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Review! I’m in the U.S. of A! 2 taste food & wine bar in Hyde Park NY!

During my brief stay in my homeland, my sister and her boyfriend took me to an awesome little eatery in their neck of the woods that I NEED TO TELL YOU ABOUT.

From the website:

2 Taste Food & Wine Bar is a comfortable and inviting, eclectic yet simple venue in Hyde Park NY.

Our focus is fresh food, carefully prepared and matched with excellent wines and genuine service.

The exhibition kitchen and chefs bar allows guests to relax and watch or interact with our CIA trained chefs as each offering is prepared with only the freshest bounty of the Hudson Valley. With the ever changing level of culinary creativity which leads to a desire to share many different dishes, we now offer a variety of small plates to meet the increasingly casual approach to dining.
Our seasonally inspired menu offers the best local ingredients, and you will see that

the best does not always have to cost more.

We have an extensive wine list including “Green Wines”… sustainable, bio dynamic and organic. Our wine flights are a fun way to sample a few at one time or we offer 20 different pours by the glass. In addition we also boast a

full bar with specialty cocktails and craft beers.
We encourage our guests to try something new, leave their comfort zone while creating a dining experience they will never forget.

Here at 2 Taste Food & Wine Bar,

we want you to feel like our family and best friends.

I took some photos for your viewing pleasure!

We ordered 2 appetizers, the duck confit tacos, and the wild boar pot stickers, the ONLY things I didn’t take photos of.  The duck confit tacos were spicy, and slightly salty, served quesadilla style.  The wild boar was served on top of fingerling potatoes.  I wasn’t a  huge fan of the boar, a bit too gamey for my taste but still tender.

Megan: wild boar was meh and sauce didn’t ‘mesh’ well with the food

John:  You have to be prepared for the wild boar, because it’s WILD BOAR

Me:  Yes to tacos!  Wild boar, not so much….then again, I’m’ not a fan of venison either due to it’s gamey-ness.  Wild foods aren’t my thing.

Next up, entrees. I had a seared chicken breast with apples, potatoes and brown sugar.  Megan had the maple Habanero Barbeque Duck Breast with Kale Chips and Homemade Mac N cheese, and John had the Hudson Valley Cattle Burger.

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Megan:  I didn’t understand how duck was supposed to be cooked and ordered it medium when I should’ve ordered it medium-rare.  It was still cooked perfectly for what I ordered. Kale chips were absolute perfection.

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John:  Burger was juicy and delicious-even though the roll was a bit flat. Fries were crispy.

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Me:  Chicken was absolutely delicious.  Apples were firm on the outside but soft on the inside and potatoes were seasoned just right.

I also ordered a drink-a raspberry tea cosmo-it was refreshing.

photo 4I was full but still curious….so yes, we ordered dessert….Megan had the Rocky & Bullwinkle ( a layered mousse), and I had the pear cheesecake and a butterfinger martini.  John had a coffee and bites of both of our desserts.

photo 4(1)Megan:  I liked the praline part of the mousse the best, the dark chocolate could be considered overpowering or dominant.  Texture was consistent.

John: I had a small taste of it but enjoyed it.

photo 3(1)Me:  The cheesecake was one of several offered and this was a great choice.  It didn’t have the dense-ness of typical cheesecake, it was light and airy. My sister guessed that it was probably whipped with a lot of frangipane, but couldn’t be sure. That was neither here nor there for me because it was DELICIOUS.  However, I had to have some of it packed due to the below.

photo 2(1)This drink was absolute perfection start to finish.  It was light and smooth and tasted exactly like a Butterfinger bar.  I had to finish this as sadly, alcohol & spirits can’t be packaged up “to-go.”  Yeah, I wasn’t really sad about that.  Delicious.

Overall, we all enjoyed this restaurant. The atmosphere is casual, the menu is not complicated. We liked that local ingredients were used in many dishes, the chefs are CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable.  No pretentiousness.  Best of all, food is delicious, well prepared. Thought was put into the menu and emphasis is on quality.

It was nice to come home and have a great meal.

Find 2 taste food and wine bar:

on the web

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microGREENS -you should try them!

I received this product for review.


So it looks like Spring is finally arriving in my area….almost mid-April.  Time to shed my hibernation suit a.k.a. that extra 10+ lbs I put on during the winter.  Easy to hide under my favorite sweater, not so easy to hide under my capris and fitted tees.  It’s time to kick things up into high gear and shed those toxins ( and cafeteria lady arms) with some exercise and clean eating.

That’s where microGREENS comes in.

