysons. We picked a great one. What else would you expect from a group of food writers! What a beautiful bar! And here’s half of our crew. Unfortunately, I missed out […]