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Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs

I have become a huge fan of farm-fresh soft-boiled eggs. There’s no competition on the health/taste scale. And they’re very accessible in this area.  There’s a stand on Rt. 22 in Petersburgh selling them (with a smile), at least 3 stands on Breese Hollow Rd. in Hoosick, another good one on Rt. 7 in Hoosick just east of the Creative Custom Woodcraft shop, one on Fox Hollow Road in Petersburgh, one on Babcock Lake Road near Route 7, and many more. 

One soft-boiled egg per day (no toast allowed!) has played a big part in my losing 30 pounds (and counting) since I retired in June.  I just gave each daughter “the equipment” to make them the way I do.  The key being a Nordic Ware Microwave Egg Boiler that sells for less than $10 and is available on   However, I complemented all this with how I do it -- a major motion picture, The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs.  Roll it…

The Zen of Soft-Boiled Eggs (video)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Clark

The Clark
Last weekend, I got my periodic fix at The Clark, the amazing Clark museum in Williamstown.  I have to pinch myself every time I go.  I find it hard to believe I live in rural Grafton, NY and yet less than 15 miles from this world class art museum.  I never tire of the Winslow Homers, John Singer Sargents, George Inness's and Frederic Remingtons in the permanent collection.  And the special exhibits are always a joy.

If you haven't been there for a while, give yourself a treat.  And if you're on a tight budget, make it on the first Sunday of the month through May 1st since no admission will be charged.

One of my favorites: A Street in Venice - John Singer Sargent

Friends or Foes? - Frederic Remington

Autumn in Montclair - George Inness

Undertow - Winslow Homer

View from the inside of the new Clark Center, designed by Tadao Ando Architects & Associates.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Coyote Flaco

Coyote Flaco - Williamstown

We drove over the Petersburgh Pass to Williamstown recently to try out Coyote Flaco, a Mexican restaurant on Route 7 (505 Cold Spring Rd.) about 1/2 way between the intersection of routes 2 and 7 (bottom of the Pass) and downtown Williamstown. The restaurant has a nice, fun decor with a wood stove blazing at one end. There's a bar, main dining room and secondary dining room. They ALL filled up that night, so do make reservations. Although a complimentary salsa and chips is quickly delivered to the table, Constant Companion and I shared a Coyote Guacamole that was served in two scooped out avocados -- superb!  We then both chose Quesadillas Linda for our entree -- Constant Companion going with the Vegetarian and I with the Chicken. Very good! (large serving -- 1/2 was doggy-bagged to take home). Very good selection of drinks and Mexican beers. Being partial to amber beers, I went with the Dos Equis XX Amber. CC chose a Sauvignon Blanc glass of wine. The meal was completed with a shared dessert serving of Churros -- my first, and not my last (yummmmmy!!!). Good thing we shared too, or I wouldn't have made it out the door. 

Okay... very good food, very good service (a tad rushed at first, but they got the message), very good value. My only complaint: the parking lot needs work. We were parked along the creek and retainers should be placed there so one doesn't inadvertently shift into forward when departing, or slide into the creek which is certainly possible. However, we both loved the place, were thrilled to find a replacement for the closed Rattlesnake Cafe in Bennington, and I would place it now in my "Williamstown Top 3": 1) Mezze for fine dining; 2) Pera Bistro (my favorite) for special "dinners-for-two"; and now 3) Coyote Flaco for "I got the munchies, I don't feel like cooking, I have a yen for a Williamstown fix" days.  

And, speaking of Pera Bistro, there's an excellent review of that wonderful restaurant in Rural Intelligence -- click here.

Coyote Flaco's main dining room

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Welcome to the Rensselaer Plateau

Click the play button on the image above to view the video

The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance just released this video offering a cool drone-filmed, bird's-eye view of their new community forest, accessed off Legenbauer Road in the Town of Poestenkill.

"The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance is happy to announce that the first U.S. Forest Service-recognized Community Forest in New York State is now open to public use, featuring miles of trails and varied recreation opportunities."

Kudos RPA and thank you!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Cascade Trail - North Adams, Mass.

Falls at the End of the Cascade Trail
We recently hiked the short (approximately 1-1/2 hours round-trip) Cascade Trail in North Adams, Massachusetts. Surprisingly, this little gem's trailhead is just off Marion Avenue, a residential street that connects with Route 2 on the western side of North Adams, very close to Williamstown.  There is a small parking area at the end of the street.  The hike proceeds through a very wooded hollow, alongside a creek leading to the cascading waterfall.

The trail is well-maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.  Click here for a map locator of their reservations in Western Massachusetts.

Other Hikes
SVC Trails

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