April 24, 2017

Eats

Revisiting Willimantic Brewing Company

WILLIMANTIC, CT – There’s always a risk when visiting an eatery a second time that it won’t measure up to pleasant memories of an initial visit. A stop this week at the Willimantic Brewing Company/Main Street Cafe fortunately confirmed my positive first impression. The atmosphere was enjoyable, the service prompt …

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More Than Pizza In Phoenicia

PHOENICIA, NY – Just inside the front door of Brio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant is a wood-fired pizza oven. “Signature” and “Gourmet” pies are the eatery’s specialty, but

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Crossing The Line At Whetstone Station

BRATTLEBORO, VT – It’s not often that you hear the word “whetstone” used in conversation; a whetstone being a sharpening stone for knives. Having grown up on Whetstone Road in Harwinton, CT, though, it’s a word that always perks my ears. Hearing of a craft brewery and restaurant here called …

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Kent Coffee Open In New Spot

KENT, CT – After getting evicted from its longtime home at 8 N. Main St., Kent Coffee & Chocolate Co. has moved up the street to a new and larger location in the former Bank of America building at 45 N. Main St. Java-seeking motorcyclists, who have made the shop …

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Facelift For Peaches ‘N Cream

LITCHFIELD, CT – A facelift at Peaches ’N Cream, the ice cream shop near the Litchfield-Torrington town line on Route 202, means more seating options for ice cream-loving motorcyclists to enjoy their

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Man of Kent And NY Breweries Visit

HOOSICK FALLS, NY – Occasionally, plans fall through. When that happens, it’s sometimes the spur-of-the-moment alternative that turns out to possibly be even more fun than the original scheme. Such was the case over the weekend. My friend Paul and I had decided to drive to

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A Trip To The Tail Winds Cafe

UNION VALE, NY – The unseasonably warm weather for mid-December prompted some two-wheeled exploration with friends Carl Foster, Brian O’Neil and Bob Rosen on Sunday, and our big “find” was the Tail Winds Cafe, a hilltop breakfast and lunch eatery at

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Dan’s Diner Recalls Heyday Of Diners

SPENCERTOWN, NY – There’s a cliché line used by motorcyclists that goes “It not the destination, it’s the ride.” The point behind it is that getting there – wherever “there” might be – should provide the primary enjoyment for riders whenever they leave home on two (or three) wheels. While …

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Imaginative Omelets At Whistle Stop Cafe

DEEP RIVER, CT – If ever a hot cup of coffee (followed by a hearty breakfast) was needed, it was after riding 50 miles just after sunrise on a chilly mid-April morning. The purpose of today’s ride was to meet some other Moto Guzzi owners from Connecticut, but the first priority …

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“Q” Recalls Indian’s Past With BBQ

  Update: Q is no longer open. SPRINGFIELD, MA – Given its location at 890 State St., it’s only natural that Q would have a vintage Indian on display as well as other artifacts that recall the early history of the iconic motorcycle brand, which called

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Wood Creek Bar and Grill Welcomes Riders

NORFOLK, CT – When heading out with friends for a ride through the Litchfield Hills, I am always on the lookout for quality eating establishments, especially ones that are motorcyclist friendly. The Wood Creek Bar and Grill represents all of this and more. Owners Mike and Heidi Dinsmore started the …

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A Backroads Buildup To Big W’s BBQ

WINGDALE, NY – One of the pleasures of motorcycling is spotting a previously-unexplored road and, on a whim, taking it. Sometimes the result is a dead end. A more common outcome is discovering a route that becomes part of a regular ride pattern because of the scenery or the

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Katz’s Deli Never Leaves You Hungry

WOODBRIDGE, CT – Being a gentile with an English heritage, I’ve been known to commit the inexcusable act of bringing a small jar of Hellmann’s mayonnaise (called Best Foods out west) with me when visiting a Jewish deli, so as to slather it on a corned beef on rye sandwich. …

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NY Ride For Jalapenos And Farm-Brewed Beer

AVERILL PARK, NY – Beer drinkers of a certain age will recall the days when Coors wasn’t a national brand, rather a regional favorite that was only sold west of the Mississippi River. It had to be “imported from Colorado” surreptitiously, which made Coors a

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