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Good morning and happy Monday. I should be able to give you more Small Bites posts this week — since we’re wrapping up the fall restaurant preview that will publish on Wednesday. I don’t want to scoop too much of what’s in print – though Small Bites readers already have seen some of the “coming soons” — so I’ll wait until Wednesday to announce a lot of the new restaurants.

You’ll want to pick up the paper on Wednesday, though, because we’ll have lots of nice photos, some inside places that aren’t even open yet.

So what did you all eat this weekend? On Friday, I went to the city and dined at the Tipsy Parson. Cute little place on Ninth Avenue that has some Southern dishes on the menu, including this trio of spreads:

Clockwise from the top we have pimento cheese, deviled tasso and black-eyed pea salad. They were served with housemade herb crackers.

We tried a lot of dishes (and I went home very full), but here’s a look at the Shrimp & Grits, which comes with fried green tomato, broiled spiced shrimp, Rockland Plantation stone-ground grits and a roasted tomato vinaigrette, which had some nice spiciness to it that reminded me of Country Captain Chicken a little.

On Saturday for lunch I had a PLT — that prosciutto, lettuce and tomato:

I crisped up the prosciutto in a saute pan, and toasted my bread. (The bread, from Wave Hill, is terrific, by the way.)

On Saturday night, we had some guests. Here we are toasting with our Aviation cocktails (and our homemade brandied cherries):

I’ll give you the recipe in a bit. So good!

For supper we had a pasta dish with sausage and fresh plum tomatoes from the Pleasantville Farmers Market:


Once that was all tossed and garnished with a little Parmesan? Heaven in a bowl.

For Sunday night supper, we just had a salad from the garden.

And with that, here’s what people have been talking about this weekend:

MH thinks the Flying Pig on Lexington is “worth it,” if you order apps and pizzas. (NYT)
Emily likes Caffe Trento in Yonkers. (NYT)
Enrico’s in Hartsdales moves to bigger digs. (SP)
Rinku goes to Kathleen’s Tea Room in Peekskill. (CIW)
Rinku also goes to Blue Hill Cafe at Stone Barns Center. (CIW)
Elisa reviews Mantra in Paramus. (SH)
Meet Eric Krupnick and Albert Astudillo at La Crémaillère in Bedford. (CMKP)
Meet the Chef: Kenji Toyomoto of Red Plum in Mamaroneck. (LMP)
A new spot in Scarsdale: Masseria. (CH)


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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