Food & Drink

by Rona Boyer
In its ongoing effort to please customers, Marona's now offers them free coffee. Of course the coffee is on that counter right next to those delicious, tempting tarts from Art of the Tart.
by Rona Boyer
Aix en Provence I doubt that there is a better way to visit Aix en Provence than as guests of Frédéric and Shirin Fekkai. The estate they built on what was once barren land is sumptuous. Breathtaking views, manicured gardens, fields of lavender and a large house that was well designed and is decorated to be both beautiful and comfortable—so comfortable that I had to force myself to take...
by Rona Boyer
I attended my first "food-swapping" event last Saturday at the Pawling Farmers Market. This hot new foodie trend brings cooks, gardeners and gatherers together to share their surplus of homemade, homegrown or foraged foods with each other.  No money changes hands. Swaps enable direct trades to take place between attendees. Inspired by a renewed interest in home growing, canning, preserving and cooking...
by Rona Boyer
Millbrook Vineyards and Winery received the 2013 Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine award for its 2012 Tocai Friulano, Saturday at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival in Rhinebeck. The award was presented to the winery by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, because Governor Andrew Cuomo who had planned to make a surprise visit to the event to promote his "Taste NY" initiative, had to cancel due to a personal issue.
by Rona Boyer
When I first received my invitation from Governor Cuomo to attend the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival in Rhinebeck, I fully expected a gathering of the very best in upscale wining and dining in our lovely Hudson Valley. Little did I know how wrong I was. Thousands stood in the long lines in front of the New York State winemaker booths with their wine glasses in hand, waiting to sample the latest...
by Rona Boyer
Last week we drove to a small mountain village St. Chély d'Aubrac in Auvergne. It is on a pilgrimage trail, so many a hiker is spotted with a backpack and walking stick, stopping at cafes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our three days here would not be as rustic as that. We were visiting our friends François and Martine at their country home. It is a stone house and garden overlooking a mountain stream....
by Rona Boyer
This fabulous French traditional dish of mashed potatoes with cheese makes a great meal with a salad or can be a side dish for the trues gourmands.