From the product label:

microGREENS, BioCore Food Science’s flagship product has been scientifically formulated to be the most balanced, all inclusive and powerful whole food nutritional supplement on the market today. microGREENS is a highly specific composition of the finest ingredients that nature has to offer: over super greens, brightly coloured fruits & vegetables, phytonutrients, and a potent blend of digestive plant based enzymes. “

Ongoing whole food science based research has effectively demonstrated that optimizing your phytonutrient intake by eating 7 to 13 servings of fruits & vegetables a day may:

  • Increase Energy Production
  • Improve Metabolism
  • Maintain Strong Bones
  • Assist in Healthy Digestion
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Support Immune Function
  • Protect Vision
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes & Stroke
  • Improve Mental Acuity
  • Reduce Allergy Symptoms
  • Core Promises

MicroGreens Contains

  1. NO GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
  2. NO MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
  3. NO Yeast, Diary or Egg
  4. NO Irradiated Ingredient
  5. NO Added Sugar
  6. NO Animal By-Products
  7. NO Corn, Rye or Wheat
  8. NO Artificial Preservatives
  9. NO Artificial Ingredients
  10. NO Artificial Sweeteners

This product has so many good-for-you ingredients I can’t list them all! I’ll refer you here for a full explanation!

I use this product in my post workout smoothies and when I have a smoothie for breakfast.  I enjoy the fact that this is a whole food supplement and that I can ‘sneak’ it into my daily routine.

Now if only microGREENS could make a product that would motivate me to exercise!!

Find and order microGREENS on the web!


Gift idea for the sweet tooth in YOUR life-Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe!

Holiday times are the BEST times for treats….and I find treats taste even better when they’re made by someone fantastic.

Introducing Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe!Providing tasty treats to the GTA-yes that’s right, shipping people!  You just place the order!  Let Forget Me Not do the baking FOR YOU!!! Can I get a brilliant in the house please?

Mission Statement:

To provide delicious homemade treats, inspired by vintage recipes,

To inspire thoughtful and creative ‘gift that keeps on giving’ ideas and experiences baked with the same quality of ingredients, care and attention you’d find in any fine bakery establishment, or your grandmother’s kitchen.

If your grandmother had tattoos and a bit of a potty mouth, that is..

And if that hasn’t piqued your interest, let me woo you with some photos…..*warning* you may need a napkin to wipe the drool away!

Okay so if that’s the website and they look *that* good, imagine how they taste IRL!!!!
Something else that I am signing up for (and several other cookie monsters in MY life) is the cookie subscription service.  Check this out:

Forget Me Not offers monthly cookie and treat subscriptions for your convenience. Give the gift of a sweet subscription – it really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Cookie of the Month

3 months $60
6 months $100
One year $200

Just imagine: Every month a dozen delicious, freshly-baked cookies arrive on the doorstep of your home or office. Whether you’re on the receiving end or the one doing the giving, you’re bound to become the most popular person in ‘hood. Or the most envied.

Ummmm is that genius or what?

Forget Me Not Bake Shoppe can be found on Facebook, where the full ‘menu’ and list of offerings is listed.  Give them a call-you won’t regret it and you’ll make someone smile for sure!

Getting Cheesey at Cheesewerks!

Leave it to Cherry Lo….she spotted free grill cheese day at Cheesewerk with her eagle eyes.  of course that neighborhood seems to be our new “hot-spot” between CYKL, Thor, Cheesewerks, and the General Store.  Anyway, we all trekked down to Cheesewerks for our free sandwich-the ‘we’ being Cherry, myself, and Geoff (who complains more than anyone I know).


Chilean wines-a Notable evening!

Wine tasting. I’m not an expert.  But that didn’t stop me from attending a Notable Wine Tasting event recently.  And I had a good time! Check the photos:

I loved this woman’s dress-just in case you were wondering it’s from Banana Republic.

candelit tables to rest your vino on

fellow tasters mingling.....

empty glasses are the best kind.....

well look who I bumped into at the tasting! it's @ginnynotweasley!

And an even better photo of her with @marclevy!

Now this is a perfect pairing.....

I had a good time at this event…I learned a lot about Chile and had plenty of wine and some great food to go with it.  Hoping that there will be another Notable event for me to attend!

Have you ever tasted wine from Chile? What’s your favorite wine?

Canadian Thanksgiving with an American flare…..

One of the ‘perks’ of being an American living in Canada is the fact that I get to celebrate Thanksgiving TWICE!!! Canadian thanksgiving happens a month and a half prior to American Thanksgiving.  I love to cook big holiday meals and that is not going to stop because I am 8 hours away from “home.” So I started my own ‘tradition’ of cooking a Canadian Thanksgiving.   I get all my recipes from Chatelaine magazine-whose October issues always have a pull out recipe section.  This year’s recipes are nothing short of fantastic!