Saturday, July 16, 2011

New York State of Mind

Rural New York in Summer.  Quiet, peaceful and good old American comfort food; MEXICAN!!

Hudson, New York, is one of those places that the "city folk" have turned around by moving in and rebuilding historic homes, opening new businesses including antique shops and restaurants.  One of those restaurants is Mexican Radio, an interesting name for a good place.

Many reviews include the lack of complimentary chips and salsa, the standard of any Mexican restaurant.  I'll explain.  Their reason for charging for this is everything is homemade; the chips, the salsa and maybe even the salt is mined locally.  The salsa is a LARGE portion as well as the chips, which tasted better than normal.  Maybe it's the oil.  If you don't want it, don't order it.  Just a suggestion.

I ordered fish tacos that came with beans and rice.  A platter of 3 good sized soft corn tortillas filled with batter fried Tilapia and something new;  pre-codimentized (is that a word?!?).
Guacamole, shredded cabbage and a crema sauce were already added.  This is great timesaver when you're contemplating sipping first, the beer or the tequila.

There are many choices on the menu, all of which have the Mexican Radio twist.  A decent selection selection of beers including local micro-brews as well as many tequilas to choose from, which make the whole trip complete.  Don't ask for mezcal, they don't have it.

Visit Mexican Radio, I did and was more than surprised.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gorging and Bad Manners - Listen to your Mother

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite local restaurants, I won't mention the name, but I have reviewed it previously.
During my fine dinner of the seas' finest food, I heard a hooorible grunting, coughing and gasping.
I looked up and across the dining room to see three well dressed seniors having their dinner too.
Their friend, I'll call him "Stan", was gorging himself on shrimp and pasta.  Even with a full mouth, he would stuff in more and carry on a conversation at the same time!!  With every fork full; a cough, a spit and a grunt...quite disgusting or miraculous, depending on your point of view.  He would continue doing this for the duration of the meal, grossing out everyone around him. With dinner done for them, "Stan" and his friends disappeared, leaving the other diners to enjoy their meal in peace.  "Stan", you're disgusting!

                       I guess his mother never told him not to talk with his mouth full