Hennings Local, Cochecton New York

One day my parents were coming back from buying a new boat (literally so boujee) when they came across a tiny gem called Hennings Local. They walked in five minutes after it opened for the evening, were seated by a fireplace, wore their coats throughout the meal, and came home to brag about the food they had eaten. For real, I had heard about Hennings Local for a good year before they geared up one night and took my brother and I. I fell in love. 

This was about five years ago. Since then, Henning, the chef, picked up shop and moved from Ellensville to Cochecton, New York. The ambiance is quite hipster, the waiters and waitresses look like throwbacks to a simpler time. There are fresh mint leaves lining the wall outside on the staircase, they get local deliveries every morning of fish, chicken, steak, and in season vegetables. This place is the freshest of the fresh, the realist of the real, and I love it. 

Last night, we arrived to Hennings about an hour early for our reservations after visiting Bethel Woods, where the original Woodstock festival in ’69 took place. We walked around the field and I felt like the casual hippie that I was born to be. The vibe continued into the restaurant where my family, my best friend, and I sat down at a bar lined with homemade syrup for soda and a wide array of liquor. We received the cocktail menu which featured homemade “Oslo Mules” with their own ginger syrup and vodka, along with an assortment of different types of mules. (A mule is a drink traditionally with ginger beer, vodka, and mint- one of my faves). Straying away from my norm, I had a feeling they made a mean Mojito because of the mint… and I was right. We ordered this beautifully presented  frozen Mojito. Bella, Bella! 


My family and I are HUGE eaters. We sat down, got served Popovers (basically eggy, fluffy delicious English rolls), Gravlocks (fresh fatty salmon with horseradish pepper sauce), a Cobb salad with a huge wedge of iceberg and homemade blue cheese and bacon, annnd a Cesar salad with croutons served in the shape of a pyramid (or a campfire)- my dads absolute favorite! That was just the beginning. 


^look at that presentation. Also, the butter was, shockingly, homemade beet butter! 

For dinner, my mother got sesame crusted trout, I had trout ala norwegienne (with sour cream and chives), dad had the lamb (with puréed Brussels sprouts), and Laura had chateau briand and mashed potatoes. Other features include the Big Ass Ribe Eye, Crispy Pork Belly, a hamburger for the not so adventurous, sausage, Mac and cheese, and so many other delicious items. I invite you to check out their menu from the link above. 

Chef Henning brings some of the absolute best flavors to the Catskills from the moment you get a drink, to the moment you get a dessert. We had a chocolate tart with coconut for dessert, it literally melted. Not to mention Hennings Local is incredibly environmentally friendly with paper straws and cardboard to go boxes, which is what every restaurant should strive to do to cut down on waste. I could go on forever, but just know this place is worth the trip. And if you happen to go to Bethel Woods for a concert, it’s only a hop skip and a jump away, so really, there is no excuse not to go. Reservations recommended, this is not a place to be missed. 

Union Square Market

My Wednesday started out like any other. I commuted with my father into the city, got a coffee, spilled said coffee down my arm on my way over to the office, sat down in a chair, and prepared myself for a long 10 hours of work. Typical, until my supervisor pulled me aside and informed me of a lecture that my boss was giving at Beth Israel. I was amped to go and when 2:30 rolled around, I hopped on the subway, attended the lecture, and took a casual detour to what I would find out to be the Union Square Greenmarket.

For those of you who have never been before, it is the cutest, most environmentally friendly market I’ve ever been to. There are stalks of asparagus in water, small strawberry and blueberry plants, flowers, local honey, vegan treats, people promoting non-profit organizations, and more. It reminded me of my strolls down West 28th street on my break when I want to be surrounded by trees and shrubs in the concrete jungle, only more open and a lot less sketchy (sorry West 28th, I still love you).

I got stopped twice on my first walkthrough. Once to be a sucker and buy a $350 spa treatment and two $25 comedy club tix for $30. Steal. Twice to find out about the nonprofit, OxFam (shout out to my guy, Gray)! I almost got stopped a third time, but I politely told him that my quest for a vegan dessert on my break was much more important. Sorry. I have priorities.

My priorities came in the form of a lavender and pear scone from Body & Soul Bakeshop. It took me about 5 minutes and a few questions about what dessert was better to decide. Boy, am I glad I chose the scone. It was perfect. It had a great texture- flaky, but not so flaky where it fell apart upon every bite, and not too dry. The pears added a fresh burst of flavor and the lavender was a nice touch. They used just enough where it wasn’t too soapy tasting, as lavender can sometimes be. I will make it a priority to buy one thing a week, and that ain’t no lie. Body & Soul, you now have a lifelong customer. You’re welcome, and thank you for being so damn delicious.

 

When I wasn’t talking to Gray and Scott (the two who stopped me), I was admiring the other vendors. Bread Alone makes bread look like an art. Martin’s Pretzels almost tempted me away from my scone, but I’m a sucker for vegan desserts and my sweet tooth clearly won. There was local honey from Andrew’s Local, a lavender stand with fresh lavender and soaps, and farms promoting and selling their share.

If you want to check out the maps of the Union Square Markets, check out this website.

If you dig clean eats, plants, and the environment, you’ll really love this market. Remember to always support your local businesses. It’s important.

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My Lavender Pear Scone. I am in love.

Shake Shack & The Museum of Sex

This weekend, we celebrated my friend, Laura’s, birthday! It was an epic birthday weekend, and I can only hope mine is just as rad (*hint, hint*).

She had requested we go to the city, suggested going to the Museum of Sex, and left the food up to me. She had never been to Shake Shack before, a true New York Touristy staple. I had never been to the original in Washington Square Park, and decided that it was definitely time.

I chose to go back to my vegetarian roots (I was one for 8 years) and get their ‘Shroomburger. Phenomenal. Never disappointed. It’s a fried portobello mushroom stuffed with Muenster and cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce and tomato.

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Only the most heavenly bite. The cheese was dripping from my chin- Perfection.

I also have to get a concrete, because it is actually on my bucket list to get a concrete at every single Shake Shack (Yes, I do realize this is going to take me my entire life, and I am entirely okay with that). I got the The Concrete Jungle, a mix of vanilla custard, bananas, peanut butter sauce, and fudge sauce. I love bananas and peanut butter, and adding the extra calories is just a simple win.

We ended our night by jumping in a bouncy boob castle at The Museum of Sex and going to a swanky rooftop bar, 230 Fifth! Overall, I had a blast and was so happy my friends did, too! Also, to that bachelorette drunk on the train- if you’re reading this- I hope that you’re okay! You have good friends.

Shake Shack Life Hack: When ordering cheese fries, ALWAYS get the cheese on the side. You will always get more cheese, and who doesn’t love that?