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Nestled behind Mountain Dale’s funky eatery High Voltage Kitchen & Bar, the Creek Bar is a magical boho wonderland smack dab in the middle of a forest. “You’re in the woods, you’re in the country, you’re in the mountains,” says Jason Thomson, co-owner of both the restaurant and bar. Inspired by the natural beauty of the space, this slice of woodsy paradise was actually a COVID pivot. “My business partner Sonia Jozajtis and I needed to reinvent everything we were doing,” Thomson says. And so, they did. They chopped trees, cleared brush, crafted folksy fences from branches, set up fire…

Late spring in New York City my friend Ports and I discussed the outdoors and the flow state one enters when fly fishing. Ports is an avid fly fisherman and invited me to come along to photograph him and a couple friends at one of their go-to clandestine spots. So, I did. The drive to the Catskills took longer than anticipated and it was already getting late. We parked on the side of a gravely road near an undisclosed location rumored to be having a good hatch—when bugs take flight in the morning and the fish come out in abundance.…

Who’s ready for another round of my favorite never-to-be-seen gameshow, ‘Wine Words Free Association’ (or WWFA—#IYKYK)? Here’s how it works: I’m your snarky sommelier host and I give you five clues, one at a time, to figure out which wine is being cleverly described. If you don’t guess it, I get to heckle you after each clue you miss. Ready? You have five seconds…go! Your first clue: pool hair… Nothing? Your second clue: fancy track… Really? Your third clue: Jane Lynch… Oh, come on! Your fourth clue: Sunday best… Cut! It! Out! And your final clue is Tide PODS®… Do…

It was no surprise to me, even within the first few minutes of meeting Colu Henry, that I knew for a fact she was born an entertainer—not so much in the LOOK-AT-ME-I’M-A-STAR undeniability of, say, Lady Gaga, but in a you-can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-her quality that more closely resembles… let’s go with Cate Blanchett. There’s just something special about this particular cookbook author, and I endeavored to find out more. In the several eclectic lives Colu Henry has lived prior to landing in this corner of the globe to become a celebrated Hudson-based maker, she had pursued a career as a cabaret singer in…

I recently returned to my home in Hudson, NY from a two-month sojourn in London and fell right back into my routine which basically is built upon my heading on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings to Breadfolks Bakery down a few blocks on Warren Street where I live so I can get a loaf of country bread, a couple of croissants and an orange morning bun. I’ve eaten croissants across the globe and the best ones I’ve ever had are concocted by photographer/baker Norman Jean Roy at Breadfolks.  Norman and I have trudged the glamorous magazine byways over the years,…