A blog about Hudson, New York

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Yum

The need for authentic ethnic cuisine (particularly Asian) in this town is so acute that, for me at least,  it expresses itself in fever dreams –and hopeful blog posts about fleeting ventures such as a couple of Indian dishes at our local fried chicken joint. At the debut of Red Dot’s weekly gourmet Chinese food night, I got the sense that I’m not alone in this desire: The excitement in the air was palpable, and nary a table was to be had.  And the food was incredible: refined dim sum such as pork and winter mushroom dumplings and boiled dumplings tossed in red chili oil,  entrees of delicately crispy fish in a puff and crispy batter and shredded pork in a “fragrant and spicy sauce.”  (Even the menu’s locution sounded genuine.) Every detail in chef Michael Chesloff’s lineup came out wonderfully, from the sticky rice to the subtly seasoned Chinese broccoli. Red Dot owner Alana Hauptmann says she is thinking of continuing the weekly event on Tuesdays, a day the restaurant has traditionally been closed, so it will be a double blessing.–Scott Baldinger

Where’s the Veggie?

Trusting information from a press release sent out just a few days ago by Acres, Hudson’s fledgling food co-op, I mistakenly reported in a previous post that the market it started this Saturday would feature produce such as “vegetables, apples, and cider” and would “bridge the seasonal gap until the Farmer’s Market resumes in March.”

Well, egg (or Camembert!) on my face! As it turned out there wasn’t even a pale onion or wizened potato in the place, just a cheese vendor, a tamale vendor, and a smoked-chicken vendor, none of whom were selling anything that could be considered foundational parts of the food pyramid, delicious though their offerings were. When I asked Acres Co-op director Peter Pehrson about the absence of  vegetables (the lack of which is what the USDA points to when it called Hudson a food desert ), I was told “Maybe they heard you were coming and decided not to show up.” Who knew that tubers could be so touchy! (Another person raising money for the co-op at the front desk added that a few might be available next week.)

To get your recommended daily dose of vegetable matter every day, and without defensive remarks, head on down to Lick (253 Warren Street), which is now chockful of exotic items such as arugula, lettuce, kale, mushrooms, and herbs, and Bruno’s (227 Warren Street) , which regularly carries bananas, avocados, and rare local delicacies such as eggs, sweet potatoes and red onions. Or you could go back to ShopRite, get your basics and and be entertained by shop clerks like the one below. Not to sound like the dreaded Mitt Romney, but praise be to the free enterprise system!   –Scott Baldinger

All Co-oped Up

Just when the post- holiday, temperature- hitting- below 10-degrees blues started to hit, the following warming news popped into the inbox:  Starting this Saturday Acres, Hudson’s nascent food co-op, will be hosting a weekly indoor food market  that “bridges the seasonal gap until the Farmers Market resumes in March.”  An encouraging sign that Acres is on track and getting ready to roll,  the market will include purveyors such as Breezy Hill Orchards and Migliorelli Farm (vegetables,  apples, cider); Berkshire Mountain Bakery; North Wind Farms (organic meat); Block Factory Tamales; Tierra Farm (nuts, nut butters, coffee); and Amazing Real Life Food Company (cheese), with more to follow. And plenty of tubers, we can be sure.   (702 Columbia Street, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.) — Scott Baldinger

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