Dobbs Ferry Gathering Place Offers A Unique Mix of Classes for Babies and New Moms.
Rivertown Mamas is for babies and new moms what ancient Rome must have been like for the great artists and thinkers of that day: A source of inspiration. Opening last Fall in Dobbs Ferry, Rivertown Mamas has an abundance of classes and workshops to support new moms in Westchester, from breastfeeding support and surviving sleep deprivation to learning infant massage and sign language. There’s also mommy and me yoga, spanish play class, and world music classes.
A few weeks ago, my daughter and I took the most adorable baby yoga class called Baby Buddahs, lead by yoga expert and mom of two Kate Loewengart. It was a wonderfully relaxing hour for me and a stimulating morning for my little girl. What I found so interesting was that in a class of five moms and babies, each one of us were from different towns around the county — Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hastings, Ardsley and Rye. Indeed, Rivertown Mamas founder Stephanie Hinkaty has created a unique gathering place that Westchester moms will continue to flock to and appreciate for years to come. [...]
Dobbs Ferry has two new reasons to visit.
Walking into Grenadine, the new French creperie in Dobbs Ferrry, I couldn’t help but smile. With red checkerboard table cloths, black and white checkerboard floor and French music playing, this cheerful new café was perfect for a rainy Saturday – or any day.
You may remember Grenadine from the Hastings Farmers Market. Well, two weeks ago they moved into their new digs on Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry. We started with a few savory crepes: ham and Gruyere cheese ($7), mozzarella, pesto and tomatoes ($8), smoked salmon, dill and crème fraiche ($8) and for the kids just mozzarella. Each one was delicious, but my ham and cheese could have used a tad more filling. For dessert we shared the dulce de leche crepe, but I really wanted to try the crepe of the day – lemon curd and fresh blueberries. They also serve crepes with Nutella and strawberries or bananas. Watching the man (with the French accent) make the crepes in front of us was almost as much fun as eating them. Fresh brewed green tea ice tea with mint went perfectly with our lunch. [...]
I witnessed this "gastronomic perversion" and I'm seriously tempted.
We were having dinner at The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry recently and suddenly the lights flashed on and off. I looked over at the long table of about ten people and saw how they strained to see the arrival of… the pig. The Swine Dinner is described as “gastronomic perversion and barbarism” on The Cookery’s website and the star of the show is an entire pig, roasted with a honey glaze. From where I sat I could see the perfect browned and glistening pig. It looked incredible. And this is coming from a person who loves bacon, but not so much pork. Especially a whole pig.
The chef and owner, David DiBari, carved the pig at their table and I saw the plates being passed around. I heard someone say, “Who wants the ear?” and a woman received what looked like, from where I was sitting, an ear. She said “It’s crispy,” and chomped away. I was very happy with what I was eating (grilled Branzino fish and perfectly crispy potatoes), but I couldn’t help but stare at this group of laughing, reveling, feasting, diners. I looked back about 30 minutes later and they were all getting up and cutting into the pig themselves. It did look a little barbaric. But, in a good way. [...]
Don't just go out to dinner. Go out for an evening of live music.
Sometimes we’re looking for more than just dinner. We crave a little excitement. A real night out. The following restaurants provide live music, mouth watering bites and cocktails that might make you leave your babysitter an extra generous tip. Each place offers music on different nights. Try them all and see which ones become your favorites…
(Photo: John James Trio with Bernie Williams at Park143 Bistro)
Cedar Street Grill, a cozy pub-like restaurant on the main drag in Dobbs Ferry, offers music on Wednesdays from 8pm- 10pm plus American comfort food with a twist and yummy, artisanal beers. Don’t miss the beer battered pickles — they may just be better than the band. 23 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry; 914-674-0706
Westchester joins the food truck revolution.
It’s 85 degrees, and I’m eating pizza in the hot baking sun. With thin lemon slices and crisp basil nestled in a garlicky mozzarella pie, I’m just not caring. The hint of lemon makes it taste refreshing.
When Dave DiBari, the chef and owner of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, decided to drive his wood-fired pizza oven up to area farmers markets this summer, he didn’t realize just how successful he’d be. Today, people line up for his hot-out-of-the-oven pizzas. DiBari calls it DoughNation. When I ask him why he decided to start a pizza truck, he shrugs. “I love pizza,” he says. “Who doesn’t love pizza?” (He also apparently loves his mom, since her name “Laura” is spelled out in mosaic tiles on the mobile pizza oven. [...]
Here are over 250 places to hear free live music this summer.
ArtsWestchester is a really cool non-profit organization that helps organize arts events all around Westchester County. They also help compile existing arts events into a daily central calendar. So if you’re looking for a cool exhibit or family art event, a search of ArtsWestchester’s calendar is a must.
A few days ago ArtsWestchester published a really killer list of all of the outdoor music events around the region this summer. They call it Music in the Air, and all of the 250+ concerts listed are either free or less than $20.
You can find deets on the free Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Series and free band concerts in Chase Park in Scarsdale as well as larger concerts like the American Roots Music Festival at Caramoor Center for the Music & Arts in Katonah and quirky events like a Neil Diamond Tribute in Yorktown.
I’ve been using this list to plan some fun early evening family picnics. What’s better than live music outdoors on a warm summer night? Can’t think of much.