Mark Bittman Teaches us How to Eat in His Latest Book

Nutrition advice is a carnival of health-fad snake-oil hawkers, protein-guzzling muscle men, garbage-food peddlers, and marketing hypnotists. Mark Bittman is here to escort us away from those distractions, reminding us of the simple tenets of healthy eating along the way. In his new book, How to Eat, he and co-author David Katz, MD, do just that.  We…

Hudson Valley Chefs’ Quick Pandemic Response

At Lodger in Newburgh, Chef Leon Johnson stepped up and prepared hundreds of lunches for students whose schools had closed. This virus squeezes our vital organs: the lungs that pump oxygen through our bodies and the kitchens that feed life into our communities. School kids who depend on free breakfast and lunch programs are home…

The Fight to Bring Oysters Back to the Hudson River

New York nonprofit Billion Oyster Project works to repopulate one of the Hudson River’s keystone species. Imagine strolling down to the river late one afternoon, wading in and scraping up a handful of oversized oysters, then sitting by the riverside, watching the sun set behind the Highlands, shucking and slurping and tossing your shells into…

A Hudson Valley Chef Pilots His Own Course to Seafood and Serenity

By Mike Diago (originally written for Hudson Valley Magazine) This spring, Chef Serge Madikians of Amenia-based restaurant Serevan took Hudson Valley on a stratospheric grocery-shopping trip via “Serge Air” — the small rental plane he flies to Cape Cod on sunny days for seafood. He pulled up to the Great Barrington airport in his red SUV on an early…

Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic

*Written for Hudson Valley Magazine Picnics are deeply ingrained in the American psyche precisely because they pair perfectly with so many of our leisurely cultural touchstones; a road trip, a Little League game, or a date in the park would fall flat without time spent on a blanket in the grass with food. That being…

Guide to Latin Restaurants in Newburgh During the COVID-19 Crisis (and Beyond)

NOW OPEN: Zulimar, Honduran Cuisine,286 Washington Street, 845-569-4742, During COVID hours are in flux so call ahead. Usually hours are: Tues-Thu 6am-7pm, Fri-6am-10pm, Sat 7:30am-10pm, Sun 8:30am-9pm Tacos Uriel, 49 Mill Street, Newburgh, NY, (845-542-8112),Open for take out and delivery. during COVID hours are 10-10, normally hours are: 6am-10pm daily. Los Portales, 295, Broadway, Newburgh,…