Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Few Fun Things in Warwick New York

Last weekend Dave went to his hometown of Warwick, NY to visit with family. While there he had a few new experiences.

The Bellvale Farms Creamery was perched on the top of Mount Peter and overlooked the farms of Warwick Valley. The place was packed at 3pm with a mix of families and hikers whom may have spent the day, or past few days, hiking portions of the nearby Appalachian Trail. Dave and his Grandmother chose to have hard ice cream vs. the soft serve and enjoyed the views and people watching.
Dave had a chance to visit a few other local eateries. The first stop was of course Franks's Pizza. Dave has been coming here since he was a kid for the best New York style pizza. This one sets the standards that all others are judged by. A few places do better, but anywhere in Chicago falls below these standards.

Railroad Avenue didn't offer much when Dave was growing up, now it has become Warwick's restaurant row with bakeries, a French cafe, chocolate shop, wine bar, Irish bar, and Italian restaurant. Dave picked up some chocolates at Sweetbriar's, had breakfast with his family at Le Petite Cuisine, and picked up some desserts one night from Eat Sweet Bakeshop.

Croissant French Toast

Eat Sweet

After Sunday breakfast with the family Dave walked over to the Farmer's Market. It's held in the main parking lot in town right behind Main Street every Sunday in-season. Lots of different vendors were on-hand selling produce, beef jerky, breads, flowers, and wines from some of the local wineries.
One sign caught Dave's eye while at the market. He noticed one of the local farm markets advertised themselves as a brew pub? How was this information withheld from him all weekend? Dave enquired more and found out that the market was also hosting a car show that day. Sounded like something Dave and his dad should check out.

Pennings Farm Market has certainly evolved over the years. It used to be one of those places you'd stop at for local produce and flowers. Now, you can eat in their bar, enjoy their ice cream and baked goods, and pet their chickens. They also have a beer garden and outdoor bar - where Dave and his dad sat and enjoyed some regional beers. For the brew pub purist - we will warn you they are not brewing on-premise. They are contract brewing their cider and are growing hops to go into a beer they will be brewing in partnership with a local brewer in Chester. With that said, we had a great time sitting there enjoying a pleasant summer afternoon.

Finally, here's a short video of Dave picking up and eating NY Pizza from Frank's.

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