Category Archives: Eateries

Update: Arnold’s Drive-In, Mohegan Lake NY Closes (2004 to February, 2009)

DH and I were trying to figure out what happened to this restaurant over the past few weeks. This was the start of it… one night we took a chance and drove to Mohegan Lake even though they didn’t answer their phone (DH thought it was uncharacteristic of them). When we arrived the door was locked and the lights were off and thought it odd that they had maybe closed early for the day? I tried to call a couple of times after that night but still met with no answer =(. Eventually their phone was disconnected within two weeks time. Arnold’s had suddenly closed without any notice. I did web searches to try to find any posts related to this. Tonight was a sad night since DH had accidentally found our beloved burger place being advertised on eBay–> I’m posting this blog for anyone who was also wondering what had happened? Apparently the owner is selling the store due to health issues. It’s always sad when a fave store closes. I’m really devastated. DH and I have been eating there on weekends for the past two years, possibly longer. I almost always ordered my calamari salad with balsamic vinigrette, chili, and root beer float with soft vanilla ice cream. The food was always so fresh. We even brought friends and family there since we loved Arnold’s so much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the new owners will maintain Arnold’s the way it always has been, with a perfect old-fashioned twist to an all American-type menu.

*Photocredit: Arnold’s Drive-In (a 1950’s drive-in style restaurant built from scratch which first opened in 2004), Eric & Rob

Via Genova Cafe & Water Bar

Today I was craving my favorite salad from Via Genova. The one which owner, Diane Felicissimo mixes fresh greens with thinly sliced prosciutto, sweet figs, among other yummy ingredients. To my dismay, I found out too late that the store had closed sometime late January, 2009. She was a rarity- great customer service and always with a cheerful smile. I will also miss the Italian fruit sorbets and mango smoothies. This was where I bought my fave Sunny Seed Drops. Well, wherever she is, I hope she will never stop dazzling people with her delicious culinary delights. Via Genova will be sorely missed.

*Photocredit: Via Genova

Weekend Treat~ Breakfast Burrito

We woke up earlier this past Sunday and went out for a brunch. I had my heart set on a breakfast burrito. We drove to Justin Thyme Cafe. As usual the food was great, but the fruit drinks were a little weak this time around. I still recommend going there for brunch or dinner. We’ve had a bunch of breakfasts here and at least one dinner. The staff is polite and attentive. I don’t have any qualms about dining there again. Also pictured is their Monte Cristo. My husband enjoyed it.

Justin Thyme Cafe
171 Grand Street
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 271-0022

Bisou Patisserie & Cafe

Okay, I was really decadent today =( and stuffed myself with two cupcakes one vanilla, one chocolate, followed by a surprise strawberry shortcake-like treat compliments of the pastry chef =). My husband laughed and admitted to thinking I would take one home. The desserts were the perfect sweetness and the coffee the perfect aroma (though I do ritually dilute it with Sugar In The Raw and milk). I also admired the chef’s pride in details e.g. the lovely decorative dessert liners. I almost always notice details like that no matter how small they may seem. It was a very nice day to sit outdoors in the summer warmth, shaded by the table umbrella. I will definitely go back to sample their brunch fare. I will try next time to not over-stuff myself again (I later mentioned to my husband “now I know why gluttony is a sin”). Everything was just so good.

Bisou Patisserie & Cafe
146 Bedford Rd
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(914) 747-9780‎

Spoon Restaurant

I had a really nice dinner here with my family back in July. The interior reminded me of a Manhattan restaurant in suburbia, equipped with a sushi station along the back wall. I have absolutely no complaints about this restaurant. They really won me over. Everyone agreed the food was really tasty. The food presentation was excellent- kind of like too pretty to eat. The staff were very nice to us. They are in the process of applying for their liquor license and have been opened since late June 2008.

Temptation Tea House

Another really great place to eat. I usually order their wonton soup with watercress, beef & vegetable udon noodle soup, lychee tea, and one of their bubble teas to-go (really amazing). No boring menus here. The staff is attentive. When the weather permits, it’s always nice to eat outside. I wouldn’t doubt that we’ve dined here a dozen times. I’m not sure if Andrew really likes this place or if he’s trying to respect my occasional urge for cultural cuisine? I’m not going to say anything if he’s not =).

Temptation Tea House
11 1/2 S Moger Ave
Mt Kisco, NY 10549

Asian Bubble Drink
Asian Bubble Drink

I was walking around Soho, New York one day enjoying my bubble drink. A woman approached me and asked, “sorry to bother you, my daughter has a similar drink and just swallowed a bubble, she’s worried that she’ll get sick or die from it; I didn’t know what to tell her.” I smiled at the woman and told her that her daughter would be okay and that I ate some too.

For those of you who are not familiar with this drink, here is a great excerpt from

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble Tea is the catch-all name for endless unusual names of this drink such as: tapioca pearl drink, tapioca ball drink, pearl shake, pearl tea, black pearl tea, big pearl, boba tea, boba ice tea, boba nai cha, milk tea, bubble drink, zhen zhu nai cha, momi, momi milk tea, QQ, BBT, PT, and possibly many other names.

This drink is far from the plain-looking tea that you are generally familiar with and it is hard to explain to the uninitiated. It is non-alcoholic and non-carbonated. The tea is sweet, though it has less sugar than a typical soft drink. There are a huge variety of flavors to try, depending on the tea house or stand you visit. The drink is usually a mix of tea, milk, sugar, and giant black tapioca balls. The “bubble” refers to the foam created by shaking the freshly brewed tea with ice (the drink must always be shaken and not stirred).

