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Katie McMurray is a self proclaimed foodie, nursing student and a Hudson Valley expat currently living in Danbury, Connecticut. Always consulted on local restaurants by friends and family, consider her your concierge to the best of the best in suburban New York and Connecticut.

The Cookery, Dobbs Ferry, NY

By |2018-02-26T22:39:57-05:00February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from writing with school, work, and a seeming drought of new/fantastic restaurants. This all changed this week when I finally went to pig heaven and tried The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry. Having friends in the area and having visited [...]

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Exit 4 Food Hall, Mt. Kisco, NY

By |2017-07-17T10:45:19-04:00July 17th, 2017|New York, Westchester County|

While the name may drum up memories of a cafeteria, the ambiance of Exit 4 Food Hall brings you to a more hipster world. Along the perimeter are different vendors including a long standing raw bar, wood fired pizza joint and a well-stocked bar. While we opted [...]

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@ The Corner, Litchfield, CT

By |2017-07-17T10:19:53-04:00July 17th, 2017|Connecticut, Litchfield County|

Did y'all just think I was ignoring Litchfield county?! I guess I was, but my foray into "upstate" Connecticut was magnificent. Located on the historic Main Street, @ The  Corner reclaimed an old New England factory building and turned it into affordable and classy New American dining. The restaurant [...]

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Blueberry Bourbon Summer Smash

By |2017-05-10T18:38:42-04:00May 10th, 2017|Recipes, Staying Home|

It’s Derby season and that means my passion for concocting bourbon cocktails is welcome. I am frequently experimenting with my beloved spirit and whatever fruits and herbs I have in my refrigerator and garden. Here, dear friends is a recipe sure to get you through the summer, and is even better if you are [...]

Lemon Grass, Syracuse, NY

By |2017-05-03T18:41:57-04:00May 3rd, 2017|Great Beyond|

Being in Syracuse brings back wonderful memories of the four years I spent there in college. So, I may be a bit biased when I speak about the amazing dining that is scattered amongst the city. It brings to mind a quote from Mad Men: [...]

Ecco Rooftop Eatery, Bethel, CT

By |2017-05-10T18:43:45-04:00April 27th, 2017|Connecticut, Fairfield County|

When you think of a rooftop restaurant, Manhattan may come to mind. Thank goodness you don’t have to hop on an hour long train ride to get that al fresco experience, for Bethel has their own Ecco Rooftop Eatery. Located upstairs from their equally great sister restaurant, La Zingara, Ecco offers [...]

Stanziato’s, Danbury

By |2017-04-22T10:28:35-04:00April 22nd, 2017|Connecticut, Fairfield County|

When someone asks me where to eat locally, my go-to answer is always Stanziato's. While there is plenty of love to go around for other local spots, no where quite has my heart like Stanzi’s does. Opened in 2009 in a small shopping strip, Stanziato’s was a surprise hit [...]

Iron & Wine, Patterson

By |2017-04-17T23:03:31-04:00April 17th, 2017|New York, Putnam County|

As a native of Putnam County myself, I can say that this county is sparse when it comes to new dining establishments. Westchester seems to have taken all of the talent, and only the bold have ventured out to red-sauce Italian territory of the upper end of the Metro [...]

Rice and Beans Food Truck

By |2017-04-02T23:18:36-04:00April 2nd, 2017|Connecticut, Fairfield County|

The heavens opened up for all the weekend warriors this morning when Crown Point apartments commissioned Rice and Beans to post up and sling some delicious food. Owned and operated by Danbury native Jasson Arias, Rice and Beans can be found all over the state but is based out of [...]

Winston, Mount Kisco

By |2017-04-01T13:39:31-04:00April 1st, 2017|New York, Westchester County|

Sometimes a girl needs a well made cocktail. Enter Winston. Winston is a gorgeous restaurant plucked straight from Manhattan and placed on E Main in Mt. Kisco. Boasting a rooftop bar and a classically trained chef with lots of love for his dog, Winston is a great find [...]

Country Kitchen, Brewster

By |2017-04-01T13:21:27-04:00March 29th, 2017|New York, Putnam County|

What better way to start off St Patrick's Day than with fresh corned beef hash? Country Kitchen in my hometown of Brewster has perfected the fine art of this diner specialty. I really hesitate to label Country Kitchen as a diner, because it's not the greasy spoon that most people [...]

Rushing Duck Brewery, Chester

By |2017-04-01T13:22:33-04:00March 29th, 2017|New York, Orange County|

I love hometown gems, the ones that in-the-know locals love, and out-of-towners may never know even existed. Pulling up to Rushing Duck feels like going to a speakeasy. Going to the tail end of Main Street in Chester, by the converted railroad station cycling trail, is a mustard yellow warehouse [...]

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The Best Old Fashioned

By |2017-03-29T22:40:08-04:00March 23rd, 2017|Recipes, Staying Home|

The Old Fashioned. A true classic, and a cocktail I hold very near to my heart. So snobbishly near, that my mother and I debated its true ingredients for a good half hour. After sampling the perfect specimen at Stanziato’s in Danbury, I set out to recreate it’s magic and found [...]

Little Pub, Ridgefield

By |2017-04-02T23:17:58-04:00March 14th, 2017|Connecticut, Fairfield County|

Ahh Little Pub. One of my all-time favorite spots, which I guess is why I’m writing about it now. Casually mentioned to me by a coworker a few years ago, I decided to check it out and have been hooked ever since. Little Pub has four locations in Fairfield County, the flagship in Ridgefield, a sister [...]

Eggz Food Truck, Bethel

By |2017-04-01T13:28:47-04:00March 5th, 2017|Connecticut, Fairfield County|

Things got pretty sexy this Saturday morning, as they do when you stop at Eggz for breakfast. Eggz is local legend Matt Stanczak's latest brain child. Known as the former owner and creative force behind Danbury's Stanziato's, he has garnered a huge following waiting to gobble up whatever he serves next. Eggz is parked at the [...]