This past weekend I took a nice long trip upstate to visit my sister at her college in Plattsburgh. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for the food scene upstate. I guessed there were just a ton of chain restaurants and a sub shop here and there. I was pleasantly surprised and very wrong!
We ventured to a wine tasting shop, a food co-op and had Himalayan food! A rarity even for NYC dwellers. The Himalayan dishes below were fantastic. They were spice-filled and super flavorful. None of the food on the menu used butter and minimal oil was used when possible, which was a bonus. The food of this region is very hearty and comforting which is perfect while upstate in 10 degree weather.
While Plattsburgh was fun, we decided to cross the border into Canada to have the ever famous poutine. Essentially poutine is fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese curds. The one below has an addition of different types of sausages and hot dogs which is also very popular with those Canadians. While this is certainly an amazing late night food, I wouldn't go back for seconds in the day time.
Lastly we came to Burlington, Vermont. While driving down the road we passed people ice fishing and saw beautiful landscapes which I could imagine look even better in the summertime. Of course I had to try some Ben and Jerry's (just a little) at one of the shops on Church Street. While we didn't go to the factory, this stuff still did the trick.
After that we headed to the Magic Hat Brewery. Who knew it was in VT?? There were a number of VT-only brews on tap which I got to try. Steve's Sour was my favorite--an IPA with passion fruit. A plus at this place is that the tour of the brewery is free and it comes with 4 beer tastings (also free). I highly recommend coming if you are a fan of Magic Hat.
Seeing all these unique cities and trying their own specialties was a lot of fun and I can't wait for my next trip to see what interesting treats I can find!
Keep avidly eating.