For the first-timers, ordering a Bubble Tea can be an event. The tea is likely to be in pastel colors of pink, green or yellow. The unique ingredient of Bubble Tea is the tapioca pearl. About the size of pearls or small marbles, they have a consistency like gummy candy (soft and chewy). Being heavier than the drink they tend to always stay near the bottom of the glass. These drinks are usually served in large see-through plastic containers with an extra-wide straw to sip these jumbo pearls. Just sucking on the translucent straw creates a show, with pearls floating up in succession. Children like to blow the balls out from the straw to shoot at targets or at each other.

Some people find the tapioca balls bizarre and repelling. If you try it and like it – you’ll crave the drink and never look at coffee the same way again!

The Bubble Tea craze has been huge in Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia for the last 15 years. In fact, Bubble Tea has taken Taiwan by storm over the past decade. The drink originally started as a childhood treat in Taiwan in the late 1980’s at small tea stands in front of the schoolhouses. Teenagers and elementary school children looked forward to their after school tea. Tapioca pearls are made mostly from tapioca starch. Tapioca starch is starch made from tapioca or bitter-cassava plant, sometimes called manioca or yuca in some parts of the world. The bitter-cassava plant is native to South America and was introduced into Asia sometime during the 19th century. Someone came up with the idea of adding tapioca pearls as a bit of novelty, and the idea spread. This created a new fad of adding tapioca pearls into the children’s favorite tea drinks.

Bubble tea can be made at home, but preparing tapioca pearls can be quite labor intensive as the tapioca pearls must be consumed immediately to maintain freshness and not lose their soft gummy texture. It’s easier to skip making it yourself and head down to the various Bubble Tea shops which have sprung up.

I’m still laughing at the “shaken, not stirred part.” Could you imagine James Bond drinking this tea? Maybe his right hand man “Q” could create some killer tapioca balls for him to annihilate his foes… literally death at the end of a straw…..

Park Avalon Restaurant

Our beloved Park Avalon has been gone for quite some time now. I’m so sad =((. Everything about the restaurant was perfect! This was the place of my first date with my hubby… a chilly October night in 2001. The bar was surrounded by festive jack-o-lanterns and hurricane candles. Our last visit was September 2004 (the year I began my graduate studies). This entry is my small attempt to immortalize Park Avalon…

Park Avalon
225 Park Avenue South (between 19th and 20th Streets)
New York City, NY 10003

“Housed in a cavernous, candlelit loft space, Park Avalon appeals primarily to couples on dates. And if you are single, there is a decent chance you will find someone to talk to at the bustling bar in front. The eclectic Mediterranean menu offers something for everyone, including gourmet pizzas ($7-$10) and herb-roasted chicken ($12.50). The handsome staff is made up of part-time actors and models, and as a result service can be unpredictable (but always entertaining). The Sunday jazz brunch always draws a crowd”- author unknown.

“Just north of buzzing Union Square, Park Avalon draws a varied crowd: distinguished businessmen out with clients rub tables with couples, gossiping girlfriends, and even the occasional tourist. The stylish bar is crowded with patrons waiting for tables and those just observing the scene in the dining room. The multi-tiered space boasts high ceilings, mirrored walls, and tiled columns, with hurricane candles scattered throughout and booths in back. We recommend the pan roasted Chilean sea bass or cappellini with lobster, shrimp and scallops. Waiters, decked out in all black, tend to let diners bide their time. When dessert time does come around, go for the fondue, served with a warm chocolate dipping sauce.”- Kate Appleton

“A grand atmosphere makes you feel like you`re paying much more for the food than you really are. It`s lofty and happening, always crowded, especially around an attractive bar, surrounded by equally attractive people. The service is good and the prices surprisingly reasonable, so try it for fun for brunch or anytime. Try the crab cakes, herb-marinated Atlantic salmon or homemade pizzas. Or how about lowfat chocolate decadence cake? Oh, and the bread basket is wonderful. Park Avalon is a restaurant that dishes up Mediterranean, American and Italian cuisines. Expect the average entrée to cost in the range of $12 to $20, and you`ll be appropriate if dressed up — on the nicer side.
Atmosphere: Table talk requires you to speak up a bit here.
More Reasons to Go: The live jazz is a great part of your dining experience at this restaurant on the weekend. Park Avalon is great for groups.
Eating & Drinking: Open for lunch and dinner. There`s a Sunday brunch.
Details to Note: Reservations are suggested. Entrances and walkways are wheelchair friendly. The place stays open late.
Ways to Pay: Cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express”

Dinner Menu
Dinner Entrees Average: $12 to $20
Some entrees may cost more or less than the stated average.
Restaurant menus are subject to periodic revision.

Pasta Dishes
Penne with Tomato Basil
Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Tomato Basil
Hay and Straw with Tomato Basil
Cappellini with Tomato Basil

Peppered Tuna Steak
Maryland Crab Cakes
Porcini Dusted Swordfish
Lemon Glazed Chilean Sea Bass
Blackened Mahi Mahi
Grilled Herb Crusted Atlantic Salmon

Margherita Pizza
BLT Pizza
Market Pizza

Grilled Filet Mignon
N.Y. Sirloin Steak Au Poivre
Grilled N.Y. 14 oz. Sirloin Steak

Poultry Dishes
Chicken Paillard
Roasted Free Range Chicken

Arnold’s Drive In

We come here frequently on Friday nights (outdoors dining of course when Stella is with us). I almost always order their calamari salad with balsamic vinaigrette, chili, and soda float. Sometimes I have their baby-back ribs. Everything is so yummy! I have never been disappointed by the quality of their food. Think Arnold’s Drive-In from the Happy Days t.v. series… waitresses on skates, golden oldies playing in the background, phone numbers on the bathroom walls. It’s really cute!

Arnold’s Drive In
1805 E Main St
Mohegan Lake, NY 10547