An HRV Weekend with Jen & Ben

Cafe Drake was thrilled to welcome Jen Ruske and Ben Terziani to Cafe Drake HRV during these early days of the holiday season. The weather cooperated and J&B went to bed Friday night with a gentle snow blanketing the surrounding fields and woods, waking up to light ground coverage that didn't deter these hardy Northeasterners from a morning trek along the Hudson River. 

Appetites were hearty and we all enjoyed a multi-course Indian dinner at home (tomato rassam with shrimp, uttapams and coconut chutney, yogurt and ginger marinated lamb with pine nuts, basmati, pan-fried cabbage and a tangy dal spiked with tamarind) and a mid-afternoon meal of rabbit stew, salad, cheese plates and olive oil cookies. Cafe Drake was the lucky recipient of Saturday dinner at PanZur - surely one of our favorite restaurants in all of New York, city and state - where we stretched ourselves through plate after plate of rich, perfectly seasoned tapas: crispbreads topped with braised pork belly and red cabbage slaw, smoking beef heart tartare, poached clams atop more pork belly (fried, this time) and thick parsley emulsion, maple and butter-braised brussels sprouts, fried potatoes loaded with Manchego cheese and nestled next to saffron mayo, fried pig ears and bleu cheese mousse . . . yes Dear Reader we ate it all. And doggy-bagged a couple of small bites home. 

In between rounds of heavenly gorging we still found time for antique and book shopping in Saugerties, drinks at Liberty of Rhinebeck and the Beekman Arms and brunch at Miss Lucy's!


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