Monday, June 24, 2013

rusty's farm fresh eatery

On one of our weekend outings in May, Bryan and I found ourselves on Route 9 in Red Hook, (Dutchess County, not Brooklyn) where there is an abundance of antique stores. We started out at the Red Hook Flea Market, (in the Holy Cow parking lot) then ventured to Hoffman's Barn Sale, a cavernous, well-organized and decently priced place. (and the store that Kevin from the Bottle Shop suggested I check next for a lock) Somewhere in that area is another store- can't remember the name, but you won't miss it- loads of stuff is displayed out on the lawn. While there I made sort of a crazy purchase, given that I'm watching my money and not really buying stuff right now. Wandering through racks of mugs and dishware that are left out in the elements, I found a half bushel basket filled with vintage glass ramekins. I kinda have a thing for little bowls and dishes, and I had never seen glass ramekins this old- each one is marked with an etched, beveled lip. I thought the owner would just give me a price for the basket, but she made her employee take each one out and count them, as she sat in her car. The basket was filled with water from the last rain and damp evergreen leaves sat in most of the cups. I had to work the woman down, but finally she gave me a decent price. you drive a hard bargain, lady! she said with a thick New York accent, her face covered by large, Chanel sunglasses.

After all of this we were quite hungry! Somehow, whizzing by this tiny strip shopping center several times, as we kept overshooting the antiques places, I noticed the sign for Rusty's Farm Fresh Eatery. And were we glad I did! One of the very best things about being in the Hudson Valley is the farm-fresh food, made by owners to cater to any type of dietary taste or need. Being on a mostly gluten-free diet, I am so happy to be able to eat sandwiches on the go! Like a normal person! Rusty's was dee-licous. And given that it was a day to splurge, we did. With their very delectable sandwiches (house-roasted turkey anyone?) they offer a choice of salad or homemade potato chips. So I ordered both! Bryan had a burger, which seemed to be the most popular thing on the menu. The people sitting next to us couldn't resist their fried treats either, ordering the fried zucchini and sweet potato fries for the table.

Rusty's very basic exterior belies the gourmet wonderland inside.

THE SLAW on gluten-free bread.

You can catch a glimpse of rusty's home made potato chips on the right.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

bottle shop antiques

bryan is doing some work on his mom's house in hawaii and he needed to replace a lock. he sent me some photos and measurements, asking that I stop by kingston's zaborski emplorium to see if they had the one he was looking for. piles of old locks salvaged from old buildings. who knew? zaborski has their locks pretty well organized, but we couldn't find the exact one bryan was looking for. stan (zaborski?) suggested that I try The Bottle Shop in salt point. so away I went on saturday, GPS in hand. b and I had been out to this part of dutchess county before, but had taken a different route. I drove through country roads and farmland until I came to where routes 82 and 44 meet. kevin, proprietor of the bottle shop, was very helpful in trying to find me just the right lock. but to no avail- I had no idea door locks came in so many different sizes and configurations. while I was there, how could I not look around? If you're looking for an old bottle, this is the place to come. and I was looking for some old bottles, as I am finding homes for the spice collection I've been rebuilding since after the hurricane. kevin referred me to another salvage place, this one in red hook, and one that b and I have been to before. In the mean time, b is probably just going to get a different type of lock for the door.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

and more

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

j train

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

other end

Saturday, June 8, 2013

weekend jaunt

Plans for this weekend were up and down, back and forth, resulting in where I sit right now- on the Amtrak hugging the Hudson River, somewhere south of Poughkeepsie, on my way to Brooklyn. Meeting D&P for the flurry of activity that is the borough of Kings. Oh, and Queens. Today we'll see Rachael perform with her band Mesiko at the People's Garden in Bushwick. Coincidentally the same community garden that was near my first Brooklyn apartment. Then on Sunday another of D's friends is having a giant yard sale in Astoria, not too far from my first apartment in nyc. Should be fun. Btw, this is my first mobile blog post! update: had to give a few formatting tweaks to the mobile post.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

sodafine pop-up

exciting, exciting news! my long-time brooklyn friend erin weckerle is resurrecting her dear shop sodafine as a pop-up in greenpoint this summer. and who was asked, amongst a roster of talented ladies, to sell her wares at said pop-up? why me, silly! this is the first opportunity since the hurricane for me to get some of my work out there- and to have a reason to make some new things. I'm currently working on the knotted pieces, as pictured below, and those will be available for sale at the pop-up.